Losing weight and getting fit are consistently among the most common New Year’s resolutions, but they’re also the most commonly broken. It’s tough, after all, to maintain a healthy routine when work, family, and social lives are the priority and never mind traveling, which is notorious for thwarting people’s workout regimens.
Traveling is not innately conducive to fitness, per se, but there are realistic ways to work exercise into an itinerary, such as picking Airbnbs with good fitness facilities. Airbnb is beginning to catch up with the hotel industry in terms of its fitness offerings. Hosts are getting creative and going to great lengths to accommodate their guests’ health needs — some even offering up their own gym memberships and giving out complimentary yoga classes.
Here are some of the best Airbnbs with fitness facilities you should book in 2020.
1. A shared gym, pool, and sauna in Melbourne, Australia
Paul’s modern pad in Melbourne, Australia, comes with access to the building’s shared gym, heated pool, and sauna, making it entirely possible to go for a run on the treadmill or swim a few laps in the pool before stepping out the front door for an espresso. And whatever isn’t located within walking distance of this centrally located, two-bedroom apartment is merely a charming tram ride away.
2. A loft that doubles as a boxing gym in Cologne, Germany
Jens’ edgy Cologne apartment is basically a playground of its own, outfitted with everything from saxophones to snowboards. Perhaps its quirkiest quality, though, is not the street art-inspired murals or the hammock, but the punching bag that hangs from the living room ceiling. In addition to the fitness equipment inside the apartment, which includes yoga mats and gymnastic rings, the host also offers up his personal CrossFit membership to guests for free.
3. A ski-in, ski-out studio in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France
Having to ski down a mountain for dinner is guaranteed to get anybody moving. The views of the surrounding 3 Valleys ski area (the biggest in the world) from this contemporary, ski-in, ski-out studio are enough to beckon a bonafide couch potato to the slopes. The area caters to any level of skier and there are several nearby ski schools for first-timers, too. Gear rentals are available in the building and additional gym facilities — including a pool, steam room, squash, and more — are just a few minutes away.
4. A surf shack in Sagres, Portugal
On the opposite side of the climate spectrum, there are the blissfully sunny beaches of Sagres, Portugal, which is where this upscale surf shack — a restored fisherman’s house — is located. Surfboards and beach cruisers are available to rent from the host for around $3 to $5 per day. When guests aren’t out swimming, cycling, or shredding the gnar, they can pass the time by doing yoga on the sundeck, napping in the hammock, or gathering around the firepit with a glass of wine. The Wave Garden has only three bedrooms but sleeps a whopping seven guests.
5. A yoga-centric loft in Austin, Texas, US
The only Airbnb Plus rental on the list is this sun-drenched loft in quirky Austin, Texas. The spacious common area, with a big, open hardwood floor, is adorned with exercise balls and yoga mats for midafternoon savasana. In the backyard, there’s a cozy fire pit and a trampoline for the kids — or adults. Inside of this contemporary house — earning of its Plus status — are three bedrooms boasting a total of four beds. The airy, open-plan kitchen will make it easy to follow through with healthy eating resolutions, too.
6. A high-rise apartment with a shared gym in Brooklyn, New York, US
A hotel room in New York City can easily cost $300, but this upscale Brooklyn abode is a fraction of that price while still including access to a shared gym and lounge where guests can play billiards and ping pong. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample natural light, a major bonus for any New York City apartment. All that sunshine and open space make morning meditation sessions almost obligatory before heading out for the day.
7. An indoor climbing oasis in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, US
This Steamboat Springs lodge is surrounded by ski hills and geothermal hot springs, but inside is an adventurer’s paradise, too. In addition to the pool, foosball, and ping pong tables scattered throughout the sprawling cabin that’s big enough to sleep 16 or more, there’s also a 14-foot indoor climbing wall for late-night bouldering sessions. This house is part of a larger complex called The Porches, which has a shared gym, heated pool, hot tubs, and kids’ playroom on site.
8. A couple’s spa retreat in Mornington, Australia
Tourists flock to Mornington, Australia, for its picturesque hot springs from which this very-zen Airbnb is just down the street. Its luxurious setup — including a semi-outdoor hot tub (with its own mini waterfall) and a private home gym with an incline machine, a cross-trainer, an exercise bike, and yoga mats — is conducive to a comprehensive wellness weekend.
9. A lakefront getaway in Ithaca, New York, US
This rustic loft is about as close to a treehouse as they come, with every window (and there are many) offering views of the lush foliage outside. The upstairs patio looks out over Cayuga Lake and the private dock, which is equipped with two kayaks and a paddleboard. Visitors who stay for four or more days may also book a week-long meditation course with the host, who is a certified transcendental meditation teacher.
10. A yoga loft in Newtown, Connecticut, US
This charming loft in Newtown, Connecticut, sits atop the hosts’ very own yoga studio, where guests are encouraged to join in on classes free of charge. Private lessons are also offered for an extra fee. The big yellow “barn,” as the hosts call it, sleeps up to three and is equipped with easels and a drafting table for playing around between sun salutations.
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