It’s no easy feat keeping active when you’re away from home and routine, especially when room-service wedges are only a phone call away. For many modern day travellers, going to the gym or general exercising is a key element of their workday. That weekly yoga class, lunchtime jog or early morning crossfit session is about more than just keeping active – it relieves stress, increases productivity and improves mental fortitude.
Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, hotels everywhere are beginning to cater to their guests on the go with extensively kitted out gyms, healthier eating options, dedicated in-room fitness channels and even gear lending programs for guests who arrive sans sneakers. When environments are unfamiliar and schedules are tight, it’s nice to know there are forward-thinking accommodation providers looking out for your wellbeing.
Getting into 'Toga Yoga' at Vibe Hotels
Vibe hotels are well aware that healthy eating and exercise can fall by the wayside while you’re in holiday mode. And while it’s tempting to spend your precious time off indulging and lounging, you run the risk of returning home a little worse for wear. Toga-operated Vibe Hotels – with outfits in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and the Gold Coast – have amped up their fitness focus with a new summer package geared towards health-conscious travellers.
“Our new Stay in Shape package offers yoga, a local five-kilometre running track and a gym and pool to help keep up your exercise routine while away,” says Emma Fraser, head of marketing at Toga Hotels. The in-room yoga channel has been co-designed by Sydney-based yogi master Kate Kendall and will keep both beginners and intermediate yoga practitioners balanced during their stay at Vibe.
Vibe’s active living overhaul also features a ‘fit food’ a menu that challenges the traditional notion of hotel fare. Wake up to poached eggs on sourdough with mushrooms and roast tomato, or an omelette of asparagus, ricotta and bocconcini. The ‘stay in shape’ summer package at Vibe includes an assortment of exciting extras: a take-home VibeFit water bottle, Vibe Yoga DVD, a Vibe Guide highlighting health and exercise options close to each hotel, the lend of a yoga mat and complete gym access during your stay.
Embracing health and wellness at the Westin
Vibe Hotels aren't the only ones getting physical, however. Leading the charge for fitness hotels are the Fairmont – who lend workout apparel, MP3 players pre-loaded with workout tracks and yoga mats delivered to your room upon arrival – and the Sheraton, who supply a "gym-in-a-bag" for in-room workouts as well as an online fitness portal.
Have you ever travelled with the best of intentions not to leave your exercise on the backburner, only to find you've forgotten your sneakers? There’s no excuse not to hop on the treadmill when you stay at the Westin Melbourne, who lend running shoes with disposable insoles plus a range of New Balance apparel for both men and women, delivered to guests' room for just five dollars.
New Balance ambassador and celebrity trainer Holly Perkins has developed exclusive in-room fitness programs for Westin hotels, which include stretch and strengthening workouts, yoga and tips for combating jet lag in creative ways. After receiving a huge positive response from guests during its test drive, the Westin’s gear lending program is being rolled out worldwide so you can travel light, grab a complimentary local area running map and start your holiday off with a spring in your step.