Issue #93: The Innovation Issue

Wellness is the new sweet spot of the hospitality industry – and the profits are rich for those hotels that are able to create a wellness recipe that blends healthy cuisines, enticing workout options, and indulging spa treatments with the usual standards for a top-notch hotel stay. According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism revenues increased 14 percent from 2013 to 2015, a growth rate that is more than double overall tourism expenditures. And, if modern-day lifestyles are any indication, it doesn’t seem farfetched to say that wellness tourism won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Stressed workers, fitness-focused adventurers, and business travelers alike are all turning to wellness-focused hotels for a healthy dose of rejuvenation, whether it’s on a business trip or a much-needed vacation. No longer do travelers have to trade in their healthy lifestyle for a chance to venture out on the road.

As the wellness hotel trend continues to grow, health-oriented travelers continue to find themselves with more and more options as far as wellness-focused accommodations go. Interested in hopping on board the trend yourself? Check out one of these hotels with a strong wellness focus and get ready to seriously amp out just how rejuvenating your next weekend getaway can be.

Wellness-focused hotels like the Westin are expanding the range of wellness-focused hotels in the hospitality industry.


If you’re looking for a happy alternative to the dreaded gym workout while traveling, the Westin has got you covered. With its new runWESTIN program, which can be found at every Westin property worldwide, you’ll have a chance to participate in morning group runs or to tackle 3- 5-mile jogging or walking courses on your own. And thanks to Westin’s strategic partnership with New Balance, you can actually borrow workout attire right onsite instead of carrying five extra pounds of workout gear in your suitcase.

You also have the option to enjoy a total workout experience from the comfort of your room, courtesy of special fitness-designed rooms that include treadmills or stationary bikes. But let’s be real: those calories won’t go anywhere if you grab a 1500-calorie burger after working up a sweat. So instead of letting all that hard work go to waste come dinner, check out Westin’s SuperFoodsRX menu for a list of foods packed with powerful nutrients that totally won’t sabotage your health.

Even Hotels wellness-focused hotel
EVEN Hotels

EVEN Hotels

EVEN Hotels is the wellness-focused hospitality brand owned by the InterContinental Hotel Group, and one that was created with the goal of satisfying every traveler’s wellness needs. At any EVEN hotel – be it in New York, Connecticut, or Maryland – you’ll have the exercise resources you need to take advantage of abdominal toning workouts right in your room. Look around and you might find a core exercise ball, resistance bands, yoga mats, and foam rollers to keep your fitness regimen on track. And when you’re ready to grab a bite to eat, get a taste of healthy hotel living at the hotel’s Cork & Kale restaurant or the Market, which serve healthy, organic meals for all eating preferences.

Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas puts an emphasis on wellness-oriented hospitality.
Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Onsite wellness professionals and complimentary Pilates and meditation classes to clear your mind and connect with your inner strength are just a few of the wellness features that you’ll find when you check into the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas.

While you’re enjoying your stay at the hotel, make sure you visit the rejuvenating two-level spa that includes a private couples’ suite and soothing water circuit. And during your time there, don’t be alarmed if you have to give up your phone to participate in the digital wellness initiative. (Trust us, it’ll be worth it after a peaceful moment of journaling, coloring, or letter writing.) 

Upcoming Equinox hotel in New York City's Hudson Yards will be the first hotel by the popular luxe gym.

Equinox Hotels

With wellness-focused hotels popping up all over the world, it can only be expected that New York City would be a hub for the trend, housing franchises of the big name wellness hotel hotspots and spurring a few exclusive ones of its own. Stay tuned for the newest luxury hotel that is expected to debut in 2019 – and it’s not an extension of a popular hotel brand; it’s a high-end gym chain. Each hotel will come with its own Equinox club. Equinox will debut its upscale hotels in New York City’s Hudson Yards development to meet the needs of health-conscious travelers and tourists in the Big Apple who are ready to spend a little more cash for a more luxurious wellness experience.