Mumbai: AKARYN Hotel Group, Thailand’s award winning luxury boutique hotel specialist, has become one of the first Asian hospitality companies to catch the cycling bug, as it launches a series of fully-equipped bicycle tourism adventures through the spectacular scenery of southern Thailand.
The group is positioning its two luxurious beach resorts, Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort & Spa and Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi Resort & Spa, as “Bicycle Friendly Beach Resorts” – the perfect destinations for enthusiastic cyclists, training triathletes, Ironman hopefuls, or even just families who enjoy taking scenic bike rides together.
Both of these seafront boutique resorts now provide an extensive selection of complimentary services for cyclists, including route maps, bicycle stands, bike cleaning and maintenance kits, pocket wi-fi for map apps and mobile phones for emergencies. Bike repair shop services and local guides are also available, and guests who want to travel light can rent high-quality bicycles from leading local suppliers.
This focus on cycling tourism is a natural extension of AKARYN Hotel Group’s philosophy, which shines a spotlight on health, well being and local experiences.
“We want to promote Thailand as a world-class cycling destination. With thousands of kilometres of tarmac roads and challenging off-road tracks, riders have endless opportunities to challenge themselves while also soaking up the region’s stunning landscapes. Whether you’re a recreational cyclist, a triathlete in training or a family in search of a new adventure, Aleenta’s luxurious resorts in Phuket and Hua Hin provide everything guests need for their next cycling holiday,” said AKARYN Hotel Group’s Founder and Managing Director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn.
Guests at Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi can discover luxurious accommodation in a choice of spacious suites, villas and residences with large living areas and multiple bedrooms – ideal for families and groups of cycling buddies. Long days can be spent riding through the exotic countryside along Thailand’s gulf coast, past traditional villages, jungle-clad hills, verdant vineyards and golden beaches.
At Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, the all-suite and villa retreat on Natai Beach, just 25 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, guests can explore an idyllic landscape of smooth roads and intriguing tracks, all nestled between lush green hills and the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea. Phang Nga province is much quieter than neighbouring Phuket, allowing guests to savour life on the open road, away from the traffic.
After a long day in the saddle, cyclists at both resorts can enjoy a healthy post-ride smoothie, a protein shake or a soothing massage at the spa. Personal trainers are also available to help cyclists and triathletes preparing for their big race.
For serious cyclists, the two Aleenta resorts have teamed up with leading bike suppliers to offer a choice of high-quality equipment. Guests can hire the Allez E5 road bike, which features a lightweight alloy frame, a FACT carbon fibre fork and Shimano Claris 2400 eight-speed gear system – great for eating up the miles on southern Thailand’s long highways. Alternatively, mountain bikers can rent a Specialized Pitch Comp, which features a tough M4 advanced alloy frame, FSR suspension and hydraulic disc brakes – excellent for off-road terrain. For families, children’s bikes can be hired in a range of sizes.
Thailand is an exceptional destination for bicycle tourism, with a series of well-maintained cycling routes suitable for all ability levels. Whether you want to kick up dust on mountain trails or pick up speed on long and winding roads, cyclists have an array of options to get in the saddle and discover the kingdom’s breath-taking tropical scenery.
Whatever kind of cycling adventure guests are seeking, AKARYN Hotel Group has the perfect property to meet their needs. The company operates a collection of captivating boutique hotels and resorts across Thailand, including Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, akyra Beach Club Phuket, akyra Manor Chiang Mai, akyra Thonglor Bangkok and the most recent addition to its portfolio, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok.