Staying fit while traveling is important to me, so I make sure to stay on top of new fitness initiatives at hotels, airports, and cities I frequent often. A lot of hotels and airlines are beginning to hop on the wellness bandwagon, inspired by the emerging trends of travelers who put a premium on staying healthy and fit on the road.
Though there’s definitely an upward trend in hotels catering to programs to promote wellness to guests, I was really excited when British Airways partnered with ClassPass earlier this year, and it was a pleasant surprise to see an airline actively involved in the wellness component while traveling.Here are 5 hotel programs that have designed fun and unique ways to keep guests fit during their stay:
I love the Kimpton brand because the properties do such an incredible job at providing personal service. Not only can you request a gold fish in your room at check-in if you’re in need of a buddy, an in-room yoga mat, or borrow a bicycle, you can also ask for a running buddy too! Though I haven’t tried it myself, a Kimpton staff member will join and motivate you on your run – how fun!
YOTEL guests now have access to Mindfresh– a fun, quick and instructional meditation series showcasing how one can easily relax and unwind while away from home. The videos will allow guests to ‘wake-up,’ ‘motivate’ and ‘unwind’ through a morning, afternoon and evening routine, respectively.
Through a morning stretch sequence, guests can gently wake the body from sleep, preparing for the day ahead. By the time afternoon rolls around, many of us have been sitting for an extended period of time – the afternoon pick-me-up series of movements will help guests boost blood flow and tune up posture for increased productivity. After a demanding day, the evening routine will help guests to wind down before bed, releasing tension and freeing the cluttered mind.
These videos are free to watch in-cabin on a dedicated YOTEL television channel, the videos are also available online and through YOTEL’s mobile app. I have yet to stay at a YOTEL, but I’m intrigued by the fact that the rooms, aka “cabins” are inspired by first class travel to truly maximize space without compromising function and comfort – it’s no surprise that there are some new YOTEL properties popping up at airports, including LHR, AMS, and CDG (SIN is in the works).
IHG recently introduced a new brand into their portfolio – EVEN hotels, which was built with wellness in mind, after digging deep to understand travelers who put a premium on well-being while traveling. Aside from the fact that there are no odd room numbers at the hotel, guests can enjoy healthy meals, mediation, aromatherapy and more. As of now, there are two EVEN hotels in NYC, and they’re on my list to check out.
Last year, Residence Inn announced a new partnership with Map My Run during a campaign called “RI Run Like a Local“, creating mapped runs for guests to enjoy during their next stay. Though my running times would be too embarrassing to post, Kathy from Will Run For Miles has the full scoop!
It’s always cool to see that hotels and travel providers are mindful of travelers who put a premium on their well-being when they’re away, especially because being away from your normal routine is hard enough! What are your thoughts? How do you stay fit and healthy while traveling?