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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If you like to hang around white people, especially of the older, bearded and undeserved kind, this is your place. Don't ever estimate how many lucky sperms populate this earth. Too groovy, for sure. It's a A little to precious, with sketchy internet and tasteless hippie food. The yoga is typical, euro/American expat type and not for serious yogis. Massage...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your review. We are glad you like our setting and style , though, to be honest I'm unsure of what you mean in some places of your review . With over 70 % of our guest being (un-bearded) females discovering yoga or enjoying a holiday practice , we feel to have a great balance on offer....

Reviewed 25 January 2017

This was my third trip to the Sanctuary, and there will be a fourth, a fifth, and yes probably a sixth and that's only my plan for this year (ha, I wish) :) Surprised to read reviews calling the place overly commercial, yes, it is a business, and it's not the most budget place you can go, but you get...

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5Thank Poppy T
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Difficult to know how many stars to award The Sanctuary as whether it works or not for you depends on the person you are and what you are looking for. I had previously stayed at two other Wellness Centres in Thailand (on three occasions) and, for me personally, this centre fell way short of my other experiences. Firstly, the name...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Hi Ukmaletraveler, It’s a very interesting experience you paint, staying here in our busiest season which is also in the height of festivities (the Christmas, New year holiday is often a time for celebration, rather than meditation) It can be fraught, with that, the weather wasn’t too kind to us this year, making it rather difficult for folk to get...

Ibiza
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We've been settling into hippy havens for for some time now but found the vibe here a bit too contrived... Perhaps the magic that former guests speak of has dissipated under the weight of yoga groups that descend on the sanctuary to align their Chakras or open Stargate portals or explore their yoni or get teacher certifications, that's all very...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Hello Monsoonrain (how apt) Thanks for a view of the Sanctuary guests through your portal. Interesting to say the least . The Sanctuary opened in 1991 and has been a vegetarian/ seafood restaurant since then . No dictate here, more a choice. We try to offer a great range of raw, vegan, vegetarian and seafood meals. Our menu is applauded...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Thank you Gaby, Moon, Chard, Ben, Amihay and all the people that make this place so special. It felt like home as it always does, almost didn't care about the rain. Much needed reboot: Can't wait to be back, hopefully, next year. let's hope for sunny weather. Until then, stay amazing!

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SanctuaryThailand, Guest Relations Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Hey Pintomatic, pleased you got your reboot It’s fantastic what can be achieved even when the sun hides!!! You will be pleased to know it is out again and we’ve booked it for the whole of 2017  See you later in the year – and don’t forget you’re amazing !! Best wishes Gabi

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I've been here twice now, the first time in 2011 & then a few days ago for a week in early January for a workshop/retreat. It's fab! It has grown over the years, yet has retained its simple good times & nice people vibe. The food is excellent, especially the chilli quinoa nachos - wow! The entire crew are friendly...

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SanctuaryThailand, Captain at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Hi Andrew , it was great to see yo uagain after 5 years and to see you appreciate the 'journey'Sanctuary has been on in that time . We are always striving to add to the experience . Your return journey indeed had you stranded in the worst weather in 30 years but it was fun to be 'marooned'with some very...

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I came on a health trip to do the 7 day fast and immerse myself in meditation, yoga, and healthy food (post fast..). The Sanctuary provided exactly what I was looking for in terms of a friendly no stress, no pretence, all accepting environment off the beaten track where you can unwind at your own pace and reconnect with yourself....

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Dear Toby A lovely review of the beautiful part of the world we find ourselves nestled within – lots to do, people to meet and relaxation to be had all on a different time frame to the rest of the world. Pleased you enjoyed your time sharing with us. Looking very much forward to welcoming you back here again Best...

Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Luckily they accept PayPal because when I was at this beautiful place I just wanted to try everything! It's a bit more expensive than other places but is SO worth it. The food is great, the yoga great and i had some of the best treatments I've had in Thailand, if not the best. The beach isn't the best but...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Dear Amanda Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a few words about your experience with us, really pleased to hear you loved the treatments we offer, we do strive to keep a rolling list treatments here throughout the year – so there is always something for everyone – and yes we are blessed with a very happy...

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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

From the moment you get off the boat you realize you have landed somewhere very special. So many places in Thailand now are like so many other tourist resorts around the world , but the Sanctuary is different, much more rustic, we loved the open air shower, where you felt you were showering under the stars. The food here was...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Dear Julie Rustic, special, consistent, stars, friendly, excellent, open, delicious – If I were to create a word cloud from your review it would be a beautiful fluffy one! Fantastic to hear you had such a great time with us and felt the things that ultimately keep us all coming back for more! Looking forward to welcoming you back very...

Reviewed 8 December 2016

I've stayed at many resorts around the World, but I must say that this resort is the best place I've stopped at for a long while. Apart from the amazing location and great standard of accommodation, ie: Lovely views over the Bay, fan and fridge and a very comfy bed, the staff were very friendly and happy and the food...

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SanctuaryThailand, Manager at The Sanctuary Thailand, responded to this review

Dear Ray Sometimes we read reviews on trip advisor and thing, how beautifully summed up ! This is one of those occasions. We are very happy that you experienced all of the things we strive to offer here, courteous, friendly service, great veggie food and a wonderful environment to find relax and cleanse. Oh and of course a comfy bed...

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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 

Additional Information about The Sanctuary Thailand

Address: Had Tien Bay, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
The Sanctuary Island Spa
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
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“You may also want to request a room away from the generator (there are only a couple of rooms near it, but still.)”
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“Hilltop bungalow for best views”
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“Unique Gem”
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“Bungalows further up the hill are better placed for views, and are quieter, but you don't hear the sea so much.”
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“The houses are a little more expensive but well worth it”
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