We love special days!!!
“Absolutely everything was perfect, from the moment we arrived and were given a refreshing and badly needed ginger and lemon cold drink until we said our farewells to the wonderful staff 10 days later……it was like we were leaving our family!!!!” Paula & Alan sept 2014
Be it Buddhist, non-religious or gay marriages, we make them all a magical special occasion!
“Here, among the thatched roofs, decks and balconies above a translucent Gulf of Thailand, health and well-being is a laid-back, low-key affair. The antithesis of a clinical five-star spa...”
The Guardian UK
The Sanctuary Resort, Spa & Wellness Center is located on a remote tropical beach on Koh Phangan, a sister island to Koh Samui. This alternative island resort has developed a reputation over the years for offering a personal service to its guests, that special touch that has guests returning year after year.
The Sanctuary is pleased to offer you a very special and alternative location for your marriage, and we promise to make it truly a day to remember. We will handle all your local needs including logistics, a service of your choice, photography and more. We can even organize live music on the beach or an international DJ in a local dance venue or you can simply bring along and enjoy your favorite music.
Your marriage service is special and we are pleased to offer a selection of services for you to exchange your vows.
Traditional Buddhist Ceremony
This is a special occasion where you will be married in front of 9 Buddhist monks. The monks offer prayers and chants to bless the occasion while the abbot ties sacred white string around the couples’ wrists and sprinkles holy water over their heads with a leafy branch. All other guests are encouraged to also tie string around the couples wrists as a symbol of binding and unity.
After the ceremony gifts are given to the monks and abbot. They can stay for the photo shoot before returning to their Wat (temple) on the other side of the island. This ceremony must take place in the morning time as the monks are forbidden to eat after midday. Obviously The Sanctuary will organize all the needs of the monks.
Read about Brad and Dawn’s wedding blog
A non-religious service can also be catered for, you provide the vows and we can provide the perfect ‘vicar’ who can add that touch of magic to this non-religious occasion. If you have another non-religious service you would like to perform please ask and we will endeavor to cater to your needs.
We acknowledge that all weddings have their unique needs and we love making these dreams a reality. We have organised make up artists, special entertainment, Thai Love Lantern ceremonies, and special intimate weddings for the happy couple only -and we love to throw in a sprinkling of magic and make the occasion a very special and unique event!
Location, Location, Location
We offer a tropical choice of locations for your special day, whether its in one of our stunning houses with the bay as a backdrop, on the beach in the shade of the coconut trees, or at the ocean shore by our magnificent rocks.
We can cater for groups of 2 to 40 people offering a vegetarian and /or seafood feast worthy of the occasion to suit all desires and costs. We have a full bar and can offer Champagne, wine, tropical fruit punch & cocktails.
Your guests can stay in one of our stunning unique houses or select from the range of Sanctuary style bungalows. For the Bride and Groom the Honeymoon house is already named and awaiting your pleasure.
Cost packages are tailored to your individual needs, contact us to discuss the possibility of making your special day a unique, alternative tropical island Wedding Day.
What they say about us:
“Thanks to you and all of the extremely hard working staff at the Sanctuary, we had the most amazing 10 days staying with you guys and all the rest of the wedding party are, like us now completely in love with the Sanctuary and are already planning the next visit!!
All of the wedding guests loved their accommodation….quirky and unique, yet had all the comforts/luxuries needed for wedding goers!! The staff were wonderful with helping getting everyone to the various houses and lugging heavy bags with a smile even though they must have been convinced there were rocks in each bag!!!
Everyone was gobsmacked with the food in the restaurant….so yummy…getting hungry just thinking about it!!! The staff were just fantastic…they were so good at dealing with our big group with different account numbers, special requests and general confusion that we tried to cause!!!! They got complicated orders correct without any hitches every time!!! A special sing out to Sam, Chard, William and all the other staff that are amazing at their jobs!!
The wedding day itself was magical….Special thanks to you for being there to make sure it all went to plan and that the farangs didn’t “put their foot in it” (literally!) with the monks!!! The monk answering his iPhone during the ceremony certainly helped put everyone at ease (the local parish priests in Westmeath and Carlow have a lot to live up to now!!!! The flowers in Ocean View were so gorgeous, the orchids on each of the steps up, the bouquet, the headdress etc etc etc all beautiful…thank you so much!!!
And then we entered Nolan’s domain….the food….sensational!!!! The lunch was beyond delicious, the cocktails and canapes yummy and the dinner was out of this world!!! And the cake…..a work of art!!!!! Thank you Nolan….creative genius!!!!!
There are so many other things we can think of that made it a wonderful time for us….too many to mention… but we are so in awe of the time we had there…it was a magical unforgettable wedding!!” Paula & Alan sept 2014