Dreaming of that summer holiday, and planning to keep fit in style at the same time? The opportunities are there for those with sufficiently deep pockets.
The Christmas turkey has barely cooled off when the tone of the commercials on the television suddenly changes. There are three main themes; holidays, diets and fitness. In the darkest depths of the winter, the holiday advertisements have an undoubted appeal – especially those for the luxury end of the market.
For those who are lucky enough to be booking a five star luxury holiday, there may be a minor concern about keeping up their fitness when there is temptation all around. While this is a problem that most of us would love to have, it is interesting to see what is on offer at the top of the holiday market.
Smart modern hotels now often include a fitness suite and a spa. These are the ultimate in pay as you go gyms, because they are usually complimentary to hotel guests. Hence they can be considered as a gym where you pay by the day and get a free hotel room! Guests can expect state of the art fitness equipment, immaculate décor and ventilation, and expert staff on hand to assist.
Because these gyms cater for those who are just passing through, they need extra staff to provide help with equipment – no time-pressed hotel guest is going to want to bother with an induction session. The gym will often be open late at night or early in the morning, and even if there is no spa there will be a luxurious shower section complete with high-end toiletries and free fluffy towels.
As hotels continue to try to compete, there are now ‘six-star’ properties. One of the ultimate hotels in the world is in the desert city of Dubai, where guests to the tall tower can also make use of dedicated fitness equipment, infinity pools that look out far above the city, and a luxurious spa. Every tap in the hotel is covered in 22 carat gold, and every suite (there are no rooms) covers two floors.
For those seeking a similar experience nearer to home, the same group is now planning a six-star hotel in the centre of Glasgow, with the same facilities. If this goes ahead, Scotland could soon be hosting the ultimate in pay as you go gyms. Let’s start saving up!
Whether five-star or budget, it is easy to find all that you need to know about pay as you go gyms – both at home and on holiday. For great deals on passes for gyms of all types, visit www.payasugym.com