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Five modern sports hotels in Europe

Five modern sports hotels in Europe

For many, vacation is the best time to relax and unwind. At the same time, exercise has become a part of many people’s lifestyle and daily life, and something you look for both at home and outside. Many Swedes choose an active holiday, in which exercise and health are combined with recovery and peace.

High demand for sports hotels

So far this year, sales of training flights have increased by 20 percent compared to the same period before the pandemic. Crossfit, swimming, cycling, yoga and group travel are common and interest in paddle boarding at our destinations is also growing, says Sandra Miller King, Apollo Communications Manager.

Before the summer of 2022, Apollo launched two new sports hotels in Greece. Porto Merina – powered by Playitas and Levante – powered by Playitas.

Before the summer of 2022, Apollo launched two new sports hotels in Greece.
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– The fact that the hotels are marked by Playitas is a guarantee of excellent training opportunities. We’ve reviewed on-site gym equipment, food, and programs and hired coaches that are about the same high standard as the other Playitas facilities, says Sandra Miller Kinge.

In Levante, a completely new infrastructure has been invested with six tennis courts, two paddle courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, a new gym and a bike center, among other things.

In total, Apollo now has 10 hotels for training flights under the Apollo Sports concept in five countries, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Thailand and Portuguese Madeira.

Fashionable sports hotels

The hotel and travel search site has listed some of Europe’s most fashionable sports hotels among the most popular travel destinations for Swedes, where you can combine fun, exercise and luxury.

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1. Playitas Resort, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a favorite destination for the Swedish traveler and for those looking for an active vacation, it is recommended to visit Playitas Resort, located in Fuerteventura. The hotel is one of the largest in Europe, with a focus on sports and training. Here, daily exercisers are mixed with elite athletes. It offers so many different forms of exercise – simply the active traveler’s paradise. Try everything from cycling and running to swimming, golf and yoga. If you also want to have time to sunbathe and swim, the hotel has several swimming pools and is located next to a large beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Train with elite athletes at the Playitas Resort in Fuerteventura.
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2. Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella, Spain

Did you know that racket is the second largest sport in Spain? If you are one of those who are stuck in the new ball sport, a trip to Marbella, the place where the first Spanish paddle courts were set up, is recommended. Here you can stay at the Puente Romano Beach Resort, whose tennis club Bj√∂rn Borg itself opened in 1979, and in addition to several tennis courts, there are also four tennis courts at guests’ disposal. The hotel also offers a high-quality gym, swimming pools and various water sports.

FeelViana Hotel, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Portugal, which borders Spain, is also a popular destination for the Swedish traveller. Located in the north of Portugal near the coastal town of Viana do Castelo, FeelViana is a sports hotel for the traveler who above all wants to experience different water sports. The daring can try wakeboarding, windsurfing, wake-up frustration, and windsurfing. The nearby beach is also ideal for quieter water sports, such as SUP, and stand-up paddleboarding. If you get tired of water sports, cycling tours through scenic landscapes to nearby picturesque villages with cozy cafes and restaurants are also available for a relaxing holiday.

Experience water sports in all its forms at FeelViana Hotel in Viana do Castelo.
Photo: Bruno Ismael Silva Alves/Shutterstock

4. Fattoria San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy

If you want to enjoy activities in nature, combined with Italian culture, then Tuscany is an exciting alternative. Hotel Fattoria San Lorenzo is located along the Ombrone River, just a stone’s throw from the sea. Scenic tours are available on foot, bike, or on horseback in the nearby regional park. Another option is to explore the canoe landscape on the Umbron River. The hotel also offers tennis and paddle tennis opportunities, as well as water sports on the nearby beach. Among the various activities, you can also take the opportunity to enjoy Italian culture, for example by tasting the good food of the region, touring the nearby vineyards and tasting some of the best wines and olive oils in the world.

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5. St. Martins Lane Hotel, London, United Kingdom

If you are looking for an active vacation, and at the same time live the city life, the St Martins Lane Hotel in London is the perfect choice. Attached to the hotel and located in what was once an old cinema, we find the largest hotel gym in Europe. The huge gym has everything from the latest equipment in strength and conditioning training, boxing rings, bike studios, laser-lit dance studios and DJs delivering their best hits. For residents of the hotel, it is also possible to book different types of courses. If you are tired of the gym, you can visit one of the many yoga studios in London, to enjoy a quiet and relaxing moment.

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