Thai boutique resort collection, MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts, is introducing fitness activities by the sea with a uniquely Asian twist by drawing on the ancient marshal art tradition of Thai Boxing.
Muay Thai is the Kingdom’s national sport – a centuries-old tribal martial art that resonates with culture, spirituality and ritual – integrating elements of traditional music and ceremonial dance. Learning the art of Muay Thai therefore offers guests an authentic glimpse into the heart and soul of Thailand as well as an opportunity to improve their fitness and stamina.
At MANATHAI Khao Lak, by the secluded sands of Bangsak Beach, guests can learn the fundamental fluid movements of Muay Thai by joining lessons held at the resort each day, offered by a skilled trainer. Thai massage sessions are also included in the program to help participants build a supple, more relaxed physique.
At MANATHAI Koh Samui, where nostalgic colonial architecture overlooks the Gulf of Siam, guest students can also train daily with a Muay Thai expert at a nearby boxing studio, then enjoy a healthy juice and feel the healing touch of traditional Thai massage that unlocks energy and releases muscular tension.
The resorts’ Muay Thai packages reflect a growing interest in beach fitness and holidays that balance chilled-out lounging with engaging activities. Muay Thai is a perfect sport for beginners, as well as those looking to develop their skills and core strength while also increasing mobility, boosting leg muscles and improving lower body endurance. The instructors focus on basic techniques such as stance, footwork, basic punches, kicks, knees and elbows, as well as demonstrating effective defensive moves.
The classes either take place on the beach or in a professional studio and apprentice boxers are kitted out with gloves and shin pads to prevent any blemishes to their tropical tan. Each session begins with a 10-minute stretch as the trainers guide their students through controlled, leg and arm swings followed by a few minutes of shadow boxing before moving on to full contact practice with the pads.
“Muay Thai uses almost every muscle in the body and is therefore a fully integrated way to lose weight. The sport also helps individuals build confidence and relieve stress – worthwhile getaway benefits to add to a wonderfully revitalizing holiday by the beach in the tropical sun,” says Mr. Chaipon Thamopart, resident instructor at MANATHAI Khao Lak and a former national champion in the sport.
MANATHAI Muay Thai Packages
MANATHAI Khao Lak
Deluxe Room THB 6,400 net / Valid for stays from NOW – 20 December 2017
(*THB 1,500 net surcharge per room per night from 1st November 2017)
2-night stay with breakfast • Daily private Muay Thai boxiing class with professional tuition • 30-minute welcome massage • 30-minute Thai massage (2 persons per stay) • Complimentary Wi-Fi
MANATHAI Koh Samui
Deluxe Balcony Pool View Room THB 8,000 net / Valid for stays from NOV– 20 December 2017
(*THB 2,000 net surcharge per room per night from 1st July – 31st August 2017)
2-night stay with breakfast • Daily private Muay Thai boxing class at boxing studio with professional instructor • 30 minute Thai massage (2 persons per stay) • Complimentary glass of healthy juice per person daily • Complimentary Wi-Fi
For more information on the MANATHAI Muay Thai Fitness package, please visit http://www.manathai.com/muay-thai-package