01/03/14 PeaduhZ sydney
Unfortunately my partner and I only stayed the 1 night but were treated to an experience with great customer service, clean and spacious rooms and late hotel transfer. We booked the Thanyapura Retreat quite late and needed a place close to the airport for 1 overnight stay. We organized a hotel transfer for 8:30pm but our flight was delayed till 10:40pm. Despite this the hotel transfer was still waiting for us with a smile and took us to the retreat. Once we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the decore and the Retreat grounds. It felt overwhelmingly relaxing and instantly removed the stress of 14 hours in transit. The room was very clean and air con was on prior to our arrival which was great. We slepy very well! Once we woke up we had buffet breakfast which had a good combination of western and some asian foods. The service in the meanwhile was excellent with plenty of staff who spoke good English. I am looking forward in returning and booking a longer stay at Thanyapura.
12/28/13 TTSydney Sydney
Quiet & clean. Good size, modern room situated within green landscape. Good variety of breakfast next to sport centre. Helpful, friendly service at the reception. As a solo traveller I found the hotel a little far from the action but some guest may appreciate its quiet location.
11/07/13 Isabella B Singapore, Singapore
The hotel is set in a beautiful and peaceful location, the facilities are just amazing and the staff is very friendly and helpful. On top of the beautiful hotel, the hotel has also world class sport facilities and an amazing Mind Centre with a great instructor. Probably not the best choice if you're interested in nightlife and beaches (it's quite far from everything), but if you want to take a break from everything and just relax in a marvelous setting, this is definitely the place. The only thing I would suggest them to improve is on the food selection: the DiVine Restaurant is nice, but it mostly serves western food and even the Asian options were quite westernized in taste. But I still give an overall 5 point rating.
05/14/13 norifumi London, United Kingdom
If you come here it is only because you are interested in training. This place is far from beach, nightlife, etc. You can find the best coaches and the quiet environment help. Cons: prices really higher than average, restaurant expensive
"Best place to train for Ironman races"
02/17/13 Marcel T Ostermundigen, Bern, Switzerland
The hotel is clean, very comfortable and has very friendly staff. Breakfast buffet was very good, too. Close to the hotel is the Sports Academy that provides you the best infrastructure for swimming, gym, running, tennis and much more. For me as a triathlete, Thanyapura was some kind of heaven to do workouts but also to relax and meet other athletes from all over the world. (Footnote for triathletes: you probably will have the opportunity to have Jurgen Zack as your trainer!) The location is a bit off the beaten track - but for me this was exactly what I was looking for. If going to Thailand to party, Thanyapura is not the place to go to!
02/02/13 eastbrookfarm UK
Location staff facilities food all superb . Chanced upon this place as a short stopover and could have stayed a month. Superb organic food and drink, Olympic size pools, very clean, away from the throng.
01/28/13 SCBCumbria London, United Kingdom
I stayed in the Thanyapura Retreat and Mind Centre. A place where several of my Buddhist friends had attended the Alan Wallace retreats. There was no retreat when I was there. I felt as though I was in limbo-land between a beautiful space that had been build to hold retreats and a commercial hotel that was at a loss to deal with retreatants. There is a well stocked (if rather partisan) Buddhist library but there were no other retreat facilities available at the time. We had wonderful, very large breakfasts but no food was served for the rest of the day - the choice being the expensive restaurant in the Sports Centre entailing a short road trip or a 600Baht taxi to the local Seven 11 supermarket for fast food. Neither option appealed as I had gone to be on retreat. The staff were hotel 'trained' and a bit at a loss what to do with a single retreatant. The other guests were either there for sports training or coach-loads Chinese tourists arriving at 4am and leaving at noon. It was a bizarre (and quite expensive) experience and I am not sure I would repeat it. I commend the great act of generosity by the owner in building the retreat centre but ask the management to re-think how they present the centre when there are no official retreats happening. It is called the Thanyapura Retreat and MInd Centre after all.
01/08/13 William W Boston, Massachusetts
The overall enormous Thanyapura campus consists of a middle school, colossal sports facilities, including 3 swimming pools and a meditation retreat center all spread over a large track of nicely landscaped land. I am writing about the so called "Mind Center" which I and a fellow meditator friend have stayed at twice in the past two years. We were attracted to the idea of a meditation place in Thailand with modern amenities that would also include good swimming facilities, and without the austere demands of the traditional Thai Buddhist wats, a tall order. But Thanyapura lives up to it very well. The Mind Center of Thanyapura is a very peaceful place with pleasant, well done architecture, plenty of soft green space and all modern conveniences. It is well enough removed from the action of the sports center and sports hotel to feel like a good meditation spot while being an easy walk to the swimming and dining facilities, both of which are first class. You can do your own self directed retreat, or join one of the Center's programs, or avail yourself of the resident meditation instructor, Andrea. Overall we highly recommend Thanyapura to both new meditators or hard core meditators who want some of the comforts. Don't be surprised to be the only meditator here; it is still quite new and seems to have not been discovered yet, but appears to fulfill a certain market segment of the mostly Western meditator crowd.
"5* La santa in Asia"
01/04/13 mowana London, United Kingdom
We heard about this place at the ITU triathlon world champ and from a pro triathlete who did the 70.3 in Phuket. There's an on going tri training program run by Jurgen Zack there, so we thought we'd check it out. While booking it was initially a bit confusing, as some booking sites says its called "Thanyapura Retreat" some says its called "Thanyapura Sports Hotel" but maps shows they're the same place. On arrival, we soon discovered (from the manager who were running with us) that one side of the complex is called the Retreat where they run Silent camp etc; the other side is a sports specific hotel brand new from Nov 2012. We booked rooms in at the Retreat as it was half the price of the Sports Hotel. The Retreat is on the far side of the complex, prob a km or so from the track/ pools. Rooms were very big, decor fresh and spotless. All mod cons including mini fridge, flat screen TV and wifi (not in room tho, but its nicer hanging around by the pool bar). Breakfast buffet was delicious, boasting western and asian food from pancakes to congee. Staff weren't too happy with us having 2 rounds of breakfasts tho (had to eat something before the 8am swim) but upon explanations, they were fine with it. Dinner and lunch at the same DiVine restaurant is of high standard, absolutely delicious (the Thai choices we had anyway, I'm sure the Western food is equally good) obviously more expensive than street food, but not ridiculously priced) There are 3 pools, the laned 25m and 50m are floodlit till 9pm, hotel pool (100cm deep) is open all night and attached to a bar where the mocktail menu is as extensive as the cocktail menu (works out to about £3-4 a drink). The 4 lane track is strangely 500m, probably so that it can fit an astro turf pitch in the middle. It's spanking new and very springy. Spa offers all sorts of massage around £35, masseuses were top notch who'll take into account your injuries / niggles and a proper massage bed is used (in comparison to a hard block with no hole to put your head in at other cheaper places in town.) Had Thai massage and sports massage, both extremely good. The culture there is laid back, and staff always have to refer to superior before doing anything, so don't ask for anything complicated. Time table will change, sessions will cancel, you won't find out till at the time, but hey, there's always something else to do. If you've trained at Club La Santa in Lanza before, this is a similar concept except with 5* rooms, food and brand new facilities. Minus the loud chavvy aerobics sessions and screaming kids. Like La Santa, it's far away from town/ beaches so you're not distracted from training ;) We went to Patong one evening, wish we hadn't. Trip to Raya island was an equally awful mass tourism ordeal. All in all, the hotel and facility is definitely first class, would recommend any sports orientated people. (maybe not for the environmentally concerned people - air conditioned outdoor roofed tennis courts x 3; flood lit pools.... energy consumption beast with not a solar panel in sight...)
"Unbelievabel Sport-hotel, meditation complex in quiet natural area in Phuket"
12/24/12 Joerg1 St. Gallen, Switzerland
I read about and saw some picture and thought to good to be true, but it is real and I stayed with my sportive son (10yrs, soccer, tennis, swim, beach-volleyball) a week in Thanyapura. My boy played 4 hrs of soccer in the morning organiced by the soccer academy and an other 1-2 hrs of tennis with the excellent tennis coach Roger (best coach I ever had also) in the late afternoon for 5 days in a row. We did not miss at all the busy, noisy streets of Phuket nor the beaches, all we wanted a week of sports in a professional environment with superb infrastructure, thats what we got. Also the restaurant is welcoming with healthy excellent kitchen 3 times a day. there is also a clinic with a doctor as sportive people have also their injuries and a good spa, and this you can enjoy after a 15 minute drive from the airport. True, one is a kind of locked in as their is all nature around, but if you really want to go to busier Phuket for diner, the hotel has its own transport to bring you anywhere. I like to play also golf, i went to mission hills, which is only 10 min drive away and oüen to everybody and one of the least expensive in Phuket, but nice and not crowded neither. We will certainly be back there and enjoy also the service of the wonderful staff. One also notice that the owner is around and keeps an eye to details and to the exercice rooms with the best machines which are second to none.
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