Zip Line Adventures In The St. Lucian Rain Forest

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St. Lucia has a myriad of fun, adventurous activities and as the Capella Marigot Bay Insider, I am thrilled to share one of my favorites: the zip line!

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It all began at Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia where I was outfitted in a harness and helmet (safety first!). My group and I were assigned to two guides who took us through out rainforest adventure and back again.

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The aerial tram brought us through the five layers of the rainforest up to the rainforest canopy. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and told us all about the various trees and plants that thrive in each layer of the rainforest.

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After the aerial tram, we had the chance to hike through the rainforest which let us experience its splendor up close and personal. I was awe-struck by the grandeur of these pristine natural surroundings.

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The hike brought us to the first platform where we began our zip line adventure. Each platform is a bit like a treehouse and the only way to get back to the ground is by zip lining from one treetop platform to the next! But don’t worry, while it’s definitely a thrill, the guides are great at putting you at ease. They’re fun-loving attitude coupled with the fact that they’ve done this hundreds of times helped me conquer my fear of heights and I felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment. For seasoned zip-liners and adventure-seekers, there are always ways to make the experience even more thrilling. Just ask the guides who are well-versed in going upside down, backwards, hands-free and even offer zip line experiences at night!

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I loved how I felt part of the rainforest canopy. Unencumbered by a structure I felt completely free, like one of the rainforest birds flitting from treetop to treetop.

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The last zip line is the longest because it’s the one that brings you back to the ground. This was my favorite part of the course because it gets a bit bouncy, adding another element to the experience.

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Just because the zip lining is finished, doesn’t mean the fun had to end!  The hike back to the aerial tram is another opportunity to experience the beauty of the rainforest. St. Lucia has done a great job of making sure the rainforest stays as untouched as possible. And when we took the aerial tram back to the foothills, we were treated to the most magnificent view!

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I can’t thank the team at Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia enough for their fun and professional attitude and spirit. They’ve truly created something special.

If zip lining is something you would like to do while visiting St. Lucia, don’t forget to tell your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant who will be able to set everything up for you!

And in the mean time, try to experience a little daily adventure. It will help you appreciate life and your loved ones every single day!

Discover Water Adventures On Sentosa Island

I love driving onto to Sentosa Island on my way to Capella Singapore each day.  Sentosa may only be a twenty minute drive from downtown Singapore, but it is an escape unto itself.  What I love most about Sentosa is being amidst an ocean of sapphire, sparkling in the brilliant sunlight.  Spread across just 500 hectares (5 square kilometres) of lush greenery, Sentosa offers stunning coastlines and countless water-themed attractions.  Here are my top four recommendations for wonderful water escapades on the island.

#1 Find Your Dream Beach

Suspension bridge at Palawan Beach

Suspension bridge at Palawan Beach

Summer is synonymous with the beach, and Sentosa boasts three stunning beaches.  Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong Beach are just mere minutes apart, but take a closer look and you’ll discover their rich and distinct personalities.

For family fun, make a beeline for Palawan Beach. The Port of Lost Wonders will enrapture the little ones with a water play area and themed islets. This sunny haven also features a suspension bridge leading to Asia’s closest point to the Equator, so you can literally ‘journey to the centre of the Earth’ together!

Siloso Beach has a decidedly more hippie vibe, with themed bars, beach volleyball games and an outdoor whirlpool bath lining the golden strip of sand. Come nightfall, it also transforms into a party haven, fuelled by beautiful beachgoers, thumping clubs, and regular guest DJ performances.

If you’re looking for an under-the-radar beach, however, Tanjong Beach will fit the bill. By far the quietest of the three, it offers the weary traveller a few peaceful moments away from the world. Skip the crowd, curl up with your favourite novel, pack a picnic with your partner and find a nice piece of paradise to call your own.

#2 Discover The Underwater World

Dolphin Adventure at Marine Life Park’s Dolphin Island,  ©Resorts World Sentosa

Dolphin Adventure at Marine Life Park’s Dolphin Island, © Resorts World Sentosa

Sentosa is also home to one of the world’s largest oceanariums, so relive your Steven Spielberg fantasies by observing sharks, gigantic manta rays and exotic fish.

If you’re looking for a more personal adventure than that, you may also dive with dolphins at Dolphin Island or snorkel with 20,000 colourful reef fish and rays. Intrepid gourmands should also make a mandatory stop at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, an underwater dining destination. Helmed by a celebrity chef, this restaurant located within the S.E.A. Aquarium serves up delicious smoked eel and sous vide salmon with first-class view of more than 100,000 marine animals through its giant glass window.

#3 Ride a Wave

Looking for some surf? Adrenaline junkies will love flowboarding at the Wave House. Get some heart-pumping action riding a wave, and then chill out to live music, enjoy some gourmet pizza, or knock back a few artisan beers at the alfresco beach bars. It’s the best way to let off some steam and decompress for the weekend.

#4 Experience Water Therapy

Auriga Spa Vitality Pool

Auriga Spa Vitality Pool

After all that action and excitement, Auriga spa at Capella Singapore is the best place to unwind. Our wet facilities include hot therapies such as an Herbal Steam Room to flush out toxins and boost blood circulation, lovely hot shower facilities, and an elegant Vitality Pool with water jets to deliver amazing body and neck massages. The heat promotes healing by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow, hence delivering more oxygen and key nutrients to cells, and flushing out toxins.

Cool down in between hot therapies with cold therapies such as the Ice Fountain and cold showers. These encourage blood vessels to narrow and decreases blood flow to reduce swelling and inflammation. For optimal results, try alternating a few minutes of heat therapy with a minute of cold therapy, and repeat this several times. This prompts deep detoxification, healing and relaxation, and is the best way to end your water-themed weekend or summer vacation!

 

These are some of my favorite water experiences on Sentosa Island, but believe me, there is even more to discover!  Make sure to ask your Personal Assistant at Capella Singapore to help in your activity selection.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed!

Mother’s Day Macarons

“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world.  No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” — Gail Tsukiyama

Mother’s Day is around the corner and I am always look for special ways to thank my mom for all she does.  So, every year I bake or cook something for my mom on Mother’s Day.  For this year’s recipe I asked Breidenbacher Hof’s Executive Chef, Phillip Ferber, for his favorite Mother’s Day treat.  And trust me, you are going to love it.  The pink color looks fantastic and it is absolutely delicious.  It is Mother’s Day Macarons!

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Ingredients

  • 150g icing sugar
  • 90g ground almonds
  • 30g sugar
  • 72g egg white (corresponds two egg whites)
  • Pink food coloring

Preparation
Mix together all ingredients and add as much food color as you need for your perfect pink tone.  Fill the dough into an icing bag.  Preheat the oven to 100°C and pipe both parts of the macaron (the upper and bottom surface) onto the baking tray.  The macarons should have a diameter of about 2cm. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.  When done, let them cool down for about half an hour.

Rhubarb Filling:

Ingredients

  • 300g Ivoire Valrhona
  • 80g sweet cream
  • 60g stewed rhubarb
  • 500g raspberries
  • 500g blueberries

Preparation 
If you like to prepare the stewed rhubarb on your own,  I would recommend to mix 100g of rhubarb (cut in dices) with 3 table spoons of water and boil it for a while.

At the same time,  heat the cream in another pan and mix together with the chocolate until you have achieved a creamy texture.  Cool down the delicious cream in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Then, beat the cream to make it fluffy and fill it into an icing bag.

Building the Macaron
Take the bottom portion of the baked macaron and pipe the rhubarb filling onto the bottom layer.  Add fruit (I suggest raspberries or blueberries) and top with the other end of the pastry.

The macarons are not just a pretty present for Mother’s Day, but a delicious one as well.  So enjoy!  There is no better way to show your mother just how much you love her.

Muttertags Macarons

“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” — Gail Tsukiyama

Der Muttertag steht vor der Tür und ich freue mich riesig. Es ist die Gelegenheit, meiner Mutter für all Ihre Bemühungen zu danken. Jedes Jahr backe oder koche ich etwas Leckeres für meine Mutter zum Muttertag. Für das diesjährige Rezept habe ich unseren Breidenbacher Hof Küchenchef, Phillip Ferber, nach seinem Lieblingsrezept gefragt. Glaubt mir, Ihr werdet es lieben. Die Pinke Farbe passt perfekt und sie schmecken köstlich. Die Muttertags Macarons!

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Muttertags Macarons:

Zutaten

  • 150g Puderzucker
  • 90g gemahlene Mandeln
  • 30g Zucker
  • 72g Eiweiß (2 Eiweiß)
  • Pinke Lebensmittelfarbe

Zubereitung
Alle Zutaten zusammenmischen und beliebig viel Lebensmittelfarbe für den perfekten Pinketon hinzugeben. Anschließend den Teig in einen Spritzbeutel füllen. Heizt den Ofen auf 100 grad vor und spritzt spiralförmige ca. 2 cm große Kreise auf das Backpapier. Den Teig zwischen 30 und 40 Minuten backen lassen, nach dem Backen die Macarons-Schalen auf dem Backblech abkühlen lassen für 30 min, sonst gehen sie kaputt.

Rhabarber Ganache:

Zutaten

  • 500 g Himbeeren
  • 500g Blaubeeren
  • 300 g weiße Kuvertüre (z.B von Ivoire Valrhona)
  • 80 g frische Sahne
  • 60 g Rhabarber Kompott (ohne Zucker)

Zubereitung
Falls Ihr den Rhabarber Komplott selbst machen möchtet, empfehle ich Euch 100 g Rhabarber, geschält und in Würfel geschnitten, mit 3 EL Wasser köcheln zu lassen. Der Rhabarber hat lange genug geköchelt, wenn er zu einer dickflüßigen Masse wird. Während der Kompott zieht, könnt Ihr die Sahne separat erhitzen. Nun die weiße Kuvertüre unter die Sahne mischen und das Ganze so lange rühren, bis es eine cremig Konsistenz bekommt. Anschließend für 30 Minuten im Kühlschrank abkühlen lassen. Die Sahne schräg schlagen um eine luftige Konsistenz zu bekommen. Sobald sie abgekühlt ist füllt Ihr sie in einen Spritzbeutel mit Sternhülle.

Fertigstellung des Macarons
Eine Macaron Schale von dem Backpapier lösen und auf eine Servierplatte platzieren. Gebt ein wenig von dem Rhabarber Kompott mittig auf den Macaron. Danach die Himbeeren oder Blaubeeren, was auch immer euch lieber ist, als seitliche Verziehrung verwenden und mit einem Macarondeckel vollenden. Ihr solltet vorsichtig sein und nicht zu dolle drücken, sonst reißt der feine Macaron.

Die Macaron eignen sich nicht nur ausgezeichnet für den Muttertag, sondern sie sehen auch fantastisch aus und schmecken fabelhaft. Die beste Gelegenheit, eurer Mutter zu zeigen, wie sehr Ihr sie liebt.

A Little Tennis In Dusseldorf

For the Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assitants, their absolute passion is to create unforgettable memories for our guests.  And quite often, this implies making the unexpected a reality, as was true recently for our Personal Assistant Malte.

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During a last minute visit , a guest expressed the desire to play a little tennis in Dusseldorf.  Malte, a former pro tennis player himself, immediately set out to find a court and a trainer for the guest.

Fortunately, due to his own experience, Malte knew the best courts in town and was able to leverage his connections to secure a prime location for the guest.  With the court booked and all other arrangements made, the only challenge remaining was finding a suitable hitting partner.  Again, Malte had the answer.

When the guest arrived in the Capella Living Room set to leave for some tennis, he found his Personal Assistant Malte waiting for him — tennis racket in hand!  Of course, Malte himself made the perfect tennis opponent with his experience on the world stage.  The guest was thrilled and the two set off for their match.

It probably came as no surprise that the guest had a fantastic match and a memorable experience from the visit.  In fact, he had such a great time that the next morning he even challenged Malte to another round!  They now have plans to play whenever the guest is back in Dusseldorf.

I am always amazed by the passionate and creative approach of our Personal Assistants team and the story of Malte the tennis player is just another example.  If you want to create your own Personal Assistant experience, then please feel free to contact them directly via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com or via telephone at +49- 211 160 900.

 

Eine Partie Tennis im Breidenbacher Hof

Die Passion der Persönlichen Assistenten im Breidenbacher Hof ist es, unseren Gästen unvergessliche Erinnerungen zu kreieren. Oft bedeutet dies das unmögliche möglich zu machen, was auch Malte vor kurzem im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes „am eigenen Leib“ erfahren durfte.

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Während eines Spontanbesuches nach Düsseldorf, äußerte ein Gast den Wunsch nach einer Partie Tennis. Malte, der selber einmal Profi-Spieler war, hat sich sofort an die Arbeit gemacht, einen entsprechenden Ort und Partner für das Tennisspiel des Gastes zu organisieren.

Glücklicherweise kennt sich Malte auf dem Gebiet hervorragend aus und konnte schnell eine erstklassige Location für den Gast ausfindig machen. Schnell war alles organisiert, bis auf die Herausforderung den richtigen Gegner für den Gast zu finden. Und wieder fand Malte die perfekte Lösung.

Als der Gast den Capella Living Room betrat, bereit für eine Partie Tennis, fand er seinen Persönlichen Assistenten Malte vor – mit seinem eigenen Tennisschläger in der Hand! Natürlich war Malte als Gegner wunderbar geeignet, mit seiner internationalen Tenniserfahrung. Der Gast war begeistert und sofort machten sich die beiden auf zu ihrem Spiel.

Es war natürlich keine Überraschung, dass der Gast ein fantastisches Spiel und somit ein unvergessliches Erlebnis von seinem Aufenthalt in Düsseldorf mit nach Hause nehmen konnte. Es hat ihm sogar so gut gefallen, dass er am nächsten Morgen Malte zu einer weiteren Partie Tennis herausgefordert hat! Seit dem verabreden sich die beiden immer zum Tennis, wenn der Gast wieder in Düsseldorf ist.

Ich bin immer wieder von der Leidenschaft und Kreativität unserer Persönlichen Assistenten beeindruckt. Die Geschichte von Malte und seiner Partie Tennis ist auch nur ein Beispiel von vielen. Wenn ihr auch Euer persönliches Capella-Erlebnis haben möchtet, dann kontaktiert doch einfach unsere Persönlichen Assistenten vor Eurer nächsten Anreise via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com oder Telefon unter +49- 211 160 900.