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Survival of the Fittest

10 Hotels for the Fitness Fanatic
  • New Sheridan, Telluride

  • Ananda in the Himalayas, India

  • Uma by COMO, Paro, Bhutan

  • Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, São Paulo

  • Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentine Patagonia

  • Pousada Rancho do Peixe, Brazil

  • Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

  • Das Kranzbach Hotel, Germany

  • Tower 23, San Diego

July, 2012

Some unwind by sprawling out on a chaise, drink in hand. Others find release through exertion. For those in the second camp, these ten hotels were made for you.

1.

New Sheridan
Telluride, Colorado — A playground for powder hunters, Telluride’s pioneering spirit and plentiful backcountry help skiers get back in touch with the sport’s roots — and the New Sheridan’s cozy bar is the perfect place to swap your first-tracks tales.
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2.

Ananda in the Himalayas
Rishikesh, India — Where better than the birthplace of yoga for an intensely transformative experience? Between the personalized programs and the sheer exertion of the Himalayan altitude, Ananda offers a workout you won’t soon forget.
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3.

Uma by COMO, Paro
Paro, Bhutan — Like backpacking, only more so. Here the pitches are steep and the terrain is treacherous enough to require poles, and even the hardiest trekker is unlikely to get through a stay at Uma without maxing out the old heart rate.
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4.

Hotel Fasano Boa Vista
São Paulo, Brazil — With an equestrian center that’s home to a bevy of horses and an estate that spans 2,750 acres, the Fasano Boa Vista cries out for a daily canter. Novices are welcome too — just be sure and book a post-ride massage in the hotel’s spa.
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5.

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — Bariloche is one of those landscapes that has it all: nestled lakeside at the foot of the Andes, Llao Llao offers outdoor enthusiasts everything from mountaineering to waterskiing and even an on-site eighteen-hole par three.
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6.

Thatch Caye Resort
Coco Plum Range, Belize — If you’re the sort of fish who feels more at home in the undersea world, then Belize has a barrier reef with your name all over it. The desert-island experience is a major draw, but at Thatch Caye it’s the water sports that take top billing.
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7.

Pousada Rancho do Peixe
Jericoacoara, Brazil — Let’s say you’ve half a mind to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, but you’re still looking for an event. Jericoacoara is one of the world’s kitesurfing epicenters, and Pousada Rancho do Peixe can set you up with some top-class instruction.
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8.

Dunton Hot Springs
Dolores, Colorado — You’ll have to supply your own Brad Pitt, but aside from that, Colorado’s Dolores River is perfect for re-creating the River Runs Through It experience — and in Dunton Hot Springs it’s also home to one of America’s finest hotels.
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9.

Das Kranzbach Hotel
Bavaria, Germany — If you’re serious about a full-spectrum wellness experience, from table to mountain biking trail to spa, there’s no place that can match Germany — and at Das Kransbach, in the mountains of Bavaria, healthy living is taken to extraordinary new heights.
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10.

Tower 23
San Diego, California — If the views of Pacific Beach with all its wetsuit-clad surfers aren’t enough to tempt you onto a board, Tower 23′s sea-facing ‘surf pad’ guest rooms and the prospect of a ninety-minute couples surf lesson should be all the motivation you need.
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