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City hotels offering exclusive jogging paths

31 Mar 2010

Some city hotels go through unique lengths to keep their guests from straying too far from the premises. An example are the seven listed below who’ve set up their own, would you believe, exclusive jogging tracks – including one in the fitness centre.

BANGKOK

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Where is it? On the hotel’s fifth floor, it’s part of Club i.sawan and is near the tennis court.

Length of the path? Measures 110m in total. The route is excellent for a beginner or someone looking for a nice short run to warm up before continuing on to a more rigorous exercise routine.

Special features: Bangkok’s magnificent skyline accompanies the guest on this exercise.

Operating hours: 6am to 6pm, while Club i.sawan fitness is 24 hours for in-house guests and 6am to 11pm for club members.

Website: www.bangkok.grand.hyatt.com

HONGKONG

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Where is it? It’s one of the features of the hotel’s Plateau complex on the 11th floor and is behind the Pool House and grill areas.

Length of the path? Measures 400km

Special features: Runs through the gardens that also contain a children’s playground and pond, providing a tranquil setting for one’s workout.

Operating hours: 7am to 11pm

Website: www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com

JAKARTA

The Sultan Hotel

Where is it? It cuts through the sprawling lawns of one of Jakarta’s largest hotels (1,104 rooms).

Length of path? Measures 500km

Special features: Big trees and the hotel’s sizeable sporting facilities such as 12 tennis courts, a basketball court, four squash courts, a swimming pool and children’s playground are located along the way of this jogging path.

Operating hours: None apply.

Website: www.sultanjakarta.com 

MANILA

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Where is it? Three jogging trails have been incorporated in the sprawling, landscaped grounds of this unique seafront property.

Length of the path? The first is 2.4km and takes 40 minutes to finish; the second is 2.6km and take 42 minutes to finish; and the third is 1km and takes about 30 minutes to finish.

Special features: The setting is one of shady palm trees and a lagoon-shaped swimming pool against the backdrop of the famous Manila Bay.

Operating hours: None apply.

Website: www.sofitel.com

MUMBAI

Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Centre

Where is it? Located within a self-contained complex that also features the Marriott Executive Apartments.

Length of path? It’s 91.44m in length and 1m in width. The track runs along from the Marriott Service Apartments to Gauiri Point.

Special features: Fabulous setting with the serene Powai Lake and a 6.07ha of greenery.

Operating hours: None apply.

Website: www.renaissancemumbai.com

SEOUL

The Shilla Seoul

Where is it? At the back of the hotel

Length of the path? Guests can choose can choose a gentle 1.8km jog or a more serious 3km run. The jogging course winds its way through the hotel’s Sculpture Garden. Also, the hotel has mapped out a pleasant jogging through the forested section of the mountain – from the main gate of The Shilla Seoul through Janchundan Park and the backgate of Dongkuk University to the stairs heading for Mount Namsan.

Special features: The jogging path is built within The Shilla’s 4.5ha Sculpture Garden. Runners can marvel at some of the 70 life-size art pieces in the well kept landscaped garden.

Operating hours: None apply.

Website: www.shilla.net

JW Marriott Seoul

Where is it? Inside the hotel’s Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness Club

Length of the path? Overlooking the pool atrium, the jogging track has a length of 85.34m.

Special features: A unique selling point of the club is that it “brings the outdoors, indoors”. Solar bulbs located throughout the fitness centre add natural warmth and daylight to any workout. To give guests the extra boost, fresh air is pumped in the club. The club spans three floors covering a total area of 495,870sqm. The indoor jogging track is not the only thing unique in the club, it also has a natural thermal spring.

Operating hours: None apply

Website: www.jw-marriott.co.kr

Margie T Logarta and Gigi Onag

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