Between those fruity cocktails by the pool and sampling the best ice cream in town, it’s easy to let healthy eating habits fall to the wayside while you’re on vacation. But now it’s more doable than ever to stay on track thanks to a slew of wellness initiatives at hotels. At these stays, you won’t feel tempted to gorge on the potato chips in the mini bar or skip the sad hotel gym. From running concierges to beachside workouts to juice menus, these hotels guarantee you’ll look and feel better at the check-out desk.
THE STAY: W South Beach
THE SPOT: Miami, Florida
THE SKINNY: Celebrity fitness trainers are the A-list attraction for their Fuel program, including tennis coach Federico and Simone Cavalletti, who offers Genius Body Work, Beach Boot Camp and Sunrise Yoga classes. Cavalletti will also customize a three- or five-day package with a one-hour consultation, body fat measurement and health evaluation, private personal training, daily exercises and pre-planned menus. Get your fitness fix playing basketball or tennis on the rooftop SWISH & SWING courts, or borrow a complimentary Martone bicycle for a spin to explore South Beach.
W South Beach
THE STAY: The Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel
THE SPOT: Chicago, Illinois
THE SKINNY: This isn’t your typical hotel gym — no treadmills facing a wall here! Boasting over 10,000 square feet of workout and class space, the health club takes it up a notch with a variety of personal training packages that include fitness and nutrition consultations, their signature series resistance training circuits and group classes ranging from boxing to Pilates to AquaFit.
The Palmer House
THE STAY:Kulm Hotel St. Moritz & Grand Hotel Kronenhof
THE SPOT: St. Moritz, Switzerland
THE SKINNY: Al fresco exercise has never been so appealing! During the summer, guides lead guests on mountain biking excursions, Nordic walking trails and standup paddle boarding on Lake St. Moritz. In the colder months, skiing and snow shoeing warm you up. For rainy days, there’s the light-flooded gym with wraparound views of the lake and mountains, plus classes like yoga and Pilates.
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
THE STAY: Surf & Sand Resort
THE SPOT: Laguna Beach, California
THE SKINNY: “ Muscle beach” takes on a new meaning at this seaside paradise,
thanks to its Fitness on the Beach program. The weekend package includes fresh juice morning delivery, Saturday morning beach yoga and beachside lunch, plus access to group fitness on the sand. Classes like Core Conditioning, Gentle Stretch, Beach Boot Camp, Abs & Glutes and Tai Chi guarantee there’s something for everyone.
Surf & Sand Resort
THE STAY: The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
THE SPOT: Tucson, Arizona
THE SKINNY: Every runner knows that going for a jog is a great way to explore a new city — and break a sweat while on vacation. This resort does the planning for you courtesy of its very own complimentary Running Concierge, who leads guests on trails with stunning views of the Sabino Canyon Mountains. Don’t have room in your suitcase for workout gear? For just $5, you can borrow any attire — including sneakers — with the onsite New Balance Gear Lending program.
THE STAY: Half Moon, A RockResort
THE SPOT: Montego Bay, Jamaica
THE SKINNY: Infusing wellness with Jamaican culture is the mission at Half Moon. The Reggae Dub Club Yoga Session is a vinyasa flow set to a soundtrack of Jamaican Dub, giving the class a special rhythm. The 50-minute slow flow segment focuses on alignment with a meditative vibe. For deeper relaxation, take a 30- to 40-minute meditation class to soothe your breath, mind, body and spirit.
THE STAY: Red Mountain Resort
THE SPOT: St. George, Utah
THE SKINNY: Nestled in southwestern Utah’s red rock bluffs, the gorgeous setting is the backdrop to many wellness initiatives, including guided hikes through Zion National Park, yoga overlooking the canyons and Tai Chi on the rocks. There are fun group fitness classes too, like Kettle Bell Essentials Workshop, Paddle Board Yoga from the Red Cliffs outdoor pool, and burlesque dance. And the property’s eateries, Canyon Counter and Canyon Breeze Restaurant, offer healthy fare that skimps on calories but never on flavor to fuel you through action-packed days.
Red Mountain Resort
THE STAY: Belmond El Encanto
THE SPOT: Santa Barbara, California
THE SKINNY: Top fitness trainer Nora Tobin helped create the Spring into Fitness Package (through June 30) to help guests shape up for summer. Personalized for each visitor’s personal goals, the wellness program incorporates exercise, nutrition and mindset, and its four themes are inspired by the elements. “ Earth” includes hiking and boot camps at the beach, along with energizing spa scrubs; “ Wind” is yoga with an emphasis on breathing and meditation techniques, as well as oxygen treatments in the spa; “ Fire” is high-intensity calorie scorchers and hot stone massages; “ Water” is swimming, aqua aerobics, paddle boarding and kayaking, as well as hydrating spa treatments. Each package also entitles guests to other on-site fitness classes such as kickboxing and tennis, plus nutrition consultations.
Belmond El Encanto
THE STAY: Thompson Playa del Carmen
THE SPOT: Riviera Maya, Mexico
THE SKINNY: Indulge in beachfront yoga at its new bohemian-inspired Beach House with vibrant yoga mats designed by renowned fashion designer Mara Hoffman. (The property was the site of her new swimwear collection photo shoot.) Borrow a free bike to cycle through charming downtown Playa del Carmen or give stand-up paddle boarding a whirl. Refresh with fresh detox juices and smoothies at their Mediterranean-inspired oceanfront restaurant, C Grill.
Thompson Playa del Carmen
THE STAY: Hilton West Palm Beach
THE SPOT: West Palm Beach, Florida
THE SKINNY: It’s no secret that a playlist can make or break a workout. The outdoor fitness boot camp classes led by the general manager get a bespoke soundtrack courtesy of the onsite music curator. After sunset the property offers glow-in-the-dark lawn games like bocce, bean bag toss and ladder golf. To up the ante, the Director of Lawn Games will develop a workout for you, like squats and arm stretches in between lawn games. And it’s easy to stick to your diet here with the light fare made by Tiger Woods’ former chef, Matthew Byrne.
Hilton West Palm Beach
THE STAY: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
THE SPOT: Scottsdale, Arizona
THE SKINNY: A desert oasis is the perfect setting for a mind-body rejuvenation, and the Well & Being program is just the trick. There’s the latest fitness classes, such as HoopFIT and Aerial Hammock Yoga; Bod Pod BMI diagnostics — NFL athletes are fans; personalized nutrition planning; sleep programming complete with adult naps; and integrated spa treatments like acupuncture and oxygen facials.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess