8 Of The Worlds Best Hotels For Post Workout Relaxation

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

If you are new here, you might not know about one of my other passions.

Spontaneous traveling!

If you want to know a little more about Shaun’s traveling his-story, read these posts

The Ultimate ‘Done For You’ Bodybuilding Regime (Greek)

How Shaun Sinclair Has Built Muscle As A Hardgainer

And just in case you haven’t noticed, I have actually written a number of these articles whilst on my spontaneous travels. However, most of my wildest traveling shenanigans happened before I started this site. But like some of you traveling fanatics, I am always going to be looking for some new places to travel to and experience.

Since this is the bodybuilding lifestyle, why don’t we look for places where we can travel, train and have tourist fun all  within the space of a single hotel!

After all, the ‘fun’ element is what keeps us motivated for the long term… right?

  • Truly unique hotels
  • Great gyms
  • Over the top amenities

… Is the name of the game here. Now, I haven’t yet visited any of the following destinations, but word of mouth has done a good enough job to let me know that presence needs to be felt in these places in the very near future.

(Image credits: by exquisite-design.com)

#1  The Enclave Cliff Side – The Post Ranch Inn (California)


  • Natural
  • The woods
  • The sea
  • The view
  • No TV

The natural environments completely do it for me. Especially in an age where everything is digital, which in most cases consumes the whole of our day. The pictures alone already have me sold, let alone the reviews. Bodybuilding, fun and real relaxation…. I would think so!

The devils in the detail

  • Gym
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • High speed internet (I’ll still try and stay away)
  • Free parking
  • Room service

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#2 Pure Modern Prestige – W Los Angeles – Westwood


  • Service
  • Stylish
  • Cool
  • Trendy

I’ve been told that this is the place Hollywood stars like to stay. If so, then it’s quite easy to see why it would attract the ‘part’ crowd. More importantly, there are good words about their gyms to, with some using the words ‘state of the art’. Good training, good parting, good vibes… I think this could be a winner by my standards.

The devils in the detail

  • Business centre
  • Top gym
  • P.A.W – Pets Are Welcome
  • The Acura experience – Get shown around the city in style
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Internet
  • Sauna
  • The ‘W’ living room

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#3 Screams Concept – Hotel Unique (Sao Paulo, Brazil)


  • Concept
  • Unique
  • City view

I don’t know about you, but the idea of a ‘ship themed’ hotel in the middle of a hot city just screams TAKE ME THERE! I love anything that has a theme behind it, and from what I’ve seen inside and from what I’ve learned from others, this place simply rocks and it’s all about ‘the experience’. Oh, and they have the most important thing… a top class gym, with a popular pool side!

The devils in the detail

  • Top class gym
  • Plasma TVs, CD/DVD players with access to hotel’s DVD library
  • Work station
  • Italian Jacuzzi tubs, separate showers
  • Concierge
  • Valet parking & car service
  • WI-FI
  • Champagne offered upon check-in
  • Rooftop SKYE Restaurant & Bar with breathtaking views of Sao Paulo
  • Rooftop red swimming pool with subwater sound system.
  • The Wall Bar & Cyber Café

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#4 Eastern Elegance Extreme – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sanya (China)


  • The full package
  • Ultimate luxury
  • Tropical

This place is basically a beach destination where all of the hotels run across the entire beach. This hotel sits right at the end, which means, if this hotel is as good as it looks and as good as everyone says, then peace and quiet away from the crowds is what you will get here. I gave the keyword full package because it also makes for a great families destination for those with kids, from what they have on offer. But where this one seems to win over others is the catering for non gym activities such as yoga and outdoor cycling. Any how, I’ll be give my own verdict soon enough.

The devils in the detail

  • Water sports
  • Gym
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Lagoon Pool
  • Tennis
  • Adults program
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Ritz kids program
  • Ritz kids club
  • Golf (several clubs)
  • Spa (different variations)
  • The Cube bar
  • Several dining options (indoor/outdoor)

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#5 European Euphoria – Adriana, Hvar Hotel (Croatia)




The best things I’m hearing about this place is that it is good, however, it wouldn’t be much without the great back drop of a location (Hvar). It has been said to be quite noisy. With that being the case I would assume a short city break would suit this one.

The devils in the detail

  • Roof top pool
  • Sensori spa (Experience)
  • Gym
  • Internet
  • Business centre
  • Restaurant

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#6 City Central – Empire Hotel (New York)


City life

I’ve only been to New York once, but I may have to stop of at this place one time seeing as it’s in the city centre and targeted at a younger crowd. Most people seem to talk about the pool scene on the roof and the bar. The reviews maybe mixed, but I’ll judge for myself.

The devils in the detail

  • Gym
  • Roof top swimming pool
  • Business centre
  • Restaurant
  • Hip bar
  • Pets allowed

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#7 The Spa – La Sultana Marrakech (Morocco)


That Spa

This place probably does have a lot going for it as many people do say. But I just want to hit that spa (see picture below). I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco, so I guess I’ll see what all the fuss is about.

The devils in the detail

  • Spa (Zen experience)
  • Lounger bar
  • Restaurant
  • Heated swimming pool

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#8 Kampala Serena Uganda



I don’t know much about this one, but I like the look of it and that whole tropical ‘thing’ does it for me. Besides, they’re meant to have good facilities for business clientele. I will see about this one.

The devils in the detail

  • Bambara Residents’ Lounge with Bedouin Terrace
  • The Lakes, all-day brasserie
  • The Mist, cocktail bar
  • The Explorer, Italian bistro
  • The Pearl of Africa, fine-dining experience
  • The Sesse Pool Terrace bar and café
  • Panoramic roof terrace for private cocktails and social events
  • Garden auditorium
  • Swimming pool area with rock-built waterfall
  • The Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa
  • Running track in the grounds and golf course (nearby)
  • Hair and beauty salon
  • International Conference Centre to seat 1,500
  • Business centre
  • Limousine service

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As you can see, I’ve only listed places that the majority have voted as ‘great’. When that is the case, the outcome is usually great for new visitors, apart from some fussy oddballs of course. The bodybuilding lifestyle is all about balance. One way to do that is by enjoying yourself at the same time, pre and post workout, all of which are definitely catered for in the hotels mentioned. I will visit all of these places in time, and when I do, expect a full hardcore review of each one.

See you in the comments.

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