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While many hotel brands are getting in on the juicing trend (Kimpton Hotels just announced a hotel-wide program too), we were beyond excited to see that the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles embrace a new, healthy-eating trend with a special Paleo Menu at their Breeze restaurant, a first of its kind for a hotel restaurant.
For those not familiar, the Paleo diet is based on the food groups of our "pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors." Cavemen, really. Essentially, the diet is all meats and vegetables but only "clean" meats and vegetables, nothing processed is allowed. And sorry, dairy is not allowed either.
The diet not only claims to help with weight loss but also to help with autoimmune disorders and systemic inflammation. (Note: I personally try to follow Paleo for an autoimmune disorder that I have but goddammit, cheese is too often too good to resist.)
Like all diets, Paleo requires careful selection of ingredients (read your labels!) and time to prepare the foods. While it's possible to order around the menu options at a restaurant to meet your Paleo requirements, most of the time dining out Paleo-style can be difficult and near impossible when staying at hotels. But not at Breeze, Hyatt's all-day dining restaurant.
Already slacking on your New Year's resolutions? You could see a nutritionist, a trainer, or—heck—even an acupuncturist. But if you really want to show your mind and body who's boss, you're going to need a personal Wellness Warrior. Or, so goes the logic at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.
The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin property recently launched three-night Wellness Retreats designed for private groups of four to eight; single travelers can join one of the preset programs (the next one's March 20 to 23.) The program is designed to help guests: "eat well, move well, and be well," said the spa's director of operations John A. Morris. Let's break that down, shall we? "be well" means spa treatments such as lava stone massages and facials; while "eat well" means noshing on items such as golden gazpacho and baked chicken with slow-roasted strawberries from chef Earl Anthony Morse.
As for the "move well," that's when those Wellness Warriors step in. Between the two of them, Sindy Leibbrand and Laura Timmers (pictured, left to right) have about 40 different fitness certifications. If your group wants to do a little stand-up paddle boarding, these ladies can lead the way; ditto for yoga and frisky "divalicious" dance moves (no, really. The class is called Divalicious.) The warriors can also offer personal training and devise a workout for you to keep up with at home.
TheWit is the first hotel in the Midwest to partner up with SPE Certified, a restaurant certification program that was founded in 2011. Quick crash course: SPE is an acronym for the Latin phrase Sanitas Per Escam, which means “health through food.” The program pairs chefs with nutritionists to create create meals that are low in salt, saturated fats, and processed ingredients. What’s left? Lots of tasty stuff— and much of it comes from local farms.
SPE dishes can be found through room service as well as at the hotel's first-floor restaurant State and Lake. Chef Evan Percoco’s menu now has 12 SPE-certified dishes (we’ve tasted some and they’re delish.) Options include a butter-and-cream free soup made with squash from a Michigan farm and deviled eggs with duck bacon from a Wisconsin poultry farm. There's seared salmon with chive yogurt, and Amish chicken with a mustard-maple glaze. For dessert, pastry chef Toni Roberts whips up inventive treats such as avocado brownies.
Or, you can skip dessert and head to the massage table instead.
There are a lot of hotel openings to mark on the calendar this year but one that really caught our eye was the openings of the very first EVEN Hotels from InterContinental Hotel Group. Remember, EVEN is all about wellness and fitness and sticking to a healthy lifestyle while you're away from home.
According to their websites, both EVEN Hotels in Rockville, Maryland and Norwalk, Conn. will open on the same day--June 15. We plugged in the dates of June 15-17 and found a king room ("with a shower") for $171 a night in Rockville. (In Norwalk, the rate was $195.) The amenities listed include the following:
In-room fitness zone, sound-controlled refrigerator, 40inch HDTV, free high-speed internet, multi-media ports, iron and ironing board, ergonomic desk chair, workspace options, recycling bin, adjustable lighting, spa-like shower, ionic hairdryer, all-natural linens and eo bath amenities.
We're totally down with the in-room fitness zone and the free WiFi but what is this sound-controlled refrigerator? Is it going to set off an alarm if we try to reach for the mini-bar snacks? Aren't the snacks supposed to be healthy anyways?
Well, we guess too much of any healthy snack is still too much. Perhaps EVEN is just trying to help us stick to our calorie limits. We'll find out in June, fingers crossed.
[Photo: EVEN Hotels]
Okay—we admit we’ve partied maybe a little too heartily over the holiday season and we’re a bit relieved that things are starting to get back to normal levels of food and drink consumption.
COMO Hotels is planning to help us get back on the straight and narrow with their fresh fruit and veggie wellness drinks, originally found only at their COMO Shambhala property in Bali and now available at all of their properties in London, Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Bali, Bhutan, The Maldives, Turks and Caicos, and Miami Beach (opening later this month.)
All of the thirteen drinks have been developed by the COMO Shambhala’s resident dietician and are designed to combat any number of ills you may have. For instance, the Blood Builder is made with carrots, beetroot, pineapple, apple and ginger to cleanse the blood, improve circulatory flow, boost immunity and lift mood. Muscle Mylk is a creamy concoction of coconut, banana, almond milk, dates and cocoa beans said to reduce muscle inflammation and accelerate post-workout recovery. Our particular favorite for this week is the Liven Up Your Liver, promised to boost liver function and cleanse the blood with a potent blend of green apple, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, ginger, and turmeric. Santé!
Keep reading for more hotel who offer similar wellness drinks!
There's nothing worse than arriving to a hotel and realizing you forgot something. Most of the time, whatever you forgot is easily replaceable--a toothbrush, contact lens solution, deodorant--but if you forget your running shoes or your workout pants, it's not like you can just call down to the front desk and ask them to send up a pair Wait, actually now you can, thanks to Trump Hotels.
The luxury brand rolled out their new Trump Wellness program last month at all their hotels from New York to Las Vegas to Waikiki. Two parts of the program deal with healthy meal options but the third part, Travel Fit, helps guests keep on with their workout routines by providing fitness gear to use in their rooms as well as workout clothes from UnderArmour.
We got to check out the Travel Fit kits the other day at the flagship Trump hotel in New York--The Trump International Hotel, just steps from one of the Big Apple's biggest "gyms"--Central Park.
The other week we got excited when we heard that starchitect Rem Koolhaas designed a hotel for the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is due for a major renovation. Yet it looks like a competing development plan called Miami Beach Square from Portman CMC may actually win the project. Don't worry, they have a hotel component too.
Portman hired architect Bjarke Ingels to design their development and the convention center hotel will be "nothing short of spectacular." So what's inside? For starters, a pool deck on the 6th floor and a hotel restaurant. Hmm, that sounds pretty standard for Miami, right? But Portman has upped the ante by reaching out to Delos to incorporate their wellness amenities into the hotel rooms. We stayed in one of the Delos Wellness rooms at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and they are really spectacular.
Yet while the MGM Grand has only a handful of wellness rooms available to book, the Portman hotel plan would make the entire hotel a "wellness hotel." A convention center hotel that actually makes you feel better upon check-out? That might be the first of its kind!
On Friday we showed off the amenity we wish all showers in Las Vegas had--a vitamin C-infused shower head found in the new Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Today, we'll look at other wellness technology in the room that made this one of our most relaxing Las Vegas stays yet.
For starters, the room's wellness layout was designed by Delos, a "wellness real estate" company with Dr. Deepak Chopra at the helm that combines science, design and technology to maximize health and wellbeing in the spaces where we spend so much time--homes and workspaces. And in our case, hotel rooms.
Walking inside, the first thing we noticed was a large white air purifier attached to the wall. This contraption is the most advanced HEPA-standard air purification system out there, reducing allergens, toxins, pathogens and presumably any of that crappy casino air we'd tracked in.
The next thing we saw was a white conical object on the nightstand. What the heck, now?
Well, read on to find out what it was!