Discover Auriga Spa’s Sun Worshiper Treatment

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Summer is my favorite season of the year. During the summer months, my hair gets lighter, my skin gets darker, the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer and life in Cabo gets better.  This summer, I spent most of my time in the sun, between enjoying Don Manuel’s pool and trying some of the summer activities the Capella Pedregal Personal Assistants recommended.  But last weekend was, even for me, too much time in the sun.  I got an awful sunburn and my skin was hurting.  Luckily, Alan Navarrete, Auriga Spa Director, recommended I try the Sun Worshiper treatment at the spa that was specially designed for moments like this.

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Normally, any Auriga spa experience starts with relaxation time in the wet areas followed by a foot ritual before going into the treatment room. Since my skin was so delicate, Betty, the therapist, encouraged me to only spend time in the ice room and not the steam room, which was a great recommendation.  From there she started with my foot ritual (using cold water) and I immediately felt better.

The Sun Worshiper treatment started with cold towels on my feet and back that helped to release the tension and the burning.  Next was the hydrating full body mask to nourish my skin and activate the natural collagen in my body.  The mask included mineral-rich organic algae, luscious aloe vera, aloe vera gel (harvested from plants in Capella Pedregal’s own desert grounds) and green tea extracts, rich in antioxidants.

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Once my body was completely relaxed, the masseuse Betty gave me a mini facial with Osea’s product, Ocean Lotion, a sun repair and hydrating oil. All Osea natural products specialize in vegan skin care from the sea and are used on the rest of the body. To my surprise, the facial also included a cranial massage. By this time my mind was relaxed and my skin was feeling so much better. I have to say, because of my damaged skin, a typical massage would have hurt too much, but the softness and delicacy of this treatment was just what I needed!
Now you know, next time you spend too much time in the sun at Capella Pedregal’s pools, experience the Sun Worshiper treatment at Auriga spa, trust me, you will feel much better.

Descubre el tratamiento de Auriga spa para Amantes del Sol

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Verano de es mi estación favorita del año. Durante los meses de verano, mi cabello se vuelve más claro, mi piel se oscurece, el agua en el océano Pacífico se calienta más y la vida en Cabo se pone mejor. Este verano, me pasé la mayor parte de mi tiempo en el sol, entre disfrutar de la alberca del Don Manuel’s y probar algunas de las actividades de verano los Asistentes Personales de Capella Pedregal recomiendan. Pero el pasado fin de semana fue, incluso para demasiado tiempo bajo el sol. Tuve una quemaduras de sol horribles y mi piel dolía. Por suerte, Alan Navarrete, Director de Auriga Spa me recomendó probar el tratamiento Sun Worshiper en el spa que fue especialmente diseñado para momentos como este.
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Normalmente, cualquier experiencia del Auriga spa comienza con un tiempo de relajación en las áreas húmedas, seguido de un ritual de pies antes de entrar en la sala de tratamiento. Ya que mi piel estaba tan delicada, Betty, la terapeuta, me alentó a solamente pasar el tiempo en el cuarto de hielo y no en sauna , fue una gran recomendación. A partir de ahí empezó con mi ritual de pies (con agua fría) y de inmediato me sentí mejor.
El tratamiento Sun Worshiper ( Amante del Sol) comenzó con toallas frías en los pies y la espalda que ayudaron a liberar la tensión y el ardor.. Después fue la máscara hidratante de cuerpo completo para nutrir la piel y activar el colágeno natural de mi cuerpo. La máscara incluye algas ricas en minerales orgánicos, suculento aloe vera , gel de aloe vera (cosechado de plantas en el propio terreno del desierto de Capella Pedregal) y extractos de té verde, rico en antioxidantes.
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Una vez que mi cuerpo estuvo completamente relajado, la masajista Betty me dio un mini facial con el producto de Osea, Ocean Lotion, una reparación de sol y aceite hidratante. Todos los productos naturales Osea se especializan en el cuidado vegano de la piel con productos del mar y se utilizan en el en cuerpo. Para mi sorpresa, el facial también incluía un masaje craneal. En ese momento mi mente se relajó y mi piel se sentía mucho mejor. Tengo que decir que, debido a mi piel dañada, un masaje típico me habría lastimado demasiado, pero la suavidad y delicadeza de este tratamiento era justo lo que necesitaba!
Ahora ya sabes, la próxima vez que pases mucho tiempo en el sol en las albercas de Capella Pedregal, prueba el tratamiento Sun Worshiper en el spa , confía en mí, te sentirás mucho mejor.

A Visit to Singapore’s Little India

Inside the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

I had the chance to visit Singapore’s Little India this weekend. I love how Little India is just bustling with excitement and activity. The vibrantly coloured temples, together with the unmistakeable scent of exotic spices stimulate the senses, are truly an incredible experience.

In order to make the most out of my time in Little India, I set out to accomplish two main things: firstly, to take in the sights, sounds and scents of the district by walking through the famous historical five-foot walkways and secondly, to visit and appreciate one of the local Hindu temples.

I started my journey at Serangoon Road, the main thoroughfare of Little India, taking my time to wander through the little streets.  There are so many meandering walkways and streets that one could venture off into. Along the streets there are many little stalls selling floral garlands. These garlands,  which are used as a form of offering and adornment for the Hindu deities, are truly beautiful – handmade and created with fresh brightly coloured flowers.

Colourful garland stalls can be found all over Little India

Colourful garland stalls can be found all over Little India

I also enjoyed admiring the colourful animated altars that sat prominently on street corners and outside of Hindu-owned shops.

The Hindu god Ganesha is one of the more popular gods that can be seen in little altars around Little India

The Hindu god Ganesha is one of the more popular gods that can be seen in little altars around Little India

After taking my time exploring the effervescent streets of Little India, I decided to spend the next part of my afternoon in one of Singapore’s most famous Hindu temples, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Located along Serangoon Road, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore, built by Indian immigrants who came to work and live here in Singapore in the 1800s. The choice of deity, Sri Veeramakaliamman as the chief deity is also significant.  In the pioneer days, Indian immigrants experienced many hardships and obstacles.  Sri Veeramakaliamman is seen as a goddess who destroys evil and therefore worshiped for her power to help them overcome their struggles and challenges.

Inside the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Inside the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Visiting the temple was really an eye-opener. Life-like deities filled the temple with dedicated devotees paying homage to them. There was a distinct smell of incense in the air as the priests lit bowls of fire and incense to honour the gods and goddesses.

Little India has since become one of my favourite places to recommend to visitors. Its distinct character so far removed from the skyscrapers that fill the Marina Bay skyline and the air-conditioned malls of Orchard Road. It is a place where time has learnt to stay still, and, hopefully, for many years to come.

Little India is an easy 25-minute drive from Capella Singapore. Our Personal Assistants will be able to assist to organise tours and transport for you. They can be reached at +65 6591 5034/35 / pa.singapore@capellahotels.com.

 

Capella DC Staycation Tips for the Fall Season

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Summer vacations may be behind us, but weekends in September and October are one of my favorite times to experience the DC Metro area.  So much, I have decided to plan a staycation here at Capella Washington, D.C. Georgetown!  To do so, I’ve turned to my colleagues and D.C. natives for some of their most favorite activities and inspirations.

DC Staycation Tips:

Michael Katigbak, Capella D.C.’s Director of Sales & Marketing and his wife Courtney have lived in the city for many years, so I could not wait to hear their recommendations:

  • Walk to the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown to rent kayaks for a smooth drift down the Potomac River and down to Roosevelt Island, the best way to see how the river shapes its physical form and influences its wildlife.
  • Head to the Georgetown’s infamous West End Cinema to watch some of the best international films with a beer or a glass of crisp wine (also, the popcorn is a must! It’s rated the best in D.C.!)
  • Check out Union Market, located about 20 minutes from Capella on New York Avenue, but totally worth the trip!  While you’re there, grab a bite to eat, like the lobster rolls and Korean empanadas
  • Relax at Meridian Hill Park on a Sunday afternoon while enjoying a picnic by the well known drum circle, where DCists bring their favorite instrument to entertain passers by

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Potomac River

Jason, one of Capella D.C.’s wonderful Sales Managers and his seven-year-old son Isaac love family activities.  Some of their favorites include:

  • Saturday afternoons at the National Building Museum, where children and adults can both learn about architecture, design and engineering.  The museum also has specific programs for children with a staff member dedicated to curating these programs.  There are also special exhibits throughout the year.  See them by clicking here
  • The Discovery Theater (part of Smithsonian), for a variety of exhibitions, collections and cultural experiences contained on the National Mall.  This museum is great for children ages 2-16
  • Following a fun day at the museums, check out Chef Geoff’s, where you will find a delicious menu for adults as well as kids just a short walk from the mall’s museums
  • Last but not least, you must stop by Pinstripes in Georgetown for an afternoon of bowling and bocce ball over lunch or dinner right next door to Capella D.C.

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National Building Museum

The opportunities and experiences are endless and I am so grateful to my team for giving me these wonderful suggestions!  With my reservation on the books, I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  I also cannot forget to mention how excited I am to swim in the rooftop heated infinity pool and sip a cocktail from the lounge!  You can’t beat the feeling of exclusivity and outstanding views of our Nation’s Capital from the rooftop.

For more personalized recommendations and for information on planning your staycation experience be sure to contact one of our Personal Assistant’s at 202-617-2415 or e-mail pa.dc@capellahotels.com.

Capella Pedregal en su 5to Aniversario

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“El tiempo vuela cuando te diviertes!” Ciertamente lo hace! No puedo creer que hayan pasado cinco años desde la apertura de Capella Pedregal en julio de 2009. Tantas cosas maravillosas han sucedido. En sólo cinco años, el equipo ha logrado algunos de los mayores honores de la industria. Best Awards de Travel & Leisure Readers ‘Choice del mundo nombrados Auriga spa # 1 Spa en el Mundo en 2012 y en 2014 votaron Capella Pedregal Hotel # 1 en México y # 15 en el mundo! No olvidemos el codiciado premio AAA Cinco-Diamantes en los últimos tres años.

Pero para el equipo de Capella, lo más importante es la relación con los huéspedes. Nuestros huéspedes se han convertido en amigos y ahora piensa en Capella Pedregal como su segundo hogar . El equipo de pre-apertura fue un grupo de sólo 54 personas y ahora la familia Capella ha crecido hasta 450 personas! 450 personas que trabajan con el único objetivo de crear experiencias memorabkes para sus huéspedes.

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Cuando compartí con ustedes en blogs anteriores, del 9 a 13 julio, Capella Pedregal fue sede de la 3ra Edición de Sabor a Capella, Festival de Vinos y Comida. Estas fiestas culinarias reúnen un grupo de algunos de los mejores cocineros y mixólogos reconocidos, junto con grandes Tequileros y Bodegueros , que volaron desde diferentes partes del mundo para compartir su talento y conocimiento. Durante el festival, los chefs compartieron tiempo con los huéspedes, tanto en los eventos de las cenas como en demostraciones de cocina e incluso un crucero privado al atardecer que los llevaró a ver el hermoso Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Cada día era una celebración y una maravillosa exhibición de los mejores vinos, comida y cócteles, pero la última noche, la cena de gala, fue algo que nunca olvidaré. No fue sólo la noche de clausura del festival, sino que fue la celebración del quinto aniversario de Capella Pedregal.
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La celebración tuvo lugar en el restaurante Don Manuel’s y comenzó con una recepción donde brindamos con el champagne más fino de Taittinger, Blanc de Blanc 2012, Comptes de chanpagne, una reserva especial especialmente abierto en honor al gran aniversario! Más tarde, los chefs invitados y Chef Yvan Mucharraz prepararon una cena de cinco tiempos espectacularmente perfectamente marinado con deliciosos vinos. Al final de la velada el Gerente General de Capella Pedregal, John Volponi, agradeció al equipo y a los huéspedes por ser parte de este logro. La gran sorpresa fue que justo después de su discurso, una hermosa exhibición de fuegos artificiales iluminó el cielo y en cuanto la música de mariachi comenzó, los huéspedes recibieron luces de bengala. . Entonces la verdadera fiesta comenzó y todo el mundo bailó. Fue una noche maravillosa e inolvidable!

 

Feliz cumpleaños Capella Pedregal!

Discovering Soufriere, Saint Lucia

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In the month of August, Saint Lucia celebrates the two most beautiful flower festivals in the Caribbean region.  The Feast of La Rose originated from the seven years that Saint Lucia was fought over by the British and The Feast of La Marguerite was named after the French who also fought for this island for seven years.  Of all the things I enjoy the most about this beautiful island of Saint Lucia, I am always charmed by the indigenous flowers and plants found in gardens everywhere.  From Jade Vine to Torch Ginger, all 238 square miles are dotted with such a delightful variety of flora.

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In celebration of the flower festivals, I went on a tour to the most decorated town on the island, the town of Soufriere.  Soufriere played host to the flower celebrations this year and is also one of the most spectacular areas on island.  Before the parade began, I drove to the magical Botanical gardens which is where many of the plants are exclusively found in Saint Lucia. As I ventured further into the gardens I discovered the Diamond Falls.  This amazing waterfall is part of the world renowned Sulphur Springs which are a product of the worlds’ only drive in volcano.  Tourists and locals alike, travel specifically to this region to bathe in the healing waters of the Sulphur Springs and to experience their rejuvenating effects on the body.  The Sulphur Springs from which the town of Soufriere got its name, came into formation due to weak spots in the crust of an enormous collapsed crater, the result of volcanic eruptions of gigantic proportions that took place some 410,000 years ago.

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Similar hot springs feed the mineral baths into the Diamond Falls located on the Diamond Estate built originally in 1784 for the troops of King Louis XVI of France so that they could benefit from the therapeutic waters.  I was amazed at the thought that the springs contained healing properties and was really tempted to jump in.  On my way back to watch the parade I looked up to witness the most mesmerizing view of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the twin pitons.   These two volcanic spires, Gros Piton and Petit Piton are one of the main reasons why people visit this beautiful island.

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After enjoy the view, I returned to town just in time to see the denizens of Soufriere in colorful cultural wear as they  put on an event of pomp and pageantry, celebrating the island’s mixed heritage of English and French.  As the event continued with cultural  folk dances such as the Quadrille, the Mappa and the Belair, I could not help but be once again impressed by the beauty and energy of Saint Lucia.

creole-wearIf you are in Saint Lucia during the month of August, be sure to ask your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistants about the flower festivals, Feast of La Rose and Feast of La Marguerite.  And even if it isn’t August, make sure to make time to visit Soufriere, one of the many magical towns here in Saint Lucia!