From in-room workout videos to sneaker rentals and gym memberships, hotels are getting creative with their fitness offerings.
In early 2012, InterContinental Hotels Group launched their health-concious hotel brand, EVEN. The new IHG brand will focus on exercise, eat, work and rest, and the first one of its kind is set to open in New York City in 2014.
But with all the celebrity chef offerings, new restaurant concepts and trendy wine bars popping up in luxury hotels, how can guests be mindful of their waistline while traveling? Simple, says experts. Leave it to the hotels.
A report by Hawkins International, a New York-based public relations company specializing in luxury travel and lifestyle trends, says hotel exercise routines are get more innovative and interesting, enticing guests to get fit while on the road.
The hotel rooms at London's 45 Park Lane are the latest arrival to the fitness-friendly travel craze. All rooms offer an in-room fitness TV channel with professionally led workouts designed and narrated by fitness expert Matt Roberts. Guest rooms also include complimentary yoga mats and guests can reserve bespoke [tailor-made] Brompton bicycles. The programs will vary based on the time of year, events and speciality (for example, in April when London is getting ready to run the marathon, the hotel will offer a special 'Booster Slider' which includes spicy lobster and raw vegetables at its Bar 45).
At Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel, the hotel mini-bar is getting a revamp. Instead of a fridge packed with salty and sugary snacks, the guest room mini-bars feature Boston Baked Beans, Cape Cod all-natural potato chips, coconut water, protein bars, Emergen-C and even cucumber eye cream, to help with the puffiness that comes with excess travel.
The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is helping locals get in shape with a special spa and fitness center membership. The membership includes a complimentary personal training session, savings on fitness classes, and spa treatments. Members also receive complimentary valet parking and day-use of spa facilities including the eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool and relaxation lounge. A single membership costs $250 per month and couples can join for $450 per month. Sign up for a one-year membership ($3,000) and receive a gift certificate for one night stay in a premier one-bedroom suite, two 60-minute spa treatments, breakfast for two served in-room or at Edge restaurant and a dinner for two at Edge.
Meanwhile, some luxury hotels are sticking to what's tried and true: fresh air and staying active!
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park recently launched a Skate and Stay with Lady Liberty Package, which includes admission and skate rentals to Lower Manhattan's ice skating rink, Liberty View Skate Park, located directly located across the street from the hotel. The hotel package is perfect for a weekend escape or mid-week revival and includes accommodations in a Statue of Liberty View Room or a Statue of Liberty View Executive Suite; full American breakfast for two daily; admission to the skate park and ice skate rentals for two; two wool scarves to keep skaters warm on the rink; and priority access to the rink to ensure no waiting in line.
To help get you moving, JetBlue is currently offering a "Fly Somewhere New" sale, with fares from $49 one-way. You have to book your flights by Jan. 3 and travel anytime from Jan. 16-Feb. 13, 2013. Sample one-way flights from Boston include:
$49 to NYC, JFK
$99 to Orlando
$110 to Chicago
$140 to Fort Lauderdale
$160 to Saint Thomas
Check out the jetBlue sale for more fares.
Readers: Where's your favorite to workout while traveling?
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