Clockwise from top left: Westin Hotels, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Edition Hotels, W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island
The thought of vacation might conjure images of lazy beach days and frozen margaritas, but nowadays you can get even more out of your trip than a relaxing getaway. (Though that’s fun, too!) A recent survey from British Airways found that 66 percent of people look for ways to stay healthy while traveling, and 34 percent seek out airlines and hotels that specifically provide good-for-you menu options. That’s why we rounded up the best hotels that offer these coveted options. Between in-room spin bikes and run concierges, a stay at one of these hot spots will help propel your diet and exercise goals forward — so hitting the road never sets you back.
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The 12 Best Hotels for Staying Active on the Go
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1. Edition Hotels
Location: London; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Sanya, China
Not everyone enjoys flowing through sun salutations in a room full of strangers. And Edition Hotels gets that. Which is why each of their properties has partnered with Yoga for Bad People to offer on-demand, in-room yoga classes. Put yourself in the right frame of mind with a guided meditation, then choose your style, including vinyasa, hatha and more. When you’re finished, refuel with a healthy elixir stashed in your mini bar from the LA-based shop Moon Juice.
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2. Westin Hotels
Location: Cities across the U.S.
According to a global survey of nearly 8,000 people, Westin Hotels discovered that adventure travel is a top way to explore the world. More than 1 in 4 respondents said they planned on making an adventure-focused trip in the next year, which is nearly double the amount of travelers who did so in the last three years. To keep up with the demand, Westin rolled out their Let’s Rise initiative, which incorporates all sorts of active programming based on where you’re staying.
To highlight a few perks: There’s a cycling concierge at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, an on-mountain hike and bootcamp workout at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort Spa, Victoria (not to mention tennis and golf concierges), and a surf concierge at the Westin LAX. And because you can run, well, anywhere, they also have nearly 200 run concierges globally, so there’s always someone to log miles with and show you can’t-miss spots in a new city.
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3. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
When you book a stay at Sanctuary, know open bars and endless buffets won’t distract you from your fitness goals. In fact, their unique health-minded services help you stay laser-focused on them. The hotel has Olympic gold-medalist trainers (like swimmer Misty Hyman) on hand to get you in shape for, say, a triathlon, for which they offer a three-day package. Our other favorite workout offerings: Zennis, a unique hybrid of yoga and tennis (you’ll get nice and limber for all those backhand swings) and hiking Camelback mountain. After all, you can’t be in Scottsdale and not immerse yourself in nature. You can book both fitness ventures as part of a Satori Wellness Retreat, which offers up a weight plan, customized workouts, healthy meals and spa treatments.
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4. The Four Seasons Resort Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Location: Dallas, TX
Staying healthy on the road isn’t just about squeezing in a workout — it’s important to make time for recovery and relaxation, too. You can do just that at the sprawling Four Seasons Resort Club in Dallas. Boasting one of the best golf courses in the country (and home to the annual ATT Byron Nelson), you’ll want to hit the greens and then head to the Well Being Spa. One top treatment: MAT, or muscle activation therapy, a non-invasive approach to correcting muscular imbalances, joint instability and limitations in range of motion. Guests can also hop into one of the many classes offered at The Sports Club. From AntiGravity yoga to indoor cycling and SURFSET fitness, you’re guaranteed to find the right fit.
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5. Loews Hotel
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Be honest: When you Google random symptoms online, you may check out WebMD because it pops up first in your search. But you trust the Mayo Clinic. And now when you need a place to stay in Minneapolis (one of the healthiest cities in the U.S.), Loews Hotel hooks you up. Guests can sign up for the Rally Package, where you’ll get a nutrition consultation with the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine experts, along with an hour-long EXOS Rally performance-training class. Coaches from the EXOS staff lead each session, including former conditioning coach for the Seattle Mariners Adam Maronde and Calin Butterfield, who’s worked with athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS. In other words, they know their stuff.
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6. Triumph Hotels
Locations: New York, NY (seven locations)
New York City has one of the most robust fitness scenes in the country. But when you visit, there’s only so much you can try with limited time and steep prices (you’ll pay about $35 per class). That’s where Triumph Hotels comes in. Each of their seven locations has a partnership with FitReserve, a multi-studio fitness membership similar to ClassPass. Guests can choose the TravelPack option to gain access to three fitness classes during their stay for only $54 (meaning you basically get a class for free). With more than 44,000 classes and 400 studios to choose from, you’ll never run out of workout inspiration. And if for some reason you’re not able to squeeze in all three classes, the TravelPack remains open for three months. So you’ll just have to book that second visit.
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7. Canyon Ranch
Location: Tucson, AZ
Have your sights set on an Ironman this year? We found your dream destination. Canyon Ranch has teamed up with coaching company Sansego to give you the opportunity to steal training secrets from three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander (aka Crowie). Dubbed the Sansego Experience, you’ll start your 3- to 5-day getaway with an interview with a Sansego triathlon coach, who helps you set specific goals. Then, with a custom-made plan, you’ll ride and run on epic routes through Tucson, work through private swim workouts in the outdoor pool (with video analysis so you can immediately start improving), eat nutritionist-designed meals that fuel your performance and receive one-on-one exercise physiology testing (including finding your metabolic rate and VO2 max). You can even learn how to improve your mind game with a mental skills coaching session.
As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also score a sweet swag bag (worth $750) from Crowie’s sponsors. The “camp” isn’t cheap with rates starting at $5,750, but if you’re a serious endurance athlete, it’s worth every penny.
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8. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel Casino
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
SoulCycle addicts, rejoice. You can now go on vacation without deserting your beloved two-wheeler. As a guest at the Sheraton in Puerto Rico, you can ask for a stationary bike delivered to your room. Then cue up a playlist and ride to the beat while overlooking San Juan’s skyline. If you’ve got more energy where that came from, sign up for glow-in-the-dark kayaking on Bioluminescent Bay. The water lights up with microorganisms so you get a real-life magic show. Afterward, sip on a glowing Bio Bay cocktail, because, hey, it’s all about balance.
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9. W Retreat Spa — Vieques Island
Location: Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for better yoga flow and flexibility, the W’s FIT with Tara Stiles program is top-notch. Guests can cue up curated in-room workout videos led by the celebrity instructor, along with yoga tip cards that have pose suggestions for relaxation, beating jet lag and getting an energy boost. There’s also Island Glo-Ga, a monthly complimentary glow-in-the-dark yoga class that flows to upbeat tracks spun by the hotel’s DJ, with body paint and fluorescent black lights to up the fun factor. And since you’ll be spending plenty of time in the sun (you’re in Puerto Rico, after all), guests can also strap on a sun care tech bracelet when they’re lounging out by the infinity pool. It measures UV rays and monitors sun exposure, sending you alerts right when it’s time to slather on more sunscreen.
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10. Madison Hotel Memphis
Location: Memphis, TN
Anyone seeking a unique workout experience must check out this gym. The hotel itself is located in the old Tennessee Trust Bank Building, which was one of Memphis’ first skyscrapers, founded back in 1905. Even cooler: The bank’s vault was transformed into a custom-built gym, complete with the original vault door and steel ceiling. Inside, you’ll find everything from treadmills to recumbent bikes to weight machines. And if you’re not in the mood to trudge downstairs, you can also book an in-room yoga session. Schedule it 48 hours in advance, and you’ll score a local yoga-certified instructor ready to lead you through a private, totally personalized 30- or 60-minute flow. Not too shabby.
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11. Hilton Hotel New Orleans Riverside
Location: New Orleans, LA
New Orleans may not be the first city you think of when dreaming of fit destinations, but a stay at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside may convince you otherwise. Its Stay Fit Kits put everything from yoga mats and medicine balls to resistance bands and foam rollers right in your room. Simply mention you want one at the front desk and it’ll be delivered, pronto. The hotel is also home to the largest fitness center in the city and the only indoor tennis court, offering up volleyball and basketball courts along with your typical group exercise classes.
Tech- and health-junkies alike will love staying at any of the six Marriott properties that host Stay Well rooms. In it you’ll get everything from circadian rhythm lighting and dawn simulation (so you get optimal sleep in the ridiculously comfortable beds) to nutritionist-approved menu options and a tool that calculates a custom itinerary to minimize jet lag based on your flight details. The rooms even reduce exposure to germs and allergens via an air purifier, because who wants to get sick on vacation?
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