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Secret Garden Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 434 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“One of the best place we have stayed at in China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

We spent 2 nights there and it was great. Staff was wonderful, they helped us organize activities and made good recommendation. The kids loved the location, with the old buildings and fields around us. We rented bikes and biked in the country side up the river and then took a raft back down. Food was great, the family room was perfect with the kids. We went to Yangshuo for one evening and just loved the fac we did not have to stay in the city.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Lamothe
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
All our staff are happy they were able to help make your family's stay with us one of your highlights in China. Thank you.
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We spent three nights at Secret Garden, which is perfect. It was like being with friends arranging everything, from pickup at the airport to cars at our disposal whenever needed. We biked along the Yulong river through villages with people working in the fields and building houses. Being at Secret Garden was the closest one comes to the real life in China. The houses are 200 years, but with all modern facilities, large rooms and bathrooms. Very beautifully done. The kitchen was wonderful, a large menu, with both Chinese and Western food. We already miss the people working there, like Faye and the one we christened Sunshine. Getting breakfast from her made our day!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank edlebring
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Thank you for your wonderfully kind words. Faye, 'Sunshine' and the rest of your friends at Secret Garden fondly remember your whole family. We hope we can have the pleasure of meeting you all again in future.
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Adelaide, Australia
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Our two nights here, from being collected from our cruise boat to being dropped off at the bus station, were among the highlights of our China trip. We thoroughly enjoyed walks in the countryside, meals (particularly breakfast), friendly helpful staff, prompt service, quaint room, comfortable bed, working wifi, and great activities. The hotel is well organized and staff helped with advice and booked activities for us, including the Sanjie Liu night show and bamboo rafting.The only downside is that there is no easy transport access and you have to rely on the hotel drivers to go places. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rajah_Luojie
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
We are all so happy that we were able to make your time with us one of the highlights of your China trip. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.
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Beijing, China
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

We spent 4 days at this place and we really enjoyed it. I like this one more than Tea Cozy, after staying there too. The location is perfects and is more isolated from touristy places and the road.
And the food is great.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Miguel T
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
On behalf of all the Secret Garden family, thank you so much for your kind words. We always try our best in everything we do.
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

My friend and I spent a weekend at Secret Garden. It didn't matter that we hadn't read our guide books back to front because the staff at secret garden arranged everything we wanted to in the blink of an eye! The setting is beautiful too, a very peaceful village with lots to see and do. The charm of the old buildings was very unique and beautifully kept. I would recommend this place to anyone travelling to the area, especially if a quiet location is your thing.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shi-tacular
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed our hotel and beautiful village so much. The staff are glad that they were able to help you with all your arrangements.
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Vevey, Switzerland
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

Secret Garden is a place which you will enjoy from the beginning to the end! Reservations of room and transfer via email works perfectly, hospitality very friendly, communication in English without any problems, rooms excellent value for money, cuisine stunning (we had the chinese), organization on site of outings within 1 h! I can only recommend this place if you just want to spend a few days surrounded by wonderful nature and relax completely.
Keep it up, you have done a great job!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MakeawishandDream
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Thank you so much. We are all pleased that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us.
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Shanghai
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed here last week and absolutely loved it. So peaceful. This hotel has a lot of character - it is made up of several gorgeous little renovated houses in the village which are 'blocked off' of sorts and have cute little gardens and places to sit built between. The room we had was a comfortable, and super clean, albeit a little dark. However the beautiful grounds and many nooks for sitting in outside more than made up for this. The western breakfast was delicious (by China standards) and great value. We loved that the team organised everything for us and it all went smoothly, allowing us to just sit back and enjoy the experience. We were really happy to stay outside of Yangshuo: to enjoy the peace and quiet, wander around the village taking pictures and also riding bikes further afield. It was a truly restorative experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jamie J
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Myself and the rest of the Secret Garden team are so glad that you enjoyed your peaceful stay in our lovely village. We all hope you find the time to visit us again in future.
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Property: Secret Garden Boutique Hotel
Address: Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #5 of 434 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secret Garden is a boutique hotel with restaurant and art gallery, near the Yulong River in the beautiful Yangshuo countryside. We aim to preserve the beautiful Ming Dynasty buildings of this rural village; conserve the surrounding environment; and help develop the local community. If you are looking for a unique and inspirational environment in which to relax or explore, the Secret Garden Boutique Hotel is the perfect place for you. ... more   less 
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