Fit traveller: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

With its own stretch of beach, restaurants galore and a superlative view, the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri has plenty of lazy appeal for the flop and drop crowd.

But for those who like a little their holidays a little more active, don’t be deterred – for this hotel is well and truly kitted out.

Let’s start off with the obvious – the gym. Located in the Chi spa away from the main hotel complex, this is not your average hotel gym.

Ok, so the gear may not be as extensive as at your regular city gym, but it’s still pretty well equipped.

Not only that, but there’s a dedicated exercise room just for females. It’s slightly less well kitted out than the male space, but it’s still above average with plenty of cardio equipment, dumbells, kettlebells up to 14kg and cable machines.

In the male gym, there is also a Smith machine and Kinesis as well as a slightly wider selection of free weights and equipment.

Then there are the classes – mainly yoga and Pilates but the timetable also tosses in the occasional spin class for heart-pumping good measure.

Meanwhile, the hotel occupies a 1 km strip along the shoreline with pinch yourself views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

That’s great news for runners who can either hit the sand, pound the boardwalk or try the pavement out for size. Of course, factor in the soaring desert temperatures. and head out in the early morning to beat the heat.

Swimmers are also well catered for. Aside from the spectacular infinity pool that seemingly spills straight into the gulf with the mosque hovering in the background, there are two other pools to choose from. There is also a lap-pool at Chi which is adults only.


While you’re there, you may as well check out the spa for some rest and relaxation in the form of pampering. You’ll find all the usual massages and facials here plus a few more unique treatments like an Arabic coffee scrub and a date wrap.

On the food front, decadence is the order of the day. That’s particularly true in the buffet restaurant where you’ll come across vast baskets of freshly baked and perfectly flaky pastries, a glossy chocolate fountain and bubbling copper pots of dense oily curries.


But if you can resist all the goodies, then you’ll find that there are healthy options too. For example, a station for freshly made omelettes, tender kebabs, barbecued king prawns as well as an extensive salad station.

Luxury resort hotels like the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri may be designed for excess and indulgence, but if you take advantage of the fitness facilities on offer, you don’t need to feel as guilty about those holiday indulgences.

Check out these five ways to stay fit while on holiday.

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