Boxing beneath palms, yoga within sight of magnificent peaks: Exercise in these hotels and enjoy the added bonus of a fantastic backdrop.
The facade of the Marquis Reforma in Mexico City was designed by an art deco fan. On the treadmills beneath a glass dome flanked by palm trees, you run and run and run into the light.
Hotels often hide their gyms away somewhere between basement boiler room and staff cloakroom. Not so the Grand Hyatt in Denver, which has weights, a running track and sun beds on the roof. Exhilarating! By the way, 12 laps around the tennis court equals one mile.
Change of perspective
Even standing on your head in an Ecocamp tent here in Chile, the awe-inspiring scenery all around makes the world a beautiful place. After hiking through Torres del Paine National Park, you can relax your burning muscles in the Yoga Dome.
On top of the world
This pool is almost in the sky. High above the noisy streets of the bustling Japanese capital – 47 stories to be precise – guests at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo can swim laps, stretch and exercise in peace, and all within sight of Mount Fuji.
Boxing in the breeze
Vacationers on Koh Samui island can test their physical limits with a round of Thai boxing. After sparring against a backdrop of turquoise-colored waters, follow the path through the bamboo wood to the spa.
Snowcapped mountains, green pines, a gently curving valley high in the Bavarian Alps: Schloss Elmau will set your pulse rate strolling at a low 40 beats per minute – perfect conditions for archery on alpine meadows or practicing the poses of jivamukti yoga.
Endurance in the shade
Shimmering in the sun, the Andalusian countryside stretches away to the Sierra Parapanda. If you’re here to burn calories, you won’t even have to step outside the heavenly Cortijo Bujio – workout on a cross trainer beneath a thatched roof and a turn in the pool will do it.
This tiny atoll in French Polynesia was once actor Marlon Brando’s private getaway. The blue waters of the lagoon will render you blissfully comatose. Should the state pass, there are plenty of activities to get into: diving, swimming, working out and tennis.