Lonely Planet Writer

Mermaid fitness classes are growing in popularity in hotels around the world

Getting a workout in while travelling can be tough, but a quirky new hotel fitness option will have you eager to get up and get moving towards the pool – for more than just sunbathing.

Get into a mermaid workout at your hotel. Image by Hotels.com

Hotels.com has launched new mermaid workout classes at select hotel locations around the world. While it’s mostly a great excuse to snap a couple photos of yourself wearing an elaborate and colourful tail, the exercise-focused courses will be held in September as “limited edition sessions” for travellers who want to live out their Little Mermaid dreams poolside while getting a bit of exercise.

The classes are led by a professional mermaid who will help anyone who has dreamed of a life under the sea enjoy the perfect underwater workout. Guests must slip on a tail to flip around for a variety of exercises.

The mermaid workouts will launch in hotels in Spain, Japan and Mexico. The courses will be available at the Zafiro Palace Palmanova hotel in Mallorca from 20 to 22 September, the Kanucha Bay Hotel & Villas in Okinawa, Japan from 17 to 21 September, and the Camino Real Polanco Mexico in Mexico City on 1, 8, 15 and 22 September.

Get into a mermaid workout at your hotel. Image by Hotels.com

The mermaid classes were launched after Hotels.com conducted a survey that found out just how much we love to play make-believe. The survey found that more people would want to take part in a mermaid workout at a hotel than hot yoga, Barre, an inflatable obstacle course and HIIT.