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.

Entdecke Die Indoor Skihalle Mit Dem Breidenbacher Hof Insider

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Mögt ihr Ski fahren und Snowboarden genauso gerne wie ich? Ich verbinde so viele Kindheitserinnerungen mit dem Skiurlaub, da wir fast jede Weihnachts- und Osterferien in den Bergen verbracht haben. Schon wenn sich die ersten Schneeflocken zeigen, möchte ich am liebsten meine Skier schnappen und auf die Piste gehen. Aus dem Grund war ich sehr traurig, dass ich meiner Tradition des Skiurlaubes in diesem Jahr nicht nachgehen konnte.

Zum Glück hat mir Malte, einer unserer Persönlichen Assistenten im Breidenbacher Hof , Mut gemacht und mir die Jever Skihalle in Neuss für eine Indoor Ski Erfahrung empfohlen. Zunächst war ich etwas skeptisch – Ski fahren in einer Halle, 365 Tage im Jahr mit vielen anderen zur gleichen Zeit? Um auch Euch die letzten Zweifel zu nehmen, werde ich Euch von meiner Erfahrung in Neuss berichten:

Die Indoor Skihalle ist etwa 20 Minuten von Düsseldorf entfernt, doch als ich eintrat, fühlte ich mich sofort wie in einer anderen Welt. Der Eingang ist mit Ski Equipment und Kleidung zum Ausleihen dekoriert und schon hier herrscht eine gemütliche und lebendige Atmosphäre mit aufgeregten Menschen, die noch schnell das perfekte Winteroutfit suchen. Ich fühlte mich sofort so, als wäre ich in meinem üblichen Ski Resort. Glaubt es mir oder nicht, die Person, die mich beraten hat, hatte sogar einen östereichischen Akzent!

Ganz im Gegensatz zu meinen Erwartungen, muss ich zugeben, dass die Ski Piste der Wahnsinn ist! Nicht nur wegen des Pulverschnees, der unter meinen Schuhen knarzte sondern auch wegen der vielen Schwierigkeitsstufen, die dort angeboten werden – die Skihalle bietet einen Wochenendurlaub für Anfänger und Profis. Ist das nicht unglaublich, dass ich ein Schneeerlebnis haben kann, wann immer ich möchte – sogar im Sommer. Es ist ein absolutes Highlight, die Möglichkeit zu haben, sich für ein paar Stunden abzukühlen und danach Teil der Aprés-Ski Party zu sein.

Am besten hat mir die malerische und gemütliche Atmosphäre in dem Restaurant „Salzburger Hochalm” gefallen. Ich habe mir dort einen “Germknödel” gegönnt, der auch immer Teil meines jährlichen Ferienprogramms ist. Er schmeckte genauso gut wie in den Bergen! Es war wunderbar, nach diesem aufregenden Tag erschöpft in mein eigenes Bett zu fallen – noch ein Vorteil.

Wenn ihr das nächste Mal in Düsseldorf seid und die Skihalle selber einmal erkunden möchtet, könnt ihr Kontakt zu Euren Persönlichen Assistenten im Breidenbacher Hof aufnehmen via Email unter pa.bbh@capellahotels.com oder via Telefon +49 – 211 – 160 900.

Hey Mr DJ – Get To Know DJ Mr. Best

DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore's New Year's Eve Countdown Party
DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore's New Year's Eve Countdown Party

DJ Mr. Best rounds up 2014 at Capella Singapore’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party

I personally believe that there can be no party without good music.  Music is the heartbeat of any party—it breathes life into it, injects new emotions, and brings dissimilar people and diverse worlds together.

Few people understand this better than DJs.  The best DJs jet between cities and style epicentres, bringing the party to people.  Their music is always rich, hypnotic and refreshing.

This week, I had the honour of speaking to Los Angeles-born DJ Mr. Best (Ryan), who has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious parties, including The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and The Emmys.

Ryan has kept crowds riveted at movie and television premiere events such as Seven Pounds, Salt, Black Swan and Lost, and graced private A-lister parties for Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad.

After a year of fabulous performances, he will be rounding up 2014 at Capella Singapore’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.  I managed to catch him just before his big performance to find out what sort of music gives closure to one amazing year, and launches the next fabulous one.

If you are planning your own year-end parties, this might inspire you as well.

What are your all-time favourite end-of-year songs?

For the most part, these consist of holiday music, along with the biggest tracks of the year. The holiday music I love playing the most is Christmas In Hollis by Run D,M.C., Last Christmas by Wham!, All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, and Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

What is currently on your playlist?

The artist Banks is on my playlist. Her music makes me feel that ‘something’.

Which are three of the best musical festivals to look out for in 2015?

I’m looking forward to Coachella (an annual Californian music and art festival in April) and Lollapalooza (an annual music festival in Chicago from end-July). At some point, I’d also want to experience Burning Man (an annual event that takes place in the Nevada desert every August).

What is it like spending New Year’s Eve in Singapore?

The word that describes New Year’s Eve in Singapore is ‘magic’. It’s a magical place that leaves me feeling inspired from its culture and architecture.

What’s in your music line-up for Capella’s New Year’s Eve party?

I’ll be including all the big hits from 2014 and years past. It will be a fun-filled night, and my mission is to make guests smile and dance through to the New Year.

What is your 2015 New Year resolution?

It is to stay hungry.

 

For more information on Capella’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, click here.