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The Sanctuary

Hippy chic

Southern end of Haad Thian, Ko Pha Ngan T: (081) 271 3614

The Sanctuary

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If there was one place on Ko Pha Ngan that summed up the hippy chic of the island, The Sanctuary on Haad Thian on the east coast of the island, would be it.

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The Sanctuary is part resort, part spa and part detox centre but it is probably best known for its outstanding beachside restaurant. Nestled into the southern end of Haad Thian, with accommodation both scattered across the hillside and running back from the resort, Sanctuary indeed lives up to its name offering a tempting escape from the sometimes hectic other parts of the island. Here you can spend days just whiling away the time on your balcony hammock, listening to the wind in the trees, or busy yourself socialising in the popular restaurant (which offers plenty of events) and exploring the various activities on offer.

Enjoying the morning calm.

Enjoying the morning calm. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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.

Simple but clean and comfortable.

Simple but clean and comfortable. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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 and not surprisingly Sanctuary does a lot of return custom, with the same people returning year after year. Do check their website for the full range of their accommodation offerings.

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. Staff are friendly, but service can be very slow and billing remains an issue – do check your bill, we were both undercharged and overcharged on a recent stay.

Really built into the surrounds.

Really built into the surrounds. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The ambience at Sanctuary is geared toward relaxation and unwinding, rather than party time, and while many love it, others may find the scene decidedly 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.

Every room is different.

Every room is different. Photo: Stuart McDonald

There's nowhere else quite like Sanctuary on Ko Pha Ngan, so if you're looking for a memorable stay and the activities appeal, this could be just the hideaway you were looking for.

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Walk-in rates at The Sanctuary

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
300 baht
375 baht
Bungalow fan private bathroom
1,210 baht
1,510 baht
Upto 2,200 baht
Deluxe bungalow
2,600 baht
3,250 baht
up to 5,999 baht
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 300 baht, high season 375 baht. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 1,210 baht, high season 1,510 baht. Notes: Upto 2,200 baht
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 2,600 baht, high season 3,250 baht. Notes: up to 5,999 baht

Where is The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary
Southern end of Haad Thian, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (081) 271 3614
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º4'34.98" E, 9º41'44.52" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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