Vacations are for relaxing. No schedules. No to-do list. For some, it also means no workouts.
However, for many travelers (including myself), staying consistent with fitness goals while on vacation is important. Obsessive? Perhaps.
Travelers are seeking out wellness-focused all-inclusive resorts with state-of-the-art fitness centers and there are a number of stellar options throughout Mexico and the Caribbean equipped with brands like Life Fitness and Technogym.
So, are you obsessed with your workout?
You’ve come to the right place as we’ve rounded up eight All-Inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico that fit the characteristics for the Best All-Inclusive Resort Gyms. Let them inspire and motivate you on your quest to becoming your most fit self.
Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, Mexico
There are resort gyms and then there’s the ultimate in gyms at Grand Velas resorts. The Riviera Maya Resort offers two state-of-the-art Life Fitness centers and both are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Life Fitness equipment including treadmills, bikes cross trainers, cardio stations with climbers and weight training stations are in each gym. To enhance your fitness time they also offer complimentary personal trainers and additional programing like stretch classes, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, Salsa, Zumba, and Merengue. Looking for more? There’s also a guided bike tour around the resort property.
Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit also tops our list of Best All-Inclusive Gyms because of their state-of-the-art Fitness Center equipped with the Life Fitness equipment and they’re open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Treadmills, climbers, cross trainers, bikes, resistance and weight training are all possible to keep you on track while traveling. Meditation, yoga, Pilates and personal training are also offered at this location.
And, the pièce de résistance for Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is to stay in one of their twelve new Wellness Suites. If you do, you’ll receive a personal training session and massage in your suite (complimentary!). These suites also include an exercise kit with a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands and a Life Fitness Activate Series Recumbent Lifecycle® Exercise Bike. To enhance wellness, there’s also an Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit, Nikken Kenko™ pillow (designed for restorative sleep) and a shower sprinkler that lightly spritzes vitamin C essential oils.
The BodyHoliday, Castries, St. Lucia
The BodyHoliday offers a personalized fitness program and a state-of-the-art gym with Technogym equipment. A spin studio, cardio classes, martial arts, and boxing, stretching, conditioning, dance, and personal training round out the opportunities available at The BodyHoliday. And, there are many other opportunities to feed your fitness goals. The Wellfit Trail offers a fitness course and you can traverse the beach and hills around the resort. It’s a one-mile trail and is for any level of fitness because you can walk or hike and if you want something more challenging you can run along the trail and do the activities along the way like the balance beam, parallel bars, a rope bridge and other exercise stations on the route. There’s also a Beach Boot Camp, which offers a circuit workout using sandbags, ropes, and tractor tyres.
Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
This adults-only all-inclusive resort is known for its health, fitness, and spa theme. The state-of-the-art fitness center, with ocean views, is equipped with cardio, free weights, group fitness classes, spinning, yoga, and water aerobics. When you’re finished with indoor fitness activities you can give their Para course a try. A 10-course fit trail with workout stations strategically placed to keep you energized. Jewel Paradise Cove also offers Yoga Retreats at different times during the year along with visiting certified yoga instructors.
Are you familiar with Soca dancing? Step up your fitness and have some fun with this fast tempo southern Caribbean style of dance.
Tip: Grab a smoothie post-workout (you’ll see juice & smoothie bars around the resort).
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Hard Rock, Hard Body, and this resort has it all.
The Body Rock® Fitness Center, open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., offers a state-of-the-art facility with everything you need to fill your hunger for exercise. In addition to all of the machines, there’s a Pilates Reformer, Two Smith Machines, Three Ellipticals, Bikes, 16 Spinning Bikes, Seven Treadmills, Climb Machines and dumbbell racks. Body Rock® also has group classes, including yoga, TRX, and Pole Dancing. A new addition is Les Mills (provider of movement-to-music fitness experiences) and there will be 14 programs including 10 for group fitness and four for High-Intensity Interval Training. Some class titles include BodyFlow, inspired by yoga, Pilates and tai chi; BodyCombat – a mix of martial arts and endurance; CXWORX – personal training to help build and maintain your core.
Hilton Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Hilton Playa del Carmen, formerly The Royal Playa del Carmen, offers a state-of-the-art fitness center that’s open 24-hours and fitted with LifeFitness™ equipment, weights, and group classes including spinning, Pilates, Zumba, salsa and merengue dance classes. Even though this is highlighting Best All-Inclusive Gyms, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out outdoor fitness opportunities including their Olympic size pool, rooftop tennis courts, Water Volleyball, Kayaking Tours and Snorkeling.
Tip: Visit SPAzul Health & Wellness Center for access (complimentary) to the hydrotherapy area.
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This spacious and modern two-story gym is open 24-hours, 7-days per week. The first floor is equipped with cardio and weight machines and the 2nd floor is for Pilates, yoga, and spinning classes offering during day time hours. Latin Dance, tennis, and a basketball court are also offered at this all-inclusive resort. (Also check out the adults-only Majestic Mirage Punta Cana.)
Secrets The Vine Cancun, Mexico
This thoroughly modern all-inclusive resort at Secrets The Vine Cancun offers stunning ocean views from the luxury state-of-the-art fitness center. Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., this fully equipped gym has treadmills, stair climbers, Lifecycles, elliptical machines, and free weights and you can also enjoy spinning classes while overlooking the deep blue sea.
Luxurious touch: The cooling moist eucalyptus scented towels
Yoga, dance lessons, Pilates, water aerobics, and water polo are also part of their fitness programming and a personal trainer is also available.
What’s your favorite all-inclusive resort gym? Tell us in the comments!