Jan 23, 2023

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7 Stellar Hotel Gyms

Fora Author Henley Vazquez

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A fabulous hotel gym can make all the difference on your vacation (I see you, New Year's resolutions...). Travel is notorious for interrupting health routines, as it can can be difficult to find the time or a decent gym while away from home.

Luckily, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Below are some of the best hotel gyms, designated as such due to their quality fitness equipment, diverse selection of group classes, fantastic amenities or impeccable views (a breathtaking landscape makes any workout less painful). And of course, you can decide to forgo the gym altogether and hit the spa or cocktail bar — because that’s wellness, too. (And if you're looking for more immersive wellness experiences this January, check out my favorite wellness resorts.)

Equinox Hotel New York

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New York’s ultra-sexy Equinox Hotel is the latest venture of the exclusive Equinox brand, a collection of swanky clubs, gyms and spas. Wellness is baked into the brand’s DNA, and its self-appointed designation as the “fittest hotel on Earth” is indeed merited. Here, hotel guests have access to 60,000 square feet, spread across two floors, of designated gym space, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River. Modern cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes...), kettlebells and weight machines abound. Relax by the heated outdoor swimming pool, or opt for a faster pace in the saltwater indoor lap pool. Personal training is (of course) available, as are fantastic group fitness classes ranging from HIIT to yoga to barre. Guests can also complement their workout and boost recovery in the on-site infrared sauna or cryotherapy chamber before heading to the spa for a well-deserved deep-tissue massage. Who knew traveling to New York City could be so stress-relieving?

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out.

Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella

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This luxury hotel’s sleek and modern fitness facilities reflect the resort’s overall appreciation of an active — and fun — lifestyle. It's a fabulous choice for any Spain vacation. Here, hotel guests can use the latest TechnoGym equipment, or take a class at one of the spinning, boxing or barre studios. On-hand medical professionals can consult on fitness longevity, while a certified sports psychologist offers mental coaching to help level up your tennis game (the tennis courts are, unsurprisingly, beautiful). The resort’s outdoor jungle gym is a unique, light-hearted and effective environment in which to train — a stimulating change of scenery. Afterward, the sauna and steam room beckon.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out.

The Venetian Las Vegas

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The famed health-centric hotel collection Canyon Ranch helms the over 100,000 square feet of fitness and wellness space (which includes two gyms) at The Venetian, a favorite stay for any trip to Las Vegas. Free weights, kettlebells, battle ropes and cardio machines equip this well-appointed health club. Guests can work out in the dedicated interval training room, or scale the 40-foot rock climbing wall before indulging in a self recovery session augmented by Hypervolt percussive therapy devices. You also have the option to get granular about your physical fitness: the 80-minute comprehensive fitness assessment on offer includes a heart rate test, body composition analysis and musculoskeletal evaluation, the results from which are reviewed by an exercise physiologist, who then designs a tailored exercise regimen for you.

1 Hotel South Beach

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The 1 Hotels are thoughtful about everything — their airy, soothing design, their commitment to sustainability, their farm-to-table food — and, of course, their gyms. Indeed, they are a paragon of wellness travel, on numerous fronts. The gym at this sexy Miami location is helmed by Anatomy, the community-centered health club focussed on sports performance and holistic strength training and conditioning. Hotel guests can sign up for numerous complimentary group classes, from boxing to yoga classes, meditation to weight training. Personal trainers are available, too. But the sleek 14,000-square-foot space is itself a fabulous place in which to execute your own routine. And with ample cardio equipment, punching bags, treadmills, weights and yoga mats, you’ll have everything you need to do so.

Amanpuri

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At Amanpuri, an ultra-luxe getaway in Phuket, Thailand, wellness can be front and center, if you desire. The resort offers various wellness immersions, depending on your goals — weight management, detox, life reset, stress management — all of which integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern medical interventions. For those looking for something a bit less intensive, however, its gym is a breathtaking oasis overlooking the glistening Andaman Sea. The view is difficult to beat (it's among the best for any vacation to Thailand), especially with the floor-to-ceiling windows. The handsome, tasteful space, accented with dark wood, houses free weights and cardio equipment (the ocean view renders workouts significantly less painful). Guests can also partake in group classes (Muay Thai, Pilates, HIIT, TRX, bootcamp...), play tennis at one of four beautiful courts, book a session with a personal trainer or swim laps in the 60-foot lap pool.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

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It’s not difficult to find wellness-dedicated spaces when visiting California’s chic Santa Monica neighborhood, but few execute to the level of the Proper Hotel, whose gym is, unsurprisingly, fantastic. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in plenty of natural light, which bathes three separate spaces, all tastefully designed with wooden floors and oversized mirrors. Top-tier exercise equipment abounds: Peloton bikes, dumbbells and barbells and kettlebells, a Peloton treadmill, a Tonal Mirror, water rowers, floor machines, stretching equipment...The hotel does not mess around when it comes to fitness. Private classes and personal training can be arranged, but complimentary daily and weekly programming with local experts — think yoga, HIIT and bootcamp — make fitting in a fulfilling sweat session seamless and enjoyable (the gorgeous rooftop and terrace settings don’t hurt, either).

Fora Perks:

  • $50 daily food / breakfast credit.

  • In-room welcome amenity.

  • Upgrade whenever possible.

Honorable mention: Angama Mara

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The gym at this luxurious, bucket-list-worthy tented safari camp is small but mighty. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in design: the sleek open-air space overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, a breathtaking, expansive savannah. It’s well-equipped, too. Hop on a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical, choose from a selection of strength training equipment (dumbbells, kettlebells), roll out a yoga mat for a Vinyasa flow with one of the most stunning views you’ll likely ever encounter or swim laps in Angama’s infinity pool flanked by red lounge chairs on a chic wooden deck — which, of course, also allows you to take in the savannah below. And if you're looking for more pool inspiration, check out more of our favorite hotels swimming pools.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Author - Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez is the co-founder of Fora and a seasoned travel advisor. She's built her career through fostering meaningful relationships and developing opportunities for her community. A self-proclaimed hotel junkie, Henley is driven by match-making the perfect property to each traveler's unique style.