FOOD: Amazing. One of the largest vegetarian menus you've ever seen. I ate 3 meals a day for a week, barely trying anything twice, and I probably only got through half of it. The food is consistently excellent, and the variety is incredible. On top of the many Thai dishes, there are Indian, Mexican, Italian, Pizza, Raw, and Burger (with 6 different vegetarian patties to choose from! the spicy nut-based one was my favourite) sections. They are surprisingly sparing with the herbs though.
ATMOSPHERE: A little too cool for our tastes. They must take the ugly people out the back and bury them or something, because there's an improbable proportion of beautiful people here, whether hot babes or Bronzed Adonises parading their muscles around. Sadly, you get the distinct feeling that everyone is kinda worried about how they look and whether they're cool enough. Eventually we realised that most people are actually quite nice, so it's annoying that The Sanctuary inserted this kind of Western superficiality and stand-offishness into such a blissfully down-to-Earth country.
SURROUNDS: Very nice. Lush jungle around the resort, with geckos and frogs everywhere, as well as some wonderful cats and dogs. Nice semi-secluded beach, though a bit rocky. Make sure you go to Had Juan (15 mins very scenic walk), which is a larger and more beautiful beach, with a more laid back atmosphere.
FACILITIES: We had an airconditioned hut, which was very nice. Wifi is patchy in parts, but very good at the restaurant. Massages were ***fantastic***. I had five, and apart from leaving me in perpetual bliss, they cured a months-old RSI injury in my arm.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
- The Sanctuary Island Spa