THE RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG
LOCATION Level 118
SIZE Approximately 278 sqm with an outdoor terrace at an altitude of 490 metres
EQUIPMENT Extensive range of Technogym equipment, including Kinesis One and cardio machines
VIEW Panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour towards Stonecutters Bridge and outlying islands
EXTRAS As far as we know this is the highest gym in the world; and the HK$1100 (US$142; plus 10 per cent) per hour price tag for a training session might also be the highest in the world.
MERCURE BANGKOK SIAM
LOCATION Level 29
SIZE 60 sqm
EQUIPMENT Two treadmills, a cross trainer, cardio wave, bike, reclined bike, abdominal bench, workout bench, dumbbells holder and two stretching machines
VIEW The Bangkok city skyline
EXTRAS For a three- to four-star property, this facility is not too bad – and the infinity pool, which you can look on to from the treadmills, is even better.
HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA
LOCATION Level 17
SIZE 250 sqm
EQUIPMENT There is every thing from the barbell, leg press, Smith machine, jungle (for chest), lat pull down to shoulder press, Swiss ball, medicine ball, TRX, treadmill, cross trainer, static bike and recumbent bicycle. There is also a boxing and Muay Thai workout area.
VIEW The gym is exclusively for the use of hotel guests and Kempinski residence tenants, and overlooks the very centre of Jakarta’s central business district
X FACTOR The view aside, this is one of the most well equipped hotel gyms we have ever visited. Personal trainers are available, although you have to book packages starting from 11 sessions. However, if you need tips on how to use the equipment the staff would be happy to help you for free.
CROWN METROPOL MELBOURNE
LOCATION Level 27; adjacent to ISIKA Day Spa’s zero edge indoor pool and beauty salon
EQUIPMENT There is a row of treadmills and exercise bikes looking out to the windows, and the other quintessential items such as a workout bench, Swissballs, yoga mats and resistance exercise equipment. There is another setup with a bar for chin-ups, although there is no padding so it was quite rough to the palms.
VIEW Sweeping view of Melbourne’s central business district
EXTRA Person trainer can be booked for A$75 (US$70) per hour. The whole wellness floor is designed to feel airy and open, and so just being here already makes you feel relaxed and refreshed.
HYATT CAPITAL GATE ABU DHABI
LOCATION Level 19, together with Rayana Spa and the infinity pool
EQUIPMENT The fitness centre offers cardio and resistance training equipment from Technogym such as treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, weight machines, free weights and punching bags. You can lock the weight bar at the highest slot and do chin-ups while admiring the view.
VIEW The Arabian gulf
EXTRAS Personal training sessions, ordinarily AED200 (US$54.45) per hour, are being offered at a 10 per cent discount. After the lesson, the trainer will have the routine written down for you to take home. There are cool-down areas and a fitness shoe programme to ensure that your gear is optimised for successful training.
Clement Huang and Reggie Ho