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Best Hotel Gym Views

Best Hotel Gym Views: The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City

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The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City

Overlooking the United Nations building from the 27th floor, this health club, open to both hotel guests and the general public, takes in iconic views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, along with New York’s bridges. Even the massage tables have views. The best time to visit is September, when guests can look down on the buzz of delegates arriving for the UN General Assembly.

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Principe di Savoia, Milan

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Principe di Savoia, Milan

From the Club 10 Fitness Center, located in the eighth-story penthouse of Milan’s Principe di Savoia hotel, guests can see the Pirelli Tower, skyline of Milan, and snow-covered Italian Alps beyond. The hotel also boasts a full-size 1,600-square-foot pool. “Most people slack off when they look at the view because their mind is distracted,“ says Alessandra Baldeschi, the hotel’s public relations manager. “But exercise is also a form of mediation, so those moments can only be beneficial.”

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Best Hotel Gym Views: qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

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qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

The gym at qualia, Hamilton Island’s newest luxury hideaway, offers commanding views of Whitsunday Passage in the Coral Sea. It’s no surprise that sea life abounds. From July to September, the waters around Hamilton Island are ideal for nursing whales. There are also loggerhead and green turtles as well as the occasional sea cow surfacing for air. And in August, there’s the added bonus of spinnakers dotting the horizon during Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, London

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Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, London

From nine floors up, this gym rubs shoulders with the posh townhouses of Knightsbridge. Located between Hyde Park and Cadogan Gardens, the workout room’s south-facing windows overlook the upscale shopping district of Sloane Road and the rooftops of London. In fact, the view stretches all the way to the Battersea Power Station, a skyline made famous by Pink Floyd’s album cover Animals.

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Oberoi Zahra, Egypt

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Oberoi Zahra, Egypt

The Zahra’s not a traditional hotel, but rather a luxury River Nile cruiser, so its gym offers an ever-changing view. “It’s almost as if you’re watching a moving picture show—centuries of Egyptian culture unfold right before your eyes,” says manager Tapan Piplani. Beyond the water’s edge and green fields, the colossal sand dunes of the Sahara are a constant reminder that the mighty river supports all life in the region. The Oberoi Zahra makes regular stops to take visitors on excursions to iconic attractions like the Valley of the Kings. The best sights without getting off the treadmill are Gabal El Silsela and the Temple of Kom Ombo, located right at the water’s edge.

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Crystal Cruises

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Crystal Cruises

On a boat, below-deck workouts can be very disorienting. Thankfully, the ships of Crystal Cruises have panoramic views from both the gym and wraparound running track. “Guests have seen whales, dolphins, flying fish, and sharks while working out,” says spokeswoman Mimi Weisband. “When there is something interesting happening outside the window, people work out longer to take in the view.”

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Front Hotel, Copenhagen

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Front Hotel, Copenhagen

Copenhagen is so universally low-rise that one could stand on a step-aerobics platform and see from one end of the city to another. Well, almost. The fitness center, on the first floor of the all-glass Front Hotel, overlooks the modern Copenhagen Opera House designed by Henning Larsen, the canal, and—in summer—boats of every description. Exercise during the opera’s grand openings to see celebrities and members of the royal family arriving by boat.

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Best Hotel Gym Views: Langham Place, Hong Kong

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Langham Place, Hong Kong

Step into this health club on the 41st floor and you’ll feel on top of the world even before working out. From the airy modern cardio room you look out on a sea of neon and the throb of humanity in the Mongkok district below—it’s the most densely populated place on earth. The commanding views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon make Langham Place the ideal workout destination during Chinese New Year, when the city is ablaze with fireworks.

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