Ho­tels world­wide are launch­ing ini­tia­tives to boost nu­tri­tion, im­prove fit­ness and en­sure more rest­ful sleep


Ho­tels world­wide are tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to sup­port their guests’ well be­ing

Time was when busi­ness travel was syn­ony­mous with un­healthy habits – heavy room ser­vice meals, un­invit­ing fit­ness cen­ters and all-too-easy ac­cess to the ho­tel bar – leav­ing de­part­ing guests in con­sid­er­ably worse shape than at check-in. But with a marked in­crease in the con­cept of “well­ness travel,” ho­tels across the world are step­ping up to of­fer a wide range of tai­lor-made, health-con­scious ser­vices, in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives and ameni­ties de­signed to boost nu­tri­tion, im­prove fit­ness and en­sure a bet­ter qual­ity of sleep – all within the com­fort of your own room.


Is this new-found pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with health and well­ness just an­other pass­ing fad? Ac­cord­ing to Gaynor Reid, vi­cepres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and CSR Asia Pa­cific for Ac­corho­tels, “Well­ness tourism grew by around 9 per­cent in 2017 – 50 per­cent faster than over­all global tourism – so we know there is a grow­ing de­mand from our guests for well­ness of­fer­ings.”

Driv­ing this up­swing in health-con­scious­ness Reid says, “Peo­ple are more aware of the im­pact of diet and ex­er­cise on longevity and men­tal health. The bot­tom line is that health and well­ness is no longer a trend; it has be­come a real­ity.”

Sean Hunt, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s area vice-pres­i­dent for Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the Pa­cific, agrees. “I think we’re see­ing ho­tel guests – both busi­ness and leisure trav­el­ers – pri­or­i­tiz­ing well­ness be­cause they’re re­al­iz­ing that main­tain­ing their rou­tine and healthy life­style on the road helps them feel bet­ter both dur­ing and af­ter their stay,” he ex­plains. “In to­day’s world, look­ing and feel­ing good is seen as a lux­ury.”


A key part of this ex­pe­ri­ence is, of course, fit­ness. How­ever, with many busi­ness trav­el­ers short on time, it can be im­pos­si­ble to squeeze in a full gym ses­sion – which is why many ho­tel brands are now bring­ing the work­out di­rect to guests.

“Pull­man Ho­tels and Re­sorts re­cently col­lab­o­rated with renowned fit­ness guru Sarah Hoey to de­velop a pro­gram de­signed to help trav­el­ers adopt a health­ier life­style,” Reid says. This tai­lor-made pro­gram in­cludes a se­ries of short yoga and fit­ness videos that are avail­able in­room, spe­cially cre­ated to sup­port and en­cour­age guests who are look­ing to in­cor­po­rate work­outs into the busiest of sched­ules.

Fair­mont, an­other Ac­corho­tels pre­mium brand, of­fers its Pres­i­dent Club loy­alty mem­bers free use of sneak­ers and gym clothes from Ree­bok – a par­tic­u­larly help­ful perk for busi­ness trav­el­ers who of­ten travel only with carry-on lug­gage.

Mean­while, Westin Ho­tels’ “Let’s Rise” cam­paign in­cludes a se­ries of in-room HIIT (high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing) work­outs cre­ated by health coach Rachael Finch that are suit­able for all fit­ness lev­els. The work­outs are espe­cially de­signed for ho­tel guests and can be com­fort­ably achieved in any gue­stroom with­out the need for spe­cial equip­ment.

Westin also of­fers the op­tion of pre-book­ing rooms that in­clude a tread­mill or a sta­tion­ary bike and the ho­tel group has also joined forces with New Bal­ance to pro­vide work­out gear for guests to use through­out their stay.

For those who pre­fer their work­outs with a touch of el­e­gance, JW Mar­riott Ho­tels and Re­sorts’ new­est ven­ture is to­tally on point. “Be­hind the Barre” is a se­ries of in-room fit­ness videos cre­ated in part­ner­ship with the Jof­frey Bal­let. It fuses the el­e­gance of a bal­let class with a

good work­out, and can be in­cor­po­rated into any ex­ist­ing ex­er­cise rou­tine.


Of course there’s more to feel­ing good than ex­er­cise – which is why many ho­tel groups are fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing a well-rounded ap­proach to their guests’ well­be­ing.

For a 360-de­gree ap­proach to well­ness, look for Swis­sô­tel’s Vi­tal­ity Room con­cept, which launched in 2016 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with style mag­a­zine Wall­pa­per. The room is de­signed to be a com­plete sanc­tu­ary for weary trav­el­ers, fea­tur­ing air pu­ri­fiers, mod­i­fi­able cir­ca­dian light­ing, and bath­room op­tions that in­clude in­di­vid­ual scents, col­ored light­ing and even ad­justable wa­ter pres­sure.

The brand also has a strong fo­cus on im­prov­ing men­tal as well as phys­i­cal well­be­ing, of­fer­ing guests at their Sin­ga­pore and Syd­ney prop­er­ties spe­cially de­signed post­cards, com­plete with Caran d’Ache col­ored pen­cils for a mind­ful adult color­ing ses­sion.

Sim­i­larly, Westin has also part­nered with renowned artist Jo­hanna Bas­ford to cre­ate three de­tailed adult color­ing sheets. Avail­able across the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, the sheets sub­tly high­light the ho­tel’s “Pil­lars of Well­ness” con­cept, which en­cour­age guests to sleep, eat and move well through­out their stay.

And to deepen your med­i­ta­tion prac­tice, con­sider Mor­gans Ho­tel Group which has prop­er­ties across the US and in Lon­don, Is­tan­bul and Doha. The chain has col­lab­o­rated with Mind­ful­ness Ev­ery­where, cre­ators of the pop­u­lar Bud­dhify app, to pro­duce ten guided med­i­ta­tion ses­sions for ho­tel guests to down­load. Th­ese short and easy-to-use ses­sions aim to make med­i­ta­tion ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is at the heart of The Penin­sula Ho­tels’ new “Yoga in the Morn­ings” ini­tia­tive. The group’s Hong Kong and Shang­hai prop­er­ties are among the ear­li­est adopters; all gue­strooms con­tain a ded­i­cated ph­ablet that de­tails a sim­ple yoga rou­tine for guests to try at their leisure – with yoga mats avail­able on re­quest from house­keep­ing.


For­get old-school room ser­vice menus of unin­spir­ing sand­wiches and quick-fix snacks; th­ese days, in-room meals are de­signed to be both nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious.

For ex­am­ple the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Hong Kong has col­lab­o­rated with the Hong Kong Ad­ven­tist Hospi­tal to cre­ate its “ihealth” ini­tia­tive. Based on aca­demic nu­tri­tional guid­ance from the hospi­tal, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal’s culi­nary team cre­ated an all-day menu de­signed to ad­dress the pre­ven­tion of four of the most com­mon health con­cerns world­wide: di­a­betes, car­diac dis­ease, hy­per­ten­sion and the need for an­tiox­i­dants.

Health is also on the menu for Hy­att Ho­tels and Re­sorts, whose “Food. Thought­fully Sourced. Care­fully

Busi­ness trav­el­ers are of­ten short on time, so ho­tels are bring­ing the work­out to the guests

Served” phi­los­o­phy has seen the group com­mit to healthy, sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble din­ing across its prop­er­ties glob­ally. Ini­tia­tives in­clude veg­e­tar­ian and gluten-free op­tions, a fo­cus on por­tion con­trol and bal­anced meals, dishes made with re­duced sodium, sugar and calo­ries, and cook­ing with or­ganic pro­duce, nat­u­rally raised meat and sus­tain­ably sourced seafood – qual­i­ties all re­flected in the group’s “Healthy Bal­ance” in-room menus world­wide.

While ex­act dishes vary be­tween prop­er­ties – al­low­ing in­di­vid­ual chefs cre­ative flex­i­bil­ity – they all of­fer tai­lor-made “fla­vor­ful, health­ful and per­fectly por­tioned op­tions.” This is show­cased in the “Cre­ate Your Own” sec­tion, where guests cus­tom­ize their dishes with a choice of pro­teins (typ­i­cally avail­able pan-fried, grilled or steamed), veg­etable-cen­tric sides and sauces.

Well­ness lies at the fore­front of the lat­est ad­di­tions to The Man­darin Ori­en­tal Hong Kong’s room ser­vice of­fer­ings – a se­lec­tion of fresh juices and an acai bowl de­signed by lead­ing iri­dol­o­gist and detox ex­pert Jen­nifer Thomp­son. Th­ese cre­ations are packed with su­per­food in­gre­di­ents that de­liver a wide range of an­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, fi­bre and omega-3, all care­fully cho­sen to achieve dif­fer­ent goals.

If you’re plan­ning a health-con­scious com­pany event, the Ritz-Carl­ton Bali’s in­no­va­tive Healthy Meet­ing op­tions have got you cov­ered. Split into three cat­e­gories (Detox, En­ergy Boost and Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Se­cret), th­ese four- to six-hour ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude team-build­ing ex­er­cises like t’ai chi or beach vol­ley­ball, along­side sev­eral nu­tri­tious group meals.

At­ten­dees can en­joy a healthy or­ganic break­fast and three-course lunch, plus well­ness breaks for pu­ri­fy­ing juices, in­fused wa­ters, health-en­hanc­ing teas and nour­ish­ing snacks. All meals have been de­vised to fo­cus on food with a low glycemic in­dex to aid di­ges­tion – a def­i­nite im­prove­ment on unap­pe­tiz­ing spreads of sand­wiches and cook­ies in anony­mous con­fer­ence rooms.


Af­ter a hard day’s work, noth­ing beats crawl­ing into a comfy bed – and ho­tels are tak­ing the art of get­ting a good night’s sleep to a whole new level.

This can be seen in Land­mark Man­darin Ori­en­tal Hong Kong’s En­ter­tain­ment Suite, which fea­tures the FreshBed Sleep Sys­tem. This sys­tem uti­lizes patented cli­mate-con­trol tech­nol­ogy that al­lows guests to ad­just the bed to their pre­ferred tem­per­a­ture, with silent ven­ti­la­tion to en­sure al­ler­gen-free air, com­bined with an er­gonomic mat­tress.

Four Sea­sons’ sig­na­ture bed is equally im­pres­sive. Cre­ated in part­ner­ship with Sim­mons Bed­ding, its mat­tress uses ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy to keep you cool through­out the night and pro­vide op­ti­mal sup­port for your frame. You can also pick be­tween three mat­tress top­pers and a pil­low menu filled with choices suit­able for dif­fer­ent types of sleeper – in­clud­ing a buck­wheat op­tion for re­liev­ing al­ler­gies and neck pain, or a stone type that pro­vides a cool­ing sen­sa­tion and head sup­port.

The rooms them­selves have been fully out­fit­ted to pro­mote an ex­cel­lent night’s sleep, with thor­ough sound­proof­ing, in-room tem­per­a­ture con­trols, light­ing cho­sen to com­ple­ment the body’s cir­ca­dian clock, and even in­te­rior de­sign el­e­ments sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to have sooth­ing ef­fects on the brain.

Westin takes a sim­i­larly mul­ti­fac­eted ap­proach. In ad­di­tion to the brand’s “Heav­enly Bed,” there’s a “Sleep Well” bed­side amenity – a laven­der balm in­fused with es­sen­tial oils that ease ten­sion and help guests wind down nat­u­rally – and in-room din­ing menu, cu­rated by nu­tri­tion­ists at Su­perFood­sRX. Guests can also opt for a sched­uled “Bed­time Call,” a re­minder of when you should turn in for the night de­pend­ing on what time you need to be up in the morn­ing, based on guide­lines from the World Sleep


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