Meet Healthier In Paris
For years, Paris was the place to be if, among other things, you wished to indulge in fine wine, food, and Gitanes. While fine dining continues unabated, fortunately, le smoking is on the wane.
In fact, in the last few years, smoking in public spaces has been all but outlawed and le fitness is busting out all over, particularly at the city’s luxury and high-end hotels. No longer do health-conscious planners and their guests need to make special, covert arrangements with the concierge to sneak in a workout at a local facility. Today, fitness options are, at last, in the house,making life infinitely easier for health-conscious meeting planners, guests and business travelers to maintain their fitness routines – and still indulge a bit in the local gastronomie. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the fitness menu in Paris these days:
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris
The fitness room at Le Royal Monceau is indeed a room (and a petit one at that), albeit extremely well-appointed with hi-tech equipment essentials and dedicated fitness trainers at your service. But the ne plus ultra fitness amenity here is the jaw-droppingly beautiful 23-meter infinity pool, the largest ever built in a Paris luxury hotel. Swimmers rejoice!
Le Bristol Paris
Quiet, compact and state-of-the-art, Le Bristol’s airy and light-filled fitness center offers all the high performance equipment a fitness-minded traveler could ask for, plus one of the loveliest pools in town. Tucked away on the 6th floor of the hotel, adjacent to the Spa and overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and le Sacré-Coeur, the charming, indoor rooftop pool features retro-chic teak decking and chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and a spacious outdoor balcony.
Four Seasons Hotel George V
In addition to having a fully-stocked gym that’s accessible 24/7 and regarded as being among the best in Paris, the Four Seasons Hotel George V features a small yet stunning swimming pool surrounded by tromp l’oeil murals of the gardens of Versailles. The piece de resistance however, isn’t in the hotel per se – it actually requires stepping outside with the hotel’s pro running coaches for an early morning “culture run” through the streets of Paris, passing many of the city’s most breathtaking sights en route.
Park Hyatt Paris – Vendome
Though it’s housed in a space known as “Le Spa,” the fitness area at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome features a sleek, modern fitness space equipped with a complete range state-of-the-art essentials, including treadmills, dumbbells, a cross-trainer, exercise bike and cable-motion gym station, plus personal trainers for hire, on request.
The Westin Paris – Vendome
The Westin Paris – Vendome’s indoor fitness room, as well-stocked as it is, pales a bit when compared to the spectacular Tuileries Gardens just across the street. Forgot your workout togs? The Westin’s got you and your guests covered, with their signature Workout Gear Lending Program, which loans out fresh New Balance shoes, socks, and apparel upon request, for just 5 Euros. Add to that Westin’s custom pocket-sized, 3-mile and 5-mile jogging/walking maps—plus fresh towels and complimentary water upon your return—and staying fit in Paris couldn’t be easier.
For planners looking to take a group out for an outdoor activity that’s appropriate across all fitness levels, consider a private bike tour of Paris. My go-to guys on two wheels: Fat Tire Bike Tours who rule the road in Paris (as well as Barcelona, Berlin and London) with excellent group and made-to-order private tour options for planners with specific routes – and clients—in mind.
Photo credits: Shutterstock, Kate Doyle Hooper