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When you’re surrounded by unbelievably blue water, snowy white sand, and palm trees practically dropping coconuts straight into your hands, it can be hard to pull yourself away from paradise to work out in the hotel gym.

But fortunately, the concept of #fitspo is understood by a growing number of hoteliers (and their architects)—and a handful have designed the exercise centers of their resorts to be extensions of the gorgeous surrounding environs.

The end result? Sweatbox panoramas that will get your blood pumping—even before you step onto the treadmill.

Here are 10 hotel gyms with views so amazing, the photos can’t even do them justice. Vacation, anyone?

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Photo: One&Only Resorts

One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives

The beaches that comprise this fitness center’s front yard are arguably the most perfect in the world. But if you can’t fathom spending even a second of your vacay inside exercising, there’s always the outdoor yoga pavilion.

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Photo: Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

Panoramic views of the island’s iconic North Shore will be all the motivation you need to put in a few miles (in between orders of mai tais, of course).

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Photo: Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand

If the cardio equipment in this resort gym doesn’t elevate your heart rate, the startling blue views of Lake Wakatipu and the jagged, occasionally snow-capped Remarkables Mountains certainly will.

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Photo: Thompson Hotel

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico

An unobstructed sightline to the Sea of Cortez means you won’t, er, sweat leaving the beach for a quick HIIT workout.

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Photo: Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa, Palawan, Philippines

The floor-to-ceiling windows at this hilltop fitness center means you’ve got unobstructed sightlines of the Sulu Sea (and its unreal hues). It’s perhaps the best spot of the entire island resort.

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Photo: Gstaad Palace

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

There’s nothing neutral about the sights outside the iconic palace hotel’s intimate gym. Being able to take a sweaty selfie with the Swiss Alps in the background is an added bonus.

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Photo: Four Seasons Resorts Bali in Sayan

Four Seasons Resorts Bali in Sayan, Ubud, Indonesia

Most think of Bali as a beach destination (it’s an island after all), but its jungles are no joke either. And this tree-top fitness center, perched above the Ayung River, puts you right in the middle of all their lush beauty.

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Photo: J Public Relations

Jumeirah Vittaveli, South Malé Atoll, Maldives

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque place to circuit train than a gym that juts out over the unrelentingly turquoise Indian Ocean. Yes, you’ve got views on all sides.

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Photo: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

From your perch above the city, you might find it hard to actually start your workout (yes, that is Mount Fuji in the distance). If you need inspiration, try recreating that elliptical scene from Lost In Translation, which was filmed in the famous Tokyo hotel’s gym.

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Photo: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach, Florida

Cerulean water and white sand are guaranteed scenery with every workout in the fitness oasis—they’re enough to make you want to put in way more than 10,000 steps.

Now that you’ve found your farflung fitspo, here’s a 15-minute leg-and-core routine and 10 heart-pumping toning workouts you can do anywhere. 

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