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.

Fishing With Chef Yvan Mucharraz And Chef On The Water Team

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It doesn’t happen often that I get up on Sunday at 5 am, but this Sunday I knew it was going to be worth it.  Capella Pedregal’s Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz invited me to join him and the team of Chef On The Water for a fishing trip.  Chef On The Water is a reality TV show, where selected chefs from Los Cabos and La Paz are challenged to catch the fish and cook their catch.  Excited to see what the day and the ocean would bring us, and to be part of behind the scenes of a reality TV show, I was up early, eager to join the adventure!

At 6.30am Capella Pedregal’s deep-sea fishing vessel, Auriga, was waiting for us at the Cabo San Lucas Marina.  The morning was still dark, but Chef On The Water hosts Mike and Charles, the show’s crew, Chef Yvan and I, and our fishing guides were ready to go.  We passed Land’s End and headed toward the Pacific side of Baja California Sur, where the captain knew a great fishing spot with Marlin, Tuna and Mahi Mahi.  After about 45 minutes of traveling at speeds up to 32 knots, we came to the stop.  Chef Yvan sat in the fishing chair and the show was on!

We didn’t have to wait long!  By 8.30am Chef Yvan had already caught 12 Mahi Mahi! With such success, everyone joined in on the fun.  Chef Yvan, Mike and Charles kept pulling Mahi Mahi on board.  By the end of the day the total count of Mahi Mahi caught was more than 40!  Much of the bounty was catch and release, but select specimens were kept so that Chef Yvan could prepare them for the show.  Everyone agreed- it was a fantastic fishing day!  In fact, Chef on the Water said this was their best fishing day in more than a year!

Chef On The Water After we returned to the hotel, Chef Yvan prepared two amazing dishes; “Chilpachole Style” Seafood Stew with Chickpeas, Fennel and Leeks; and Blackened Mahi-Mahi with Cucumber Slaw, Red Beet, Pistachios and Green Mole, which we savored at Don Manuel’s, while exchanging more fishing stories.

The Chef on the Water episode will air in November 2013, and you all will have the chance to vote for your favorite chef and dish.  You know who is my favorite!

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