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A World Where Anything is Possible
By Gina Tsirmpas on Wednesday October 20, 2021
Last week I experienced a journey where anything is possible except the word "NO". I was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, staying @ the Villa Plantana
Last week I experienced a journey where anything is possible except the word "NO". I was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, staying at the Villa Plantana which is located within the Royal Plantation Resort. This villa is for anyone who is looking for profound privacy in a luxurious setting. Villa Plantana is a three bedroom estate which comes with a personal chef, a private pool, private beach and your very own personal butler who will ensure your stay is unforgettable. This was my first time staying in this villa and I am still raving about my experience. We were treated like royalty; our butler was always one step ahead of us, he knew everything that we wanted before we would even had the chance to ask. He was also full of surprises; one afternoon after spending many hours in the sun he came to me and told me that he had a surprise for me in my suite, as I walked into my suite there was classical music playing, candles everywhere and a bubble bath had been drawn for me, he even had a glass or red wine beside the tub! AMAZING!! This was personalized service at its gracious best! There are so many things that I enjoyed but what I loved most of all was having the best of both worlds, our own private villa along with the option of using all the resort facilities at the Royal Plantation, it was perfect. One evening we had the opportunity to dine with the General Manager, Peter Fraser; before our meal Mr. Fraser met us at the C – Bar, the Caribbean’s only champagne and caviar bar where we witnessed a ritual from the days of Marie Antoinette which is called “The Art Of Sabrage”. Marie Antoinette’s generals used their sabers to slice open the bottles of Champagne that she gave them, this experience was impressive; in our world today “sabrage” is usually done to celebrate special occasions such as engagements and of course weddings.
There are so many aspects that made this journey to Jamaica unforgettable, the smallest details made the biggest difference. I have never been so pampered, the most difficult thing that I had to do while I was there was to check out of my villa and head back to the airport!
Method of Sabrage 1) Slowly chill and rest the bottle and the neck evenly for at preferable 24Hrs beforehand, minimum of 4 hrs.
2) Remove the foil and the muselet.
3) Look for the seam in the bottle, place the sabre edge against the seam just below the shoulder of the top
4) Hold the bottle at 40 degrees away from yourself, with clear space in front
5) Sweep the sword briskly and firmly across the bottle to the cork neck in a swift motion.
Note: The sabre doesn't actually chop the end off. When it slides down and strikes the lip on the neck of the bottle (annulus), it causes the end & cork to separate from the neck.
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