If the sight of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Wakapitu don’t spur you to hit a personal best, nothing will.

These five-star workout spaces are sure to make you want to do to a few more reps


Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand

If the sight of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Wakatipu don’t spur you to hit a personal best, nothing will. This boutique studio at Matakauri Lodge comes with everything you need to start burning calories – an elliptical, treadmill, exercise bike and free weights, plus it’s also right next to the resort’s spa, which means you can pamper yourself afterwards with a massage and dip in the pool.

Matakauri Lodge


&Beyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

At &Beyond’s intimate Bateleur Camp you have no excuse not to work out. Guests who arrive at this hideaway on the Masai Mara, are given a “gym in a bag”. The trendy woven carryall contains a yoga mat, light weights and resistance equipment so that you can work out on your private porch right in the fresh open air. There’s nothing more inspiring than practicing your downward dog in the Kenya countryside and seeing the occasional giraffe, warthog and elephant wandering by.

&Beyond Bateleur Camp

Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

Whether you’re in Tokyo for business or leisure, make sure you squeeze in a workout at the Park Hyatt’s gym. The hotel’s indoor lap pool comes with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer you jawdropping views of the Olympic metropolis. Or if you would rather just chill out than sweat it out, visit the spa as it comes with the same view.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental, New York City, USA

New Yorkers follow a ‘work hard play hard’ ethos, and no doubt after spending a few days in the city you’ll need to let off steam. The Mandarin Oriental features a state-of-the-art fitness centre looking out over the iconic New York skyline. Hit the treadmill or enjoy the magnificent views of the Hudson River from the indoor lap pool.

Mandarin Oriental NY

Aqua Mekong Cruise, Cambodia and Vietnam

In between shore excursions, gourmet dining and relaxed socialising, keep fit on the Aqua Mekong’s multiple cardio fitness machines, and be happily distracted with the ever-changing views of the Mekong River. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the air conditioned fitness centre on the Observation Deck is a first on the Mekong River. In addition to the gym, the ship has 10 bicycles aboard which allow guests to go off on two wheels on excursions along the Mekong’s riverbanks.

Aqua Mekong

Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

Getting that body beach-ready requires work, and whilst in Phuket there’s no better place to do it than at Amanpuri’s glass-fronted duplex gym and Pilates centre, situated on the hilltop with panoramic ocean views. Private Pilates and Power Plate classes can be arranged, as well as personal training sessions, and the first-floor juice bar uses only raw ingredients in its smoothies and juices.

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