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Sumalee's open-sided Thai-style yoga shala provides a tranquil setting for yoga practice on the tropical island of Phuket. This retreat is for beginners to intermediate-level yoga practitioners. It is for people who would like to combine their yoga practice with the opportunity to learn Muay Thai. The retreat is all-inclusive (breakfast and lunch six days a week) with a specially prepared plant-based Menu. The resort has excellent facilities including a fully equipped Muay Thai gym, traditional Thai style open yoga shala, aerial yoga studio, massage shala, swimming pool, and a vegan café. The accommodation is of a high standard.
The resort has superb facilities including a traditional, Thai-style open yoga shala, massage shala, swimming pool, fully equipped Muay Thai gym, and vegan café. The accommodation is high standard. Sumalee has a range of rooms to suit different budgets. All have air conditioning, en-suite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, and a fridge. The suite rooms have a kitchenette and are very well appointed and spacious. All rooms are directly accessible to the yoga shala and other facilities at the resort.
Sumalee deluxe room has eleven rooms on-site. Seven of these are king-size and four are twin shared rooms. The rooms are set well away from the training area and experience little noise interruption during the daytime or at night. You can enjoy scenic views of the landscape surrounding the camp and have immediate access to the swimming pool and sun terrace. Two of the rooms are located separately for added privacy. These rooms are interconnecting, perfect for a family or friendship group.
All of the deluxe rooms feature air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, plenty of storage space, a writing desk, a mini-bar style fridge, a private bathroom with a hot shower, and a small terrace or seating area to the front.
If you are looking for more luxury, you may wish to consider the Sumalee suites. These four upgraded rooms are also on-site, set apart from the rest of the resort allowing guests more privacy and space. Set on stilts in natural marshland, the suites provide unique and breathtaking views of the surrounding area and indigenous wildlife.
The Sumalee suites offer everything included in the deluxe option as well as an open plan lounge and bedroom area, a large desk for those who work on the go, and a compact kitchen area that includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, blender, and a large fridge/freezer.
All rooms at Sumalee are cleaned daily. Bed linen is changed once a week and towels are changed daily. For your added safety and security, Sumalee has installed a CCTV surveillance system throughout the camp.
Muay Thai group training is offered at 7.30 am and 4 pm. Plant-based breakfast and lunch are served in the Revitalize Café. Yoga is in the early evening. Additional daily yoga classes can be added on request (extra charge).
There will be one yoga session and two daily groups of Muay Thai training sessions daily (except for Sunday). For centuries the practice of yoga has been used to develop physical, mental, and spiritual health. Sumalee Boxing Gym has found that the benefits of yoga complement the Muay Thai training program perfectly. Yoga can be used to increase:
Rhian Miller is 25 years old and has been practicing yoga intermittently since she was 19. During a trip to Bali in 2013, Rhian became captivated by the spiritual side of yoga practice. She began to focus more on pranayama (breathing techniques). On returning to Phuket, she started practicing regularly. In August 2016 she completed 200 hours yoga teacher training with WAY Yoga Alliance. Rhian continues learning by attending regular workshops in Phuket and elsewhere in Asia. She also hosts workshops with invited specialists from different yoga disciplines.
Khru Keng is 30 years old and joins the team from the Surin Province in the East of Thailand. He started training at nine years old with friends and has been part of the Muay Thai scene ever since. He also began fighting locally at nine years old before joining Jor. Looksamut Gym in the Samut Prakan province of Bangkok. He is a former Chonburi province Champion, but perhaps his most notable achievement was winning a trophy at the Channel 7 awards for best technique. Keng is best known for his powerful and precise elbows, particularly his back spinning elbow. He speaks basic english.
Khru Nat (fighting name Mongkol Thong) is 29 and from Nong Bua Lamphu in Esaan. He started practicing Muay Thai at nine years of age and had his first fight the year after. His fighting style is Muay Femur with a mixture of Muay Khao. Khru Nat is also well known for his elegant “Wai Khru” and “Ram Muay” and has won an award for the most beautiful Ram Muay in Thailand. Khru Nat has fought in Lumpinee, Omnoi and Rajadamnern Stadiums and has over 200 fights under his belt. He speaks reasonably fluent English and has many years experience as a trainer.
At 23 years old Na is the youngest member of Sumalee's training team. Na is originally from the Nakhon Si Tammarat Province of Thailand and started training at 10 years old at Kiat Wipat Gym before moving to Sit. Sien Buum Gym. He has had many professional fights and describes his fighting and training style as technical, with a big emphasis on knees and kicks. Na has a basic understanding of English and is learning more with every day.
Khru Sam is originally from Surin and started training at 10 years of age at Por ChedChai Gym under the fighting name “Petchsampran”. He took an interest in Muay Thai from watching his father, who was also a fighter. Khru Sam fought in some of the most high profile stadiums in Thailand including Lumpinee and Omnoi. His fighting style is Muay Kao and has over 90 fights under his belt. Khru Sam has a basic understanding of English.
Khru Rune (fighting name Phetpirune Sumalee) comes from Surin. He started fighting when he was eight years old. He is good friends with Khru Keng. They have both trained together back in Surin. At just 19 years of age, Khru Rune has over 60 fights under his belt with most of his fights ending in a knockout. His style is somewhat similar to Pornsanae Sitmonchai. Khru Rune is still very much an active fighter and will continue to fight locally
Sumalee is located in Phuket, Thailand. The resort sits in beautiful countryside, within an old banana and coconut plantation. Much of the immediate area remains undeveloped to provide an unspoiled and serene backdrop to the retreat. It is extremely peaceful at the resort.
Everything is within easy access including Phuket International Airport, many beautiful beaches, the famous Laguna area with its upmarket restaurants and shops, Central Festival Shopping Mall, Patong with its nightlife, and Phuket town with its beautiful historic quarter.
Breakfast and lunch provided every day except Sundays (Sunday's meals can be arranged upon request). Sumalee has a vegan café.
During your free time, there are many things to do close by. Within walking distance, you can visit many temples and shrines, the Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket Boat Lagoon, Anthem Wake Park, National Museum of Phuket, a golf driving range, and the Royal Gems Pavilion. Slightly further afield, there are many famous marinas ad beaches. Cape Yamu with its stunning views over Phang Nga Bay is in the vicinity.
There are islands to visit Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yai Noi. Other places nearby are Laguna Phuket with the thriving Boat Avenue, Bang Tao beach (offering horse riding along the beach), Surin beach (well-known for surfing), Bang Pae waterfall, the gibbon rehabilitation project, elephant camps, Phuket Town with its historic quarter and Patong, known for its lively nightlife.
If you are a kite surfing or windsurfing enthusiast, Nai Yang beach is within easy driving distance. Sirinath National Park, Splash Jungle Waterpark, and Khao Lak are all easily accessible. In the immediate vicinity of the gym, there are many local Thai restaurants and bars offering extremely good value for money.
Excursions can be arranged to outlying islands, tourist attractions elsewhere in Phuket, and birdwatching (extra charge).
Phuket International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Sumalee Boxing Gym is 20 kilometers from the airport. The journey should cost no more than 600 to 700 THB by taxi. The local licensed taxi services are safe and reliable. You should always use a licensed taxi which can be recognized by their green number plates.
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