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The Sanctuary Thailand

Had Tien Bay, Ko Phangan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
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The Sanctuary Thailand
Ranked #19 of 91 hotels in Ko Phangan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Erbil, Iraq
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We checked into Sanctuary for a 7 1/2 - 9 days detox programme and stayed during end of May/june. The place is amazingly beautiful with private beach and first class accommodation, serving delicious & healthy food in the restaurant, professionally managed and well attended, friendly staff. Special thanks to Moon, Bow and Joy who assisted in each & everything during... More

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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place to indulge your inner hippy and completely relax. There is both dorm style accommodation and more private individual villas set back into the hills. It was an incredible place to stay. We picked Star House – right up high (quite a few steps!) and peeking out over the tree tops it was spacious with a living area, bedroom... More

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

Hi Blonde_in_HK, Thanks for taking the time to review The Sanctuary. I think you give a really fair reflection of what it is like to stay in Star House. Open, relaxing, amazing views of stars and the jungle......with the occasional feline visitor. We hope you also enjoyed the undersky bathtub on the terrace. It looks as if you guys had... More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

On first sight the sanctuary seems to be the ideal resort. Nicely located on a semi private beach with bar restaurant an many bungalows in all price ranges. This is somewhat of a problem wanting a bit more upscale resort it seems you are at the right place, but the mix of dorm rooms and private exclusive houses seems to... More

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

Hi Jeroen, thanks for this review. Our intention is to provide a unique experience for our guests, one of these experiences is the cross section of clients we welcome here- from dormitory guests to luxury house dwellers - it’s the mix of people that makes the Sanctuary such a magical for most......we wish that had been the case with you.... More

Tel Aviv, Israel
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

First and foremost, it needs to be said that I traveled to the Sanctuary for the purpose of a detox. As such, I can't really speak to the people who are just going to chill out. I booked a seven and a half day/nine night package which included my room, all elements of the fast, a salad the night before,... More

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

HI Sharon. Thanks for this great review. Loads of fair information for people to look at. We miss your fun vibe here and loved watching your armour soften as the days ticked by. I'll be sure to pass your review to Moon and the team and to say thanks. See you next time Sharon. - Best wishes Jonny. More

Phnom Penh, Phnum Penh, Cambodia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The Sanctuary has the perfect blend of health, relaxation, and interesting workshops to keep you occupied. You can go where the mood takes you, whether you sunbathe, go to yoga, have spa treatments or join a whole range of workshops and/or private sessions offered through the Tea Temple. I personally enjoyed the breathing workshop and creative writing. How interesting they... More

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

Charlie, Thanks for your review. We are so happy when our guests really understand what we are trying to do here. Yes - come here and do whatever you want!!!!! See you soon we hope. Best wishes - Jonny More

London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I arrived to the Sanctuary after a long delayed journey and was delighted with my deluxe garden suite that I had booked for a treat to start my trip. It is more expensive that other nearby accommodation but the bed was super comfortable and the bathroom and living space was lovely, fitted out with air con, fridge etc. I finished... More

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

Hi G79, - Thanks for your review and we are delighted that you were won over by our little slice of paradise. One of the things we also love about being here is the wide cross section of people from many walks of life that come to see us. We are the only resort on Had Tien that offers some... More

Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I feel brand spankin new after a 7 day detox program at the Sanctuary - refreshed and renewed, physically, mentally, spiritually, bowel-ly. Much gratitude to Moon and the Wellness Center staff, whose hjob it is to keep us fasters stocked with herbal teas, coconuts, smiles, and constant encouragement to “just relax.” Colonics, clay shakes, and other detox elements were bookended... More

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

Hi Andary, It certainly looks as though you received the full Sanctuary experience!!!! I hope you don't mind if I use the phrase 'reacquaint yourself with easy' when I explain to people what it's all about here and will pass your thanks on to Moon and the detox team for another success story. Best wishes - Jonny More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

So for the 5th time now I have just said goodbye to the wonderful Sanctuary and in particular Moon and his friendly staff at The Wellness Centre. I have tried detoxing at various resorts over the world but there is something very special about The Sanctuary that I haven't yet found any where else. The Fasting programme at The Sanctuary... More

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

Hi Natalie, Thanks for your review. I will let Moon and the Wellness center crew know that you loved bring part of their family over there and hope tosee you for your sixth visit here soon. Best wishes Jonny More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Firstly, I'd just like to clear up that I only spent one night here so I can't give a completely rounNunnded opinion of the overall resort, I'm only going on what I experienced for the short amount of time I stayed there, and it wasn't Good. When we arrived on the resort we had a nice warm welcome & complimentary... More

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

Hi Nia - We regret hearing that you didn’t have great night here at Sanctuary. We are a rustic, jungle destination and many of our rooms are built into the rocks by the ocean. Some are open to nature and the beautiful sounds that she brings. It's one of the reasons that makes The Sanctuary stand out from mainstream resorts... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Just finished the 7 day cleanse. What an amazing place to do it! A lovely relaxed vibe. The staff are lovely, Moon - (who's been in charge of the detox centre since it started) is always happy to talk through and concerns or questions). When I broke my fast on day 8 was having trouble digesting food, he gave me... More

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

Hi Lee, thanks for you review. I will pass on your thanks to Moon and the detox crew for another happy guest. I hope you are feeling full of energy after your cleanse and that we will see you here again soon. best wishes - Jonny More

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Address: Had Tien Bay, Ko Phangan, Thailand (Formerly The Sanctuary Island Resort)
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Also Known As:
The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
The Sanctuary Island Spa

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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 
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