A vacation in a luxury private villa in Thailand is the perfect time to kickstart a new exercise regime that has the chance to last when you return home.
The bifold doors that connect Ban Suriya’s gym to the outdoor space can be drawn back so you can enjoy a breezy workout
For some travellers, sculpting a perfectly toned beach body is a major part of the weeks leading up to a tropical vacation. For others, creamy curry and a few too many ice-cold beers might result in an over-full, sluggish feeling that needs a little counterbalance. Whichever camp you fall into, there’s no reason to let your workout regime come to a stuttering halt whilst you’re on holiday in Thailand, especially if you’re staying in one of the upscale private rental villas on Phuket or Koh Samui.
There are plenty of opportunities to burn calories when you’re out and about on a tropical island. Hiking, cycling and even scuba diving, all require plenty of energy. But if you prefer to dedicate a couple of hours to your daily workout session, then a private villa is the perfect place. Most properties come with their own fully equipped gym, and some benefit from direct beach access for daily walks and runs along the sand.
We take a closer look at all the reasons why a private villa in Thailand is the perfect place to follow a daily health regime.
Work up a sweat
The fully equipped gym at Koh Samui’s Baan Asan is the ideal place to work your muscles and shed a few calories
If you’re staying in one of the larger, more luxurious villas that pepper the tropical landscape of Phuket or Koh Samui, it’s likely that you’ll have access to your own private fully equipped fitness room. Whether it’s legs, arms or core focus, you’ll be able to find all of the equipment you need to feel the burn. For a cardio workout, many villa gyms feature treadmills, exercise bikes or cross trainers so guests have a daily opportunity to get a sweat on.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a gym without a little motivation – which is why many lavish private workout spaces come with a high-tech sound system so you can blast all of your favourite tunes as you work out. Many villa gyms also open onto pleasant outdoor areas so fitness fanatics can invite the refreshing island breeze ins, many are also equipped with air conditioning for those steamy days when you really need a cooler environment.
For a refreshing space to cool down after your workout, another bonus of staying in a private villa is that most gyms come with a private bathroom. The cleverly designed glass-fronted gym at Koh Samui’s Baan Asan, for example, is connected to its own private shower room.
Inhale, exhale, and repeat
The teak pavilion at Phuket’s Shanti at Jivana villas is the perfect spot to practice yoga – or indulge in a post-workout massage
Home to a deeply spiritual culture, Thailand has become a hotspot for yoga and wellness retreats. Islands like Koh Samui and Phuket are home to plenty of yoga studios that offer drop-in classes, but if you prefer to practice alone in the privacy of your villa, that’s another option. Seasoned yogis can get on with their sun salutations whenever and wherever they want to, and beginners can hire a yoga teacher with the help of their villa manager to come to the villa for one-to-one sessions.
Thanks to the choice of spacious communal areas throughout these opulent rental villas, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to seeking out the perfect place to roll out their mat and get stretching. For a yoga session with extra wow factor, many guests choose to set up outdoors so they can soak up the beauty of the natural surroundings as they practice. Some villas, like Shanti at Jivana villas, even come with their own outdoor relaxation sala, with views over the ocean. Could there be a better place to practice yoga?
The stunning infinity pool at Koh Samui’s Baan Kilee overlooks the ocean
When it comes to exercise, swimming offers the best of all worlds. Not only can this form of exercise burn plenty of calories and build core strength, it doesn’t impact your joints in the same way as other sports like running. A few refreshing laps in the private swimming pool at your private villa could provide the ideal workout for you. The water will also help you stay cool during your workout.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not take a bracing swim in the ocean to wake up in the morning? Many of Thailand’s upscale private villas offer direct access to the beach. As many of these properties are situated in less-developed areas of Koh Samui and Phuket, there’s plenty of space to set down your beach things and go for a swim without bumping into other beachgoers. If you’re keen to tie in a bit of exploring, grab a snorkelling set from your private villa and see what underwater creatures you can spot while you make your way along the coast and back.
Workout with a view
A path leads down from Koh Samui’s Sangsuri Villa 1 directly to the beach, so guests can enjoy a workout whilst gazing out at ocean views
For people that don’t want to be confined to the four walls of gym while they exercise, there are plenty of opportunities to take your workout outdoors. Many of Thailand’s villas come with expansive gardens, so it’s possible to run through your regular routine on the lawn. You can even ask your villa manage to hire a local Muay Thai teacher to come and instruct you in the basics of Thai boxing.
If you’re a fan of running or brisk walking, then what could be more inspiring than working up a sweat as you run up and down the beach? The soft sand underfoot means your steps will be cushioned somewhat but the extra effort required will also burn more calories.
Eat Yourself Fitter
Low in calories but bursting with flavour, a healthy som tam salad provides a delicious light lunch
After a hard workout, there’s no point throwing it all away by gorging yourself on a high calorific meal when lunchtime arrives. If you’re staying in a private villa, the property may include the services of a professional Thai chef. If so, you can ask them to prepare something healthy and nutritious. Thai cuisine is rich with exciting flavours and fresh ingredients that are nutritious and delicious.
How to stay hydrated during and after your workout in Thailand’s tropical climate:
- When you exercise in hot weather, your body will lose around 2-3 percent of its water content through sweat so its crucial to stay hydrated throughout your workout.
- Wake up early to do your workout when the weather is a little cooler.
- Coconut water is packed with electrolytes that will help re-hydrate your body. Grab one after your workout to replenish your body’s natural store.