T+L Reports: Hotel Healthclubs
If you stop exercising the second you board the plane for vacation, there's still hope. Three new health sanctuaries may change the way you think about working out, even when you're away. Emphasizing spa amenities and personalized service, these design-driven fitness centers are destinations in their own right, and more are in the works. Here, the women behind them reveal their travel-fitness tips— and how they walk off long flights with a spring in their step.
THE CLUB Exhale
THE GURU Annbeth Eschbach opened the first Exhale (980 Madison Ave. and 150 Central Park S., New York, N.Y.; 212/249-3000), a "mind-body spa," in fall 2003. A Boston locationis slated for December, with other openings across the United States in 2005.
HOW SHE TRAVELS "I get into trouble for it, but I practice standing yoga poses at the back of the plane."
IN HER CARRY-ON Bottled water, a piece of grilled chicken ("I never eat airplane food"), and Exhale's facial kit ($70). "It takes three minutes and leaves my face feeling as smooth as a baby's."
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET FIT "I like to ski in Jackson Hole. It's demanding— a no-nonsense kind of place."
THE CLUB The Gym
THE GURU Lavinia Errico is best known for starting the super-chain Equinox with her brothers, in 1991. "Working out should not be your hobby," she says. At the Gym (11 E. 26th St., New York, N.Y.; 212/889-3003; James Hotel, 7353 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.; 480/308-1101), "we get you in shape so you can do your real hobby."
HOW SHE TRAVELS "To help my circulation, I practice leg lifts at my seat and massage my calves."
IN HER CARRY-ON "I always have nuts and fruit. I bring lemons for my water to maintain my pH balance."
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET FIT "Positano, Italy. When I'm there, I walk up and down those long narrow stairs—in sandals and a sundress—three or four times a day."
THE CLUB Clay
THE GURU Robin Brown wanted to create "a total health and fitness center." Clay (25 W. 14th St., New York, N.Y.; 212/206-9200) has an on-site nutritionist, a spa, and a roof deck with a pool table.
HOW SHE TRAVELS "If I'm going to be putting on a bathing suit, I'll take extra Pilates classes beforehand. But once I get there, I don't overdo it."
IN HER CARRY-ON "Dr. Murad's PomPhenol Sunguard supplement—they're pomegranate tablets that I swallow for my skin. They help my sunscreen work better."
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET FIT "I once stayed at the Four Seasons Maui and went on a private guided hike. I rappelled down cliffs, passing behind waterfalls."