Phuket, Thailand: Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club Phuket recently organised a magnificent Christmas tree lighting ceremony to mark the beginning of the festive season. To promote one of the most popular sports on the island, triathlon cycling, the tree was creatively formed by joining up ten bicycles of varying sizes with a stunning lighting design.

Of course, it takes a true Olympian to light up a Christmas tree at Thanyapura, so three times LPT winner, second place winner in the recent 70.3 Ironman Phuket on December 2nd and triathlon Olympian, Radka Vodickova, was the guest of honour, spinning the generator wheel to send electricity flying up and illuminating the most unique Christmas tree ever seen on Phuket.

 Bikes and bulbs combine to make Thanyapura's dazzling Christmas tree entirely unique.  Bikes and bulbs combine to make Thanyapura’s dazzling Christmas tree entirely unique.

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Triathlon Olympian Radka Vodickova span the pedal-powered generator to light up the tree.  Triathlon Olympian Radka Vodickova span the pedal-powered generator to light up the tree.

About Thanyapura. Thanyapura offers a diverse portfolio of unique properties centred on one idyllic campus in the heart of Phuket including Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club – Phuket, a world class sports and fitness facility for elite athletes and amateur enthusiasts, Thanyapura Mind Centre for the cultivation of mental and emotional balance, Phuket International Academy Day School, 77-room Thanyapura Resort (opening 2012), 38-room Thanyapura Retreat as well as a satellite operation, the five-star, nine-suite Thanyamundra two hours drive north of Phuket on a working organic farm adjacent to Khao Sok National Park. Thanyapura’s leisure amenities extend to a day spa, fully equipped kids and teen clubs, arts studio and performance centre plus innovative food and beverage outlets featuring organic cuisine, wine and cooking instruction. Unrivalled on Phuket, Thanyapura presents the ideal destination for active leisure travellers, professional and amateur sports enthusiasts, corporate groups on offsite retreats, seminars, incentives and team building as well as for the active and wellness needs of the local community. Thanyapura prides itself on being a responsible member of the Phuket community, operating with integrity as equal opportunity employers and adhering to the highest ethical standards.