I arrived at the Sanctuary with some prior knowledge of what to expect, from friends who had gone before me, stretching back some 15 years. The Sanctuary is a very well know destination by now, but it still feels like you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when you land on the beach at Haad Tien. The idea of 'Sanctuary' means something different to everybody,and here you can immerse yourself in Yoga, Healing Treatments, Detox Programs ... or you can do nothing and just decompress on the beach like I did. It is all there if you want it, but you never feel pushed into doing anything. The grounds are immaculately kept, the accommodation is very comfortable and clean, the staff friendly and helpful and the food is wholesome and tasty, especially for a vego like me (you can get great fish dishes here as well, but the menu is mainly vegetarian and if you need a fat, juicy steak to keep you happy, you might need a backup plan). You are also on the fringe of a tropical jungle, so expect all the other things that come with this. There will be various insects around you, but this closeness to nature is part of the attraction of this spot. It's not the Four Seasons .... it is a bit rustic but that is part of the charm of the place and a big reason that people come here instead of some of the flashier resorts. Mike, Tasha and their crew run a tight operation and nothing was ever an issue or a problem during my 2 week stay. I have travelled all over SE Asia and I have seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly ... but the Sanctuary is a special spot and place that I will definitely be returning to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1991 The Sanctuary is a unique beach front resort offering beautiful houses, comfortable bungalows and budget dorm beds & boasts a 300 + vegetarian and seafood menu & bakery. Offering a diverse Spa menu & Detox fasting center, day trips, Kayaking, snorkelling and our gym to encourage you out of your beach front hammock. An eclectic mix of guests ensures a special beach holiday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
- The Sanctuary Island Spa