Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort in Phuket lets you relax while restoring balance to body, soul and mind
IT MIGHT well be a fair distance from Phuket’s famed beaches but that hasn’t stopped the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort from becoming a popular holiday destination. Indeed, with its full range of state-of the-art sports facilities and holistic treatments, it’s an ideal place for health-conscious travellers and professional athletes to unwind while losing nothing of their fitness levels.
A 15-minute drive from Phuket International Airport, the resort sits in the foothills of Khao Phra Thaew National Park and is home to luxury accommodation, a sports club and a holistic wellness centre run by members of the medical profession as well as the renowned United World College Thailand International School.
“Our business started with the school and expanded to include the resort, which is designed as a sports club. We provide modern facilities for fitness, triathlon, tennis and swimming,” says president and chief executive Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, who is also behind the Yaowavit School (Children’s World Academy Foundation) in Phang Nga province.
“Our resort brings together sport activities and wellness. It really grew out of the health clinic we opened five years ago, which offered a holistic programme in anti-ageing . Our aim is to educate people how to enjoy good health and a long life.”
Spread over 149-rai, the property is designed in contemporary style and divided into three zones, one of which is the Health & Wellness Centre where guests can follow personalised treatment programmes focusing on sustained physical, emotional, and mental transformations.
The programme features health education, detox, weight-loss, natural intravenous therapies, anti-ageing therapies, customised nutrition plans, chiropractic, physiotherapy and a diverse range of yoga and mindfulness meditation classes to promote overall well-being for the body, mind and soul.
The centre is home to spa therapy rooms, rehabilitation studios, a yoga studio, a mind training room, an aesthetics & beauty salon, a colon hydrotherapy room, intravenous nutraceutical lounge, EKG and ultrasound room, live blood analysis and assessment room, nursing stations and a pharmacy.
“Everyone is concerned about their health these days. Like everywhere else, Thailand has an ageing population and those people want to live a healthy life. Many hospitals have added health centre focusing on rejuvenation. Our centre aims to protect people from diseases and create healthy lifestyle,” says medical director Narinthorn Surasinthon.
“We educate people about the roles nutrition and exercise play in improving body balance. Our programme starts with a hormone test, nutritional examination and blood analysis and we design treatment programmes from there.”
Guests can sign up for a routine fitness schedule at the sports club. This incorporates academies for swimming, fitness, triathlon, tennis and Thai boxing and has specialist trainers on standby for one-on-one or group sessions, suitable for all ages and levels.
The club is home to the 50-metre Olympic pool and a 25m training pool, six plexicushion tennis courts, an international standard artificial rugby pitch and a Soccer Pro FIFA standard pitch, beach volleyball and soccer courts, a 500m cushioned athletics track and a 900sqm fitness centre fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
Classes are also offered in spinning, bounce dance, core, Pilates, aquatic exercise, abs workout and X-fit intermediate.
At night, well-exercised guests can relax in the comfortable rooms. Spread over two wings, accommodation comes in four types –Standard Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room and Suite Room varying in floor size from 32 and 63sqm. The Pool Wing has 77 spacious and modern guestrooms that give onto a 25m recreational swimming pool and a pool bar.
Surrounded with lush landscaped gardens, the Garden Wing underwent a major renovation early this year and now affords greater privacy. It has 37 ground-level rooms with private terrace and offers in-house wellness consultations daily, along with a private detoxification room equipped with the Angel of Water open system colon cleansing machine, and a private library where guests can bury their noses in a book while enjoying teas and healthy snacks.
I spend two nights in a 32sqm Standard Room decorated with murals depicting rural Thai lifestyle. The room is cosy with a comfy king-size bed, oriental-style wooden furniture, complimentary Wi-Fi, a cable and satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom is simple but convenient with a separate shower, hair dryer and aromatic toiletries made from herbs and plants.
The resort also serves a wide selection of tempting healthy delicacies and fresh beverages. All-day dining room DiVine has a selection of creative and nutritious dishes, both Thai and Western, along with vegan, raw and alkaline food served in buffet and a la carte style.
The Booster Deli & Bar has a variety of fresh juices billed as invigorating Booster drinks, as well as an excellent selection of beers, cocktails and snacks that guests can enjoy while watching international live sports on the big screen.
AT A GLANCE
High point: The resort has all kinds of modern sports equipment and wellness treatments, along with expert trainers.
Low point: Far from any convenience store.
Pay for it: See the website for the best rates
Find it: 120, 120/1 Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket.
Call it: (076) 336 000
Browse it: www.Thanyapura.com