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Maybe working out isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to another country, but in case the urge strikes, read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares some of the coolest hotel gyms around the world—with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, unique locations, and amazing views. Make sure to also check out her companion piece on U.S. Hotel Gyms That Go The Extra Mile.
Note: If you plan at staying at one of these international hotels, make sure to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard.
Perched on the 47th floor, this fitness center offers machines, aerobics studio and a pool, all covered in floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the sparkling Tokyo skyline. The aerobic studio features body sonic flooring and has a variety of courses such as Dancercise, yoga, Pilates and circuit training. You can also enjoy water aerobics or swimming classes at the pool, and the gym is equipped with several Life Fitness weight training and fitness equipment/machines. The center is open from 6 am to 10 pm daily.
If you’d prefer to get in your workout outside, the Bicycle Valet program allows guest to explore the city by bicycle, equipped with a lock, helmet, lights, pump, kickstand, complimentary bottled water, and a biking map. Rates in late May start at $348 or 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.
Quaint and charming aren’t words typically used to describe a fitness center, but the gym at La Mamounia is just that. With several Life Fitness machines overlooking the beautiful gardens, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace as you get your cardio in. Pilates, yoga and aerobics classes are offered, and you can finish your workout with a cool-down garden stroll. The hotel also offers a second gym for certain guests who want a more “private” workout experience (celebrities often frequent the discreet gym if you are hoping for a spotting as opposed to a sweat). If you’re feeling competitive, the fitness pavilion also has two ping-pong tables, as well as tennis courts. Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm. Rates in late May start at $486 per night.
Unique being the key word here, this architectural landmark hotel may be São Paulo’s most stylish spot, and perfect if you want to work out in a high-concept environment. You can quite literally slide down to access the fitness center, where its minimalist and trendy design will inspire you to burn some calories. The gym features cardio and weight machines on transparent floors and TVs all around. Glass windows and walls plus equipment on various levels and floors give the impression of immense space, all adding to the “unique” feel of this fitness center. May rates start at $302 per night.
The FIT gym at this Starwood property overlooks the Barcelona beachfront and at about 3,330 square feet, is one of the largest hotel gyms I’ve ever seen. The center offers a variety of Techogym machine and equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, weight machines (all with TVs and stereo equipment), plus free wights, yoga mats, balance balls, jump ropes and punching bag. There is a separate room for those wanting to use the mats or balls where you can also join in on a yoga, pilates or boxing class. The center is open 24 hours, and of course, don’t forget to grab your complimentary apple after your workout. This Category 6 hotel has rates starting at $356 or 25,000 Starpoints per night at the end of May.
*Check out the TPG hotel review of the W Barcelona here.
The Talise fitness center is located in one of the world’s most iconic hotels, so you can expect their gym to be utterly fabulous, which it is. Talise offers two workout facilities, one for ladies-only, and one mixed for both sexes. Each is filled with cardio and weight equipment as well as being sleek and stylishly designed. The fitness area, along with most spots in the hotel, offers incredible views of Dubai city and the shoreline from their floor-to-ceiling windows. Private instructors are available to offer personal sessions using methods like circuit training, Kettlebells, body conditioning, weight loss, core strength and functional training. You can even play squash and pool here, and their private beach also offers a variety of sport activities like parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking and more. Facilities open from 5:30 am-10 pm. Be ready to throw down a pretty penny if you want to stay here, as room rates in May start at a whopping $1,500 a night.
If you’re a fan of over-water villas, you’ll love this resort’s sunrise yoga platform, which allows you to warm up those chakras as the sea flows beneath you. Not feeling the spiritual healing? Enjoy the spacious gym which has cardio machines (each with their own TV and headset) as well as weight machines, free weights and more. You can also partake in a game of tennis on one of their two courts, play beach volleyball or badminton, or enjoy several different types of water sports, like kayaking, then re-hydrate with complimentary juice and fruit. Be aware, though, that over-water living doesn’t come cheap—May room rates start at $1,161 per night.
The Siam gym is a truly special, original fitness facility. Not only does the 1,300 square-foot space have a fully equipped workout area with floor-to-ceiling mirrors overlooking a monastery, complete with an adjoining rooftop terrace perfect for relaxing yoga or tai chi, the gym is also famous for its Muay Thai Boxing programs and training. They have their very own boxing ring, and offer beginner daily personal training sessions to advanced one-week training programs including a chef offering diet tips. Even if boxing isn’t your thing, you’ll love the original Art Deco gymnasium doors, vintage sports posters, and overlook kitchy, fun decoration of the gym. Rates in late May start at $335 per night, and a fitness package that includes a master class in Thai boxing followed by a 90-minute Thai massage will cost you an additional $230.
If you are looking for a workout with views, this gym is your spot as its floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular panoramas of the city. Located on a top floor of the hotel, the Exercise Room, as its called, offers a variety of cardio equipment, several kinds of bikes, free weights and a Kinesis Movement-Flexibility Wall. Relax in the calming yoga and pilated studio, complete with mats, balls and pilates reformer machines. There is also an indoor pool and a juice bar for an after-workout smoothie. This is a Category 6 Starwood property with room rates starting at $270 or 20,000 Starpoints in late May.
This fitness center made the list because it allows you to work out with state-of-the-art equipment while enjoying gorgeous views of Italian ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you get bored while staring out at the shining Tuscan sky and the Italian Renaissance architecture, don’t fret—there are TVs located on all of the upright bikes, treadmills, step machines, and elliptical trainers. Free weights and weight machines are also available. The hotel will also help customize a jogging map around the city for you, or loan you fresh, clean workout gear like shoes, clothes and socks (the socks you can keep) for just $5. Room rates in late May at this Category 6 Starwood property start at $535 or 25,000 Starpoints per night.
Have you ever been to an amazing hotel gym while vacationing outside the United States—or have you visited any of the above properties? If so, share in the comments section below.
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