5 Romantic Activities in Singapore

I love going on dates!  There’s truly no better way for a couple to bond than setting out on adventures and experiencing new things together.  And since February is the month of love, I’ve rounded up five of the most romantic activities in Singapore.  With a little advanced planning, your Valentine’s Day will be nothing short of extraordinary.

#1 Go Stargazing

If counting stars together is your idea of romance, take a ferry to Pulau Ubin island.  Pulau Ubin, is far enough from the gleaming city lights for the sublime beauty of the constellations to come to life.

TIP: Before planning this romantic escapade, do check weather conditions here to see if it’s favourable for stargazing. Avoid cloudy nights or thunderstorms.  And be sure to pack a picnic, as well as some insect repellent.

#2 Dine In Cable Car

diningon9_sentosa

Clink glasses in a garden themed cable car cabin, suspended above the sea.  The four-course Floral Cabin Dining on Cloud 9 gives couples more privacy than most other dining venues.

TIP: If you’re thinking of popping the questions, the Floral Cabin Dining on Cloud 9 is also excellent for proposals.

#3 Watch The Sunset

Picture by Andrew Klepper @kleppera11

Picture by Andrew Klepper @kleppera11

The soft magical colours of dusk have always captured the imagination of lovers.  Watch the warm tropical sun sink into the South China Sea at Bob’s Bar or anywhere else around Capella Singapore, with free roaming peacocks as companions!

TIP: Experience Bob’s Bar’s exclusive single-blended rums.  Navegante means “navigator” in Spanish, and is inspired by the sea and voyages.  Try it as an Old Fashioned, or savour it neat with chocolate and preserved cherries.

#4 Relax At A Rooftop Bar

BF-1-Altitude-Gallery--Bar

Behold one of the most gorgeous city skylines in South East Asia from a swanky rooftop bar.  I’d recommend 1-Altitude for its unforgettable 360 degrees view of Singapore.

TIP: The best time to arrive is just before sunset, so you can enjoy panoramic views of dusk, and watch the city come to life under the soft cloak of night.

#5 Experience a Moonlit Cruise

Discover the ethereal beauty of the ocean in the magical glow of moonlight.  Reserve a private yacht and take your special someone out to sea.  Something Special is a Singapore Charter Boat Service that offers Full Moon Packages, as well as romantic set-ups at gorgeous and secluded beaches.

TIP: The best part about these overnight cruise packages is that all the logistics such as champagne, seafood, chocolate and music are taken care of for you.  All you’ll need to do is arrive with a present for your date.

For more unique ideas, speak to your personal assistants at Capella Singapore.

Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C.

January hasn’t even come to an end, but I already have February on the mind!  This year I am excited that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, meaning we have a couple of days to celebrate our special relationships.  While I think it’s important to make sure your loved ones are well aware of how you feel all year long, it’s nice to dedicate one special day to love, love, and more love.   At Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, I spoke with our Personal Assistants to get their take on some of the best romantic D.C. activities this Valentine’s season.

Valentines Day DC

If you’re looking for a special and unique way to celebrate the romantic weekend, walk on board the Odyssey Cruise line and indulge with a Valentine’s Day weekend tour.  See the monuments in a unique and one-of-a-kind way with their glass-enclosed cruise liner and enjoy live music, dancing, unparalleled service, and fine dining.  Named as Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious cruising vessel, the Valentine’s Day cruises are offered for your choice of either brunch or dinner all weekend long. Toast to the good life with your better half while gliding down the Potomac River and enjoy a new view of our magnificent city.

Odyssey Cruise

One of my favorite way to celebrate is attending a concert with my love.  There are plenty of venues in D.C. that will be having live music to commemorate one of the sweetest days out of the year.  The Hamilton LIVE will host love songs by The Beatles, contemporary jazz artists will be on display at Marion Meadows in Blues Alley, and a collection of Billy Joel to Miley Cyrus love songs will be played at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda.  With such a wide selection there is definitely something for everyone.

But the night doesn’t have to end there.  After a night of romance and bliss, you can retreat back to Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown and enjoy our Capella Romance package.

Capella Suite #511

I would love to see how you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C., make sure to tag @CapellaDC on Instagram and Twitter so that I can share them with my community.  For more information about our Capella Romance Package, please contact the Personal Assistant team at pa.dc@capellahotels.com or call 202.617.2416.

Cruise Photo Credit Courtesy Of: Entertainment Cruises

Eating Well: Healthy Tips For Summer Travel

Longer days, children buzzing about outdoors, and warmer weather can only mean one thing – summer has finally arrived!  My family summer vacations always included fun road-trips, action-packed plans, and a ton of laughter while creating memories that I continue to cherish until today.

Often a key component of our traveling was the dining.  My parents always attempted to find a balance between summer indulgence and making sure we stayed healthy and well nourished.  Today, this is still a priority for me, as I love to take part in local flavors, but not at the expense of taking care of my body.  Taking this into consideration, I thought it the perfect opportunity to sit down with the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown culinary team to find out what they recommend for maintaining a healthy, but enjoyable, lifestyle during summer travel.

Healthy Tips For Summer Travel:

Chef Frank Ruta - DC

“Always ask the locals and those around you, even your waiters while dining out what the healthiest options are on the menu or local spots to try.  Insider tips are always helpful and they know what they’re talking about!”   ~Executive Chef, Frank Ruta

Chef Aggie - Pastry Chef DC

“Remember it’s a vacation!  It’s a time to enjoy everything that’s going on with the activities and with your family and friends surrounding you. Enjoy the food and desserts and have a great time.” ~Pastry Chef, Aggie Chin

Steven Fowler - Director of Food & Beverage DC

 “Sitting in a cramped position for long periods, whether in an airplane, car, or bus, can lead to an increased risk of potentially health related issues.  To minimize risk, drink plenty of water and stay active to allow the blood to flow.  Always carry around with you bottles of water and try to drink plenty of fluids to prevent from becoming dehydrated.” ~Food & Beverage Director, Steve Fowler

Kelly S - Catering Sales Manager DC

“The first thing I do when I travel is to search for the local markets and grocery stores to stock up on fresh veggies, fruits, and snacks.  Sourcing our breakfast meals from fresh local markets was a great way to save some extra cash and getting in touch with how the community in that particular destination lived.  You can ask for a complimentary mini-fridge to be sent to your hotel room to store these items as well.” ~Catering Sales Manager, Kelly Schneider

I hope these tips will come in handy for healthy and delicious summer of traveling!  Please tag @CapellaDC on social media and share your own healthy/delicious summer traveling tips so that I can share them with our community.  Have a great summer!

Meet Capella Washington D.C.’s General Manager, Marco Bustamante

I would like to introduce you to the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown General Manager, Marco Bustamante.  Marco, a 10 year veteran of the Capella family,  took D.C. by storm, bringing with him a wealth of experience and charisma.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Marco to get a better idea of why he loves being part of the Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown team.

Marco Bustamante HeadshotWhat do you love most about Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown?

The people.  We have an amazing team with people from all different backgrounds and experiences.  We have a lot of local Washingtonians as part of our staff and I think it brings great soul to the property.

What makes our property unique in D.C.?

The design of our hotel gives guests an intimate, sophisticated, modern, and high tech feel. From relaxing in the Living Room to enjoying a cocktail in The Rye Bar, our guests have the option of feeling like they are in an urban oasis.

You’ve been part of the Capella team for over 10 years, what is your favorite memory?

When I was working in Los Cabos, we had a couple buy-out the entire hotel for their wedding.  We really wanted to make their experience special and unique, so we built a 120-foot long table to host 150 of their wedding guests in an underground tunnel.  The tunnel started from the entrance of the resort and opened up to the front of property.  We strung chandeliers from the ceiling accompanied with drapery all around; it was really beautiful and different.

What new and exciting events can guests expect this summer at Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown?

We recently held Negroni Week, where $1 of each Negroni cocktail sold will be donated to helping aid the victims in Nepal.  We have an employee who is Nepalese and she started a charity fund to help out her homeland, so proceeds will be sent to support relief efforts.  Summer in D.C. is a great time, we are looking forward to our Father’s Day special package, our annual 4th of July Rooftop party, cocktail specials in The Rye Bar, and Chef Ruta has some amazing new brunch items to be enjoyed on our terrace.

What is your favorite thing to do in D.C.?

I love spending time with my two sons and taking them kayaking on the Potomac River.

We are so happy to have you leading the team here at Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, Marco!  Here’s to another year of creating more True Capella memories!

Images via MoMo Photography

Romantic Mexican Traditions

Valentine’s day is around the corner, and it perfectly fits the loving and festive nature that defines Mexicans.  We use this sweet excuse to pamper our loved ones, friends and family.  Throughout history, love has always been very important to Mexicans and as a result, we have many romantic Mexican traditions.

Our ancient civilization Mexica had two gods, that personified Love: Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal.  Xochipilli was like the Apollo of the Mexica.  He was the god of Love, games, beauty, dance, flowers, corn and songs.  His name means “the prince of the flowers” and he had a twin sister, the goddess of love, Xochiquetzal, meaning “precious flower or ornate bird.”  In honor of this pair of gods and their representation of love, Mexica used to celebrate with a four day festival.  During this time the people would make offerings of bread and corn, pierce their tongues with maguey thorns and dance to the beat of drums called teponaztli.

Mariachi-LA76-Photography (1)

Today, Mexico’s Valentine’s Day celebrations are similar to celebrations around the world.  Red roses are given, romantic cards written and chocolates enjoyed.  But we do have some traditions that remain our own.

In smaller towns, young people often meet in town squares; the girls stand on one side, the boys on the other.  Then, they walk around the perimeter in opposite directions, so they can face and look at each other.  On the second round the boys offer a flower to the girl that they like.  On the third round, if the girl has retained the flower, it means that she has agreed to go out with her suitor.  If she doesn’t keep the flower, it means she has rejected him and the boy must pick another girl.

My absolute favorite way of expressing the love in Mexico are “las serenatas” (serenades).  They are just so romantic!  You have probably seen the act of playing a serenade in some movie.  Usually, the boyfriend gathers a group of mariachi, or a trio, and visits the girlfriend’s house after the sunset.  On the street, under his loved one’s window, they all start to sing the most romantic and heartfelt songs.  The intention is to wake her up with songs that will touch the heart.  When the girl appears at her window, it means that she is pleased and approves of the serenade (I can’t imagine a girl could resist such a sweet and romantic gesture from her loved one!).  However the family may be a different story- if they approve of the suitor he may be invited in to visit, but if the family does not they may toss the water on him!

At Capella Ixtapa we have prepared a special Valentine’s Day package and are organizing many romantic activities and sweet attentions during this most romantic month.  Who knows, we might even get to play a serenade for some of our lucky guests!

 

 

Photo: LA76 Photography