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These days a vacation doesn’t mean you have to forget all about your healthy lifestyle habits. In fact, there are a number of hotels that have created outstanding fitness programs. Ranging from intense boot-camp style weight loss initiatives, to traditional fitness programs or hiking and outdoors activities, a stay at a fitness-themed hotel ensures you won’t pack on the extra pounds while traveling. Here are 10 hotels across the United States with fantastic fitness programs.
Best Overall: Red Mountain Resort
One of the biggest challenges of exercising with friends is that each person works out differently, but Red Mountain Resort in Utah has designed a number of packages for every type of fitness-focused guest. The “wellness retreat” package places emphasis on nutrition and emotional wellness while the “adventure retreat” bundles guided hikes, unlimited fitness classes and outdoor experiences – so both the yoga lovers and the fitness buffs can vacation together. The stunning red desert serves as a backdrop at the 130-room resort, which also offers a full-service spa with nature-inspired treatments such as honey sea salt scrubs or lavender and clay skin hydration treatments. Rooms lead directly to the outdoors, with modern décor and pet-friendly options available.
Best for Weight Loss: Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa (Florida)
For travelers who are serious about dropping some pounds and jumpstarting a healthy lifestyle, the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami delivers weight-loss results. The all-inclusive resort has medical exercise programs, cooking classes, gourmet dining and wellness education that will change your life. That doesn’t mean guests can’t have fun with a round of golf, a dip in the pool or a relaxing (and well-deserved) massage treatment. A variety of spacious guestrooms and spa suites include amenities such as aromatic pillow menus, rainfall shower heads and lanais or private balconies. If you need to escape the fitness boot camp, downtown Miami is a short drive away.
Best Activities: Travaasa Austin
If you’re the type that loathes the treadmill and wants to have fun while you work out, then Travaasa Austin is the perfect choice. The resort focuses on unique experiences, so the fitness program has options such as mechanical bull riding workouts, a ropes challenge course, pump bike track, an outdoor circuit track and dance classes. Also on offer are yoga, Pilates and core training classes. Afterwards, relax with a massage, holistic healing treatment or body scrub at the fantastic spa. Rooms have soft bathrobes, chic, Western-décor and balconies that grant views of the canyon or forest. An open-kitchen restaurant serves American fare with seasonal, local ingredients and freshly-baked bread.
Best Spa: The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Many hotels in Las Vegas have a noisy casino attached, but The Mandarin Oriental focuses on guest wellness and is ideal for travelers who want a relaxing stay. The fitness programs at the Mandarin are top-notch, with a personal trainer, yoga and Pilates all available (plus chilled towels and fresh fruit for post-workouts). To further focus on you, there’s a dazzling full-service spa with a 1930s Shanghai theme, as well as a Chinese foot spa. The Hammam steam lounge has soothing dimmed lights with glittering stars and a therapist who provides a cleansing body scrub. Many spa packages bundle accommodations with fitness classes and a healthy spa lunch.
Best for Hiking: New Life Hiking Spa (Vermont)
The New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont has been helping travelers stay active for nearly 40 years by bringing fitness programs outdoors. The hotel combines a rustic stay in the Green Mountains with guided hikes, yoga, fitness classes and healthy meals. Accommodations are basic, but comfortable with exposed brick walls, private baths, Internet and television. Some TripAdvisor members noted that parts of the hotel are showing its age and may be in need of a refresh. The hiking spa is fairly remote, but if guests need a change of scenery several quaint country towns are a short drive away.
Best Location: Even Hotel Times Square South (New York)
Located a short stroll from Times Square, the EVEN Hotel is one of the latest from the IHG lifestyle hotel group and places an emphasis on staying healthy while traveling. There’s fitness equipment located right in the guestroom, a fitness center that’s open 24 hours and an on-site market and bar that features fresh juice, as well as healthy grab-and-go food items. Plus, there are flavored water stations in the lobby. Hotel décor is airy and upbeat, with colorful motifs in guestrooms, mood lighting, glass-enclosed showers and premium eucalyptus bed linens. TripAdvisor members appreciated the hotel’s convenient Midtown location near Penn Station, making attractions such as Central Park or the High Line just a quick subway ride away.
Best for Business Travelers: Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel (Chicago)
For those visiting downtown Chicago on business, the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel makes it easy to keep up with a fitness routine, plus it has 13 meeting rooms, free WiFi and a business lounge. There’s an 80,000-square-foot lifestyle garden, running track, dedicated yoga space and an outdoor junior Olympic-sized swimming pool. To top it off, the 8,000-square foot fitness center comes complete with a basketball court, spinning center and indoor pool (perfect for when those brutual Chicago winters arrive). Rooms feature flat-screen televisions that are fitted right into the wall, calming deep blue palates and minimalist designs. The beautiful, modern restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows, mosaic floors and dishes up Italian cuisine. TripAdvisor members also loved amenities like an outdoor fire pit, steam room and sauna.
Best Amenities: Westin Indianapolis (Indiana)
For those who prefer to travel light, but still want to exercise, the Westin Hotel chain partners with New Balance to provide running shoes and fitness apparel through a lending program. Some branches, like the 575-room, Westin Indianapolis, also offer dedicated workout guestrooms that have yoga mats, treadmills, dumbbells and other fitness equipment right in the room, so visitors can work out with outstanding views of Capitol Commons Park and downtown Indianapolis. The hotel also offers running maps of the area and a whirlpool tub next to the state-of-the-art fitness center. For a morning jump start, fresh juice blends and a healthy menu of superfoods are available to guests.
Best Beachfront: Breakers Palm Beach (Florida)
If you need some motivation, it’s difficult to top the scenery from the 6,000-square-foot, beachfront fitness center at the Breakers in Palm Beach. The lavish resort has treadmills and machines perched in front of oversized windows and activities such as cycling and yoga on the outdoor terrace facing the Atlantic Ocean. Each week, the center hosts more than 60 free fitness and wellness classes, and for those who prefer to work out late night, a separate fitness center is open 24 hours on the lower level. The regal resort has gorgeous, Renaissance-like architecture and is set on 140 acres with four pools, five whirlpools, and a stunning beach. The 535 refined rooms and suites have dark wood furnishings, ocean or resort views and around 400 feet of space.
Best Historic: Westglow Resort and Spa (North Carolina)
With a history dating back to 1917, the Westglow Resort Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina has earned its place as member of the Relais and Châteaux luxury hotel group. The resort has a plethora of fitness classes ranging from glow yoga and meditation to hiking, cycling and water exercises. The hotel also has weight loss programs, life coaches and stress-relief packages, which bundle in some much-needed spa treatments. Guests can dine in the historic mansion with options from the “indulgent” menu of Southern cuisine or lighter fare selections. When it’s time to turn in, elegant accommodations are located in separate buildings across the estate, with opulent furnishings and four poster beds.