Laguna Phuket host and sponsor of 2018 Asian Development Tour event

Laguna Phuket has become the joint title sponsor of an All Thailand Golf Tour professional event to be held on the award-winning course in May.

The 2018 Singha Laguna Phuket Open, a repeat of last year’s highly successful inaugural event, will be held from 9-13 May as a co-sanctioned Asian Development Tour event with Laguna Golf Phuket and Singha Corporation as headline sponsors.

The top five players will be eligible to compete in selected Asian Tour tournaments.

While a repeat of the 2017 event’s exceptional scoring – including a 59 by Sutijet Kooratanapisan – is less likely due to toughening of the layout, low scores and plenty of excitement are anticipated on the popular course within the Laguna Phuket resort.

Asian Tour chief operating officer Cho Minn Thant (left), All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner Jakraphong Thongyai (centre) and Laguna Golf assistant vice president/group golf director Paul Wilson (right) with the Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 trophy.

The THB 2 million prizemoney event is one of 10 on the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT) calendar in 2018 and one of 23 Asian Development Tour tournaments.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the ATGT, which has fostered many of Thailand’s best players, such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, currently ranked 40 in the world, to become international stars.

Laguna Golf Phuket’s assistant vice president and group golf director, Paul Wilson, says feedback from last year’s tournament resulted in course enhancements, including the removal of some bunkers and the addition of new tee boxes. Fairways are being narrowed and rough enhanced for the 2018 tournament.

“There was an immediate increase in domestic and regional visitors to the course and resort following the 2017 tournament, aided by live TV coverage in Thailand and highlights packages aired in 19 other countries.”

Laguna Golf Phuket is a drawcard for golf visitors to Phuket from Thailand and around the world. It has twice been awarded the mantle of Thailand’s best golf course and in 2016 was named Asia’s best golf course at the World Golf Awards in Portugal.

All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner, Jakraphong Thongyai, says the Singha Laguna Phuket Open offers another opportunity for young professional and amateur golfers to test their skills against peers on a highly attractive, risk-and-reward course.

“It provides another venue for up-and-coming stars of the future. They are all very excited to compete in such an appealing location,” he says.

Asian Tour chief operating officer, Cho Minn Thant, who attended the ATGT 2018 season launch in Bangkok last week, says the addition of Phuket to the Asian Development Tour schedule has been a major boost for players.

“Phuket is an awesome destination. Players love going there, especially as some tournaments are on the outskirts of major centres, whereas Phuket is internationally recognised and highly regarded.

“We also have good memories from the Singha Thailand Open held at the same course in 2009, before it was remodelled. We are again looking forward to some low scoring again this year. It is also great that recreational golfers who play at Laguna Golf Phuket will be able to see how the pros play the course.”

New Class – Piloxing

Piloxing Knockout is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class which incorporates standing Pilates principles and Boxing. It’s a 45-minute workout, a total body-workout influenced by plyometrics, sports conditioning drills and functional training. Increase your fitness level, burn calories, boost your confidence and strength, break boundaries and gain results. Knockout is a program that suits and challenges individuals of all fitness levels.

Promotional Pricing:
For Thanyapura Members – THB 300 per person
For Walk-in Guests – THB 700 per person

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Muay Thai Special Prices – Thanyapura Phuket

Thanyapura’s Muay Thai martial arts class is a medium to high intensity session, designed to improve strength, increase endurance and improve participants skills in the sport. During the class students will work the bags and pads with a trainer to refine their technique and practise drills for knee, foot and arm work. The first 5-10 minutes will focus cardio training to warm up the body, followed by some stretching and shadowboxing.

Promotional Pricing:
5 Sessions – only THB 4,500 (Discounted from THB 9,000)
10 Sessions – only THB 9,000 (Discounted from THB 18,000)
*This promotion is available from now until 31st March 2018

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Laguna Phuket Marathon to provide authentic Phuket experience for 8,000+ athletes

PHUKET, Thailand – Organisers of South East Asia’s leading destination marathon, Laguna Phuket Marathon, will put Phuket food front and centre at this year’s event when the 8,000+ athletes will literally get a taste of Phuket from locally grown fruits that will be available at stations on the half marathon and full marathon courses.

In line with Phuket’s recognition by UNESCO as a ‘City of Gastronomy’, showcasing authentic local foods and supporting the local community is at the heart of the 2018 event where 80% of the runners attend from outside of Phuket.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is very much a destination event. We have runners participating from more than 50 countries and many come with families and friends, and make a vacation around the event. In addition to the course, which takes in Phuket’s stunning coastline and the beautiful surrounds of Laguna Phuket, this year we really wanted to showcase Phuket further and chose to do this through food. Specifically, we will have locally grown fruits available at some of the stations on the run course this year,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organiser, Go Adventure Asia.

Also new this year is a Marathon Team Relay category, whereby four people run equal distances in a relay format over the full marathon distance, and improvements have been made to the half and full marathon courses which will make the event even more popular with runners throughout Thailand and from around the world.

For the 13th consecutive year, Laguna Phuket Marathon has been certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and is a qualifying event for the world-famous Boston Marathon. This, together with the international-standard which saw Laguna Phuket Marathon win GOLD for “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the 2017 Asia Sports Industry Awards, professional timing by Sportstats Asia and the world-class facilities of Laguna Phuket make Laguna Phuket Marathon one of the leading destination marathons in South East Asia which attracts runners from more than 50 countries this year.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is in line with our own vision and philosophy – promoting a positive healthy lifestyle, working with the local community and developing long-term sustainable benefits for Phuket as a whole. It helps promote Phuket tourism, attracts quality tourists and showcases the beauty of Phuket’s Green Season. And now the event is held over two days it allows more people to come and compete and enjoy Phuket at the same time,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket.

“Like all of our destination events such as the Triathlon and Food & Music Festival, what makes the Marathon very special is that Laguna Phuket uses large-scale events like this as a platform to raise awareness and funds for many charitable causes and projects operated by “Laguna Phuket Foundation”. Last year, to celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th Anniversary, Laguna Phuket Foundation launched “Children First Fund” or “CFF” to support more than 400 orphans in seven orphanages in Phuket. We hope the contribution continues this year at all of Laguna Phuket events including the upcoming Marathon.

“Like every year, hundreds of Laguna Phuket associates and management will also run to help raise funds. We’d like to encourage participants, runners, spectators and everyone to help make donation, either by direct donation upon registration, in donation boxes at CSR booth at the Marathon or contact us at”

Speaking of the entries to date, Floesser commented, “The number of entries received so far is beyond our expectations. In fact, we received more than 1,000 entries within two weeks of last year’s event finishing alone. I expect the total this year to exceed last year’s record – we are planning for more than 8,000 runners.”

Held over two days, organisers expect more than 8,000 athletes to take part this year, breaking last years record of 7,000. In the afternoon of 9th June the event will start with the Kids Run (2km) followed by the 5km and 10.5km distances. At sunrise on 10th June the 21.097km (half marathon), 42.195km (marathon) and Marathon Team Relay runners will compete.

Prices start from 550 baht for the 5km distance. Early Bird prices finish on 28th February. Registrations can be made online at

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Date change announcement “2018 Laguna Phuket Triathlon”

We wish to officially announce that the celebratory dates for the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT)’s race weekend will be changed from Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November 2018 to Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November 2018.

The 2nd Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run will now take place on Saturday 17 November while the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon race and inaugural 25-For-25 Sprint will be on Sunday 18 November 2018

Registration for the three races is now open at Super Early Bird rate is extended till Monday 5 March 2018.

The above decision is made to allow coexistence of multiple sporting events in Phuket.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to celebrating LPT’s big 25 with you.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team

Thanyapura was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team back on campus from 13 January – 2 February 2018, who were there to continue their rigorous training programme.

The team are currently preparing for the 2018 European Junior Championships, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the European Swimming Championships. Güttler Károly, Coach for the Hungarian National Swim Team, shared, “This was the first training camp that we had planned for 2018. It is not easy because we do 8 km of swimming training each day, and 1 ½ hours in the gym. It’s 6 ½ hours per day for the athletes, and training efforts are doubled for medalists.”

Boglárka Kapás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, World Championship Bronze medalist and 6 times European Champion was amongst those returning to train. She shared what motivates her to keep swimming, “I train 16 km per day. It is a lot for me, and sometimes I feel like I don’t want to do it anymore and I don’t want to jump in the water. But I still remember back when I was 5 years old, my dream was to be an Olympic champion and I still hold that dream today. When I feel tired I just remember the reason why I started to swim in the first place, and it always motivates me.”

Kenderesi Tamás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, 2016 European Aquatics Championships Bronze medalist and 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships Bronze medalist, was also part of this year’s visiting team. When asked about his expectations for 2020, he replied, “I will focus for each competition and go step by step. Michael Phelps is my role model. He helped me a lot and I’ve watched his videos since I was 10 years old. I have now a chance to swim with him at the Olympics and it is a very special moment for me. I’m also focused on my own goals, and I really want to break the world record at the upcoming Olympic Games.” When asked about his visit to Thanyapura, he shared, “This is my first time visiting. I really like this place and the temperature is very good for swimming. I am not surprised that most Olympics swimmers choose to come and train here.”

Thousands of athletes frequently choose Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort each year, due to its unique combination of world-class facilities and ideal location – especially during the winter months. Its subtropical environment provides little season fluctuation in climate throughout the year. When asked why the Hungarian National Swim Team continues to choose Thanyapura, Coach Károly replied, “The weather is much better than Hungary (during this time of year). Now in Hungary it is snowing and the sky is very dark and grey.”

The team chose Thanyapura as their primary training ground due to its impressive selection of facilities and features. It offers its members, visitors and guests access to a 50m Olympic pool, 25m training pool, 500m running track, fitness centre and integrative health & wellness centre, along with award-winning all-day dining options. When asked about his most recent stay at Thanyapura, Károly replied, “I cannot find anything bad about this place. This is the fourth time that the team has come to stay. We like it so much here.”

Laguna Phuket Marathon to welcome 8,000+ runners for 2018 event

PHUKET, Thailand – South East Asia’s Leading Destination Marathon, the award-winning Laguna Phuket Marathon, will take place at the Laguna Phuket resort complex on Bang Tao Beach on 9th and 10th June, 2018. Organised by leading event organiser Go Adventure Asia, Laguna Phuket Marathon has been certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) for a 13th consecutive year and remains a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

Now in it’s 13th year, the event was voted a “Top 10 Best Marathon” in Thailand by Wingnaidee for the second year running, and as the event continues to grow organisers expect to break 8,000 runners from more than 50 countries to “Run Paradise” this year.

Improvements have been made to the half marathon and marathon courses, and for the first time a new Marathon Team Relay has been introduced, whereby each team has to have four runners.

The Kids Run (2km), 5km and 10.5km start the running festival on 9th June in the late afternoon, while runners in the 21.097km (half marathon), 42.195km (marathon) and Marathon Team Relay compete on 10th June in the early morning. All races categories are timed.

Prices start from 550 baht for the 5km distance. Registrations can be made online at

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Thanyapura Hosts Phuket’s First Ever Triathlon Mixed Relay Event “Thanyapura Relay Triathlon”

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort successfully launched its first Relay Triathlon event on 21 January 2018. This new style of triathlon race is modeled on the Olympic event, and was open to anyone over the age of 8 who was interested in tackling a new and exciting challenge. Teams of 4 tackled the course, with every team member needing to finish the course; a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run. There were no age restrictions within the groups – instead it focused on excellent teamwork skills and individualised time challenges.

Winner team: The Bois
Members: Russell Liew, Rishi Asher, Randall Liew, and Saryu Onishi
Waii Kamolchanok Kornkaew (2nd person from the left)
Thailand National Triathlete
Race Briefing by Coach Ricky, Triathlon Head Coach


Event Atmosphere

Russell Liew, Rishi Asher, Randall Liew, and Saryu Onishi from the winner team expressed their feelings that, “It was a great race, the course is so short and pretty quick and fast. We can say this race is different. Usually, we turned up and most of the time we just did the race for ourselves. But when we get together as a small team, everyone else has to push harder and we all pushing each other”. As well as Kamolchanok Kornkaew, Thailand National Triathlete, added more that “I was so happy and excited to join Thanyapura Relay Triathlon which is uniquely presented as a new format of triathlon programme same as Olympic Style. Next time, surely I will come back to break my record that I have done today. The event has been very well organised, not only the overall but also included racecourse”

Paolo Randone, Thanyapura’s Vice President, reflected on the event by saying, “Team Relays are the future of Triathlon, and this new format reflects that of the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games event in Tokyo, Japan. We are proud to start it here at Thanyapura as we are committed to the growth of this great sport in Thailand, and in Asia.”

Triathlon Relay is a new sport discipline that is quickly gaining worldwide popularity – both amongst competitors and spectators – and in the summer of 2017 the International Olympic Committee announced that the event would be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. It is increasingly seen as the next innovation of the sport of triathlon.

Typically, triathlons are solo events, in which each athlete pushes themselves to their limits by swimming, cycling, and running vast distances and through challenging terrains. But with triathlon mixed relays, each athlete puts on a blast of speed to complete a shorter course before tagging their teammate to then take over. Marisol Casado, President of International Triathlon Union and International Olympic Committee Member, said: “This is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team.”

The Olympic-style triathlon mixed relays include teams consisting of 2 men and 2 women who work together to each complete a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run. The pace is lightning fast, the energy levels are sky high, and anything can happen during the event. Although 2020 will be the first time that triathlon mixed relays will be included in an Olympic programme, they already take place at the Youth Olympic Games and the Asian Games, and have recently been added to the Pan American Games programme.

Thanyapura is due to host one more Relay Triathlon in September 2018. For more information and to register, click here, or email

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming from 3-18 January 2018

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming Federation earlier this month, as the national team visited the facility from 3-18 January 2018.

A number of distinguished athletes were part of the visiting swim team; Michelle Coleman, a 2016 Olympic finalist, EC medalist & WC medalist, and current national record holder for the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke; Sophie Hansson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Simon Sjodin, 2008 & 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Erik Persson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC finalist; Sara Junevik, WC for Juniors medalist; Hanna Rosvall, EC for Juniors medalist, Björn Seeliger, EC for Juniors medalist; and Jannah Bronzell, EC for Juniors medalist. The team was accompanied by Coach Carl Jenner, named Coach of the Year in 2016.

Photo credit by Jesper Andersson Photography
Photo credit by Jesper Andersson Photography
Photo credit by Jesper Andersson Photography
Photo credit by Jesper Andersson Photography
Photo credit by Jesper Andersson Photography

The team chose Thanyapura for a number of reasons. The trip marked the first time the Swedish National Swim Team had visited the resort, but they had heard many positive things about it; in particular the facilities, the food, and the location. The team is now starting to focus more of their training trips to locations within Far East, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games due to take place in Tokyo, Japan. They will be looking to improve their training whilst acclimating in more humid conditions. The team mentioned that it is also a great way get back together and kick off 2018’s training programme – and, afterall, January weather is far warmer in Thailand than back home in Sweden!

Thanyapura’s unique mix of world-class facilities, including a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, 500m running track, extensive fitness centre, integrative health & wellness centre and award-winning dining options, and its ideally located position within subtropical northern Phuket, makes it a highly sought after training facility for sportspeople around the world. Athletes that are looking to continue their training during the winter months frequently return and stay at the sports resort, either to acclimate and prepare for upcoming competitions, or simply keep their performance up during the low season.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January

With paramount success of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced the award-winning race’s 25th annual edition to take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Comprising signature race distance of 1.8Km Swim, 50Km Bike and 12Km Run, registration for 2018 edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race opens from Monday 1 January 2018 at Interested athletes are advised to book their slot as soon as possible to enjoy Super Early Bird discount (available until 31 January) and a series of promotion specially launched for 2018 to celebrate the race’s 25th anniversary.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January
Michael Raelert (DEU), Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s triple-year champion at 2017LPT where he got his title for 3rd consecutive year.

For the first time in the Race of Legends’ 25-year history, 2018 LPT will introduce “25 for 25 Sprint” an inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s sprint distance of 25Km swim, bike and run combined. Athletes registered for the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon who are 25 years old in 2018 (born on 1 January – 31 December 1993) also get additional 5% discount on entry fee.

Back by popular demand, the 25th LPT will once again feature “Charity Fun Run”. Comprising 5Km and 10Km run and introducing 2Km distance for junior runners, the Charity Fun Run will take place on Saturday 24 November’s late afternoon.

The TV show for 2017 LPT race which took place on Sunday 19 November will be broadcast nationally for interested audiences and aspired triathletes in Thailand on Monday 1 January, 3pm-4pm on Thai TV Channel 7.

For 2018LPT’s sponsorship opportunity, please visit or contact Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Event Director at

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Appoints New Director of Tennis

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has appointed Mr Sean Panton as Director of Tennis, effective 15 December 2017.

Panton, a British national born in Malawi, has been teaching tennis since 1994. Since then he has been advancing the tennis skills of players of all levels at venues such as the Hyatt Regency Macau, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai, the Royal Garden Pattaya Sport & Fitness Club, and the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.

A resident of Phuket for 16 years, Panton was also General Manager of Thanyapura, the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club.

Since opening in 2013, tennis has been a major guest activity at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, which has three outdoor floodlit synthetic courts and an indoor court. Panton takes over from James Corin who served as Tennis Director for three years at the Outrigger.

“Sean’s vast experience as a tennis coach and working at a senior level in sports-related activities in many international cross-cultural settings make him ideal to direct tennis operations at Outrigger,” said Tony Pedroni, the resort’s General Manager.

Pedroni said that apart from hotel guests, Phuket residents are also welcome to learn or play tennis at the Outrigger. Individual and group lessons, a ladies tennis clinic, and a social night are all part of the tennis scene at the resort, which is known for promoting active lifestyles.

Aside from tennis, Panton is a leading advocate for environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and inclusive community relations. In 2011, he created SEEK, an environmental civil society movement helping to consolidate green initiatives in Phuket.

Beyond tennis and environmental protection, Panton is a surfer, husband and father with a passion for music.

The tennis centre at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort can be contacted at +66 [0] 76 360 600 ext. 2355. Email:

Green Commitment: A Tennis Q&A with Sean Panton
Here, Sean Panton, the new Director of Tennis at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, talks about his on-court heroes and the challenges and rewards of taking up tennis as a hobby.

Q: Which male and female tennis players do you admire the most and why?
A: I admire Roger Federer the most. He is humble, focused and always has time for his fans. He also works to promote junior tennis whenever possible. His game is very efficient. He plays with minimal wasted effort. There will never be another Federer.

Serena and Venus Williams inspire me with their relentless commitment and love for the game, their physical prowess and their ability to not only change with the times, but to recover so well in the face of adversity. They are truly inspiring.

Q: How has the game changed over the last 50 years or so?
A: It’s a different game now. Rackets make more possible and coaching and fitness have come a long way. The game is a lot more physical and more demanding on the body for the pros. However, the beginner or club player has a much better chance of developing a solid game now as coaching is more function based as opposed to form. Equipment today is much better and makes the game easier to play.

Q: How does tennis compare with other sports as a means to keep fit?
A: Tennis uses a wide variety of physical and mental skills that makes it one of the most challenging but rewarding sports to play. After a good hour of tennis you feel physically and mentally stimulated. Keeping fit and flexible will help your game – and life in general. I know lots of people who play well into their 80s. Tennis keeps you healthy and focused.

Q: What if someone is not sure about taking it up? What advice would you give to them?
A: Tennis is easy when the focus of learning is to have fun. If you haven’t played for a while you will find it a lot easier than when you used to play. It doesn’t take all day to play, just an hour or so will do. Tennis is low impact so it’s easy to start to play as a youth or later in life. At the Outrigger our courts are artificial grass, so very comfortable on the knees. Those interested should try it and see how easy it is to begin to succeed. My aim is to build their game around their natural abilities, so it doesn’t take long to grasp.

Q: How much equipment and specialist gear do you need to get started?
A: I have rackets for you to try out depending on your physical capabilities and style. So all you really need is a little motivation and a pair of tennis shoes.

Q: Do you have to have a partner in mind or can the tennis centre at the Outrigger match you up with someone?
A: We have a data base of players from the community and ‘knockers’ who can play with you also.

Q: How social is tennis at the Outrigger?
A: Very. We have an excellent facility and are conveniently located, so we’re ideal for social tennis. Lots of Phuket residents live close by and have frequented the courts for the past four years. We also host weekly social events and tournaments. We will be introducing leagues and mixers as well as junior development days.

Q: What about families or groups of friends who want to play together. What can Outrigger do for them?
A: We can conduct group clinics and even teach parents how to play games with and instruct their children. When we have different ages and abilities we focus on shot development and follow up with practice games so all are engaged and benefit. We can put together round robin events for friends and even elite master classes for high level players.

Q: Which time of the week is best to play at Outrigger?
A: We are open from 8am to 8pm daily. The best time is the time that suits you. Coaching is available except for Sundays but we can be flexible on that too. Let us know your time slots and we will work around you. Please note heat is a factor, so mid-day is not a good time to play.

Q: How can those interested in tennis in Phuket contact you to find out more?
A: Just call me anytime on 083 391 5869 or reach out to me by email me on

Q: Finally, there’s a movie about it now, but who was better, Borg or McEnroe?
A: I played with Bjorn Borg when I was 13 in Bahrain. I played with him against Vitas Gerulaitis and another ranked junior player in an exhibition game. So while Borg is my favourite, McEnroe was in my opinion better. He changed the whole mechanics of the game with no swing and use of the wrist on the serve. However, they both were great champions. Some of the matches they played against each other were epic.