It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.
The playing field is level and accented in aqua at LOA Fitness for Women, where health is a community endeavor. The gym houses special strength-training equipment with 5-pound pin-adjusted weights that, by virtue of being lighter, prevent injury and foster healthy muscle development. On-site babysitting services and an all-female crew of personal trainers similarly break down physical, practical, and emotional barriers to women's well-being. Eleven types of group movement classes, including Zumba and Pilates, re-enforce the feeling of sweat-bonded camaraderie that permeates the ranks of treadmills and bikes, and nutrition counselors equip women with the skills to make healthy choices at home.
LOA Fitness also offers team training, which incorporate equipment such as kettle bells, balls, and sandbags, and group fitness classes, which include kickboxing, yoga-lates, Zumba, and much more. During automated spa treatments, women step into tranquil chambers that rejuvenate muscles and skin.
Los Jimadores is the Mexican term for the skilled farmers who cultivate the hearts (or pi?as) of blue agave plants, so crucial to the production of tequila. These pi?as can weigh anywhere from 40 to 200 pounds and require its harvester to answer a devilish riddle. It's not a job for the weak of arm, but the heavenly results of that labor can be tasted in Los Jimadores' signature margaritas, including the Herradura French margarita and coconut margarita. These drinks will find no shortage of dance partners on the expansive menu, which aims to cover all bases on both sides of the border: traditional tacos and enchiladas with homemade corn and flour tortillas, Tex-Mex chimichangas, guacamole made tableside, chorizo-laced breakfast omelets. The equally ambitious desserts offset fried ice cream with the pastel imposible, a gravity-flouting blend of flan and chocolate cake. Los Jimadores can also host parties of up to 80 people in a private room.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.
When flights from Honolulu touch down at the airport, they occasionally offload more than just passengers—namely, MK’s regular shipments of Pacific fish. Behind the sushi bar, chefs roll traditional maki with this mother lode and gussy up their specialty sushi rolls with atypical ingredients, including mango sauce, mushrooms, and jalapeños, imbuing each bite with the melding of complex, harmonic flavors.
Extending their culinary gaze to create a menu of truly pan-Asian meals, the cooks also stir-fry Chinese-inspired entrees and grill orders of korean short ribs until they are as tender as a Shakespearean sonnet read in the original French. To punch up the authentic flavors of each meal, the kitchen team stirs and whisks together more than 40 of their own marinades, sauces, and spice blends, mixing tradition with innovation to create unique tastes that make each meal at MK's memorable.