Romance in Saint Lucia

Photo by Nordica Photography

Photo by Nordica Photography

Valentine’s Day sets the perfect tone for February, making it the ultimate month of romance. Whether cozied up in cold weather or adventuring in the sun, I love having an excuse to give romance the attention it deserves. Of course, here in St. Lucia, every time of year offers countless opportunities to celebrate love. In the spirit of February and Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share with you my top five favorite romantic activities in St. Lucia!

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1. Nothing says romance quite like sharing a glass of champagne with your loved one. Now add to the equation Capella Marigot Bay’s signature plunge pools and I think you’ll agree with me that clinking glasses in the relaxing warm jet streams of your suite’s private hot tub is one of those private personal moments to be remembered and cherished.

2. Sharing thrilling adventures with my significant other is a must on my romance to-do list. That’s why a helicopter ride around St. Lucia makes the cut! It is the perfect blend of thrill-seeking and awe-inspiring beauty. Amidst the rush that comes from skimming above the Pitons, there are plenty of opportunities for adorable couple selfies and jaw-dropping landscape photos that will make your Facebook friends swoon! For example:

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3. Spending some quality time in Auriga spa is my favorite way to recuperate and pamper myself after a day of adventuring. Making it a couple’s massage is the perfect way to elevate levels of romance by experiencing ultra relaxation together!

Photo by Nordica Photography

Photo by Nordica Photography

4. Sunsets are the epitome of quintessential romantic activities. There’s something about the simplicity of the setting sun coupled with the brilliance of the sky that causes us all to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of life. Watching the sunset by boat while on the Caribbean takes it to a whole new level. Thankfully, the Marina never has any shortage of sunset-related boating activities. I’m a big fan of the catamaran sunset cruise because it’s the perfect blend of private and social. You’ll get lost in the sunset together and then spend some time dancing, laughing and drinking with new friends.

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5. The best way to end a day of romance is with the perfect dinner. I love the private canopied treehouse lit by candlelight. I’m lucky to have enjoyed many romantic dinners, but this experience exceeded every expectation I’ve ever had about what it means to share great food with your favorite person in the world in a setting that helps you fall in love all over again.

I hope I’ve provided you with some romantic inspiration for this month of love! If you’re interested in setting up any of these activities- whatever the time of year- your Capella Personal Assistant will be able to arrange everything. Don’t hesitate to let us know! In the mean time, I wish you a full month of unparalleled romance.

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

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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

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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.

4 Top Experiences On Sentosa Island

One of the best ways to discover a country is by talking to the people who live there. This month, I speak to four personal assistants at Capella Singapore to uncover their favourite haunts and hideouts on Sentosa Island. Read on for their best Insiders’ tips!

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The most romantic spot in Sentosa is… Palawan Beach. I love the fine white sand and golden sun during the day, and enjoy watching the sea come to life with a hundred dazzling lights from the ships in the evening. Stroll along the beach, have a romantic picnic or immerse yourself in a good book.

Don’t miss… the bridge leading to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia. This is also Asia’s closest point to the equator and an excellent spot for Instagram-worthy photos.

To get there… take the monorail and alight at the Beach Station – you’ll find Palawan Beach on your left. If you are staying at Capella Singapore, simply take the private path that leads directly to Palawan Beach!

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Yoshie Furukawa 

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One of my favourite places to unwind is… The Wine Company at the Sentosa Boardwalk. You’ll enjoy unforgettable views of Harbourfront and Resorts World Sentosa, as well as soft sea breezes.

Do try… their vast collection of old and new world wines. Or, if you’re undecided, ask the serving staff for recommendations.

The best time to go is… on weekday nights. I love how quiet and serene it is.

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Nicky Koh 

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For a uniquely-Singaporean dining experience… the Singapore Seafood Republic offers exceptional local Chinese food, as well as waterfront views and top-notch service.

Don’t miss… the award-winning chilli crab and black pepper crab. I also love the salted egg golden prawns, deep fried scallop wrapped in yam ring and the dragon fruit lobster salad with lumpfish caviar. Since this menu is the result of a collaboration among several popular seafood restaurants in Singapore, most of the items are bestsellers and simply delicious.

Don’t forget to… make a reservation as this restaurant is pretty popular! It operates from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11:30pm.

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My favourite outdoor activity is… surfing at the Wave House Sentosa. Since Singapore is known for its calm waters, this is the only place where you can enjoy waves and surfing. Even if you’re new to surfing, you may still enjoy this.

The best time to visit is… during the day, especially if you need to cool off from the hot weather. It’s also an excellent activity in the evening, as they offer a DIY BBQ by the beach with gorgeous views of the sunset.

Don’t forget to… bring your swimsuit!

Picture via www.sentosa.com.sg

Picture via www.sentosa.com.sg

For more interesting ideas, speak to your Personal Assistant at Capella Singapore.

 

6 Razones por las cuales tienes que visitar Capella Ixtapa e Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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En Capella Ixtapa recientemente celebramos nuestro 6º aniversario.  Aún recuerdo claramente el día que abrimos el resort, y no puedo creer que el tiempo haya pasado tan rápido.  En estos 6 años hemos conocido mucha gente maravillosa de todas partes del mundo, y hemos creado hermosos recuerdos y amistades.  Si no nos has visitado aún en Capella Ixtapa e Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, aquí te doy 6 razones por las cuales debes planear tu visita muy pronto:

1. Relajate y recarga

Muchos de nuestros huéspedes dicen que su estancia en Capella Ixtapa ha sido la más relajante que han experimentado.  Y están en lo correcto.  Capella Ixtapa está ubicada dentro de un acantilado que mira directamente a una pequeña bahía.  Este relativo aislamiento adegura que tengas toda la privacidad y tranquilidad que buscas, y tanto nuestro spa como el equipo culinario te ayudarán a relajarte y recargar.

2. Romance

Capella Ixtapa ha sido nombrado como uno de los resorts más románticos de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, de México, y del mundo.  Muchas parejas que deciden visitar Capella Ixtapa para celebrar su boda, luna de miel o simplemente un romántico escape, han descubierto que esos reconocimientos son bien merecidos.

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3. Todo lo que necesitas está en tu suite

¿Y por que presumimos de ser tan románticos?  Por que cada una de las 59 suites de Capella Ixtapa tienen su propia alberca privada y acogedora terraza, y desde ambas tu podrás disfrutar las azules vistas del Océano Pacífico y sus maravillosos amaneceres y puestas de sol.  De hecho, todo lo que necesitas esta en tu suite, y nuestro servicio a la habitación es delicioso, así que si quieres pasar tus vacaciones sin salir de la habitación ¡lo puedes hacer fácilmente!

4. La mejor cocina del mundo

México tiene sin duda una de las más diversas y exquisitas cocinas del mundo.  Nuestro Chef Miguel Baltazar ha sido nombrado dentro de los Top Chefs en México, y le encanta crear platillos nuevos basados en la tradición de la cocina mexicana dándoles un enfoque totalmente contemporáneo.  Y por supuesto que no olvidamos los clásicos: cada día a las 5 p.m., te consentimos con nuestra cortesía de nuestro guacamole recién preparado, salsa, totopos y cervezas esperándote en tu suite.

5. Naturaleza

Somos muy afortunados de vivir en una de las zonas naturales más hermosas de México.  La abundante naturaleza y paisajes deslumbrantes, una gran variedad de especies animales y vegetales, puestas de sol en una infinidad de tonos del amarillo a los tonos más hermosos de púrpura, así como infinitas playas hermosas son solo algunos de las muchas razones por las cuales visitar Ixtapa Zihuatanejo es obligado.

6. La gente

Los mexicanos somos famosos por nuestra naturaleza amigable, gran sonrisa y corazón abierto.  Nuestro staff y la gente de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo estamos esperando a darles la bienvenida a nuestro pequeño paraíso.

Para más información sobre Capella Ixtapa, nuestras habitaciones y servicios, así como reservaciones, por favor visita nuestra página web www.capellaixtapa.com

Tying the knot in Saint Lucia

There’s a reason why the magical island of Saint Lucia is praised year after year as the most romantic island for weddings and honeymoons by numerous travel sources.  In 2002 – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Saint Lucia was awarded World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination as well as the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination award for 2011 and 2012. The colorful towns, picturesque views, intimate sunsets and magical beaches all confer to the romance that that you experience every time you visit.

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Sunset at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

I have never felt so warm inside as I look around and breathe in an air filled with love and excitement when strolling through golden sands towards the most intimate sunsets.  Saint Lucia is truly the one destination that offers perfectly luxurious getaways for the perfect couple.  Here, you can share freshly cut coconuts with the one you love and also experience an exhilarating rainforest zip line tour.  This land of magic and mystery allows you the freedom to tie the knot anywhere you like!  I have witnessed many weddings that leave me with tears of joy as I feel that connection that many feel whenever they come in contact with the most beautiful wedding, honeymoon and vow renewal spots that this destination island has to offer.  You have the option to be enchanted by a lovely beach wedding that has you feeling like a dream come true with the waters of the Caribbean Sea flowing gently over your toes or a tropical garden wedding where you are surrounded by unique designs of flora and sweet chirping melodies of little song birds.  There is also the option to have a more traditional wedding in historic churches where you can continue to write your history together.

It really is very simple and easy to say I do right here!  Here is what you need to plan a destination wedding in Saint Lucia:

  • Passport of each party
  • Birth Certificate of each party
  • Decree Absolute if one of the parties is divorced
  • In the case of a widow or widower, a death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • A Deed Poll if a name has been changed
  • If one of the parties is under the age of 18 years, evidence of a consent of parents in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.
  • An authenticated translation of any document not in English
  • Applications made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license.

 

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Yes, a destination wedding would be perfect for you and also perfect if you wish to say I do all over again.  I love vow renewals too as I get to witness couples fall in love again whilst sailing away towards the horizon with personal chef and assistant services on board.

If you wish to say I do, contact your Capella Marigot Bay romance specialist at res.marigotbay@capella.com to help make that dream wedding your reality.

 

 

 

Finding Romance In Chinese Astrology

On 31 January, Singapore celebrated the Lunar New Year – this is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar as it symbolizes the coming of spring.  I personally love the Lunar New Year celebrations because it is a wonderful opportunity to get together and celebrate with the family.

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The Chinese culture has its own zodiac or astrological signs, which rotate each Lunar New Year.   The different signs are named after 12 different animals, (see my post HERE for more information on the animals and the story behind them). This year marks the year of the horse.

Like the western astrological signs, each character in the Chinese zodiac has unique characteristics and personality traits.   As a result, different signs are more compatible as friends, companions and lovers than other.  Because we are approaching western culture’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share a chart outlining compatibility.  You may be surprised to learn that many people still rely on these charts when determining if a mate is suitable for them!

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If you are in Singapore and would like to know more about your zodiac sign, you can always approach a Capella Singapore Personal Assistant who can arrange you meeting with a Chinese Astrology expert to teach you more about your sign and the significance of the Chinese zodiac.