Shark diving, underwater cycling, tree climbing, and more amazing fitness opportunities that change what it means to stay healthy on-the-go.
Spin on the Beach
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Hotel del Coronado—or "The Del"—is the grand dame of San Diego's Coronado Island. And set on a grassy patch overlooking the property's views of the Pacific, rows of spin bikes are an idyllic location for your a.m. workout. Beats by Dre headphones blast music (so as not to interrupt other hotel guests, of course) and you sweat your way through a 50-minute class under the California sun. Watch the horizon; lucky visitors can see dolphins in the distance. (FYI, the hotel also offers a mermaid fitness workout you won't want to miss.)
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At Primland, a woodsy retreat set on 12,000 acres in Virginia's (super-underrated, super-gorgeous) Blue Ridge Mountains, merely staying amid the trees isn't enough. You can also climb them (with a harness and trained tree climbing pro!). It's a serious full-body workout, and the view (vast fields, mountains in the distance, wildlife below) makes it well worth it.
A Tiny Triathlon
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Want to try your hand at a tri but not *quite* ready to commit to the training just yet? No problem. At Red Mountain Resort, nestled in the midst of the red canyons in southern Utah, you can do just that. The resort (which is basically an oasis for the luxurious adventurer) allows you to test out a shorter course—a 4-mile bike ride, a 1.5-mile run, and a 200-yard swim—that takes just 50 minutes. (Don't worry, they provide the swim caps and goggles.)
Soccer with a Pro
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Get the bod of soccer's tops stars (hello, Ali Krieger!) with POWA by Sphere, a 30-minute soccer-inspired workout designed by former Major League Soccer player Michael Chabala. Available only at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, you can sneak in a true high-intensity cardio and strength training workout using a medicine ball before starting your day, with each class taught by a professional soccer player.
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Does fear burn calories? If so, The Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina's shark swimming experience in Hawaii is a must. And we don't mean swimming in cages with sharks. The super-luxe hotel, the first Four Seasons to open on the Hawaiian island, curates an open-water swim for guests off of Oahu's famed North Shore. Guides will swim you through the waters with hammerheads and tiger sharks just below. Regardless of the fear thing, the (fast) swimming counts for that calorie burn.
Boot Camp with a Hike
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If you're considering Canada anyway, keep The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa in Victoria, British Columbia, in mind. Here, a hike isn't enough. That's why the property offers a hike to the top of 656-foot Mount Finlayson (hello, gorgeous vista). Then, with the Olympic Mountains as your background, enjoy a yoga or a boot camp class at the top before beginning your descent. Visit in November and you can also run the Bear Mountain 10K—it's dubbed the toughest 10K in Canada.
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The bioluminescent bay—where mini organisms create awesome bursts of blue/green lights in the water—is one of the magical must-see attractions on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. But stay at the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island and you can get your own glow on with monthly complimentary glow-in-the-dark yoga classes set to music spun by the hotel's DJ. (Body paint and glow bracelets included.)
Train with an Olympian
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Cookie-cutter fitness class this is not. At The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, you can train with two-time Olympian (and current member of the U.S. cycling team) Jillian Vogtli. Come winter, you might hit the slopes together, zeroing in on exercises that target the muscles you'll need. And when the snow melts, she'll be your guide on a cross-country mountain biking tour. Post-workout drinks at the hotel's ski-in/ski-out Terrace Café (accessible via the mountain or a fun funicular ride from the lobby) are a must.
Surf with the Chef
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Cue job envy. Pierre Albaladejo is the executive chef at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, CA—and a big-time surfer. Fortunately, if you're willing to shell out the dough, you can benefit from this. With a year-round program (thanks, San Diego sunshine!), you can start your day in the kitchen, prepping breakfast with Albaladejo. Take a surf lesson with him at a local Carlsbad beach, and enjoy lunch in the sand. Did we mention this all comes with your own personalized surfboard that the hotel ships back home for you? Now for the buzzkill: The package starts at $3,500 per person.
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Indoor cycling is cool, but underwater cycling (the water provides a resistance of its own!) is cooler—and harder. Come warmer weather, spin enthusiasts in our nation's capital can get a sweat session in at the Embassy Row Hotel's rooftop pool, with sweeping views of the city as your background. (FWIW, the space was named one of the best rooftop pools in the world.) The class, Splash Cycle, is DC's first aquacycling class. (Here's what you need to know about the aquacycling fitness trend.)
A Cycling-Meets-Art Tour
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When the Art hotel opened in Denver, artistic types flocked in to check it out. (The property's lobby, halls, and guest rooms are chock-full of masterpieces worth staring at.) But for fitness fiends, there's a way to stay fit while you museum hop the surrounding neighborhoods: The hotel's Art Ride is a 5K route with stops near all of Denver's artistic highlights, including the Billy the Bison statue. They provide the bikes.
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Whether you're seeking spa treatments, killer hikes, or views on views (on views), Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ—at Camelback Mountain, with its scenic red rocks—shouldn't be missed. But the resort's tennis pros also offer a movement-based clinic called "Zennis" for yogis and tennis players. The class uses principles from the sport and specific yoga poses and stretches to help you relax, align your body, and improve your game. (And yes, the tennis racquet is part of the movements.)
A Serious Fitness Program
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Miami's 1 Hotel South Beach gets a lot of ink in the wellness travel world. It has a SoulCycle, a killer spa, and now the first-ever Spartan Gym. The space is massive—14,000 square feet, to be exact—and features a climbing rope wall, monkey bars, a private training room, and outdoor workout areas (think: an oceanfront yoga platform and beach space). Because, ya know, Miami.
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