The Best Hotels for Healthy Travel
A Healthier Home Away from Home
To say that wellness trips and retreats are having a major moment is a total understatement. Between 2013 and 2015, global wellness tourism revenues grew from $494.1 billion to $562.2 billion, a growth rate more than twice as fast as that of overall tourism expenditures—according to the Global Wellness Institute. And while not every single traveler is hitting up an ultimate health retreat, more and more are taking time off with their health in mind.
From San Francisco to New York City, take your next U.S. trip up a notch on the wellness scale with these stellar hotels for healthy travel.
Woodlark: Portland, Oregon
You never know what kind of workout mood you’re going to be on vacation so it’s great to have options. The Woodlark's gym has plenty of them, including top-of-the-line equipment from Technogym, Peloton, and MIRROR. To make it extra plush, the gym even has cooled towels and disposable earbuds. Prefer to sweat in the comfort of your own (hotel) room? Order a “Well+Fit Kit” up to you room. The kit includes a Manduka yoga mat, a set of barre3 bands, weights, and signature core ball, and an iPad preloaded with classes from local boutiques. More of a group-fitness gal? The Woodlark has partnerships with CorePower Yoga, barre3, BurnCycle, and Lab x Burn, so you can take a complimentary class during your stay.
Mandarin Oriental: Las Vegas, NV
Yoga is proven to reduce stress, amp up creativity, boost your mood, and even help you sleep better. So missing your mat time can be really difficult for traveling yogis. Believing that serenity is as important as soft towels, the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas offers a top-of-line yoga and Pilates studio on-site with a wide variety of classes and times. And if you want to get your sweat on, they also have a studio for Zumba and other aerobics classes.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel: Chicago, IL
If trail running is your jam, you'll love the 80,000-square-foot lifestyle garden at the Radisson Blu Aqua. With well-mapped trails, meditation spots, walking paths, and other natural goodies, you can take your workout outside without worrying about bad neighborhoods or bus schedules. In addition, they offer a gigantic swimming pool and a massive indoor facility with everything from personal training to classes to the latest equipment.
SLS: Beverly Hills, CA
The SLS hotel gym has an on-site Kinesis wall and machines for a unique, effective total-body workout. Don't worry if you've never tried it—instructors are available for a quick tutorial or personal training sessions.
The W: New York, NY
W New York offers an on-site gym staffed with a "bod squad," a specially trained group of personal trainers who can take you through a variety of different workouts. They have sweat fests for every level, including special pre- and postnatal workouts.
Hilton Head Health Hotel: Hilton Head Island, SC
Yoga on the beach, chef-created spa meals, pool workouts, and one-on-one personal training: The Hilton Head Health Hotel offers everything to make your stay happy and healthy. Take advantage of one of their special retreats if you want to make it a fit vacation, or drop in for a quick tune-up.
The Standard Spa: Miami, FL
It may be called The Standard Spa but this hotel's fitness offerings are anything but standard. In addition to classes in meditation or yoga, you can try stand-up paddleboarding and jiujitsu, or even polish your firewalking skills.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences in Los Cabos, Mexico
As part of the resorts Baja Balance program, you can book one of five ocean view wellness rooms at the Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, each of which come equipped with a top-of-the-line Wattbike, a juicer to make endless fresh pressed juice, a chilled eye mask (because travel is HARD), an aromatherapy kit for your favorite scent experience, a yoga mat, Mala and Mantra Bracelets (prayer and meditation beads), and a pair of comfortable Oka B’ sandals.
Four Seasons Downtown: New York, NY
If heaven had some sort of a metropolitan hotel, it would look like this Four Seasons. Enter next to Wolfgang Puck's CUT restaurant, where you can snag yourself a seasonal beet salad or grilled Atlantic bass. Then head straight to their astounding spa and fitness center. Complete with a lap pool (yes, a 75-foot lap pool in downtown Manhattan) made for the gods and a yoga studio, this is a slice of serenity steps away from the city's biggest tourist sites.
Montage Deer Valley: Park City, UT
With everything from group fitness classes to nutritional counselors on staff to help advise you on healthy eating habits, the Montage wants to make sure your wellness desires are fully taken care of. It doesn't hurt that the hotel's also situated in an alpine oasis in Deer Valley, where the hotel will help facilitate activity days of skiing, hiking, biking, and more.
Hilton Anaheim: Anaheim, CA
Is this a gym or a hotel? Head down to the Health Club at Hilton Anaheim, and you may not be too sure. With a dry heat sauna, separate men's and women's steam rooms, a basketball gym, power cycling studio, a massive pool, and access to more than 30 group fitness classes, hotel guests have their pick of prime fit-ivities.
Even Hotels: Nationwide
Inside every Even Hotel you'll find a Cork & Kale Market and Bar, their signature restaurant that specializes in the best of the best food options. Whether you're focused on heart-healthy or gluten-free eats, there's something for every traveler here (our personal favorite is the veggie burger sliders made from cremini mushrooms and barley). Once you open the door of your guest room, you'll be greeted with wellness-friendly add-ons like cork flooring and your own equipment—like an exercise ball and a foam roller.
Miraval Resorts: Estancia, Arizona
The latest addition to the Hyatt portfolio, Miraval Arizona is a one-of-a-kind hotel with over 120 different complimentary wellness activities ranging from mountain biking and meditation to aqua rhythm pool classes. Thirsty after your wellness adventure? Stop by their Palm Court Cafe for unlimited fresh juice or a green smoothie.
Marriott: Newport, RI
Their recent $35 million renovation makes this hotel a traveler's paradise, with fresh finishings and gorgeous nautical views. Take a virtual workout class using the Fitness on Demand feature in your own room, or head down to their recently updated fitness center complete with more than two dozen weight and cardio machines, foam rollers, battle ropes, kettlebells, and more.
The Westin: Nationwide
Westin makes wellness a major priority at all of their properties. Guests at their St. Francis San Francisco location can hop on one of three different Peloton bikes amid a plethora of state-of-the-art equipment. At their Downtown Austin hotel, they can hit up a run along the Colorado River with their run concierge before hopping in the rooftop pool for a cool-down dip. Plus, travelers will find a room service menu enriched with superfoods like blueberries, avocado, soy, salmon, and more.