I had been looking forward to staying here ever since I first read about it. It was recommended to us by a friend who said it’s got a little more to offer than the other resorts on this part of the island. It’s nice because I would still consider it an available option to backpackers on a budget, but the ambiance is really nice.
Not that the accommodations are fancy, but the whole thing about The Sanctuary is that they believe in holistic health and well-being. They have a large vegetarian restaurant (with an extensive menu), a lovely looking spa, several yoga classes and pilates classes daily, free meditation class every day and a healing center that run various workshops as well as a very popular fasting program. I was excited to have access to the vegetarian restaurant and get back into some yoga.
Naturally, a place like this attracts a more hippy-oriented crowd. It was certainly a younger crowd, and it seemed to us that a lot of the folks staying there were perhaps recovering from the full moon party that had taken place a few weeks before. Even though we didn’t make friends with anyone in particular during our stay, it was certainly a very positive and happy atmosphere and it looked like lots of different groups of guys and girls had made friends and were hanging out together. Always a good sign. We're not really hippies at all, but we are from San Francisco so we could dig the vibe for a little while :D.
The Sanctuary offers a wide range of accommodations, from dorms to big houses you can rent with 10 people. We stayed in a modest fan bungalow, that featured a deck and outdoor bathroom (!!). They do have many options for accomodations so you can move up or down in price range to find what works for you. They don't take advance reservations on the smaller bungalows, but they normally have something available so you can come, and move up or down in price range when something opens up-depending on what you need. Just call the morning of and see if there's something available. Even if there's not, there are two other resorts on the same beach who would probably have availability until something opened up at the Sanctuary.
I would recommend staying here if you want a little calmer, more relaxing experience on Koh Phangan and are interested in well being and healthy living.
- 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