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The Peninsula Beverly Hills Peninsula Academy

The Peninsula Academy program offers an array of curated activities designed to delight and educate guests of all ages.  Eight experiences for adults and children staying at The Peninsula Beverly Hills include a celebrity wellness training programme; an afternoon shopping with a Hollywood stylist; behind-the-scenes access to a major Hollywood movie studio; transformation into a princess for a day with luxury transportation; an architectural tour of iconic Los Angeles buildings; a red carpet glamour photo shoot, and more – providing guests with a taste of the local culture of Los Angeles.

Academy PROGRAMME

  • Train like the stars with this exclusive partnership with globally respected health and fitness expert James Duigan. Guests of The Peninsula Beverly Hills are invited to experience what it takes to get lean, athletic bodies like a supermodel through a true Hollywood fitness programme created by Duigan himself.

     

    The programme will give an introduction to the core to Bodyism - the ‘Clean & Lean’ values and attitude of self-acceptance and total wellbeing. Clean & Lean’s holistic and realistic approach works from the inside out – encouraging you to make mindful eating, exercise and lifestyle decisions.

    Founded by James Duigan, Bodyism has worked for thousands of people across the globe and continues to transform lives through its premier gyms, bestselling books, nutritional protocols and exercise programs alongside a bespoke range of supplements and The Brazilian Body Collection clothing range. Duigan is best known for his work with Rosie-Huntington Whitely, Elle MacPherson, Lara Stone, Hugh Grant and David Gandy.

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    • Bodyism

      Founded by James Duigan, Bodyism has worked for thousands of people across the globe and continues to transform lives through its premier gyms, bestselling books, nutritional protocols and exercise programs alongside a bespoke range of supplements and The Brazilian Body Collection clothing range. Duigan is best known for his work with Rosie-Huntington Whitely, Elle MacPherson, Lara Stone, Hugh Grant and David Gandy.

    • Your Journey

      Jump-start your day with a pre-workout Bodyism shake – created using their bespoke supplements –delivered to the room so the guest can gear up for a hike at Los Angeles’ famed Runyon Canyon. A luxury transfer will whisk then whisk you away to the Hollywood Hills where you will be greeted by a Bodyism trainer who will lead you in a series of yoga-inspired stretches before embarking on a guided hike and fitness programme.

    • Clean & Lean

      Upon return to the hotel, you will be served a specially prepared Clean & Lean lunch. Bodyism’s acclaimed philosophy is loved by actors and super models across the world.

    • Beauty Rest

      During turn-down service, a Serenity Shake will be placed bedside to promote relaxing and restful sleep with a copy of one of James’ best-selling books.

    Prices

    US $895 for one guest, US $75 per additional guest up to 5

    Prices do not include gratuities

    Additional Detail
      • The programme duration is 3 hours, Monday to Friday, weather permitting
      • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
      • Recommended minimum 12 years of age
      • Maximum number of persons is five
      • Further Clean & Lean meals are available at an additional cost
      • This programme is subject to availability
  • Dreams come true with this unique Peninsula Academy experience.  In the hotel porte cochère, the princess and her parents will step aboard the Rolls Royce for a drive in Beverly Hills. Their first stop will be the children’s boutique, My Little Dimples, where the princess-for-a-day will be outfitted with a princess-worthy gown, shoes and tiara.

    The Rolls-Royce will then whisk the princess and her family to Tom’s Toys, where she can put a $100 gift card to use. Then it’s back to The Peninsula Beverly Hills where, all dressed up, the princess will enjoy a selection of teas, sandwiches and pastries during Afternoon Tea with her parents in The Living Room. Before leaving for the day, a framed photo of the princess in her carriage will be presented as a memento of this royal adventure.
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    • Your Journey
      The princess adventure begins mid-morning in the hotel lobby when a member of our team escorts the V.I.P. (Very Important Princess) and  parents to the porte cochère where the luxurious Rolls-Royce awaits.
    • My Little Dimples Clothing Store
      My Little Dimples is a children’s boutique known for its expansive selection of formal attire. Little ones will select and change into a beautiful gown, shoes and sparkling tiara.
    • Toys and More Toys!
      The V.I.P. will enjoy spending a $100 gift card at Beverly Hills’ most popular toy store.
    • Afternoon Tea Time
      The final stop returns the princess and her parents to The Peninsula where ‘the royal family’ will enjoy the time-honoured tradition of Afternoon Tea in The Living Room.
    Prices
    $2,860 for one adult and one child
    Each additional child $485
    Price does not include gratuities
    Maximum three girls plus one adult
    Additional Detail
    Time Available: Anytime, weather permitting and availability
    Length of Programme: 3-4 hours
    Dates Offered: Year-round based on weather and availability
    Advance Notice: 1 week
    Min/Max Persons: 4
    Age Requirement: 5 years old and up
  • Meet celebrity stylist Cher Coulter and discover the tips and tricks behind Hollywood glamour. Guests will enjoy Champagne afternoon tea with the British-born stylist to the stars and discuss their personal style and preferences. Afterwards, they will join Coulter on a rigorous tour of Los Angeles’ most exclusive shopping destinations for this season’s most fashion-forward looks. From red-carpet ready to casual beach chic, this programme can be tailor-made to suit all looks and budgets.
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    • Meet Cher

      Cher Coulter is a renowned British celebrity stylist and former fashion designer. She is most well-known for her work with celebrity clients such as Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emilia Clarke.

    • Your Journey
      Your experience begins with afternoon tea with Cher Coulter. Coulter will bring with her several ‘looks’ and samples and talk through the itinerary for the day. Luxury car transfer will take the you from store-to-store on a custom tour of the best boutiques and shops Los Angeles has to offer.
    • Street Style Ready
      For the ultimate VIP Experience, experience The Spa’s new Bio Ultimate Lifting Facial – the very latest in results-oriented non-invasive face enhancement – before being captured in your own street-style inspired photoshoot.*

      *Available for an additional fee

    Prices
    From US $3,175 for one guest for a half day experience, US $580 per additional guest up to 3

    Please note all clothing purchased during the experience is at guest expense

    Additional Detail
      • The programme duration is 4 hours for a half day
      • Advance reservation of two weeks is required
      • Maximum number of persons is three
      • This programme is subject to availability

  • In the privacy of your hotel room or suite, enjoy a glass of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries while a professional Hollywood stylist does your make-up and hair. Then change into the formal attire that the hotel has arranged to rent in advance for you – a tuxedo for the gentleman and an evening gown for the lady. A manager from Mikimoto Beverly Hills arrives with an array of spectacular pearl and diamond jewelry for the lady and pearl tuxedo studs and cufflinks for the gentlemen, which you are welcome to borrow for your glamorous photo shoot.

    Looking and feeling like celebrities, you will be photographed by award-winning Hollywood photographer Ryan Forbes against a step-and-repeat banner: a backdrop like those used at Hollywood movie premieres and awards events; this one emblazoned with the logos of The Peninsula Beverly Hills. While you are so elegantly dressed, maybe consider arranging a romantic dinner in a pool cabana (at an extra cost). A week later, you will receive a selection of proofs from the photo shoot from which to select your 8x10-inch colour celebrity portraits.

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    • Your Journey

      Meet award-winning Hollywood photographer Ryan Forbes and a Hollywood stylist in the privacy of your guestroom or suite. A Peninsula Page serves Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries while the stylist does your hair and make-up and Ryan sets up for the VIP photo shoot.

    • Dressing The Part

      Meet award-winning Hollywood photographer Ryan Forbes and a Hollywood stylist in the privacy of your guestroom or suite. A Peninsula Page serves Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries while the stylist does your hair and make-up and Ryan sets up for the VIP photo shoot.

    • Pearls - The Perfect Touch

      After donning your Hollywood attire, a representative from the Mikimoto boutique in Beverly Hills will present you with an array of pearl jewellry, tuxedo studs and cufflinks with which to accessorise – and further glamourize – your red-carpet-ready outfits.

    • Step Up To The Red Carpet

      Looking like Hollywood celebrities, pose before the step-and-repeat banner emblazoned with logos for The Peninsula Beverly Hills, just like they do at Hollywood events while Ryan Forbes snaps your photos.

    • Dinner Under The Stars

      Now that you are all dressed up in glamours attire, you may choose, at an extra cost, to enjoy a romantic Champagne dinner in one of the hotel’s private rooftop pool cabanas.

    Prices

    US$ 1,860 for one gentleman, including tuxedo rental
    US$ 3,100 for one lady, including gown rental
    US$ 350 for each additional gentleman; $600 for each additional lady
    US$ 150 for each additional 8x10 photograph
    US$ 300 for a dinner for two persons with bottle of Champagne in a pool cabana
    Prices do not include gratuities.

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 3 hours based on photographer's availability
    • Reservations is required one week in advance
    • The maximum number of persons is four
    • Minimum 8 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • A chauffeured hotel car brings you to Warner Bros., the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. Explore back lot streets, sound stages and sets as you are driven around the studio lot in a cart by an expert guide. A private “behind-the-scenes” and “into-the-scenes” tour of your favourite shows and movies in production is next.

    You are whisked by chauffeured Peninsula car to Warner Bros. in Burbank, where you enjoy a private “behind-the-scenes” and “into-the-scenes” tour of your favorite shows and movies at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. Driven around the lot in a cart by an expert guide, you explore back lot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops. You have an opportunity to walk on to the set of a hit television show, watch as Foley artists create sound effects for movies, see how sets are constructed, peruse over 10 million items in the prop department, see your favorite vehicles from film and television up close, and more. Then enjoy spending a $100 gift card in the Warner Bros. Studio boutique. A delicious three-course lunch is included in the Commissary Fine Dining Room – the place where producers, actors, writers and studio executives meet to discuss their latest projects or pore over top-secret scripts.

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    • Your Journey

      The Behind the Scenes at a Hollywood Studio experience begins in the hotel lobby at 9:30 am, when a guest relations staff member escorts you to a private house car that will whisk you to Warner Bros. Studio.

    • VIP Tour Of The Lot

      Driven around the Warner Bros. lot in a cart by an expert guide, you'll explore sound stages, sets and craft shops – and enjoy a private “behind-the-scenes” and “into-the-scenes” tour of your favourite shows and movies in production.

    • Lunch at the Commissary Fine Dining Room

      Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch in the Commissary Fine Dining Room – the place where producers, actors, writers and studio executives meet to discuss their latest projects or pore over top-secret scripts.

    • Stop to Shop

      After your tour, enjoy spending your $100 gift card in the Warner Bros. store.

    Prices

    $1,640 for 2 people
    $470 for each additional person
    Prices exclude gratuities

    Additional Detail

    Time Available:            9:30 am -3:30 pm     Mon-Fri only

    Length of Programme:  2.5 hours for tour, 2 hours transportation, 1 hour lunch = 5.5 hours

    Dates Offered:              year-round based on weather and availability

    Advance Notice:            e.g. 48 hours

    Min/Max Persons:          max 4

    • 1The Peninsula Beverly Hills

      The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California for 19 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 193 newly renovated guest rooms, including 36 suites and 16 private villas, nestled among lush tropical gardens in the heart of Beverly Hills. Home to the sumptuous Belvedere, the only AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant in Los Angeles for 17 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills also features The Living Room, where the legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served daily, The Peninsula Spa and The Roof Garden, a refined resort oasis featuring a swimming pool, private cabanas, and outdoor cocktails and dining. The Peninsula Beverly Hills is located at the intersection of Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards, within easy walking distance of Century City and Beverly Hills’ legendary Rodeo Drive.

       

    • 2Warner Bros. Studio

      Warner Bros. is the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio.

       

    • 3Warner Bros. Store

      The Warner Bros. Store is filled with gifts celebrating Warner Bros. icons from Bugs Bunny to Superman.

       

    • 4Griffith Park- Mineral Wells Picnic Area

      With over 4,210 acres of natural Chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with an urban wilderness area in the US.

       

  • By private hotel car, enjoy a private tour of iconic architectural sites in Los Angeles with architectural historian, Laura Massino Smith. The five- to six-hour exploration includes the Art Deco buildings on Wilshire Boulevard’s “Miracle Mile,” L.A.’s majestic old downtown movie palaces, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Hollyhock House, and interior tours of Disney Hall and the Bradbury Building.  You will be given a packed lunch and snacks especially prepared by the Executive Chef David Codney where you can enjoy a picnic in Grand Park LA, the city’s new downtown outdoor gathering spot.  At the end of the tour, you will receive a copy of one of Ms. Smith’s architectural guidebooks. 

     

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    • Your Journey

      The architecture tour of Los Angeles begins in the morning, when the you are introduced to Laura Massino Smith in the hotel lobby. You'll then depart in a private chauffeured hotel car and begin your journey.

    • Historic Movie Palaces

      As the car drives down Broadway in downtown L.A., Ms. Smith will point out the 12 historic movie theatres that were built between 1910 and 1931, when the district had the highest concentration of cinemas in the world. In the 1930s, this was the hub of L.A.’s entertainment scene, a place where, according to the Los Angeles Times, “Screen goddesses and guys in fedoras rubbed elbows with army nurses and aircraft pioneers."

    • The Bradbury Building: A Unique Treasure

      Built in 1893, the Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building in downtown Los Angeles and one of the city’s unique treasures. Admire its modest, Romanesque exterior and then step inside to explore its magical light-filled Victorian court, which rises almost 50 feet and features two open-cage elevators, marble stairs and ornate iron railings.

    • City Hall: A True L.A. Icon

      Built in 1928, the Los Angeles City Hall is the tallest base-isolated structure in the world and for more than 30 years it was the tallest building in Los Angeles. Its distinctive ziggurat tower was designed to resemble the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You may recognize the building, as it has appeared in television shows from the old “Superman,” “Dragnet” and “Perry Mason” TV series, to movies including “Beverly Hills Cop” and 2013’s “Gangster Squad."

    • A 21st-Century Cathedral

      What historically took centuries to construct was accomplished in three years in the building of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which opened in 2002. Architect José Rafael Moneo designed a dynamic, contemporary building with virtually no right angles, which contributes to the Cathedral's feeling of mystery and its aura of majesty. Step out of the car to admire the Great Bronze Doors, designed by the famous late Mexican-born Los Angeles sculptor, Robert Graham.

    • Franck Gehry's Architectural Masterpiece

      Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall is world-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s homage to the unique energy and creative spirit of Los Angeles and its orchestra. Note the unique stainless steel curves of its striking exterior, then step inside for a glimpse of the dramatic hardwood-panelled auditorium, which seats more than 2,500 people and boasts one of the country’s most beautiful pipe organs.

    • Lunch in the Park

      How fitting on this day of exploring Los Angeles architecture to enjoy lunch in the city’s newest park, Grand Park, which offers a sweeping view of downtown. Guest may explore the park at their leisure and enjoy lunch especially prepared by our Executive Chef David Codney.  On certain days, guests may also enjoy the colour and excitement of a farmers’ market or lunchtime yoga class, just two of the many events that take place here.

    • Franck Lloyd Wright In Hollywood

      On the ride back to The Peninsula, the driver will take you to Hollywood’s Barnsdall Park, home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Hollyhock House. Ms. Smith will point out how the house embodies the recurring theme of Mayan Revivalism found in many of Wright's other projects, with the use of large stones, introverted windows, courtyards and ornately designed accompaniments. As an added bonus, the house boasts a terrific view of the famous Hollywood Sign.

    Prices

    US$ 1,850 for one person
    US$ 250 for each additional person
    Prices include all expenses and taxes, but not gratuity to Laura and driver

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 5.5 hours from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
    • Reservations is required two weeks in advance
    • The maximum number of persons is three
    • Minimum 12 years of age
    • This programme is subject to availability
    • 1The Peninsula Beverly Hills

      The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California for 19 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers 193 newly renovated guest rooms, including 36 suites and 16 private villas, nestled among lush tropical gardens in the heart of Beverly Hills. Home to the sumptuous Belvedere, the only AAA Five Diamond rated restaurant in Los Angeles for 17 consecutive years, The Peninsula Beverly Hills also features The Living Room, where the legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served daily, The Peninsula Spa and The Roof Garden, a refined resort oasis featuring a swimming pool, private cabanas, and outdoor cocktails and dining. The Peninsula Beverly Hills is located at the intersection of Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards, within easy walking distance of Century City and Beverly Hills’ legendary Rodeo Drive.

       

    • 2Historic Movie Theatre

      The Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles is the first and largest historic theatre district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With 12 movie palaces built between 1910 and 1931, this was the hub of L.A.’s entertainment scene in the 1930s, a place where, according to the Los Angeles Times, “screen goddesses and guys in fedoras rubbed elbows with Army nurses and aircraft pioneers.”

       

    • 3The Bradbury Building

      One of Los Angeles' oldest commercial buildings, the Bradbury Building was built in 1893 and has one of the city’s most beautiful and significant interior spaces: the Victorian interior court rises nearly 50 feet and features two open-cage elevators, marble stairs and ornate iron railings. Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 6, the Bradbury Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

       

    • 4Los Angeles City Hall

      Built in 1928, the Los Angeles City Hall was the tallest building in the city for more than 30 years. The concrete in its tower, which was designed to resemble the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was made with sand from each of California's 58 counties and water from its 21 historical missions. An image of City Hall has been on Los Angeles Police Department badges since 1940 and it has appeared in TV shows and movies from “Superman” and “Perry Mason” to “Gangster Squad.” The building was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976.

       

    • 5Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels

      What historically took centuries to construct was accomplished in three years in the building of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which opened in 2002. Architect José Rafael Moneo designed a dynamic, contemporary building with virtually no right angles, which contributes to the Cathedral's feeling of mystery and its aura of majesty. Among the unique art pieces in the Cathedral are the four bronze angels that adorn the base of the altar by sculptor Mary Louise (M.L.) Snowden, and the Great Bronze Doors by sculptor Robert Graham.

    • 6The Walt Disney Concert Hall

      From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of its hardwood-panelled auditorium, the 3.6-acre Disney Hall complex, which opened in 2003, embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra. Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Disney Hall seats 2,265 people and has been praised not only for its unique design but for its stunning acoustics.

       

    • 7Grand Park

      Los Angeles’ newest park, which opened in 2012, Grand Park covers 12 acres and features amenities including the restored historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with a wade-able membrane pool, a small intimate performance lawn, a community terrace planted with drought-tolerant specimen plants representing the diverse cultural make-up of Los Angeles itself, and a grand event lawn. Grand Park extends down from Grand Avenue via a series of stairs, ramps and sloped walks as well as an elevator, to invite more pedestrians into this vibrant garden environment, a place to come together in a welcoming and distinctly urban oasis.

       

    • 8Hollyhock House

      Aline Barnsdall's family built an empire from their endeavours in the oil industry, which allowed her the luxury of commissioning Frank Lloyd Wright to design this marvellous construction. The house embodies the recurring theme of Mayan Revivalism found in many of Wright's other projects – known for using large stones, introverted windows, courtyards, and ornately designed accompaniments. Water once flowed from a pool in the courtyard through an underground tunnel to an inside moat, and out again to a fountain. The Hollyhock plant is a repeating motif of the architecture and is used in many of the details around the property.

       

  • Children don kid-sized monogrammed Peninsula chefs’ uniforms for a choice of baking experiences – “The Joy of Cupcakes” or “Cookie Monsters” – with Chef Boswell in the hotel’s pastry kitchen. The 1½ hour classes encourage discovery and creativity as kids learn the basics of baking and decorating and kitchen safety techniques.

     

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    • Your Journey

      The Young Pastry Chefs Academy begins in the hotel lobby either mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when a guest relations staff member escorts your family to the hotel’s pastry kitchen.

       

    • Cupcakes And Cookies And Fun, Oh My!

      Watch your children work with the pastry chefs, learning the art of baking and decorating. Milk is served while they are working and nibbling, to lessen the effects of all that sugar! A photographer is on hand to capture every step of the progress.

    • Goodies To Go

      When your kids have finished the baking class, they enjoy taking home the baked treats that they so lovingly made and decorated. There is more: the students are invited to take home their junior chefs’ uniforms and they are given the photos that were taken of them that day, as well as a framed photo of each student with Chef Stephanie. Long after they have eaten their cookies.

       

    Prices

    US$ 425 for one child
    US$ 200 for each additional child
    Prices include all expenses and taxes.

    Additional Detail
    • The programme duration is 1.5 hours from 10:00 am to 11:30 am or from 2:00 pm to 3:30pm
    • Reservations are required 72 hours in advance
    • The maximum number of children is six
    • Minimum 6 years of age for "The Joy of Cupcakes" and minimum 4 years of age for "Cookie Monsters"
    • This programme is subject to availability
  • Enjoy a private 90-minute piano lesson with Castillo de la Gala, followed by lunch with him in the hotel’s elegant Belvedere. This is no ordinary piano lesson and gourmet lunch. Throughout the experience, Antonio Castillo de la Gala shares not only his knowledge of music history, but also his personal reminiscences of performing for Hollywood legends. That evening, or the night before, you and your guest enjoy VIP seating for Castillo de la Gala’s evening performance in The Living Room, where you'll enjoy Champagne and a medley of desserts. A CD by Castillo de la Gala, who has been playing piano since the age of three and holds a degree from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, is included.  

     

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    • Your Journey

      Meet Antonio in the Living Room for morning coffee and a conversation about your piano skills. Antonio then escorts you to a suite or to the foyer of The Verandah for your private lesson.

       

    • A Private Piano Lesson

      Antonio will share his insight about piano-playing techniques, which will vary according to your level of expertise.

       

    • Lunch in the Belvedere

      You and Antonio will share an intimate lunch in The Belvedere restaurant where he will regale you with tales and legends of his 30+ year history of performing for celebrities and Hollywood elite.

    • An Evening in The Living Room

      You and a guest can enjoy VIP seating for Antonio’s performance in The Living Room along with a glass of Champagne and a medley of desserts.

    Prices

    $600 for one person (lesson + lunch) and 2 people for Champagne & dessert in The Living Room
    Price excludes gratuities

    Additional Detail

    Time Available:                reservations can be made for 10:30 am weekdays, based on availability 

    Length of Programme:      lesson 90 minutes; lunch 90 minutes; evening 90 minutes: 4.5 hours

    Dates Offered:                 year round, based on availability

    Advance Notice:               72 hours

    Min/Max Persons:             1

    Age Requirement:            16 and up

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