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The Sanctuary Thailand
Ranked #22 of 89 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Just what the yogi doctor ordered... Thank you so very much for this much needed break. Everything that you could of needed for a yoga break was there. Great yogi's, lovely setting, scrumptious food, good variety of activities, a spa, the beach and finally but most importantly sensational staff!!! A huge thanks to Sam, Nong, Chard and our fav yogi Neve (sorry about the spelling). The only issue we had was with the long boat drivers. They were not the most honourable people we have encountered, they are more interested in their hip pockets and getting away with the less than bear minimum than their awaiting customers.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

The Sanctuary is defiantly a hidden gem! The beach is beautiful and the food the Sanctuary offers is delicious. I didn't miss eating meat once! So much choice to keep you happy. Staff and all therapists super friendly and helpful. Defiantly recommend a Thai massage at the spa! No problems with the Mosquitos however nets we're provided. I came back so rested and peaceful, I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

I visited The Sanctuary specifically to take part in a fast/detox on the advice of a doctor who had recently done it herself. I was having trouble healing an old running injury and hoped this would be the secret fix - it worked. As well as healing my leg, lost 5 kgs, slept like a baby for 6 nights and weaned myself off dairy/meat/alcohol (which I have maintained 3 months later)
I did the 5.5 day detox with a day at each end. In hindsight, I wish I had allowed more time at each end to relax and enjoy the food in particular. There is an amazing raw menu so even if you aren't specifically detoxing, it would be really easy to come here and have a great healthy week.
I won't go into too much detail about the detox - its pretty standard if you've done one before anywhere, and its hard to review it objectively. It does the job!
I shared a villa with a friend - it was perfect. large and plenty of storage space. Neither of us needed the AC but it was there. Major mosquito issues in the resort generally but nets and coils were provided.
The beach is beautiful, and there are even more stunning beaches on either side of the resort - a 5 min walk. I loved the feeling of relative isolation (need to take a boat to get anywhere) and being away from the usual Thai island madness.
Highlight overall were the treatments and therapists. The pilates classes were really excellent and some of the other therapists were phenomenal - especially Sara, the rolfer. I would go back just for these two.

My main complaints would be;
- the spa - could be better felt quite commercial and the therapists were not happy
- lack of digital payment options. absolutely absurd to insist on cash in this day and age. At least use PayPal.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The rooms were quiet expensive for us but most of the time we spent at the restaurant and visited some of the program's attractions. It's all about food, very cool people, atmosphere and the nature. Recommended indeed!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

This place is many things to different people: yoga hideout, detox retreat, beach resort or simply a friendly place to spend a few days. The vibe is really friendly and relaxed, just come with an open mind and get involved in the many activities! I did the 7.5 day detox and had a great experience. The staff at the Wellness Centre are attentive and have seen it all before. The beach is pretty and nearby Had Yuan is also beautiful!

  • Stayed September 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Everyone will get something from this place and you will walk away at least a little bit more fulfilled.

I stayed here for 4 nights in June 2013 with my friend and I simply loved it. The Yoga & Mediation classes are great. well run and you will find one that suits as there are so many types. The food it top notch, but expensive and the smoothies are to die for! A day didn't go by where I didn't have at least 2!

The Accommodation is very relaxing and comfortable, The Sanctuary itself is very very clean and the staff are awesome, they bring peacefulness and calm to the Sanctuary. It is very well run.

First issue I had was with the way you book the accommodation, basically you can't unless you are going to stay in the very expensive bungalows (3000 - 4000baht) you can't book accommodation. You have to either call them the morning you wan to stay there (To Check if they have a bed) or turn up and hope for the best. This is not idea by any means as you have to get a water taxi to the beach there (at 150baht each))and if they don't have anything within your budge the other accommodation on this beach is not great (Beam Bungalows). The Sanctuary offers a dorm room at about 220baht a night but they only have 8 beds in one dorm and this is constantly booked up, after that if you are not sharing it gets very expensive as a "Cheap" Bungalow is about 1200baht a night, bit of a jump!

Second Issue! They don't take Credit Cards!!! major problem, make sure you bring enough cash.

Room Tip: Don't pick the bungalow right behind the Restaurant, it is very noisy very early in the morning
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review, 29 September 2013
hello trekkieboots,
thank you for your review which is much appreciated, and i am very glad you enjoyed your time at the sanctuary!
just wanted to straighten out a fact or two:
we have 10 dorm beds at 220 bt a night and 14 more in our zorba dorm at 330 bt a night. the cheapest available private rooms and bungalows start at 650 bt a night.
and then the credit card issue: yes indeed. we are perhaps the last outpost in the civilised world where you can eat smoked salmon, but you can't pay with a credit card. crazy but true. we really appreciate that its a bit of a hassle carrying cash and that expensive and unpleasant visits to had rin are occasionally required... thank you for bearing with us!
with best wishes to you and your boots,
tasha
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Sydney Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

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.

Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
ah thank you delon for such a lovely review - i'm so glad you got the rest and relaxation you were looking for. it was a pleasure to have you with us - see you next time!
best wishes
tasha
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Property: The Sanctuary Thailand
Address: Had Tien Bay, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Number of rooms: 21
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 
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The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
The Sanctuary Island Spa

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