Asia’s first sports hotel targets ‘sport escape’ market

Thailand: Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club has launched its 77-room Sports Hotel.

It is described as a property where “athletes of all levels can enjoy seamless hospitality in chic guest rooms inspired by the sporting lifestyle and complemented by Olympic-level facilities across the spectrum of major sports”.

Thanyapura president Robert Hauck said: “It has always been our belief that there is an untapped market in Asia for a new, more active getaway for couples or families. Everyone can benefit from Thanyapura’s world class facilities and winning vision, and be inspired by rubbing shoulders with real superstar athletes.”

The 77-room Sports Hotel is set  within the Thanyapura compound – a 23-hectare plot 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport – offering 34 ‘Sport Rooms’, 34 ‘Energy Rooms’ and nine studios.

The rooms and studios feature prints of original artworks inspired by sport commissioned from renowned Californian artist, paralympian and motivational speaker Gregory Burns.

Guests can use facilities at five sports academies – football, aquatics, tennis, rugby and triathlon – where they can train at their level of performance with expert coaches and former champions who comprise the Thanyapura team.

“We have recently hosted world record holders and Olympic champions from the British, Dutch, Italian and Hungarian national swimming teams, who were here at TSLC for high performance tune-up sessions. But at the other end of the spectrum, we are now getting around 10 Korean honeymoon couples a week, who want to do Muay Thai sessions or yoga. It has always been my belief that there is an untapped market in Asia for a new, more active getaway for couples or families. Everyone can benefit from Thanyapura’s world class facilities and winning vision, and be inspired,” said Hauck.

“I was charmed by a recent grandfather and grandson who came to stay for 10 days. He taught his grandson how to play tennis, they took bikes out on the road for long rides in the hills, and went swimming every day. On one occasion they stayed on to watch the British Olympic team doing their sprint sessions and had a chat to the stars. It was a real bonding experience and I could see them getting closer every day. That, to me, is the essence of what Thanyapura is all about,” he added.

On a similar theme, Extreme Hotels is developing a property in Sochi, Russia – the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Extreme CEO Al Gosling is speaking at the forthcoming Boutique Hotel News networking event themed around attracting the Russian guest. It is taking place in London on April 8th – click here for tickets.

www.thanyapura.com/tslc/sports-hotel

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