Since my currently job has me tied up in a corporate hotel development company from time to time I will post cool stuff about hotels 🙂
What’s Out, What’s In: What’s SUP? Wet Workouts.
We’ve started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it’s a dud? You be the judge!
What’s Out: Windsurfing and jet skis
What’s In: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
As synchronized swimming fell out of favor after the 1950s and windsurfing mania waned in the 1990s, another wet trend has emerged: Paddle boarding. And with so many hotels getting in on the action and upping the game (yoga paddle boarding, anyone?), we think it may just be here for awhile.
For the luxury crowd, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers complimentary stand up paddle boarding so guests can take in the stunning Indian Ocean scenery. If your main goal is to simply enjoy the Seychelles’ waters aboveboard and not below, the resort also launched hourly lessons for new users, with an expert teaching you the proper way to stand on the board, keep balance and paddle (what — all at the same time??).
Another luxe resort, the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand offers straight-up SUP, but then raises the challenge level by combining stand up paddle boarding with yoga. Their “Yoga on the Ocean” program begins at sunrise or sunset when you paddle your board out on the indigo Andaman Sea and enjoy a yoga class floating on your watery yoga mat.
The Fairmont Orchid, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is totally into the SUP craze, even going so far as to coin a phrase for the cumbersome “stand up paddle boarding yoga” (at least we haven’t heard it before — have you?): Flo-Yo (Floating Yoga). Love it! Go with the Flow: Flo-Yo (Floating Yoga) is a total core workout for yogis, newbies and everyone in between where you glide out into the ocean waters before performing sun salutations, downward facing dog and other sundry balancing poses.
To throw some variety into this mix, hotels like The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa and The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa are not only are offering SUP — which appears to be the next biggest hotel amenity if it’s even NEAR a body of water –- but are throwing down the gauntlet and challenging you to try stand up paddle boarding pilates. Now you’ll need to keep it together on a board while building strength, improving flexibility and increasing your endurance. It’s a good thing you’ll need to take their Easy SUP class first to guide you through the basics.