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The Sanctuary Thailand
Ranked #22 of 91 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Love this place!
We stayed in the bungalow on the beach which I'm sure is the best they have.
A fantastic mix of people from backpackers to bankers. Not the place for you if you're after private infinity pools and butlers...
The food is fantastic and a die hard meat eater like me even had a couple of delicious veggie curries.
The staff too are something The Sanctuary should be proud of. Just the right mix of friendliness and great service. A special mention should go to Chard and Sam who managed to remember out names and who's genuine concern that we were happy made out stay all the more enjoyable.
The one gripe is the no credit cards issue but I'm sure they get that all the time.
A magical place where we got engaged and will remember for ever!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank mikect70
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Hi Mike and thanks for your review. We are truly grateful to have the staff we do (no butlers required) along with all the backpackers and bankers who pass through our doors. Apologies for the lack of easy payment options: we know its a pain, but every rose must have its thorn. In the meantime, I vote for an infinity pool.
See you again!
Tasha

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Upon arrival to The Sanctuary I was greeted like part of the family, the staff were friendly and welcoming, I felt as if I had arrived home.
The Sanctuary had everything I could have asked for; participating in a body workshops, joining in on daily yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, sessions with the amazing healers and quiet time on the beach.
The setting is beautiful, tucked in a cove on the south of the island with the jungle as it's backdrop the bay is a hidden gem.
As The Sanctuary offers detox, raw and healthy eating the menu was a delight every night with options for every taste, with some evening socialising and occasional entertainment.
I am already planning my return.
Thank you to all the Sanctuary crew for such an amazing experience!

Room Tip: There are two dorms, the one at the back is quieter away from the restaurant. Plenty of other rooms...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

I stayed at The Sanctuary over Christmas 2013 with 5 friends and we had a really lovely and special time. Highlights for us all were: Christmas dinner on the beach was so amazing, the food in general is incredible, the classes, the yoga, the staff, the massages (at the resort and down the beach). There's options to eat in the main restaurant as well as two other little restaurants, one nestled within the resort (Spice) and one up on the cliff. Great to have a variety, but the food at The Sanctuary is the best and fear not, there is meat available at Spice. Things that weren't so great (but not really a big issue) - the beds were a little hard, the sheets too small and thin, the towels could be better quality. This is only because we had the most expensive room (due to availability) and would therefore expect higher quality compared with the other rooms. It would also be nice to have shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms, maybe natural ones? the beach is not perfect and not large, but wonderful as you are not near any mass tourist hotels. There's no credit card machine which isn't ideal. Anyway this is a fantastic place if you are looking to unwind, clear your mind and eat healthy amazing food, but do not expect a chic sleek modern hotel, it attracts a slightly 'alternative crowd' and is a little rough around the edges. Really amazing, but make sure it's right for you...

Room Tip: We stayed in the garden cottages towards the back, quite expensive for what they were. Definitely tr...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Kate H
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thanks Kate!
Best wishes to you for 2014,
Tasha

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I was lucky enough to stay in the sanctuary dorm for ten days in October & while I'm on an amazing 12 month career break holiday ... This will be a top highlight.

A light and airy dorm right on the ocean front was a fabulous way to start the day, followed by yoga, Pilates, meditation & whatever other lovely treats/sessions the talented sanctuary staff have lined up for the week.

I decided to give my body a break from all the street food consumed with abandon over the past few months and did the incredible raw food menu for five days - you really don't miss warm food and meat at all ... Each item is exploding with flavour and is very filling.

Throughout my stay the staff were so friendly - it was like visiting their home that they were so proud of. Sammy in the restaurant, chanting with Michael in the sound dome & a yoga bodywork session with peter were memorable.

For budget travellers I spent about $35 usd a day which was 2 meals, 2 sessions of either yoga or a massage at the neighbouring beach a day plus one yoga bodywork session with Peter.

The boats over can be very pricey - 500 baht per way is typical but I heard it move from 2000 to 200 depending on the weather and number of people.

I'm scheming on how to come back already!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2013

Wow, what a lovely review! Thank you so much. 'Heaven that feels like home' indeed - I can't think of a better way of saying it!
Enjoy the rest of your travels -
Best wishes
Tasha

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Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

I just love coming here to fast! It's a great experience and the wellness centre staff are amazingly friendly and helpful!
The santuary restaurant is a treat for the taste buds with its raw salads and soups and healthy fare overall
At Xmas they put on a lavish Christmas lunch where they pulled out all the stops- it was yummy! The party and dancing was also lots of fun!
Their effort was well worth it!
I look forward to more days of yoga, beach time and hanging out with new found friends. This reminds me to add that it's a place where one can easily travel by themselves and won't be short of interesting company as the place is very inclusive, open and friendly!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank GeorgiaCK
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

HI Georgia, and thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed Christmas with us - The Sanctuary wouldn't be what it is without all the great people who bless us with their presence, crew and customers alike, and its a joy to spend Christmas celebrating all together. Wishing you a very happy New Year!
Best wishes
Tasha

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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Last Xmas at Sanctuary I had chosen the awesome Detox Programme with Mister Moon.....this year however I chose to share in the spirit of Celebration with the staff, locals and new friends at their beautifully organized (for the jungle!) Christmas lunch. What impressed me so, was the essence of CELEBRATION - all nationalities and religions joining in the festivities.

BIG congratulations and THANKS to all who worked so hard to make the day and evening super special - Imagine.....waking up on Christmas Day to the sound of birdsong....a yoga class with beautiful Ben, a lay on the beach with fabby friends, a yummy feast and some nite time dancin under the stars! Yay yay and more yay's!

Room Tip: Rooms for all budgets and preferences from dorm rooms to air conditioning with cable TV and fridges
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2013

Ah Fiona, yay, yay and more yays for you - and all who make The Sanctuary what it is - staff, old friends and new friends alike. Christmas is the peak of our year, and a sit down dinner on the beach for 180 people was our most ambitious yet - there was some sweat, a little blood, a dash of tears and a lot of laughter to get there - thanks to all who enjoyed it with us!
Best wishes
Tasha

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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We spent five days in the Sanctuary, without participating in the Detox programe. What a relaxing time. Terrific location, jungle bordering on the sea, beautiful views, and very very relaxed people. Very good yoga lessons. Sebastian's bodywork is an experience in a lifetime, a therapist with very advanced skills in Thai massage. Finally, Mike, the very caring and empathetic manager - who has built this place over 22 years - kept running after us as we had transfered to much money into his account. For us, the place is a wonderful alternative to luxury resorts (which we enjoy as well).

Room Tip: If you can afford it, go for one of the places higher up. Fantastic views,and all privacy you would...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2013

Hi Ernst and Maria, thank you so much for your lovely feedback which made us all smile today (especially Mike). We're so glad you had such a relaxing time with us - see you next time!
Best Wishes
Tasha

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Additional Information about 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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#15 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 
Also Known As:
The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
The Sanctuary Island Spa

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