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Hotel fitness centers have made huge strides over the last decade--no longer are we forced to work out in a closet-sized basement space with some dumbbells and a solitary treadmill--but even though more and more hotels are beginning to offer fitness-oriented services, the average hotel gym still isn't as good as a real one. And rarely do they offer specialized classes like pilates, yoga, dance or boot camps.
Which is why if you're the type of person who needs to work out while you're on the road yet the hotel gym isn't up to snuff, GoRecess.com, might be the best new workout "gear" to bring along with you.
The website works like this--you choose the type of workout you want to do (yoga, cardio, pilates/barre, strength, bootcamp, dance pre/post-natal or martial arts), then you select the city you will be in along with what time/day you would like to work out and voila! GoRecess pulls up a selection of fitness studios that offer the kind of class you are looking for.
Recently, an acquaintance was
badgering pumping us about hotel recommendations for Hong Kong. After mentioning a few that we recently checked out, said friend asked us, "But which one has the best gym?"
See, we're not really the fitness-oriented type when it comes to our hotel stays. Indeed our first reaction to the announcement of IHG's new fitness-oriented hotel brand, Even Hotels, was wondering if we would be judged for carrying fast-food take-out back to our room. We'd rather book our room based on the following criteria--newness, cheapness and in some special cases, design.
But considering that this was the second time that we heard of a friend booking a hotel room based on the gym offerings, we started to think that there must be a ton more of you gym freaks out there, studying photos of the hotel fitness centers perhaps more closely than the rooms.
So you tell us, do you book your hotel stay based on the hotel gym offerings? Let us know in comments below!
P.S. To answer our friend's initial question about Hong Kong, we would have to give a shout-out to the Ritz-Carlton (pictured above) where you can Facebook and Google from the treadmills.
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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."
Back in October, one of our contributors had a little love affair with the pools at JW Marriott in Phuket, but we think we've found another JW Marriott pool to set our sights on. And this one doesn't mess around with squirting elephant sculptures and swim-up bars.
We're talking about the fitness center at JW Marriott Seoul, which not only has a six-lane, 25-meter pool, but also a climbing wall, a scuba diving pool, and an indoor running track—oh, and it spans three floors of the hotel.
The Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness Club calls itself the largest hotel fitness center in Asia, and it offers pretty much every type of indoor fitness amenity you can think of. In fact, guests who stay here should really be held to a certain standard of fitness simply because they have so many options available to them. Just the other day we were mentioning how obsolete the hotel racquetball court has become. Not so in Seoul—this place has got two of 'em.
We can already feel the tranquility washing over us, and it smells kind of like...salt water taffy? Oh wait, that's just Atlantic City. But inside the new Revel resort, far away from the boardwalk madness, a new Exhale spa is opening this spring and it's going to be absolutely giant. Not that we'd expect anything less from Revel, whose curvaceous glass megaplex is literally the biggest thing to hit Atlantic City in quite some years.
Inside Bask, as the spa will be called, guests can chill out (or heat up) in the co-ed bathhouse, Himalayan salt cave, hammam, steam rooms, and therapy room. Treatments inside the latter range from facials to body scrubs to massages to acupuncture; and of course, a whole range of fitness options (including classes from Core Fusion) will be offered too.
Of course, that's not all. And in between gambling, lazing on the SkyGarden, and catching Beyonce's first post-baby performance, you might just squeeze in some time to check out the rest of the spa too.
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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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There is seemingly no end to wave of Hotel Fitness news these days! Today, we've got word of a cool complex, The Underground, at Le Parker Meridien in New York which encompasses a spa, fitness center, two salons and a healthy cafe.
Long known for its delicious Norma's restaurant, secret burger joint and rooftop swimming pool, surprisingly, Le Parker Meridien has never had its own spa--until now. Moonshine has just opened in the hotel's new Underground space. Yes, Moonshine where the dark, cave-like treatment rooms are named after Prohibition-era cocktails like Sidecar, Gimlet, Bee’s Knees, Rusty Nail, Stinger and Salty Dog.
But of course, the custom massage and facial treatments here don't pump toxins into you but rather, extract them out. Although, there is a shot of moonshine on offer before your treatments. Massages and facials (which use Tata Harper products) start at $120 for 60-minutes.
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It feels like ever since Even Hotels announced their new brand of health-conscious, fitness-oriented hotels, we've been seeing similar amenities start to pop up in other places. Now, Element Hotels, known for healthy breakfast wraps, 24-hour fitness centers, rentable bikes and en suite kitchens, are installing bike charging stationsUnlike Even Hotels and Tryp's fitness rooms, these stationary bikes will be placed in the actual fitness centers, not next to your bed. Because, really, plugging your laptop into the wall is much less exciting when you're doing it in your room.
Travel is all about choice: do you splurge on a business class ticket, or settle in for a cozy ride in economy? Spend the morning on the beach or shopping in town? Or, better yet, go shopping first for a new bathing suit, which you can then wear on the beach?
Here's question for all you Caribbean jetsetters: on your next visit to Buccament Bay Spa & Resort, would you consider taking part in an all-inclusive boot camp program? Now, before you go diving under the covers picturing mean-faced drill sergeants screaming at you to do more push-ups than are humanly possible, just keep in mind this is actually a luxury boot camp. So while the goal is to work out, the parallel goal is also to pamper.
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Loews Santa Monica isn't about to let kids get away with saying "I'm booooored" during their stay. Through its brand new Fit For Fun wellness program, families wanting to get in a little exercise during their stay can choose from over a dozen outdoor activities offered at the iconic beachfront hotel.
Kids age five and up can try doing yoga on the beach, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains—they'll even get a taste for celebrity life in the "run from the paparazzi" jogging tour. Parents are of course encouraged to join in on the fun too, but the bulk of the activities are geared towards keeping kids fit and healthy.
As the hotel puts it, "Muscle Beach’s newest body builders are four-feet tall and weigh in at 46 lbs," which is probably true ever since word got out that one of the Jonas brothers likes to work out here too.
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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.