Get Fit For Summer At Breidenbacher Hof

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Summer is always a great time to focus on creating a fitness routine.  After all, instead of sitting bundled up in our homes, everyone is outside enjoying the sun!  If you haven’t found a program yet, don’t worry, there is still time.  Here at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, we have established a relationship with Daniel Philipp-Personal Training company that provides personal training services to guests looking to stay fit while on the road.

I have had the pleasure of working out with trainer, Alexander Rauhof, who has definitely helped me keep my summer fitness goals on track.  And today you are in luck!  Alexander has agreed to share some fitness secrets with you.  These will help you address your full-body with specific attention to the core, upper body and lower body.  Let’s do this! Time to get fit for summer!

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Lunge forward with your right leg.  Land on your heel, then your forefoot.  Lower your body by flexing your knee and hip on your front leg until the knee of your rear leg is almost in contact with the floor. Then return to the original standing position.  Repeat this exercise with your left leg afterwards.  Do 10 repetitions on each side to reach best training results.

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Lie on your back in neutral spine, with you knees bent and feet on the floor.  Your legs should be hip distance apart and your arms extended along your sides.  Press your arms and feet down on the mat to lengthen your spine, then push your hips up.  You have reached the perfect bridge position when your weight lies on shoulders with your knees, hips and shoulders in line.  Your abs and hamstrings should be engaged.  You are perfectly executing this exercise the moment you feel the tension within your entire body.
Pause at the top of the bridge to challenge yourself.  It gets even more intense lifting one leg off the mat.  Try the same for the other leg and repeat the whole process 10 times on each side.

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Make sure your hands are directly beneath your shoulders with the rest of your body extended out in a line.  The tops of your feet can either be flat on the floor or you can curl your toes if you prefer.  Your shoulders should be located directly above your hands,  your heels pushing back in plank pose resembling a high push up position.  Hold that position for 50 seconds.

Alexander recommends that you repeat every exercise 10 times a day.  You can expect to start seeing results in just a few weeks.  Remember, the next time you are at the Breidenbacher Hof, our Personal Assistants would love to book you a professional fitness lesson, so you can take your fitness level one step further.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Travel Tips

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While traveling is an adventure, it is always important to have a plan on how to manage certain tasks.  I asked one of the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants how they recommend dealing with everyday tasks visitors often must deal with.  Of course, they not only had an answer but a plethora of information on how to eliminate these little stressors!  When staying at Capella Ixtapa your Personal Assistant and the entire team will make sure to help you with any request and information, but I thought these tips may help put your mind at ease before you even set foot in Ixtapa.

Medical Services in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
At Capella Ixtapa we have medical assistance available 24/7.  In case of emergency when you’re out and about, you can call us and we’ll immediately organize help for you.  There are several hospitals and private clinics that can provide you with necessary treatment.  And if you ever need an ambulance with urgency, dial 065 from any fixed phone or 114 from a cell phone. See the list of Clinics and Hospitals in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo here.

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Tips about Water in Mexico
The running water at Capella Ixtapa is purified and safe to drink.  Most restaurants in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo have purified water (but we recommend that you double check with your waiter), but we advise caution when eating on the street.  According to the saying “better safe than sorry,” we suggest that you drink bottled water when strolling around town and pay attention how your street food or drinks are prepared.  If the water for the dish needs to be boiled, you have nothing to worry about.

Electricity in Mexico
Mexico’s electricity system is the same as that of the USA and Canada with 120 V.  Any devices that you use at home you will be able to use in Mexico with no problem.

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Money & Currency Exchange Tips in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
The official currency used in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the Mexican Peso ($), but most businesses and service providers will probably accept American Dollars as well (check the exchange rate with the provider before you decide to pay in your currency).  VISA and Master Card are the most widely accepted credit cards.  American Express is also accepted, but sometimes with added fixed fee.  To ensure a more favorable exchange rate and to ease getting change back from a vendor, we recommend exchanging your money into pesos.  Banks are open on weekdays, closed on national holidays and a few are open on Saturdays.  Hours are (normally) from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  You will need a photo ID to complete transactions. In many cases, a driver’s license is not accepted; you will need to show your passport. ATMs are very common in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and are the easiest source for cash.

Tips about tipping in Mexico
Tipping guidelines for Mexico are nearly the same as  tipping guidelines used in the United States or Canada, with some exceptions.  In restaurants the tips range between 10% – 15%, depending on your satisfaction of the service received.  If you feel that the waiter did an exceptional job in welcoming you and creating an amazing experience, you can leave 20% or a tip of your preference.  See more tipping & etiquette tips on Trip Advisor here.

Swimming in the Pacific Ocean
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many beautiful beaches (see some of my favorite beaches in Ixtapa here, and Zihuatanejo here).  Travelers should understand that hotel managers, lifeguards and other interested parties operate a flag warning system for the beaches.  Red flags mean you should not enter the water, not even to wade.  This could be because of a strong undertow or that a school of stinging jellyfish is making its way through Ixtapa.

Language
People working in the hotel industry normally speak English, and the majority of locals speak enough English so your every day communications should not be a problem.  If you master some basic words in Spanish like Thank you (gracias), Please (por favor), Where is it? (donde está?), locals will appreciate your trying.  In fact, most of people will help you learn some more words as well!

Tips on Rental Cars in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
To rent a car, you must have a valid drivers license, be 18 years or older and leave a deposit with a credit card.  Your Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistant will be happy to arrange a car rental for you if you desire, but can also arrange alternate services to drive you.  Try to limit driving to daylight hours as some of the highways have free-roaming livestock; keep your eyes on the road and drive defensively.  There are Pemex gas stations all throughout the area.  Mexico has a government-funded highway patrol, the Ángeles Verdes or “Green Angels”; these are green trucks that patrol the major highways twice a day and provide emergency service.  The service is free, but you will be charged if supplies are needed.

Tips About Public Transportation & Taxis in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
Taxis are available 24 hours a day.  They are located at all major hotels, downtown and at the airport.  Negotiate the fare before accepting the ride and keep in mind that the cost is per cab, not per person.  To call a taxi, call your Personal Assistant.  There are also public buses that run between towns.  We recommend renting a car or a taxi, or hiring a driver to explore the downtown, marina, remote beaches and enjoying other experiences in the area.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Time Zone
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is in the Central Time Zone and observes daylight savings time.

US Consular Agency (an extension of the Embassy in Mexico City)
The closest US Consular Agency to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is located in Acapulco.  Phone: +52(744)481-0100, Phone/Fax:(52)(744)484-0300, E-Mail: ConAgencyAcapulco@state.gov.

For more information on Ixtapa Zihuatanejo travel tips, please send us an email to pa.ixtapa@capellahotels.com, or call us at: USA Toll Free: 1 (877) 296-8889, Canada Toll Free:1 (855) 842-3399, Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-838-6501, Mexico: +52 755 5551100

Have more questions?  Please leave them in the comments below!

Top 5 Things To Eat At Rheinkirmes

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Dusseldorf’s biggest summer event is without question the Rheinkirmes. For the 115th time, the Rhine meadows will be transformed into an unique amusement park. A huge summer festival completed with traditional beer tents, spectacular modern rides, live bands, rustic food, candy stands and about four million visitors of all ages enjoying it. It is amazing!
The 9-day fair ties together traditions, culinary experiences and modern entertainment.  There is so much to do and see, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  One of my favorite parts is the food!  So I thought it would be fun to share my top 5 things to eat at Rheinkirmes with you.

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#1 Battered Fried Fish
If you like fried fish you will love the German Backfisch. You have the option between the fish on a roll or with fries as a side dish. Don’t forget the remoulade – it pairs perfectly.  This is a must eat at the fair!

#2 German Sausage
No trip to the Rheinkirmes is complete without some sausage.  Bratwurst is served on a roll along with a traditional side of sauerkraut.  Of course you can’t forget the mustard!  It is available in a wide range from spicy and coarse to sweet or hot, and everything in between.

#3 German Potato Pancakes
There is nothing like eating a freshly made Kartoffelpuffer (aka German potato pancake) with apple sauce.  It’s the perfect mix between sweet and hearty.  Don’t forget to order #4 along with it!

#4 Alt beer
Dusseldorf is the center of one of the most interesting beer regions of Germany. So, you don’t want to miss the Alt beer of Düsseldorf. We have three tradional breweres at the fun fair Füchschen, Uerige and Schuhmacher.  Every local has a favorite, so be sure to try them all and choose your own allegiance!

#5 Roasted almonds
You better buy two, because they just taste that delicious. The perfect mix between crunchy and sweet and you can just snack them while strolling through the attractions.

 

I Look forward to hearing your feedback about my top 5. By the way, food isn’t the only treat to discover!  A Rhine river cruise during the fireworks is my absolute favorite and a definite must-see. Next time you are staying at the Breidenbacher Hof, just ask your Personal Assistants and they will take care of all arrangements.

Die 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes

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Düsseldorfs größtes Sommerfest ist die Rheinkirmes. Zum 115. mal, wird das Rheinufer von Düsseldorf in einen einzigartigen Freizeitpark verwandelt. Ein riesiges Sommerfest mit traditionellen Bierzelten, spektakulären Fahrattraktionen, live Bands, herzhaften Leckereien, Süßigkeiten und über vier Millionen Besucher aller Altersgruppen. Es ist großartig!
Die 9-Tage andauernde Kirmes vereint Traditionen und kulinarische Köstlichkeiten mit Unterhaltung. Da es so viel zu entdecken gibt, fühlt man sich leicht überwältigt. Das beste an der Kirmes ist das Essen! Daher teile ich heute mit Euch meine 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes.

 

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# 1 Backfisch
Falls Ihr frittierten Fisch mögt, werdet Ihr den Backfisch lieben. Als Beilage könnt Ihr zwischen einem Backfisch im Brötchen oder frischen Pommes Frites entscheiden. Ihr müsst unbedingt die Remoularde probieren – Sie passt perfekt. Ihr solltest Euch dieses Gericht nicht entgehen lassen!
#2 Bratwurst
Ein Ausflug zur Kirmes ohne Bratwurst, ist kein richtiger Kirmesausflug.
Die Bratwurst wird in einem knusprigen Brötchen serviert, mit Sauerkraut als traditioneller Beilage. Den Senf nicht vergessen! Dieser ist erhältlich in den verschiedensten Geschmacksrichtungen von würzig und grob bis hin zu süß und scharf ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei.
#3 Kartoffelpuffer
Es gibt nichts Besseres als einen frisch zubereiteten Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus. Er ist der perfekte Mix zwischen süß und herzhaft und schmeckt am besten mit der #4!
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Düsseldorf liegt im Zentrum einer der interessantesten Bierregionen in Deutschland. Also führt kein Weg an einem Düsseldorfer Altbier vorbei. Es sind drei klassische Brauereien auf der Kirmes vertreten Füchschen, Uerige und Schuhmacher. Jeder Düsseldorfer hat seinen persönlichen Favoriten, Ihr solltet alles probieren um auch Euren Favoriten auswählen zu können!

#5 Gebratene Mandeln
Ihr solltet Euch direkt zwei Packungen kaufen, denn diese Mandeln schmecken köstlich. Der perfekte Mix zwischen knusprig und süß, Ihr könnt sie snacken während Ihr die Fahrattraktionen erlebt.

Ich freue mich schon über Eurer Feedback bezüglich meiner Top 5. Außerdem, gibt es nicht nur Essen zu entdecken! Eine Rheinschifffahrt während des Feuerwerks ist meine absolute Krönung und ein definitives Muss. Wenn Ihr das nächste Mal zu Gast im Breidenbacher Hof seid, fragt unsere Persönlichen Assistenten und sie werden sich um alle Gegebenheiten kümmern.

Detox Day at the Spa Breidenbacher Hof

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Recently I have been feeling slightly sluggish.  I mentioned this to one of the Personal Assistants here at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel and fortunately she had the perfect answer:  A Detox Day at The Spa!  I couldn’t agree more and quickly booked myself in for some pampering.

I started my day early, and after a fantastic breakfast with fresh fruit and a cup of green tea,  I changed into a fluffy bath robe and slippers from the hotel and headed to the Schnitzler Beauty Lounge at the Breidenbacher Hof. 

Our Personal Assistant booked me a Metall – Transmutation.  This is an all around detoxing body treatment. The whole treatment lasts about 4.5 hours and is especially relaxing experience. The products used are from St.Barths line of cosmetic. The treatment really addresses everything from head-to-toe.  Starting with a cleansing facial, moving onto a soothing massage and followed by an indulgent manicure/pedicure.

I loved that all the treatment rooms are designed to reflect the four elements (earth, air, fire and water). I was in the fire cabin. Perfectly matched to my mood!

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Detoxing can be a great way to get your health back on track. So, let me give you my top 3 detoxing tips:

1) Eat Your Asparagus
Asparangus is loaded with nutrients. It is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium,  a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells.
2) Partake In A Sauna Experience
My spa therapist recommended the sauna and told me all about the amazing benefits.  Saunas can cleanse your skin,  promote better circulation and strengthen your immune system.  They also help with killing germs!
3) Don’t Forget Water
This is always shows up on detoxing lists and for good reason!  The body is made up of 70 per cent water and needs around 6 to 8 glasses a day to keep it hydrated and help flush out toxins.

As an extra shot, this will cost $375.

Taking time for myself was just what I needed to get refocused and feel my best.  What about you, are you ready for a Detox Day?  If so, and if you are visiting Breidenbacher Hof, be sure to let your Personal Assistants know.  They will organize the perfect experience for you!

Entgiftungskur Im Breidenbacher Hof Spa

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Vor Kurzem fühlte ich mich ein wenig träge. Als ich dies einem Personal Assistant im Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel, mitteilte hatte er die perfekte Lösung für mich parat: Eine Entgiftungskur im Spa! Eine großartige Idee. Die PA’s haben /hatten alles für mich gebucht und ich musste nur meinem Termin entgegen fiebern.
Ich starte meinen Tag gerne früh und kam in den Genuss eines fantastischen Frühstücks mit frischem Obst und einer Tasse grünem Tee. Anschließend zog ich den hauseigenen flauschigen Bademantel und die Hausschuhe an und begab mich in die Schitzler Beauty Lounge im Breidenbacher Hof.
Mein Personal Assistant buchte mir eine Metall – Transmutation, eine Ganzkörper Entgiftungskur, die 4 Stunden andauert. Die verwendeten Produkte stammen aus der Kosmetiklinie St.Barth und verwöhnen einen von Kopf bis Fuß. Die Behandlung begann mit einem Gesichtspeeling, das in eine beruhigenden Massage führte. Abgerundet wurde das Ganze mit einer professionellen Pediküre/Maniküre.
Ich liebe es, dass alle Behandlungsräume die vier Elemente wiederspiegeln (Erde, Luft, Feuer und Wasser). Ich war im Feuer Behandlungsraum, der perfekt zu mir paste!

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Entgiftungskuren sind eine tolle Möglichkeit, um seinem Körper etwas gutes zutun. Hier sind meine Top 3 Tipps zum entgiften:
1. Esst Spargel
Spargel ist reich an Nährstoffen. Er steckt voller Ballaststoffe, Folat, Vitamin A, C, E und K sowie Chrom, ein Spurenelement, das die im Blut befindende Glukose schneller in die Zelle transportiert.
2. Entdeckt die Sauna für Euch
Mein Personal Assistent hat mir die Sauna empfohlen und erzählte mir von ihrem positiven Nutzen. Saunieren reinigt die Haut, sorgt für eine bessere Durchblutung und stärkt das Immunsystem. Es tötet sogar Bakterien ab.
3. Trinkt Wasser
Dies taucht auf jeder Entgiftungsliste auf, und das aus einem guten Grund! Der Körper besteht zu 70% Wasser und braucht zwischen 6 und 8 Gläser Wasser am Tag, um zu funktionieren. Gleichzeitig hilft es dabei, die Giftstoffe aus dem Körper zu spülen.

As an extra shot, this will cost $375.
Mir einmal Zeit für mich zu nehmen, war genau das, was ich gebraucht habe, um wieder fit zu werden. Wie sieht es mit Euch aus, seid Ihr bereit für eine Entgiftungskur? Falls ja und Ihr seid zu Gast im Breidenbacher Hof, wendet euch an einen unserer Personal Assistants. Sie werden das perfekte Erlebnis für euch organisieren.