Enjoy tropical training sessions at this sprawling sports club and vacation property in Phuket
There’s more to Phuket than sand and surf, which is evident the moment one checks into the Thanyapura Sports Hotel. Located just a 20 minute drive southeast of the airport—right in the center of the northern half of Phuket island—this vast vacation property is surrounded by a mix of sloping green hills and forested mountainsides. But the star attractions here are the hotel’s professional level sports facilities, which include both an Olympic-sized 50m lap pool, and a 25m training pool. International swim teams come here to train in the off season, but the pools are open to all guests and you can even book time with one of Thanyapura’s expert swim coaches if you want to some pointers on how to improve your underwater skills.
Just past the swimming pools lie a pair of high-tech indoor gyms (one with a Kinesis wall), a yoga studio, a spinning studio, and a combination 500m running track and full size football/rugby pitch. But the busiest facilities most days are the six massive tennis courts. In fact, in October of 2014 tennis superstar Maria Sharapova spent some time training on Thanyapura’s courts (there’s even a signature smoothie named after her in the hotel’s Booster Bar). And, as at the pool, expertly trained coaches are available at all the facilities if you want to book a one-on-one or a group training session.
After all those workouts guests can get breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at DiVine, the hotel’s main restaurant. Overlooking the Olympic training pools, the large open kitchen here serves up daily breakfast and dinner buffets—using fresh ingredients from Thanyapura’s own certified organic farm—but guests can also order all-day meals from the a la carte menu. The selection is as varied as it is delicious, and each item on the menu includes a numeric breakdown of the calories, protein, carbs, and fat the dish contains (as well as symbols alerting the presence of nuts, dairy, and wheat).
But along with the focus on sports, attention is also paid to offering well-appointed, comfortable rooms. My 32 sq.m ground floor Deluxe Room, in the hotel’s Pool Wing, features a king-size bed, flat screen TV, WiFi connection, and a two sink vanity, but it also includes a few unique “sporty” touches, such as a pivoting bicycle hook in the front hall closet (for mountain bikers), and almost a dozen specialty sports stations amongst the satellite TV channels.
The Pool Wing consists of 77 units—which surround a luxurious marble swimming pool—while the nearby 38 room Garden Wing is where you can indulge in some deep meditation at the Thanyapura Mind Centre. The serene atmosphere in this wing is quite a contrast to the hotel’s sportier areas, where more often than not driving techno music provides a soundtrack to your workout.
Thanyapura Sports Hotel
120/1 Moo 7, Thepkasattri Rd, Phuket
Tel: 076 336 000