In January 2019 Do3 coaches and athletes visited Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort after deciding to look further afield for a good quality winter training camp after a series of wet and windy winter camps in Lanzarote. Lanzarote has always been Do3's go-to venue for winter/spring training camps due to its proximity to the UK (short 4hr flight), UK friendly time-zones (same time zone as the UK) and warm weather *usually*. After the last couple of camps were effectively ruined by poor weather we wanted to get guaranteed sunshine.
After having been to Lanzarotes 'Club la Santa' Sports Resort a multitude of times in the past, Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort came onto our radar as an equivalent, more 'exotic' option. This page is about our experiences while out in Thailand and why we think Thanyapura and Phuket make they ideal location for those looking for a training location which is truly special.
After having been on numerous training camps both as an athlete and as a coach, I have experinced a wide range of accomodation standards. Thanyapura is without doubt the best resort I have ever stayed at. The staff were couteous, friendly and nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble. As 'tourists' we were given plenty of options of places to visit and eat and I felt as though the staff truly cared about ensurring we had the best possible stay.
The rooms at Thanyapura are smart, comfortable and well equipped. TV's, fridges and power-showers come as standard and more importantly, the air-conditioning worked perfectly (and they were very much needed - more on the heat and weather later....). Wifi worked perfectly throughout the complex with speeds as I am used to at home (if not better).
Thanyapura has a number of its own resurants on site, each catering for different things. One is a buffet-style, one is more casual with pizza's and snacks, one is vegan only and one is more of a cafe-bar selling smoothies and cakes. The quality of all the food we had on the resort was very good and I really couldn't fault it.
The facilities at Thanyapura are excellent. We were there on a Triathlon camp so used both the 50m and 25m pools, the running track and gym (Thanyapura has two). As well as these the resort also has tennis courts, boxing rings, a health centre, bike workshop, fitness studios and much more. If you are there alone and not as part of a group, there is a daily agenda of arranged activities ranging from open water swimming to guided bike tours.
While planning our first training camp in Phuket I travelled out there to have a look around. I was worried about things like, busy roads with kamikazi drivers, poor road surfaces, wandering dogs, the heat and much more. With these concerns I wouldnt have been happy to take (paying) athletes out there so wanted to check to see whether Phuket was a genuinely suitable training venue. I had no need to worry.
Phuket is an island that is joined to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge. It is around 50km long and 20km wide. It as a number of main artery roads running across the island and these are the roads that carry the bulk of the traffic. The side roads are generally much quieter and the road surfaces in general are of good quality. There are lots of motorbikes and scooters and these do seem to have free-reign to go where they like (and that includes the wrong way down the road towards the main flow of traffic!). Despite the slightly chaotic nature of the main roads, they are wide and there is plenty of room for cyclists. I actually think that due to the volume of little motor bikes scooting around, the Thai drivers are even more alert to potential hazards than over here in the UK! Again, the side roads are perfect for cycling, most are quiet, have good surfaces and increadible views!
Certain areas of Phuket are very touristy and busy. These areas seemed to be mostly down on the southern end of the island and that seemed to be where the party animals hung out. Thanyapura is further towards the nothern end of the island and this was quieter and nicer to visit (unless you are a party animal that is!).
Phuket has a multitude of attractions, such as amazing beaches (we found some just over the bridge on the mainland that were deserted), temples, nature reserves and markets.