Halloween 2011 at Hotel Angela

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Pumpkin contest 2011If you are going to be with us to celebrate halloween you should also know about spanish traditions on these days. In spain on the 1st of november visits to the cementery increase to leave flowers to our beloved. It is all saints day which became a holiday to conmemorate all those saints who didn’t have a specific day in their memory. As for the 31st of October, Halloween, in Spain it is not a tradition to celebrate it. However we have been influenced over the years and so you will see some places where you will feel like at home.

For example here at Hotel Angela in Fuengirola. We do celebrate this day, which we think is fun because it brings out the creativity of those that get dressed with costumes. The decoration is also very important in halloween, so this time apart from decorating our main areas we have put a staff’s pumpkin contest into place.

 

We have enjoyed this very much. You should have seen each department making their pumpkin as excited as a kid would be. It is the first time most of them have decorated a pumpkin but if you see the results you would never guess.

Thanks to all your votes on paper and by facebook, we have a winner:

HOUSEKEEPING for ”Lola”

All the pumpkins were great and we know you must have had a hard time choosing. For those of you curious to know which department did what here you have the list:

 

1 – ”Pepe” – Maintenance

2 – ”Ghost Head waiter” – Restaurant

3 – ”Mot” – Kitchen

4 – ”Bat pumpkin” – Administration

5 – ”Sheriff Lady” – Snack Bar

6 – ”José Tomás” – Bar

7 – ”George Long-hands” – Reception

8 – ”Lola” – Housekeeping

9 – ”Jacinto” – Purchasing department (ML Hoteles)

 

Congratulations to the winners which get a dinner for the whole team. Also to all the other departments, all the pumpkins were very original and the best part was seeing how we all had so much fun with the contest.

 

Yara Martín
Directora Atención al Cliente

Fuengirola Feria (Festival) 2011

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Every year, from the 6th till the 12th of October, Fuengirola celebrates its ”Feria”. The word ”Feria” is translated as festival. The streets get decorated with the colours of the town’s flag (blue and white) and all the locals dress in flamenco dresses.

 

This year at the Hotel Angela, we wanted to transmit some of our traditions to our guests, in order for them to get into the feria atmosphere, and gave some classes:

  • How to wear flamenco accesories.
  • How to dance flamenco (sevillanas)
  • How to clap to Sevillanas and Rumbas (Flamenco)

and then we organised a Feria Party to put it all into practice. Here you have a video to see how fun it was!

Benefits of the ”Siesta”

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A few days ago, talking with some guests here at Hotel Angela, they asked me about ”siesta”. They were telling me that they had never practised this and during these holidays they had started to do it everyday. They were surprised to see how energised and revitalised they felt and this inspired me to share with you this post with information on the healthy benefits of a ”siesta”.

 

’Siesta’ is a brief nap taken afer the meal, very common in Spain. Although this country is worlwide known for this way of living, it is not only done in Spain. Many other hot countries also take a siesta. It is said that it is good for your health as it preventes tiredness, stress and improves your blood circulation, thus, your health. But it is also a biological response as the blood level of glucose decreases causing drowsiness that may tempt you to take a nap.

If you are not used to naps take our advice: don’t sleep more than a half an hour, but surely try a siesta. Here, at the Costa del Sol, is the best place to experience this fit tradition.

Relax….. zzzzzzz…….

 

Yara Martin
Guest Relations Manager