The 10 Healthiest Hotels in America
Escape to your happiest, healthiest self on your next vacation with these fitness-conscious accommodations.
By Celia Shatzman
Even for the biggest kale and CrossFit converts among us, it's easy to let healthy eating habits and regular workouts fall to the wayside when you�re on vacation. And while a little indulgence and relaxation are part of the joy of taking time off, you don't want to come home feeling more remorseful than refreshed. One way to stay somewhat on track when you're off the grid? Book a healthy hotel!
Thanks to a slew of wellness initiatives at hotels across the country, maintaining a healthy lifestyle on vacation is easier than ever. At these fitness-minded accommodations, you won�t feel tempted to gorge on the potato chips in the mini bar or order bad room service. Instead, you can fill up on locally sourced, nutritious meals. And those sad hotel gyms? They've been replaced with fun, challenging fitness classes.
From hiking concierges to beachside workouts to juice menus, these 10 healthy hotels guarantee you�ll look and feel better come check-out time:
The hotel: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
The locale: Santa Fe, NM
The body boosters: Nestled in the foothills of the striking Sangre de Cristo Mountains, right in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, you won�t be stuck inside on the treadmill if you stay at this adventure-lovers destination. From Thanksgiving through early April the nearby slopes attract skiiers and snowboarders from across the globe. In the warmer months, the mountains are ideal for hiking and biking, as is historical Bandelier National Park, with cave paintings and cliff dwellings dating back as far as 1150 CE -- along with plenty of trails and wildlife. Serious adventure seekers can also opt for whitewater rafting along the Rio Grande and Rio Chama.
The hotel: Swiss�tel Hotel
The locale: Chicago
The body boosters: Their brand-wide Vitality initiative makes it easy to stay on track while on vacay. In-room workouts are a no-brainer with deliveries of yoga mats, Pilates rings, Swiss balls, Aero Steps, or Thera-Bands, which all come with instructions from pros. Runners won�t have to worry about navigating an unfamiliar city thanks to their digital jogging maps, with routes for all different levels. And healthy foodies rejoice: Their head chef partners with nearby farms to prep dishes based on the freshest local ingredients.
The hotel: The Biggest Loser Resort
The locale: Chicago, IL; Malibu, CA; Niagara, NY; and Amelia Island, FL
The body boosters: Just like the NBC hit TV show The Biggest Loser, the luxury resort is all about helping guests shed major pounds while gaining healthy habits. Their certified team of coaches and counselors work together to make goals a reality through the five pillars of their program: fitness, nutrition, education, relaxation and camaraderie. That approach means the pounds will stay off long after the trip is over.
The hotel: Wild Dunes Resort
The locale: Charleston, SC
The body boosters: Whether you want to fine-tune your game or learn a new sport, Wild Dunes Resort is the perfect place. Work up a sweat as you practice your swing with Cardio Tennis -- sessions are packed with drills and footwork -- or Fitness Golf, a 2.5 mile run mixed with speed golf and fitness moves like burpees, pushups, and planks. Looking for a water workout? Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Yoga are also offered for all levels.
The hotel: Mayflower Grace
The locale: Washington, CT
The body boosters: The Raw Rejuvenation Cleanse Package makes a perfect get away for brides-to-be or a girls weekend. The two-night stay includes a three day juice supply of their 100-percent organic, raw, and vegan juices; unlimited group fitness classes; and one 60-minute service per day in the award-winning 20,000 square-foot spa, including their signature massage, detox herbal wrap, or detox sea mud wrap. For those looking for a personalized session, add a la carte classes like private meditation or yoga, nutritional consultation, hiking, kayaking, watercolor classes, archery, fly-fishing, knitting, and even instruction on how to declutter your life!
The hotel: The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
The locale: Los Angeles, CA
The body boosters: Trying to stick to your paleo or gluten-free diet while on vacation can be a challenge. But at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza it�s easy to stay honest while indulging in delicious meals. Their carefully crafted menus are designed to satisfy every taste. Vegans can tuck into Mushroom Risotto with shiitakes, porcinis, chanterelles, cashew cream, truffle oil; Paleo enthusiasts will love Pan Roasted Wild Sea Bass with salsify, sunchoke, sweet potato gnocchi, candy stripe beet puree, and fresh chive; and gluten free followers can munch on Whole Wheat Gluten Free Angel Hair Pasta with creamy basil pesto, wild mushrooms, local english peas, and shaved parmesan.
The hotel: L'Auberge de Sedona
The locale: Sedona, AZ
The body boosters: The dramatic red rock landscape is a stunning backdrop for an al fresco workout. The property�s hiking concierge helps guest choose their perfect path -- everything from a beginner�s hike to a challenging climb -- and will drive you to any nearby trail, maps included. Their biking program offers guided off-road rides through the area�s most striking rock formations, and there are complimentary yoga classes every morning too. And for the full mind-body experience, don�t miss a Moonlight Mediation: The creekside sessions begin with a fire burning ceremony, then a short breath awareness meditation, and tips on how to have a daily meditation practice.
The hotel: Fairmont
The locale: 19 locations across the U.S.
The body boosters: The Fairmont Fit program makes it a cinch to stay fit while traveling. No room for exercise apparel in your suitcase? Reebok workout clothes (including a short-sleeved top, capris, and sneakers for women and a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers for men) are delivered straight to your hotel room, along with a yoga mat and stretch band. Many of the properties have their own additional wellness programs, such as the Fitness Resolution All Inclusive Vacation Package at The Fairmont Washington, D.C., which includes a private cooking class, healthy meals, personal training, CrossFit and semi-private yoga.
The hotel: Metropolitan
The locale: Miami Beach, FL
The body booster: Some cities make it too easy to indulge, and Miami Beach is one of them. But the COMO Shambhala program embraces a healthy, holistic lifestyle, offering nutrition, fitness, and relaxation sessions. Spa treatments -- like massages, facials, acupuncture, and aromatherapy -- are meant to sooth both body and mind. Their The Traymore Restaurant has a special Como Shambhala menu with an emphasis on local, seasonal, and organic food, plus a juice menu perfect for those looking for a cleansing program with flavor.
The hotel: Aulani
The locale: Ko Olina, HI
The body booster: The best part of working out with kids is that it often doesn�t feel like exercise -- and that�s especially true at this Disney resort. The whole family can work up a sweat during beachside workouts like Palm Tree TRX, Ocean Flow yoga, and boot camps. On rainy days you can still enjoy the feel of the water at paddle fitness -- paddle boards are set up indoors so you can boost your strength, balance, coordination and conditioning sans a swimsuit. There are also personal training sessions available to all fitness levels.
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