Discover The Wellness Retreat at Capella Singapore

I love exploring the furthest corners of the world.  However, very often, I find myself returning from a vacation feeling like I need another one to recover from the first.  So after all the excitement of New Year, Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, I finally decided that it was time to take a quieter sort of vacation.  I checked myself in for Capella Singapore’s new Wellness Retreat.

The retreat began with a private consultation with a dietician, and a wellness dinner at The Knolls.  I was fully expecting ‘rabbit food’, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that beyond a tasteless plate of greens, I was treated to a Thai Beef Salad, Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust and Homemade Tiramisu – all nutritionist approved.  They tasted delicious, and left me feeling less lethargic than usual.

Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust

Baked Cod Fish with Olive Mozzarella Crust

Day Two began bright and early at 7:30am with a personal training session with multiple Manhunt Singapore winner, Jovin Koh.  Jovin discussed my fitness abilities and goals with me before putting me through a series of weight resistance and intensive cardio exercises that gently tested my personal limits.

After ‘paying my dues’ at the gym, breakfast and lunch were rare treats. The highlight of the day however must have been the spa session at Auriga Spa.  The herbal steam room, ice foundation, vitality pool and 90-minute Shiatsu massage were uniquely revitalising.

By Day Three, I didn’t even need my alarm clock get up in time for sunrise yoga at 8am.  My body was so well rested that it didn’t scream for more snooze time.  Going through the gentle yoga postures also helped me discover a newfound sense of balance and well-being.

15. Sunrise Yoga

I emerged from the retreat feeling more than five years younger and absolutely radiant.  I also scored useful tips to embark on a lifelong journey towards healthier living. Here are five detox tips I learnt from senior therapists of Auriga Spa Amapola Nazareno and Chang Huang Mei.

GET REAL – Avoid processed food as they are packed with chemicals and preservatives. Pick real and whole food, whenever possible.

DECAF – Avoid drinking too much coffee and black tea – these stimulants dehydrate the body.

REHYDRATE – Drink up to 2 litres of water daily. Keep a bottle on your desk so you won’t forget.

BRUSH UP – Use a body brush in the morning to stimulate lymphatic circulation and drainage.

SUPPLEMENT – Natural supplements can help your body cope with a hectic and stressful lifestyle. Vitamins, antioxidants, probiotics and other superfood sweep away harmful free radicals and flush out toxins to keep your body in tip top condition.

To find out more about Capella Singapore’s Wellness Retreat or making reservations, please dial +65 6591 5000 or email


Auriga Detox Day At Capella Singapore

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.

Detoxing Tip: Cocoa Tea

Happy New Year from Capella Ixtapa!  How was your holiday season?  I have to admit, mine was fabulous!  But after enjoying the holidays surrounded with my family and dear ones, savoring many of our traditional dishes at home and at the resort, I think it is time for a thorough detox inside and out.  Fortunately, Alex Branch, Executive Chef has offered to share his favorite detoxing tip: Cocoa Tea!

To help detox our body after a holiday season, Alex recommends enjoying a Cocoa Tea.  Besides it’s amazing smell, this delicious tea is filled with antioxidants.  Cocoa is rich in magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.  Cocoa can increase the level of serotonin, which can contribute our feelings of wellness and happiness.  It is a slight antidepressant and stimulant similar to the body’s own dopamine and adrenaline.  Cocoa can even help to keep blood pressure low.

Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea Recipe

2 Tbsp            Ground Cocoa Beans
2 pieces         Clove
1 stick            Cinnamon
2 oz                Vanilla Extract
4 pieces         Black Peppercorns
4 oz                Ginger
12 oz              Water

Heat water to a boil, add cocoa beans and boil for 5 minutes.  Then turn off heat and add remaining ingredients.  Allow mixture to steep for 8 minutes, pass through a sieve into a mug.  Serve hot.

Tip De Desintoxicación: Té De Cacao

Feliz Año Nuevo de parte de Capella Ixtapa!  ¿Cómo estuvo tu temporada de celebraciones? Tengo que admitir, ¡la mía estuvo fabulosa! Pero después de disfrutar estas celebraciones rodeada de familia, y seres queridos, saboreando muchos de los platillos tradicionales en casa y en el resort, creo que es hora de una profunda desintoxicación interna y externa. Afortunadamente, Alex Branch, nuestro Chef Ejecutivo nos ha ofrecido compartir su secreto favorito para desintoxicar: ¡Té de cacao!

Para ayudar a desintoxicar nuestro cuerpo después de la temporada navideña, Alex recomienda disfrutar un té de cacao. Además de su maravilloso olor, este delicioso té está lleno de antioxidantes. El cacao es rico en magnesio, zinc, hierro, potasio y vitaminas A, B1, B2, B3, C y E. El cacao incrementa los niveles de serotonina, la cual contribuye a nuestro sentimiento de bienestar y felicidad. Es también antidepresivo y un estimulante similar a la propia dopamina y adrenalina del cuerpo humano. El cacao puede incluso auxiliar a mantener baja la presión sanguínea.

Cocoa Tea

Receta para Té de Cacao


2 cucharaditas         Granos de Cacao molidos
2 piezas                     Clavo
1 ramita                     Canela
2 onzas                      Extracto de Vainilla
4 piezas                     Granos de Pimienta Negra
4 onzas                      Jengibre
12 onzas                   Agua

Calentar agua hasta hervir, añadir los granos de cacao y hervir por 5 minutos. Apagar el fuego y añadir el resto de los ingredientes. Dejar reposar la mezcla durante 8 minutos, servir en una taza colándolo a través de un tamiz o filtro. Sírvase caliente.