Many people come to Phuket simply to relax on the beach, enjoy the sunshine and to escape from the stresses and tribulations of everyday life, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately as we all know, the bulge can sometimes start to show and it’s perhaps a good idea to spend a few hours exercising to work off last night’s beer and other excesses, and to keep your body in tip top condition. Also, having a “spare tyre” showing on the beach is probably not desirable and popping down to the gym is a great way to keep fit in air-conditioned comfort. Of course, you could just exercise for free on the beach if all else fails!
Most of the gyms and fitness centres in Phuket are of very high quality and have the latest equipment, especially the expensive hotel chains which have excellent and modern facilities that can be used round the clock. Fancy pumping iron or swimming in the pool at 3 o’clock in the morning? no problem if you’re staying at a fancy upscale resort! As well as the hotel gyms and fitness centres, there are numerous professional and dedicated gyms around Phuket which are open to membership, and most will allow casual users to pay by the day or week for short term usage, which can be particularly useful when on holiday.
Below we’ve listed just a few of the gyms and fitness centres around the island. Note that there are also dozens of Muay Thai boxing gyms which we’ve included in a separate article in the sports section.
Phuket Gyms and Fitness Centres
Here are just a small selection of some of the great gyms and fitness centres around Phuket. Note that prices may change and there are occasionally special promotions and offers to look out for, so it’s a good idea to check with the gym in question for the latest prices. The longer the membership period that you commit to, the cheaper it will be.
Chalong Villa Gym
This fitness centre is part of a small villa development in Chalong, and features a spacious workout area with a good selection of modern equipment. Furthermore, for a mere 50 baht extra it’s possible to use the swimming pool. There are also steam rooms in the male and female changing rooms.
The walk in rates are 150 baht per day and 1500 baht per month.
Address: 83/68 Patak Road, Chalong
Tel: +66 (0) 76 384 201-2
This gym is complete with a yoga studio, fitness studio, boxing gym, TRX area, assault course, fitness area and health food restaurant. It is a full facility with daily fitness classes and English speaking personal trainers.
The rates are 200 baht per day, for full use of facilities.
Club Asia Fitness Centre
One of the longest running and most impressive fitness centres in Phuket, this gym is located in Phuket City, and has some of the most up to date and best equipment available (such as Star Trac and Matrix machines) with bikes, rowing machines, treadmills, and a large free weights section and a wide range machines to improve strength. There’s also numerous classes on offer daily such as yoga, spinning and step classes. The club facilities are excellent and it includes steam baths, saunas and a fantastic outside rooftop swimming pool with great views of the surrounding area. Plenty of undercover parking is available. Considered by many to be the finest gym in Phuket, with a reputation to match.
The prices are 5000 baht for 2 months’ membership (in advance) plus the joining fee, or 6000 baht for 3 months.
Open: daily 06.15-21.30
Address: Floor 3, Royal Phuket City Hotel, 154 Phang-Nga Road, Phuket City
Tel: +66 (0) 76 354 027
Many of the local expats that live around Kata Beach tend to use Don’s Gym as their nearest and most convenient facilities. Prices are also reasonable.
The rates are 200 baht per day, 600 baht per week, and 1200 baht per month.
Open: daily 08.00-21.00. Closed on Sundays
Address: 18/5 Ket Kwan Road, Kata Beach
Tel: +66 (0) 89 652 2331
Eden Fitness Centre
This is a relatively inexpensive and convenient option for anyone that lives or plans to stay around Karon. The gym is part of the Eden Resort and has decent facilities and a good range of machines. They also offer a fitness evaluation programme and personal training.
The rates are 200 baht per day, 1200 baht per week, or 3000 baht per month. For longer periods, it becomes considerably cheaper.
Address: 36/15 Soi Patak 18, Patak Road, Karon Beach
Tel: +66 (0) 76 286 624
Nai Harn Gym
This pleasant gym in Nai Harn has modern facilities and is well-equipped with cardio machines, bikes, and running machines, as well as all the usual weight machines and free weights. The room is spacious and there’s attractive greenery outside, making it a very pleasant place to spend a few hours. They can also organise personal trainers in Thai and English. The membership rates are as follows, but it’s possible to get a further ten percent reduction if you visit the website.
The rates are 200 baht per day, 700 baht per week, 1700 baht per month, and 9000 baht for a full year.
Open: daily 07.00-21.00
Address: 28/21 Soi Naya, Nai Harn Beach
Tel: +66 (0) 76 200 930-1
RPM Health Club
Perhaps the most well kitted out and thoroughly modern fitness clubs anywhere in Phuket, the multi-floor RPM Health Club has top notch facilities and treats members like royalty. It’s not possible to just walk in off the street, as it’s strictly members only. There are also superb tennis courts, up to date cardio machines and an entire floor dedicated to weight training and strength improvement.
Address: Royal Phuket Marina, Moo 2, Thepkasattri Road, Phuket City
Tel: +66 (0) 76 360 885
Smart Gym Fitness
This gym is based at two separate locations in Phuket Town, one on Chana Charoen Road near the Expo, and another cheaper one on Chao Fa Road East. The first one is a decent fitness centre, not that big but with sufficient equipment inside from the top names. The other branch is cheaper with lower quality equipment but the rates are about half the price so it’s a good alternative for those on a budget.
The rates are 180 baht per day, and 1500 baht per month.
Address: Chana Charoen Road (branch 1), Chao Fa Road East (branch 2)
Tel: +66 (0) 81 958 0260
Web: www.smartgymfitness.com (in Thai only)