By Roger Cox, Editor
Although it has the trappings of a resort, including two hotels and a restaurant to go with its considerable athletic amenities, Thanyapura is far more accurately described as a sports megaplex, comprising not one but four closely integrated centers: the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC), the Thanyapura Mind Centre (TMC), the Thanyapura Integrative Health Centre (TIHC), and the Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS). This remarkable facility sits on 23 hectares (56 acres), 15 minutes' drive from Phuket International Airport, in the north-central district of this beach-lined holiday island, roughly 500 miles south of Bangkok.
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At the heart of its Sports & Leisure Club is a complex of 6 Plexicushion tennis courts, four of them indoors. There has been a change in tennis directors, and I'm currently seeking information about the new one. In general, the club has had a diversified menu of tennis options, including clinics (for both adults and juniors), Cardio tennis, men's and ladies' sessions, and junior development programs, and week-long intensive tennis training camps for those ages 9-18. In addition, the club stages a handful of tournaments annually—one of the outdoor courts has a 600-seat shaded grandstand—including an ITF Women's Pro Circuit event in the spring.
Courts Fees. $11-$21/hour depending on time of day and whether the court is indoors or out.
Spa & Fitness
Spa & Fitness Center. As you might expect, the options at the Thanyapura Spa range from the indulgent to sports-specific pre- and post workout treatments in its five rooms. Among the latter is the Thai massage, which both enhances flexibility to help prevent injuries and relaxes sore or tense muscles. The fitness center contains an extensive array of Kinesis and Technogym cardio and strength-training equipment supplemented by studios for Pilates, spinning, yoga, zumba, martial arts, and more.
And ... In addition to the tennis academy, there are academies in aquatics, triathlon, soccer, and rugby. There are 50-meter and 25-meter swimming pools; a rugby pitch; a cushioned running track; a lighted soccer pitch; lighted basketball, handball, and beach volleyball courts; and a climbing wall.
Anyone looking for activities for their children can choose from a diverse menu for all ages. For those under age 10, there is the Tree Club, a program of supervised activities in an area with a children's pool and water slide, an arts and crafts area, indoor and outdoor active play areas, and a cinema corner showing a range of children's television programs and movies. In addition, there are family cooking classes, learn-to-swim programs, and a variety of individual and multi-sport camps for those ages 5 to 18.
There are two hotels on site: the 77-room Thanyapura Sports Hotel at the Sports & Leisure Club and the 38-room Thanyapura Retreat at the Mind Centre.
The principal restaurant DiVine, which has views of the mountainous Khao Phra Taew National Park, serves organic Western, Asian, and Thai cuisine with fresh ingredients sourced from Thanyapura's own organic farm. The restaurant has open kitchen, pizza oven, wine cellar, and choice of indoor and outdoor dining. Meanwhile snacks and beverages are also available at the sports-themed Booster Bar and at the Poolside Bar.
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