When you’re visiting a new destination, the last thing you want to do is stay indoors; but at these hotels, the gym is the destination. Some guests book their stays just to spend time in the tricked-out gyms. Find out why:
The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. This Four-Star Los Angeles hotel is connected to the California Longevity and Health Institute, a 16,000-square-foot facility where registered dietitians and exercise physiologists oversee the fitness and wellness programs. Hotel guests can break a sweat in the state-of-the-art gym, which includes 25 pieces of cardio equipment (each with its own TV), free motion machines, a free weight area, a circuit of Matrix strength training equipment, a stretching area and a group exercise room. After a workout, cool down in the 95-foot Mediterranean-style indoor heated lap pool. Before you head out, be sure to check out the dietitian-led Wellness Kitchen that offers nutrition lessons and cooking classes — here, you can take home the skills you learn in an intimate (about 16 people) two-hour class (bonus: you’ll take home an apron as a parting gift). The facility makes health and fitness education a priority, offering classes like the grocery store tour, a mindful eating workshop, and personal and interval training sessions.
The Fearrington House Inn. When you stay at the Five-Star Fearrington House Inn you gain free access to the Duke Center for Living’s Health and Fitness Center. Here, you’ll find treadmills and cardio equipment, Cybex weight benches, racks of hand-held weights and raised mats for stretching. Right around the corner, there’s a heated 75-foot pool, a cushioned indoor track and an exercise room, where you can take classes such as cycling, kick boxing, yoga and Pilates. After a workout in the gym, explore the North Carolina grounds on one of the complimentary bicycles.
The Peninsula New York. Rising 23 stories above Fifth Avenue, this 35,000-square-foot rooftop fitness center has incredible views of midtown Manhattan, and an amazing gym, too. With cardio and strength equipment from Life Fitness (a global leader in fitness gear), personal trainers and a glass-enclosed pool, you can pack in a workout while you see the sites, all in a New York minute. A handful of classes (think mat Pilates and cardio and muscle conditioning) are taught by New York’s top instructors in the glass-enclosed movement studio — sign up early so you can snag a spot.