Six Exclusive Fitness Classes that are Worth Traveling For

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We are in the midst of a wellness revolution. According to Research and Markets’ recent report titled Health and Wellness Tourism Global Potential 2019, health and wellness tourism has been identified as one of the fastest growing travel segments—increasing at a rate of 7.5 percent per year—and as one of the most lucrative, so it’s unsurprising that companies are developing new attractions across a wide variety of niches. As such, international hotel groups are among those fighting to capture the market share. Here, take a look at some of these international fitness classes that are sure to inspire some wellness travel this summer.

1. AcquaPole

Two of Hyatt’s all-inclusive properties, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (Jamaica), are the first in the Caribbean to introduce the industry’s newest water-based workout: AcquaPole. The multi-function pole allows users to perform over 150 workouts form cardio-heavy boxing to strength enhancing body building. Thanks to water resistance, the workouts help sculpt abs, shoulders, and hips all while building endurance. 

2. Underwater Yoga

Get inspiration for your yoga flow inside the aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. The Lost Chambers Aquarium (one of the top 10 largest aquariums in the world) hosts a Hatha yoga class every Tuesday and Friday morning inside the aquarium’s observatory, which boasts 180-degree views of the aquarium and more than 65,000 marine animals.

3. Cow Cuddling

Photo courtesy of Mountain Horse Farm B&B (Naples, NY)

Reduce your stress and reconnect with nature while cuddling the cows at Mountain Horse Farm B&B (Naples, NY). The warm temperatures and slow heartbeat of these gentle giants allow participants to return to a state of calm while creating room for natural thoughts and feelings. The 90-minute experience is limited to two participants per session and is open to the public.

4. Reggaelates

This mat-based mashup combines the dancehall beats of Jamaica with the sculpting moves of Pilates and yoga. Currently offered at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Jamaica), Reggaelates is based on core strength and rhythmic movements set to popular reggae tunes. Routines range from beginner to advanced, though locals suggest trying the Bubbling Camel and Hot Wok for the ultimate full body workout.

5. Beer + Yoga

The Collective Brewing Project in Fort Worth, TX is ready to help you balance—both in yoga and diet. Guests in the neighborhood are invited to bring their own yoga mat for a fun and relaxing yoga experience in the Collective Brewing Project taproom, followed by a local beer tasting. $20 grants attendees an hour-long yoga class suitable for both the novice and expert, as well as three beverage choices including beer, kombucha, or cold brew coffee.

6. Surf Concierge

Share the water with some of LA’s most prestigious surfers thanks to your exclusive Surf Concierge at the Westin LAX. A designated Surf Concierge is available on site to assist guests looking to experience SoCal’s surf scene, from providing the morning surf report and inside scoop on hidden surf spots to organizing surf lessons at the iconic El Porto beach. Beginners and experts alike can opt-in to the hotel’s Touch Down LAX, Surf Manhattan Beach package, which offers 90 minutes of personalized surf lessons with Campsurf plus a surfboard and wetsuit provided by Surf Gear.


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