A little piece of magic
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The Sanctuary is a resort, spa and detox centre.
The reception fronts the small beach with cushioned deck chairs and some over-friendly dogs, while the rooms are a winding maze heading up into the jungle and around through the gardens. Numerous types of bungalows, houses and a dorm are on offer, with price dependent on size, view and whether you opt for amenities such as a fan or air-con, television, minibar and hot-water showers. Each is individual, with tasteful modern decor, large comfortable beds, pillows you'll want to take home, mosquito nets, couches and balconies with either table and chairs or hammocks. Many of the jungle houses have been built into the natural surroundings where the shower is blended into the rocks and the open window allows for gazing over the beach to the horizon. Prices are somewhat higher than what you’ll pay elsewhere, but this is a bit of a special property. True jungle living done with style, you may never want to leave. The multi-tiered restaurant, nestled into a giant quartz-granite rock has an extensive vegetarian (plus seafood) Thai and international menu. They boast raw foods dishes, fresh breads and cakes baked daily, a well stocked bar, and a real coffee machine. Not the cheapest menu on the island, but worth the cost as the food is especially memorable. All the staff are exceptionally friendly and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Billing remains an issue here. Do check your bill, we were both undercharged and overcharged on a recent stay. The ambience at Sanctuary is geared toward relaxation and unwinding, rather than party time, and while many love it, others may find the scene a little cliquey as The Sanctuary attracts longer-stay, repeat guests and yoga groups. The peace and quiet aimed at adults needing a break, rather than a family holiday, though children are welcome. There are detox packages, yoga, pilates, meditation, as well as a host of spiritual, creative and body healers available for workshops and private sessions in the Tea Temple, another slice of heaven to steal some quiet time and enjoy their Japanese-inspired menu. Need more? There is boutique shop, a spa, steam room, a movie night, open-mic, and a small market on Sundays.
By Romi Grossberg
Last updated on 9th October, 2014.