For most of us, vacation = time to indulge, and why not? Half the fun of going somewhere new is exploring the food scene and eating like locals (aka eating like the Insider Food video you saw on Facebook). If vacation also means you throw your workout plan out the window, we’re completely on board with that. But if you prefer to burn off calories as you consume them and maintain your usual zen state of mind, we found hotels around the world with awesome wellness programming to keep you on track.
The gym at this hotel is really more of a playground – there’s rock climbing wall, kettlebells, monkey bars, boxes, jump ropes and hula hoops. They also offer complimentary PUBLIC bikes, which are perfect for exploring the many vibrant neighborhoods throughout Seattle.
This new resort located on Mexico’s stunning Riviera Nayarit is a dreamy place to mix relaxation and letting your hair down. Surf lessons, diving tours and snorkeling will keep you busy and leave you free to eat all the ceviche you want. If you typically can’t leave Mexico without overindulging in tequila (can anyone leave Mexico without overindulging in tequila?), head to the spa for an Agave Tequila Facial to get your fix minus the killer hangover.
Sometimes exploring a city’s fitness scene is just as fun as exploring the food scene. The Envoy Hotel has a Wellness Concierge to help find the best boutique fitness studio for the type of workout you’re in the mood for. In the summer the hotel also hosts complimentary rooftop yoga classes so you can get your zen on while gazing at the Boston Harbor.
Hotels with a ton of activity options are nice. Hotels with a ton of complimentary activity options are our favorite. This hotel provides a complimentary spa treatment, complimentary horseback riding on the beach and complimentary kitesurfing lessons, all of which will balance out the complimentary minibar.
This hotel brand is awesome for those of us who prefer to work out in the privacy of our own home, or in this case, our own room. All hotel rooms are equipped with foam rollers, yoga mats, yoga blocks, core exercise balls and the EVEN Hotels Trainer, a mounted fitness wall which includes resistance bands. If you’re traveling on business there are stand up desks in all rooms, which definitely makes working out of a hotel room more bearable.
By Kara McKenna
Kara McKenna is a travel publicist residing in (and 100% obsessed with) Hoboken. She’s Ja Rule’s #1 fan and a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur, the latter of which significantly interferes with her current “sweating for the wedding” situation. Speaking of weddings, she’s accepting tips on wearing white without spilling anything on yourself, if that’s even possible.