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Think grabbing a quick bite in a hotel is limited to a club sandwich or a burger? Think again because Mövenpick Hotels have completely overhauled their menus to consider those health-conscious and calorie-counting guests. The healthy eating initiative, "Go Healthy", was such a success when trailed in the Middle East and Asia, it's being rolled out to the entire portfolio.
A nice sampling from the menus sees guests in Europe treated to seasonal asparagus, fresh perch and apricot cake with almonds where hotels in Jordan will have 90 percent the menu purchased from local markets including local honey. Any combination of appetizer, main and dessert from the special Go Healhty menu will not only be full in flavor but light on calories with a full meal totaling to under 1,000 calories.
We've been nearly starving for more info on Even Hotels, the new wellness hotel brand from InterContinental Hotel Group, and their development plans and today, we finally got a nibble.
Even has already announced two locations in New York City but those won't actually be the first Even hotels to open. Instead, Even will open in Rockville, Maryland and Norwalk, Connecticut as early as next year. (The NYC hotel will open in 2015.) Here are the specs on each property, which will be both IHG owned and operated:
When you pull up to the porte-cochère at Rosewood Mayakoba, you're welcomed by friendly staff offering cool towels and glasses of green juice. They tell you it's chaya juice and even if you don't know what that is, you throw back the drink because it's hot outside and the juice is cool and refreshing.
Later, you come across the chaya juice again in the relaxation areas of the resort's fancy SENSE Spa, since they like to begin treatments in the Mayan way, and chaya is found in the region surrounding the resort--which is of course rich in Mayan history. But what exactly is in this concoction?
The Rosewood Mayakoba peeps kindly shared their chaya ingredient list with us, so we now we know that it contains:
* Flat Leaf Parsley
* Pineapple juice
* Orange juice
* Fresh lemon juice
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We've already seen how much of a go-getter Hyatt can be when it comes to hotel food. Hyatt Place, like we saw in Braintree last week, is a good example of what's available cheap for on-the-go business travelers. And we're already familiar with the wonders of which Andaz kitchens are capable.
Now, Hyatt wants us to pay attention to their new healthy dining initiative: "Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served", which is essentially an overhaul of the entire Hyatt F&B program, in order to serve food that is sourced locally, supports the surrounding communities, and benefits the guests who are eating it. Their end goal? "To drive change in our industry...and challenge every to do what's best."
Kind of a massive undertaking. But they're gently wooing guests, one portion-controlled plate of roasted green and white asparagus with sliced wild mushrooms, prosciutto and shallots, at a time.
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A room at One & Only Ocean Club.
Health-conscious hotels are trending. But it's not just entire hotel brands dedicated to healthy living that are popping up--existing hotels, including those known for spoiling their guests, are getting in shape, too.
Next month, two Paradise Island hotels, The Cove Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club, will be jumping on the juice craze thanks to a partnership with New York-based superfood beverage company Body&Eden. According to the hotels, the elixirs promise to "ease the sometimes challenging transition from daily life to the pure pleasure of vacation."
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We used to have to submit to a rather terrifying headmistress in boarding school, who would never let any student leave the dining hall until every last bite was swallowed. We thought we had grown out of and away from such lunchroom fascism. That is, until Sheraton came along with its new "Color Your Plate" healthy-eating program.
The new menus, which have been installed at over 400 Sheratons worldwide, offer supposedly healthy items like "portobello burgers" and "skirt steak chimichurri". Hmm...sounds pretty brown to us. But they're saying it's the side dishes that will fill in the rest of the rainbow (we're thinking spinach, carrots, eggplant and cauliflower). Either way, we'd probably be more interested in Instagram-ing the whole thing rather than eating it.
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It seems like the US is slowly coming around to the idea that unhealthy foods make unhealthy people. Hence programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, and NYC's crusade against sugary sodas. But now, hotels are starting to catch on too (hello Even Hotels!), which is why we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some fitness-loving hotels this week.
Like Wisconsin's Sundara Inn & Spa, one of the first hotels to join a new program that aims to educate hotel guests about healthy raw foods and even help them implement diet changes during their stay.
Now, we're generally against hotels barging in on our vacation and telling us what we should and shouldn't eat—there's just too many delicious treats everywhere. But in the name of moderation, we're willing to go along with this. Just as long as we can enjoy our raw foods with a pancake or two on the side.
Hotel restaurants are getting savvy about catering to their diners palates. Several spots started offering vegan fare and now the Hotel Casa del Mar is going gluten-free on one of its menus. (But they aren't the first. Fairmont Hotels also made a similar move back in January and Vegas has done gluten free for a while.)
Unlike some eateries that only offer one or two appropriate dishes, the Santa Monica hotel's Catch restaurant has a substantial menu of gluten-free goodies, from crudo and salads to entrees and sides.
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We always feel bad for our globe-trotting vegan friends. When they dine at hotels, they are stuck with practically no options on the menu, and the choices they do have are basically limited to lettuce. But a number of hotels are trying to cater to the meat-free, dairy-free crowd and offer a special vegan menu that also tastes good.
Check out four hotels that are cooking it up animal-free.
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Eat. Drink. Connect. Calorie-Count.
You never hear much about Courtyard by Marriott hotels ever, but when they have news at least it's pretty cool. The most recent bit is that the chain of budget hotels is about to revamp their Bistro dining conceptan open, grab-and-pay concept similar to what Aloft Hotels doby upgrading the menus.
In particular, Courtyard by Marriott is adding calorie listings to their menu items, which includes everything from Starbucks coffee to low-fat/low-calorie muffins. Marriott claims that this will put Courtyard at the "forefront of the U.S. healthcare reform bill, which will require all chain restaurants in the U.S. to post calorie counts on their menus."
New York has already adopted a similar law, which means that we've grown used to seeing calorie listings for all food, including slices of coffeecake at Starbucks (500+!) and burritos at Chipotle (we don't even want to think about those numbers).
If you're looking for a vacation that's healthier than the average overindulgent getaway, here's a suggestion: the Hilton Health Retreat which they run four times a year at the Sydney Hilton. The next retreat is coming up soon, from June 12 to 14, so get packing for Oz fast and you'll come away feeling pretty good – or pretty exhausted.
The Hilton Health Retreat is a pretty full-on weekend, led by an expert nutritionist and a fitness pro. You have to undertake a fitness and nutrition assessment before you even get there, so those two experts can set about planning all the right activities for you.
What hotel in their right mind would actually harken back to the days of liquid lunches, where mad men would step out for a two-hour lunch and knock back three martinis, stumble back to the office and demand the secretary hold their calls for the rest of the day?
Forget all those Dirty, Cosmo, -Tini drinks...how about a healthy blend of carrot, celery, tomato, and lime? Or a blend of blackberries, oranges, plums, and melon? Aren't you game for flavored yogurt and your favorite fruit?
For, gulp, US$8 a pop, you can pick from an array of Slushies, Smoothies, and Veggies. And these intoxicating beverages have swishy names like "Southern Belle" and "Urban Sophisticate." Now look, delicious though it may be, since when it it sophisticated to walk around with a banana-strawberry-chocolate milk smoothie moustache?
Mark our words, people: It won't be long before some hotel chain makes a deal with Jamba Juice; before long, there'll will be kiwi-and-mango baristas in every lobby across America. Gimme a carrot juice, and make it a grande!