Whether you stay in a hotel when you travel for business or during your family vacations, you want and expect cleanliness, a comfortable room, and friendly, prompt service. Features such as a pool or sauna, fitness room, and a restaurant are typically part of the deal as well. Increasingly, however, hotel guests are being offered more in the name of wellness.
Although there are high-end hotels and resorts that focus on exotic spa treatments, specialty foods, personalized trainers, and world-class exercise opportunities, the majority of people don’t frequent these establishments. That doesn’t mean certain healthful amenities are beyond their reach. A growing number of hotels are offering guests an opportunity to engage or participate in numerous health-related options as part of their hospitality.
This means you may have a chance to boost and enhance your physical, mental, and emotional health as well as expand your knowledge of diet and fitness during a routine hotel stay.
According to the 2014 SpaFinder Wellness Spa Trend Report, “healthy hotels” are the number one wellness and spa trend in the world. The report noted that a focus on guest health will become “part of the hospitality vernacular, because everyone, everywhere, now more than ever, needs travel that restores.”
Examples of integrated wellness
The following are only a few examples of how hotels are integrating more wellness into their programs. Before you stay at a hotel, check out their website or give them a call to see what they offer in the way of healthful hospitality.
- Omni Hotels and Resorts offer their guests a chance to work out in their rooms by providing a complimentary Get Fit Kit, which includes a five-pound kettlebell, mini contour weights, push-up bars, a muscle therapy foam roller, and a yoga mat.
- Conrad Hotels & Resorts is just one of many chains now offering aromatherapy products in all rooms. Aromatherapy has been shown to induce a feeling of calm and help promote better sleep.
- Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has reduced portion sizes in their restaurants and added more organic foods
- Dolce Hotels & Resorts has new menus that include healthy items such as quinoa, flax, and agave
- Health expert Joy Bauer has worked with Kimpton to create low-calorie (less than 500 calories), nutritious in-room meals
- Marriott Hotels encourage their chefs to use organic ingredients and whole grains and to prepare more reasonable portions
- The Affinia Dumont in New York City will make arrangements for guests to spend time with local nutritionists who will go grocery shopping with them and prepare individual meal plans
- The Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles offers its guests complimentary bicycle rentals so they can explore nearby attractions
- EVEN Hotels offer group fitness and exercise classes, gluten- free and organic food choices, and natural eucalyptus fiber bedding.
- A selected number of Marriott hotels have a Stay Well program, which offers healthy menus created by Cleveland Clinic nutritionists, aromatherapy in the room, allergy-friendly cleaning, guided meditations, free access to Cleveland Clinic Wellness programs and apps, and more.
Staying at a hotel alone or with your family can be just a place to catch some Zzzzs before you move on, or it can be a wellness experience. Which will it be the next time you travel?
Written by Deborah Mitchell. Deborah Mitchell is passionate about personal health and the well-being of animals and the planet. She has authored, coauthored, and ghostwritten more than 40 books, contributes regularly to several websites, and shares information on physical, emotional, and spiritual health on her blog, deborahmitchellbooks.com.
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