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5/5    Score based on 146 reviews

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5/5

Excellent

Went for a week...stayed for a month!
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And that's a line you'll hear over and over again at The Sanctuary. And why wouldn't you stay longer if you could? A range of accommodation, from basic to all mod cons, always charming, and all...

5/5

Excellent

fifth amazing visit
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I just got back from my fifth visit to this extraordinary place. I feel refreshed, healthy and recharged. This really is my favourite place on earth. I was there over NYE and have never seen it so...

5/5

Excellent

Little slice if paradise
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This place is rather unique in its vibe and setup. Whether or not you'll enjoy it depends on what you are looking for... I stayed there for 2 weeks in a "cheap" room with no a/c and no hot water...

3/5

Average

Mixed feelings
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After reading many of the reviews which seem to be mixed we decided to give them benefit of doubt and try it. However after our 7 day stay i also have mixed feelings about the place. First let me...

2/5

Poor

Make Profit not Loss
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This review is really about the restaurant at The Sanctuary as we didn't stay with them. Was really looking forward to it as I've heard so much about it. We tried to stay there but the only room they...

4/5

Very Good

Perfect combination of spirit and pleasure
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I stayed at the Sanctuary for a week in December with a friend. We were on a 5 day detox plan and had an air-con bungalow, right behind the beach. There are so many different ways to stay at the...

4/5

Very Good

5 days of paradise!
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A friend and I stayed here on recommendation from her friends on our recent trip to Thailand. We had our own private bungalow complete with a mosquito net, which was very effective! On arrival we...

5/5

Excellent

Wish I could live here!
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I was shocked to read a very negative review by andy mac! I know we are entitled to our own opinions but really the sanctuary to me was getting back to basics and appreciating your surroundings,the...

5/5

Excellent

NUMBER 1! But please open your hart and eyes for the dogs!!!
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The Sanctuary is my number one! The Yogini House my number one bungalow, the food..... number one.... the staff... number one.... the people.... number one! But: The greatness of a place and its...

5/5

Excellent

A place of Sanctuary and rejuvenation.
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I stayed at the Sanctuary and did the Weightloss programme which involved a strict raw veg and fruit diet, colonic irrigation programme and lots of exercise. I loved it and got a lot out of it. I am...

4/5

Very Good

You should go!
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This is an amazing place! Restaurant is the hub, really great food and gatherings, the beach just lovely lots to see very beautiful people, many travellers with lots of stories to tell, boats...

5/5

Excellent

Sanctuary, indeed
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We loved Sanctuary so much. It was so peaceful and beautiful, with a completely laid-back relaxing vibe. A week just disappeared for us, lazed into oblivion in hammocks and beach chairs. The food...

5/5

Excellent

Perfect place to detox and retox!
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We just completed the one week detox and found The Sanctuary to be the ideal place for it. We have also toured many of the detox centers on Samui and are even more impressed with The Sanctuary after...

4/5

Very Good

Beautiful and very relaxed
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An absolutely gorgeous place to stay. The staff were amazing, almost embarassingly helpful. The restaurant had amazing food, particularly the fish. There are yoga and meditation classes everyday, good... 

5/5

Excellent

Sanctuary indeed!!!
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We spent a week here with our 2 kids (7 and 12) and it was the most gorgeous chilled out week ever. Felt really safe so the kids were able to roam around freely (catching frogs and lizards, reading in...

2/5

Poor

Mixed feelings
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I stayed at The Sanctuary in late January this year after hearing some amazing things. And there were definitely some amazing things, so let's start with those: Mr Moon is a real character. All the...

4/5

Very Good

A place blessed with natural beauty
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The Sanctuary is really a Sanctuary in Koh Phangan. Despite reading a few bad reviews (funny this place attract either really good or really bad reviews), I decided to give this place a shot - and No...

5/5

Excellent

Great place, amazing food and wonderful staff
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Don't think about it twice!!!! Based on past recommendations, I decided to visit the Sanctuary that lasted for two weeks. I've travelled extensively throughout Asia both for business and...

5/5

Excellent

A true paradise
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I have been travelling for years all around the world but nevere found such an amazing place. The Sanctuary is beyong expectation,, actually beyond imagination. A truly spirtitual experience. The...

5/5

Excellent

The most amazing place in the world
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I have been extensively traveling all over the world From the most luxuries hotels/restaurants to the most basic If u are looking for a spiritual experience in the most magical set up the...

4/5

Very Good

Great place to stay for a few days
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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...

4/5

Very Good

Great pros, some cons
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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... 

1/5

Terrible

Huge let down, from start to finish
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I visited the sanctuary as part of a solo trip around SEA before returning to the UK after having lived in Asia for many years. In all my travels (in Asia and Africa, where I also lived for 10 years),...

5/5

Excellent

Wonderful expearance!!
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If your looking for a healthy place to relax and get away from it all. This is it! Vegetarian food, thai traditional massage, yoga, hamics, beautiful beach with great swimming. Casual drinks in the...

4/5

Very Good

Total Bliss - like heaven on earth
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I had a very unique holiday week in Sanctuary and when I returned home my friend told me that it was highly visible that I had spent my holiday in a place with healty food and tranquility - and I...      

5/5

Excellent

Ultimate sanctuary
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Beautiful place. Enjoyed the detox program, the yoga, the meditation, the treatments, the spa, the food, the service. All in all the perfect place to go for relaxation and reloading. Would go there...

5/5

Excellent

Paradise!
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I have been four times and will go again as soon as life permits. Think hammocks, smiles, sunshine, amazing food, cleansing, pina coladas, great music, yoga. Oh so much love and good times. Most of...

5/5

Excellent

Addictive Cleansing in Paradise
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I feel such a high after a cleanse/fast here. It's a must. I was tying to do it every year but now think it has to be twice a year just for the joy it seems to bring me. I always leave feeling and...

5/5

Excellent

A real sancturay
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We had heard about this place from a friend of ours whilst he stayed here and did a fast whilst we was partying in Las Vegas. We looked into everything and arranged our flights and took the tree...

5/5

Excellent

Great food in a great looking place
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We only visited the restaurant. We hoked from had rin t po this beach on a hot saturday morning. The hike is quite tough with a maximum height of 275 metres according to our gps. When we arrived at...

5/5

Excellent

Perfect Wedding
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Having been to Koh Phangan before, but never the Sanctuary, my now husband and I were very much intrigued when we found out they did only a few weddings a year. We knew we wanted something VERY...                      

4/5

Very Good

What a great place!
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My mum & I stayed here for eight days, doing the five-and-a-half-days detoxprogramme. The place is nice & quiet and the staff is great and Spears good English. This is he place to go if you are a...

4/5

Very Good

A bit like Marmite...
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The place is relatively unique, whether or not you'll enjoy it depends on what you are looking for. What I can objectively say is the following: the food is creative and delicious, the rooms are...

5/5

Excellent

Sunset Yoga with Ben
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This was the highlight of my two week trip! Instead of going all the way up to Buddha Hall (actually a fun climb for about oh, a million steps). Ben realized my focus was breathing and meditation. He...

5/5

Excellent

a real sanctuary...
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I've been to the Sanctuary many times... Last time I went there, I did a 7 day fast (detox) and it was an amazing experience!... There's a special part of the resort for those detoxing. The staff was...

4/5

Very Good

really nice touches
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I only spent one night at Sanctuary, in early June, and it was lovely. I had recently been asked to assess the pricing scale in another, less fancy resort, so was looking out for those things that...

2/5

Poor

Pretty bay, great food, tired rooms
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I just visited the Sanctuary for the second time after a wonderful stay in 2007, in the intervening years I have recommended this place to numerous friends. The food was still fresh and good, and the...

5/5

Excellent

Great to be back
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Been coming here on and off for years & I love that although there are more bungalows & houses the place still feels like a hidden oasis while the rest of the island gets increasingly overdeveloped....

2/5

Poor

It's interesting
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its funny how You read the negative reviews of the sanctuary here and the management , do not strive to take into account customers considerations, almost as if justifying the negative feedback by "...

5/5

Excellent

A rare jewel...
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My partner and I stayed at the beautiful bay of hat tien for a lot longer then we planned. The sanctuary is a beautiful oasis and well worth a visit. We partook in yoga classes, meditation classes,...

5/5

Excellent

A GREAT PLACE TO BE
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we really enjoyed our time at the sanctuary and it surounded bay´s. What i like about the sanctuary is that it was funn, spiritual, relaxing and sporty, It´s a great place for everyone. For...

3/5

Average

Good, but there are better options
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I stayed in a bungalow at the Sanctuary. It was nice, but there was no hot water or any extras. Lenka, who works on reception, is really friendly. Some of the waiting staff are great too - esp. Sam,...

4/5

Very Good

A Nice Thailand Getaway
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The Sanctuary is a perfect spot to get away from everything and just relax. They offer great yoga classes by teachers I was very impressed by and the studio was big and clean. The free meditation...

5/5

Excellent

As wonderful as ever
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As a place to stop, recharge, enjoy, and heal the soul. It's all there for me. The amazing food just makes for a great stay.

2/5

Poor

Ok, but slack and tatty
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Just returned from a 51/2 day detox and fast. The main guy, Mr Moon, who usually runs the wellness centre is away. Got there, no proper consultation or welcome, then staright into the detox. Thought...

3/5

Average

The Sanctuary
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I have just returned from staying at The Sanctuary and I have mixed views about it. I hadn't been back to Thailand for 15 years and was pleased that The Sanctuary and its surroundings were as...

5/5

Excellent

Return to Paradise
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Just returned to the UK after my third visit to the Sanctuary. This was the best time ever. Had a great welcome from the staff, the majority of whom were still there after a two year absence. That has...

3/5

Average

Nice, relaxing place, but...
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I feel that there is nobody really caring for the place. It would gain a lot if the staff and management would be more interested in taking good care of garden, beach and yoga places and creating a...

2/5

Poor

The Wrong Vibe for a Health Resort
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We heard so many good things about the Sanctuary, so we decided to check it out. After taking a 2 hour ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, we had to take a harrowing long tail boat in high waves...

5/5

Excellent

Amazing place!
Date:
A little paradise. An absolutely wonderful place to relax, meet great people and have spectacular new experiences. Amazing healers, and workshops. Spectacular food. Staff is absolutely great, very...

5/5

Excellent

Quite literally heaven
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WOW. What an incredible place. I hoped it was going to be a great experience but could never have imagined how amazing it actually turned out to be! My boyfriend Jamie and I came for 4 nights and...      

5/5

Excellent

sam, chard, wiliam - best staf ever
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thank you for this amazing 10 days. the stuff is excelent, the food healthy and tasty and the atmosphere unique. i'll come back! one more thing: what i loved on this place was the positive...

4/5

Very Good

Lovely vibe
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The Sanctuary is very rare in having rooms at all price levels, from cheap shared dorms to lovely private houses. This creates a levelling, democratic feel to the place. It's compounded by the staff -...

4/5

Very Good

This place is rustic!
Date:
This review starts out negative, but turns positive, so please at least skim the whole thing if you want the full picture of the sanctuary. I should preface this by saying that I am a person who...

4/5

Very Good

Makes a real difference
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Thoroughly enjoyed my two week stay here and it really made a difference. Have been finding it impossible to lose weight for months - yet since doing the detox programme, I have lost weight and that...

5/5

Excellent

Highly recommend!
Date:
Highly recommend if you are looking for a chill out place with awesome food, great people and a stellar level of service! Staff always happy specially Sam at the restaurant who is a super star!) My...

1/5

Terrible

Sanctuary Has Gone Downhill
Date:
We've stayed a lot at The Sanctuary over the years. We were sorely disappointed with our stay over the Christmas/New Year holidays. The place is looking extra-shabby. Rooms are not well kept. The...

5/5

Excellent

We are over the moon for The Wellness Staff!!!
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The Wellness Center staff, led by trustworthy Moon, couldn't be more welcoming if they tried. From the moment you slip off your flip-flops, climb the wooden stairs and enter the open air Wellness...

5/5

Excellent

Amazing Detox program
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I stayed here for 15 days last summer. I would return again in a second!! I did the detox program. AMAZING staff, beautiful location. It can't get better than this. You do have to take a boat to get...

5/5

Excellent

A unique place - beautiful setting inmidst nature, peaceful beach - ideal for yoga and detox fans
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The Sanctuary situated in Had Tien Bay on Koh Phangan is one of a kind. Bungalows, Garden suites and Garden Houses are scattered all around the forest and the little village. Unique for the Sanctuary...   

1/5

Terrible

The Sanctuary....not on a Friday night it ain't.
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The Sanctuary’s reputation precedes it, and we were given some firm and positive recommendations but nothing prepared us for the hell it turned out to be. Alarm bells should have sounded right at...

4/5

Very Good

Best vegetarian food ever
Date:
Nicely located in small bay (can only be reached by taxi boat, or a VERY bumpy ride through the jungle) with lovely bungalows (nice and quiet in the jungle) and the best vegetarian restaurant that I...     

5/5

Excellent

Bliss in Thailand
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The Sanctuary is a wonderful place for those looking to relax, whether travelling by yourself or with friends. Helpful staff, great choice of accommodation, secluded beach location, optional daily...

5/5

Excellent

Couldn't be better...
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The Sanctuary simply gives you what you need. Everyone is so nice and willing to help. There are many activities and workshops available. Definitely I will come back!!

4/5

Very Good

Amazing place
Date:
The sanctuary is a wonderful place, peaceful, lovely and helpful staff and amazing food! Esp. the bungalows are great. Although the resort has certainly not the most beautiful beach, it is a very...

5/5

Excellent

Lives up to its name and then some
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I barely know where to begin, in writing this review. I returned from nearly two weeks at The Sanctuary last night. I did the 7.5 day detox fast and can safely say it is the best thing I have ever...

3/5

Average

Friendly place
Date:
The Sanctuary is a nice place to enjoy SPA, yoga classes, veggie food and to meet friendly people. The ambiance there is quite "familial" and it is very pleasant. The rooms and bugalows offer just...

4/5

Very Good

Loved every minute of it
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We stayed at the Sanctuary in may 2009 and we loved every second of it. It’s such a great place to unwind from all the tention at home and for me even Bangkok ☺. We stayed here for 6 days and...

4/5

Very Good

Yoga holiday
Date:
The overall experience was excellent and I would definitely go back. As a self confessed carnivore I’d thought to challenge myself by going vegetarian for a week, but ended up eating veggie all 12...

5/5

Excellent

super place on koh phangan
Date:
We stayed here for four nights recently and wished we could have stayed longer. We were lucky enough to stay in the 'Rainbow house' which was a fantastic house in the hills with sea views. The...

5/5

Excellent

Exceptional service, beautiful location. I'm coming back!
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I cannot really describe how wonderful my experience at The Sanctuary was. By the end of five days I was, genuinely, more relaxed than I have ever been. The healthy lifestyle with detoxing, good food,...

5/5

Excellent

one of the best time I ever had...
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I stayed at the Sanctuary for the first time in August: a friend said if you don't make a reservation NOW i won't leave. YES, I was really stressed and i did. One of the best time in my life. It...

1/5

Terrible

Review based purely on online service
Date:
Please note, this review is purely based on the service via email I recieved when trying to book into the sanctuary. In no way is this review based on the resort itself. I contacted the sanctuary...

5/5

Excellent

For something a bit different, and totally unforgettable...
Date:
I stayed at the Sanctuary for the first time in June this year after being recommended it by a friend, and I've just returned from my 2nd visit there already! It really is an amazing place, built on a...

5/5

Excellent

Great experience!
Date:
Beautiful location, friendly and helpful staff, nice attention to detail. Great place to relax and have your own space if that's what you want, but also easy to meet others. Yoga was great, and nice...

5/5

Excellent

Nice Place, very friendly Service, best vegetarian food
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We stayed there four nights in a nice bungalow with shared bathroom (600 Baht). They have something for every kind of budget. From a dorm (bed/200thb) up to deluxe bungalows. All Bungalows are on the...

5/5

Excellent

Even better 2nd time round!!
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So we arrived in the bay, it was a smooth and pleasant landing because the sea was in our favour!! We have 2 kids and was surprised at how efficient check in was. We definitely, in our opinion, have...

5/5

Excellent

Stunning. Nothing more to say! ;-)
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What a place to finish off three weeks of backpacking, if you ever get the opportunity to visit this part of the world do it! Sanctuary sticks in my mind as Paradise. We stayed for a few days to...

5/5

Excellent

The most amazing Holiday destination of my life!!!!
Date:
Having gone to The Sanctuary for an 18 day weight loss/detox programme - I ended up staying for six weeks and having the time of my life..The staff in every part of The Sanctuary, were, without...

4/5

Very Good

Got eaten alive by mozzies !!!
Date:
We planned to stay at sanctuary for 11 nights but left after 3. We were eaten by mozzies, even though we are experienced travelers who have been to many mozzie areas Inc Africa and india. We did use...

3/5

Average

I can't shower without privacy and I do expect air con for $100....pics to come
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This is hard....the sanctuary is clearly trying but for what I was paying I did not expect to find myself in a room with no aircon ( I booked a deluxe bungalow) and having people walk past my...

5/5

Excellent

I'll be back, just like a Big Family !
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The Sanctuary The Rooms A great range of rooms, from the cheap basic bungalow with fan to the up market sensational tree houses. I was there in July and you don’t need an AC The Bathroom My basic...

2/5

Poor

Not what we expected :(
Date:
Not quite how it was described in the Lonely Planet Island and Beaches Guide (p.229; 7th Edition, 2010); “If your looking for Alex Garland’s mythical beach, this is about as close as it gets.” This...

4/5

Very Good

Hippie Haven on Koh Phangan
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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...    

5/5

Excellent

More than just a place to stay
Date:
Stayed for 10 nights in June this year in the ladies fasters dorm and then the normal dorm and did the 5 day fast. The accommodation in the ladies fasters dorm was very comfortable: 6 bed dorm with...

5/5

Excellent

This Place is magic!!
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I have been here a few times for fasting, reflection, and spiritual renewal and this place cannot be beat. I have been to other "wellness centers" and nothing really compares to The Sanctuary's...

5/5

Excellent

Another amazing visit!
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I came to The Sanctuary last July as well and as soon as I left I knew that I had to come back! I generally don't travel to the same place twice but The Sanctuary had me break that habit. The staff...

2/5

Poor

Totally not worth the money...
Date:
Weird combination of 'healthy bar', yoga, cleansing and a lot of people with an attitude, very artificial atmosphere..

5/5

Excellent

A very unique place - fantastic for detoxing and those just wanting to chill out
Date:
The Sanctuary is a very special little resort in Thailand. For several reasons. Firstly, its location. The Sanctuary occupies one side of a secluded bay on the Thai island of Koh Phangan. It can... 

5/5

Excellent

Pure paradise
Date:
Sanctuary life is health, peace and vitality combined. This was my second time having had amazing life changing experiences on my last visit. There are so many inspiring and lovely people here. I lost...

4/5

Very Good

Great location
Date:
We just spent our honeymoon at the sanctuary and enjoyed it. Especially the location was breathtaking. We had booked one of the bungalows overlooking the jungle with view of the ocean--very romantic....

4/5

Very Good

A little piece of Heaven!
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This place is relaxation personified. An awesome boat ride from beautiful but crazy Haad Rin beach, often packed with Full Moon party goers, The Sanctuary draws a complete contrast to the original... 

5/5

Excellent

Stunning and Unforgettable Experience
Date:
I stayed for a bit over a week and had a wonderful time. Finished writing a book while there and was inspired by several experiences that made their way into the novel. Great bungalow at great price,...

5/5

Excellent

Wondefful place, lovely people (staff and guests)
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Stayed here for 3 days when on Ko Phangan. Really wonderful place. Situated on a quiet and secluded beach 5 mins boat ride from Had Rin beach. Very relaxing - felt 100 miles away from the relative... 

1/5

Terrible

Avoid like the plague!!!!
Date:
We booked this hotel based on the tripadvisor reviews and the fact that it was close to the action of Haad Rin. What a bulls**t hippie rip off scheme that they have going here. The prices of...

5/5

Excellent

It's a trip
Date:
The Sanctuary is a culture and experience in it's own right..It's not for everybody but if you share the beliefs and values of the place, you'll have a great time...and if not, there are many many...

5/5

Excellent

12 days in paradise
Date:
Not knowing what to expect I arrived at the sanctuary and knew I had come to my bliss. Wow! The staff, the warmth and energy of the place, the food!!! The people that make their way there. After... 

5/5

Excellent

Second visit to the Sanctuary, still love it.
Date:
This is my second trip to the Sanctuary and I enjoyed it as much as the first. This time I did a 5 day fast instead of a 7 day as I wanted to be able to eat some of the food while I was here. I had...   

5/5

Excellent

A wonderful holiday - have never returned to a place before but p
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I went to The Sanctuary with my partner for two weeks to relax after a busy time at work. I was interested by the activities available (Yoga, Meditation) but wanted more to just escape and...

3/5

Average

fasting, yoga, good healthy food but no luxury
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if you go here for the fasting, the yoga, it is good. for backpackers this is more expensive than the nearby bamboo or beams bungalows. the food is nice with good choice, all wholesome and good....

5/5

Excellent

Beautiful..bohemian...spiritual..fun..relaxing...perfect :-)
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After a rather bouncy taxi boat ride from Haad Rin to Haad Tien we jumped into the water and dragged our tired bodies along the beach towards the Sanctuary.......as we approached in the darkness, we...

1/5

Terrible

Unhelpful and pretentious
Date:
We arrived for a 7 day detox with our confirmation emails and prices in tow. We got there to be told we couldn't do the 7 day detox as we were only there for 7 days, we didn't know you needed to do a...

4/5

Very Good

Highly recommended
Date:
I stayed in a Hillside bungalow for 2 weeks. The first week by myself, the second week I was part of a group of 26. Getting the awkward transportation issue out of the way that pertains to getting...

3/5

Average

The "Post" Hippy Theme
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The place is beautiful to start with, its very easy to communicate with people here if you like to talk about spiritualism and how bad animals are treated in the world and how more organic vegetables ...

5/5

Excellent

I felt so at home I didnt want to leave
Date:
My partner and I did a 4 day cleanse at the wellness centre then attended a 5 day workshop hosted by the Sanctuary lifespiral centre. We were lucky enough to be there on NYE and enjoyed a magical...  

3/5

Average

Mixed feelings - beautiful location, lovely staff, but some incre
Date:
I had such high expectations for The Sanctuary. I found the website earlier this year and initially planned to go alone for a 7 day detox. But plans changed and instead I went for a week with my...

5/5

Excellent

Great for a detox - Wouldnt holiday there
Date:
Myself and my partner stayed in the sanctuary recently for one week. We went there for the sole purpose of doing a 5 day detox. I had read the reviews and had really mixed feelings about going to...

5/5

Excellent

Yet another wonderful visit to The Sanctuary......
Date:
Just had to get on here and say what a wonderful visit we had to Sanctuary. Yet again it was the perfect antidote to everything 'out there' .. and to sterile big name resorts. Come here with an open...

1/5

Terrible

One of the worst holidays of my life
Date:
I think this place could apeal to a very selective crowd, but for me, this marked the worst vacation of my life. My friend and I left the resort a few days early as we were getting eaten alive by...

5/5

Excellent

A Paradise without food? It's TRUE!!
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I spent a week at The Sanctuary taking part in their detox program. I didn't think i could be so happy not eating for a week, but I was. Every single staff member had a ready smile and a charming...

5/5

Excellent

Best place ever! Incredible food, blissed out staff, right on!
Date:
Spent the last week of our honeymoon at The Sanctuary! Had some of the best yoga instruction of my life, as well as Thai massage. Loved the cinnamon/lemongrass steam room and plunge pool sessions!...

5/5

Excellent

Still a wonderfull place to stay
Date:
As a returning guest for years I can see only a few changes compare to other places in Phangan/ Samui in the last couple of years. Still a beautiful place to stay, friendly and committed staff;...

5/5

Excellent

Set your expectations and you'll find yourself in paradise
Date:
The big thing to keep in mind here is that the Sanctuary accommodations are a set of idyllic, foliage-nestled tree houses offering everything you need to be comfortable and nothing more. The...   

4/5

Very Good

No, its not perfect. But I still had a great vacation!
Date:
I am going to say that I agree on some level with all of the other reviews, both good and bad. This is not the place to go if you are expecting a 5 star detox resort with a high-end luxury spa, nor...

4/5

Very Good

eclectic and diverse...perfect for the liberal minded
Date:
I was fortunate enough to spend most of August at The Sanctuary, Koh Phangan. I again am fortunate enough to be able to travel, but i do still keep coming back to Thailand and Haad Tien was a new...

4/5

Very Good

A good break but probably not really for the "clean living"
Date:
I have very mixed feelings about The Sanctuary. On the one hand I met some amazing people and had some very positive experiences. I enjoyed my detox and also eating new foods like raw foods from their...

5/5

Excellent

The Inadvertent Visitor
Date:
Having just spent 6 nights at the Centara Resort, Haad Yuan on Koh Phangan I decided a change of scenery (and pace) was needed for my final 5 nights on the island. My destination was to be Thong Nai...

1/5

Terrible

If you are 20, smoke dope, like to party, detox and follow it up
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We actually live in Thailand, so we are quite familiar with what's good and what's not I booked for my wife a 9 night, 7 day full detox plan at the so called Sanctuary, a wellness centre. There...

4/5

Very Good

Relax with great food in fantastic company
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I thought i'd write this review to update the review page and because i nearly didnt go to the Sanctuary because of some bad reviews. Not sure what those people where expecting who thought it was too...

5/5

Excellent

My favourite place on earth
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I have just returned from my third visit to the Sanctuary I used to be one of those people who would never ever go on the same holiday twice... There is so much of the world to explore why an earth...

5/5

Excellent

Completely chilled and cool, you really switch off here, its amaz
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I have just returned from my first ever trip to Thailand … and it was brilliant. Thanks a lot to Trip Advisor for that. Lovely people, lots of smiles and I discovered the most amazing place in the...

3/5

Average

ok - expensive for what it is and there is definitely a cliquey t
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The Sanctuary I have spent a lot of time in this area of Thailand over the years and The Sanctuary is somewhere I have always had a curiosity about. Whenever I passed it on a boat or we pulled in...

5/5

Excellent

came for a week stayed for seven
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The Sanctuary is a fantastic spot, we are a travel weary family (never thought it could happen) and we wanted to find somewhere that was close to an international airport (samui) yet far away enough...    

1/5

Terrible

Don't waste your money on this place, left feeling disappointed..
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From the flashy website I thought we were arriving in a serene paradise with a detox/spa feel. From the moment we were shown to our room things seemed all wrong. Firstly walking up a hill to a little...

3/5

Average

Beautiful place, but service is not typical of Thai kindness...
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The place has an very unique location, gorgeous views and the whole concept of the Sanctuary is very nice. It's the place to stay if you don't want to have access to anything but nature. The cabanas...

4/5

Very Good

Great place for a detox - don't be put off by negative comments h
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I had to write this review as my partner and I nearly decided against going to The Sanctuary because of some of the reviews we read here, and I wanted to make sure other people don't do the...

4/5

Very Good

Make the effort to take ferries and boats, the destination is wor
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We loved The Sanctuary. Neither my partner, nor I had ever been to Thailand, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were told to get rucksacs (great advice), as getting there involved hopping into...

5/5

Excellent

sure is a sanctuary on this earth
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this resort well worth seeking out ,tends to be booked out so book early,we got the ocean view villa and boy is it cool.the views superb lots of room for four adults.warning a steep climb everyday...

2/5

Poor

Cant work this place out........
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The three beaches grouped together within walking distance from the Sanctuary is possibly the best location in Ko Phangan. The bars and restaurants that dot the cliffs and beaches are fantastic and...

3/5

Average

Think "commercial commune".
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The Sanctuary is a misnomer. Banish any mental associations you might have with either a quasi-religious retreat or a luxury resort. Think "commercial commune". I choose the word commune quite...

3/5

Average

Great for single travellers that like sex drugs and R&R and a hin
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This is a lovely place on the beach with a blend of 2 weeks holiday makers (that pay the full price),habitual travellers, expat hippies, (temporary) health freaks, yoga teachers and lots of other...

5/5

Excellent

Paradise!
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The Sanctuary really is a beautiful oasis of calm in an increasingly crazy island. I first came to Thailand 15 years ago when there wasn't a tarmac road in Koh Samui or Koh Phanang. Things are...

5/5

Excellent

heaven, a real refuge
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I have just returned from a memorable week at the sanctuary and am already plotting my return. The setting is idyllic, the atmosphere welcoming and inclusive, the food fantastic and the the whole a...

1/5

Terrible

"no reservations" is a lie/cater to select people/cold and incons
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I RARELY write reviews. I travel extensively. I recognize b*llshit when I see it. Mine and my friends experience of this place was quite sad. I arrived from Ko Samui, then by dirt trek road, all this...

5/5

Excellent

Beautiful and relaxt
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We red about this place in the lonley planet. It said you wanne namastay forever.. well out of 3 weeks holliday we stayed here 5 days and we loved it. We did a few good meditations and we enjoyed...

1/5

Terrible

Very disappointing....
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The Sanctuary is not what it promotes itself to be - a friendly retreat where you go to find peace and harmony. It is a badly run, expensive sham, and as a travel journalist and someone who has stayed...

2/5

Poor

Ridiculously expensive!!
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1) Basic accommodation (in different styles) for insanely high prices. 2) At the reception and in the restaurant indifferent staff, 3) Slow WIFI for a truly ridiculous price (4 times what you pay...

4/5

Very Good

Loved it... definitely overpriced
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This was my first trip to Thailand and The Sanctuary was my first (of many) stops. I was there for 3 nights and I honestly loved the place. The bar/restaurant area was my idea of heaven: relaxed,... 

3/5

Average

Lovely place - massively over-priced
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The Sanctuary is in a gorgeous (but not uncommon) bay on Koh Phangan and as spots to relax and revive go it is certainly worthy. Something of a confused goal though, as Friday nights see a party which...

2/5

Poor

Either you are in or you are.....
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not that in to all the I am so holy wibe going on here. My feeling of this place is that there is a very "old school" spiritual wibe here, meaning a standing hierarchy. If you suck up to the "main...

4/5

Very Good

Peaceful retreat in an attractive location
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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...

5/5

Excellent

The Sanctuary was a life saver
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Arrived at the Sanctuary on a long boat, gorgeous bay, lovely weather. I was heading to the Wellness center for a fast. It was better than expected, and I have fasted before. I like the tranquility,...

5/5

Excellent

Heaven on Earth,
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I spent 16 nights in Sanctuary ( heaven on earth) and Loved every moment of it. loved the Detox. THANK YOU MOON. The staff were so friendly that they just make you feel you are staying at home or...   

5/5

Excellent

Fast-tastic!
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Back from my third trip to the Sanctuary and have to echo the (positive) comments below. The Wellness Centre really is terrific - the staff are wonderful (especially the ever-fabulous Moon),...

5/5

Excellent

paradise on earth
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very thing about The Sanctuary was perfection, the accomodation, the food and the detox programme- thank you Moon. All the stafff were kind and friendly and the facilites second to none. The best yoga...   

5/5

Excellent

worst experience in Thailand - I cant believe we were at the same
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I have just come back from 2 weeks at the Sanctuary on a detox/ weightloss programme and cannot praise the place highly enough. I stayed in one of the delux houses in Gardens & was blown away by just...