Workouts with a view

May 21,2015

Want to keep fit while you’re travelling as well as see the sights? Check out these popular fitness-friendly ideas which all come with spectacular views.

Exercising while you’re travelling doesn’t mean you need to be confined to your hotel room or a windowless hotel gym. In fact, combining an exercise session with a spot of sightseeing is easier than you might think. Here are our favourite global hotspots where you can enjoy spectacular views while working up a sweat! The best part – all are within easy reach of local Millennium hotels.

Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles, USA

Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard is Runyon Canyon Park, a 160-acre space, famous for its spectacular Los Angeles views and the celebrity clientele who regularly hike its main loop trail. You’ll need to navigate a steep, narrow section near the top of the eastern canyon wall, but otherwise, it’s a gentle ascent to the viewing platform, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the iconic Hollywood sign, Sunset Strip and Los Angeles Basin.

View from Runyon Canyon Park. Credit: Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Doha Corniche, Doha, Qatar

A short stroll from Millennium’s Kingsgate Hotel Doha is the Corniche, a landscaped promenade that curves around Doha Bay, offering views of the spectacular modern cityscape. Jog, cycle or walk along the 7 km local landmark, which is particularly popular after the sun goes down during Qatar’s hot desert summers. Be prepared to sweat during July and August when the weather is especially hot and humid – but don’t forget there’s a cold shower waiting in your hotel room.

The Shard, London, UK

You can literally take your sun salutation to new heights with yoga classes on the viewing platform of London skyscraper, The Shard. From Europe’s tallest building, you can enjoy unrivalled 360-degree view over the UK capital, stretching as far as Windsor Castle and the Thames Estuary. Mats and props are provided and yogis are given additional time before and after classes to enjoy the views, including admission to The Shard’s highest accessible point.

Car Free Day, Jakarta, Indonesia

Every Sunday, two of central Jakarta’s busiest roads, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin, are closed to traffic and opened to thousands of walkers, joggers and cyclists, who enjoy exercising along the wide tree-lined streets that are usually choked with traffic. Known as Car Free Day, the hugely popular initiative has developed a carnival-like atmosphere, with vendors selling drinks and snacks lining the streets. It’s also a great opportunity to snap a traffic-free photo of the famous National Monument.

Grand Millennium Beijing Oxygen Club, Beijing, China

The fitness centre at Grand Millennium Beijing is world class, with views to match the high quality of service offered at this luxury hotel. Enjoy a swim in the 25-metre lap pool, relax in the sauna and steam rooms, or make the most of the bird’s eye city views while improving your cardio fitness on the window-facing modern exercise machines.

Grand Millennium Beijing


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