29 July 2014 by Daphney Mngomeni

Keeping fit on vacation

From circuit training to yoga, South African hotels offer their guests a wide array of exercise and fitness options.

Hotels now cater to health-conscious fitness fanatics. Image courtesy of One&Only Cape Town

It might seem almost impossible to stay fit when travelling or going on vacation, what with trying to stick to your carefully planned exercise regimen between visiting various attractions and indulging in delicious food.

If you're fortunate enough to stay at one of these luxury resorts, you can be sure that your health and fitness routine won't have to stop. These hotels are among the many that have made it easier for the health-conscious and fitness fanatics to maintain their daily exercise routine when they’re away from home or their usual gym.

Taj Cape Town

The Taj Cape Town is a five-star luxury hotel that boasts a fully equipped health centre for guests.

The health centre is equipped with the latest gym equipment and an indoor heated pool. There are also personal trainers on request, and male and female saunas to help you relax after an intense workout.

Where: Wale Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 819 2001

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

This hidden retreat lies in the foothills of the Cederberg mountains and offers a distinctive wilderness experience.

Bushmans Kloof has a specialised mini-gym to ensure a full and satisfying workout, and includes a spinning cycle, Pilates ball, weights and yoga mats.

Bushmans Kloof: few things beat working out while surrounded by the undisturbed beauty of nature. Image courtesy of Abspires40

Next door to the gym is a dual massage room that you can visit to get those muscle knots eased.

Where: Clanwilliam, Western Cape
Contact: +27 (0)21 437 9278

One&Only Cape Town

The luxury One&Only Cape Town boasts a fitness centre that not only has a committed fitness team, but a training environment that’s hard to beat.

The centre is fully equipped with Technogym Excite and Personal Selection ranges, a 10m indoor pool, a rubberised track and yoga pavilion.

Guests receive a free health and fitness assessment at the first visit, and personal assistants are also available to help create fitness plans and answer any fitness-related questions.

Other training options offered at the centre include kickboxing, boxing, pole acrobatics and a vitality pool.

Where: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 431 5888

Michelangelo Towers

Legacy Balance’s state-of-the-art gymnasiums are located at three of Johannesburg’s most luxurious hotels: the Raphael Penthouse Suites, the DaVinci Hotel and Suites, and the Michelangelo Towers.

The gymnasium at the Michelangelo Towers offers personal training sessions as well as group classes with some of the most skilled gym instructors in town.

Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 8 Maude Street, Sandton City, Johannesburg
Contact: +27 (0)72 658 3186

The Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box Hotel's spa and fitness offer the best in health and wellness treatments

The Oyster Box is a popular five-star luxury boutique hotel in Durban.

The hotel’s fitness centre is open 24 hours a day, and facilities and equipment include treadmills, exercise bikes, a cross-trainer, power plate, fitness balls, weights, Pilates balls, yoga mats and a multi-exercise toner.

Where: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal
Contact: +27 (0)31 514 5000

Health and fitness centres are not restricted to only these hotels – there are a wide variety of lodges, hotels and B&Bs with gyms and exercise options.

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