About Time You Tried: The UK’s Best Healthy HotelsBy Angelica Malin
With the rise of the mid-workout selfie, Britain has become hooked on exercise – and shouting about it from the rooftops. And our commitment to our health kicks doesn’t take a break when we do. From spinning to swimming, we’re staying increasingly trim on our trips, and taking dedicated fitness holidays is a growing trend that hotels are tapping into.
From on-site personal trainers to state of the art fitness facilities and super healthy juice bars, these hotels are also set in some of the UK’s most stunning outdoor playgrounds. So whether paddle boarding in Cornwall, hiking in the Cotswolds or hitting the resistance pool is your thing, grab your trainers, line up your workout playlist and get ready for a seriously action packed holiday.
Set in the heart of Dorset, Avonmouth Hotel is a water baby’s dream. If you prefer to get your kicks in the great outdoors, the hotel’s paddleboards and kayaks are the perfect way to get a workout whilst exploring the coastline. Or head inside to the aquatics room where the impressive 14 metre pool is perfect for losing yourself as you glide through the water length by length, before unwinding in the spa. And if you do feel like indulging, Michelin starred chefs will be serving up the most exquisite seafood at the water’s edge.
This luxurious hotel sits in 43 acres of glorious parkland, less than two miles from the Cornish South Coast and is an ultimate destination for health and fitness fanatics. Choose between the outdoor playground on your doorstep or the state-of-the-art gym for those who can’t bear to be parted from the treadmill. A roster of personal trainers are on hand to push you to your limits and the on-site juice bar will keep you healthily hydrated after a hard workout session. The spa, with panoramic country views, will help ensure youcome back from The Cornwall Hotel feeling revived and refreshed.
The Stoke Park Hotel is a tennis player’s dream. Boasting 13 tennis courts including indoor, clay and grass you’re well and truly served the best. From beginners to pros, the courts have something for everyone with views of woodland and the grand Mansion as your backdrop, you’ll give the atmosphere at Wimbledon a run for its money. The 4,000 square feet gym means you can keep trim off the court as well, take advantage of a personal training session of get involved with one of the 40 studio classes that run each week.
This adult only hotel is as haven of health perfect for those craving a detox. With a resident naturopath and a team of wellness specialists on hand to tend to your every need, guests at the Lifehouse Spa will feel a whole new lease of life after their visit. Begin your day with a little ‘namaste’ and start as you mean to go on with a bespoke yoga programme with the hotel yoga expert. A stay can literally be a life changing experience, with diet and detox consultations and even food intolerance testing available to boost physical health and vitality, and change your lifestyle for the better.
Set on the brink of Cheltenham racecourse, Ellenborough Park is a stunning country house in 100 acres of greenery. If you fancy getting fit in the saddle, this hotel is the gateway to a horse lover’s dream, with riding lessons available at local stables as well as being right at the centre of the jockey action. If you’re more comfortable on foot than horseback, there’s a fully equipped boot room to take advantage of for walking holidays, with Dubarry boots and Hunter Wellingtons available for hire so you can explore the Cotswolds in comfort and style.
Capital of cool, London has taken the fitness trend by the horns. If you’re paying London a visit take advantage of the city health kick and check into Ace Hotel. With a gym that’s open to guests around the clock and sauna to unwind in afterwards,this hotel may seem like your standard fitness facilities but with the Ace’s on site juice kitchen this hotel is so much more. The ‘farm to street’ kitchen concocts natural remedies, cleansing juices and herbed waters all locally sourced and made on demand meaning you can get your greens and boost your vitamin levels while splurging out on your city break.