The Sanctuary Thailand Spa Resort – Something Else

Haad Tien Bay Sunrise

Paradise found.


Sanctuary – A place of refuge or safety.
Seek out our Sanctuary of wellbeing surrounded by nature and spirituality.


The Sanctuary is a place to simply ‘be’. Reconnect and explore yourself thoughtfully and energetically. Think of us as your recharging point on your journey. It’s amazing what a little madness and a lot of magic can do!
The Sanctuary aims to provide a unique and enriching experience, fuelled by magical people, healing opportunities and a beautiful, restful setting. Through our personal and well thought out menu to our Wellness Centre, to the Spa; we always have our minds on self-care, comfort and harmony. We work to balance the body, mind and soul, with daily and diverse yoga classes and a weekly changing schedule of workshops and talks from our amazing healers. All this heaven kept safe by the mystical Thai sea. Dive deeper into self-awareness and fun with a retreat like no other. Welcome to your home away from home. Let us and the bay look after you.


We are located on Koh Phangan Island, tucked away on the remote beach of Haad Tien.
Named after the local Tien trees that grow along our beach line. These trees are hundreds of years old and said to hold healing properties. They connect the land and sea, offering protection, luck and growth. Our living jungle juxtaposes the concrete of the modern world. This jungle breathes and sighs. Just like the water it will hold you safe in its arms. Take your time here to watch and listen, you will be rewarded. The sea here can be calm and crystal clear, or powerful and raw; depending on the time of year. But always cleansing, always vibrant and always watching over us with a deep turquoise gaze.

“LOST” By David Wagoner (1999)

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.


Our resort is built on ancient granite quartz crystals. The ocean tumbled granite is unique, combining both the elements of water and earth, flowing yet rooted, emotions and practicality mixing. The granite grounds us and keeps us focused whilst allowing us to flow and overcome obstacles. You cannot help but be embraced by this energy.


The staff here are a wonderful mix of Thai, Karen refugees from the North of Thailand and Burmese migrant workers. Our Sanctuary Family is diverse but we all have our home in the bay in common. The Sanctuary has been a small family run business since 1991; welcoming all who make it to our remote bay with open arms.
Recently our waters have been embracing more and more people through word of mouth, social media and some lovely journalistic pieces we’re rather proud of. This is a place where staff and guests become friends and where friends reunite year after year. Once you are a ‘bay person’ you are part of our community for life. No matter where you are from, what you do, or who you are – we all dance to the same rhythm. Come with an open heart and mind and see the magic for yourself!