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Hit the Trail: The best jogging routes, trail maps, and city guides in luxury travel

By: Skylark

June 03 2019

It's no secret that there are a lot of us who don't want to let our carefully curated health and fitness routines slip while we're traveling. But on the other hand, the last thing any of us wants to do is run on a treadmill inside a hotel gym—regardless of the view. 

Lucky for us, from Tucson to Tuscany, the world of luxury travel is on a health kick. Many of our hotel and resort partners have created custom trail maps, distinctive hiking trails, curated biking routes and local guides that provide one-of-a-kind, creative, thoughtful, healthy activity options that showcase their destination’s sense of place while giving guests a fun and engaging way to stay healthy and active.

Skylark set out to find the best of the best. Here are our favorite custom-made guides and curated routes from the top properties around the globe. We'll see you on the trail!

SORREL RIVER RANCH RESORT AND SPA

ADVENTURE GUIDE

Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa teamed up with the most experienced and service-centric local outfitters to create a custom adventure guide for guests to explore Moab, Utah with knowledgeable guides by foot, horseback, air and water.

FAIRMONT FIT

FITNESS PROGRAM

Fairmont loyalty members are able to reap the benefits of the Fairmont Fit program. Perks include customized running maps tested by Reebok running specialists, recovery and resistance kits, Reebok shoe rentals and fitness classes.

PORTRAIT FIRENZE

JOGGING MAPS

Ideally located alongside the Arno River in Florence, Italy, the Portrait Firenze provides multiple jogging routes exclusively to their guests, including a map of Massimo Ferragamo, son of luxury shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo and chairman of Ferragamo USA, and his wife Chiara’s favorite jogging route.

AMANGIRI

ROCK CLIMBING MAPS

Amangiri’s via ferrata courses allow guests to climb the rock towers and buttes on their Canyon Point, Utah property. Accompanied by a guide and fitted with a helmet and harness, rock climbers of all levels use ladder rungs and fixed cables to ascend the steep rock formations.

BELMOND REID'S PALACE

ISLAND GUIDE

Perched atop a cliff on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Belmond Reid’s Palace created an exclusive guide for their guests to explore the volcanic island, both within and outside the hotel’s walls. Guided experiences include canyoning, hiking, sailing, tobogganing, wine and whale watching tours.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGE V, PARIS

JOGGING GUIDE

The cultural jogging experience was created for guests by two accomplished athletes and hotel employees of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. The hotel staff shares their Paris on a run that features historic monuments and stunning views.

CARMEL VALLEY RANCH

HIKING MAPS

Carmel Valley Ranch’s 500 acre property in Carmel, California makes it a mecca for hiking trails. Guests can choose to have a naturalist accompany them on their hike to learn about the flora and fauna living on the estate.

THE RESORT AT PAWS UP

HIKING MAPS

Over 30 miles of marked hiking trails bend through The Resort at Paws Up’s 37,000 acre property in Greenough, Montana. Guests can choose from a variety of themed excursions and be accompanied by a naturalist guide that will teach them about the native plants, wildlife, and history of the land.

COMO PARROT CAY

JOGGING MAPS

COMO Parrot Cay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos features a jogging trail that winds through a coconut and banana plantation, along a mangrove and through the estate. But what makes this so special is the hotel’s resident dog, Max, that guests can take with them on their runs. 

LODGE AND SPA AT BRUSH CREEK RANCH

HIKING AND JOGGING MAPS

Guests have the opportunity to hike or jog the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch’s 55 miles of trails in Saratoga, Wyoming that range from easy to intense. Accompaniment by one of the hotel’s expert outdoorsmen guides is optional, and KEEN hiking boots are at the guests’ disposal. 

AMANKORA

HIKING GUIDE

Guided excursions through the Bhutan valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha and Bumthang offer guests of Amankora the chance to experience a remote kingdom with vast forests, dramatic inclines and ancient temples and monasteries.

J.K. PLACE FIRENZE

CITY GUIDE

J.K. Place Firenze’s own general manager wrote a pocket-sized city guide containing personal tips, ideas and recommendations to discover Florence, Italy and live as a true Florentine.  

KAURI CLIFFS

WALKING MAPS

Located on a sprawling 6,000 acre property, guests of Kauri Cliffs in Northland, New Zealand never have to leave the comfort of the estate to experience a myriad of walking trails of varying length and difficulty level. Depending on the route picked, guests pass by private waterfalls, a tree almost 1,000 years old and white sand beaches, just to name a few.

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE

HIKING MAPS

On Kangaroo Island off the coast of Australia’s capital lies Southern Ocean Lodge. Although on a small island, the lodge has put together a range of different hiking trails which vary in difficulty level and can be explored either individually or with a private guide. However, the lodge recommends the Remarkable Rocks route, which takes guests on an eight mile trek both along the coast and inland, providing views of the ocean, untouched bushland and native wildlife.

THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS

WALKING MAPS

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers' 6,000 acres in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand sports a dramatic landscape featuring towering cliffs, plunging gorges and a conservation area where rare species of birds and penguins nest. Guests can explore this property on walks ranging from 40 minutes to six hours, and, if they prefer not to return by foot, they can arrange a car to pick them up and transfer them back to the hotel.

TREETOPS LODGE AND ESTATE

WALKING AND HIKING MAPS

Located in the middle of an 800-year-old forest, guests of Rotorua, New Zealand’s Treetops Lodge and Estate just have to step outside their door to be at the starting point of over 25 miles of walking and hiking trails on the estate. All trail maps include crossing trails, which enables guests to shorten their trek, lengthen it or plan their own route.

TIERRA CHILOÉ

HIKING MAPS

Tierra Chiloé’s exclusive hiking excursion takes guests along the Pacific coastline in Chiloé Island, Chile. This Tricolor Trail passes through sand dunes, pampas and native forest, and allows privileged views of the stunning cliffs.

FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS

HIKING MAPS

Located in the majestic Canadian Rockies, Banff, Canada is home to hundreds of hiking trails. Fairmont Banff Springs saves guests the struggle of deciding which trail to take, and put together a map of the top nine hiking trails located right in town.

THE CHATWAL

WALKING MAPS

The Chatwal in New York City’s Theater District allows guests to get personal with their staff using a map illustrated by famed illustrator, Derek Desierto. The map features The Chatwal’s team members’ favorite local spots, whether that be coffee shops, gyms or restaurants.

MONASTERO SANTA ROSA

HIKING MAPS

Monastero Santa Rosa, located in Conca Dei Marini on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, has created several different hiking trails made specially for their guests, but, most notably, the Valle delle Ferriere route. The Valle delle Ferriere leads guests inland to the natural reserve that features streams, waterfalls and evergreen plants, while along the way passing the Paper Mill museum and the ruins of the ironworks.

HÔTEL HERMITAGE MONTE-CARLO

WALKING MAPS

Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo in Monaco has created walking maps that fancy the likes of all types of travelers, whether that be those traveling with kids, teens or that special someone, or those seeking to live La Dolce Vita or take in the sports scene.

FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM

CITY GUIDE

Fairmont Pacific Rim provides their guests with a city guide for exploring Vancouver, Canada in each of its seasons. In winter the map of the season is a shopping guide, in spring season the guide offers cultural activities around the city, summer brings ways to cool down and beat the heat, and in the fall one of the hotel’s expert tastemakers takes guests on a tour of Vancouver’s culinary and cocktail scene. 

MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY

JOGGING, HIKING AND BIKING MAPS

Meadowood Napa Valley provides guests with jogging, hiking and biking maps of varying difficulty level through their Napa Valley, California residence. Most notably, though, is their hiking trail circling the estate. Guests can enjoy the hike on their own or with an eco-fitness guide if they would like to add a fitness class along the hiking trails.

TERRE BLANCHE HOTEL SPA GOLF RESORT

BIKING MAPS

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort developed a gastronomic cycling tour through Tourrettes, France exclusively for their guests. Accompanied by a guide and using electric bikes, participants of all levels will discover magnificent views of the Provençal landscape, medieval perched villages and of course visit the local food producers that supply the hotel.

MAGNOLIA HOTEL AND SPA

WALKING, JOGGING, HIKING AND BIKING MAPS

Magnolia Hotel and Spa in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada curated a collection of themed trail maps of the city that guests can experience by walking, jogging, hiking or biking. Maps include such tailored topics as a Tapas Trail, a Tea-riffic Trail and a Haunted Trail.

FOGO ISLAND INN

HIKING MAPS

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada boasts hiking trails all over the island. Each hike offers specific highlights and viewpoints, whether that be panoramic views of the island, a 420-million-year-old volcano, waterfalls or historic American military barracks.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, WASHINGTON, D.C.

WALKING MAPS

The Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. has tailored three different walking routes for guests based off their touring interests, be it museums, monuments or federal government buildings.

THE MARKER HOTEL DUBLIN

JOGGING GUIDE

The Marker Hotel Dublin in Ireland offers a Run Concierge service in which a member of the hotel’s concierge team takes guests on a jog throughout the Docklands. 

ROSEWOOD CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO

HIKING MAPS

The marked hiking trails that wind throughout Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s 5,000 acre estate in Montalcino, Italy allow guests to discover a profusion of flora and fauna. Guests can choose between trails based on their skill level, and can be accompanied by an expert staff member if they wish.

ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT

WALKING MAPS

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort’s Wailea Beach Walk is their oceanfront trail in Maui, Hawaii. Stops along the way include neighboring resorts, restaurants and high-end shopping.

PARK HYATT AVIARA RESORT, GOLF CLUB AND SPA

JOGGING MAPS

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Carlsbad, California has partnered with an app to make jogging maps available exclusively to their guests. These maps were created and verified by local professional runners.

P.S. Their expert surfer executive chef even takes guests out for lessons!

THE RITZ-CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY

JOGGING AND BIKING MAPS

Guests can pick up jogging and biking maps from the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay to explore the miles of coastal trail right at the seaside resort in Half Moon Bay, California.

CHEWTON GLEN

BIKING MAPS

In New Milton located in the Hampshire region of England, Chewton Glen offers several different biking routes both along the solent south coast and in New Forest National Park. Guests can be assured they won’t go hungry as the hotel will pack a picnic for two.

TAMBO DEL INKA RESORT AND SPA

WALKING MAPS

Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa in Cuzco, Peru has mapped out the best way to get to the area's attractions from their hotel, but what makes this map so special is the train route that takes guests to the main draws such as Machu Picchu, which guests can hop on at the hotel’s private station.

THE WICKANINNISH INN

WALKING MAPS

Tofino, Canada’s range of awe-inspiring landscapes and seascapes—from lush, coastal temperate rainforests to rocky headlands to sandy beaches—are easily explored on a walking trail right at The Wickaninnish Inn

MONARCH BEACH RESORT

WALKING, JOGGING AND BIKING MAPS

Monarch Beach Resort’s own fitness experts created walking, jogging and biking routes in Dana Point, California. Guests can access these maps by downloading the RunGo app.

MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL, GOLF RESORT AND SPA

HIKING AND BIKING MAPS

Located on Spain’s southern coast in Marbella, the Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa has customized hiking and biking routes of varying difficulty level that can be done individually, in groups or with one of the hotel’s personal trainers.

EDEN ROC AT CAP CANA

BIKING MAPS

Eden Roc at Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic offers three different biking routes of three different levels: easy, medium and hard. Guests can choose between a trail that takes them to the biggest equestrian center in the Caribbean and Latin America, a trail that takes them through the marina and a trail that takes them into the forest.

CANYON RANCH TUCSON

WALKING MAPS

Canyon Ranch Tucson has two walking trails of different length that wrap around their Tucson, Arizona property. Guests will see lush Sonoran Desert, native wildlife and creeks along the way.

VENTANA BIG SUR

WALKING MAPS

Ventana Big Sur composed a walking trail exclusively for guests that loops around their Big Sur, California property. The trail winds through redwood tree forests and the hotel’s own organic garden.

MIRAVAL RESORT AND SPA

HIKING MAPS

Sitting on more than 400 acres of Sonoran Desert, Miraval Resort and Spa’s backyard in Tucson, Arizona is a playground for hikers of all ability levels. Whether self-guided or using a guide, the resort has mapped out the best trails for hikers to explore its property.

FAIRMONT TREMBLANT

HIKING MAPS

Fairmont Tremblant combined the best hiking trails in Mont-Tremblant, Canada into one map for their guests. Hiking difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous, and scenic viewpoints are marked along the trails.

THE UPPER HOUSE

JOGGING, HIKING, BIKING AND OUTDOOR FANATIC GUIDES

The Upper House in Hong Kong caters to the active traveler with their jogging, hiking, biking and outdoor fanatic guides. All trails are within close proximity to the hotel, and the outdoor fanatic guide includes bucket list adventures such as scuba diving and windsurfing.

GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO

JOGGING AND WALKING MAPS

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo composed jogging and walking trails both on and off their property in Tremezzina, Italy. Guests can jog on trails of varying difficulty level and length along Lake Como or take a walk through the hotel’s park that winds up to a stunning viewpoint.

ANDAZ VIENNA AM BELVEDERE

WALKING MAPS

Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere’s walking map allows guests to discover Vienna, Austria like a local without missing the city’s major attractions. Stops along the way include the Belvedere Palace, Vienna State Opera and the best shopping spots, as well as hidden clubs only known to locals.

MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF

HIKING, BIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING MAPS

Montage Palmetto Bluff’s 20 miles of trails on their Bluffton, South Carolina property are perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and range in difficulty level to accommodate guests of all ages.

COMO METROPOLITAN LONDON

JOGGING MAPS

With a location directly across the street from London’s famed Hyde Park, it only makes sense that the COMO Metropolitan London would have custom jogging maps of the park. Guests can choose between varying route lengths and conveniently carry their pocket-sized map to keep on the proper course.

THE CARLYLE, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL

JOGGING MAPS

Located just one block away from Central Park in New York City, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel customized four jogging routes that take guests through different parts of the park. For each trail the map also includes the distance of one circuit and the distance of one circuit plus roundtrip to and from the hotel.

HUTTON HOTEL

JOGGING MAPS

Hutton Hotel mapped out two different jogging routes that each pass The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, the only full scale replica of The Parthenon in the world.

LLAO LLAO HOTEL AND RESORT

WALKING MAPS

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina gives guests a multitude of options to tour the nearby Llao Llao Municipal Park with leisurely walking trails all originating from the hotel.

MAYFLOWER INN AND SPA

HIKING AND JOGGING MAPS

The Mayflower Inn and Spa developed several different types of self-guided trails, both for the guests interested in exploring the 58 acre property and for the guests keen to traverse the area of Washington, Connecticut. The hotel has mapped out hiking trails on the property and jogging routes in the area around the hotel.

AUBERGE SAINT-ANTOINE

CITY GUIDE

Auberge Saint-Antoine’s concierge team made a city guide just for guests to experience their Quebec City home. The guide not only includes where to eat, where to have drinks, where to have coffee and which boutiques to explore, but also insider tips on the best dishes to order at the recommended restaurants. 

47 BOUTIQUE HOTEL

BIKING MAPS

47 Boutique Hotel offers three, three-hour bike tours led by a private guide that take guests over Rome’s ancient bridges, through its parks and into the heart of the city. 

BELMOND HOTEL DAS CATARATAS

JOGGING MAPS

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas in Parque Nacional Iguassu National Park, Brazil created jogging maps that guests can choose from depending on how intense of a run they’re seeking. The scale ranges from “Just Chill” to “Iron Man”, with trail lengths corresponding accordingly.

LA RESIDENCE

JOGGING MAPS

La Residence boasts three different jogging maps of varying length and intensity level in Franschhoek, South Africa. The routes take guests through residential areas, rural areas, vineyards and wineries. 

HOTEL BRUNELLESCHI

JOGGING MAPS

Hotel Brunelleschi has the jogging map for runners of all skill levels with routes varying from 1.55 miles to 29.8 miles long that take guests along the Arno River in Florence, Italy.

HAMILTON PRINCESS AND BEACH CLUB

JOGGING AND WALKING MAPS

Hamilton Princess and Beach Club in Bermuda devised several jogging and walking routes of different lengths. The trails take guests through Bermuda’s famous Front Street, along the waterfront and on the historic railway.

VILLA KENNEDY, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL

CITY GUIDE

For the museum-loving traveler, Villa Kennedy, a Rocco Forte Hotel illustrated a map of Frankfurt, Germany’s top museums.

LE ROYAL MONCEAU - RAFFLES PARIS

WALKING MAPS

Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris marked Paris’ must-see monuments and chicest streets to stroll down for shopping in their walking map.

PARK HYATT VIENNA

JOGGING MAPS

Park Hyatt Vienna in Austria compiled jogging routes of varying lengths that take guests through the city’s parks, historical streets and hidden courtyards, and alongside the Ring.

THE CHARLES HOTEL, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL

CITY GUIDE

The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel created a medieval-style city map of Munich, Germany. Included on the map are museums, cathedrals, beer gardens and clubs.

SANTIAGO HOTEL COOKING AND NATURE

BIKING MAPS

Santiago Hotel Cooking and Nature designed many different ways for guests to explore the outdoors in Santiago, Portugal. A highlight, however, is their family-friendly biking trail.

PRAIA VERDE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

BIKING MAPS

Families are one of Praia Verde Boutique Hotel’s main focuses, and accordingly have created a family-friendly biking map for guests to enjoy the Algarve, Portugal scenery. 

HOTEL DE ROME, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL

CITY GUIDE

Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte Hotel marked its city map with Berlin’s can’t-miss attractions. Highlights include monuments, town squares and palaces.

VILLA C BOUTIQUE HOTEL

BIKING MAPS

Villa C Boutique Hotel developed a family-friendly biking map that takes guests around Vila do Conde, Portugal and along and over the Ave River.

SHA WELLNESS CLINIC

WALKING MAPS

SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain created walking maps of the famed Lighthouse Way walk that cater both to guests seeking a more challenging route and to those who prefer a more relaxed path.