BIKING IN H2OTEL
Certification Bike Friendly by Specialized
Following the international trend of nature tourism and, in particular, the needs of tourists who bike on their holidays and weekends, the H2otel - Congress & Medical Spa in Unhais da Serra, was the country's first hotel to receive certification Bike Friendly Hotel by Specialized.
The recognized brand of bicycles Specialized attributed the Bike Friendly certification and recognition seal to the H2otel, which set for 2012 a clear commitment in attracting cyclists.
"We want to be a reference to the community of cyclists at the same time we invest in a new tourist trend. Ultimately, we want there are more people doing cycling holiday, covering the entire spectrum of tourists from the active cyclist to leisure cyclist: athletes, families, older age groups", noted Luís Veiga, Natura IMB Hotels Group Administrator.
"The certification of H2otel marks the beginning of a project we intend to implement at national level. The choice for the first national Bike Friendly Hotel arises by shared values between Specialized and H2otel, as ecological sustainability and the fostering of cycling, not only for sports and tourism purposes but also as a form of transport that can and should be used every day, "says Rui Amador, Marketing Director of Specialized Portugal.
To become a hotel Bike Friendly and uphold the seal of Specialized, this unit had to fulfill some requirements, not only in terms of infrastructure but also of new specialized services in welcoming cyclists and supply conditions to practice cycling.
Thus the H2otel offers to bike fans an outdoor bike parking, indoor boxes for private use, repair shop with tool kit, washing and maintenance area and shop.
At the same time, guests will be accompanied during the stay, by a nutritional supervision, which aims at defining specific menus for cyclists. The establishment also provides specialized technical support, rents bikes and offers GPS tracks with routes for cycling in the hotel's surroundings.
Because one of best areas of the country to the cyclist activity is the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the H2otel has created specific programs to stay for cyclists.
The "Bike Friendly by Specialized" suggests an overnight stay with breakfast buffet, fitball session, GPS tracks with routes for MTB cycling training, nutritional counseling, Vichy massage (4 hands), free access to Aqualudic (gym, jacuzzis, indoor pool and outdoor, Celtic circuit, Turkish bath and hammam), free use of box (bike storage in the private area) and washing area and workshop.
H2otel offers to bicycle lovers:
1. Outdoor bike parking;
2. Indoor boxes for private use;
3. Repair shop with tool kit;
4. Area for washing and maintenance;
6. Specialized technical support;
7. Bicycle rental;
8. Availability of GPS tracks with routes for cycling in the hotel's surroundings (mountain biking or road);
9. Nutritional supervision (specific menus for cyclists);
10. Medical supervision;
11. Specific massage for athletes;
12. Access to Aqualudic (gym, jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor pools, Celtic circuit, Turkish bath and Hammam).
Consult the program BIKE FRIENDLY.