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8 Days Healthy Yoga Holiday in Koh Phangan, Thailand

  • The Sanctuary Thailand, Had Tien Bay, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Yoga Vacation in Koh Phangan

The Sanctuary Thailand does not offer physically dynamic yoga classes, but instead chooses to return to asanas as a focus for breath and stillness to enhance your experience of tranquility, inner peace, and quiet mind. We are pleased to present an exclusive healthy yoga holiday package for our web customers. This inclusive package offers 10 % discount of normal rates It offers a healthy yoga holiday including daily yoga classes, private yoga tuition, daily spa treatments, daily steam room, Sanctuary therapy session, and complimentary arrival tea at our Tea Temple. Start this holiday package on any day to suit your travel plans.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 2 private yoga sessions
  • 5 spa treatments and steam passes
  • Any Sanctuary therapy session
  • Set meal on arrival night
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Our resort accommodation rises on the hill behind our beachfront restaurant. What you will find here is our unique sanctuary style houses, all with stunning views. Many of these houses are open to allow you to get the feeling of living under the stars. All our houses have your comfort in mind with lounge chairs and hammocks to chill out in, king size beds for comfort, hot water showers, bar fridge, and kitchenettes. All our bookable houses receive free 500mb Wifi bandwidth daily.

The Sanctuary garden suites

Sanctuary Gardens are situated on flat land a short 3 minutes walk from the beach. Here, you will find 6 air conditioned guest rooms: of these, 2 are the smaller garden suites, and 4 are the larger deluxe garden suites.

Hillside bungalows

Situated a short walk from the beach and to our yoga halls, these deluxe bungalows with king size beds offer French doors onto the spacious balconies with hammocks and lovely garden and sea views. With the addition of a hot water shower, this fan cooled room is the latest addition to our bookable accommodation range.

Yoga is an ancient art of self-development used for thousands of years for physical health, mental well-being, and spiritual fulfillment. The system is complete and comprehensive in its nature, utilizing body, breath, mind, and spirit as tools for transformation. Modern practice involves mainly asanas (postures) and breath to build good health and harmonious functioning of the whole being. The meaning of the word yoga is to join together, the body unites with the breath to develop the mind and spirit, creating a unified and integrated person.

Daily yoga classes

We offer yoga classes from Sunday to Friday at 8.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m., and 4.00 p.m.

8.00 a.m. Gentle Vinyassa flow with Ushma

10.30 a.m. Yoga for beginners and fasters with Kaiya

4.00 p.m. Yoga Alchemy with Simon: drawing on an extensive background in esoteric (Hatha and Raja), self-inquiry (Jnana), and Iyengar yoga. Simon teaches spontaneously, from the heart. He emphasizes awareness, breath, and the energetic effects of the asana (yoga poses). Yoga Alchemy is simple and deep, promoting health and happiness, leading to stillness. An energetic poem for students of all levels.

The Sanctuary is located on a small and beautiful tropical island called Koh Phangan in the gulf of Thailand, a sister island to Koh Samui. It is nestled into the corner of Haad Tien Bay and is most easily accessed via Haad Rin Town normally by boat, or by car when the waves are too high for sea travel.

Activities
  • Activities
  • Night club nearby
  • Spa
  • Steam room
General
  • General
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Services
  • ATM/banking nearby

The Sanctuary will be providing a set meal on arrival night.

Exclusions

The Sanctuary Restaurant is renowned for its fine food. Sample traditional Thai cuisine and scrumptious vegetarian dishes from around the world. We bake a selection of fresh cakes and whole-meal bread daily. No M.S.G. or preservatives are used in our cooking. We also offer a comprehensive raw cleansing menu of dishes that are suitable for pre and post-fast diets, and tasty enough to be enjoyed by everyone. Healthy eating doesnt have to be boring! Our fully equipped bar offers a vast array of beers, spirits, imported wines and cocktails; as well as a large selection of herbal teas, shakes, and fruit juices.

  • Set meal on arrival night
  • Seven yoga classes
  • Two private yoga classes
  • Five spa treatments
  • Five steam passes
  • Any sanctuary therapy session
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals are not included in this package as well as any other activity not mentioned in the above given program, accommodation, and amenities.

Arrival by airplane

The most direct way to get Ko Phangan is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui Island with Bangkok Air. Thai Air also flies to Koh Samui, so check out their offers too. Note that Bangkok Air has a very flexible change your ticket policy and they have 20 flights a day to and from the islands.

Arrival by ferry

Koh Phangan island is easily accessible by boat from several places in southern Thailand. Most boats arrive on Koh Pha Ngan at one of two towns, Tong Sala or Haad Rin. If your boat lands in Tong Sala, go to Haad Rin town via taxi truck (20 minutes, 100 THB per person), where you can get a car taxi or boat taxi, to Haad Tien Bay, home of the Sanctuary.

From Koh Samui: The easiest way to get to The Sanctuary, between mid-January to late October, is on the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat. This ferry departs from Mae Nam town (not the pier) on Koh Samui every day at 12 noon and brings you directly to Haad Tien Bay (get off at the second stop Haad Tien Bay). The journey is approximately one hour. Mae Nam is about 15 minutes by taxi from Samui Airport.

There are also 4 ferry boats a day from the Haad Rin Queen Ferry Pier at Big Buddha Pier to Haad Rin: 1030, 1300, 1600, and 1830. This ferry takes about 50 minutes. Big Buddha Pier is about 10 minutes drive by taxi from Samui Airport.

When you arrive in Had Rin on Koh Pha Ngan, there will be taxi boat drivers waiting for customers bound for Had Thien. Please note that if the waves are high or there are few customers, the boat drivers may charge a higher price. If the waves are too high for boat travel, there will be a taxi jeep waiting. This journey is quite an adventure! It takes about 40 minutes over mostly rough jungle track. Both the taxi truck and the taxi boat journeys cost around 200-300 THB per person.

From the city of Surat Thani: Many ferry companies offer boats directly to Koh Pha Ngan, or via Koh Samui. The journey from Surat Thani/Donsak to Tong Sala takes around 2.5 hours. The boats land at Tong Sala town on Koh Pha Ngan and you can to get a taxi truck to Haad Rin, where you can catch a boat taxi or taxi jeep to The Sanctuary.

From other parts of the island: The easiest way to get to us is via Had Rin is by taxi boat from there. If you are already on the east coast of the island, the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat travels between Had Thien and Thong Nai Pan/Tan Sadet twice a day from March to October.

From Haad Rin: Taxi boats leave from Sunrise Beach in Had Rin throughout the day. The taxi boat drivers will often ask you to wait for more customers to arrive. To improve your chances of getting a boat quickly with other passengers, head to the ferry port when the boats from Koh Samui come in at 11.20 a.m., 1.50 p.m., 4.50 p.m. and 7.20 p.m. The ferry port is just a 5 minute walk from Sunrise Beach.

Testimonials

  • Review by Brian from United States

    "Took my daughters here recently. They were ecstatic. This is a unique place with a unique history and sensibility. Just finished a meditation session with Nola. Best meditation in five years--that session was also at the Sanctuary. Great food. Great cove. But there is something else. Whether it's training and HR management, the people here, particularly the Thai and Myanmar staff, are genuinely lovely and service oriented. I've traveled all over the world and have many favorites. Nothing anywhere delivers what the Sanctuary delivers."

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  • Review by Nigel

    "I came here with my friend and his 2 friends as a place he wanted to spend for his birthday. My friend has stayed here on numerous occasions and has told me many times I should visit. This time i couldn't resist visiting and "WOW" what an amazing place with fantastic people. On arrival my friend was given the biggest welcome back which was nice to see. We stayed in the Ocean View House which was amazing and has a great view over the bay. There was a master bedroom with Air con and 2 more beds upstairs with fan. It had a bathroom which was built around rocks and had a natural view out to the bay. There was also 3 sofa's, Hammock, a basic kitchen area, Fridge and a drinking water tap which was really nice to have. The whole of the house is open to the elements and doesn't have any doors or windows just some roller sheets that you can put down if its windy or raining which it wasn't. There is also a little walk way from the living quarters to a piece of decking built on a rock if you want some privacy to sunbathe or relax with a great view. There is lots to do here if you like Yoga, Meditation, Detox or just a spa pampering. The beach at the sanctuary is ok but isn't paradise. There are rocks in the water but the sea is mostly clear and has a pontoon that you can swim out too and relax in a hammock or lay on the decking which has some cover. The restaurant is really nice and right on the beach with lots of healthy food but no meat. The drinks and service are first class. You can go all week without carrying any money as you can put it on your room bill and pay at the end. However, if you go out of the resort you will need cash. There is no ATM facility that i was aware of apart from if you take a water taxi or hike over to Haad Rin. We did the hike over to Haad Rin which i really enjoyed. Its not too bad but has some tough areas if your not fit. There is a view which looks down to Haad Yuan & Haad Thian. The trail brought us out on the end of Haad Rin beach which is a beautiful beach and also home to the Full Moon Party. You can walk across to Haad Yuan where there are some more restaurants and a beautiful beach which has crystal clear water and great for swimming. A great place to eat is "Bamboo" which is set on the hill of the walk across from "The Sanctuary" and has fantastic views that complement the food and service. A must visit. At the Sanctuary there are places to get laundry done ,a couple of shops and free wifi, but NO 3G or phone signal until you go over to Haad Yuan. All of the staff are amazing and i have to say a big thank you to Chad who was very very helpful. If you are coming from Koh Samui there is a supply boat that leaves from Mae Nam at midday and stops at Haad Rin then the Sanctuary which saves having to take a water Taxi from Haad Rin and only costs 300 baht one way."

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  • Review by Amir from Switzerland

    "Landing in The Sanctuary is like landing on an isolated island, even so that its just a few bays away from the full moon party beach Haad Rin. You have to take a long tail boat over here (300 THB per person) and that seems to filter who stays here. It's quiet, lovingly maintained, corals to explore, yoga and massages to get, as well as a healthy kitchen. If you are fine with no AC, I recommend a room on the hill top. Garden House for example."

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  • Review by Edith from the Netherland

    "Had a wonderful time at the sanctuary. Went by myself to regain energy and I did! Food is great, the yin yoga with hailey every morning at 10.30 were a treat, the massages are soothing and the 'rolfing' session with Sarah was excellent. My breathing has changed with one session already, great! Haad thien is a nice beach but a 5 min walk and you are at Why Nam, a lovely beach. Great for swimming and snorkeling. I stayed in weeman 5, fanned room, very nice with a lovely terrace. And apart from 1 spider on the bathroom wall the day I left, no bugs in the room whatsoever (and I am a true bug-hater!!). And I spent 5 nights. Liked my room much better then the garden rooms by the way. So if you don't really need ac: go for the fan. In short: loved it, especially travelling alone. It is easy to meet new people here and be on your own as well."

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  • Review by Yves from Israel
    9 out of 10

    "Just getting there is half the fun, isolated and set on a really idyllic bay, The Sanctuary is a welcoming resort-ish place with a real scene; die-hard travellers mixing with farang DJs and other long-time residents together with families with kids. There is a good vibe, the food is pretty good without being excellent, but the staff was quite welcoming, pleasant and smiling. We took the ocean view room, a round, open air duplex with AC overlooking the bay and even though we had a resident bat and his guano,, the kids loved it and had fun. I do have to say that climbing up the stairs to get up there justifies relaxing on the terrace or the hammock. Nok is giving a great massage and I also had a great one in the spa. No treatments or fasting or feasting for me, because there's no escaping the many parties dotting the island on a nightly basis, but fun nonetheless. Extras at the reaort are a bit expensive but I wouldn't have expected it to be different because of the remote location."

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  • Review by Philippe from France

    "Exceptional, unusual, friendly, peaceful, beautiful, delightful, etc.!.. The perfect place for the perfect time, outside the box. With a great team always providing the best welcome ever. See you soon!"

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  • Review by Lydia
    7 out of 10

    "To sum up my 3 day stay at the sanctuary would be an 'experience'. I found the sanctuary online whilst researching yoga retreats, this came up as number one. I was hoping for a few days of quiet staying in one of the private houses with my boyfriend whilst doing daily yoga. Immediately on arrival the atmosphere felt 'strange' the journey to the sanctuary was long stressful and expensive. We had been in Koh Tao, so arrived off the ferry at the port on Koh phangan to be told we had to take a taxi to haad rin then take a taxi boat to the sanctuary they wanted us to wait 2 hours for the next ferry to get more people on our taxi we ended up paying 1000 baht about £20 for a private taxi the drive is about 30 mins to haad rin we then had to wait 1 hour for more people to join the taxi boat, in the end 3 of us got on it cost us another 1000 baht for me and my boyfriend. We arrived at the sanctuary to have to run over the burning hot sand to the reception with staff watching us and not helping with the bags. On check in although very friendly the staff did not seem forth coming with information regarding the local area! With the stressful journey there I did feel quite trapped already concerned with how we would get back to Koh samui in 3 days time to catch a flight to Bangkok. Nevertheless, we decided to head straight to the 4pm yoga session, although interesting and a different type of practice I was used too we both felt it was not challenging enough. We decided to head again to the 8 am session the next day to find it was exactly the same sequence and yoga style. Quite disappointing when the main reason we chose the sanctuary was for the yoga. Also every session was 400 baht per person. This included other activities also we took part in a drawing class which again was a fun new experience but prices were all added on to final bill. We stayed in one of the private houses although it was an experience- it felt like a tree house in the jungle- we were promised a view of the bay- couldn't see any of the beach or sea as the trees were overgrown- which was fine but maybe change the description of the room! We felt it was over priced for the facilities! Also like many others have said the restaurant was nice, but very overpriced. It wasn't until our 3rd and final day that we discovered you could walk to the next beach called yuan beach (steps to the left of main restaurant about 10 mins) where we found a much nicer cleaner beach and a great restaurant with incredible views called bamboo hut. We met some great people whilst staying and the vibe is very friendly which is certainly a positive especially if you're a lone traveler. There are lot of people there who appeared more like residents there was a defiantly an 'inner circle' feeling. To get home we had already booked a ferry from the pier on Koh phangan to Koh samui, so had the dreaded journey to look forward to. However the day before we left a friend we met told us that a boat comes in at 9.45 to the sanctuary beach and will take you straight to Koh samui for 300 baht- as long as the waves are not too big- you buy a Tibet at the hotel and a flag will be put up so the boat knows you want to board. This information at check it would of been helpful and reduced anxiety of how e actually would make it back to samui!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Thailand

    "I'm just finishing my 2nd one-week stay at The Sanctuary, the first being a bit over a year ago. Both times I've done the 5.5-day detox/cleanse program, which includes seven nights accommodation plus a generous variety of spa treatments and optional yoga classes. I have chosen to stay in the open-air bungalows, which I prefer over the a/c alternatives. Don't understand folks who come to such a lovely, secluded spot -- accessible only by boat -- and then close themselves off from nature in an air-con box. The beach and bay are very pretty. There are round coral boulders here so you need to take care when swimming. Best time to do so is during or close to high tide, when there's more space to swim over the rocks. Once you're a hundred or meters out in the sea, it's not a problem. Staff are super friendly and mostly competent. The restaurants serves healthy, very tasty food. Plenty of wine, beer and cocktails for those not detoxing. The clientele here tends towards the 'alternative', with plenty of tatts and body piercings. If that bothers you, you might be more comfortable elsewhere, although pretty much all of Ko Phangan courts a similar clientele."

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  • Review by Neville from United States
    7 out of 10

    "We booked three nights here and stayed one. Nice place if you want to be more connected with nature and the island, but not the most comfortable. We stayed in a nicer lodging but it was completely open. Pretty sure a monkey came in the room in the middle of the night and ate at the foot of our bed. We found food there in the morning. This place is a secret little sanctuary, but it is definitely roughing it, and its one of the pricier spots in Haad Tien."

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  • Review by Lauren from United States
    9 out of 10

    "My boyfriend and I spent an entire day here on a day trip from Koh Samui. We were first pretty confused as to where to locate the hotel - stemming from our lack of research - but we were glad we figured out that we needed to take a long tail boat from the full-moon island. It was a nice, isolated resort with a lot of character. We were a little bit more "mainstream" than the normal crowd even coming from San Francisco, but we embraced it. The food was great and we would highly recommend the local kombucha!! The spa was nice and the steam room was hotter than any steam room I've ever been in."

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  • Review by a traveler from Indonesia
    9 out of 10

    "Never have I experienced such an incredible body work session before. Her intuition and years of experience working with the human body left no area untouched, unseen or unresolved. Neck and shoulder pain/tension disappeared immediately and was noticeable the next day when I joined yoga. She is a real gift and your body with thank you for it as she taps away with a wooden instrument all the old built up problems of years gone by. Forever grateful as she shifted 'stuff' which physiotherapists and masseurs couldn't budge! Lucky to have come across Luck!"

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  • Review by Edward
    7 out of 10

    "I had a trip to the sanctuary with my girlfriend. It was a nice experience in the sanctuary. The staffs in the resort were we stayed was gentle in behaviour and provided good service. Thailand sanctuary is filled with diversity."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "By far this is the most wonderful place I have ever stayed in all my years of travel. After 6 months of chronic fatigue and sickness that antibiotics and Western medications could do nothing for, I left The Sanctuary after a month and was completely healed.An affordable health and well being retreat that offers food cleanse programs, alternate healing and a range of high end and shared accommodation this retreat is situated on a beautiful tropical jungle island off Samui and really is something else. I tried five styles of the accommodation available and can honestly recommend them all - my favorite was Palm Villa (180 degrees views of jungle canopy, huge dining area with bed up on a stage area above the room, with a balcony, tea and coffee, mini bar and hot water) closely followed by the shared dorm (above the restaurant, noise was fine, beds simple but comfy, air-conditioning not needed so the fans were great and it has the best views of all). The restaurant offers two menus: one with a huge range of really tasty meals from Thai style to Western- and a raw food menu mostly for those doing the food cleanse but available to anyone. I ate from both and I don't think I've ever eaten so well, tasty or healthy before.The healing on offer at the Tea Temple was eclectic, spiritual and effective- I tried almost all and would recommend the same for anyone with or without health issues. The spa - situated up a giant tree - was great, with the Bali treatment the general fave. Cheaper massage options can be found with the locals on the sanctuary grounds and they are also fantastic. The Wellness centre offers food cleanse programs, colonics, juices and health advice as well as a lovely relaxing area to unwind.It is very easy to find yourself staying at The Sanctuary longer than you intended, and I met many there who had meant to stay a month but were still there a year or two later. There are parties ever couple of days at neighbouring beaches/bars. The crowd at the sanctuary is very welcoming so it won't take long for you to be invited along. While it is only a 10-minute boat ride to the full moon beach, the crowd at the sanctuary is most definitely not of that ilk."

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  • Review by Sonya from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "If you're after a holiday on an island resort, without all the people, this is the place! The location is ideal for anyone. I travelled alone and this place made me feel welcome. There's plenty of yoga and healing spaces here but if that's not your thing then there's no pressure, but readily available to those that feel the need. I attended the yoga at the Buddha Hall and at nearby Lotus Yoga, both were excellent!The service, rooms and staff at The Sanctuary are excellent. Vitou and Chard were so helpful and made my stay one that I shall remember. The restaurant food was delicious and the environment inviting. Don't miss the Tea Temple, where the sushi and bliss balls will delight your taste buds. The massage at the Sanctuary was expensive in relation to other places, I recommend you go to the lady behind the Sanctuary, providing an authentic experience and a seriously de-stress, Thai massage for $9.There's two neighboring beaches, Why Nam and Haad Yuan, both within a short walking distance. Why Nam is even more quiet, but a beautiful beach to get away from everything. Haad Yuan has excellent bars and restaurants, visit Bamboo for amazing food and to meet other travelers, cheap as chips, the fried whole snapper was to die for.Found my Zen here at The Sanctuary, going back as soon as possible"

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  • Review by Paul from France
    10 out of 10

    "Possibly the most enlightening ten days on my life is how I would summarise this place. A strong statement, but I chose The Sanctuary in Haad Rin very carefully. I had a sheet of paper with a lot of tick boxes on it, and after weeks of searching the internet I plumped for this place. And I didn't know what to expect.Arriving with only 5kg of hand luggage, but a lot of excess baggage of a different kind, I was immediately stunned by the beauty and tranquillity. The only real way to get there is by boat, which makes the arrival sort of ceremonial. But as soon as I arrived I was welcomed by Nikkola and Chard who continued to chat to me throughout the week like we were long lost friends. I certainly didn't feel like a lone traveller.I did a 7.5 day cleanse with Moon and his team. I was made to feel very welcome and they were ultra organised, friendly and efficient. I doubt that a colonic has ever been made to feel more 'normal'.I'd read some negative reviews about cliques and pretentiousness, but I can tell you that on that beach, in that place, there was no evidence of that. It really doesn't matter who you are 'on the outside'. You are just you and the camaraderie and friendship that develops inside is great. I mean, you get to know each others most intimate bathroom moments, and there's no point being shy about it!Outside of the fasting and the group sharing that experience, and although the beach and the setting is beautiful, my most lasting experience is the Tea Temple and what you find therein. Like I stated, I arrived with a lot of excess baggage of the emotional kind following a handful of quick-fire bereavements and some longer term shoulder-weight caused from work and other life-events.I arrived into the Tea Temple as a self-professed bigoted pragmatic agnostic who only believed in facts and figures you could see on a spreadsheet, and after ten days I left having experienced something special. Not to get all weird about it, but just go and try it. I don't care if you believe in the healers beliefs and/or methods or not. But one thing is certain... My head is clearer, I have rediscovered focus, and I feel my shoulders are 15kg lighter (although I guess after the colonic cleanse they sort of are physically too). The guys in the Tea Temple are an epiphany. I've been that person who has sniffed at this sort of thing. No more. More fool me for waiting all this time to try. Learning to get to know yourself is an interesting pastime and very revealing.Overall, the people who work at The Sanctuary (Nikkola, Chard, Moon and the rest of the team), the healers at the Tea Temple (Haylee, Leonie and Ushma et al.), and the other people who were 'holidaying' made it a special time.So much so, I'm booked to go back there again (but this time to eat the amazing food in the restaurant which I could only look at on my last visit!) in September to finish what I started.I miss that beach. It's a very special place - providing you understand what you are going to.I can see where the negative reviews stem from. But The Sanctuary makes no bones about what it is. It is in a jungle. It is not five star as you know 5 star in other countries. There are creatures which crawl and can find their way into your path. It is not a cheap place, certainly not for Thailand. The internet can go off (so can the electrics and water but I didn't experience that for more than a few minutes). Accept these things, ignore the outside world, and go to chill out / relax / eat well / recover / learn about you / open your mind. Manage your own expectations before you arrive, and once you've got these in check, there is nowhere better I've found in my well-travelled existence (although the Maldives is certainly up there too for relaxation, but that's a much more materialistic and hedonistic experience than this).It's what I was looking for. And judging by the number of people who were returning year after year, it ticks many peoples boxes, not just my own. But then again, I guess I should tell you its awful and not to bother going, and keep the best kept secret to those already in the know."

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  • Review by Jaynie from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "It took me a little while to warm up to this place. I booked the cheapest dorm room to and that experience was terrible. I wasn't getting much sleep with the dorm not being fully enclosed, above the bar and sleeping on a thin foam mattress on the floor. On the 3rd night I upgraded to the budget bungalow. As a solo traveller it was great, simple room with a good mattress. It is expensive compared to other accommodation in Koh Phangan but it is such a unique and special place it's not fair to compare to anything else. I do wish it was cheaper so I could stay longer.I loved the food and fruit shakes, were a bit pricey. The staff were amazing and always willing to help. When the concierge took me to the bungalow he turned the fan on and noticed it had an odd sound, very minor. Without asking, he spent about 5 mins working out the problem and fixing it. I thought that was a nice touch."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "The Thai staff who look after us are friendly, experienced and warm. They draw you to themselves and we appreciated this nurture and care. The management team are considerate and respond to guests' needs. I got to know Nik, in particular, who consistently shows carefully considered practical, pastoral and community care to all who find themselves there. I do not recognise at all comments about rude staff, bad service or endless noise.The food is delicious - a mixture of the very healthy and very naughty including freshly baked cakes by the slice every day. The setting is unique. Well loved gardens, attention to detail in design, soothing environment. The Sanctuary is in a fairly rural coastal jungle environment. Insects? Yes. Steps? Yes. Mix of people from all walks of life? Yes.The Sanctuary is a community. Many who make their homes in the bungalows around the three bays and who have been their for years, consider Sanctuary their meeting point.For those coming to detox and fast and yoga. They find community with others in the Wellness Centre. For those coming to experience healing therapies, then the Tea Temple provides ample breadth and depth of experience. For those who like great food, then the restaurant is a meeting place, a hub, a route to meet great people. For those who love to be pampered, the spa is beautiful and the menu of options is broad. From manicures and nails, to Thai massage and hair treatments. For those coming to simply have a break and with little expectation, the setting will give you inspiration to get busy and muck in. Or not.Did I find it fake? No. Just be yourself, and go. Have an open heart and an open mind. Not only did I have fun, but I found things out about myself and about others. I feel stronger and better for it. I feel refreshed and I have new friends too.Even if you are going there to be good. On Friday, at 5am, get up and go to Guy's Bar. Watch the sunrise with people you have met and remember that you were meant to go to Sanctuary. And, of course, if you ignore this review and don't go, then that's also what is meant to happen. Go well."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I have traveled the 5 continents and hold top tier status with several airlines due to my traveling. I have enjoyed some of the finest locations and experienced some of the best service at 5 star hotels and I must say that when I arrived I was unsure of where I had arrived.After just two days I started to see how the staff and management had carefully set up a place to provide space for all that arrived. From ultra stressed like me, to couples with small children and then to those who had found love in their lives.I am traveling for 3 months around SE Asia and now have planned to return to the sanctuary to get my batteries recharged.I watched one of the senior managers, Nolan take the time to talk to and be supportive of new and old guests alike.They have a funky place they call the Tea Temple where an eclectic bunch of healers are available to help anyone interested in any aspect of life improvement. I particularly appreciated a woman Sarah Wharton who is a structural integrative therapist who just astounded me with how she turn my sore and travel weary muscle and bones into those of a younger man.The "crew" in the restaurant will always make you feel welcome and once the top manager Chard Jumlong passing my table brought me a cushion to give my back more support without being asked.To all the staff I will always have a special place in my heart for all that you did for us and what I witnessed being done for others with the utmost care and compassion. Something I would never have thought I would say about a hotel. Then again it is the jungle, right!"

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  • Review by Paul
    7 out of 10

    "The location of the sanctuary speaks for itself. The views are gorgeous and the food is delicious. The staff are friendly and the yoga sessions we had with Haylee were fantastic. She made them a lot of fun and very meaningful.However, despite this the guests we found that are attracted to the place were not at all friendly and came across as very pretentious. Several times we tried to smile and exchange pleasantries but we found the place to be very clicky. It is for this reason I'm not sure we would stay there again."

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  • Review by Alon from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "Great location. Amazing highly experienced crew & service. We both Departed less 4Kg!! and the Detox 3.5 day's session was found to be very efficient "restart". Mr. Moon makes sure your stay will be as convenient as possible. We will surely return. By far the best way to experience the beauty of that island in an isolated yet very convenient resort!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    8 out of 10

    " The location is amazing and the rooms and restrauant are well placed as the resort blends in with nature by being terraced along the hills behind the beach. Bungalows are rustic. There are many, many mosquitoes and with the holes in the floor you need the net. The hike up to the rooms through the restaurant is great exercise. My view was mostly jungle, but many rooms have views of the beach. Big negative is the loud music that occurs every Friday night through Saturday afternoon. It goes on all night and the morning. You cant sleep unless you join into the dancing. Great place to meet all the beautiful people: a mix of solos, couples, and families. Hot and humid in August and September. Food is very good, but expensive for a rustic place. The only way to get there is by long boat. It costs 200 Thai baht per person from beach and more from the Had Rin pier. Most food dishes are 150 to 200 Thai baht. They offer free meditation in the evening at 6pm and other get-togethers at 3pm. I was told by two travelers to go here so I did. Im happy I did. Stayed for over a week... Enjoy... "

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  • Review by Delonski from Australia
    10 out of 10

    " 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 southeast 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... "

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  • Review by Avner from Israel
    8 out of 10

    " The first time we arrived at Koh Phangan, almost 13 years ago, when the long tail boat was nearing this hidden bay, we thought we came to heaven. We got the honeymoon suite and had an amazing time. Since then, we have been in the Sanctuary several times, taking Thai massages, eating the great food, taking yoga lessons. This August, we spent hours in this lovely beach and in the great restaurant. Regretfully, the spa schedule was so busy that we could not have a massage from their great masseuse. "

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