Vacations can be dangerous: You reward yourself with a getaway and then all you want to do is stuff your face and lie around, completely slacking on your regular fitness routine. While you definitely deserve a break, you don't have to let all of your pre-trip work go to waste. But who wants to lug workout gear across the globe? Or spend their entire vacation in a depressing hotel gym? We get it, and clearly the hotel industry does, too. Establishments around the world are making fit travel easier - and more enjoyable - in creative and delicious ways. Here are seven examples.
If your idea of a vacation is changing up your workout locale, there are hotels for that. The brand new EVEN hotels take visitors on what the chain calls a “wellness journey,” the BodyHoliday in St. Lucia makes healthy-living look so good you won’t even notice you’re doing it, and the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos offers a Get Fit package that will help connect your mind and body in a beautiful setting.
As the bike trend picks up speed, hotels are getting on board. The Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town, South Africa has an onsite bike share program with bike tour company Cycology. Whether you want to go on a guided bike tour, or head out on your own, this hotel makes it easy to do either one. Other hotels that boast bike share programs include Yotel NYC and Hyatt.
If you’re the type who needs workout buddy, visit a Westin hotel. As part of their well-being movement, Westin hotels have running concierges on property that lead guests on runs or walks with their pre-planned routes. It’s a great way to see a destination.
If you forgot your sneakers or gym shorts at home, don’t worry. Hotels across the globe are rolling out gear-lending programs. Westin has partnered with New Balance so that guests can borrow sneakers and clothes, and Trump has done the same with Under Armour. The only problem with this is that now you really have no excuse not to work out.
No need to squeeze a foam roller into your suitcase. Many hotels will provide you with gym equipment upon arrival. The Madikwe Safari Lodge in South Africa offers guests the “Gym in a Bag,” which includes a workout mat, band, foam roller, and other tools necessary for a hotel-room workout. You can also find this bag at Sheraton hotels. If that’s not enough for you, Westin offers guestrooms that have gym machines in them, so you can roll out of bed and onto the treadmill.
The easiest way to fall off your fitness game while traveling is by indulging in unhealthy foods just because you're on vacation, but you can still eat well while eating right. Check into a Sheraton Hotel and try the chain's Color Your Plate program for delicious local meals packed with flavor and health benefits. Or take fit travel to another level at Affinia Hotels with its juice cleanse packages.
Sleep is a huge part of health and fitness, and that's why The Benjamin hotel in NYC has a Rest and Renew program that's run by the hotel’s sleep team (they take snoozing very seriously). The team is on hand to offer visitors a menu of custom-made sleep-enhancing pillows, "bedtime bites," and a power nap package that will help you feel refreshed fast. The only thing they don’t do is tuck you in - and we're OK with that. The MGM Grand cares about your sleep as well; after a night of partying Vegas-style, their dawn-simulating alarm clocks will help you wake up – sans splitting headache (hopefully).