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The Sanctuary Thailand

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Had Tien Bay, Ko Phangan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
The Sanctuary Thailand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went here a year ago (June 2014 but July was the closest option) and I've been finding myself aching to return. I got a lovely room in the first instance and stayed in it for 3 nights. Unfortunately, as the rooms are built into the sides of the rock face, there were a couple open areas where one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As with many amazing places it's the people who make it. One person has taken this place to a 3* to a 5* for me and that was Chard. He ensured our every need was taken care of made us fall in love with the people. Sam also made a lot of effort to ensure we enjoyed our stay. This... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sanctuary lives up to its name! A sanctuary. A home away from home! People were so inclusive and friendly! It was like one big family. I went on my own and it was perfect. You got the peace from the beautifu, rustic and raw surroundings but always had someone to talk to if you wish. They diverse therapies in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After spending a month here I don't know what the fuss is about. Someone in management must have an in with the British press. These patched together bungalows serve more as a sanctuary for animals than people. I shared my bathroom with a gecko--kind of charming--a rat--not charming--and often woke up to find my bed and person covered with a... More 

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

Hi and thank you for your review . We are pleased that you stayed a month with us and we really appreciate your sharing some of your issues with us. As you point out - some of our rooms are located in a jungle environment - this was a pre-requisite when the owners designed the place, the owners were and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I am a rather backpacking/camping traveller who prefers road trips more than staying in a resort. This time I decided to change the travelling pattern and stay 16 days at The Sanctuary. I was always a bit sceptical towards Yoga/ Meditation/Natural Healers but I decided to try all this and open up for new ideas. I did 16 day weight... More 

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

Thank you Monica for your visit and your review and for taking on our WLP challenge . Well done to you on your success. Delighted you met great people and enjoyed all the other happenings that go on here .Good luck in your future and we hope to see you again soon - regards- Mike More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It doesn't really matter why you pick the Sanctuary: to lose weight, to get over a broken relationship, to find yourself or just have a break from the busy world. I can recommend the sanctuary to cure all ills and like anything transformative - change you in ways you didn't even now you could or wanted. This place is pleasurable... More 

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

Many thanks for your visit and for embracing all that Sanctuary is and for appreciating our quirkiness and appeal . We look forward to your return visit , please dont wait another 15 years. regards- Mike More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Stayed two nights very recently at the Sanctuary. Found it to be completely overpriced and not worth it. Staff at the reception were most unwelcoming. Nobody to show me around the place and explain the features of the resort. Just escorted to the room in silence and left there with my bags. Room smelt stale and had insects all over... More 

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

Sorry that we messed up so badly for you and sorry that we didn’t make your stay an enjoyable one. We really do want every customer happy and contented and we really do strive to make this happen. In this case we have no excuse to offer because it is low season and the staff are not stressed or overworked... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Me and my wife stayed for 4 nights in the best room at the top off the hill and had a very nice view...rooms are very basic and not cheap....hugh amounts off mosqitos and bugs/spides/bats in the room and all over the place nonstop since the place is in the "jungel" and open air style.. Local employed staff is mix... More 

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

Dear Thomas - many thanks for your review and sincere apologies that Sanctuary was not what you expected . I can see from your TA profile that you are luxury traveller and can appreciate that the jungle environment here can be a challenge for some . Sanctuary is renowned for its Vegetarian and Raw food offerings- this is why many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I travelled here with friends and stayed for five nights. We arrived by longtail boat from Haad Tien (about 300B per person) and simply hoped to get a room. We were all booked in to private bungalows, and mine overlooked treetops and jungle. The accommodation is spartan and basic, but completely adequate, and the real point of The Sanctuary is... More 

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

Dear Christian. Many thanks for coming to visit Sanctuary and great that you enjoyed the social mix of guests who come to enjoy what we have to offer . In your case - simply relaxing. The hammock on the Pontoon is also one of my favorite places to 'hang'.. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future .... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Wow. Where to begin? My husband and I are traveling around the world and we ditched out plans to head to Lao because we were hot and tired after traveling around Cambodia and Vietnam. Somehow we found out about The Sanctuary and were motivated enough to take a long series of buses, train, boats, etc. to Ko Phanghan. We ended... More 

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

Hi Molly - thanks so much for making the journey and relaxing into all that Sanctuary has to offer . we look forward to seeing you again - Mike More 

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