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Secret Garden Beach Resort
Ranked #17 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Nice & cosy resort :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Lovely staff members, beautiful and cosy chilling area and good food in the restaurant. Nice beach just outside of the bungalow! Bungalows are pretty basic, but comfortable :) good location - 300 baht from the ferry pier or the airport ;-) Btw - I had a little guest in my room at night - a gecko lizard ;)

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Roskilde, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Secret gardens resort

We only spent one night here, so I dont have much to say about the place.

Location:
Secret Garden is a really nice place to stay, right at the "Big Buddha beach" in Bophut. Are very relaxed area. If you want nightlife, go to the nearby Bophut Beach and Fishermans Village (dont
Miss the Fishermans Village nightmarket on fridays).

What you get:
Secret Garden, has sunbeds on the beach, two small salah, a restaurent with a great view of the sea, bar and free wifi. The offer massage either at your room or in the Salahs.
The rooms are nice and clean, spacious and comes with a/c, hot water and safety deposit box.
There's also complementary water and a little fridge.
The staff are nice, helpfull and attentive.

The Food:
I read a review, saying the food was nothing special, but the chef must have done an extra effort the night we were there.
It was really good (thai) food and so was the dessert (Apple pie).
The food was arranged in a beautiful way, on the plate and serving was good.

Getting to Secret Garden:
If you come from Koh Phangan, there's a pier right next to Secret Garden. If you arrive at the other piers, take the shuttlebus often offered at the boat to Samui. Taxi drivers are very reluctant to use meter here and even short drives will cost a fortune, compared to prices in Bangkok :)

All in all - a great place to stay and I will definately recommend it to all kinds of travellers!

Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

We stayed in the beachside bungalow for over 3 weeks in June and loved it! The location was the best we saw on our travels around Koh Samui, our bungalow was right on the beach and you can fall asleep listening to the waves! The staff couldn't be more helpful, genuinely taking care of you whilst allowing you to relax, nothing is too much trouble! which is priceless when you are away from home. On a sunday they have live music and a BBQ, I'm also a sucker for festoon lights which they have loads of!! Thank you for looking after us in such a personal way, we will return very soon! please say hi to everyone x

Room Tip: I would advise booking the beachfront bungalow the view was stunning!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aalsmeer, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I've been there with three friends last night for the BBQ & Live music, I had a great time! Location is a bit far from the most populated areas, it had been raining before we got there and most of the seats were outside though, the staff was helpful in finding us a nice seat and some nice drinks. I have not tried the barbeque but I've heard it was quite good. The live music was a bit stiff at the start for people to eat but later on I witnessed the very joy live music can bring when the passion of the players and the public gets mixed together..Absolutely fantastic! I happened to personally know the players of the band a bit and they did once again a great job. I would definitely come back :)

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights & it was pretty good for price. We booked beachside bungalow so it didn't really have a view of beach but was about 30 meters away. Upon arriving, we realized only 1 unit actually faced the beach. Other 3 beachside units only faced the center of property with a slight view of beach from front patio, which includes our unit at the very end. Beach was ok (not big), ocean water was not clear so just good for wading. Small pier was nearby & planes can be seen while on beach since airport is very nearby.

Our room was clean but size wasn't big but had a small couch & bed was comfy. AC in room, wifi was very good strength in room, TV had great english movie & news channels, bathroom is good size, toilet (flushed well) & sink is in covered area but shower area (good water pressure) was open air. Housekeeping done everyday. Therefore, we felt the value, room size & location was just average for price we paid. But friendly staff & overall cleanliness makes our stay overall very good.

Food at resort was pretty good. We ate a lot of pastas & took advantage of the happy hour cocktails. Prices were reasonable & food was tasty. There are restaurants around the area but we mainly ate at resort. We ventured to Changweng beach & thought beach area was a lot better. It was much bigger & a bit busier but we didn't think it was crowded at all. The water was great with nice waves to play in. Lots of restaurants along beach. Thus, consider what type of beach & area you like when booking at this resort. If you want quiet beach then Buddha beach is pretty good.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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79 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed in this resort for two nights and we really liked it. Our beachside bungalow was spacious, nicely furnished and clean and the bed was very comfortable. On sunday we watched the live music and had the barbecue buffet for dinner (if you choose to take the bbq buffet for dinner which is 300 baht per person, note that you can have only one plate and it is not an all you can eat- we didn't know and ended up a little hungry). It was a nice evening. They also have a happy hour were you can get two drinks for the price of one. Since we stayed up till the music was over, we didn't have any trouble with sleeping. There weren't any nightly noises around our bungalow either. We liked the food at the restaurant very much, too. We tried western food and thai and both was good. Also they served good coffee and the wine was good too. The staff was very nice and attendive. Also the owner, John, was very friendly and supportive. We had originally reserved 4 nights at this resort and had put down a deposit. However we emailed the resort that we couldn't manage to get there in time and arrived 2 nights late. John was very nice and said we only had to pay the two nights we actually stayed at secret garden. There were some bars around the resort but we never heard any noises or music coming from those. Truth be told some parts of the resort could use a little makeover, such as the daybeds on the beach or the cushions at the restaurant. But as I noted they are building a pool this year or next year and then also be doing all the renovating aswell. If you want to go swimming, I would rather recommend going to another beach since the sand on the beach is coarse and the water is pretty murky. Also there are some sharp-edged oyster shells in the sand and you can't see what you are stepping on. Also the pier is right next to the resort. But other than that we really liked the stay at this resort and would recommend it for a short stay at Ko Samui. Going anywere by Taxi or Songatew is around 300 baht p. Person.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at the Secret Garden Beach Resort only for 1 night as we were staying in Koh Tao and flying out the next day. The resort is very lovely, it's right on the beach so it's got a very relaxed feeling to it. The food at the restaurant is delicious and the staff very nice. They even brought our dinner in our room when we didn't feel like eating at the restaurant but they didn't even come back to pick up the dishes so we had to sleep all night with a fried rice smell in the room. Couldn't leave the dishes outside as it was pouring down with rain. Internet works well in the room. The room in itself is clean, the bed is comfortable and the air-conditioning works well. On the other hand, the bathroom was a horror. Although very clean and massive, it was a sauna in there. There was no fan or air-conditioning and the fact that the bathroom had a mesh grill instead of a glass window let all the hot air coming through. Also, there was only hot water which was a big disappointment. The only thing we wanted after long walks during the day was a very cold shower but unfortunately there was no option.
In the end, this was a nice place to stay but it needs some work done.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Secret Garden Beach Resort
Address: 22/1 Moo 4, Ban Bangrak, Big Buddha Beach | Suratthani, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#13 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#28 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Secret Garden Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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