Discover Water Adventures On Sentosa Island

Suspension bridge at Palawan Beach

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 At The United States Botanic Garden

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“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”  I could not have said it better than our Nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  I hope to shower my children with as much love, kindness, and laughter as she does for my siblings and me.

When planning what to surprise my mom this Mother’s Day, I knew I wanted something different and unique.  Fortunately there is so much to do in Washington, D.C.!   This year’s plan: taking my mother to the United States Botanic Garden where we’ll be able to design and plant her very own garden.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.  The three-acre National Garden draws its inspiration from the regional environments from the Mid-Atlantic.  Within the National Garden, the major features include the Butterfly Garden, the First Ladies Water Garden, and the Lawn Terrace.

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You too can bring your mother to the USBG and help her choose from different plants to grow in her own vegetable garden!  From the ingredients you choose to be planted in your new garden, you can help her make two recipes and taste the fruits your garden will flourish into.  Get creative with your recipes and bond over family heritage traditions!  This program is designed for all ages; to learn more, visit here.

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Don’t forget to also take the opportunity to participate in the Mother’s Day Tour of the Rose Garden.  It is sure to be beautiful and a memorable experience for everyone!

USBG Rose Garden Tour

If you are staying at Capella Washington, D.C. Georgetown, your Personal Assistants are available to help plan your own Mother’s Day adventures either at theUnited States Botanic Garden or somewhere else. And if you are looking for a perfect brunch, join me at The Grill Room this Mother’s Day for a feast fit for a queen. It’s time to celebrate the most important women in our lives, our Moms!

 

Images via United States Botanic Garden

A Little Tennis In Dusseldorf

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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

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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.

 

Take A Catamaran Sunset Cruise To The Pitons

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Saint Lucia is a gorgeous island and one of the best ways to take in and enjoy all the stunning sights it has to offer, is by sea! Thankfully, Capella Marigot Bay is also a Marina, making it extra easy to find the perfect boating experience to suit your desires.

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One of my personal favorites is the Catamaran Sunset Cruise to the Pitons! The catamaran is a special type of boat whose wide base allows for faster sailing while providing ultimate comfort for passengers. This makes for an enjoyable experience where you can whisk along the water’s surface without excessive dipping and bobbing, something that lends itself really well to ideal snap shots and minimal drink spillage. And that will come in handy since it’s the sunset cruise is open bar with delicious rum punch, sparkling wine and even some of St. Lucia’s own lager, Piton Beer.

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The Pitons tower majestically above seemingly springing out of the sea itself and the Catamaran Sunset Cruise takes you right in between Petit Piton and Gros Piton. This also happens to be the location of a National Marine Reserve and so the catamaran stops for 45 minutes allowing passengers to snorkel and see some underwater Saint Lucian wonders!

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While the catamaran is stopped, the bar opens. Passengers can lounge and take in the sights while enjoying a cocktail and chatting with each other. As the sun begins to dip towards the horizon and the sunset lighting starts to set in, the crew plays some Caribbean dance music and the party begins.

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Some people dance while others lounge, sip on drinks and watch the merriment! The entire experience easily becomes an unforgettable memory shared with newfound friends who wave goodbye as the catamaran drops you back off at Capella Marinasunsetcruise8

Be sure to let your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant know if you would like to take a Catamaran Sunset Cruise and everything will be set up for you! Get ready for a gorgeous and fun-filled experience that will yield amazing photos and lifelong memories.

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Discover Indoor Skiing With The Breidenbacher Hof Insider

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Do you love skiing and snowboarding as much as I do? For me, the ski holidays always bring back family memories, as we spent almost every Christmas or Easter vacation in the mountains. Even the first glimpse of snow makes me want to grab my skiing equipment and get on the slope. Therefore, I was really sad when I missed out on my much loved routine this year.

Thankfully Malte, one of the Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistants, helped me out and suggested the Jever Ski hall in Neuss for an indoor skiing experience. At first, I was very skeptical – skiing inside a hall, 365 days a year with many others at the same time? To take away your skepticism, here’s a description of my experience in Neuss:

The ski hall is about 20 minutes from Dusseldorf, and as soon as I entered I felt like I was a world away. The entrance, set up with equipment rentals and ski attire,  has a cozy, yet busy atmosphere with many people walking around, trying to find their perfect winter outfit. I immediately felt as if I was in my usual ski resort. Believe it or not, the person helping me out even spoke with an Austrian accent!

Contrary to my expectations, I must admit that the ski slope is great! Not only due to the powdery snow, crunching underneath my ski, but also due to the varying degrees of difficulty offered – the ski hall is a weekend get-away for both beginners and experts. I mean, isn’t that amazing that I can experience snow whenever I like – even in summer!  It is a real highlight to be able to cool off for a few hours and even join in on the after-snow party.

My absolute favorite part though was the quaint and cozy atmosphere of the adjacent restaurant “Salzburger Hochalm”. I tried a yeast dumpling filled with jam called “Germknödel”, a traditional speciality from the Alps, which is part of my yearly holiday routine as well. It tasted just as good as in the mountains! It was wonderful to fall into my bed exhaustedly after such an exciting day.

If you are visiting Dusseldorf, but want to try this indoor skiing getaway for yourself, please contact your Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistants via email at pa.bbh@capellahotels.com or via telephone +49 – 211 – 160 900.