The Sanctuary at Haad Thien is a 10 minute boat trip from the party backpacker capital of Ko Phangan - Had Rin. Most of the time it is peaceful, attracting a very different crowd to the full moon party goers. It is a resort aimed at the health and wellness crowd, offering healthy vegetarian food, with most of the menu also dairy free. They offer massages, yoga and mediatation classes, and have a spa. Many people go there to fast, carrying out a detox. (At first I thought the detoxing they offered was more addressing hangovers resulting from full moon parties, but this is not the case.)
They offer cheap dormitary accomadation and a range of bungalows. We stayed in the Padma House - a 5 minute walk up into the forest. It was a lovely room perched on the side of the mountain looking out over the forest. The room only had walls on two sides, allowing the refreshing breeze in.
The peace and tranquility is disturbed every Friday night where an all night house party is held at a neighbouring resort. The resort supplied us with ear plugs free of charge. They were needed as the party went on until 9.30 the following morning.
Most of the staff were friendly, if not always knowledgable about the island and the possibilities.
- 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