The Sanctuary has outstanding yoga and pilates classes. For yoga, be sure to attend Peter Clifford's class, and for pilates, go for Niamh's classes. Also, if you're staying for a few days, it's much better to take the package which includes classes, spa treatments and healing sessions.
Additionally, the salads, smoothies and raw food menu was memorable and I especially liked the spirulina, honey, yoghurt and banana smoothie. The feta cheese and spinach omelette, the Salad from Heaven and the Brown Rice Salad were also excellent. Unfortunately, the service at the restaurant was not up to mark. It was slow and we had to keep asking for things like napkins which I reckon should all be part of the standard operating procedure when serving a table.
The other downside of staying at The Sanctuary is that it doesn't have a great beach. It's short and when the boats are moored, that gets in the way of long beach walks. Additionally, it's not kept very clean. There were cans and bottles left uncollected on the beach which is a real shame. I didn't feel like taking a dip in the sea because I've experienced much better beaches elsewhere.
We stayed at the Garden House. And I would NOT recommend it if you're looking for a completely comfortable experience.The bathroom is separate from the house and is half open. At night, a baby bat flew formations in the bathroom. In the morning, I had to spray myself with insect repellant before using the loo because the mosquitoes were vicious. One afternoon, a long, fat snake was at the doorstep of the house and if it hadn't slithered away, I would not have seen it! Knowing there was a snake in the vicinity made it that much more stressful to go to the outside bathroom at night. We also had cockroaches in our house and in the bathroom. And every night, some creature would sit on our balcony and munch very loudly on fruit, keeping us awake. The last two nights we were there, the animal peed and defecated on our porch for good measure!
And even though it's called a resort, it skimps on things like toiletries. They only provided one tiny bar of hand soap. No shampoo or conditioner and no hand towels. I would have expected these as a minimum part of the service.
- 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