We stayed at the sanctuary for 3 nights earlier this month and although we're by no means fully signed up health/yoga-resort fans we really liked it.
The food in the restaurant, although reasonably pricey by Thai standards, is amazing. Some of the dishes were the best of their kind I've ever had, let alone just in Thailand.
The staff were really incredibly helpful - basically the exact opposite of the description in ZB's review below. We were given complementary refreshing lime drinks on arrival, staff helped carry our bags, they remembered our names and were really friendly and helpful with any questions and I had a brilliant massage from a really nice Thai woman.
Our top tip would be to plan your trip so you're not there on a Friday as there is a massive all-night (really all-night: it runs into the afternoon the next day) party near the Sanctuary (run by different people) that is seriously loud. We tried 3 different types of earplugs and still struggled to sleep and our room was one of the further away from the music.
On Thursday night there was an open-mic night in the bar which was really good entertainment - quite a range of acts which I'm sure is completely different each week but the atmosphere was really nice.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
- The Sanctuary Island Spa