That’s how it used to be, anyway. Nowadays, more and more hotels are recognizing the ever-growing interest in fitness and are working to cater to the wellness-minded client. Where some hotels have teamed up with popular studios to offer group fitness classes (Orangetheory partnered with The Boca Raton in 2018, for example), others are partnering with boutique fitness brands to upgrade their gyms (for example, Hilton committed to adding at least one Peloton bike into each of its more than 5,000 fitness centers ages ago).
- Amanda Kloots, trainer and founder of AK! Fitness
- Jennifer Connell, Jennifer Connell is the vice president of distinctive premium brands for Marriott International and the global brand leader of Westin Hotels & Resorts, owned by Marriott.
- Jessica Candy, Jessica Candy is the director of spa and retail at Montage Kapalua Bay, a luxury resort based in Hawaii.
- John Stack, John Stack is the director of sales and marketing at Conrad Nashville, a luxury hotel owned by Hilton.
- Raul Ortiz, Raul Ortiz is the vice president of global marketing and brand management at EVEN Hotels, a trio of wellness hotels in the United States.
- Steve Weitman, Steve Weitman is the current president and former chief operating officer of Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And now, still more hotels are going so far as to elevate not only their communal workout spaces, but also their in-room fitness offerings.
“We’re finding that travelers are seeking out elevated fitness amenities that can be customized to their bodies and physical goals—they require flexibility and convenience; the run-of-the-mill treadmill or on-site cardio class doesn’t cut it anymore,” says Steve Weitman, president of Wynn Las Vegas.
So, if you’ve been hoping to book a vacation that doesn’t derail your fitness goals, keep reading for eight hotels embracing in-room fitness in a major way.
While Wynn Las Vegas has long catered to fitness enthusiasts with its 6,722-yard championship golf course and its partnership with SoulCycle and NutriDrip by Clean Market, and fitness center (recently revamped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment), the brand’s new Wynn Living Well initiative, which it rolled out this January, makes the experience even more personal with in-room, 30-minute workouts from Amanda Kloots, founder of AK Fitness.
If digital workouts aren’t your thing, Wynn Las Vegas also offers guests the opportunity to book one-on-one treatment sessions with a TB12 Body Coach. “Co-founded by Tom Brady and his body coach Alex Guerrero, TB12 emphasizes muscle recovery and injury prevention through a holistic approach to pliability, nutrition, hydration, movement, and mental fitness to achieve longevity and pain-free living,” says Weitman.
2. EVEN Hotels
While many hotels are just now hopping on the trend of in-room fitness, EVEN has been dedicated to the idea since 2015. “Our in-room fitness is a top driver of preference among our target guest,” says Raul Ortiz, VP of global marketing and brand management for EVEN Hotels. “Currently, 80 percent of guests who book with us plan on working out in their room, and most actually do once they stay with us.”
All guest rooms offer an in-room fitness experience along with complimentary access to the latest on-demand classes, according to Ortiz. “During your stay, you can expect your room to be equipped with a yoga mat, yoga block, foam roller, resistance bands, and stability ball,” he says.
And that’s just for a standard accomodations. Deluxe rooms feature dedicated “fitness zones,” complete with wall hooks, TRX straps, and other equipment for strength and resistance training. Then there are premium rooms, which include an interactive spin bike, along with all the accouterments of the deluxe and standard rooms.
Wellness is a big part of the Proper Hotel experience, which is why the brand offers a vast array of spa treatments at its destination spas (Surya Spa in Santa Monica and Verbena Spa in Austin), along with complimentary weekend yoga and HIIT Classes. Additionally, each Proper Hotel has a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center to offer guests a space to explore strength training, weight training, and cardio.
But most recently, Proper Hotels partnered with The Class, a cathartic workout experience beloved by celebrities like Emma Stone and New York City’s downtown sweat set, alike, to create an in-room fitness experience. What’s more, guests have the option to utilize Therabody percussive massage tools, yoga mats, and yoga bands (all of which are available upon request from the front desk). And if you stay in a suite, you’ll have the option for an in-room Peloton bike.
Hotel Esencia is a 45-room boutique property just south of Mexico's Playa del Carmen. There, in beachy paradise, guests have the option to book one of five rooftop wellness suites. Each one spans two floors and is equipped with the most luxurious fitness accommodations, including a lululemon Studio mirror, weight kit, and add-on options like a Peloton bike or treadmill. These suites also have their own rooftop pool, outdoor shower, and steam sauna—and they can be connected to suites below to create the ultimate group experience or family vacation.
Planning a trip to New York City? Consider staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking, where guests receive complimentary access to a lululemon Studio mirror, and with it, the ability to choose from thousands of on-demand workouts, inlcuding options from top boutique fitness brands like Y7 Yoga, Rumble Boxing, and Pure Barre.
While some hotels include fitness or wellness as one of their core pillars, Westin operates on six pillars of well-being, including sleep, nutrition, movement, mindfulness, and more. From a fitness standpoint, Westin is known for its WestinWORKOUT® Gear Lending program. “The gear lending kits feature the latest in high-tech recovery and total body strength training equipment from our partners Hyperice and Bala, and can be used in-room, on-demand for an individualized experience,” says Jennifer Connell, global brand leader of Westin Hotels & Resorts and vice president of distinctive premium brands for Marriott International. Additionally, guests can book WestinWORKOUT Guestrooms, in which they’ll have access to their very own Peloton for the duration of their stay.
No need to forego your fitness goal while visiting Music City. At Conrad Nashville, guests can book one of five wellness rooms, all of which feature the latest and greatest in fitness equipment, including an Echelon Reflect Smart Mirror, Peloton bike, and free weights, along with a curated minibar created with the wellness lover in mind.
“We have partnered with some of the best health and fitness experts and a cost comes with that, but a luxury traveler who is committed to fitness even while away from home is a segment that we feel needs to be accommodated,” says John Stack, Conrad Nashville’s director of sales and marketing.
For guests who want to enjoy fitness from the comfort of their private accommodations, Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii, has created the Stay Fit package through which the hotel brings the gym to its guests, according to Jessica Candy, director of spa and retail at Montage Kapalua Bay.
“The package can be tailored to the guests’ needs from on-demand Peloton bikes to aftercare equipment such as the Hypervolt [percussive massage tool] or Vyper [vibrating fitness] roller,” she says. Other features of the package include yoga mats, foam rollers, free weights, and medicine balls—all set up prior to your arrival.
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