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 

Nicky

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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Sophia Kim Sophie

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.

 

Fit In Den Sommer Im Breidenbacher Hof

Der Sommer bietet den perfekten Ansporn um wieder fit zu werden.  Anstatt zu Hause die Zeit ab zu sitzen, sind alle draußen und genießen die Sonne!  Falls Ihr noch nicht die richtige Routine gefunden habt, keine Sorge.  Der Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel kooperiert mit Daniel Philipp-Personal Training.  Sein Team ist spezialisiert auf Personal Trainings für die Gäste im Haus die auf ihren Reisen gerne fit bleiben.
Ich hatte das große Vergnügen mit dem Trainer Alexander Rauhof regelmäßig trainieren zu dürfen, dadurch hat er mir zu meinem Sommerkörper verholfen. Heute habt Ihr das Glück!  Alexander wird sein Fitnessgeheimniss mit Euch teilen.  Die Übungen werden Euch dabei helfen, Euren ganzen Körper mit dem Schwerpunkt auf die Körpermitte, Oberkörper und Unterkörper zu trainieren.  Auf geht es!

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Macht einen großen Schritt nach vorne, senkt nun Eure Hüfte gerade ab.  Dann verlagert Euer Gewicht nach vorne und drückt Euch nach vorne ab.  Zieht dabei Euer hinteres Bein nach vorne und geht Sie wieder in einen großen Ausfallschritt.  Wiederholt diese Übung 10 Mal pro Seite.

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Ihr liegt auf dem Rücken, Eure Füße sind aufgesetzt, die Arme liegen am Körper und die Händflächen zeigen nach oben.  Hebt nun Eure Hüfte an, sodass die Beine bis zu den Knien eine gerade Verlängerung Eures Körpers ergeben.  Haltet diese Stellung für einige Sekunden.  Um den Schwierigkeitsgrad zu steigern, könnt Ihr immer abwechselnd ein Bein anheben und gerade ausstrecken.  Wiederholt diese Übung 10 Mal pro Seite.

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Achtet darauf, dass Eure Hände unter den Schultern liegen und der restliche Körper eine gerade Linie ergibt.  Eure Füße berühren den Boden nur mit den Zehen. Aus dieser Position versetzt Ihr Euren Körper in Spannung und bringt den durchhängenden Hüftbereich in eine Linie.  Stützt Euch jetzt ab und haltet diese Position für 50 Sekunden.
Alexander empfielht 10 Wiederholung der Übungen pro Tag.  Bereits nach wenigen Wochen, werdet Ihr den ersten Erfolg verzeichnen können.
Bei Eurem nächsten Besuch im Breidenbacher Hof, buchen unsere Persönlichen Assistenten gerne für Euch eine professionelle Fitnessstunde, damit Ihr weiter angespornt werdet.

Summer Ice Cream Profiteroles

Ice Cream Profiteroles

Ice Cream Profiteroles

What does summer tastes like?  When I posed this question to Capella Singapore’s Pastry Chef Sam, he didn’t have to pause to think twice.

“Ice cream profiteroles and summer are a match made in tropical paradise,” he shares.

This dough keeps well for three days in the freezer, so you can prep for a summer party in advance, or savour it slowly over a few days.  “Dessert is a luxury that should be enjoyed on a daily basis – not just reserved for special occasions,” he adds.  So get creative, and fill it with cream, ice cream or enjoy it on its own.

However, that is not the only reason Chef Sam is so fond of these little gems.  They remind him of the cream puffs his favourite aunt used to make for him in his younger days.  And they certainly take me back to my own carefree childhood as well.

The chef’s three tips for avid or aspiring home bakers: have patience, infuse a sense of warmth into your creations, and keep your flavours simple and well balanced.

And his tip for avid foodies such as me? Tuck in before it melts!

Pastry Chef Sam making gorgeous profiteroles

Pastry Chef Sam making gorgeous profiteroles

Summer Ice Cream Profiterole Recipe
Makes 20 servings

Ingredients
250g milk
250g water
3g salt
10g sugar
200g butter
300g all-purpose flour
10g baking powder
8 eggs
Ice cream or sorbet of your choice
Fresh berries for garnishing

Directions

1. In a pot, bring milk, water, salt, sugar and butter to a strong boil.

2. Add in sifted dry ingredients to the pot, stir and cook till mixture comes together into a ball without clumps.

3. Remove the dough from the heat and add half your beaten egg mixture, slowly stirring with a spatula.  Then, add the other half until the dough is glossy.

4. Pipe one-inch balls onto a sheet tray lined with baking paper.

5. Bake at 180ºC for 25 minutes.

6. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, and cut horizontally in half.

7. Fill with your favourite ice cream, and serve in a champagne saucer or on a plate garnished with fresh berries.

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To enjoy perfect profiteroles or other exquisite desserts, join us for a meal at The Knolls. Say ‘Hi’ to Pastry Chef Sam while you’re here! He helms Capella Singapore’s pastry team.

 

How To Host A Summer Cookout

Summertime is finally here and nothing says summer like meat on the grill and refreshing drinks enjoyed with wonderful company.  If you’ve ever hosted a cookout,  you know there is a lot to plan and this is especially true when it comes to the menu.  Fortunately, the team at Breidenbacher Hof,  A Capella Hotel has a lot of experience hosting and catering these events, so I am happy to share some of our secrets.Buffet - 600pxl width_ CapellaBBHOn the Grill:

The chefs here recommend always having at least 3 options for a crowd.  People have different preferences, especially when it comes to proteins, so make sure you have something for everyone!
My top 3:
-Marinated Chicken Breast (classic)
-Pork Neck (a German favorite)
-Salmon Steaks (don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lemon!)
Make sure to use tongs when flipping the proteins and not a fork.  That way you keep the juices in, enhancing the flavors.

On the Side:

I would argue that the side dishes served at a cookout are as important as the proteins.  Make your life easy by prepping these dishes ahead, leaving more time for entertaining and socializing.
My favorites:
-German Potato Salad (another classic!)
-Spicy Noodle Salad (offers a balance to the sweetness of the marinades)
-Grilled Vegetables (This is a great way to add color to your meal. I love corn, aspargus and eggplant, but choose your favorite!)

On The Sweeter Side:

No meal, and for that matter, no cookout is complete without something sweet!  Whether the dishes are served as a side or a dessert these options offer a balance to the meal.
Try:
-Fruit Salad (refreshing with a bit of lime and mint)
-Sorbet/Ice Cream (because nothing says summer like a frozen treat)
-Coffee cake (can be made ahead and always a favorite)

Don’t Forget:

-Serve some crusty bread with dips for guests to munch on either with their meal or as it is cooking.
-Summer cocktails! Elevate this from a regular dinner by serving a signature cocktail. Might I recommend the Thyme Silver Fizz from the Capella Bar?
-Relax! A summer cookout is meant to be fun, so don’t take things too seriously. And remember, if you feel overwhelmed by the process you can always reach out to Breidenbacher Hof to cater the event!

Summer Skin – Ready, Set, Glow!

One of the most beautiful ‘souvenirs’ of a beach vacation is a rich golden tan. However, having read extensively about the ageing effects of prolonged sun exposure, I have my reservations about soaking in the sun.

Fortunately, Shanti Krisna, Director of Auriga Spa here at Capella Singapore, introduced me to a safe and effortless way to get my glow on and achieve the perfect summer skin. Using top-quality organic products, Auriga Spa’s Healthy Glow Self Tan treatment replicates the resplendent glow of sun-kissed skin, minus the skin damage from ultraviolet rays!

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This fuss-free 60-minute treatment began with an uplifting citrusy body scrub. Formulated with aloe, sage and naturals oils, it gently sloughed off dead skin cell for satin smooth skin. It also subtly tightened my skin, revved up microcirculation and reduced the appearance of cellulite!

After my skin had been polished to perfection, my therapist slathered on an even layer of premium plant-based self-tan cream. Featuring a unique DHA derived from organic sugar beet, this light cream gave my skin an instant tan that lasted for a week. Its nourishing cocktail of aloe, coconut oil, sesame oil, jojoba and shea butter also left my skin feeling soft, supple and dewy – just as if I’d just stepped off a round-the-world luxury yacht!

To get me perfectly summer-prepped, Shanti also generously shared five tips for tress-to-toe skincare and rescue! Here they are:

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#1 Get Under Cover

The sun is the No. 1 culprit of premature ageing. So never leave home without a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. You should look for a sunscreen with at least SPF30 PA+++, and apply it at least 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow the product to penetrate and protect your skin optimally.

#2 Scalp Help

Ultraviolet rays can also harm your scalp and hair. This causes sunburned scalp, dehydrated tresses, as well as hair loss. So invest in a sunscreen formulated for your hair and scalp, or wear a sunhat.

#3 Sunburn SOS

If you are suffering from sunburn, an aloe vera gel can help to calm and rehydrate your skin for accelerated recovery. In the meantime, keep your skincare and makeup regime simple. Avoid exfoliating products that will injure sunburned skin, as well as products with synthetic fragrances that may cause irritation.

#4 Hair Tip

Seawater and chlorinated swimming pool water strips hair of its moisture. So before diving in, wet your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner or olive oil to protect it from damage.

#5 Balancing Act

We all love summer. However, hot and humid weather can increase sebum protection while dehydrating your skin. Switch from a heavy moisturising cream to a lightweight gel-based moisturiser to prevent T-zone shine, clogged pores and acne. A facial blotter and hydrating mist can also help to keep skin matte and dewy during the day!

For more summer-perfect spa indulgences, refer to the Capella Singapore Auriga Spa’s treatment menu here.

Lavender Ice Cream With Peaches And Pine Nuts at Brasserie “1806”

I love the warm season and its special qualities.  The best thing to do after a busy day is to enjoy the warm evening in the garden by eating ice cream.  This week I couldn’t even wait for closing time and went to Breidenbacher Hof’s Executive Chef Philipp Ferber to ask him for a fruity refreshment.  I was lucky because he had just created a new dessert, that was waiting to be tasted.  The dessert he served a few minutes later was very exotic and delightful:  Lavender Ice Cream paired perfectly with a White Peach and Pine Nut topping.  This was the perfect way to cap off a long day and to enjoy a warm summer evening.  I knew that I couldn’t deny you this enjoyment.

Here is the recipe to sweeten your closing time:

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Lavender Ice Cream with Roasted White Peach And Honey Pine Nut Vinaigrette

For 6 people

Lavender ice cream:

Ingredients
200ml cream
200ml milk
1 vanilla bean
2Tbsp lavender blossom
5 egg yolks
60g sugar

Preparation:
Mix the cream together with the milk, the core of the vanilla bean and the bean itself in a pan. Heating it for five minutes.  Next add the lavender blossom.  At the same time, stir in the sugar and the egg yolk until the mass turns white.  When done, add sugar and eggs to the cream mixture and put everything into an ice cream machine.  Complete it as described in the directions for use of the ice cream maker.

Roasted Peach with honey-pine nut-vinaigrette:

Ingredients:
4 white peaches (ripe, but not too soft)
30g powder sugar
40g butter
40ml peach liqueur
½ vanilla bean
50g pine honey
50g pine nuts

Preparation:
Halve the unpeeled peaches and remove the core carefully.  Dice to halves of the peaches and put them aside.
Dust the cut faces of the remaining peaches with the powder sugar and roast them in a laminated pan over medium heat.  When the sugar turns into caramel, turn the peaches, add the butter and go on sautéing.
Afterwards, decant the butter and deglaze the peaches with the liqueur.  Now, add the vanilla bean into the pan and cover it.  Leave it for 3 or 4 minutes and remove the lid.  At this point, the skin of the peach can be peeled very easily.
Take the peaches out of the pan and reduce the liquid.  It is time to add the pine honey and pine nuts and finally the peaches again, to glaze everything with the brew.

Garnish:
Fresh raspberries
12 lavender blossoms

Plating:
Put one tablespoon of the diced peach in the middle of a plate.  Then, set the peach on it and combine everything with the brew.  If you like you can decorate the dish with raspberries and lavender blossoms.  Finally, set a scoop of the wonderful lavender ice cream on top and serve your delicious dessert.

Enjoy!