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Regional hospitality trends: the UAE hotels investing big in fitness

by | Sep 19, 2019 | News

State-of-the-art gyms are becoming more common in the UAE’s luxury hotels. (Photo: Jumeirah’s Peak Health Club & Spa)

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi launches fitness programs while Jumeirah inaugurates a health club as UAE hotels jump on the wellness bandwagon.

Hotels in the UAE are getting in on the action by focusing on fitness, as are many of their international counterparts.

Wellness and keeping fit are very much at the top of many travelers’ agendas these days, so it’s no wonder hotels are putting these offerings front and centre.

We find out more.

At Jumeirah, health is wealth with The J Club

Dubai hotel group Jumeirah has partnered with Embody Fitness to create The J Club, a lifestyle and wellness facility which boasts state-of-the-art amenities for body and mind.

The health club will draw on Embody Fitness’s expertise in the health and wellness industry and marry their knowledge with Jumeirah’s hospitality experience to bring guests a complete wellness centre, fully equipped to cater to all their needs.

This club boasts a 1000-sqm indoor workout area fully kitted out with high-tech gym equipment, as well as several exercise studios for classes, tennis and squash courts, as well as an outdoor gym and training pool.

The club’s Talise Spa will have ten treatment rooms and a VIP suite, along with a hammam. An F&B concept is yet to be disclosed but is due to be revealed later in the year.

José Silva, chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group said, “We are thrilled to have partnered with Embody Fitness to launch this wellness destination, leveraging Embody’s industry expertise to bring together best-in-class health and wellness facilities and services for our Dubai-resident members and valued Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests.”

Park Hyatt Dubai launches new fitness programs

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas has launched a new high-tech fitness regime which assesses a client’s lifestyle and physical make up to determine the right health goal for them.

A specifically curated fitness program is then designed by the in-house fitness team to allow the client to reach their goal.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas’ lifestyle and wellness manager, Reteif Vermeulen said, “In the past, finding a place for an early morning workout—often a subterranean gym without windows—might have been enough. But now, the growing focus on health and wellness has given birth to a new generation of fitness enthusiasts who have upped the ante with their fitness routines.”

The program incorporates a variety of elements, including nutrition, exercise, recovery and wellness activities and relaxation treatments.

This program uses the InBody770 body composition assessment technology to come up with the plan, and Vermeulen spoke of this angle, saying, “Body composition is a method of describing what the body is made of. It includes fat, protein, minerals and body water. It also describes weight more accurately than BMI (Body Mass Index- where a person’s BMI is measured only by their height and weight). Body composition analysis can correctly show changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. This can help validate services like personal training, patient care and corporate wellness”.

Lets take a look at a few more upcoming hotel projects in the United Arab Emirates region:

Jumeirah Living Marina Gate

Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina

Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Hotel & Residences



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