Sleep, squat and sprint - the new wellness hotels that are taking off in the US
There was a time when people went on holidays to pig out and forget all about their diet and exercise regimens. And while that may still be true of many … for others a break would not be a break unless they got to keep up their healthy lifestyle.
The popularity of “wellness” hotels is such that a major hotel chain has just opened its fourth location for the ever-growing army of guests determined to keep fit and eat healthy on their travels. Rooms at the new Brooklyn EVEN Hotel feature yoga mats, a yoga block, an exercise ball, and a built-in fitness wall with resistance bands.
Guests can also watch any one of seventeen customised exercise videos so that they can get a useful training session in, all from the comfort of their room. The hotel has a two-level athletic studio with spin and yoga classes available for those with a little bit more time on their hands.
Group runs to the Brooklyn Bridge Park are also organised for guests of the 202-bedroom hotel and are led by the hotel’s “chief wellness officer”. Food – healthy of course – is available at the Cork and Kale Market and Bar with a menu including yoghurt bowls with house-made granola, a black kale salad, and all-natural burgers.
On the drinks menu are a range of organic and natural offerings, along with freshly-squeezed orange juice, and free filtered water available throughout the hotel. Rooms are also specially designed for mobile working with movable desks and a stand-up desk option for those who wish to burn calories while beavering away.