A small community of friends creates a glamorous refuge in paradise
FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES, The Sanctuary resort and spa, renowned for its detox, yoga, and wellness facilities, has been providing respite and clarity to travel¬ers wanting to spend quality time with themselves. Tucked away on Haad Tien beach on Koh Phangan, the Thai island best known for its hedonistic full-moon parties, The Sanctuary is a place that singles, couples, and groups come to for rest and recharging of body and soul. It lies on a stretch of unspoiled shoreline, built on energizing gran¬ite quartz rock and surrounded by century-old trees that are reputed to have healing qualities.
The Sanctuary began life as a secret refuge in a hidden corner of Southeast Asia, where friends would gather to take a break from touring the region. The initial aim was for people to connect, share experiences, and relax in the natural beauty of the surroundings. That idea remains today, albeit on a grander scale. Informal information exchanges have evolved into high-level teaching, with immersive yoga courses from which students can graduate with professional qualifications. The accommodations have evolved too, but there are still dormitory rooms for guests seeking a pocketbook-friendly option. At the higher end of the price range, traditional Thai houses offer both luxury and privacy.
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