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July 18, 2012

An Olympic-Caliber Hotel Stay

By Ingrid Skjong | Fitness + Travel

An Olympic-Caliber Hotel Stay
Courtesy The Berkeley

As the London Olympics prepare to kick off on July 27, hotels around the world are offering exclusive fitness- and sports-related experiences. From elite-level workouts to something completely new (synchronized swimming, anyone?), these four opportunities score high.

Olympic-Caliber Conditioning: Beginning July 27, the Olympic package (from $320) at select hotels in the Morgans Hotel Group will offer access to two classes at Equinox fitness centers: Shockwave, a circuit-training workout of rowing intervals and functional training via kettle bells and body bars, and MetCon 3, a nonstop workout that focuses on high-intensity metabolic conditioning. A healthy breakfast, customized hikes and runs in L.A.’s Runyon Canyon and San Francisco and discounts on Equinox spa treatments can also be had. Offer available at Mondrian SoHo, Royalton, Hudson, Ames, Delano, Mondrian South Beach and Shore Club; morganshotelgroup.com.

Polo: The Dorchester Collection’s 70-room Coworth Park is a country escape with an added bonus: polo. Led by Andrew Hine, former captain and manager of the English National team (which calls Coworth Park home), Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park allows academy members and hotel guests to experience the game firsthand. Options cover everything from hour-long introductory sessions ($203) to group lessons ($190 a person) and full and half-day polo experiences, all on the high goal standard fields. Blacknest Rd.; 44-77/0890-6810; coworthpark.com.

Synchronized Swimming: Synchronized swimming doesn’t come along often, which makes the weekly master classes ($195) at the Berkeley hotel in London’s Knightsbridge so special. Participants will learn the basics (sculling, the “eggbeater” kick) from synchro-swim team Aquabatix during 90-minute sessions and work up to a full routine complete with music. You won’t take home a medal, but you will tote away a Berkeley swim cap. Through August; Wilton Pl.; 44-20/7235-6000; the-berkeley.co.uk.

Wakeboarding: The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, Georgia, sits on the shores of Lake Oconee, the second largest lake in the state. Water sports, unsurprisingly, are popular here, including wakeboarding, which is scheduled to be a trial sport in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Through this week, pro wakeboarder Corey Bradley will be teaching lessons at the hotel (full package, $485; upgrade for current hotel guests, $225). After that, book wakeboarding outings with a captain ($250 an hour) or attend the hotel’s wakeboarding weekend August 24 and 25 (from $359). 1 Lake Oconee Tr.; 706-467-0600; ritzcarlton.com.