Jacques Backhaus Joins The Team At Brasserie 1806

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It give me great pleasure to introduce the newest member of the Breidenbacher Hof family!  Jacques Backhaus joins the team at Brasserie 1806 as the restaurant manager.  I am always excited to get to know our new colleagues, and fortunately the Capella Blog provides the perfect cover to ask all my questions!

You are the Restaurant Manager at our “Brasserie 1806”, what are your daily tasks?

Of course, one main task is the organization of the entire restaurant.  Furthermore, I am the host of the restaurant, which includes serving my guests at all times.  This means everything from recommending the best wines to addressing any questions a guest may have.  Training our staff is also a very important task.

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What do you like most about your job?

What I like most is the contact to the guests! Anticipating the wishes and needs and just being there for my guests at all times – that’s what I love about my job!

 

Where do you come from originally and how did you come to Germany and Düsseldorf particularly?

I was born and raised in France, right between Versailles and Paris. Eighteen years ago, after numerous jobs in Paris, I had the wish to do something new and totally different and to learn German. I came to Germany and originally planned on staying for only one year.  But due to very good job opportunities, I ended up staying.  What brought me to Düsseldorf in particular, was my self-employment in the wine trade.  Here, I finally re-discovered my passion for the gastronomy – that’s why I am here now!

 

Do you miss France sometimes?

Not really, because I “live” France, right where I am.

 

What do you like about the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel and why did you choose to work at Capella Hotels and Resorts?

I especially like the philosophy, the heart felt kindness, the great hospitality and that we really do everything it takes to make our guests happy. Here, the saying “the customer is king” is lived every day!

Get To Know Auriga Spa Director, Alan Navarrete

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney.

And that is exactly what Alan did! Alan was a part of the Auriga spa opening team in 2009 and now the spa welcomes Alan back as the new Spa Director.  As soon as I heard Alan was named the new Auriga Spa Director I couldn’t wait to talk to him about his plans, his goals and what’s to come at the spa.

Alan, welcome back to Auriga spa! Tell us, where did you go after you left the spa in 2010?
Thank you! It’s wonderful to be back. When I was here as the Assistant Spa Director and part of the opening team, I worked closely with Sylvia Sepielli, the visionary behind the Auriga spa concept. After spending time with her, I knew I wanted to be the Spa Director someday. I also knew to achieve this goal I needed to learn more about the world of spa and gain some valuable experience. So I traveled around the world as Spa Director for Canyon Ranch Spa Club on-board Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas. I learned different technics and treatments in many countries in different regions of the world. After three years of traveling and learning, I felt I was ready to come back to my country and pursue my dream at Capella Pedregal.

You literally have seen the world seeking knowledge to follow your dream. I find it interesting you joined the Personal Assistant team while waiting for your dream job. Tell us about this experience.

Yes, it was very important to me to be a part of the Capella team and the Personal Assistant role was a perfect position for me to perfect my customer service skills and build relationships with our guests. The Personal Assistants here are a professional group of individuals and have true passion to service the guest. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them for a year.

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It’s like you planned everything perfectly and you were ready when the opportunity presented itself.

Yes, I knew I was ready! As we say in the spa world, the stars were aligned and it must have been the right phase of the moon when my dream finally came true. It is a true honor to be appointed to this very prestigious position.

And now, what are your plans for Auriga?

My plan is to build on the foundation that has already been set which earned the spa the recognition as the “World’s Best Spa”.  The plan for Auriga has always been to transcend into our guest’s lives and incorporate spa and wellness into the overall experience. I will work with the team to incorporate our land and take advantage of our unique location to provide amazing Baja inspired treatments and memorable guest experiences. Great things are to come. I will keep you posted!

 

Auriga Spa Designer Sylvia Sepielli Visits Capella Pedregal

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Last week the team at Capella Pedregal had the honor of welcoming renowned spa designer and planner, Sylvia Sepielli.  This was her first visit back since Auriga spa opened and I was excited to catch up with her.

 Sylvia, we are so happy to have you back with us! What brings you to Capella Pedregal?

I am so excited to be back! During these past years, Auriga has evolved and grown, so I came to add some new training and re-energize the team. I wanted to see with my own eyes how the concept has changed.

What do you think about the evolution of Auriga spa in Cabo?

I am truly amazed by how much the team really understands the concept and personally conveys it to the guests. Auriga spa is named after the constellation, of which Capella is the brightest star.  When Mr. Schulze and I were developing the concept, the moon came to our minds immediately.  It is so powerful and can help our guests re-connect with their origins.  The Capella Pedregal Auriga team completely understands the purpose of each element. They have created the perfect balance between the moon, the sea and “pure Baja” by incorporating local traditions.  It has become such a special place and I am really proud of them.

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Can you help us understand more about the Moon connection to life?

I always like to compare it to the seasons of the year:

  • New Moon = Winter or the beginning
    Similar to bears hibernating, it’s time to save energy and build strength.  You sow the seeds in your life`s ambitions, reflect and make a wish.
  • Waxing Moon = Spring or plant new life

It is time to refocus your energy and nourish yourself so you can reach your goals and a higher potential.

  • Full Moon = Summer or the height

Most cultures traditionally celebrate the full moon as a time when the mind and body is most fertile. Embrace creative impulses and say yes to what might come your way.

  • Waning Moon = Fall or cleansing

Just as trees lose their leaves, this is the time to release tensions and toxins.

If you were to recommend a treatment each guest should experience, which one would it be?

I would say a Moon Treatment to start your vacation with balance and also the Ancient Traditional Massage, it’s fantastic!

 

Mr. Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, and Sylvia visualized Auriga spa as a relaxing retreat during a vacation and a way to transcend our guest’s lives. Make sure you ask your Personal Assistant at pa.pedregal@capellahotels.com to help set up your own Auriga experience.

Sylvia Sepielli, Diseñadora de Auriga Spa visita Capella Pedregal

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La semana pasada el equipo de Capella Pedregal tuvo el honor de dar la bienvenida a la renombrada diseñadora y planificadora de Spa , Sylvia Sepielli. Esta fue su primera visita desde que abrió Auriga Spa y yo estaba emocionada de ponerme al día con ella.

Sylvia, estamos muy contentos de tenerte de vuelta con nosotros! ¿Qué te trae a Capella Pedregal?

Estoy muy emocionada de estar de vuelta! Durante estos últimos años, Auriga Spa ha evolucionado y crecido, por lo que  vine a agregar un poco nuevo entrenamiento y re-energizar al equipo. Quería ver con mis propios ojos cómo el concepto ha cambiado.

¿Qué piensas acerca de la evolución del  Auriga Spa en Cabo?

Estoy realmente asombrada por lo mucho que el equipo realmente entiende el concepto y personalmente lo transmite a los huéspedes.  Auriga Spa lleva el nombre de la constelación, de la cual “Capella” es la estrella más brillante. Cuando el Sr. Schulze y yo estábamos desarrollando el concepto, la luna vino a nuestras mentes inmediatamente. Es tan poderosa y puede ayudar a nuestros huéspedes  a re-conectarse con sus orígenes. El equipo de Auriga Spa  de Capella Pedregal entiende completamente el propósito de cada elemento. Ellos han creado el equilibrio perfecto entre la luna, el mar y “La Baja pura” mediante la incorporación de las tradiciones locales. Se ha convertido en un lugar muy especial y estoy muy orgullosa de ellos.

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¿Puedes ayudarnos a entender más acerca de la conexión de la luna y la vida?

Siempre me gusta compararla con las estaciones del año:

  • Luna Nueva = Invierno o el principio

Al igual que los osos que hibernan, es el momento para ahorrar energía y aumentar la fuerza. Siembras las semillas de las ambiciones de tu vida, reflexiona y pide un deseo.

  • Luna creciente = Primavera; planta una nueva vida.

Es hora de volver a enfocar tu energía y nutrirte a ti mismo para que puedas alcanzar tus objetivos y en su mayor potencial.

  • •Luna Llena = Verano o la altura

La mayoría de las culturas tradicionalmente celebran la luna llena como un momento en que la mente y el cuerpo están más fértiles. Abraza tus impulsos creativos y di sí a lo que pueda aparecer en tu camino.

  • •Luna Menguante = Otoño o limpieza

Al igual que los árboles pierden sus hojas, este es el momento de liberar tensiones y toxinas.

Si tuvieras que recomendar un tratamiento que cada huésped debería experimentar, ¿cuál sería?

Yo diría que un tratamiento de Luna para iniciar sus vacaciones con equilibrio y también el Masaje Antiguo Tradicional, es fantástico!

 

El Sr. Horst Schulze, presidente y CEO de de Capella Hotel Group, y Sylvia visualizaron Auriga spa como un refugio para relajarse durante unas vacaciones y una forma de trascender en la vida de nuestros huéspedes. Asegúrate de pedir a tu Asistente Personal, en pa.pedregal@capellahotels.com, ayuda agendar tu propia experiencia Auriga .

Sitting Down With Celebrity Hairstylist, Julien Farel

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Julien Farel, French celebrity hairstylist, opened his first international salon at Capella Pedregal back in July 2009.  During his last visit he sat down with me to talk about his new projects and share some vacation hairstyling tips for our Capella Blog readers.

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Julien, I am so excited to have you back with us at Capella Pedregal!  What surprises did you prepare for us this time?
I am so happy to be back and to have escaped the NYC winter.  I came to train the team on my new product line to ensure that we are taking the Capella hair experience to the next level.  Of course, I had appointments with a few Capella clients as well.  I always love seeing my Capella Pedregal clients!

And we love having you here. Please tell me more about your line of haircare and styling products, what are its benefits, what were your intentions when creating it?
We are taking the lead in the Anti-Aging Haircare arena and by bringing the science of skincare to haircare.  Our hero product, Restore brings us a cut above the rest because it is a completely new way of treating the hair, scalp and follicle.  Restore is multifunctional, like advanced skincare, so with one product, you can cleanse, treat and condition your hair.  Our entire Anti-Aging haircare line is powered by Anti-Aging Balance ‘A2B’ Technology to deliver powerful Bioactives to the hair, scalp and follicle. This results in the optimal environment for hair growth.

It is very hard to protect your hair while on vacation, being on the ocean and under the sun can damage your hair. Do you have any tips and products you can suggest for enjoying the beach and pools without damaging one’s hair? 
YES.   JF Anti-Aging Haircare Restore is a must for after swimming in the pool or in salt water.  It replenishes and rebalances the natural oils of your hair for immediate results due to its ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid.  It cancels out a long day of bad hair behavior by deeply penetrating into the follicle, scalp, and hair.

And for a romantic night (say, at El Farallón Restaurant!), you have a trained team at the Julien Farel Salon at Capella Pedregal that can pamper  guests. Can you tell me what services would suit such an occasion?
JF Salon at Capella Pedregal can offer hair styling with our cutting-edge products, hair coloring as well as any makeup application.  A bold cut that is based on the architecture of your face and silhouette, and reveals your personality can give you the confidence to conquer the world.  And, confidence is the sexiest part of a woman.

Thank you Julien! Cannot wait to book my next appointment at the Salon!

Get To Know Chef Victor Garrido of Capella Marigot Bay

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Recently I had the chance to sit down with Capella Marigot Bay’s Executive Chef, Victor Garrido.  Get all the mouthwatering details from our chat below!

Hello Chef Victor and welcome to Capella Marigot Bay!  Tell me and the Capella Blog readers a bit about yourself.
Hello!  I am Victor Garrido, I began cooking at a young age.  As a kid growing up in Mexico, I would always be in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother and aunts, while my brothers and cousins played football outside.
My love for food, cooking and eating has allowed me to travel throughout Mexico and the world giving me the chance to enrich my repertoire.  I am so excited about this current opportunity to place these culinary and cultural experiences together on one plate for our guests here at Capella Marigot Bay.

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Describe your attitude towards food and your personal cooking style.
My attitude towards food is all about respect.  I have as much respect for a single bay leaf as for a giant spiny lobster.  This attitude helps me to understand each and every ingredient and its characteristics to get the best of them and create the proper balance and match for palate, nose and eyes.
But that doesn’t mean I take food too seriously!  In fact I would describe my style as fun, adventurous and full of flavor.

What are your impressions of St. Lucia? 
St. Lucia is the best!  It is full of magic and wonder.  The environment and nature is rich and beautiful and the people posses a genuine warmth.  I have no doubt that this island will be a top vacation destination in the Caribbean in the very near future.

What do you think of the local food?
It is rich in both history and flavor.  You can taste the French- British influence combined with Indian spices and enhanced by organic local herbs in every bite.  Imagine these flavors joining with luscious chunks of Caribbean Kingfish and ground treasures…all in the same coal pot.
It just makes it amazing and full of potential seasonal variations.

Can you share some of your ideas for the different food outlets at Capella Marigot Bay?
Certainly!  As part of our plans, we have the construction and development for two new outlets and a Pool Bar, featuring fresh and healthy seafood options in our menu, such as Tiraditos, Lobster Rolls, Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad etc.…

Our main restaurant will offer a relaxing atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking our gorgeous Marina.  For those looking for a more secluded affair, a private dining room will also be available.

The Hurricane Hole, located Jetty side, will serve lunch and dinner under a casual relaxed ambiance. I can’t wait to bring some smoky charcoal and barbequed meat aromas to the setting!

All of our dishes will possess true “Caribbean Soul,” as we are working with local farmers and purveyors to provide the most authentic and fresh ingredients.  I can’t wait for our guests to taste it all for themself!