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The Sanctuary Thailand

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Had Tien Bay, Ko Phangan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my boyfriend enjoyed our 10-day stay at The Sanctuary. The resort is hidden on a beautiful beach, surrounded by jungle and mountains. The bungalows are clean and comfy and the restaurant area has a nice buzz day and night. The crowd is adorable mix of yogies, hippies and flashpackers, no kids allowed. The food selection at the restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s hard to explain though, why this place is so special and how its magic makes it hard not to change your flight week on week and delay departure from this more secluded spot of Thai paradise and sheer loveliness. It’s hard to pin point what creates such magic and honestly I am reluctant to write the review it deserves... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facilities for this property were really unique-loved the beach, bay and restaurant. The rooms however were high priced for the area, really nothing more than camping in a tree. If you like living with critters this is the place for you. I felt the price of the rooms was high for what they were. It was obviously really difficult... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A hotel/resort or any other accommodation provider's service must be directly proportional to the price they charge. This is unfortunately not the case with the Sanctuary. To begin with, there is no orientation to the place at check-in. They simply made me fill out a piece of paper while I was standing at the counter and sent someone who couldn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My second trip here was wonderful. The food is delicious (best vegetarian menu I've seen); the staff are great. The wellness centre for detoxing is awesome. If you need to "get away from it all", this is THE place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favourite places in the world... Hopefully i'll keep going back forever. I've stayed at the Sanctuary twice now and visited the restaurant several other trips. It's best if you love vegetarian food though. I love the atmosphere of the place and the way the mountain pokes through the whole resort.

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

Many thanks for returning and enjoying the Sanctuary Experience - from your review i can tell we will see you again and we look forward to welcoming you back - Mike More 

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