When it comes to summer, exercise and vacation do not always go hand in hand. You spent all winter working out at the gym so you could fit into your summer clothes, why would you want to waste precious beach time lifting weights or tracking miles on the treadmill? Good news, body-conscious travels: hotels around the world are introducing new ways to introduce a little fun into guests' fitness routine.
But before you check-in, it's a good idea to keep your mind and body aligned, says Will Coons, a yoga teacher and massage therapist at StillPointWithin in Provincetown, MA.
"It is just as important to keep yourself in alignment, filled with plenty of fluids and avoiding misuse, as it is for your vehicle," said Coons. Coons recommends you always keep moving, even if it's just a few foot taps or leg lifts at your desk.
Meanwhile, consider combining summer travel with some active ideas. Whether it's a biking tour of Portland or bootcamp in the Swiss Alps, these hotels and tour companies have a wellness adventure for every type of traveler this summer:
For the Alpine Adventurer: A Swiss Bootcamp at Gstaad Palace
A luxury alpine adventure awaits travelers in the Swiss Alps at Gstaad Palace this summer. The glamorous hotel in the heart of the chalet village is encouraging summer fitness with a seven-day Boot Camp package. The exclusive boot camp includes accommodations for six nights, all meals, and five and a half days of fitness programs designed by legendary extreme athlete and adventurer, Mike Horn. The package is offered July 14-20 and August 18-24 and starts at CHF 4,995 per person (approximately $5,232 USD). Additional activities throughout the summer in Gstaad include walking and hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, river rafting, and paragliding.
For the Juicing Enthusiast: Red Rock Adventure Cleanse with BluePrint
Sorrel River Ranch has teamed up with BluePrint Cleanse to offer the "Red Rock Adventure Cleanse" package. This is the perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy the luxury and adventure of Sorrel River Ranch while reaping the benefits of BluePrint's juicing detox program. The package includes: three-day BluePrint Juicing program; one 50-minute Swedish Massage; one Stand Up Paddleboard lesson from the ranch's Adventure Team; daily morning fitness hikes; Sauna Cleanse sessions; Yoga classes; one personal training session and a BluePrint gift bag. The package starts at $1,950 for three nights in a Mountain View room and must be booked 7 days in advance.
For the Yogie: Rooftop Yoga at Hotel Lincoln
Boasting some of the most spectacular views in Chicago, Lincoln Park's Hotel Lincoln is launching Rooftop Yoga this June. Each Wednesday throughout the month from 7am to 8am, guests can join one of Equinox's renowned instructors atop the hotel's expansive rooftop restaurant, The J. Parker. The popular rooftop restaurant will transform into a Zen yoga oasis to create most unique yoga class in the city. Registration is available by calling Equinox Lincoln Park at 312-254-4000 and costs $5 for Equinox members and $20 for non-members. Classes are complimentary for hotel guests but advance registration is required.
For the Fit Foodie: Yoga for Foodies at Mii amo
Mii amo spa at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ. This summer the spa invites travelers to attend a special "Yoga for Foodies" retreat by famed yoga pioneer, David Romanelli. The August 11-17, 2013, retreat allows attendees to take part in vinyasa-style yoga while listening to music and enjoying post-yoga wine and chocolate tastings. The retreat is inclusive and includes 14 services per person (six 90-minute, eight 60-minute) and rates start at $4,510 per person based on double occupancy.
For the Underwater Explorer: Scuba Diving at Westin Grand Cayman
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is offering a "Diving Grand Cayman" package. The package includes a 5th night free, $100 dive credit, 4 assorted US$25 vouchers eligible for use on specific Red Sail Sports activities, and a complimentary upgrade based upon availability at check-in. Situated in a prime location on Seven Mile Beach, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation earlier this year with enhancements across the property. Five night minimum length of stay required. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Rates from $189 per night.
For the DIY-er: France Biking and Walking Tours with CW
CW is encouraging travelers to be active and adventurous during their travels this summer with new self-guided walking and biking tours in Provence, France. The 8-day/7-night France: Provence to the Coast self-guided cycling tour is ideally suited for travelers of independent spirit and runs easy-to-moderate from the heart of Provence in medieval Avignon to the Mediterranean Sea. From $3,398 per person/double; departures from April through June and September through October. The France: Classic Provence tour is a 7-day/6-night self-guided, easy-to-moderate walking tour of essential Provence, and provides walking enthusiasts with an opportunity to explore the region on their own schedule. From $2,548 per person; departures from April through June and September through October.
For the Trendsetter: Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at the Tides Inn
New this season at The Tides Inn in Irvington, VA, the resort introduces a fun and easy way to get a full-body workout surrounded by the nature and serenity of Carters Creek: stand-up paddleboarding, and paddle board yoga. The Tides Inn yoga instructor, Rebecca Riley, will teach guests the basics in an Introduction to Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga Class, which includes an on-land overview and on-water instruction with yoga breathing and meditation. The classes are suitable for all skill levels, with modifications for every pose provided. Rates start at $175 per night.
For the Biker (and Drinker!): Bikes & Brews at the Nines
This summer the Nines hotel in Portland, OR, is making it easy for visitors to squeeze in a workout. The hotel recently debuted their new Workout Closet offering a variety of workout equipment including yoga mats, balance balls, kettlebells and workout DVDs for guests to use in their rooms or around the city during their stay. The Workout Closet will also offer the new Nike Fuel Bands. The bracelets measure the wearer's movement, activity and calories burned. The Nines "Bikes & Brews" package, providing accommodations, two rental bikes, biking and walking maps of the city and two Fat Tire Beers to enjoy after the ride. Package starts at $269 per night. Use booking code BNBPKG.
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