- 1 Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, México
- 2 The Carillon Hotel & Spa, Miami, Florida
- 3 The Ranch Malibu, Malibu, California
- 4 Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat, Tulum, Mexico
- 5 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida
- 6 Soneva Kiri, Thailand
- 7 The Berkeley, London
- 8 Even Hotels New York - Times Square South
- 9 H2hotel, Healdsburg, California
- 10 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona
The Most Tricked Out Fitness Hotels
Committing oneself to regular gym hours on vacay is no easy feat – especially when the allure of indulgent meals and happy hours beg you to step away from the treadmill and up to the rooftop bar. Whether you’re looking to maintain your current routine, or are in need of a kickstart, we’ve got 10 hotels where wellness and leisure go hand-in-hand.
A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, México
Rather than hitting guests over the head with relentless calorie-burning circuit sessions, Rancho La Puerta’s approach to fitness is a balance of training and relaxation. Mountain hikes, kettlebells, and pilates meet garden walks, open art studios, and chanting, while unconventional classes like pickleball and hydro-fit deep water training are also thrown into the mix. Just an hour’s drive from San Diego – it’s only 3 miles into Mexico – the resort is situated on 3,000 acres with 32 acres of gardens, hiking trails and organic farmland. Guests can choose between one-week holistic programs that target stress, fatigue, dietary concerns, inflammation, and overall fitness. Whichever way you go, you’ll bed down in your own free-standing garden casita, decorated in Mexican folk art and tapestries, hand-painted tiles, and vaulted open-beam ceilings.
The Carillon Hotel & Spa, Miami, Florida
Far from the busy SoBe strip you’ll find the all-suite boutique Carillon Hotel & Spa. Aside from deep soaking tubs, luxe 400-thread-count Mascioni linens, and, in some rooms, million-dollar ocean views, a robust wellness program is the beachy respite’s real bread and butter. Just take a glance at the oceanfront fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment (that have TVs with more than 100 channels), the two-story indoor rock climbing wall, and the shock-resistant flooring throughout. If you’re more for classes than self-instruction, the Carillon hosts 40 specialized classes daily; we’re talking courses like buff ballet booty, killer core, candlelight yoga, and an array of bootcamp-style sessions. Once you’ve kicked enough butt, you can also enjoy complimentary access to the European-inspired Thermal Spa, which has nine different treatment areas that focus on all aspects of wellness like stimulating circulation, decreasing stress, and rejuvenating the body.
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The Ranch Malibu, Malibu, California
One thing The Ranch Malibu certainly is not? A choose-your-own-adventure-esque fitness retreat. Once you sign up for a one-week program, you’re just along for the pre-scheduled ride with 17 other fitness junkies. A typical day at the working ranch – which is set 3 miles above the Pacific, on 200-acres in the Santa Monica Mountains – includes a gentle wake-up call with Tibetan chimes, 8 hours of low impact activity, part of which is a 4-hour group hike, a nap, and a deep tissue massage. Between ab work, circuit training and strength conditioning sessions, and cozying up in your own private cottage (done up in calming neutrals), you’ll also partake in a 1,400-calorie daily organic plant-based diet.
Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat, Tulum, Mexico
If you’re searching for bikini bod-inspo, look no further than the sugar sand beaches and fashionable (read: ultra-fit) crowds of Tulum. At Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat, two hours south of Cancun on the Riviera Maya, guests pick between 6-day packages which include Bikini Bootcamp; Destination Detox, which focuses on raw foods; and Beach ‘n’ Bliss which is more focused on yoga than fitness. No matter which you commit to, all retreats have two daily yoga sessions, a massage, and Mayan clay treatment. As far as accommodations, Amansala describes the decor motif in their Grande, Chica and Pueblo rooms as “Robinson Crusoe meets eco chic” – something we can definitely get behind.
1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida
Simply check into the sultry, eco-chic 1 Hotel South Beach and you'll be rewarded with complimentary fitness classes your entire stay. December 2016 welcomes the Spartan Gym, a 14,000-square-foot space with fitness classrooms, a private training studio, and an oceanfront yoga platform. But until then, you can workout in the Turf Fitness center which has barre-based courses, circuit training, pilates yoga fusion, and 60-minute Spartan Workouts. When you’re not focusing on your fitness, you can relax in a full-service poolside cabana, hit the adult-only rooftop pool, or recharge in an ocean view room subtly adorned with salvaged driftwood walls, glass succulent terrariums, and organic cotton linens.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
A one-hour flight from Bangkok, in the fishing village of Koh Kood, you’ll find Soneva Kiri, a quintessential barefoot luxury resort that offers six different wellness packages including Ayurvedic yoga, Weight Loss, Yogic Detox, and Yogic Sleep. While the retreats cater to different fitness goals, the dreamy villas speak to travelers seeking all-out luxury (think private pools, open-air bathrooms and private fitness rooms). Whether you choose to dedicate your entire holiday to working out or not, you can always pop into yoga classes on the beach, plan an afternoon of scuba or free diving, or go for a swim.
The Berkeley, London
There are few things we love more than a rooftop pool and an incredible panoramic view, and The Berkeley happens to have both. Take the lift to the 7th-floor Roman-style rooftop pool, and on a clear day you’ll find the retractable sliding roof open to let in the warm sun. In the state-of-the-art gym, a jaunt on the treadmill comes with sweeping Hyde Park and Kensington Garden vistas. The hotel offers boxercise classes, cardio training, and weight training, but if unconventional exercise is more your cup of tea, wait to book a stay until summertime rolls back around and HulaFit courses resume. Up on the pool deck, guests partake in a high-demand 600+-calorie-burning hula masterclass that’s toned the likes of Beyonce, Liv Tyler and Emma Stone. Fitness options aren’t the only thing to write home about; plush guestrooms speak to the hotel’s ultra-fashionable Knightsbridge neighborhood, with a luxe palette of soft grey, crisp white, and powder blue.
Even Hotels New York - Times Square South
If you’re looking for fancy, you won’t find it at Even Hotels New York, but if you’re just going on a regular vacation in the Big Apple and are trying to keep up your gym routine as you slurp down sugary cocktails with friends – this hotel fits the bill quite nicely. All guestrooms have in-room fitness zones with a core ball, yoga mat, resistance bands, and 15+ channels of trainer-led workouts – so good luck finding an excuse to skip your ab challenge. Plus, once you’ve worked up an adequate sweat, you can relax with a spa shower before tucking yourself into cooling Eucalyptus sheets.
H2hotel, Healdsburg, California
With a strong emphasis on green initiatives – just peep their living green roof – a focus on wellness, and funky-yet-understated interiors, H2hotel is the envy of Northern Sonoma Wine Country’s hotel scene. The 36-room eco chic resort hosts complimentary Ashtanga yoga classes on Saturdays and Sundays, encourages guests to take to four different bike loops on complimentary borrowable wheels, is surrounded by miles of prime hiking trail, and has sparkling and still Waterbar stations for filling up the recycled glass carafes found in each room. At the end of the day, you can retire to a room rich in reclaimed wood and concrete, with striped bamboo floors and walls peppered with local art. For the ultimate unwind, reserve time for a dip in your Japanese inspired plunge tub.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona
If you fall into the camp of “I’ll exercise, but only if it’s fun and doesn’t feel like a traditional workout,” then the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess might just be able to accommodate. Sure, they have your typical Pilates and spinning courses, but you can also wrap yourself in a cocoon of silk during an aerial yoga class, or get in a total-body workout with a Rip Surfer session (during which all movements simulate the physical demands of surfing). When you’re not sweating it in the gym, you’ll be in awe of the resort’s lush setting among Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, six palm tree and sunbed-studded pools, and spacious suites and casitas with earthy palettes and distinctly Southwestern style.
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