There you are again, lounging by the pool sipping a margarita feeling guilty because the only sit up you did today was when you got out of bed. Hey, we get you, it’s a holiday, and you probably didn’t base your destination on the quality of the fitness facilities. More often then not, the little room with no central air and an aging treadmill is less then enticing. Luckily, the recent trend in luxury hotel gyms is growing.
When traveling for business or pleasure, keeping fit can be the last thing on your mind, or just simply impossible for lack of time or logistics. But we know how good you feel when you keep your fitness goals on track and not having your 9am go-to Barre class does not mean you have to put that on hold.
After all, isn’t your little getaway about feeling and looking your best?
We’ve rounded up 9 of our favourite hotel gyms across the world so that no matter where you are, you can have that margarita and drink it guilt-free.
Set in a tropical surf sanctuary, Kommune Hotel resort is one of the healthiest, fittest resorts on the island. The reason? It hosts surfing’s elite athletes while their on tour, with the likes of Kelly Slater, Alana Blanchard and Steph Gilmore visiting frequently. It’s dedicated health hub and world-class fitness room have dozens of classes on offer with all the latest gear. Whether you’re in the mood for a hard-hitting TRX class or a regenerating yoga flow, Kommune has something to please everyone. The hub also boasts a health café with an array of delicious, locally supplied, organic food to keep you on track with your diet.
If you’re looking to do something a little different, (because, when in Vegas…) then why not climb a 40ft. rock wall in one of the worlds largest day spas? The renowned Canyon Ranch Day Spa at the Venetian has exclusive amenities with spa packages and activities to suit all your fitness fantasies. Pick from one of the hundreds of machines splayed across the fitness centre, or join a group session. Better yet, get a personal trainer to do a body composition analysis and cutsomise your workout. With health and fitness experts on call, a registered dietician can also help you stay on track with personalised eating plans or get an acupuncturist to adjust and balance your body’s natural energy.
The Andaz in West Hollywood embodies the essence of L.A. The rooftop is the central feature hosting a morning yoga class by the pool. The fitness centre is well equipped for a total body workout, from elliptical machines to free weights. You can even hit the tennis courts or jog down the iconic Sunset Boulevard. And although you’ve probably heard that “nobody walks in L.A”, you can ask the concierge about day hikes and jogging trails along the infamous Hollywood sign so you can enjoy the outdoors and take in the sights.
Specifically designed for the active traveller, you can workout at Even Hotel’s Athletic Studio, which is conveniently open 24hrs, or enjoy your in-room fitness zone. The guest rooms are designed with cork flooring and a variety of personal exercise equipment to help you get your “me” time effectively and efficiently. Their personable customer service truly caters to your healthy lifestyle and keeps the momentum going so you can be your most productive self. A healthy selection of smoothies and Grab’n’Go meals await post-workout so you’ve got energy to take on the city that never sleeps.
Boasting one of the best views a gym could offer, the W Hotel in Hong Kong has you sprinting on your treadmill from the 73rd floor and swimming amongst the clouds at the rooftop pool. Workout solo, with a personal trainer (available from an impressive 6am till 11pm) or join one of the many classes. Afterwards, wind down at the spa with aroma steam rooms, giant rain showers and saunas that will have you rejuvenated and ready for whatever comes your way.
The Amanpuri boutique hotel in Phuket is next level utopia set in a coconut plantation by the sea. Sanskrit for “Place of Peace” it lives up to its name as a tranquil retreat. Perched on the highest point of the resort, the gym has panoramic views so you can enjoy the best of both worlds with their high end facilities during your personal training sessions. The spa is non-other then bliss-inducing with its massages worthy of the Thai royal family and scrubs made from sea salt and roasted coconut. Need we say more?
One of Conde Nast’s best hotels in the world in 2015, the Mamounia is your ideal fit holiday experience. Whether on a girls trip, a honeymoon or a solo venture, their facilities have got everything to keep you active, healthy and pampered like a queen or king. In the heart of their legendary gardens, you can attend yoga, aerobics or Pilates in the dedicated Fitness Pavilion, or swim in one of their outdoor/indoor heated swimming pools. Better yet, smash out a game of tennis with the gals or train with a professional coach.
Set in a big, naturally lit studio, the Health Club at the Fairmont The Palm Hotel in Dubai has everything to support and motivate you for your next workout. Not that you’ll need motivation. This modern, luxuriously designed beachfront resort features a range of group fitness classes and a spa worthy of a sheik. They host running groups and beach volleyball games on a regular basis, as well as water skiing, wakeboarding or kayaking if you feel so inclined as to enjoy the Arabian sun.
Located in the Maldives, the ultimate island destination, Amilla Fushi is a luxury beach resort with an equally impressive health and wellness facility. Founded by trainer to the stars, James Duigan, Bodyism’s Maldives gym offers guests access to elite trainers, customised workouts, supplements and shakes as well as fresh Clean & Lean dishes created by world-renowned chefs.
In the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Sheraton on the Park has all the amenities you would want in a downtown city gym. Fully equipped with state of the art workout equipment, and a range of services such as nutritional advice and personal training the health club is a staple for elite health fanatics. Enjoy the rooftop lap pool or rejuvenate at their day spa, which has a range of treatments available to leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.