Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stay Hip & Remain Fit in the (305) !

There are so many opportunities for the average traveler to experience Miami and still stay fit. Filled with luxury hotels and resorts, Miami is the perfect place to get your workouts done--enjoyably. These are some of the top ways to avoid blowing your fitness routine when you’re staying in another city.

Canyon Ranch
Did you know that Canyon Ranch offers free fitness classes to those who stay in the hotel? Unlimited classes ensure that the "sweat it out" experience you crave is the "sweat it out" experience you get when it comes to classes at Canyon Ranch. To give you an idea of possible options you have at the hotel, on a typical Wednesday, you can browse classes like rock wall climbing, yoga, and kickboxing, plus fusion courses and a morning beach walk. 59 classes on a run-of-the-mill weekday isn’t bad, and you can choose to relax or push as hard as you can in classes for varying levels of experience.

A feature about Canyon Ranch describes what makes it different from its cousins in Massachusetts and Arizona. The Miami Beach hotel serves alcohol--a first for Canyon Ranch--and tweaked its offerings to be a little more open and, well, suited to the Miami lifestyle. Shermans Travel explains:

“At the Miami property, the company took a more freewheeling approach: Although fitness is included, spa treatments and meals are all à la carte. The resort even serves alcohol, a first for Canyon Ranch. What it didn’t change was the staff’s scope of knowledge. Not only do the fitness instructors know their stuff, but waiters can rattle off every ingredient in your lunch entrée without batting an eye.”

This means, if you’re the healthy type who wants to feel like you’re still on vacation, it’s worth trying Canyon Ranch. While the spa treatments cost you extra, there are interesting--and free!--Aquavana Thermal Suites, which offer hydrotherapy treatments including a cooling mist treatment and a special foot spa.

Beach Walks
Want a relaxing stroll along the beach, preferably close to your hotel? There’s a great city boardwalk from 21st to 46th Street in Miami Beach, and there are a lot of hotels in the area from which to choose. Luxury hotels are the true hotel experience in the South Florida, and you can exercise in top studios while you're there. Spinning, running, and rowing, all with a view of the river or the bay? Sign us up!

Miami Hotels with Great Gyms and a Great View
Foutainbleau Resort, Miami Beach: The Fountainbleau was given an incredible $1 billion renovation, making it one of the most luxurious on Miami Beach. With 22 oceanfront acres, we think you'll be able to find somewhere to do yoga as the sun rises outside, afterwards returning to your impeccably-turned-out room.

Gansevoort South Beach Hotel: The gym at the Gansevoort is 45,000 square feet and includes a luxurious spa, so you'll have to spend at least one day experiencing its amazing offerings. Be careful, though--you won't want to leave.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami: One of the most beautiful spas in the world calls Mandarin Oriental, in South Beach, home. Six VIP suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay, and original treatments are plentiful in the 15,000-square-foot location.

The Raleigh: Are you a beach lover? The Raleigh is right on Collins Avenue and the beach, with a beautiful atmosphere both indoors and out. Unlike some city hotels, this one doesn't leave you feeling like you're in a bubble, albeit a luxurious one--head outside for a swim at your leisure.

Working out in Miami will feel effortless with these perks. You’ll get to swim in the ocean, rest on the beach, rollerblade on the boardwalk, and experiment with some of Miami’s healthiest cuisine. When healthy living feels this good, anyone can do it. Why not let your luxury hotel stay mark the start of a new lifestyle?

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