Five Fabulous Fitness Breaks to Energize and Excite
With the world on pause, daily life, including workout routines and trips to the gym, have been put on hold. To stay healthy during these unprecedented times, home workouts have been practiced in many homes all over the world. Whether it was a full body HIIT workout, an intensive abs training or a relaxing yoga routine, the world found creative ways to stay in shape at home.
Before the global pandemic, our research showed that being physically active while traveling is one of the motivations to travel for a majority of global travelers (57%)*. As travel restrictions begin to ease and travelers start to take their first steps towards experiencing the world again, we present five fabulous destinations and unique places to stay to inspire travelers to expand their workouts beyond their four walls.
For travelers who have been practicing their mountain climber exercises at home, Mendoza is a great place to consider visiting once travel restrictions are lifted. Booking.com endorsement data shows that mountain walks are one of the most used endorsements for Mendoza by travelers who have visited the region previously. Located in the heart of Argentina's wine country, famous for Malbecs and other red wines, it’s also located near Aconcagua, a mountain in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range. It’s the highest mountain of the Americas, and the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, making it a bucket list climb for every hiker of the world. Travelers can join one of the many guided hiking trails or trekking tours and explore the beautiful mountain area with incredible views; a once in a lifetime experience for every traveler who loves to put on the hiking shoes. Other outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the region as well, including white water rafting, horseback riding into the Andes, and for a more relaxed workout, biking through the vineyards for casual wine tastings.
Where to stay: Located at the foot of the Andes, The Vines Resort & Spa features luxury villas with rooms styled in a chic regional decor. Some rooms even have a fireplace and a terrace, making it a cozy stay for every guest. Wine and dine at the property’s on-site gourmet restaurant with chef-designed dishes, and for guests who want to stay fit during their stay, the 275 square meter state-of-the-art gym is one that every guest should take advantage of at least once during their stay. With breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards, every workout will feel like less of a chore. Guests who aren’t into cardio can join a relaxing yoga class in the property’s beautiful garden.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
When it’s safe to do so again, hop on a bike and explore the beautiful city of Hong Kong, perfect for travelers who have been practicing their cycling skills, whether indoors or outdoors, these past few months. Cycling is growing in popularity in Hong Kong with great options to truly experience the beautiful sites Hong Kong has to offer. Travelers can choose between different cycling trails, whether it’s to explore the city’s cultural landmarks or to take in the coastal scenery and end at one of the many local food markets the city has to offer. One of the most used endorsements by Booking.com travelers who have visited Hong Kong is local food, so the local food markets are a must visit for travelers biking around the city. For travelers into mountain biking, a ride on Tai Lam Mountain Bike Trail, one of Hong Kong’s best-planned and most accessible trails for mountain biking, is a must do.
Where to stay: Located at the heart of Hung Hom Bay, Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong is an urban lifestyle resort offering guests unique dining concepts, extraordinary spaces and spectacular views of Victoria Harbour from most of the rooms. Guests can take a spinning class at the outdoor terrace of the hotel’s luxurious health club, which has more inspiring views to keep cycling energy up high. Other workout routines can be practiced too, including HIIT, yoga and pilates.
Adeje, located on Tenerife, the biggest of the Spanish Canary Islands, is the perfect destination for travelers who have been practicing their golf swings while social distancing to consider. Because of its warm tropical climate and being home to excellent golf courses offering a variety of challenges and spectacular ocean views, Tenerife is a paradise for golfers all year round. One of the most popular golf courses of the island is Golf Costa Adeje, a sophisticated course designed by the internationally recognized Spanish architect José Gancedo. The course is challenging, because of a design that takes advantage of the naturally-occurring characteristics of the land and landmarks from its former use as a banana plantation. A must visit for every golf lover to experience.
Where to stay: Royal Garden Villas & Spa GL features stunning Balinese-style villas with many options to stay in shape during travels. The property features an indoor gym, squash court, swimming pool and golf courses are around the corner. Each villa is individually decorated with chic décor and has an outdoor terrace to relax. Guests can enjoy a typical Spanish meal at the property restaurant. The property can even arrange yacht hire, green fees for local golf courses and trips to Puerto de la Cruz and the island of La Gomera.
Koh Samui, Thailand
During the time that travel was on pause, travelers also managed to practice their boxing skills, whether it was at home virtually or while social distancing in a nearby park. Muay Thai, or literally 'Thai boxing', is Thailand’s national sport, making it a must visit destination for travelers who want to take their boxing skills to the next level when it’s safe to travel again. Visit the beautiful southern Thai island Koh Samui, and enjoy one of many Muay Thai boxing matches that can be seen in a variety of venues. For travelers who want to practice their boxing skills during their trip, the island features multiple gyms where Thai boxing can be practiced. And to take a break between the boxing classes, the island has much more to offer. Koh Samui is also known for its beautiful beaches, coconut groves, mountainous rainforest, and its variety of restaurants and bars, making it a perfect destination for relaxation as well.
Where to stay: Situated a short drive from Choeng Mon Beach, Samujana Villas boast 23 luxurious villas with their own private infinity pools, modern Thai architecture and stunning views. Each villa is fitted with a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area and the balcony and patios also overlook the sea, which makes waking up in the Thai sun even better. During the stay at Samujana, guests can enjoy Muay Thai boxing lessons as well as other on-site activities including tennis or yoga. Other activities nearby such as windsurfing and diving are also available.
Located on the east coast of the Italian island Sicily, hilltop town Taormina is an excellent destination to explore, whenever it’s safe to travel again, for athletic travelers. The beautiful, historic Italian town sits near Mount Etna, an active volcano with trails leading to the summit. Booking.com data shows that one of the most relevant endorsements for Taormina left by travelers who have visited the idyllic Italian town before is beautiful seaside, so it’s a great destination for travelers who have been waiting to take their workout into the waters, as the destination offers a variety of watersports options, including paddle boarding and kitesurfing.The seaside of Taormina, situated on the Ionian Sea, is also known for its incredible diving spots, making it a must visit for travelers into scuba diving.
Where to stay: The beautiful holiday home Casa Aurelio Wellness Suite & Spa is the perfect holiday home away from home. The holiday home has a patio that offers beautiful garden views that makes waking up even better. The property also provides a range of facilities such as a spa and wellness center including an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna. For guests who want to stay in shape during their stay can workout in the property’s fitness center. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at Casa Aurelio Wellness Suite & Spa, making it easier for guests to explore the area and the old historic town of Taormina. The holiday home is located close to Giardini Naxos Beach and a short walk to Lido Europa Beach, so guests can enjoy a day at the beach, including water sports.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets (1,991 from Australia, 999 from New Zealand, 1,994 from USA, 1,990 from Canada, 1,998 from Mexico, 1,989 from Colombia, 1,995 from Brazil, 1,990 from Argentina, 1,994 from Spain, 1,989 from Italy, 1,986 from France, 1,990 from UK, 1,994 from Germany, 1,988 from Netherlands, 986 from Denmark, 989 from Sweden, 1,980 from Poland, 993 from Croatia, 1,996 from Russia, 982 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,999 from China, 997 from Hong Kong, 1,955 from Thailand, 1,997 from Singapore, 996 from Taiwan, 1,988 from Indonesia, 1,994 from South Korea, 1,952 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2019.