The instructors at Spanish Horizons lead classes through a variety of language-learning activities, helping them to cement the connections between Spanish and English words and phrases. The classes are geared to build conversational skills, focusing not just on grammar but on how to actually speak the language. Nurses, doctors, teachers, and other professionals can learn to communicate with Spanish speakers at work during industry-specific seminars, and native Spanish speakers can improve English skills with bilingual citizenship and computer classes.
Towering mirrors wrap the walls at Fitness 2000 24hr Health Club, reflecting the motivating scene of heart-pumping fitness classes and body-slimming workout sessions. 17,000 pounds of free weights join forces with more than 110 cardio machines in the workout rooms, and three lanes sweep across a 15-meter lap pool, which the staff guarantees is never filled with molten lava. The American Aerobic Association–certified trainers lead a wide range of aerobic classes, boot-camp classes, and personal-training sessions to add inspiration into patrons’ workouts, helping them reach their wellness and fitness goals. The club is open 24 hours on weekdays, allowing customers the freedom to exercise throughout the day or during bouts of sleepwalking. As their parents scorch calories, youngsters frolic in the nursery under the watch of trained childcare experts.
Servers stand at the club's restaurant ready to whip up a variety of smoothies, sandwiches, and protein shakes, helping patrons rejuvenate after a strenuous workout. Patrons can further recover in the club's saunas, steam room, or whirlpool, or complement a beach-ready body with a beach-ready tan by stepping into a stand-up tanning bed within a private suntan room.
Though servers at Taste & See parade saffron-infused paella, lump-crab-loaded mac ‘n’ cheese, and expertly blended cocktails through the dining room, customers have more to stare at than the food and drinks. While sipping Sangria or an herbal gin concoction, patrons fix their eyes on Venezuelan-born chef Jason Febres, who tosses together ingredients in his kitchen located at the center of the dining room. A performance venue as much as it is a restaurant, Taste & See's unique space lets patrons witness the cooking process from start to finish. Some visitors snag the front-row seats along the kitchen's sleek granite countertops, which wrap around the stoves and griddles, but those further back can watch Chef Jason demonstrate techniques such as meat preparation and plating on a 110-inch projection screen. To keep the experience interactive, he also leaves his station to visit diners individually, as well as shares his insights with the whole dining room through a microphone or carefully rolled cone of salami.
As he chats, Chef Jason reveals the inspiration behind his constantly changing menus, which blend an array of global flavors, such as those of the Middle East and Argentina, Peru and the American South, or Hawaii and Japan. He and partner Steven Bacci draw from their years of global travel and different ethnic backgrounds to concoct their eclectic fare. They draw further inspiration from their daily shopping trips for ingredients at local farmers' markets, and by scheduling surprise raids on their friends' refrigerators or Fort Knox's stockpile of fancy cheese. This international inspiration is also reflected in the Latin, Middle Eastern, and Italian music that mingles with the sounds of sizzling food in the dining room.
Registered yoga instructor Tonya Henning's inviting studio helps students from all walks of life expand their yoga practice through alignment-based yoga and heart-centered meditation. Her background in special education and support of her fellow certified yoga teachers make it possible for students of all abilities to participate in the classes together, as medical concerns and particularly stiff muscles can be accommodated with modified poses. For more focused instruction, students may take semi- or completely private yoga lessons before joining the rest of the downward-facing dog pack.