A Visit To Auriga Spa At Capella Marigot Bay

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As the newest member of the Capella Hotels family, there is so much of Saint Lucia and Capella that I am excited to share with you!  I thought it would be fun to start with one of my favorite destinations, Auriga spa at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina.  It has become an immediate favorite spot for guests and it is easy to see why.

spa1Nestled in its own private section of the resort, Auriga spa holds the key to ultimate relaxation and bliss.

spa17With a warm and friendly smile, the therapists at Auriga spa are knowledgeable and always ready to guide you in your spa experience. When I came in with sunburnt skin, they helped me choose the right treatment for me and tailored it to help heal my burn. They even sent me home with some cooling aloe and mint gel and invaluable advice on how to prevent future sunburns.  I was so thankful to have their guidance and care!

spa2In the lounge area, I had the opportunity to enjoy some Mint Chlorophyll Water which has a long list of impressive health benefits: it helps cleanse the liver, helps the body heal faster, has antiseptic benefits, removes toxins and heavy metals, helps build healthy blood cells and increases the disease resistance of cells. It also happens to be delicious and incredibly refreshing!

spa6Each spa cabana is private and serene with a view of lush foliage since Auriga spa is ensconced in a captivating array of St. Lucian flora.

spa15In fact, it boasts a bonafide garden complete with St. Lucian almonds, mint, basil, and many more aromatic herbs that the team at Auriga will gladly share with you.

While enjoying some much needed waterfall hot tub time, Miss Lune (or Spa Mama as she is lovingly referred to by everyone at Auriga) brought us freshly picked St. Lucian almonds that taste better than any almond I’ve ever had. Such lovely little gestures bring the experience at Auriga to all new heights!

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spa11Once I’d experienced the hot tub, steam room and sauna, my therapist treated me to the perfect massage. Free of all the tension that had built up in my muscles, I felt better than I had in a long time. Mental, spiritual and physical wellness is a primary focus of the Auriga spa philosophy and I definitely felt that after my treatment.

I also went home with a great tip from the therapists that I want to share with you now, especially with summer coming up! We know Aloe Vera gel is an amazing after-sun treatment for your skin, but you can take it to the next level by keeping it in the refrigerator. The innate therapeutic and conditioning properties of the Aloe will get to work healing your skin while the cool temperature of the gel will draw heat out of your skin providing you with instant relief. Reapply as necessary.

Make sure to schedule a visit to Auriga spa at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina during your visit to Saint Lucia.  Your Personal Assistant can work out all the details, so that you too can discover the amazing and healing treatments!

Muttertags Macarons

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“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.

Have an Underwater Adventure With Snuba in St. Lucia

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Most people see the word “snuba” and think it’s probably just a typo, but don’t worry, I didn’t accidentally misspell the word “scuba.” Snuba is actually a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, combining the best aspects of both activities. And St. Lucia happens to be one of the best places to participate in this fun and easygoing yet adventurous experience!

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Snuba lets you explore the world that exists under the sea with all the freedom of diving, but without any of the concerns associated with a deep dive. It’s the perfect way to have your ocean adventure while on your romantic getaway or family vacation without having to worry about lengthy training and bulky equipment. Under the supervision of certified snuba guides,  divers are able to choose the depth they are most comfortable with up to 20 feet, making snuba an exciting yet safe experience.

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From coral reefs exhibiting their very own ecosystems to unusual marine life, these clear, calm waters are renowned for their diverse scenery. St. Lucia is considered one of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations! Needless to say, the island offers plenty of deep sea scuba diving and snorkeling to suit all tastes. Deep or shallow waters, St. Lucia’s abundance of divergent sea life is a sight to behold!

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Whether you’re with your sweetheart or with a whole group of friends, snuba will give you the chance to create cherished memories. Not sure how to go about setting up your snuba excursion? Fear not! Your very own Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant will be more than happy to set you up with the snuba experience that best fits your desires and comfort level. Just promise me you’ll bring an underwater camera and share the photos with me on your favorite social media platform, ok? I can’t resist gorgeous underwater photography!

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Hey Mr DJ – Get To Know DJ Mr. Best

DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore's New Year's Eve Countdown Party
DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore's New Year's Eve Countdown Party

DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

I personally believe that there can be no party without good music.  Music is the heartbeat of any party—it breathes life into it, injects new emotions, and brings dissimilar people and diverse worlds together.

Few people understand this better than DJs.  The best DJs jet between cities and style epicentres, bringing the party to people.  Their music is always rich, hypnotic and refreshing.

This week, I had the honour of speaking to Los Angeles-born DJ Mr. Best (Ryan), who has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious parties, including The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and The Emmys.

Ryan has kept crowds riveted at movie and television premiere events such as Seven Pounds, Salt, Black Swan and Lost, and graced private A-lister parties for Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad.

After a year of fabulous performances, he will be rounding up 2014 at Capella Singapore’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.  I managed to catch him just before his big performance to find out what sort of music gives closure to one amazing year, and launches the next fabulous one.

If you are planning your own year-end parties, this might inspire you as well.

What are your all-time favourite end-of-year songs?

For the most part, these consist of holiday music, along with the biggest tracks of the year. The holiday music I love playing the most is Christmas In Hollis by Run D,M.C., Last Christmas by Wham!, All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, and Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

What is currently on your playlist?

The artist Banks is on my playlist. Her music makes me feel that ‘something’.

Which are three of the best musical festivals to look out for in 2015?

I’m looking forward to Coachella (an annual Californian music and art festival in April) and Lollapalooza (an annual music festival in Chicago from end-July). At some point, I’d also want to experience Burning Man (an annual event that takes place in the Nevada desert every August).

What is it like spending New Year’s Eve in Singapore?

The word that describes New Year’s Eve in Singapore is ‘magic’. It’s a magical place that leaves me feeling inspired from its culture and architecture.

What’s in your music line-up for Capella’s New Year’s Eve party?

I’ll be including all the big hits from 2014 and years past. It will be a fun-filled night, and my mission is to make guests smile and dance through to the New Year.

What is your 2015 New Year resolution?

It is to stay hungry.

 

For more information on Capella’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, click here.

Cocktail Inspiration For Memorial Day And Beyond

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With Memorial Day weekend in close reach, families and friends in Washington, D.C. gear up for a variety of festivities to honor the veterans and famous Americans who have served our country.   This holiday also marks the launch of the summer season, a stretch of many special ceremonies, concerts, festivals, performances, and much more!

At Capella Washington, D.C. I’ll be soaking up the long holiday weekend with a batch of warm weather-ready, refreshing cocktails prepared by my favorite bartender, Angel Cervantes!  To give you a brief background, Angel Cervantes began bartending in the late 1980’s at various restaurants in and around Georgetown.  In 1995 he took the helm as Head Bartender at Mark Miller’s “Red Sage”.  After some time he moved to be Head Bartender at “Shelly’s Backroom” in 2002 and then in 2004 took on the position at Michele Richard’s “Citronelle” where he continued to impress and enjoy the company of Georgetown locals until it closed its doors in 2011.  Angel has been at the Rye Bar at Capella Washington D.C. since spring 2013!

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Angel and Food & Beverage Manager, Will Rentschler have created a brand new summer cocktail menu for guests to enjoy in the Rye Bar, The Grill Room, Rooftop Bar & Lounge, and the outdoor terrace on the C&O CanalCapella D.C. is truly my favorite place to be in Georgetown, not just because of the gorgeous location, but also because of the personalized service and the unique variety of offerings created each season.  A prime example is Angel’s signature Rye Bar Cocktail Series and workshop, where guests and locals have a chance to learn and craft fun, seasonal cocktails while enjoying a delicious dinner afterwards in The Grill Room.  The cocktail series continues this summer and I highly suggest you reserve your seat fast!

Rye Bar Summer Cocktails

I had a chance to get a sneak preview of the summer cocktail menu and wanted to share this exclusive recipe with you!

“Imperfect” Martini

Half Moon Gin 1 oz

Templeton Rye 1 oz

Pimm’s liqueur 1/4 oz

Lemon Juice 1/2 oz

Simple Syrup 1 oz.

Splash of Luxardo Cherry Juice

Splash of Champagne

Preparation: Combine each ingredient together in a pint glass with ice then stir with a metal bar spoon until chilled.  Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry wrapped in a lemon twist.  Cheers!

If you plan to visit Capella this spring & summer, I invite you to try our new cocktails at the Rye Bar, or partake in a Rye Bar cocktail class with our Head Bartender, Angel and create your own!  For more information and reservations please contact us at 202-617-2424, or send an email to the Capella Washington, D.C. Personal Assistants at pa.dc@capellahotels.com.

Capella Constellation Series At Capella Washington, D.C.

Capella Constellation & Dinner Series Rooftop

Earlier this month I had the incredible honor to present the Capella Constellation Series to our CEO & Chairman of Capella Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Horst Schulze & our Board of Directors!  It was a bitter cold evening in February, but the night sky was gorgeous and clear.  The gentlemen met me in the Capella Living Room, where Mr. Schulze asked our guide, University of Maryland Astronomer, Alex McCormick, to give us a brief introduction of “what we [were] about to see.”  Alex explained that the Capella Constellation Series is a brand new experience for hotel guests and the public that includes an interactive three-course meal and wine pairing in The Grill Room, followed by an extraordinary stargazing experience on the rooftop lounge during dessert and beverages, all along learning about the universe from the guides themselves.

Capella Constellation & Dinner Series Rooftop

The stargazing experience begins with Alex identifying and discussing familiar objects in the night sky, first with the naked eye and then using astronomical binoculars.  Then, using Capella Washington, D.C.’s  magnificent research grade telescope, we observe the stars, planets, and moons in greater (and informed!) detail.

We arrived to the rooftop and Alex explained to each of us that there are specific stars in the sky that we can use to help us locate different constellations.  I won’t to give too much away, but let’s just say this activity left the entire group very impressed!  We were all excited to discover that once we located the North Star in the Northern Hemisphere, we were able to find the Capella Star, directly above the hotel!

Capella Constellation & Dinner Series Lamb

Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga and the sixth brightest star in the night sky.  Capella also occupies one vertex of the Winter Hexagon, a pattern of bright stars connecting six different constellations.

To our unaided eye, it looks like one bright star, but Capella is actually a system of four stars.  The two brightest stars are similar in color to our Sun, but each of them is about 10 times the diameter of the Sun, and approximately 2.5-2.7 times the mass of the Sun.  At approximately 42 light years from Earth, we have a hard time separating these two bright stars even with a very large telescope.  In order to get their separation, astronomers used a technique called interferometry, which employs two points of view separated by some distance in order to provide better resolution.  Capella was the first astronomical object outside of our Solar System successfully observed with interferometry!

Mr. Schulze and our Board of Directors had a wonderful evening and were fascinated by the stars and planets that we were able to see through the telescope from Capella’s rooftop.

For questions regarding upcoming Capella Constellation Series experience as well as to make reservations, please contact Elisabeth Thomas at (202) 617-2429 or e-mail elisabeth.thomas@capellahotels.com.