The Beijing Winter Olympics kick off today, February 4th, and run through until the 20th. I always love watching the Olympics — the achievements are so inspiring! What’s your favorite winter athletic event or endeavor? I love cross-country skiing. I once did a run in the woods of Vermont under a full moon which was just magical and one of the awe-inspiring moments of my life. In addition, I, of course, love to watch ice-skating and ice-dancing during the Olympics!
So, in pursuit of our own athletic endeavors – whether that’s training for a triathlon or finally learning the proper backstroke form – we’ve gathered a few hotels where you can channel your own inner Olympian.
These hotel programs offer guests the tools and support to work you toward your personal best; throw in some dreamy island locales and plum post-workout amenities, and we think these all deserve a spot on the medal podium.
Albany – The Bahamas
This contemporary outpost on New Providence Island is well known for its athletic facilities. (Golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are two of Albany’s co-owners, and spying a pro athlete in the gym is a common occurrence here.)
Guests have access to a team of personal trainers, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an outdoor training facility, a lap pool, and a racquet complex, for starters. Many come for the four-day ReBoot — a fitness program that combines intense exercise with high-tech body composition testing, nutritional coaching, and more. Other diversions at the 80-room resort include multiple oceanfront dining venues, a family-friendly water park, a cinema, and a private marina.
Premier Wellness Travel guests receive breakfast daily, a $100 resort credit, and more.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Hawaii
Triathlon training is more fun in paradise. Fresh off the heels of a $100 million renovation, Hawaii Island’s 243-room Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is primed to host its fifth annual Triathlon Training Experience from December 6 to 10. The program features five days of individualized coaching from six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott, who tailors his approach to each participant’s goals. With one-on-one video analysis and pre-arrival phone consultations, his program covers everything from nutrition to strength training. Athletes can expect an intense week of workouts, but with ample time to relax, recover, and explore the resort. (Don’t miss King’s Pond, the newly restored 1.8-million-gallon swimmable aquarium.)
Premier Wellness Travel guests receive breakfast daily, a $100 dining credit, and more.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan – Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Can’t make it to Hawaii in December? The Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s new self-guided triathlon might be a good fit. The intimate 39-room resort, which fronts one of the Caribbean’s largest coral reefs, is on Canouan Island, a gem in the Grenadines that’s quickly becoming a beloved A-list retreat. The triathlon “course” takes advantage of the resort’s 1,200 untouched acres, including private running trails, suggested swim spots, and off-road bike routes up to the 877-foot peak of Mount Royal.
Guests can complete a full triathlon in one day or embark on various legs of the route at their leisure — this is technically vacation, after all.
Premier Wellness Travel guests receive breakfast daily, a $200 dining credit, and more.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa – Arizona
Surrounded by 53 acres of desert landscape while just four miles from Scottsdale, this 116-room wellness retreat is a sleek haven for fitness-minded travellers. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s fitness offerings include sunrise yoga, Pilates, spinning, and private swim lessons led by 2000 Summer Olympics gold medalist, Misty Hyman. After a session that will assist in fine-tuning stroke techniques and learning about Hyman’s strategies for endurance and speed, guests can book a post-lesson lymphatic massage at the spa. Swim lessons are available on request – and while Hyman isn’t currently teaching at the resort, she plans to return later this year.
Premier Wellness Travel guests receive breakfast daily, a $100 spa credit, and more.
This article originally appeared on Virtuoso.com, under the title Five Hotels Where You Can Train Like an Olympian on July 7, 2021, and written by Katie Kelly Bell. Reproduced with permission.