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Tapping into the booming wellness trend, hotels are realising that their gyms just aren’t cutting it for the fitness-aware millennial market. Forget throwing your trainers in your suitcase ‘just in case’: keeping fit is now the main event. Cue a new host of bootcamps marching into town, but not as you know them – to appeal to these creative class consumers, it’s out with military and in with luxury.

First up: Switzerland’s Chedi Andermatt and its Mountain Boot Camp, set among the spectacular Swiss Alps. The hotel has teamed up with TOP HILL retreats to provide the perfect mix of luxury and fitness and ensure that the hills are alive with the sound of training. The bootcamp has been designed to ‘improve your health and strengthen your body’, as well as leave you feeling re-energised. As well as five nights in one of the Chedi Andermatt’s glam rooms, there’s a daily sports programme (including yoga, Pilates and back strengthening) and healthy meals (full board) – oh and access to the 2400m² spa.

Mountain Bootcamp and pool at the Chedi Andermatt

In the UK, the gorgeous Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest has joined forces with one-man powerhouse Matt Roberts to offer a one-day retreat to inspire change in thinking towards your lifestyle and exercise choices. Running on September 11th from 8:30am – 4:30pm, you’ll get a 4.5-hour personal training session with Matt Roberts and the Lime Wood fitness team, a nutritional discussion and cooking demo (plus lunch) in the Herb House & Co, cookery school kitchen and use of the spa. Add some treatments and an overnight stay to really up your reboot game.

Matt Williams, pool and spa at Lime Wood Hotel

You don’t have to flee for the hills to get fit either – city hotels are getting their gym kit out the closet too. The Wellesley Knightsbridge in London has also been borrowing some of Roberts’ fitness flair since June, offering sessions in Hyde Park with the trainer and his team – think butlers on hand to offer water, snacks and towels, bespoke training classes and a breakfast menu devised by a Matt Roberts nutritionist and including homemade protein balls and burritos.

Sessions with Matt Roberts (and butler) in Hyde Park

Over in once-tragic, now-trendy King’s Cross, Great Northern Hotel offers a complimentary 60-minute pass for a class of your choice at the world-famous Barry’s Bootcamp (located just 10 minutes up the road) when you book a stay at the hotel. Barry’s bills itself as the ‘original high-intensity workout’, claiming you’ll burn up to 1000 calories in one class. Well, if you’re going to work up a sweat, you might as well do it in style…

Great Northern Hotel

Sara D'Souza
Sara d'Souza is a travel content strategist on the MSN specials team, contributing editor to the Travel Edit and travel writer for ELLE,, Red Online, Sunday Times Travel, MSN Travel and Upward Curve inflight magazine, Visit London, Jetsetter and Virgin.

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