Photo: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Wellness retreats and high-intensity workouts bootcamps have picked up in popularity over the past year or so for people who want to escape from the hustle and bustle, and recharge. According to a recent survey by Hotels.com, 21 per cent of Singaporeans have gone on these "activacations" and 50 per cent are planning to do so. Does anyone still doubt that fitness has gone mainstream?
1. The Siam Hotel, Bangkok
Sitting on the city side of Chaopraya River (the River of Kings) amidst three acres of lush green gardens, The Siam Hotel, which has 39 rooms, radiates an old school regal vibe with its elegant art deco and antiques. Surrounding the serene urban sanctuary are Bangkok's historical and cultural palaces, temples, and museums. Not only can guests tuck into divine flavourful cuisine that pack a punch, but they can even take a stab at traditional Thai sport Muay Thai under the guidance of experienced trainers who will work with you one-on-one to tailor lessons based on your abilities and fitness levels. The gymnasium is touted as the first professionally equipped luxury Muay Thai facility in the capital. Find out more at goo.gl/NCGjjJ.
2. Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Koh Samui
Indulge in isolation and get your zen on. Nestled in a valley that overlooks Thailand's southern coast, Kamalaya is an award-winning sanctuary and holistic spa. Its seven-night basic balance and revitalise programme - which includes wellness consultations, massages and meditation - is designed to relive stress and prevent burnout. Recharge in comfort as even the most minimalist rooms at Kamalaya include air-conditioning, a stereo system, and personal yoga mats on request. Find out more at goo.gl/wtam8v.
3. Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo
Photo: Park Hyatt Tokyo
What better way to work out on vacation than 47 floors above the ground? The gymnasium and aerobics studio give panoramic postcard-worthy views of the Tokyo cityscape and the sacred slopes of snow-peaked Mt. Fuji. The gym is equipped with LifeFitness weight training and fitness equipment, and you can get in touch with personal trainers for assistance with tailored fitness programmes if you don't fancy doing repetitive laps in the pool solo. Find out more at goo.gl/NLwgPb.
4. Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Sydney
On the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park is no stranger to most fitness enthusiasts. And it's easy to understand why, thanks to its breathtaking landscapes. Well, this hotel is right on the door step of some great running trails. Spend a few days in Sydney then make a break from the city scene a 90-minute drive west. Find out more at goo.gl/c5Rqfu .
5. Riyad El Cadi, Morocco
Pocketed at the end of three cul-de-sacs in the heart of the Marrakech's Medina (Old Town) and a mere 700 metres away from the lively square and market place Jamaa el-Fnaa, Riyad El Cadi consists of courtyards, staircases and corridors of seven traditional houses, which retain traditional Moroccan architecture. This hotel is the first to offer sightseeing tours for runners in the Moroccan king's city Marrakech: a sightseeing tour combined with some light jogging. The tour spans 9.3km with a personal fitness coach familiar with the city's cultural heartbeat. The trail passes through the main mosque of Marrakech, the 12th century Koutoubia, via the legendary Hotel La Mamounia to the calm oasis of the Agdal Gardens. Soak up the sights and work up an appetite? That certainly sounds like a winning formula to us. Find out more at goo.gl/64WJuU.