Fit-for-Her beckons guests to a facility designed from a woman's point of view, pampering them from cranium to phalange with a full array of spa services. The Forever Young facial spends one hour tinkering with the body's flux capacitor as it attempts to firm skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. All facials bathe visages in a refreshing cloud of steam and exfoliate the porous epidermis, layering on a customized mask to address individual skincare needs and guarantee admission to the spa's midnight costume ball. In addition to facial buffing, sure-handed staff members coax stress out from the neck and shoulders with a thorough massage, aiding and abetting the facial by firmly turning frowns upside-down.
Legacy Tours highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Now the home of Flagler College, this beautiful Spanish Revival structure represents proof that preserving the past is compatible with modern urban life.
Grabbing second place in the St. Augustine Record’s Best of 2010 poll, Anastasia Athletic Club jump-starts health and wellness routines with and award-winning array of modern workout routines. Equipped with one-month pass, exercisers pump up pulse rates on cardio equipment and pin-loaded resistance machines from Cybex and Ground Zero. Decamp to a separate free-weight room, where iron pumpers build biceps with curls, construct quads through squat sequences, or tape Kick Me signs to the back of unsuspecting dumbbells.
The instructors at City Yoga of St. Augustine take relaxation seriously. They invest in the translation of asana that means "at ease," a phrase that sums up their noncompetitive atmosphere and approach to each class. During lessons that encompass aspects of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Lakulish yoga styles, they guide students through multiple versions of each pose. Fundamental postures can blossom into advanced holds or serve as meditative stretches for yogis of all experience levels. Rather than pushing their guests toward more difficult tableaus on smaller and smaller Twister mats, the teachers stress the value of awareness and introspection in comfort. They hope that their pupils can then transport the convivial spirit of the studio outside its walls, whether they are signing up for a full-moon beach yoga workshop or simply smiling on the walk home.
No advanced postures, no different levels, no "power" classes. At Bikram Yoga St. Augustine's beach and north locations, every class is designed for every student. Cycling through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, the studio’s 12 staffers guide their guests through Bikram Choudhury’s style of hot yoga in their newly built heated studio. Bikram Yoga St. Augustine offers weekly 46 classes. The staff also presents massage and BioMat therapy, and the onsite boutique sells eco-friendly apparel. The studio also conveniently offers childcare while parents work out.
Nicknamed “The Firm,” the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park spans 430 acres peppered with six paved, unpaved, and off-road driving circuits. This mélange of terrain allows the FIRM to host karts, motorcycles, ATVs, racecars, and rally cars on the tracks, all of which can retire to private onsite garages after races. Experienced American and European instructors lead professional driving courses for members of security teams or the military, and cater to both professional drivers and amateurs with their RallyPro Performance Driving School.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.