Take A Swing At Golf In Ixtapa

Golf In Ixtapa

Ixtapa is famous for our beautiful beaches, tropical nature, exquisite food, wildlife adventures and sports.  But besides this list, you may be surprised to discover golf in Ixtapa as well!  If you like golf, or would like to give it a try, I invite you to do so in Ixtapa.  With the ocean and tropical nature as a backdrop, I can promise you an unforgettable experience on each of two 18-hole golf courses in Ixtapa.

Golf In Ixtapa

The Palma Real Golf Course

The Palma Real Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1977 on the grounds of a former coconut plantation along the Pacific shoreline and Ixtapa Bay.  With the Sierra Madre mountains as a picturesque backdrop, the par 72, 6,898-yard course doubles as a wildlife preserve, filled with native birds like macaws and parrots and sprinkled with fruit-bearing trees and tropical flowers.  Palma Real Golf Course is a challenging semi-undulating course.  I love visiting it not just for golf, but to admire nature as well!

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club

The Marina Ixtapa Golf Club is a waterfront course that houses a putting green and driving range.  It was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert von Hagge, and opened in 1994 as part of the modern Marina Ixtapa development.  It is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s best courses.

This par 72, 6793-yard course is full of water inlets, bridges and dunes, where water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes!  The par 5 18th hole is known as El Hoyo del Diablo (the Devil’s Hole) for its narrow, bunker-filled green right along the waterfront.  After the game of golf we love to stay at the Golf Club for a nice meal.

If you are tempted to give golf in Ixtapa a try, don’t miss Capella Ixtapa’s Play & Stay package, where we offer two complimentary rounds of golf for two, while enjoying three nights in a luxurious oceanfront suite.  More information and bookings: http://www.capellahotels.com/ixtapa/specials-en.html

Prueba Tu Swing En El Golf De Ixtapa

Golf In Ixtapa

Ixtapa s famoso por sus hermosas playas, vegetación tropical, exquisita comida, turismo de aventura y sus torneos deportivos. Además de los deportes acuáticos, también tenemos una larga tradición de Golf! Si te gusta el golf, o te gustaría practicarlo, te invito a hacerlo en Ixtapa. Con el océano y la naturaleza tropical de telón, en cualquiera de los dos campos de 18 hoyos tendrás una experiencia inolvidable.

Golf In Ixtapa

El Campo de Golf en Palma Real

Este campo de golf fue diseñado por Robert Trent Jones y abierto en 1877 en donde anteriormente era un platanar a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico y la Bahía de Ixtapa. Con las montañas de la Sierra Madre como telón, el par 72, y con 6,898 yardas, funciona al mismo tiempo como reserva natural, lleno de aves locales como los pericos y guacamayas y salpicado por arboles frutales y flores tropicales. El Campo de Golf Palma Real es un campo bastante competitivo y de formas ondulantes. A mí me encanta visitarlo no sólo por el golf , sino para admirar su belleza natural también!

Club de Golf de Marina Ixtapa

El Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa es un campo frente al mar que contiene un “putting range” y un “driving range”. Fue diseñador por el prestigioso arquitecto de paisaje y de campos de golf Robert von Hagge, y abierto en 1994 como parte de el moderno desarrollo de Marina Ixtapa. Está catalogado como uno de los mejores campos de México por la revista Golf Digest.

Es un campo par 72, con 6793 yardas, lleno de lagos, puentes y dunas, donde el agua llega a tener un papel fundamental en 13 de los 18 hoyos! El hoyo 18, par 5, es conocido como “El Hoyo del Diablo” ya que es angosto, y con un green en depresión frente al océano. Después de un buen juego de golf nos encanta quedarnos en el club para recargar con una buena comida o cena.

Si quieres practicar el Golf en Ixtapa, no te pierdas los paquetes de “Play & Stay” de Capella Ixtapa, donde ofrecemos 2 rondas de cortesía para dos personas, mientras disfrutas de tres noches en una de nuestras lujosas suites frente al mar. Para más información y reservas: http://www.capellahotels.com/ixtapa/specials-es.html  

Celebrate 4th of July With Capella Washington DC

4th of July at Capella Washington DC

As a new resident of Washington, D.C. there is one holiday that I cannot wait to celebrate, and that is the 4th of July.   The history and excitement surrounding this day is unbelievable and unlike any other city in the country.  As the 4th approaches, I cannot wait to see the city’s culture come alive to honor the past and continue to strive for tomorrow.  For those who live in the city, I’m sure you know the contagious aura of excitement leading up to and during the celebration of Independence Day.  This has only increased with the addition of Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown as one of the city’s premiere destinations.

Ever since I first discovered that the hotel would feature an exclusive rooftop bar, lounge and infinity pool, my first thought was “I can’t wait for fireworks on 4th of July”!  The hotel local in the heart of Georgetown is exceptional and it’s no surprise to me that Mr. Horst Schulze, CEO of Capella Hotels & Resorts, chose Washington D.C. as the flagship American home for the next chapter of our brand.  The rooftop perfectly captures the spirit of the city, and will be the place to watch the firework show with the company of great friends, family and loved ones.

The rooftop, unlike The Grill Room and The Rye Bar (which have already become favorite local hangouts) is exclusive to hotel guests.  Consequently it has remained a bit of a mystery.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to paint a picture of what it is like.

4th of July at Capella Washington DCFrom the moment I step off the elevator it is almost as though I am on top of the world!  All around are unobstructed views of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.  From the Washington Monument to the Kennedy Center to the Potomac, nothing else quite captures the breadth of the city like this view.  The rooftop offers an array of unique accommodations.  For those craving a bit of liveliness, the bar and lounge area are a great place for spending time in a group.  Meanwhile there are more intimate seating options as well if you are looking for a more private moment.  For me, there is nothing like the infinity pool.  I love to relax in the water while taking in the city below.  The rooftop is truly a versatile space!

4th of July Capella Washington DC 2 In order to give locals and visitors alike a chance to experience this unique venue, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is offering a one-night package for the 4th of July that includes dinner, entertainment and of course the perfect setting for celebrating our nation’s Independence.  Hopefully I will see you there!  You can contact the Capella Washington, D.C. reservation team at (202)617-2410 for additional information or you can book online HERE.

Seafood At The Grill Room

Seafood At The Grill Room

If you are an East Coast native, I am almost positive we have at least one thing in common, the love for SEAFOOD!  It’s difficult not to love seafood when you live on the East Coast, where Chesapeake Bay crabs (my personal favorite) and many other types of seafood are so readily available and the quality cannot be beat.  I was so happy to learn that The Grill Room at Capella Washington D.C. would feature some of the most mouthwatering seafood dishes I have ever seen and I would like to share several of them with you.

Seafood At The Grill Room

For starters, Chef Esko presents the “Seafood Tower for Two”, featuring Main Lobster, Blue Point Oysters, Alaskan Crab Legs and Prawns, all served with a delicious champagne mignonette & cocktail sauce.  This first course has already won me over because it brings back memories of my childhood, when I learned how to open my first crab and lobster tail, so much fun!  The @CapellaDC Twitter followers have also been raving about the Seafood Tower, which tells me our Washington D.C. locals really love it!

Next up, the “Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.”  The dish is also served in mini crab cake slider form at The Rye Bar.  This dish is served with Piquillo Pepper Aioli & Radish Salad.  I have to tell you, my brother came to visit and when he tried the crab cake, he said it was the best one he has ever had in his life! (That says a lot coming from a boy who’s grown up in Maryland and has tasted hundreds of crab cakes in his lifetime).

For the main course, Chef Esko presents a variety of seafoods.  My personal favorite has to be the “Grilled Scallops”, served with Sundried Tomatoes, Pearl Barley, Caramelized Endives, Mustard and Sherry sauce.  Also on the menu, “Roasted Wild Rockfish” served with Parsley Risotto and Orange & Horseradish Shrimp- this is one of my go-to dishes for lunch!

With summer just around the corner, these are my picks for all the seafood lovers in Washington D.C. and guests planning to visit Capella D.C. this season.  View The Grill Room’s full menu here.

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See you all soon!

Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair: Rheinkirmes

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Previously I wrote about Carnival celebrations here in Düsseldorf, but that is not the only community-wide celebration that we have.  Every July we have a fantastic Fun Fair, also known as the Rheinkirmes!

The Fun Fair is another one of the region’s deep-seated traditions that I have to share with you.  In Germany, and especially in the Federal District of North-Rhine Westphalia where Düsseldorf is located, have a history of shooting clubs. These clubs are rich with history (dating back several hundreds of years), one being the annual celebration of the club and its champion marksman.  Since the early 19th century, the clubs have incorporated a fun fair into this celebration, thus including the region as a whole.  In Düsseldorf the St. Sebastianus Shooting Club puts on this event, which draws more than 4 million visitors every year, making it Düsseldorf’s most popular summer event.

For me, this festivity is not just great fun because of the fair activities, but also because of the mix between the traditional parades and events that take place during the week.   And, as with any German event, there are several delicious treats to be eaten!  The big highlight is the spectacular fireworks show on the final Friday.  Already my friends and I are making plans to watch.  Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair is truly the can’t-miss event of the summer!

Summer In Ixtapa

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Have you seen the amazing “The Shawshank Redemption“ with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman?  In the movie the leading characters framed Ixtapa as the perfect getaway: a warm place where they can leave behind all their unhappy memories.  I can guarantee you, the movie doesn’t lie, Ixtapa truly is a dreamy place for relaxation, and one of the most sought after destinations for all seeking to escape the daily routine and modern life stress.

Our eternal summers make Ixtapa a perfect destination to visit all year long, but summer in Ixtapa is particularly special.  The weather is warm, but not brutal, and the tropical rains and showers from our rainy season usually happen after sunset or during the night, refreshing the whole ambiance and making it perfect to enjoy the evening.  Due to the tropical weather, the surrounding fields and mountains are filled with bright green colors, blooming trees and multicolor vegetation.

During the summer days I recommend lounging at the pools, be it one of the infinity pools at the resort, or your private plunge pool in your hotel room.  I also love to stroll through the town and market.  Of course there is plenty to do nearby as well, from a visit to the nearby fishing village Barra de Potosí, or exploring the historic streets of Petatlan, a picturesque town with gold market and an outstanding church.   

Rainy evenings at Capella Ixtapa are perfect for becoming a tequila connoisseur during a tequila tastings with our Sommelier Antonio Ochoa.  You can also learn to make our signature margaritas or learn to cook your favorite Mexican dish.  My ultimate favorite for a rainy evening is a visit to the spa!  I could easily fall asleep on the table listening to the relaxing sound of the rain.  But if you are feeling more active, you could even learn how to give the perfect massage with our Spa Massage Classes! 

There really is so much to do during the summer in Ixtapa and especially at Capella Ixtapa. To find out more about upcoming events and activities follow me on Twitter @CapellaIxtapa or like us on Facebook.com/CapellaIxtapa.