Find Your Shangri-La: Wellness comes to The Shard

Words by
Charlotte McManus

30th June 2017

The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard is launching a new wellness programme, combining fitness, mindfulness and nutrition with unparalleled views of London

For all the advantages travel has to offer, it’s not always easy keeping up a fit and healthy lifestyle whilst away from home. Calorie-laden meals in restaurants, extensive room service options, unappealingly out-of-date machinery in afterthought gyms and the general inclination to indulge can take their toll during a hotel stay.

As a result, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard has just launched a comprehensive new wellness programme dedicated to helping guests stay healthy both inside and out, together with the aid of elite fitness experts, professional nutritionists and mindfulness gurus. What’s more – serenely floating above the clouds between floors 34 and 52 of the iconic skyscraper – the Shangri-La is uniquely positioned as an ‘oasis of calm’ in London, complete with unparalleled views of the capital. There are definitely worse places to find inner peace.

Fat buddha yoga

‘Find Your Shangri-La’ can be tailored to suit a guest’s specific wellness needs. Exercise can now be done in the privacy of one’s own room at the click of a button, as a series of workout videos from Dan Roberts (strength and conditioning coach to the stars) and his team cover HIIT, mobility and yoga flow, although one-on-one personal training sessions can also be booked for the Shangri-La gym. Dietician/chef Clare Gray has devised a nutritious yet delicious wellness menu, covering everything from smoothies and energy balls to Asian-inspired chicken and fish dishes. A must for today’s hectic city lifestyle, mindfulness tips by renowned meditation guide Michael James Wong are also available, whilst a twice-weekly ‘Run Club’ offers a choice of three attractive routes along the Thames.

Dan Roberts, strength and conditioning coach to the stars

General Manager Paul Brackley comments that the initiative was created “to support a fully-rounded wellness experience that takes care of the mind and spirit just as much as the body. With the Global Wellness Institute noting ever-growing wellness trends that have the potential to change the way we live our lives, the need for a balanced approach to health and fitness is ever more apparent.”

Additionally, over the course of the summer, both resident and non-resident guests can pick and choose from a full calendar of wellness events, from sunset yoga by the infinity pool to primal movement classes and Q&A talks with experts.

To find out more about ‘Find Your Shangri-La’ at The Shard, click here.