5 Outrageous Hotel Fitness Amenities
Kauai, Hawaii: Waterfall Hiking
Only a short drive from the head of the Na Pali Coast trail, Hanalei Colony offers easy hiking access and rare oceanfront views on the breathtaking route. This strenuous hike on the Na Pali Coast is eight miles round trip, but it's well worth the sweat: After the first leg of the journey, you'll get to cool off in a natural pool beneath the 100-foot-high Hanakapiai Falls. And as with most nature climbs, it’s completely free.
Miami, Florida: Rock Climbing
Hotel: Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
A hotel renowned for its healthful qualities—the restaurant serves up incredible fare—the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach includes a 70,000 square-foot spa and fitness center with a special treat: rock climbing. Complimentary orientation classes are provided at the two-story rock wall, and then you can take a 25-minute training session for $50 or a 50-minute climb for $95.
Sydney, Australia: Bridge Climbing
Hotel: Quay Grand Suites Sydney
Sydney’s Harbour Bridge is not only iconic, but also trekkable—you can climb the bridge that soars almost 450-feet over the city’s most notable landmarks, including the Rocks, Sydney Opera House, and Circular Quay. The central location of the hotel makes getting to the base of your bridge climb a snap—and with excursions starting around $200, the unforgettable experience is well worth the modest price tag.
Oahu, Hawaii: Swimming with Dolphins
A celebrity retreat since 1964, the family-friendly Kahala is quite possibly the best hotel on Oahu. With four superb restaurants, a quasi-private beach, beautiful, pristine rooms, and the only swim-with-dolphins experience on the island, the Kahala is hard to beat. Get ready to rub our water-dwelling friend's rubbery skin and even pose for a kiss. Prices for Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Hotel and Resort start at $125 per person.
Dominican Republic: Trapeze Lessons
Guests at the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort can soar through the air with a free trapeze lesson. Real circus performers teach guests how to hang upside-down by their knees while swinging 25 feet above ground. It takes courage to learn the trapeze, but the super muscular staffers will put you right at ease—or inspire you to work out, if nothing else.