POIPU, Kauai Even when clients are visiting a destination like
Kauai that’s rich in outdoor adventures, many of them still rely on
their daily trip to the gym. With that in mind, properties on the
Garden Isle are improving their fitness facilities.
The Fitness Factor
A recent survey of business travelers sheds light on the growing
importance of exercise rooms in hotels. Ninety percent of the
people who responded said exercise relieves stress on the road.
Sixty percent said exercise helps alleviate jet lag, and 78 percent
said workouts are a good way to get over a rough day. (The survey
was conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide for Westin Hotels
“Working out is a way of life for many upscale travelers,” said
Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide chairman
and CEO, who exercises four days a week. “In fact, 69 percent of
business travelers said that a state-of-the-art fitness facility in
a hotel would favor that hotel in their selection process.”
Additionally, 59 percent said that the quality of hotel fitness
facilities is an important factor in their choice of a hotel.
Sheraton Kauai Resort, a Starwood property in Poipu, has made
access to its fitness center complimentary to all in-house guests
who pay the hotel’s daily resort charge.
“While it’s true that Kauai offers great outdoor fitness
experiences, there are many people who are still interested in
getting their exercise through familiar means, like lifting
weights, running on a treadmill and using exercise equipment,” said
Erica Neves, Starwood Hawaii spokesperson. “Our guests have that
option available to them.”
Sheraton Kauai’s 1,211-square-foot fitness center provides ocean
views for guests looking for an inspiring workout locale. Clients
have access to such equipment as presses, pull-downs, benches,
treadmills, stationary bicycles and free weights, and they can sign
up for yoga classes there.
Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort and Spa has improved its fitness
center as part of a recent $1 million makeover of its
25,000-square-foot Anara Spa. Upgrades included new floor and wall
coverings and the addition of new cardio equipment like Life
Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers and recumbent bikes. Other
amenities include stairmasters and a variety of weight equipment,
from shoulder presses to bicep curls.
A separate room is set aside for a broad range of fitness
classes like Pilates, aerobics, tai chi and yoga. Windows on one
wall of the workout room offer views of tropical gardens.
Also in South Kauai, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has announced
plans for the creation of Poipu Spa and Fitness, a
7,000-square-foot structure on five acres near the area’s shopping
village, golf course and accommodations.
A private venture managed by Outrigger, the facility is expected
to open within one year. Along with a spa component, it will
feature such fitness services as personal training, sports-specific
exercise training, functional training, body composition
enhancement, multi-station weight machines, free weights and
classes in aerobics, yoga and Pilates.
Workout With a View
On the East Coast, meanwhile, Radisson Kauai Beach Resort opened
a boutique spa and exercise center last year. Located on the first
floor overlooking the hotel’s lagoons, it features a
1,000-square-foot workout room. For $8 per room per day, guests
seeking structured exercise can use its free weights, universal
gym, stationary bikes, treadmills and sauna.
Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club recently took the wraps off
its bigger, better fitness and aerobics center, relocated to the
ground floor of the resort.
“The workout facility was moved to an area more convenient for
our guests,” said Rod Lau, Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club
director of sales. The 2,500-square-foot center features equipment
such as a crunch machine, treadmills, runners, recumbent and
stationary bikes, a smith machine, flex systems, a lat/midrow
machine, bench press, shoulder press, leg curl machine and free
weights. Guests can sign up at the facility for aerobics, yoga and
| ||SURVEY RESULTS|
Today’s hottest travel accessories are a pair of sneakers and some
sweats, according to a recent survey by Lieberman Research
Worldwide. Here are a few more results from the firm’s survey of
300 business travelers, titled “Road Runners: Working Out on the
" 70 percent of those surveyed said that working out is a good way
to bond with colleagues
" 53 percent said exercising is good for their business image
" 62 percent said that during the reservation process, they ask if
a hotel has a workout room
But while working out on the road is important, hotel fitness
rooms could be in better shape, according to the survey:
" 61 percent of travelers surveyed have encountered hotels without
" 53 percent said they didn’t like the workout room
" 49 percent have encountered broken equipment in hotel fitness
" 64 percent said hotel fitness centers feel like an
" 75 percent said the quality of hotel workout rooms is
inconsistent from one hotel to the next
" 55 percent have decided not to use a hotel workout room because
it was in such bad condition
" 41 percent said the facilities were too crowded
" 46 percent said the workout room was closed when they needed