Even fitness junkies sometimes find it difficult to follow their workout routine while traveling for business or pleasure. After all, exercising in a new environment can be a challenge.
Fortunately, a variety of vacation destinations worldwide are stepping up efforts to accommodate health conscious travelers by offering distinct accommodations and programming to keep fitness guests on track even while away from home.
Here are some of the world’s most fitness friendly vacations.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers an a la carte “Be Well, Play Well” program, featuring a private Bod Pod diagnostic test, a customized training plan consultation, Fit Mate Pro oxygen consumption assessment, integrated spa treatments and more. Rising from the resort’s beautiful Hacienda Plaza is Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which also pays tribute to the Arizona landscape. Inspired by Havasupai, a hidden oasis deep in the Grand Canyon, the design of this alluring spa is drawn from nature’s primary elements – air, water, earth, wood and fire. These essential elements, combined with innovative treatments designed to inspire and rejuvenate, will help guests along a self-directed path as they find their energy.
Music is the inspiration behind any great workout. The newly opened musically-themed boutique hotel Aria Hotel Budapest is taking advantage of this by offering guests access to their state-of-the-art fitness center, including equipment with hi-tech digital audio and visual music libraries. Guests can access and customize their own YouTube queues or choose from the hotel’s music library directly on each machine. The musical theme carries over into the spa treatments. What would a trip to Hungary be without an amazing spa experience? Hungarians are well known for their expertise with natural spa and beauty treatments, so don’t miss your chance to indulge your senses with musically inspired body treatments.
A beautiful retreat situated in the picturesque landscape of central New York, the Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers guests one-on-one nutritional consultations, personal training classes and private fitness classes upon request. Spa Mirbeau offers a variety of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, spin, barre, and more on a daily basis. Health conscious travelers who want to avoid fat-filled meals while on vacation are well advised to schedule a personal session with the Spa’s Certified Nutrition Specialist to develop healthy eating habits. Guests will be asked to complete a three-day diet summation in preparation for their first session, at which point a customized meal plan will be designed.
For runners who enjoy training in the elements, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar has all of the makings of a triathlon course. Nestled on 500 acres of lush land, the resort is situated between a mile-long section of golden beach and the El Yunque National Rainforest where guests can swim, hike, bike and run, including three and five-mile jogging paths. Adventurers and sightseers seeking something out of the ordinary love zooming peacefully over some of the most picturesque scenery in Puerto Rico, through the treetops, and across dark, rushing underground rivers.
Blessed with sweeping coastlines, gently sloping Andean foothills, lush vineyards and inviting towns, Central Chile is a cycler’s paradise. The snow-capped Andes loom large as riders trace breathtaking Pacific byways and picturesque inland routes to quaint fishing villages and wineries. Explore the historic ports of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. Pedal tree-lined country roads at your own comfortable pace from 10-25 miles per day in Santa Rita and the Casablanca Valley, where viniculture thrives. Experience true Chilean hospitality as you set out to sea with local crab fishermen, create your own wine blend with an expert sommelier and savor seaside spas, an historic wine hacienda and comfortable inns.
The strength and flexibility developed via yoga — namely in the core, quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors–can help runners stay injury-free. The Energize yoga retreat by Tara Stiles eases muscles and includes access to a three or five day customized escape alongside a resident Strala yoga instructor and daily yoga sessions. Anyone who can ride a bike is eligible to participate in a mountain bike tour. The tours offered range from beginner to advanced skill levels. The W Retreat provides the bike, helmets, drinking water, and a guide who will show riders the most unique parts of Vieques. Experienced riders will enjoy the Complete Island Bike Tour which requires a higher level of physical fitness. Although this is a moderately paced ride over moderate terrain, the Caribbean sun and humidity are the biggest concern. This ride incorporates a loop around the island to include the eastern Wildlife Refuge, western Wildlife Refuge, and everywhere in between. Riders will cover 35 miles within five to six hours.