From fresh guacamole to evening tea to meeting options focused around wellness, these U.S. hotels are serving up healthy drinks and snacks in small doses to help guests stick to their routines.
REPORT FROM THE U.S.—Helping guests keep up with their wellness routines while on the road means offering up light snacks and drinks for overnight guests and meeting attendees.
At the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, the hotel has a responsibility to “provide guests with healthy culinary options throughout the day,” executive chef Ritchard Cariaga said. Some offerings that help the hotel achieve this include hummus, salsa, salads and guacamole made from fresh vegetables grown in the garden on property are served during the “daily buzz” happy hour at the hotel’s Coyote Moon Bar and Lounge, which “change seasonally and often daily,” he said. Healthier alcoholic drinks are also offered, and are crafted with herbs and house-made shrubs.
“We … love to use shrubs that we have created from overripe fruits and herbs that may not be used otherwise,” he said via email. “Our shrubs are used in the Cocktails in the Kitchen cocktail making classes, and this summer we served slushies and mocktails featuring our shrubs at the pool. One particular shrub that was very popular was the strawberry-lemon mixed with vodka. Today we are featuring a blueberry, ginger and cinnamon shrub that goes great with bubbly cocktails.”
Refreshing mocktails are also offered at another property under the Hyatt Hotels Corporation umbrella, the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, which were launched at the hotel during National Yoga Month in September.
Yajaira Torres, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, said after hosting National Yoga Month at the hotel, “We were inspired to create a refreshing but fun drink that was not only healthy but authentic to a true Miami profile.”
“We also wanted to give our guests more options during happy hour, which traditionally features spirit-based cocktails,” she said. “Our hotel is located in the heart of South Beach (where) locals and travelers can enjoy a variety of more fitness and wellbeing-forward experiences in culinary offerings.”
Mocktails served at the hotel include the Centric Paradise made with fresh ginger, mint, lime juice and homemade lemonade, and the Pink Aura made from fresh ginger, mint, cucumber and strawberries. These drinks are served during happy hour and at check in.
Evening tea at Even hotels
Properties under the Even Hotels brand have offered an evening tea service to health-minded guests from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. since the launch of the brand in 2014, said Stacy Bedsole, head of global brand experience and design at Even Hotels.
The lemon ginger tea offering sticks to the brand’s saying of “wellness means different things to different people,” she said, and providing tea to help guests wind down for the night plays into this.
“One of the key pillars of focus for the brand is how we help our guests rest easy and get a great night’s sleep, and so the evening tea service … it provides a nod to guests to help prepare for a great night’s sleep,” she said.
Hilton hotels that have meetings and event space offer customizable Meet with Purpose packages to “help meeting professionals grow desire for health, wellness and corporate social responsibility in the meetings and event space,” Frank Passanante, SVP of sales at Hilton said via email.
The company has seen an “increase in the desire from meeting professionals for wellness and sustainability offerings, which we only see increasing in 2019,” he said, and the Meet with Purpose offerings gives groups the ability to incorporate wellness-focused breakout options into their meetings at “more than 500 hotels across our portfolio that offer banquet and catering services.”
Special breakout options include Puppies and Ice Cream, which allows meeting attendees to play with local dogs up for adoption while eating ice cream; Yogurt & Yoga; and simpler options such as infused water breaks and healthy snacks are also available.