Most hotels have gyms, but a new breed of luxury lodgings is rolling out thorough fitness programs for those who want to run, lift and jump with personal trainers or in energizing group classes. From guided runs in Seoul to beachfront CrossFit in Cabo San Lucas, here’s where to stay if staying fit is a priority.
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin wants you to check in and then get out — to pound the pavement, that is. In 2013, the hotel group hired seasoned marathoner Chris Heuisler as the brand’s run concierge to oversee its fitness programs worldwide. Heuisler and his team around the globe map out the best jogging routes, take guests for runs and stock New Balance workout kits (shoes included) when you forget to pack your gear.
Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Westin Chosun Seoul helps travelers relieve jetlag with a guided three-mile sightseeing jog around the city, a nice preamble to a soak in the City Athletic Club’s Korean-style baths and saunas.
On the other side of the globe at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa, you can swap time on the treadmill for runs on the beach or sub your average core workout for free daily stand-up paddleboarding lessons.
With what it calls the world’s first biohacking health and fitness facility, this Four-Star Beverly Hills hotel brings Silicon Valley to L.A. The trainers at Upgrade Labs, which opened in March, work with hotel guests and members to “hack” their workouts, making them more effective.
The futuristic space has far more tech and machinery than a traditional gym, with equipment like the RedCharger, in which infrared LED lights help promote muscle recovery. Among the four fitness experiences on offer is the Road Warrior Reset, an immune-system-boosting regimen designed to help eliminate jetlag.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake
Angelenos looking to get away for a night or two drive to this Four-Star escape about an hour from downtown to take advantage of the largest spa and wellness center in the Four Seasons collection.
This serene stay’s 16,000-square-foot facility is fully equipped for your ideal workout with 50-plus cardio and strength machines; a roster of yoga, Pilates and spin classes; and an activity lawn where adults and kids can enjoy some low-impact exercise such as playing badminton, kicking around a soccer ball or trying frisbee golf.
The massive gym is reason enough to visit this holistic hideaway, but the onsite California Health & Longevity Institute turns it into an all-out wellness destination.
Up your game with personal training sessions, healthy cooking classes, high-tech physical assessments (try the body composition analysis), life-balance counseling and more with the institute’s staff of doctors and health experts.
For nearly 30 years, upscale Equinox has been the gym of choice for pampered fitness enthusiasts. Experience this high-intensity, high-end mentality when the brand’s first hotel debuts in New York City this July.
Drop in on one of Equinox Club’s dozens of daily classes (including yoga, barre and HIIT), take a personal training session, clip in for a SoulCycle spin class or swim laps in the 25-yard indoor saltwater pool.
While plenty of the spa treatments here are your usual relaxing massages and facials, a handful complement the hotel’s fitness offerings — think an infrared sauna session that helps burn calories and reduce inflammation, or full-body cryotherapy, which is believed to help with workout recovery.
Soak up the sun at this Five-Star Cabo San Lucas retreat with an array of gratis classes all year round. The monthly rotating schedule includes everything from morning group hikes up Pedregal mountain and bun-busting barre sessions to TRX classes or CrossFit on the beach.
After an intense, sweaty workout on the sand, nothing is as refreshing as dip in the ocean — or, maybe, a cocktail at the swim-up bar.