Baja International Film Festival

Este Noviembre, Los Cabos brilló con una luz aún más brillante. De Noviembre 14 al 17, 2012, nuestra ciudad fue la anfitriona de la 1a edición del Annual Baja International Film Festival en Los Cabos, co-creado por Scott y Sean Cross, fundadores del Instituto de Cine de Colorado y el popular Festival de Cine de Vail. El Baja International Film Festival, es una asociación entre cineastas de México y los Estados Unidos y parece tener un alcance global. De hecho, este año se presentaron 80 películas ¡representando a 18 países diferentes!

Estaba muy emocionada cuando recibí mis boletos para los eventos. Era una oportunidad para experimentar el glamour y la emoción de Hollywood, aquí en Los Cabos.


Hubo fiestas, alfombra roja, paneles de discusión y por supuesto, películas. Asistieron realizadores, actores y otros invitados especiales. Todos estaban asombrados con la magia! Desde luego esto no es sorpresa- Baja es un sitio encantador y ha servido incluso como telón de películas muy famosas como Troya con Brad Pitt.

Uno de mis eventos favoritos del festival fueron las proyecciones al aire libre y la recepción de realizadores en Wirikuta, unos de los jardines de cactáceas más grandes del mundo. Apreciar una película debajo de la luz de las estrellas y rodeada de palmeras, en la compañía de otros melómanos del cine, fue una verdadera experiencia única.


Todo el fin de semana fue fantástico y ¡estoy esperando desde ahora la edición del próximo año! Después de todo Los Cabos es un destino favorito para muchos de los miembros de la industria del cine, haciendo de este, un festival que seguro crecerá aún más en el futuro cercano.


Fotos: John Parra/Getty Images for Baja International Film Festival

2012 General Manager’s Meeting

One of the things that makes Capella unique is our culture.  And to make sure that our culture remains common, we have the Canon Card to remind us of our basic tenants and beliefs.  That, in conjunction with our daily lineup, helps to ensure that each Capella property is making the same commitment day in and day out.  Of course at the property level, this commitment is passed down from the General Manager to the rest of the Capella family.

The Capella General Managers and much of the Corporate Team. 

This past week the General Managers had the opportunity to come together.  I was lucky enough to be included in on these meetings and thought I would give you an idea of what takes place during them.

The General Managers Meeting is a time of alignment.  In addition to each properties GM, members from the Corporate Offices meet together to discuss company philosophies, standards, goals and much more.  It is a time to discuss the systems that are created to fulfill guests’ desires.

I love hearing stories from each of the properties and seeing how there is a real give and take between everyone present.  As Vice President of Sales, Mr. Kit Pappas observed, “Have a problem?  I guarantee that another hotel has faced and solved that same issue.  All you have to do is ask!”

Isiah Thomas surprises the General Managers with some inspiration.

Another highlight from the conference was a surprise visit from basketball legend Isiah Thomas.  We were all excited to be in the presence of basketball greatness!  For me, Mr. Thomas’ emphasis on knowing our tenants and allowing them to guide every action was particularly poignant.

At the end of the week I asked our Chairman, Mr. Horst Schulze, what he took away from the meeting.  His answer, “Based on our customer and employee satisfaction and the commitment of our leadership, it is clear that we are on the way to becoming the global leader in the hospitality industry.”  Clearly, it was a very successful meeting!


Una Vista A La Fábrica De Vidrio

Vivir en Cabo significa tener no solo el beneficio de disfrutar las playas, sino también de disfrutar la ciudad. Me encanta explorar y conocer a los diferentes artistas y artesanos que conforman nuestra comunidad. Uno de mis sitios favoritos es la Fábrica de Vidrio, la cual vende hermosos objetos de vidrio soplado.

La fábrica de vidrio abrió sus puertas en 1990 y fué por muchos años la única fábrica de vidrio soplado de la península. Visitarla a lo largo de estos años ha despertado mi curiosidad acerca de esta forma de arte. Me entrevisté con el dueño Sebastián Romo, quien me explicó un poco acerca de la historia y proceso de soplar el vidrio.

El vidrio fue descubierto alrededor del año 2500 A.C., pero no fue sino 200 años después que la gente comenzó a soplar el vidrio. Los primeros ejemplos de vidrio soplado que hay en Norte América vienen de Puebla, México en 1535 por artesanos que llegaron de Europa durante la colonia Española. La expresión artística se desarrolló y el vidrio soplado es ahora considerado una de la artesanías típicas Mexicanas.


El vidrio soplado auténtico tiene una especie de pqueña marca o ‘cicatriz’ en la parte baja del objeto. Esta marca indica que la pieza fue soplada libremente. Esta marca se produce cuando el soplador termina de moldear una pieza en particular, y corta el vidrio caliente del tubo que sirve para soplar el vidrio.

La fábrica de vidrio emplea 30 artesanos los cuales producen diario cerca de ¡500 piezas únicas! ¡Es verdaderamente algo que prescenciar! Por supuesto si tienes la oportunidad de hospedarte con nosotros, tu Asistente Personal con mucho gusto organizará un tour para tí.

Capella’s Canon Card

If you’ve had a chance to visit the About Us page here on the Capella blog, then you may have read our Zeitgeist.  But did you know this is only one element of our Canon Card?

In addition to our Zeitgeist, the Canon Card also contains Capella Hotels & Resorts mission statement, service standards and the canon itself.  Not only does every employee have access to the card, but it is also something that is considered part of our uniform. That’s right, regardless of title every member of the Capella team is expected to carry a Canon Card.

The Card is exactly that, a card with eight faces that folds up to the size of a business card.  The Canon is our law.  It aligns each of us behind the philosophy that is Capella and is an integral part of our philosophy.  This system speaks to our integrity and our value systems.  It is so central that at every property and even here in the corporate offices, we begin every shift with a meeting where an element of the card is discussed.  This is an opportunity to be continually reminded of who we are and what is expected of us.

I love the practice of lineup as well as the card, because they are a reminder that we all share a common goal and a road map for how to achieve it.  I am just as connected to a dishwasher at Capella Singapore as I am to an executive assistant at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel—even though I am based out of our corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia!  We all have ownership in making sure that the services we provide are unmatched.

I wanted to share the Canon Card so that everyone could get a better idea of what it means to be part of this team.

 It is difficult to read the Canon Card here, but I do intend to discuss some of the elements in the future, so please stay tuned!

A View From Capella Sochi

In my last post I shared details from the upcoming Capella Georgetown.  But working at our Corporate offices, I can assure you that this is only one of several exciting projects currently under way.  One such property is the upcoming Capella Sochi, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

In between one of his many trips, Fausto Barba, Vice President of Finance & Development, shared with me his impression of this unique location.

“I first visited the site in late October 2009.  We landed at midnight on a Friday, and took a taxicab through the mountains.  We made plans to see the site the next morning at first light.

The hotel is located near some of the sites for Olympic ski events and will be a true ski-in and ski-out resort.  In the summer the resort village will be home to a world-class equestrian center and several outdoor activities.  And  there will be an amazing spa!  Of course, at the time of our visit this was nothing more than a set of plans.

The next morning, when we finally had an opportunity to look out on the site, it took my breath away.  The views in every direction are spectacular.  It is the quintessential mountain village!”

At that point Fausto took out his phone and shared some of the images he had taken that day.  One was so beautiful, that I had to share it with you:

Are you a fan of the Winter Olympics?  What do you think of the view from the new Capella Sochi?

A Sneak Peek Of Capella Georgetown

Recently I had the opportunity to sit in on a design meeting for the upcoming Capella Georgetown in Washington, DC.  This 48 room jewel will not be lacking in amenities.  I am particularly excited about the rooftop pool (complete with Cabanas) and the spa!  We are still very early in the process (with the hotel scheduled to open in January 2013), but it was extremely interesting to catch glimpses of what goes into the planning and to preview this unique property.

World class interior designer, Peter Silling of Peter Silling & Associates, presented his design to Capella Hotels Chairman & CEO Horst Schulze.  I was delighted to meet Mr. Silling who is also the mastermind behind our Capella property in Düsseldorf, Germany, Breidenbacher Hof.



Clearly, both gentlemen were excited about the development, evidenced in their bilingual, energetic exchange.  Mr. Schulze and Mr. Silling slipped between English and German (their native language), as they worked to find a balance between the aesthetic and functionality.  The discussion ran the gamut between the placement of electrical sockets (not glamorous) to the type of marble to be used in the bathrooms (very glamorous).



In addition to the above shots of Mr. Silling and Mr. Schulze brainstorming and reviewing the finished samples, I was able to get a sneak peek of some early renderings:


As the construction progresses I plan to introduce you to a few more behind the scenes photos from the Capella Georgetown property.  Hopefully these images have you looking forward to the project as much as I am!