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Have you ever gone to the gym and seen those guys with biceps bulging like just-fed anacondas, chests broad enough to land a small plane — and legs as thin as angel hair spaghetti?
In fitness, as with everything, it’s all about the details. Miss a spot, and “sexy” becomes “silly.” Fast. Luckily, Intercontinental Hotel Group’s newly launched brand, EVEN Hotels, sweats the small stuff.
It could have coasted on its concept: A line of properties that is designed entirely around wellness, from in-room mini-gyms to an onsite restaurant, Cork & Kale, that offers healthy meals worlds apart from the calorie-loaded grub you’ll find at most lobby bars. (The cocktails even use organic spirits.)
It’s sort of shocking that no one thought to do this already, and there’s assuredly a huge market out there for a fitness-focused hotel chain. I mean, somebody’s watching “Dr. Oz.” EVEN could have phoned it in. Thankfully for us, they worked hard to get it done right.
Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa as well as signs of a very bad spa. Now, here's are some ways to ensure your next massage is the absolute best it can be.
Besides emerging from your hotel spa feeling like a brand new human being, there are a few things you can watch out for in order to detect whether or not the spa you are visiting is really as good as it should be. We’ve already given you our insider’s top spa knowledge points, but now we turn to the nitty-gritty...to the moment you get naked...the actual massage.
A lot can happen when lying back on the massage table and a lot can go amiss too. One thing’s for sure though, the benefits of a massage are underestimated. When done right and regularly massage, plays an important role in keeping the body healthy. Massage techniques are hard to judge because they vary so widely in type (Californian, Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Ayurvedic, etc) and depend on the training institute.
For that reason, we won’t be going into the actual techniques that may descend upon your body. Rather, we'll focus on 6 little touches (heh) that can make a good massage even better.
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Maui Week has come to an end but before we get off the island (figuratively), here's one last way to make the most of your time there. In the meantime, don't forget to revisit our list of Must-Stay Hotels in Wailea, what to order at MiGRANT and MALA at The Marriott, what to stop in and see at the Andaz and where to get away from it all at the Hotel Wailea.
If you're a fan of juicing, then you've come to the right spot. Maui is all about the juicing. And it goes way beyond POG juice.
We picked up an interesting concoction at the Down to Earth organic supermarket when we left the airport called the Maui Cold Buster, made with pineapple and onion by Joy's Place (see below.) Yet while there are a ton of great local juice spots to hit up in Maui, you can also find fresh juices in crazy combinations inside the resorts in Wailea.
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Last week it was announced that Boston is on the short list of American cities being considered for the US bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The news has some people pumped, a lot of other people preemptively horrified at the prospect.
But here’s an Olympics-related invitation we can all agree on: “Row Like a Pro” at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Fitness-related hotel packages are very on-trend lately; check out this recently announced Running Camp in Jackson Hole. And as befitting a storied, tony brand, the Four Seasons is pulling in the crème de la crème of athletes for this one.
Available only on September 7, 13, 21 and 28, 2014, the “Row” package lets guests take a private two-hour row with one of several Olympic champs, including 2012 gold medalist Esther Lofgren. You’ll hit the Charles River, passing picturesque Boston landmarks before ending at the finish line of Head of the Charles, America’s largest regatta, held every October.
It's been a longtime coming but EVEN Hotels, the new wellness-oriented brand from InterContinental Hotel Group, has finally opened its very first location in Norwalk, Conn.
We've spent a lot of time talking about what's inside the EVEN Hotel concept such as the in-room training zones, the Cork & Kale restaurant, the extensive fitness centers and the knowledgeable-about-exercise-staffers, but today, we're actually looking inside the EVEN Hotel concept.
Below are photos of the property from the exterior to the guest rooms (with so much exercise equipment), to the lobby and the restaurant. Have a look around, then put on your most serious judging face and score this performance in comments below.
Wanna get fit for the night at this EVEN Hotel? Rates for tomorrow start at just $108 for a wellness king room.
[Photos: EVEN Hotels]
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Hotel wellness programs are THE IN THING right now. Seriously, if we lost a pound for every press release we've gotten about a new hotel fitness or wellness amenity, we'd be walking around naked because we'd be so fit.
But we have to give an extra shout-out to Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort's new fitness initiatives for keeping us motivated, even while beer, sugary cocktails and chips and dips tempt us at every turn.
The all-inclusive resort has bucked the norm when it comes to chilling out in the middle of Cancun and traded the cocktails for Crossfit and poolside snacks for Pilates. Just by booking one of the property's 19 Palace Wellness Suites, guests will score health-oriented amenities, a minibar stocked with juices brimming with vitamins and an Awe Sports Kit complete with a yoga mat, jump rope and dumbbells.
Each recently renovated-room also features the CHI beauty amenities, aromatherapy room diffusers, pillow menus and dawn simulating alarm clocks to ensure you start each day with a smile on your face. And since we know that fitness is more than just exercise and sleeping well, 24-hour access to a healthy room-service menu is just one button away.
How can you tell that triathlons are becoming "trendy" events for folks to participate in? Hotels are starting to offer special retreats where triathletes can train for their upcoming event. We saw it first at the Four Seasons Westlake , who offered the "Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp" last month.
Now, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. is offering a summer "Tri-Retreat" in a few weeks. Only 12 participants will be allowed into the exclusive event, held from June 23-25, but they will have access to top trainers and instructors, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Misty Hyman and World Masters track cycling champion Terry Roach, along with healthy, performance optimized meals from Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. The retreat will also include the following:
You know “downward dog.” You know “warrior,” “tree,” and “lotus.” Now here’s a new yoga position for you: “Mime stuck in traffic.”
On Wednesday, May 28, W Hotels will host a roving promotion for its “FIT with Tara Stiles” program. Stiles, a yoga guru with her own burgeoning mini-empire, will truck around town inside a glass box, demonstrating for passerby and easily distracted Manhattan cabbies the in-room poses and workouts she designed for W travelers. (Think: twists for hangover detox, and the hip-opening pigeon pose to put a jetlag-defeating sashay in your step.)
Departing from the W New York at 11 AM, Stiles' glass-encased effort is described by the W as “one part performance art and one part yoga instruction,” and thus finally sheds some light on the meaning of Tilda Swinton’s MoMA show: She was just in shavasana, guys.
Obviously this is a sight you’d want to snap and upload to your social media (caption: WTF?) anyway. But W is also rewarding amateur shutterbugs like so: snap a photo of Stiles or yourself doing a yoga pose in a unique location, then upload it to Instagram (@WHotels) with the hashtag #POSEWHENEVER. You’ll get a chance to win a spot at the “FIT with Tara Stiles” retreat at the W Bali, which includes — who cares, it’s Bali, baby.
To help you cheat, they’ve shared with us the truck’s schedule, below. Even if we don’t make it to Bali, we always appreciate a head-turning promotional idea. If nothing else, it makes for a good neck stretch.
In the beginning of the year, just as you were starting out on your New Year's resolutions, we uncovered a few opening dates for EVEN Hotels, the new wellness hotel brand from InterContinental Hotel Group.
Now, if you've fallen off the fitness wagon since January (um, we have), a new source of motivation is almost here.
The EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, Conn. is now accepting reservations for June 27. Rates start at $128 a night for a Wellness King room which includes free WiFi, a 40-in HDTV, natural eucalyptus linens, EO bath toiletries, an in-room training zone, fitness kit and led mood lighting. On-site will be another extensive fitness center and "Eat Well Experience Restaurant & Lounge" filled with healthy options to nosh on.
The EVEN Hotel in Rockville, Maryland will open a little bit later on July 11. [Update: This hotel should also open before June is over.] Rates have not yet been determined but it will have all the same amenities and facilities as the EVEN Norwalk.
Curious about EVEN? You can enter their new Travel Well contest on Facebook which will give one lucky winner a weekend stay for two at an EVEN Hotel with airfare included and an EVEN weekender bag filled with healthy goodies and EO toiletries.
[Photo: EVEN Hotel Norwalk]
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.