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Get fit travel: Best hotel gyms around the world

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Gyms worth traveling for

Some hotel gyms are little more than a treadmill and a set of free weights, but others really go all out to help keep guests in shape. We're looking into some of the most high-end, state-of-the-art gyms at hotels around the world.

Gyms worth
traveling for

Some hotel gyms are little more than a treadmill and a set of free weights, but others really go all-out to help keep guests in shape. We're looking into some of the most high-end, state-of-the-art gyms at hotels around the world.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale Arizona

Sanctuary on Camelback mountain scottsdale

You know you’re in good hands when it comes to getting in shape when the fitness staff includes Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Misty Hyman. She’s just one reason Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a highly sought-after destination for fitness enthusiasts. The fully stocked fitness center features Free Motion exercise equipment, treadmills, stationery bikes and steppers, EFX elliptical cross-trainers and free weights. If you’d rather work out in a group, choose from a variety of classes, including Zumba, body sculpting, yoga, Pilates, cycling and even meditation. For anyone looking for an entirely fitness-focused retreat, the property also offers a specialized triathlon prep program and an array of wellness retreat packages to help kick-start your healthy living goals.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

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If you have to hit the gym, there’s probably no better place to burn calories than in beautiful Bora Bora. While at the luxe Four Seasons, you can work out in the resort’s fitness center while enjoying sea breezes and views of the South Pacific (yes, please). The center’s state-of-the-art gymnasium features advanced cardiovascular machines equipped with individual TV monitors and headsets, along with weight machines, free weights and an over-water sunrise yoga platform. We’re guessing it’s not too hard to work up the motivation to work out when you're in such a spectacular setting.

St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San francisco

The St. Regis San Francisco makes it easy to stay fit during your visit, thanks to several health and wellness offerings including an indoor infinity pool, iPods pre-loaded with workout-ready tunes, and the city’s best trainers on speed dial for a sweat session on the outdoor terrace or in the private yoga room. In addition to a full state-of-the-art fitness center, the hotel features a private yoga room for dedicated students who want to practice while traveling. For cardio addicts, the concierge is able to provide scenic running routes around the city and gorgeous seaside hikes in neighboring Marin County.

Hotel Unique, Sao Paolo Brazil

Hotel Unique sao paolo brazil

The stylish gym at Hotel Unique in São Paulo is another fitness facility worth checking out. For starters, the gym’s pool boasts a waterslide entrance (so you can feel like a kid again), plus you can take advantage of state-of-the-art Technogym equipment on see-through floors (where you can watch people swimming below), steam and sauna rooms and giant TV projections. The gym is open 24 hours a day and is completely private for guests. There are also personal trainers on hand should you need an extra push to work out. While the facility may be compact, what it may lack in space, it more than makes up for in its fun and edgy atmosphere.

The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa California

Meritage resort napa california

The 1,650 square-foot fitness studio at the Meritage Resort and Spa takes full advantage of its vineyard setting. The space features floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a private balcony overlooking the resort's vineyards, olive grove and the Grape Crusher statue. The studio includes both state-of-the-art equipment (cardio and weights) and free weights for use by all resort guests, and there are Zumba classes offered twice a week. Beyond the fitness studio, the resort is also home to a 22,000 square-foot Estate Cave that houses a one-of-a-kind spa built in the heart of the earth with 12 treatment rooms, and his/her private lounges with water walls, whirlpools and steam grottos.

Stella Australis, Patagonia

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Feel like getting fit at sea? On board Cruceros Australis' newest ship, the Stella Australis, you can work out in the modern gym located on the top deck with full-height windows for a spectacular view of the passing Patagonian scenery. Who needs to watch TV when the gorgeous, ever-changing landscape is right in front of you? Pass the time as you run, walk or cycle by watching fjords, glaciers and local wildlife — much more interesting that anything you might find onscreen. Double-glazed windows keep the cold out so you don’t have to worry about the chilly air affecting your workout.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

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If you’re heading to New York, we suggest staying — and getting fit  — at the Mandarin Oriental while you’re there. The gym and 75-foot lap pool are located on the 36th floor in the Time-Warner Center hotel and offer stunning views across the Hudson. The fitness center features TechnoGym cardio machines and kinesis equipment, which uses cables to work different muscles simultaneously and for resistance training, so gym-goers can get almost an entire workout with only one machine. The Mandarin's gym also provides Smartwater citrus-infused water and teas. Pre-loaded iPods, headphones and free packages of towels are available as well.

Saxon Hotel and Spa, Johannesburg South Africa

Saxon Hotel South Africa

The spacious gym at Saxon Hotel and Spa is open 24 hours a day and is designed to please even the most avid gym buff. Along with the latest cardio and strength-training equipment, the Saxon boasts kinesis equipment (and a touch TV that demonstrates each kinesis exercise), and the Power Plate, a large platform that vibrates as you stand. The vibration causes a reflex in your muscles that tones and strengthens them. Even the rowing machine is a little different — it produces the sound of water flowing while you row. Steam rooms, towels, bottled water and fresh fruit for guests top off the gym-going experience.

St. Regis Mexico City

St Regis Mexico city

Adjoining the indoor swimming pool and spa areas, the exercise room at the St. Regis Mexico City is all about the view. The spacious gym overlooks the heart of the city so you can watch all the action unfold while you sweat it out. The fitness facility offers a complete selection of Technogym and Balanced Body equipment, including Excite Treadmills, Cardio Wave trainers, Upright and Reclining Excite Bikes, free weights and a Kinesis Movement-Flexibility Wall. The serene yoga and Pilates studio is equipped with Pilates Reformers, mats and medicine balls, while the cardio, strength training and core work areas offer something for every level, along with professional personal trainers.

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