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Fitness At Your
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is charting a course for luxury with its new venture on the seas. The
Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, will add
luxury yachting to the brand with three
small-capacity cruising vessels in 2019. The
trips will include the Mediterranean, North-
ern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ica, and because of the size, will be able to access locations larger cruise shops cannot,
such as Capri and St. Barths. The yachts will
also be available for private charter.
“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will
have a distinctive personality and the vessels
are sure to be true standouts in some of the
most glamorous ports around the world,”
said Herve Humler, president and COO of
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
The 625-foot ships will be able to accommodate up to 298 passengers, with 149
suites, each with its own private balcony.
The yachts will also offer two duplex pent-
house suites and feature interior finishes
designed by The Ritz-Carlton with Tillberg
Design of Sweden, a cruise ship design firm.
The ships will be home to a restaurant
by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three-Mi-chelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Germany, and Panorama
Lounge and wine bar. www.ritzcarlton.com/
Hilton is now making it harder to find excuses for skipping a workout while on the road. The brand debuted its
Five Feet to Fitness program, which brings
the gym right to the guest room.
Hilton’s in-room wellness concept
features fitness equipment and accessory
options, such as an indoor bike and a Gym
Rax training station.
“Travel can put a lot of stress on the body
and making movement attainable makes
for a more productive trip,” Ryan Crabbe,
senior director, global wellness at Hilton
said. “We know from guest feedback that
finding time to squeeze in a workout while
traveling for business can be hard or guests
may prefer to work out in private, rather
than around other meeting attendees.”
A main component is the Fitness Kiosk,
which is a touch screen display within
the Gym Rax system where guests receive
equipment tutorials and follow guided rou-
tines. In partnership with Aktiv Solutions,
Hilton has created more than 200 fitness
videos ranging from Cardio to Recovery.
“In 2012, we began piloting in-room fit-
ness concepts with yoga and cardio rooms,”
Crabbe said. “We learned that guests loved
the convenience factor but were hungry for
more options. This got us thinking about a
workout room with more choices as well
as more advanced, sleek digital features.
The result is that we’ve carefully designed
a space with an uncluttered training area
featuring 11 different fitness equipment
and accessory options and a separate space
for rest and relaxation.”
In addition to the equipment, the pro-
gram offers a meditation chair, blackout
shades, Biofreeze to ease muscle tension,
and protein and hydration beverages.
The program is currently available at Parc
55 San Francisco–a Hilton Hotel and Hilton
McLean Tysons Corner, and is coming
soon to markets including Atlanta, Austin,
Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and San Diego.
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