Gyms need not be sweaty, smelly and crowded – they can be the very height of luxury. And with spring here, better way to kick-start the new beginnings a change of season brings than to treat yourself to a membership at one of the most truly five-star gyms in the world? With the latest in nutrition and fitness trends and settings that are pure A-list, here are The Luxury Chapter’s top work out spaces.
Located in a discreet townhouse this high-end gym is the very opposite of gritty. A grand piano, chandeliers and splendid antiques are scattered throughout the work-out areas and the whole place is awash with good vibes. The piece de resistance is the gleaming ‘clock’ workout station where clients do 15 minute HIIT sessions with a trainer. There’s also ‘The Kitchen’ were a Michelin starred chef is on hand to create delicious but nutrition plan-friendly fare.
The Burj Club
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
This brand new mega-gym is spread over five floors in one of the most unique buildings in the world – and the tallest. Like a lot of Dubai, opulence and luxury are de rigueur and this is no exception. There are indoor and outdoor pools overlooking downtown Dubai, the latest gym equipment and a dedicated juiced bar. There are also daily classes, experience showers and day beds and cabanas for a post work-out rest.
The Houstonian Club is spread over 18 acres and claims to be the ‘essence of old school luxury’. It has more than 300 stat- of-the-art fitness machines available and 150 group classes. Added extras include private dieticians, a 50,000-foot indoor tennis facility and private changing rooms where your laundry is done for you. The upscale members can also choose from four award-winning eateries and privacy is one of their main focuses so no pesky paparazzi to ruin their A-listers’ work-out session.
London, New York and various
The flagship gym is in New York but there are super swanky branches now in London’s Kensington and St James. In the US the décor is inspired by the Big Apple’s different architectural styles such as artists’ lofts in Soho or the grandeur of Gramercy. In the UK the spaces are equally stunning. Members can enjoy eucalyptus-infused damp towels to cool off, Kiehl’s toiletries and compression therapy. Tier X clients also benefit from a completely personalised and in-depth assessment about lifestyle, goals, mind and body to get you exactly where you want to be – anytime. This includes Skype sessions if you’re away and ‘sleep coaching’.
Blanche is one of Paris’ most stylish and luxe work-out spaces and is located in a gorgeous former mansion. It’s by the creators of the iconic Kay and Ken Club and some of its sumptuous features include a granite swimming pool, a cinema and a restaurant headed by the word-renowned chef Jean Imbert. Blanche is described as a ‘five-star sporting in a historic location’ and offers only the most advanced yoga, Pilates and boxing classes. Members can relax afterwards in the jet-equipped infinity pool and state-of-the art sauna and steam room.
Members of Wellness Sky should feel like they are ‘entering a cloud on arrival’. It used to be a high-end restaurant on the Belgrade waterfront and boasts some of the best views in town. The gym is known for its body balance program that includes yoga, Pilates and tai chi to sculpt your body into perfection. All the equipment is also by top Italian producers, Technogym.
By: Hayley Coyle, Lifestyle Editor