PALO ALTO, CA—Just before the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus started closing down much of the country, the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto unveiled new health and wellness amenities with aspects that fit in with what will be the new normal.
“A holistic approach to travel was important pre-COVID-19, and is even more important now,” said Florian Riedel, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto. “The pandemic has interrupted people’s wellness routines, and we want to aid them in getting back to their regular routines while traveling and staying with us, in a safe way.”
After entering a partnership with Tonal, an intelligent home gym and personal training company, the hotel recently became the first in the world to include its products.
The hotel has added several fitness guestrooms with the all-in-one system that allows guests to take on-demand strength training, yoga, cardio classes and join hundreds of guided workouts. The property also offers Peloton bikes, streamline treadmills, stretch balls and yoga mats available for in-room use upon request.
“We listened to guests and found that time is very important to them, and that maintaining personal wellness while traveling is important,” said Riedel. “With the Tonal machine, guests can save time by working out in the comfort of their guestroom. Through our new amenities, it gives guests the opportunities to be more balanced and focused on their trip.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, which shares our goal of offering a convenient, holistic fitness solution to their guests,” said Chris Stadler, CMO, Tonal. “We know many of our own members travel often, and we want to provide intelligent strength training when they are on the road. This is an exciting early milestone for Tonal in our efforts to provide more exposure for the brand in the luxury hospitality sector.”
Tonal’s wall-displayed design replaces dozens of traditional weight machines for a full-body workout—with hundreds of moves and 200 pounds of resistance. The Coach A.I. technology monitors the quality of every rep and adjusts resistance for each exercise in real time based on the individual body.
The hotel’s fitness center has also been redesigned with consultation from fitness expert and Four Seasons Global Fitness Advisor Harley Pasternak. The center now has new ambient lighting, flooring and a wide range of weight-training and cardiovascular equipment. The hotel’s boutique gym experience is complemented by the outdoor Fitness Cabana, located by the sunlit rooftop pool, and equipped with a Peloton, row and elliptical machines, and free weights. The hotel also partnered with SoulCycle to offer guests priority access to class availability, complimentary shoes and water, and transportation to the nearby Stanford Shopping Mall location.
The hotel has also partnered with author Yvonne Tally, who has curated a book of her most useful tips for a “mindfully empowered” day. Tally is a wellness advisor and co-founder of the Silicon Valley fitness and lifestyle company Poised. “Tally’s collection is featured in all the guestrooms for an inspiring and insightful read during one’s stay,” said Riedel. “Or they can opt to continue these practical strategies at home for further well-being.”
For those interested in eating healthy, the property’s executive chef, Martín Morelli, collaborated with Tally to highlight dishes on the hotel’s in-room dining menu that are heart-healthy and promote a balanced lifestyle. Those range from the omega bowl with smoked salmon, spinach, goat cheese, scrambled egg whites and brown rice, to a whole grain and tofu stir fry with quinoa, cauliflower, kale, soy and spicy peanut sauce.
“Paired with Tally’s mindful tips, and Tonal’s in-room offering, Chef Morelli’s culinary creations complete a holistic stay for mind, body…and belly,” said Riedel.