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By @ 18/04/17 in Gay travel, Louis Boshoff, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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If you’re looking for a place out of the fray after having done big city Spain, the unexpected gentle jewel of Granada is an excellent option and has captivated many an adventurer with its history, proximity to the Mediterranean and its laid back attitude.

It’s definitely a destination for leisure, excitement and curiosity. The ancient city lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is the sacred heart of this warm and welcoming southern part of Spain, having been Roman, Moorish and Christian with a long history of independence, it is a tolerant melting pot of traditions, cultures and customs with warm, friendly and hot locals. Granted, the weather might play a mighty part in that, the lifestyle is ultra al fresco and suntanned; the same goes for the small delicious dishes called ‘tapas’, which is basically a selection of mediterranean starters for lack of a lengthier description; the best news however being that in Granada it is complimentary with your drink at most establishments, putting a whole new spin on pub-crawling; it’s more of a tasting adventure with bars throughout town taking great pride in their accompaniments. (Story by Louis Boshoff; photos by Dirk Wijs.)Gay Grand Grenada in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A basic visit would be anything from 2 days minimum to a week, (ideal en-route from the Madrid Pride to the coast), centering around the major historical attractions and depending on how much time is available, a lot more. Typically one would be approaching from Seville, since it has a major airport which connects to some European and International destinations with affordable connecting flights to Granada’s Frederico García Lorca Airport; named after their famous gay-homeboy-poet. By car or train it’s about a 3 hours with olive groves dotting the scenery.Gay grand Grenada in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The season for Granada is an exceptionally long one, with the best time to visit being of course during spring, when nature is at its greenest with good weather and the almond trees flourishing in the hillsides if the Alpujarras for example. From April till June temperatures are still moderate (compared to the blazing heat of July and August) and the sunsets are particularly impressive this time of the year. Summer is naturally the ‘time of the tourist’ in most of Andalusia and Granada is no exception. Temperatures may soar into the 30’s and 40’s whilst nearly everything shuts down from 3 pm until 6 pm to take shelter. Autumn temperatures remain around 25° C till the end of October with fewer tourists and shorter queues concluding the warmer parts of the year.Gay grand Grenada in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Still when winter comes it changes quite radically, one week can make the difference, but that is of course also of interest to those who like to ski. The Sierra Nevada Mountains is particularly famous for it having hosted the ’96 World Alpine Ski Championships, so between end November and the end of April it’s definitely possible to add skiing to your things to do list.

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By @ 21/05/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Seville, Travel

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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent John Coe’s life can be summed up as a photographic journey with images defining milestones and bringing life to the mundane. During childhood, his father, a talented photographer in his own right, instilled a passion for telling stories through visual imagery. Over the years, John has exhibited his images in over 25 photo exhibits. We spoke to him about his love of travel, and we selected his journey to Spain as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

The photo above was taken by John Coe in Ronda, Spain: Beautiful Christian iconography is a common sight on most Spanish streets.

1. Why do you love to travel around Spain?

I love packing in as many new and different experiences as possible in a trip, and even within the cozy region of southern Spain, there is amazing variety from city to city. Toledo, Seville, Granada, Córdoba — these are cities that are an hour or so apart by train or car, and yet so delightfully different.

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

For two- to three-week trips, I find it handy to block calendars and book flights about three months in advance. Then I spend the next couple of months reading, getting excited, and planning the itinerary one city at a time.

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By @ 13/04/17 in Gay travel, Paul Bachant, Spain

Basque Country Foodie Road Trip by gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld's Paul BachantA Basque country foodie road trip is not the first think people think of when planning a trip to Spain. This autonomous region in the north of Spain contains a dramatic scenery of rugged coastlines, interior mountains and rolling vineyards, with strong culinary and cultural traditions existing alongside avant-garde art and architecture, all of which is well-worth a visit. 

But let’s get right to heart of the matter: the food. We’ve sampled tapas, or pintxos as they are called here, in many parts of Spain, but nothing compares to what you find in Basque Country. The attention to eating well is part of the culture, from the simplest of snack bars to the more formal restaurants. It is said that the revolution in Spanish cuisine witnessed over the past few decades originated here and then spread to the rest of the country and beyond.

So if you don’t like great food and wine, then the essence of Basque Country will escape you. If you doPaul Bachant, ManAboutWorld gay travel correspondent, then dive in with us! Story and photos by Paul Bachant.

Day 1 – Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz

After landing in Bilbao, we immediately noticed that we were in what is called the “Green Belt” of Spain. As the car whisked us to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the regional capital just one hour away, we were welcomed by the lushness of the green, forested hills. And while the rest of Spain was baking, we enjoyed the mild temperatures and a refreshing breeze.

Our first lunch in Vitoria-Gasteiz was at the intimate Taberna Tximiso where we were treated to an exquisite assembly of pintxos, each one more toothsome than the last, washed down with a crisp, local white wine. The owner explained each one with passion and even treated us to an off-menu item. The bill? A mere 23 euros for two. The evening meal consisted of a sampling of the many pintxo bars lining the streets of the medieval quarter, where the strolling and chatting and eating and drinking crowds contributed to a festive atmosphere.Paul Bachant explored Basque Country for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazin

Day 2 – Vitoria-Gasteiz

We spent the second day casually exploring the medieval quarter alternatively known as the “Casco Viejo” or the “Almendra”, almond in Spanish and a reference to the shape of the streets that radiate from the center. The tour of the Santa Maria Cathedral is a must-do while here. The church has been under restoration for many years since nearly collapsing and the tour takes you on a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the work being done.

Dinner was at El Portalon: the food here is more traditional and relatively pricey, but the setting of this 15th century inn is mesmerizing and well worth a visit.

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Day 3 – Vitoria-Gasteiz To Rioja Alava

After a quick breakfast, we hopped into the car and hit the road to our next stop in the Rioja Alava wine region. As we climbed the mountain range that separates the region from the rest of Basque country the forest grew thicker and the clouds heavier. But just after going through the Herrera Pass things changed dramatically. The clouds and fog dispersed and before us was a landscape more typical of Spain: rolling hills the color of honey punctuated by green bursts of scrub trees. It took about an hour to arrive at our destination, the small village of Villabuena de Alava. There is not much to see or do here; the purpose of our visit was a stay at the Hotel Viura. The hotel is tucked into the hillside at the bottom of the village and is a strikingly modern juxtaposition to the surroundings. It is one of many examples in the area of contemporary architecture, most notably seen in the hotels and wineries, some designed by internationally renowned “starchitects” (more on that later).Paul Bachant explored Basque Country for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazin

For lunch, we headed to the mountain top village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (a lengthy name in dramatic Spanish flair) just over the border in Rioja proper and only 10 minutes away. Casa Toni is on an unassuming street at the end of the village, not a place where you would expect to find some of the most inventive cooking of the region. Soon after ordering we were presented with an amuse bouche of goat cheese and truffle between thin pastry crust, accompanied by beet sorbet presented in a lipstick tube. Amusing and delicious. And delicious and original were the appetizer – sardines with mackerel roe, garlic ice cream and olive oil – and the main dish, shredded pigeon with mushrooms, thyme and hazelnut vinegar.

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By @ 29/10/15 in Gay travel, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Tel Aviv, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWold, the gay digital travel magazine

The stunning Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv

Drum roll….please! Tel Aviv tops WOW Travel’s list of gayest destinations in the world, which features amazing LGBT-thriving cities like Berlin, London, Sao Paulo, and Toronto.

According to the article, “Right at the heart of the Middle East, lies a city called Tel Aviv. A bubble of sanity in an otherwise difficult and tense area. Tel Aviv, a city blessed with year-round sunshine and white sandy beaches, is one of the most liberal cities in the world. It is the most gay friendly city, not only in the Middle East but in the entire world. This vibrant city is an undisputed queer capital of the Middle East, It offers a 24/7 non-stop activities, all year round great weather, great food, gay beaches and infinite of gay bars and night clubs. Every June Tel Aviv is celebrating the Gay Pride week, week of celebrations and happenings throughout the city with Pride Expo (Gay Culture Fair), LGBT Theater festival, LGBT Film Festival and the famous Pride Parade which is one of the most colorful gay parades in the world.”



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2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

By @ 09/10/15 in

Editors' Choice Awards 2015, the best of the best of gay travel from ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Today we announce our 2015 Editors’ Choice award winners.

These are, simply put, the destinations, hotels, tour operators and other travel and hospitality suppliers that we consider the best of the best in gay travel today. It’s not a scientific survey but rather the opinionated perspective of the ManAboutWorld staff of three along with our network of global correspondents. We’ve crisscrossed the planet, slept in a lot of beds, jumped on planes and trains, ocean liners and luxury yachts, rickshaws and jitneys, participated in river cruises, events and parties and talked with 100s of other gay travelers to come up with this list. These are the ones that resonated with us — the ones that truly shared our valuesThe ones we would go back to … and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.

With 44 new award winners this year, there’s so much to explore … Check out the returning winners and the new ones below or, better, download the issue directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device today and check them all out.

A big congratulations to this year’s winner! (If you’re a member of the media and would like to speak to us about the awards, please contact Ed Salvato.)

Editors’ Choice Awards: Destination of the Year

IRELAND: Last May, Ireland made history by becoming the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny described the Irish as “a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people who say yes to inclusion, yes to generosity, yes to love, yes to gay marriage” It was a decision that seemed impossible just a few years ago, and one that opened the door to gay people, and showed a compassionate and welcoming side of Ireland for people of all genders, races, and sexualities.

And while it’s historical political feat has earned our top prize for destination of the year, it turns out, all politics aside, Ireland is a spectacular country of ancient castles and rolling green hills, of rugged coastlines and dynamic cities. And those red-headed Irish boys.

Previous winners: Ft. Lauderdale & Provincetown 

GAYBORHOOD of the Year

Chueca, Madrid: In late 2009, Spain’s economy took a nosedive, and in the years since, the country underwent a sort of reinvention. In the heart of Madrid, a small neighborhood known as Chueca, the center of the LGBT community, went back to its roots and began relying on the most talented entertainers, restauranteurs and hoteliers to encourage madrileños to keep spending (and giving them a better reason to). It was a struggle that forced the city to find itself again, to prove it can stand out from other European cities.

Today, bustling Chueca is one of the great gay neighborhoods of the world steeped in its proud heritage — welcoming, unique, and setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. The neighborhood starts at Gran Via and runs north for about a mile stretching east to west between Calle Hortaleza and Paseo de Recoletos. Though drinking in local bars and cafeterias can be inexpensive in Madrid, in gay bars and clubs it’s notoriously expensive. The nightlife in Madrid starts late and goes until the sun comes up, with some parties starting at 7am and lasting well into the following day.

Previous winners: MontrealWilton Manors (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

 EVENT OF THE YEAR

GAY WINE WEEKENDSonoma Valley’s Gay Wine Weekend comprises three full days of gay wine events. The annual June event is a gem of Sonoma summertime, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. You can experience world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. Now in its fourth year — and hosting more than 600 guests — the weekend raises funds for Face to Face, the Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network, and has helped raise about $130,000 over the course of the past six years.

Previous winner: World Pride, Toronto

TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

HE TRAVELThe granddaddy of all gay tour companies, HE Travel was founded in 1973 by Hanns Ebensten who was widely credited as the “inventor” of gay travel. Today it’s among the most innovative and fastest-growing tour operators moving more gay passengers per year than almost every other one except for Atlantis/RSVP. HE Travel was formed from the combined businesses of Hanns Ebensten Travel, Alyson Adventures and Out Quest (formerly Out West) Global Adventures and offers trips ranging from classic (rafting the Grand Canyon) to exotic (Antarctica) and consistently introduces new tours every season.

Previous winners: Out Adventures & Brazil Eco Journeys  

ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR

Patara Elephant Farm, Chiang Mai Thailand: In the northern reaches of Thailand, in Chiang Mai, there is a spectacular Elephant farm known as Patara, a magical excursion we experienced on our trip with Out Adventures. Through an ecologically and environmentally considerate facility, you can scrub, ride, and interact with rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

Previous winners: Arctic Norway  & Obeid Naser Al-Amamreh Bedouin Guide, Wadi Rum, Jordan 

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

#LoveIsLove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: The hashtags were flying in Fort Lauderdale this year, when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitor’s Bureau launched its #LoveIsLove campaign celebrating gay marriage. A hundred couples of all sexual orientations took to the beach to wed, snap photos, and share on social media to spread the word of marriage equality in a brave and ground-breaking and timely effort. Lance Bass served as ambassador of the event and used his celebrity to further the social reach.

Previous winner: #LoveTravels, Marriott International

AIRLINE OF THE YEAR

Delta Air LinesDelta has long been a favorite of ours, but their support this year of gay pride in many cities, (the company offered discounted first-class tickets to pride in many instances!) and their focus on delivering better customer service while their competitors (ahem..American and United…ahem) floundered. Based out of Atlanta, Delta has strived to be a strong LGBT partner and continues to show their support.

Previous winners: JetBlue: Cape Air and Porter Airlines 

SHOPPING DESTINATION of the Year

ProvincetownProvincetown has always had the perfect blend of small-time charm with big city swagger, and its shopping scene may be its secret weapon that lures posh New Yorkers and Bostonians every summer. It’s also one of the last towns of such notoriety to be virtually chain-store free. Our favorite store MAP remains the gold-standard for uber-hip boutiques, now in a larger, more central space; Tim-scapes has hipster cool duds while the Loveland boutique sells clothing, antiques, and quirky trinkets. The best time to go is right now, with end-of-summer-season discounts accelerating until the inventory is gone.

Previous winners: Buenos Aires & Amsterdam 

EDITORS’ CHOICE ACCOMMODATIONS

( indicates new in 2015)

NORTH AMERICA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Loews
“Upscale, great gym and close to gay neighborhood”

Atlantic City, New Jersey USA
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
“The best run, most luxurious, resort in town and sincere outreach to LGBT travelers”

Austin, Texas USA
Kimber Modern
“This ultra-modern hotel in the funkiest part of town is one of the best small hotels anywhere”
Heywood
“This über-mod seven-room hotel is a dream of a place to stay”

Baltimore, Maryland USA
Hotel Monaco
“Chic, hip, charming, and incredibly supportive of the LGBT community”

Boston, Massachusetts USA
Battery Wharf Hotel Boston
Super friendly welcome and unusual location on the waterfront abutting the North End with its rich Italian-American heritage.
Clarendon Square Inn
“Gay-owned 1867 townhouse is the kind of place you’ll feel a bit envious you don’t live in”
XV Beacon
“Sleek and arty yet friendly and inviting”

Chicago, Illinois USA
The Public Hotel
“Fusing great design, customer service and value”
The Dana Hotel and Spa
“Super sleek and modern”

Cleveland, OH USA
 Aloft
“On the river, with a decidedly modern, minimalist vibe that sizzles on the weekends”
Ritz Carlton Cleveland
“A surprising touch of rock & roll amidst stylish sophistication”

Dallas, Texas USA
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
“Elegant yet contemporary and surprisingly unfussy”
The Warwick
“Distinctly classic luxury in proximity to the gayborhood”
Hotel Zaza
“Chic, contemporary and sophisticated lodgings for young and hip travelers”
Door County, Wisconsin USA
Holiday Music Motel
“Big city flair meets farmland dreams”

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
The Worthington
“The friendly and frisky Worthington has no equal”
The Grand Resort
“With a masterful balance of sexy luxury, the Grand’s continual upgrading have made it the top choice on Ft. Lauderdale beach.”
Pineapple Point
“Remains the standard of gay guesthouses after more than a decade on top”

Hawaii USA
 Lava Lava Beach Club (Big Island)
“A gay-owned resort situated right on the beach with a gay popular restaurant and bar”
Ko’a Kea Hotel (Kauai)
“Sophisticated, luxurious design and the friendly intimacy of only 121 rooms”
St. Regis Princeville Resort (Kauai)
“Epic views of Hanalei Bay from this luxurious masterpiece”
Grand Hyatt (Kauai)
“Intimate despite its large size, the Grand Hyatt Kauai delivers the quintessential Hawaii experience”
Travaasa Hana (Maui)
“Immerse yourself in a restful environment of great natural beauty and spiritual depth”
Aqua Bamboo (Oahu)
“A great value option in central Waikiki”
Royal Hawaiian (Oahu)
“One of the most beautiful, iconic and historic hotels, better than ever after a multi-million dollar renovation”

Key West, Florida USA
Alexanders
“Elegant, affordable, intimate”
Casa Marina
“Elegant and stylish for nearly 100 years”
Island House
“Sets the bar for all-male gay guesthouses”

Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Aria Resort & Casino
“Contemporary and sleek”
Cosmopolitan
“Swank and naughty”
 Delano Las Vegas
“With no casino, this swanky new hotel makes a quiet, elegant escape from the zaniness of the Strip.”
Los Angeles, California USA
Ambrose
“A distinctly local perspective”
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
“Experience originality, sustainability and hospitality in a splendidly restored downtown theater”
Andaz West Hollywood
“Modern, classic and fresh, this is the best option for style and value on the strip”
The Charlie
“Charming bungalow accommodations set amidst lush gardens”
El Tres Inn
“A chic boutique mini-hotel with apartment-style suites”
JW Marriott
“A luxurious option in the heart of the new downtown”
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
“A discrete oasis of Asian-inspired luxury”
London West Hollywood
“For style and value, it’s hard to beat the London”
Shutters on the Beach
“The best option directly on the beach”
Hotel Covell
“A novel concept with 5 suites designed around the hotel’s fictional literary namesake”
Los Angeles Athletic Club
“Historic and elegant, with exceptional fitness facilities”

Miami Beach, Florida USA
Freehand Hostel
“An affordable place with a swank design”
The Metropolitan by Como
The most sophisticated and refined retreat on the beach
The James
“Our favorite of the Collins Avenue high-rise properties”
Townhouse Hotel
“A throwback to South Beach’s gay heyday”
Hotel Victor
“It doesn’t get more Miami”

Milford, Pennsylvania USA
Hotel Fauchère
“This sophisticated gay-owned inn screams Architectural Digest at at every turn”

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
Iron Horse
“Sleek hotel: all lush black leather, exposed wood beams and worn brick from the 100-year old building”

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Grand Hotel
“Four-star Kimpton luxury in the heart of downtown, with access to the city’s best fitness center”
Le Meridien Chambers
“Sleek, modern and cheerful, with a fantastic contemporary art collection”

Montreal, Québec, Canada
Hotel Gault
“Our first choice in the city; industrial-minimalist decor and very gay-popular”
Maison des Jardins
“Super friendly, and crawling distance to the nightlife of the Gay Village”
La Conciergerie
“Quality accommodations and personal service for gay travelers for more than a quarter century”

New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Hotel Le Marais
“A comfortable mix of modern and classic in a heart-of-it-all location”
The International House
“A perfect update of a Beaux Arts heritage with minimalist modern design at surprisingly affordable rates”
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
“An architectural stunner with genteel charm and one of the best spas in the country”

New Hope, Pennsylvania USA
Inn at Bowman’s Hill
“A standout, with beautiful grounds”

New York, New York USA

The Archer
“In a neighborhood full of generic slim tower hotels, the Archer brings a sense of style and sophistication and a classic view from its rooftop bar”
Cambria Hotel and Suites Chelsea
This well located Chelsea hotel offers value and great views from its rooftop bar.
Chelsea Pines Inn
“Impeccably managed and friendly”
Crosby Street Hotel
“Charming, with a refined British sense of service”
Eventi
“This Kimpton skyscraper offers the nicest rooms and best service of Chelsea’s mid-range hotels”
High Line Hotel
“A registered landmark with a prime Chelsea location”
NoMad Hotel
“A heavy dose of European chic with beautifully designed public spaces and interiors”
The Quinn
“A stunning art-focused hotel with an edgy yet refined vibe”
Regency Hotel
“Gay-managed modern glamour after a $100 million facelift befitting its Park Avenue address”
Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Central Park
“These co-located properties feature the most spectacular views of Central Park at irresistibly affordable rates”
Wythe Hotel
“Rave reviews for this 72-room three-story glass and aluminum Brooklyn boutique hotel”

Ogunquit, Maine USA
Admiral’s Inn
“A winning combination of local charm and full-service amenities”

Orlando, Florida USA
Waldorf-Astoria Orlando
“An oasis of style, sophistication and luxury”
Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown
“Surprisingly chic for a Holiday Inn”

Palm Beach, Florida
Grandview Gardens
“Spacious, traditionally-furnished rooms set amidst lovely gardens”
The Breakers
“A sprawling resort at the top of its game”

Palm Springs, California USA
Ace Hotel and Swim Club
“So darn cool, sprawling and popular with non-guest local hipsters and gays”
East Canyon Hotel & Spa (4.5 Palms)
“A spectacular hotel and spa”
Hacienda  (5 Palms)
“No property has received more accolades from us than The Hacienda. From our very first Editor’s Choice awards at OUT&ABOUT,  the Hacienda has stood the test of time”
Pura Vida (5 Palms)
“Sleek modern design, and luxury amenities”
Santiago (4 Palms)
Comfortable and sexy, without being sex-focused, Santiago charmed us with attention to detail”
The Parker
“The best mainstream resort in Palm Springs — posh, elegant, chic”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Hotel Palomar
“Stylish decor and professional, friendly service”

Phoenix, Arizona USA
Arizona Biltmore
“This stunning luxury resort has spared no detail”
Hotel Palomar
“A sophisticated and cosmopolitan choice in the heart of downtown”

Portland, Oregon USA
Ace Hotel
“Bohemian-chic Ace was founded here by three gay men, with fresh thinking about what a modern hotel should be”
Heathman Hotel
“A National Historic Landmark oozing with sophistication, luxury and sustainability”

Provincetown, Massachusetts USA
8 Dyer Hotel
“Classic beachy chic” (4.5 Palms)
Brass Key
“Set the standard for gay guesthouse resorts” (5 Palms)
Carpe Diem
“A modern, sexy and sophisticated stand-out” (4.5 Palms)
 Eben House
“Elegant yet minimalist option in Provincetown from same owners as Salt House Inn”
Inn at 7 Central (unrated)
“A relaxed, casual style from new energetic young and gay owners”
Land’s End
“A gothic-chic masterpiece” (5 Palms)
Prince Albert Guest House
Provincetown’s best gay location” (3.5 Palms)
Salt House Inn
“Martha Stewart meets André Balazs loaded with Cape Cod charm filtered through an urban sensibility” (4.5 Palms)
White Wind Inn
“A great guesthouse and a solid value with a stellar location” (4 Palms)

Rehoboth, Delaware USA
Bellmore Inn & Spa
“The go-to for upscale accommodations”
Silver Lake Guest House
“Lakefront elegance and comfort”

Québec City, Québec Canada
Auberge Place d’Armes
“Its design and location make this quirky and charming small hotel a top choice”
Hotel Le Germain-Dominion
“A gem in the Old Port area, with modern, cozy-chic accommodations”

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL USA
The Birchwood
“St. Pete’s sexiest downtown boutique with a delicious restaurant and thriving rooftop”
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
“The gold (or should we say pink?) standard for Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Don Cesar remains the go-to for A-listers”


San Diego, California USA
Andaz San Diego
“Downtown’s most upscale design hotel”
Pantai Inn
“Balinese style meets in tranquil La Jolla”
Tower 23
“A fabulous choice in Pacific Beach”

San Francisco, California USA
Best Western Americania
“Our top mid-range recommendation in town”
Hotel Vitale
“Understated elegance with spacious, stylish rooms — it’s the best hotel in the Embarcadero”
Intercontinental San Francisco
“Sleek and modern, it’s the nicest hotel closest to the gay action in SoMa”
Parker Guest House
“This gay-owned Victorian on the Castro-Mission border has long been a favorite”
St. Regis San Francisco
“Everything you could want in a modern luxury hotel”

Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Inn of the Five Graces
“One of the most romantic places we’ve ever stayed”
Inn of the Turquoise Bear
“This lovingly-restored gay-owned historic inn remains one of our favorite places to stay”

Seattle, Washington USA
Ace Hotel Seattle
“As hip as they come; very central and convenient with an unbeatable price”
Gaslight Inn
“A very comfortable and well-appointed gay-owned B&B”
Hotel 1000
“One of Seattle’s most stylish luxury properties”

Sonoma, California, USA
MacArthur Place
“Beautiful grounds and individually decorated rooms.

TAMPA, FL USA
Epicurean Tampa, Florida
“A hidden gem in the heart of Tampa’s nightlife scene. This hipster boutique is not to be missed”

Toronto, Ontario Canada
The Drake
“Fabulous artist-designed rooms”
Four Seasons Toronto
“Spiffy new flagship property for the posh iconic brand founded here”
Thompson Hotel
“Its rooftop pool and lounge is one of the sexiest, most happening spots in town”

Washington, DC, USA
Hotel Monaco
“Modern, stylish interiors in a classic Georgian building with a tourist-perfect location”

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Opus Hotel
“A best-bet, with stylish, generously sized rooms”
Shangri-La Vancouver
“Nothing surpasses the pampering of the Shangri-La’s first North American outpost”

Vermont, USA
Moose Meadow Lodge
“Combines rustic charm with creature comforts”
 Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa
“Casual, gay friendly and Ideally located”

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina
Legado Mitico (Buenos Aires)
“The quintessential Palermo experience with perfect service”
Algodon Mansion (Buenos Aires)
“Recoleta’s best luxury boutique”
Cavas Wine Lodge (Mendoza)
“Sets the luxury standard in the area”
Entre Cielos (Mendoza)
“A swirl of luxury that’s as deliciously intoxicating as their house-label Malbec rose”

Brazil
Pousada Casas Brancas (Buzios)
“Airy and modern, with top-notch service”
Hotel Das Cataratas (Iguazu)
“A pampering oasis in the jungle. Oh and one of the world’s most amazing waterfalls is just outside!”
Pousada Casa Turquesa (Parati)
“Sophisticated, stylish and quite exclusive”
Hotel Fasano (Rio)
“Swanky, modernist style evoking Rio’s ‘50s and ‘60s Bossa Nova heyday”
Ipanema Plaza (Rio) “Moderately-priced rooms just steps from the gay beach
Emiliano (Sao Paolo)
“Exclusive boutique on the prestigious Oscar Freire street”
Renaissance (Sao Paolo)
“High-rise business-focused hotel, with great views”
Pousada Estrela D’Agua (Trancoso)
“Sophisticated rustic-chic”

Costa Rica
Hotel Banana Azul
“A beloved 14-room B&B on the beach”
La Mansion Inn
“Stunning in every way”
Monte Azul
“Four casitas adorned with contemporary art, set along a gorgeous riverside”
Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
“A favorite among gay visitors, it just keeps getting better and better”

LIMA, PERU
Arts Boutique Hotel B
“A beautiful small hotel in the trendy Barranco neighborhood, with an extraordinary collection of art throughout”Merida,

Mexico
Rosas & Xocolate
“Brilliantly merging traditional and modern with a terrific spa”

Mexico City, Mexico
Condesa DF
“Personal attention that can make all the difference”
Hotel Habita
“It doesn’t get cooler than the starkly minimalist chic of the Hotel Habita”
Room Mate Valentina
“Budget boutique in the heart of the Zona Rosa”
St. Regis Mexico City
“Luxury at a fraction of the usual St. Regis price”

Panama City, Panama
American Trade Hotel
“Reflects historic aura of Casco Viejo yet projects a modern face”

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Casa Cupula
“This stylish boutique hotel is one of the best gay-owned and gay-marketed properties around”
CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa
“A favorite of the LGBT community for its reasonable rates and large resort amenities”

San Miguel de Allende
Rosewood
“One of the best hotels in all of mexico, a charming Colonial retreat in a majestic city”
Susurro
“Gay-owned gem with boatloads of charm”

Vieques
W Retreat and Spa
“Huge rooms with ocean views”

EUROPE

Amsterdam, Holland
The Conservatorium
“Modern luxury with a gorgeous spa”
The Dylan
“Our first choice for its artful decor and best location in the city”
Van Ostade
“The best B&B in Amsterdam, and one of the most charming in all of Europe”
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
“Steeped in history, opulently appointed and perfectly located”

Berlin, Germany
25 Hours Hotel Bikini
“A charming, hip hotel that happens to feature the exotic rumble of African wildlife thanks to its proximity to the zoo”
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
“The first choice of rock stars and royalty”
Hotel de Rome
“Undeniably posh, the hotel never feels pretentious”

Brighton, U.K.
The Amsterdam
“With seafront rooms, a sexy sauna and a gay-central location, we’d love to book a room for the whole summer”
Hotel Pelirocco
“Sexy, funky, eccentric and unforgettable”

Brussels, Belgium
The Dominican
“Our top choice in town is a gorgeous 150-room design property right next to the opera house”
Aloft Schuman
“A superbly stylish stay on the cheap”

BARCELONA, SPAIN
Axel Hotel Barcelona
“In the heart of the gayborhood, the Axel sets the standard for modern “hetero-friendly” hotels”

Budapest, Hungary
Brody House
“A private club like SoHo House, with a little less attitude and a little more art and culture”
Budapest Marriott
“The Executive Lounge deck has the city’s best views and all rooms face the river”

Cologne, Germany
Excelsior
“Top-choice for old-world luxury”
Stern am Rathaus
“Sophisticated design, great value and location”

Copenhagen, Denmark
Andersen Hotel
“Colorful and hip with excellent service and complete embrace of LGBT travelers”
Hotel D’Angleterre
“The city’s finest hotel with an unbeatable location”

Edinburgh, U.K.
Balmoral
“Gilded-age tradition meets contemporary luxury”
Hotel Portmeirion
“Idyllic setting and outdoor heated pool”
Tiger Lily
“Sexy cool glamour hidden behind a traditional Georgian facade”

Hamburg, Germany
25 Hours Hamburg HafenCity
“An outpost of nautical cool anchoring the city’s new neighborhood”
Le Méridien Hamburg
“A gay-perfect location, sophisticated modern style and a lake front view”

Lisbon, Portugal
 Internacional Design Hotel
“Stately, chic and sexy as hell hotel in the heart of Lisbon”

London, U.K.
The Boundary
“The best of Shoreditch, semi-retro and totally stylish”
Chiltern Firehouse 
“André Balazs’ London outpost brings his quirky celebrity-friendly service and style across the pond”
The Goring
“London’s ritziest hotel, fit for royalty”
Hoxton Hotel
“Loaded with flavor, smart design and thoughtful amenities at a great price”
St. Pancras Renaissance
“Blending Victorian and contemporary in a compelling 5-star way”
Soho Hotel
“Glamour in the thick of iconic London”
The Edition London
“The Marriott/Schrager love child sets new standards for luxury lifestyle hotels”
Town Hall Hotel
“Fabulously chic new hotel with surprisingly low rates”

Lyon, France
Cour des Loges
“The crème de la crème of lodging; sumptuous and romantic”

Madrid, Spain
Only You Hotel and Lounge
“Luxury and style in the heart of the gay neighborhood”
Room Mate Oscar
“Modern style and the most gay-popular rooftop bar in town”
The Ritz Hotel
“The grandest address in Madrid”

Manchester, U.K.
Radisson Blu Edwardian
“Low-key luxury and sophisticated, contemporary style”
Velvet Manchester
“Stunning boutique style in the heart of the gay village”

Marseille, France
Au Vieux Panier
“Six small but charming affordable rooms decorated by local artists”
Radisson Blu
“Chic and stylish rooms with breathtaking views”

Milan, Italy
Bulgari Hotel & Spa
“The pinnacle of Milano luxury”
Hotel Spadari al Duono
“Centrally located and modern, with some of the friendliest staff in Europe”

Munich, Germany
The Charles
“Inviting, luxurious and lush”
Deutsche Eiche
“Gay-owned, modern, convivial and reasonably priced, we love the rooftop terrace and location”
Sofitel Munich
“Graceful, modern and sleek”

Mykonos, Greece
Elysium Hotel
“The most exclusive gay hotel in Mykonos”
Geranium Hotel
“Very gay popular friendly and fun place to stay”
Myconian Imperial Hotel
“Like staying with friends who happen to be super rich with exquisite taste”
Semeli Hotel
“The best budget luxury option in Mykonos town”

Paris, France
Hotel Esmeralda
“Funky charm and affordable rates in a great location”
Four Seasons George V
“In a city full of luxury, this is our first choice, and one of the best in the world”
Jules & Jim
“Funky, minimalist decor in the heart of the Marais”
One By The Five
“An unusual, dreamy escape”
W Paris Opera
“One of W Hotels’ most glam outposts, with a 9th Arr. location we love”

Porto, Portugal
Yeatman
“A cocoon of wine-deepend serenity overlooking the River Douro”

Puglia, Italy
Borgo Egnazia
“The feel of typical village with town square, fab spa and restaurants and multiple pools in serene location”

Ravello, Italy
Palazzo Avino
“The best way to experience one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth”

Reykjavik, Iceland
101 Hotel
“Contemporary design as cool as the nearby glaciers”

Rome, Italy
Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel
“A heavenly stay at affordable rates”
JK Place Roma
“Contemporary luxury and personalized service in the heart of Rome”
Kolbe Hotel
“Mid-range luxury with reasonable prices, a great location and a copious breakfast”
Palazzo Manfredi
“Opulent and modern, with spacious rooms, a great art collection, and drop-dead views of the Colosseum”

Emilia Romagna, Italy
Locanda del Guerriero
“This castle-turned-quaint B&B in the countryside is Italy’s most charming hidden gem”

Sitges, Spain
Hotel Calipolis
“Contemporary and modern, located right on the gay beach”
Hotel Subtur
“A charming and convenient budget option”

Stockholm, Sweden
Nobis Hotel
“A marvel of sophisticated Swedish design”

TALLINN, ESTONIA

Three sisters
“Charming Medieval and amazing modern in Old Town”

Vienna, Austria
The Ring
“With a great location and consistently good service, its huge rooms at inexpensive prices are a great option between the luxe choices and bare bones options”
Sans Souci
“Serving up some significant swank without taking itself seriously”
Guesthouse
“An unbeatable location with cool Conran-designed interiors”

Warsaw, Poland
Hotel Bristol
“Elegant Hollywood Regency rooms, a grand historic building, friendly warm service and affordable rates make this our top choice”

MIDDLE EAST

Tel Aviv, Israel
Brown TLV
“Chic, gay-owned boutique hotel”
The Norman Hotel 
“Sexy, stylish, and close to the beach; you’ll fall in love with its 1920s charm”

Petra, Jordan
Petra Marriott
“Beautiful views over the valley — a great place to end your day and watch the sunset”

CARIBBEAN/ATLANTIC

Bermuda
Elbow Beach Resort
“Gorgeous, relaxed elegance”

Grand Cayman
Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort
“An impossible choice between the perfect beach and the swim-up pool bar”
Ritz Carlton
“Chic and refined retreat far from the cruise-ship crowds”

St. Croix
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
“Drop-dead gorgeous”

St. Martin
La Samanna
“A highly desirable stretch of paradise”
Villa Rainbow
“Small, luxurious exclusively gay guesthouse with breathtaking Caribbean views”

San Juan, Puerto Rico
La Concha
“Gay-popular four-star property in the heart of Condado”

Saba
Queens Gardens
“Luxurious, charming, private and super gay-friendly for honeymoon or tranquil getaways”

Turks and Caicos
Parrot Cay by Como
“A decadent, pampered private-island retreat”

ASIA/OCEANIA

Cambodia
Shinta Mani Club
“Stylish accommodations and winning personal service”

Auckland, New Zealand
Hilton Hotel Princess Wharf
“Gleaming, with spectacular harbor views”
Mollies Boutique Hotel Ponsonby
“Luxurious and eclectic, with great views and a day spa”

Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hong Kong
“Luxury and convenience, with a choice of rooms in contemporary Chinese or Western decor”
Intercontinental Hong Kong
“The best unobstructed views of Hong Kong harbor”
Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
“Setting new heights for luxury accommodation in Hong Kong (literally and figuratively)”
Upper House
“A Zen haven with the best of modern east-meets-west sensibilities”

Japan

Aman (Tokyo)
“The pinnacle of luxury and opulence in the heart of Tokyo with some of the city’s best views”

Capitol Hotel Tokyu (Tokyo)
“The best luxury value in town”
Conrad Tokyo Hotel (Tokyo)
“An appealing vibrancy and energy convenient to public transportation and the famous Tsukiji fish market”
Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Kyoto)
“The very first hotel in Japan to court LGBT travelers, the Granvia is strategically located atop the Kyoto rail station”
Hoshinoya (Kyoto)
“The ultimate Japanese resort experience”

Melbourne, Australia
Art Series Hotels
“Modern and laid-back, with open-plan studio suites, and decor styled around the artwork of notable Australian artists”
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
“Fashion-forward luxury”

Laos
The Apsara, (Luang Prabang)
“The perfect blend of clean, convenient, affordable and friendly”

Thailand
Siam Hotel (Bangkok)
“An opulent, intimate urban resort where guests feel like royalty”
Sofitel So (Bangkok)
“This contemporary, sophisticated hotel is also the city’s most gay welcoming”
Dhara Dhevi (Chiang Mai)
“Sheer beauty and jaw-dropping attention to detail”
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai)
“Gorgeous tented camp tucked away in a jungle”
JW Marriott Hotel and Spa (Khao Lak)
“One of the best mainstream hotels, with modern Thai-influenced design and the longest pool in Southeast Asia”
Zeavola Resort (Koh Phi Phi)
“A pitch-perfect blend of remoteness, accessibility, luxury and casual ease”
Mai Samui (Koh Samui)
“Chic boutique hideaway on secluded beach”
Tubkaak Boutique Resort and Spa (Krabi)
“Locally owned resort distinguished by excellent, personal service and one of the best beaches in the area”
Kamala Paresa (Phuket)
“Heavenly views, impeccable service and dramatic accommodations”
La Flora Patong (Phuket)
“A handsome, contemporary, quiet oasis amidst the local hedonism”
Anantara Sikao (Sikao, Trang)
“Beautiful property surrounded by stunning rock formations, unspoiled beaches, and the breathtaking Emerald cave”
Six Senses Yao Noi
“54 traditional yet modern secluded villas with an excellent spa”

Taipei, Taiwan
W Taipei
“Our top recommendation in Taipei, a pinnacle of luxury in an otherwise modest city”

Vietnam
Six Senses Con Dao
“The ultimate exotic, remote, luxurious and contemporary resort”

AFRICA

South Africa
Ellerman House (Cape Town)
“One of our favorite small hotels of all time”
Derwint House (Cape Town)
“Exceptional hospitality at this 10-room lesbian-owned guest house at the foot of Table Mountain”
Mala Mala (Sabi Sand Game Reserve)
“Legendary, family-owned safari lodge with the best game viewing”
Sandton Boutique Hotel (Johannesburg)
“Five-star, gay-owned luxury B&B in Sandton, with impeccable service”
Singita (Sabi Sand Game Reserve)
“The most stylish and luxurious safari experience”
Twelve Apostles (Cape Town)
“The epitome of waterfront luxury”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: RESTAURANTS
Bartola Corner (Buenos Aires)
Buenos Aires’ quaintest, most creative, and delicious café … bursting with style, beautiful men, and yummy brunch options”
Basa (Buenos Aires)
“Great food and a modern atmosphere make this our favorite spot for dinner”
Bottega Prelibato (London)
“A picture perfect Italian restaurant”
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails (Phoenix)
“The best restaurant to come along in some time”
Buvette (New York)
“Buvette is the perfect neighborhood restaurant with a menu straight out of Provence”
Café Cluny (New York)
“A neighborhood restaurant that’s perfect for the cobblestoned corner it sits on”
The Canteen (Provincetown)
“A modern take on the classic New England seafood shack serves up summer’s best fast-casual meals”
Cuisine Wat Damnak (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
“The very best of modern Cambodian cuisine”|
Dabbous (London)   
“This ultra-chic post-industrial-style loft space may be the best restaurant in London”
DiverXO  (Madrid)
“Every course is a work of art — sometimes performance art — at this modern Michelin 3-star restaurant”
El Vez (Philadelphia)
“Eclectic, inventive Mexican cuisine and more”
Elmo (New York)  
“The best looking stream of patrons and staff in Chelsea”
The Restaurant at the Meadowood (St. Helena)
“The gold-standard of ground-breaking, inventive, haute cuisine in North America”

La Galerie Lounge (Paris)
“New chef David Bizet reenergizes this opulent yet comfortable space”
Girl and the Fig (Sonoma) http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/
“A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike”
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
“Still our #1 go-to choice for fine dining without pretension”
Iron Gate Inn (Washington, DC)
“Smashingly successful reinvention of a long-time gem”
Lucali (New York, NY)
“Lucali is in a league of its own when it comes to old-school Brooklyn charm and pizza”
Mani (Sao Paulo)
“A contemporary farmhouse… lovely afternoon lunch or a bustling dinner”
R House (Miami, Florida)
“Art house-cum-restaurant in the sizzling and still gritty Wynwood neighborhood”
Red Door Café (San Francisco)
“An exquisitely tasteful bistro”
Repris (Sonoma)
“Repris soars as a romantic lunch spot, tucked deep inside a romantic wine cave for a romantic dinner”
Tavern Road (Boston)
“Globally influenced local favorite in lively Fort Point neighborhood”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: NIGHTLIFE
Coxy (Warsaw)
“Berlin-style nightlife lands in Warsaw”
lab.oratory (Berlin)
“This sex club embodies Berlin’s shame-free attitude towards sex”
Le Depot (Paris)
“The ne plus ultra of gay sex venues in Paris, and the biggest cruising bar in all of Europe”
Mälarpaviljongen (Stockholm)
“The crowd gets gayer as the night gets later at this chic floating restaurant bar and lounge”
Mister Sunday (Brooklyn)
“Warm-weather outdoor party cool enough to draw gays from Manhattan”
Viva (New York)
“The partnership of John Blair (the Roxy) and Ric Sena (Alegria) has given gay New York its Saturday night back”
The Week (Rio/Florianopolis/Sao Paulo)
“Beautiful decor, excellent sound and lighting and the hottest crowd in town”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: CULTURE
Acropolis Museum (Athens)
“Magnificent: inside, outside and the contents”
Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia)
“A remarkable priceless art collection in a brand new home”
The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL)
“An extraordinary collection and exploration of Dali’s art, life and times”
Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum; Seville) “Learn the history of flamenco at this interactive museum”
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York)
“The first and only gay/lesbian art museum in the world”
The Neon Museum (Las Vegas)
“This outdoor museum is our favorite nostalgia piece in town”
The World AIDS Museum (Fort Lauderdale)
“The only museum in the world dedicated to documentation and education about AIDS”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SHOPPING
Goods Of Desire (Hong Kong)
“Clever and surprising gifts, apparel and housewares”
MAP (Provincetown)
“Always a step or two ahead of the trends”
Ock Pop Tok (Luang Prabang)
“A social enterprise bringing award-winning textiles to Laos visitors”

EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SPAS
Privet Body (London)
“Male-friendly spa for grooming your “privet” parts”
Ten Thousand Waves (Santa Fe)
“This Japanese-inspired bathing-focused spa is zen perfection in a beautiful setting”
Two Bunch Palms Spa (Palm Springs)
“One of America’s original holistic spas still feels modern and fresh”



By @ 29/09/15 in Gay travel, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Madrid in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Madrid

Madrid is both vibrant and international, a melting pot like New York and London, and worthy of the comparison. But what does it mean to be a Madrileño? It’s not Andalusia, the country’s southernmost region and the birthplace of flamenco; it’s not San Sebastian, the gastronomical mecca to the north. Yet, you’ll find their influences in the city’s nightlife, style and food. Think of Madrid as a sort of world stage where the best of the country has come to play, cook, perform, and do whatever it takes to stand out. From the bullfighting in Pamplona to the lyrical language of the Catalans in Barcelona, you’ll find it all in the streets of Madrid. Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 24% Spain’s economy is among the fastest growing economies in Europe. Tourism is thriving and American travelers benefit from an exchange rate that is much more favorable for U.S. dollar holders than it has been in a long time ($1.10 per euro as of press time).

FIVE NEIGHBORHOODS TO KNOW

If Barcelona is Spain’s daytime city, where you spend sunny days touring Gaudí architecture and splashing around on perfect beaches, then Madrid is its older, cooler brother who only goes out at night. It’s a nighttime city, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up in bars. Like other metropolises of its size and magnitude, Madrid is rich with interesting neighborhoods. It’s estimated that more than half a million LGBT people live in Madrid, with many of them domiciled in or frequent visitors to these top neighborhoods.

  • The first neighborhood savvy gay travelers need to know is Chueca, Madrid’s quintessential gayborhood. Centrally located Chueca is where you’ll find the highest concentration of gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, saunas, shops and, well, gay people. If a vibrant neighborhood with immense gay nightlife options is what you want, this is your top choice.
  • Malasaña is the gay hipster neighborhood just west of Chueca and bordered by the popular shopping street,
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    Fuencarral. While Chueca might be seen as a neighborhood of gay stereotypes, Malasaña is more diverse with LGBT people of all types giving it a more open feel. It’s become very popular in the past decade and is filled with unique shops, restaurants and bars. Malasaña is where you’ll find a tattoo shop next to a gin bar across the street from a building decked out in graffiti-like street art where they’re serving up sushi. Given its proximity and central location, you’re still in walking distance to all the gay venues next door in Chueca but with a more intimate and unique style.

  • Located on the southern edge of central Madrid, La Latina is another neighborhood to know, and an up-and-coming place that’s now one of the true hipster neighborhoods in Madrid. La Latina boys are quick to tell you that Malasaña has become too mainstream. It’s where you’ll find the best tapas, diverse nightlife, a bigger immigrant community and the Rastro — the largest weekly Sunday market in Spain. La Latina is just a 20-minute walk from Chueca and most other main areas.
  • Sol is the most centrally located neighborhood in the city. It’s where the tourists are most prevalent, and gay-focused establishments are fewer. You’ll see concerts and demonstrations in Puerta del Sol and Callao plazas. 
  • On the eastern side of central Madrid is Retiro, close to the gorgeous Retiro Park, a greenspace of magnificent sculptures and monuments. If you’re looking for a quieter, more outdoor-fitness-focused atmosphere, Retiro would be a good choice: it’s packed with outdoor walking and jogging paths, and an outdoor fitness area where hot shirtless guys (and some women) work out.

¡VAMOS A MADRID

Get the ManAboutWorld take on where to stay, eat, play & meet in these five neighborhoods and other cool parts of the red-hot city of Madridby downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.

Photos: Top: PromoMadrid; Bottom: Calvin Smith; both via Flickr

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By @ 20/08/15 in Auston Matta, Barcelona, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Jumping for MyGayPride with Two Bad Tourists in Barcelona, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Jumping for MyGayPride

Our very own ManAboutWorld correspondents and gay blogger duo Two Bad Tourists want to send you to Barcelona as part of their MyGayPride promotion. This gay blogger pair is so excited about it they are jumping for joy in Barcelona (above). Read more about Auston Matta (above left who makes up one half of these two handsome, hard-working and informative blogger couple) here. Read below for information on participating in the MyGayPride promotion and start practicing your Catalan.

One lucky winner will receive a free trip to Barcelona including two round trip tickets on Norwegian, a $350 credit with misterbnb plus airport pickup and LGBT city tours provided by Rainbow Barcelona Tours. Barcelona welcomes 1.3 million LGBT visitors each year and travelers can enjoy the popular ‘Gay-xample’ neighborhood, beaches, famous monuments, unique architecture and feel comfortable in one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe.

The giveaway is part of Two Bad Tourists’ successful #mygaypride summer campaign where 17 LGBT and straight-allied bloggers visited 8 European cities during gay pride. Still going strong until the end of September, the campaign has already generated 30 million impressions on Twitter and 2,500 photos on Instagram. The campaign was created by David and Auston of Two Bad Tourists, two gay bloggers who left their lives in the US to travel the world. Inspired by the diversity of gay pride celebrations they’ve seen during their travels, they want others to share their pride using the hashtag and be part of the experience.

Handsome man on beach in Barcelona for MyGayPride with Two Bad Tourists, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 01/08/15 in Barcelona, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Party, Towleroad, Travel

 

Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Burning hot & wet

Welcome readers, especially those from Towleroad. Below is a continuation of the article on Barcelona's Circuit Festival 2015. Click here to read the Towleroad portion of the article. Otherwise, continue on to get you planning guide for Barcelona Circuit Festival and Circuit Ibiza.

Wristbands can be purchased online for around 330 euros, whereas one party may run you close to 40 euros, and at 20 parties in 12 days, it becomes quite costly. Wristbands also mean no waiting in long lines. You can also find them at the host hotel.

Matinee (the party producer) organizes busses leaving Plaza Catalunya to most of the out-of-town events Barcelona Circuit Festival 2015 in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine— which are many, and as much as an hour’s ride away. These busses are the best way to get around and — at 5 euros each way payable onboard —the cheapest. The bus will drop you at the party and return to the plaza, or onto the next party), so you don’t have to worry about figuring it out. But be mindful of the departure time: At the end of the party there are many more people than busses, often entailing a wait. We recommend leaving an hour before the events end if you’re using the bus.

Also remember that you’re in Spain and things run on a very late schedule. Most of the night time parties don’t truly get going until around 2am, and all events in the city of Barcelona have a hard close at 6 am. You’ll see the Spaniards arrive between 2 and 3 am. There will be people out earlier, but mostly tourists. Do as the locals do and have dinner at 9pm, drinks at midnight, and head out afterwards.

So you’ve got your wristband, but you don’t know which crazed, over-the-top parties to attend. Our one rule of thumb when it comes to Circuit in Barcelona is this: If you don’t go to the Water Park Party, you haven’t been to Circuit. This party, taking over the entire water park with a flood of more than 11,000 gays, is the number-one party of the entire 12 days. For an experience you’ll never forget, head into the middle of the wave pool packed with thousands of Speedo-clad hot wet and horny muscle boys from around the world. Then, just wait until the music really starts pumping, the boys start splashing, and the adrenaline surges as you become lost in a sea of crashing waves and hot men. It is, in a single moment, a microcosm of what Circuit is all about. Oh yes, and there are water rides too. It’s an amazing day. Here’s a cute/silly promotional video that gives you a sense of the sexy exuberance of the Water Park Party.

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By @ 18/05/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Matt in Africa

Matt in Africa

Acclaimed gay travel writer Matthew Link  and a charming local named James find themselves at a trio of funerals in Accra, Ghana in the short e-book Offensive Optimism, as Matt learns about life, death and how to perfect the famous chicken dance of the Ewe tribe.

Matt has written and contributed to numerous travel books, including Rainbow Handbook Hawaii and Looking for Love in Faraway Places; Tales of Gay Men’s Romance Overseas. He has written for TIME, Newsweek, MSNBC, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast, The Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, and Orbitz, among many others. Matt was also the founding Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of The Out Traveler magazine, the world’s largest gay publication at the time, published by The Advocate and OUT. He’s also contributed to ManAboutWorld.

Buy it here. Click below to read more about “6 of 1″ and Ponies + Horses Publishing.



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By @ 14/05/15 in Adam Groffman, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
An Eating Europe tour gives you the chance to experience London’s Soho

An Eating Europe tour gives you the chance to experience London’s Soho

Berlin-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Adam Groffman submitted this piece about London SoHo for ManAboutWorld. It’s small but backed with restaurants, pubs and cultural options. He also shared a blog post about the differences between London’s Soho and NYC’s Soho and made an interactive quiz to go with it. Take the quiz here and find out which SoHo you are.

London may draw millions of international tourists to see Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, but Eating Europe’s new Twilight Soho Food Tour is the best way to experience  London and its hippest neighborhood. Soho is located in the center of London’s West End and offers exciting, original shopping and dining options — including the city’s premier gay and lesbian bars and clubs. If you’re searching around for your next trip or for a new place to visit in London, the Soho neighborhood is not to be missed.



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By @ 12/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
On deck on my first ship, The Royal Princess in St. Thomas, circa 1987

On deck on my first ship, The Royal Princess in St. Thomas, circa 1987.

Our correspondent Dennis Hensley is a multi-hyphenate: writer, filmmaker, entertainer … but he’s just added one more: audiobook author. Here he talks about his latest project, creating a mini e-book for a brand new imprint by Ponies + Horses Publishing.

A little over a month ago, I was approached by a writer and editor named Aefa Mulholland about a e-book she was going to publish through her new company Ponies + Horses. She asked if I would like to write a true travel-related story related for a compilation called “6 of 1.” I said yes. 

The result is Mariner’s Club Mixtape, a 6,500-word mini e-book about my days as a cruise ship dancer/cruise staffer in the late 80’s and early 90’s and the songs that take me back to that time.

The virtual jacket blurb describes it this way:

In Mariner’s Club Mixtape, Hollywood writer, performer and filmmaker Dennis Hensley puts together a mixtape that soundtracks a flotilla of romances and relationships, friendships and first times, hookups and letdowns from his five years working as an entertainer on cruise ships in the ’80’s and ’90’s. From a one-night stand in Hong Kong to stowing away for love in British Columbia to surviving Alaska, Dennis recounts his adventures, with a little help from George Michael, Janet Jackson and, of course, Madonna.  

The whole thing happened so fast and I was a little raw when I wrote it so it’s a little edgier and more vulnerable than my past work but hopefully, there’s a few laughs in there, too. I like to think of it as a virtual valentine to a magical time in my life and the people and places that were a part of it.

Check out lots of cruise stories (and get great cruise-planning information) in our March 2015 issue.

Buy it here. Click below to read more about “6 of 1” and Ponies + Horses Publishing



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By @ 15/12/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

dali1Our voyage throughout St. Petersburg continued today with a trip to the Dali Museum for the Dali/Picasso exhibit, the only one of its kind outside of Spain, a mesmerizing and meditative exploration through the careers of both me. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the exhibit.



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By @ 03/09/14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

mawWhile it implies objectivity, “best” is almost always subjective, or — at best — qualified. When we ask for the best hotel or restaurant, the answer can be as much a reflection of our sensibilities as it is of any objective quality measure.

Generally, “you get what you pay for,” but finding “the best” isn’t simply a matter of picking the most expensive option — it’s knowing what resonates for you. In our first two years of ManAboutWorld, we’ve seen more than 100 destinations and 1,500 hotels on six continents. Much of it is a blur. But some of it stands out. Editors’ Choice winners are the ones that resonated most for us. The ones that truly shared our values. The ones we would go back to… and sometimes do, when we’re not busy searching out new and different places to recommend.  (download the list as a pdf from the link at the end)

And this year’s Awards go to…

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Fort Lauderdale

Gay-popular since the ‘70s, Ft. Lauderdale is still on the rise while other gay destinations are mainstreaming. With its white sand gay beach, 16 exclusively gay guesthouses (the most of any destination), and a nightlife scene that’s busy seven nights a week, Ft. Lauderdale is one of the few places where you don’t have to rely on a phone App to hook up. And while it wins our hearts with its sun, sand, surf and fun, it’s also home to the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT history and culture, and the world’s first AIDS museum.

Not content to rest on gay assets, the county’s tourism promotion board sets industry standards. The county has worked tirelessly in the last year to bring new gay events and many meetings to Greater Ft. Lauderdale, and to support the advancement of LGBT rights in Florida and around the world. In July, it became the first Convention and Visitors Bureau in the country to call for a repeal of its states’ gay marriage ban. It is currently conducting the first survey of transgendered travelers, showing sensitivity to all segments of the LGBT travel market.

Previous winner: Provincetown, Massachusetts 



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By @ 28/05/14 in Bogota, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our ManAboutWorld Correspondent Kai Whiting is a Colombia-based journalist who submitted this piece about Bogota’s expanding gay community centered around the gay-p0pular Chapinero district.

This year has air carriers offering new and more frequent routes to the Colombian capital. In short, getting here has never been easier. This is good, because Colombia is interesting and culturally rich and you want to travel around. We’ll cover Colombia’s other destinations in the future; for now, here’s a fun long weekend in Bogota before heading off to the more exotic destinations. So what can you get up to here?

The answer is anything and everything thanks to Chapinero, Bogota’s very own gay district. The gay hub is located between Calle 53 and Calle 60, Carrera 7 and Av. Caracas. It is officially a “zone of tolerance” for anyone identifying as “alternative.” Unofficially it is like Madrid’s Chueca or Chicago’s Boystown but smaller and with Latin flavor.



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By @ 27/05/14 in Andrew Villagomez, Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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From the Tri-state area, Andrew Villagomez is a jack of all trades when it comes to everything travel, style, writing and photography. Personal and professional journeys have brought him to London, Paris, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the states as he continues to add drop pins on his map.

He maintains men’s fashion and a travel lifestyle blog, Vee Travels, and has contributed as a freelance writer to publications including Details.com, AskMen, Thrillist, Latina.com, Out, Passport and NewNowNext.

Along with writing and blogging, Andrew also has a growing passion for photography, which you can see more of on his blog, and he has shot street style and travel photos for a number of the publications he contributes to. Down the road Andrew hopes to offer services beyond editorial to utilize his knowledge and skills in travel, men’s fashion and publishing.

Learn more about Andrew and contact him viaFacebook.com/andyveenyc, Facebook.com/VeeTravels and VeeTravels.

You can follow him on Twitter at VeeTravels and Instagram also at VeeTravels.

 



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By @ 02/05/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

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After 10 days of blissful retreat in the Kingdom of Thailand, our Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato, and our four global correspondents, have headed home to their far-flung posts around the globe (and for Ed, another journey awaits him in Spain!) From the chaotic metropolis of Bangkok to the spiritual high ground of Chiang Mai to the tropical vistas of Phuket, we marveled at how much Thailand had changed since we had last visited more than 20 years ago, how far it had come, and how beautiful it had stayed. 

Look for our insider guide to Thailand in an upcoming issue. And if you haven’t been, go soon. There’s no place quite like it on Earth.

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By @ 11/04/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Seville

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Tucked inside a southern region of Spain, just across the strait from Morocco, exists this gorgeous city or Moorish architecture, where flamenco was born and cute waiters serve tapas at bustling eateries until the wee hours. Our very own Editor-In-Chief Ed Salvato will travel to this storybook city from May 3-6 to explore the gay scene and reveal its secrets. Look for our insider guide in an upcoming issue. 

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By @ 26/02/14 in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Ibiza, London, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Prague, Travel

This article samples one originally published in Iberia Airline’s blog Love2Fly. To read the rest of this article, click here or the link below.

When it comes to LGBT travel, few experiences are as rewarding as travel to Europe. There’s such an amazing variety of cultures, environments, climates, and experiences – all on the most liberal continent on the planet, thanks to the encouraging social (r)evolutions of the 21st century, making most of Europe an ever more gay-friendly destination. There are hundreds of welcoming cities large and small, as well as towns and rural areas, which I could steer you to, depending on your interests, but let me start off by highlighting a handful of the top most prominent, and you could say gay-friendliest:

AMSTERDAM

Say ‘Amsterdam’ and your mind conjures contradictory images, both sublime and profane: Rembrandt and peep shows, coffee shops and cannabis, cobbled streets and red light districts, historic canals and sleazy bars. After all these years, the city remains the godfather of gay pride and the birthplace of LGBT rights, rebellious and uninhibited, and as effortlessly beautiful as ever. The world’s first legal gay and lesbian nuptials were officiated here, and the Homomonument first gay monument was constructed here more than a quarter century ago. The queer scene in Amsterdam is one of the largest in Europe and boasts more than a hundred gay and lesbian bars, clubs, saunas, shops, and hotels. Though summer is the most crowded and fun, Amsterdam attracts visitors all year with gay-oriented events like Pink Christmas in December and King’s Day in April (we of course preferred when it was called Queen’s Day (ahem), but it’s still way popular with gay girls and boys). Flights from Spain, from the USA


BARCELONA/SITGES

As an urban destination, the capital of the Catalonia region is as close to the total package as it gets – a stylish culinary, cultural, nightlife, and design capital with its own spectacular architectural flavour (hello, Gaudí!) and great beaches even right in town, not to mention nearby: The fetching Mediterranean seaside town of Sitges (above), a half hour south, is one of Europe’s top gay resorts. Barcelona has arrived on the gay circuit with a party called, well, Circuit, which attracts thousands of men every August, and following that there’s Girlie Circuit Lesbians for las chicas. Then of course there’s Barcelona’s “Gaixample” – ground zero for a large, diverse (twinks to bears and beyond), and active LGBT scene and community. There are scores of fabulous places to stay, eat, and play gay – but virtually the whole city is welcoming, so spread your rainbow-hued wings. Flights from the UK, from the USA

Click here to discover the other fabulous destinations Ed wrote about.

Ed Salvato is editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, the world’s first gay travel magazine created for iPad (and soon Android tablets) only. Click here for a special three-month free subscription offer.

images | Mike SlichenmyerCaptn_JackJörg Kanngiesser

 

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By @ 08/10/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Pascal Ultee, Travel

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Pascal Ultee lives in The Netherlands and has lived, studied and worked in Spain, the UK and the US. He’s a self-proclaimed travel snob and loves the ski concierge at the Four Seasons Whistler, the first-class shower on board the Emirates A380 and the horses at Wolgan Valley resort in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Most of all he enjoys making new friends on all continents and hosting them on their visit to The Netherlands.

Pascal is the owner of Capriole, a Dutch coffee company. Somehow his travel tips always include the best espresso in town.

You can connect with Pascal on Facebook.

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By @ 04/09/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Steve Roth, Travel

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Steve Roth has been fascinated by the world around him since he began writing to a pen pal in Sweden in the fourth grade. Since then, he’s lived, worked and studied in Mexico, Spain and Japan, as well as all four mainland U.S. time zones. A graduate of the University of Chicago in Latin American Studies, Steve speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Today he lives in Los Angeles and is president of OutThink Partners, a leading communications and marketing agency specializing in the travel industry and the LGBT market. Steve’s favorite recent travel destinations: Iceland, Easter Island, and of course, Brazil.

Follow Steve on Twitter at @outthinkpartnrs or connect with him atoutthinkpartners.com.

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