Stayed at the Secret Garden for five days (Nov 2012). Loved everything about this place.
The room: adequate, big bathrooms, hot showers, working A/C... the only thing was that the bed was rock solid (common in Thailand). Clean sheets changed daily. One complaint I had was that at night, there was a party on the road across from the resort so... imagine listening to the Gangnam Style four times a night wasn't pleasant though. Wifi worked well in the room.
The restaurant: best thing about this resort was the restaurant & bar. Right on the beach, served great food, drinks (smoothies, cocktails, fresh juices) and snacks. You can seat at the restaurant, or one of the shaded huts in the garden and watch sun setting on the beach. Great!
The beach: this was my first time to Big Buddha Beach, and I was surprised at the quality. The sand soft and the water was swimmable (despite there is a seatran? ferry pier next door) the water quality was better than, dare I say, Bophut. Personally I like plane-spotting, so great to see planes flying over from Koh Phangan and landing at nearby airport. At night I would go out to the sea and the water was calm enough for a perfectly tranquil night swimming.
The location: Bangrak was a lovely area. It reminded me of what Bophut once was (10 years prior). Peaceful but has all the modern conveniences. ATM just around the corner, great noodle place as well as somtam vendors just next to Samui Pier Resort, mini mart and massage huts all within splitting distance.
I stayed in three resorts in Koh Samui and one in Koh Phangan over the course of three weeks, and despite it not equipped with swimming pool, Secret Garden was the best out of four resorts. Will consider staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secret Garden Beach Resort is a small boutique resort with 14 accommodations, beachfront restaurant and bar, tropical garden with swimming pool and a large beach area with loungers, umbrella's, restaurant/bar service and Thai massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secret Garden Beach Hotel Koh Samui
- Secret Garden Beach Resort Ko Samui/Bophut