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Staying fit while on the road can be difficult even for the most seasoned of travelers. Hotel gyms can be cramped, dark and soulless, not to mention outdated and hard to find. However, with features like open-air rock-climbing walls, on-staff personal trainers and Philippe Starck-designed lap pools, these five hotel gyms prove that getting a workout while traveling the globe can be the highlight of your trip.
Ok, we might be stretching it (get it?!) a little, but you see where we're going with this.
Anyone with plans to fly to Hawaii this week has been anxiously watching the development of Hurricane Flossie, which formed in the Central Pacific and made a beeline for the Big Island. The latest National Weather Service forecast has Flossie, a Category 3 'cane with sustained winds of 125 mph, buzzing just past the South Shore of the Big Island.
Winds from Flossie are already starting to show up over there and they should go into the scary 50-100 mph range with buckets of rain expected to land primarily on the Windward Coast. I'd expect the whole island will get a heavy does of rains and high winds, even on the relatively sheltered Kohala Coast, as Flossie floats by. Expect massive air travel disruptions and, potentially, hotel evacuation if things get really bad. Hotels in Hilo and elsewhere on the Big Island have not altered cancellation policies, which require 21-days notice in many cases. That could change as the air travel situation shakes out.
As of yesterday afternoon, reservations for 11 rooms had been canceled at Castle Resorts, a 286-room Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, according to hotel spokesperson Alan Mattson.
Dealing with hotel drama on the Big Island? Let us know.
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