Get To Know Auriga Spa Director, Alan Navarrete

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney.

And that is exactly what Alan did! Alan was a part of the Auriga spa opening team in 2009 and now the spa welcomes Alan back as the new Spa Director.  As soon as I heard Alan was named the new Auriga Spa Director I couldn’t wait to talk to him about his plans, his goals and what’s to come at the spa.

Alan, welcome back to Auriga spa! Tell us, where did you go after you left the spa in 2010?
Thank you! It’s wonderful to be back. When I was here as the Assistant Spa Director and part of the opening team, I worked closely with Sylvia Sepielli, the visionary behind the Auriga spa concept. After spending time with her, I knew I wanted to be the Spa Director someday. I also knew to achieve this goal I needed to learn more about the world of spa and gain some valuable experience. So I traveled around the world as Spa Director for Canyon Ranch Spa Club on-board Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas. I learned different technics and treatments in many countries in different regions of the world. After three years of traveling and learning, I felt I was ready to come back to my country and pursue my dream at Capella Pedregal.

You literally have seen the world seeking knowledge to follow your dream. I find it interesting you joined the Personal Assistant team while waiting for your dream job. Tell us about this experience.

Yes, it was very important to me to be a part of the Capella team and the Personal Assistant role was a perfect position for me to perfect my customer service skills and build relationships with our guests. The Personal Assistants here are a professional group of individuals and have true passion to service the guest. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them for a year.

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It’s like you planned everything perfectly and you were ready when the opportunity presented itself.

Yes, I knew I was ready! As we say in the spa world, the stars were aligned and it must have been the right phase of the moon when my dream finally came true. It is a true honor to be appointed to this very prestigious position.

And now, what are your plans for Auriga?

My plan is to build on the foundation that has already been set which earned the spa the recognition as the “World’s Best Spa”.  The plan for Auriga has always been to transcend into our guest’s lives and incorporate spa and wellness into the overall experience. I will work with the team to incorporate our land and take advantage of our unique location to provide amazing Baja inspired treatments and memorable guest experiences. Great things are to come. I will keep you posted!

 

Auriga Spa Designer Sylvia Sepielli Visits Capella Pedregal

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Last week the team at Capella Pedregal had the honor of welcoming renowned spa designer and planner, Sylvia Sepielli.  This was her first visit back since Auriga spa opened and I was excited to catch up with her.

 Sylvia, we are so happy to have you back with us! What brings you to Capella Pedregal?

I am so excited to be back! During these past years, Auriga has evolved and grown, so I came to add some new training and re-energize the team. I wanted to see with my own eyes how the concept has changed.

What do you think about the evolution of Auriga spa in Cabo?

I am truly amazed by how much the team really understands the concept and personally conveys it to the guests. Auriga spa is named after the constellation, of which Capella is the brightest star.  When Mr. Schulze and I were developing the concept, the moon came to our minds immediately.  It is so powerful and can help our guests re-connect with their origins.  The Capella Pedregal Auriga team completely understands the purpose of each element. They have created the perfect balance between the moon, the sea and “pure Baja” by incorporating local traditions.  It has become such a special place and I am really proud of them.

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Can you help us understand more about the Moon connection to life?

I always like to compare it to the seasons of the year:

  • New Moon = Winter or the beginning
    Similar to bears hibernating, it’s time to save energy and build strength.  You sow the seeds in your life`s ambitions, reflect and make a wish.
  • Waxing Moon = Spring or plant new life

It is time to refocus your energy and nourish yourself so you can reach your goals and a higher potential.

  • Full Moon = Summer or the height

Most cultures traditionally celebrate the full moon as a time when the mind and body is most fertile. Embrace creative impulses and say yes to what might come your way.

  • Waning Moon = Fall or cleansing

Just as trees lose their leaves, this is the time to release tensions and toxins.

If you were to recommend a treatment each guest should experience, which one would it be?

I would say a Moon Treatment to start your vacation with balance and also the Ancient Traditional Massage, it’s fantastic!

 

Mr. Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, and Sylvia visualized Auriga spa as a relaxing retreat during a vacation and a way to transcend our guest’s lives. Make sure you ask your Personal Assistant at pa.pedregal@capellahotels.com to help set up your own Auriga experience.

Sylvia Sepielli, Diseñadora de Auriga Spa visita Capella Pedregal

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La semana pasada el equipo de Capella Pedregal tuvo el honor de dar la bienvenida a la renombrada diseñadora y planificadora de Spa , Sylvia Sepielli. Esta fue su primera visita desde que abrió Auriga Spa y yo estaba emocionada de ponerme al día con ella.

Sylvia, estamos muy contentos de tenerte de vuelta con nosotros! ¿Qué te trae a Capella Pedregal?

Estoy muy emocionada de estar de vuelta! Durante estos últimos años, Auriga Spa ha evolucionado y crecido, por lo que  vine a agregar un poco nuevo entrenamiento y re-energizar al equipo. Quería ver con mis propios ojos cómo el concepto ha cambiado.

¿Qué piensas acerca de la evolución del  Auriga Spa en Cabo?

Estoy realmente asombrada por lo mucho que el equipo realmente entiende el concepto y personalmente lo transmite a los huéspedes.  Auriga Spa lleva el nombre de la constelación, de la cual “Capella” es la estrella más brillante. Cuando el Sr. Schulze y yo estábamos desarrollando el concepto, la luna vino a nuestras mentes inmediatamente. Es tan poderosa y puede ayudar a nuestros huéspedes  a re-conectarse con sus orígenes. El equipo de Auriga Spa  de Capella Pedregal entiende completamente el propósito de cada elemento. Ellos han creado el equilibrio perfecto entre la luna, el mar y “La Baja pura” mediante la incorporación de las tradiciones locales. Se ha convertido en un lugar muy especial y estoy muy orgullosa de ellos.

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¿Puedes ayudarnos a entender más acerca de la conexión de la luna y la vida?

Siempre me gusta compararla con las estaciones del año:

  • Luna Nueva = Invierno o el principio

Al igual que los osos que hibernan, es el momento para ahorrar energía y aumentar la fuerza. Siembras las semillas de las ambiciones de tu vida, reflexiona y pide un deseo.

  • Luna creciente = Primavera; planta una nueva vida.

Es hora de volver a enfocar tu energía y nutrirte a ti mismo para que puedas alcanzar tus objetivos y en su mayor potencial.

  • •Luna Llena = Verano o la altura

La mayoría de las culturas tradicionalmente celebran la luna llena como un momento en que la mente y el cuerpo están más fértiles. Abraza tus impulsos creativos y di sí a lo que pueda aparecer en tu camino.

  • •Luna Menguante = Otoño o limpieza

Al igual que los árboles pierden sus hojas, este es el momento de liberar tensiones y toxinas.

Si tuvieras que recomendar un tratamiento que cada huésped debería experimentar, ¿cuál sería?

Yo diría que un tratamiento de Luna para iniciar sus vacaciones con equilibrio y también el Masaje Antiguo Tradicional, es fantástico!

 

El Sr. Horst Schulze, presidente y CEO de de Capella Hotel Group, y Sylvia visualizaron Auriga spa como un refugio para relajarse durante unas vacaciones y una forma de trascender en la vida de nuestros huéspedes. Asegúrate de pedir a tu Asistente Personal, en pa.pedregal@capellahotels.com, ayuda agendar tu propia experiencia Auriga .

Wellness Activities in Baja

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Happy New Year!  I hope the year started wonderfully for you!  For me personally, the New Year is always a time to reflect on all the good things in my life, my achievements in the previous year, and plans to start new beginnings with fresh ideas.  I like to start off with good intentions to make positive changes in my life.  This year especially, I want to focus on wellness in all areas of my life.  In Baja there are many activities that promote wellness and I wanted to share three of my favorites with you.  I believe they are a great way to connect with nature, your body and your spirit and I plan to experience them as frequently as possible this year!

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SUP Yoga:  I love SUP yoga, because it allows me to practice yoga in my favorite environment: the sea!  If you are not familiar with SUP yoga, it is yoga but done on a stand up paddle board (SUP) on the sea.  I love how it enhances the yoga experience and benefits, and really strengthens your core and balance.  You can partake SUP yoga classes at Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas (please check with your Personal Assistant on the dates, as they are organized as special events).  I also love to take an unplugged weekend in Los Barriles and attend SUP yoga classes with the locals.

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Surfari Trips:  If you like safari, you need to try a Baja surfari; a surf trip around Baja, where you get to surf some of the best surf spots in Baja!  Surfaris provide a very unique opportunity to experience nature, the ocean, hidden bays and small villages—all while learning new surfing skills and spend quality time with friends or family.  I love surfaris in Baja, as you can join them any time of year – because we are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, there are always great surf breaks somewhere.

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Spa Time:  for a complete restoration of body and health there is nothing like a visit to the spa.  At Capella Pedregal’s Auriga spa we have just launched the entirely new wellness program with wellness treatments and 1- to 3-day wellness packages based on moon phases.  One of my new favorite treatments is Harmonyum. Gabby, the therapist, who was trained exclusively on this treatment, explained that our body has the power to heal itself when we are in perfect harmony and it all starts in the spine, which connects and protects all the nerves in our body.  She explained that the Harmonyum method, which is based on curing with energy, works on the spinal column and the organs.  It transmits positive impulses to the body through the nervous system.  The experience is extremely relaxing, and you can feel the benefits throughout your body for days.  You will feel energized physically, mental and emotionally.

 

For more information on any of these and other wellness activities in Baja, please contact our Personal Assistants.

 

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Auriga Detox Day At Capella Singapore

Detox Tips

With the Christmas season behind us, here in Singapore, the festive feasting continues with the Lunar New Year just around the corner.  During this time, Detox is the buzz of the town.

I had the wonderful opportunity to try out the Auriga spa Detox Day treatment which was something specially designed by Auriga spa to compliment The Organic Pharmacy’s 10-Day Detox Programme, a special kit that comes complete with tailored menus, recipes and activities to guide you through a 10-Day Detox ritual.

Detox Tips

While I was looking through The Organic Pharmacy’s 10-Day Detox Programme, I was thrilled to find a series of simple Detox tips to an effective detoxification process.  Here are a few of my favourite:

  • On waking each morning, drink glass of hot water with half a lemon squeezed in it.  The lemon provides nutrients to your body, which is quickly absorbed because there is no food yet in the body.  This practice also helps to break down the mucus in the body and alkalises the tissue.  Not to mention, the tangy zest from the lemon is a sure wake-me-up.
  • Ten minutes of breathing exercises, followed by another ten minutes of stretching is great for clearing and calming the mind as well as to get the blood circulating.  If you do not have much time, reduce the time to five minutes for each.  I felt so refreshed and rejuvenated after taking time off from my busy schedule to do this.  Stress is one of the biggest causes of the buildup of toxins in the body so this is the perfect preventive measure.
  • Before taking a shower, gently dry brush the skin to improve blood circulation and remove impurities on the skin.  I particularly love the soothing feeling of the dry bristles exfoliating the skin.
  • Shower and massage the body with body oils containing rosemary and grapefruit essential oils.  Besides its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, Rosemary has been known to boost the immune and circulatory system.  Meanwhile, grapefruit oil is not only a lymphatic stimulant, but also has anti-depressant properties- sure to keep you feeling positive.

If your New Year’s resolutions are of the wellness variety, these Detox tips are something to consider.  In fact, you can also pamper yourself and get detoxed in style at Capella Singapore’s Auriga spa with the Auriga Detox Day treatment.

5 Beauty Tips From Capella Pedregal’s Auriga Spa

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Summer season is slowly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean our beauty regiments should stop!  I spoke with Capella Pedregal’s Auriga spa Manager Vanessa Infante and got some beauty tips on how to maintain your skin, hair and nails.

5 Beauty Tips
How can we keep the summer glow on our skin last all year long?
This is such a great question and the good news is you probably already have a lot of what you need in your kitchen already.  I recommend looking for your seasonal fruits and vegetables at home, checking their benefits, and using them internally for food and externally on your skin.  For example, here in Baja mangos are readily available.  This is perfect, because mangos make a great mask as they are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins.  Other examples include using coconut as a scrub and Aloe Vera as a toner.  These are elements readily found in Baja and actually featured in our Baja Flavor spa treatment.

How can I prolong my summer tan?
Contrary to what might be believed, I recommend always doing a scrub before spending time in the sun.  This way the dead cells will fall off and allow a stronger tan to develop.  After the sun don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin!  At Auriga we recommend Seaweed Body Scrub, and our signature Rose Crystal Lymptahic Facial.

How can I repair and treat sun damage?
Aloe Vera is the best remedy for burnt skin; it reduces pain and inflammation, it heals your wounds, it balances and restores your skin, and it is antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-icthing and anti-ageing.  Aloe Vera is a native Baja plant, and we use it a lot in the spa.  I love a special treatment at Auriga called Sun Worshiper that helps guests to recover from a day in the sun.

What about  hair?  I often find it dull and dry after being in the ocean and pools so much during summer?
At this time of the year our hair is usually extremely dry and damaged by the sun’s heat, UV rays, seawater and pool chemicals.  I recommend using a hydrating and restoring hair mask.  Make sure to leave it in long enough to really penetrate the hair shaft.  The Julien Farel salon at Auriga spa offers the new Hydrate Restore Hair Care by Julien Farel that truly works miracles on damaged hair follicles.

My nails get soft and start breaking during summer.  What do you recommend for stronger nails?
Strong nails require hydration as well.  I recommend applying a small amount of shea butter every day to your nails, cuticles and skin, which, thanks to the vitamin E, will keep them nourished.  Before your nail polish always apply a professional base coat, it will create a protective film on your nails and also it will help it last longer.  At Auriga we recommend our unique Rejuvenation Foot & Hand treatment, which eliminates any nail problem you might have, shapes and restores the nails with buffing technique, and makes you feel like your walking on cotton after a relaxing massage.

What other beauty tips would you recommend for maintaining healthy skin all year long?
Always use a sun protector, even in winter, and drink plenty of water!

For more information about Auriga spa at Capella Pedregal, Julien Farel salon and our menu of services, please visit our website: click here.