Shopping In Dusseldorf

Shopping In Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf has a lot to offer: It is famous for its beer and breweries, for being the traditional stronghold of Japan in Germany, for its beautiful Rhine promenade, some great traditional meals – and of course, shopping!  I am always impressed with how many different kinds of shops and boutiques can be found in Dusseldorf.  I am always excited to find a new haunt for my shopping adventures.

What I like most about shopping in Dusseldorf, is the variety of different shopping places and possibilities: You find shopping malls like the Schadow Arcades, the Sevens and the Kö-Gallery.  There is also the Old Town (a great source for trendy stores), the Wehrhahn (a long street with shops and department stores) and of course the famous Königsallee, which I would like to present to you in a bit more detail.

Shopping In Dusseldorf

The Königsallee is not just the most luxurious but also the most beautiful street in Dusseldorf. Imagine not rushing from shop to shop but rather doing a wonderful idyllic walk between the nicest shops and cafés.  It is not just shopping, it is more, it is a must have experience you will never forget. The boutiques of the world’s most famous brands can be found here and offer both individualized and private service.  Although most people walk the Königsallee to go shopping, it is not just about shopping.  This street is the place to see and be seen in Düsseldorf.  Honestly, I really like having a coffee in one of the pretty cafés at the Königsallee, relaxing and watching the bustling activity.  It is great for people watching—especially if you are fond of fashion!

Because the shops are very exclusive and selective, the Personal Assistant at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, have developed special relationships with the Königsallee community.  They can organize special shopping experiences for you with the stores.  Private late night shopping? An in-room fashion show or a tour with your personal shopping consultant? Whatever your heart desires, our Personal Assistants and their cooperative neighbors at the Königsalle would love to fulfill your shopping dreams.

So the next time you are in Dusseldorf be sure to do some window-shopping along Königsallee.  And if you are ready for the real thing, allow our Personal Assistants to create a memorable experience for you!

Shopping In Düsseldorf

Shopping In Dusseldorf

Düsseldorf hat eine Menge zu bieten: Es ist berühmt für seine Brauereien und ihre Biere, für die größte japanische Kolonie außerhalb Japans, für die wunderschöne Rheinpromenade, traditionelle Gerichte – und für das Shoppen natürlich! Ich bin immer wieder überrascht, wie viele verschiedene Geschäfte und Boutiquen Düsseldorf aufweist. Es macht mir Spaß, regelmäßig neue Lieblings-Shoppingmöglichkeiten zu erkunden.

Am meisten begeistert mich aber die große Vielfalt an verschiedenen Einkaufsplätzen: Es gibt Einkaufszentren, wie die Schadow Arkaden, das Sevens und die Kö-Gallerie. Dann gibt es natürlich die Altstadt mit einer schönen Auswahl an trendigen Läden, der Wehrhahn, eine lange Straße mit Geschäften und Kaufhäusern und nicht zu vergessen die berühmte Königsallee, über die ich Euch heute mehr erzählen möchte.

Shopping In Dusseldorf

Die Königsallee ist nicht nur die luxuriöseste Straße in Düsseldorf, sondern auch die Schönste. Stellt Euch vor nicht von einem Ort zum anderen quer durch die Stadt zu hetzen, vielmehr einen gemütlichen Spaziergang entlang einer idyllischen Allee und des Kö-Grabens zu genießen und auf diesem Weg alles zu finden, was das Shoppingherz höher schlagen lässt, inklusive kleiner Cafés für eine Pause zwischendurch. Es geht nicht einfach nur um das Shoppen, es ist vielmehr ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Die Weltberühmtesten Marken der Modebranche sind hier vertreten und bieten einen unglaublich privaten und individuellen Service. Obwohl das Einkaufen im Mittelpunkt steht, ist die Königsallee einfach ein Ort zum Sehen und Gesehen werden. Ehrlich gesagt finde ich es spannend mich in einem der schönen Cafés zu entspannen und dabei dem Treiben der Leute zuzusehen. Es macht Spaß, die Menschen zu beobachten – vor Allem, wenn man Modeinteressiert ist!

Im Laufe der Zeit haben auch wir, der Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel, uns als Teil der Königsallee eine gute Freundschaft zu den umliegenden Boutiquen aufgebaut. Es ist genau dieser exklusive und ausgewählte Service, mit dem unsere Persönliche Assistenten Eure Shoppingträume erfüllen. Ein privater Nachteinkauf? Eine Modenshow auf dem eigenen Zimmer oder eine Tour mit einem ausgebildeten Shoppingberater? Was auch immer Euer Herz begehrt, unsere Persönlichen Assistenten und ihre kooperativen Nachbarn auf der Königsallee würden sich freuen, Euch zu Eurem persönlichen Shoppinghighlight zu verhelfen.

Also, wenn ihr das nächste Mal in Düsseldorf seid, genießt doch einen kleinen “window-shopping” Ausflug auf der Kö und wenn ihr möchtet, kreieren unseren Persönlichen Assistenten Euch ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!

Trekking through Singapore’s River Safari

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Towards the end of 2012, the Wildlife Reserve Singapore opened the River Safari, which highlights the Giant Panda Forest, the new home of Kai Kai and Jia Jia, two exotic Giant Pandas.  Recently, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to visit the River Safari and it was truly a spectacular experience.

Interestingly, just like Capella Singapore, the River Safari is set on 30 acres of tropical rainforest.  It is a river-themed zoo located right in between the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari.  As its name suggests, the River Safari is inspired by eight of the world’s most famous rivers, like the Nile, Congo, Ganges, Yangtze just to name a few.

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My favorite part of the experience was learning about the different rivers and their unique eco systems.  At the Yangtze River, you can find exotic Chinese Giant Salamanders, while the Mekong River housed the endangered and rare Giant Catfish and Giant Stingrays.  Over at the Congo River and Mississippi River, you can find the world’s smallest crocodile, the African Dwarf Crocodile, a mesmerizing Jewel Cichlid and North America’s largest fresh water fish, the impressive Alligator Gar.

In addition to the exotic marine species, the River Safari also features an array of adorable mammals like the famed Giant Pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia as wells as the sedentary Red Pandas.

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At the Giant Panda Forest, there is also a quaint restaurant called Mama Panda Kitchen, which is a must-try. True to its namesake, the restaurant is Panda themed and features traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist—like the steamed Tau Sa Pau (Red Bean Paste Bun) in shape and with the face of a panda.

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While the River Safari is still not fully open, the completed park is expected to be ready later this year. The new section will feature the Amazon River quest where you will find other interesting creatures like the White-Faced Saki Monkey, a Two-Toed Sloth, Brazilian Tapir and many others.

If you are planning a holiday to Singapore, be sure to save a day to visit the River Safari. What is perfect is that the Singapore Zoological Gardens, River Safari and Night Safari are all connected and the Personal Assistants at Capella Singapore are more than happy to arrange for you to visit all three attractions.

The Amazing Beaches Of Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo Beaches

In my last blog post I shared with you some of my favorite beaches in Ixtapa.  Today I would like to share with you a selection of my favorite beaches in Zihuatanejo.  Both destinations offer beautiful beaches, suitable for any kind of interest or activity you might wish to partake.  I am certain that you will find your favorite!

Zihuatanejo Beaches

ZIHUATANEJO BEACHES

Playa Principal (or Main beach)
Located in downtown Zihuatanejo, this beach is about 400 meters (0.25 miles) long, with many restaurants alongside it.  At the pier you can take a boat to Playa Las Gatas beach, for a fishing trip, and it is where the passengers from luxury cruises arrive for a tour of our cities.  From here I love to admire four other beaches located within our bay (Playa La Madera, Playa La Ropa, Playa Las Gatas and Playa Contramar).

Playa Larga (or Long Beach)
As its name suggests, Playa Larga, is the longest beach in the area with more than 3 km (1.8 miles).  There are restaurants with hammocks that serve fresh seafood and perfect cocktails.  I love jogging here in the morning with my dog, and taking long walks, or just relaxing and enjoying the sounds of the ocean.

Playa Blanca (or White beach)
After Playa Larga you will find Playa Blanca. Here is the renowned “Barra de Potosi” (Potosi’s river mouth), a small fishing villag, which sits on a lagoon that is rich in bird life.  I love visiting for a relaxing day of taking photos at the lagoon.  Read about my trip to Barra de Potosí here.

Playa La Madera (or The Wood beach)
This is the smallest beach within our bay.  It is 300 meters (0.18 miles) long and has very soft waves.  It is ideal for relaxing. I love to spend my time here with family and friends.  Its name originates from colonial times when Spanish trading ships loaded oak, pine and mahogany at this point.

Playa La Ropa (or The Clothes Beach)
Playa La Ropa is probably the most famous and popular beach of Zihuatanejo.  According to local legend, Playa La Ropa got its name when a commercial Spanish galleon, which was returning from the Orient, shipwrecked at the entrance of the bay and its cargo of fine silks and clothing washed ashore.  When snorkeling, pay attention, you might find some of the remains of the galleon (I always bring my goggles!).

Playa Las Gatas (or The Cats Beach)
I love the history of this beach: The legend says that king Purépecha used to come to this beach to relax.  He ordered the construction of an underwater reef, in order to eliminate any waves, so his wives could swim in calm waters and not be bothered by harmless cat sharks, which lived at the bottom of this beach many, many years ago.  Because of this reef, the ocean here seems calm like a lake or a pool.  It is great for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Playa Contramar
While I wouldn’t recommend this beach for lounging, it is a beautiful place to snorkel!  Instead of sand, the beach is made up of surf-polished rocks and not sand.  The coral and rock formations are impressive and there is even a “secret” tunnel!

Whether in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo, there is clearly a beach for everyone.  Be sure to ask your Personal Assistant for help in selecting the perfect beach for your excursion.  And share photos with me on Twitter (@CapellaIxtapa) – I love to see them!

Las Fabulosas Playas De Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo Beaches

En mi última entrada en el blog les compartí nuestras playas favoritas en Ixtapa. Hoy me gustaría compartir con ustedes una selección de mis playas favoritas en Zihuatanejo. Ambos destinos ofrecen hermosas playas, las cuales satisfacen cualquier interés o actividad que quieras realizar. Estoy segura de que encontrarás tu favorita!

Zihuatanejo Beaches

PLAYAS DE ZIHUATANEJO

Playa Principal
Ubicada en el centro de Zihuatanejo, esta playa tiene cerca de 400 metros de largo, con muchos restaurantes en ella. En el muelle puedes tomar una lancha a la Playa Las Gatas, para hacer un poco de pesca, y es en este mismo muelle donde los cruceros llegan para que sus pasajeros conozcan la ciudad. Desde este punto me encanta observar las otras 4 playas que se ubican en la misma bahía (Playa La Madera, Playa La Ropa, Playa Las Gatas y Playa Contramar).

Playa Larga
Como su nombre sugiere, Playa Larga, es la playa más extensa de la zona con más de 3 km. Hay varios restaurantes con hamacas que sirven frescos mariscos y perfectas bebidas. A mi me encanta correr aquí con mi perro por las mañanas, así como también hacer largas caminatas, o simplemente relajarme y disfrutar el sonido de las olas rompiendo en la playa.

Playa Blanca
Después de Playa Larga encontrarás Playa Blanca. Aquí se encuentra la famosa “Barra de Potosí”, un pequeño pueblo pesquero, ubicado entre el mar y una laguna rica en especies de aves. Me encanta visitarla durante el día para relajarme mientras tomo fotos en la laguna. Le mi post sobre la Barra de Potosí aquí.

Playa La Madera
Esta es la playa más pequeña de la bahía, tiene 300 metros de longitud y un oleaje muy suave. Ideal para relajarse. Yo prefiero venir aquí con familia y/o amigos. Su nombre tiene origen en tiempos de la colonia cuando los barcos españoles cargaban pino, cedro y caoba en este sitio.

Playa La Ropa
Playa La Ropa es probablemente la playa más popular de Zihuatanejo. De acuerdo a la leyenda local, su nombre viene de el naufragio de un galeón español, el cual volvía del Oriente, y al encallar en la entrada de la bahía toda su carga compuesta de finas sedas y ropas flotó hasta la playa. Cuando hagas snorkel aquí, presta atención, puedes ver algunos de los restos de este galeón (yo siempre llevo mi visor y snorkel!)

Playa Las Gatas
Me encanta la historia de este sitio: La leyenda dice que un rey Purépecha solía venir a esta playa a relajarse. Ordenó entonces la construcción de un arrecife artificial, para así eliminar el fuerte oleaje, y sus esposas pudieran nadar en aguas tranquilas y no ser molestadas por los inofensivos tiburones gato, los cuales vivían en el fondo de esta playa muchos años atrás. Es por este arrecife, que el océano aquí es tan tranquilo com un lago o piscina. Es maravillosa para hacer snorkel y buceo.

Playa Contramar
No podría recomendar esta playa para relajarse, pero si es un sitio increíble para realizar  snorkel! En lugar de arena, la playa se conforma de millones de rocasnpulidas por el mar. Las formaciones rocosas y el coral son impresionantes y hay incluso un “túnel secreto” subacuático.

Ya se Ixtapa o Zihuatanejo, hay playas para todos los gustos. Asegúrate de preguntar a tu Asistente Personal a que te ayude a elegir la playa perfecta para tu excursión. Y por favor compártenos tus fotos por Twitter (@CapellaIxtapa), me encantaría verlas todas!

A Visit to the Magical Espiritu Santo Island

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Espiritu Santo Island is a hidden, uninhabited gem, in Baja California Sur, Mexico.  It is located about 1 hour boat drive from the capital of Baja, La Paz, which is 2.5 hours away from Capella Pedregal and Cabo San Lucas.  This Unesco-protected natural reserve is a place where nature, peace and tranquility prevail.

Here, you can literally unplug and take a break from it all.  There is no phone signal, no internet connection and no electricity.  Perfection!  Instead, the activities on Espiritu Santo Island take you outside.  From swimming with sea lions (the island is a home to a colony of around 300 sea lions), to stand up paddle boarding in some of the most amazing turquoise bays, to kayaking and watching dolphins and manta rays jump out of the water right in front of you, to witnessing amazing sunsets and starry nights, chance are you won’t even miss your electronics!

I like the island so much that I’ve made it my traditional birthday getaway.  Every July we drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz (two hour drive with amazing desert scenery) and park at Tecolote beach, which is looking straight at the island.  From there we rent a panga to take to the island.  The captain can give you a tour around the island (don’t forget your sunblock and a camera).  I like to book a campsite and stay for a few days, but I also highly recommend the visit to the island as a day trip.

Every time I visit, sky-high red cliffs, windblown sand dunes, picture-perfect turquoise bays and wildlife blow me away.  It almost feels like I am Robinson Crusoe on my own private island.  It is so beautiful and pristine, it will make you fall in love and come visit again and again.  I promise!

If you are interested in visiting the island during your next Cabo visit, by all means, ask your Capella Pedregal Personal Assistant to help plan it.