Our stay at the Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bangrak, Koh Samui, Thailand


We spent 3 weeks travelling around Koh Samui and our stay at the Secret Garden Beach Resort was one of our favourites. The Secret Garden has always had a good reputation for it’s food and entertainment and on our previous visits to Koh Samui we had enjoyed a fabulous meal. It is situated in Bangrak which is one of our favourite spots on the island. We were interested to learn that it had been developed now into a small resort so we booked a stay.

Airport Transfer to the Secret Garden

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Airport transfer

Prior to our stay we contacted the resort and received a prompt reply from Sun, the reception manager. We arranged an airport transfer for 380 baht (£7.60). The transport driver was waiting for us and we were taken straight to the resort, which took approximately 20 minutes.

Checking in at the Secret Garden

We were met by Noodi the receptionist who was so lovely and welcoming. It was a friendly and hassle free check in and we were taken straight to our room.

Standard Bungalow at the Secret Garden Beach Resort

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Our standard bungalow No. 12

We booked a standard bungalow at the Secret Garden beach resort, of which there are 3 in a row. Ours was No 12, nearest the entrance to the resort and opposite reception. The bungalows are made of concrete, being by the road we were initially concerned regarding noise however this was not a problem.

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Inside the standard bungalow No 12.

The room was large, very clean with a good size double bed which was very comfortable. There was adequate storage, a 26 inch TV and Tea and coffee making facilities. The room also had a safe and fridge. The ensuite bathroom was large with a good shower and a bamboo dryer for hanging towels and clothes. Shampoo and shower gel dispensers were attached to the wall. There was a small window looking out to the road and a good sized patio with a table, 2 chairs and a towel/clothes dryer at the front.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

View from our room

If you wanted your room cleaned you just hung your little brush outside and it would be done for you.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Clean me brush

We were very happy in this room, the only slight negative point would be, for privacy you have to close the curtains which then makes the room very dark. There were net curtains but you could see through them. This was not a huge issue but it would be nicer to have some natural light, without worrying about your privacy.

Pool at the Secret Garden Beach Resort

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Swimming pool at Secret Garden Beach Resort

The pool at the Secret Garden was a lovely place to chill, small and round with enough beds for the 12 bungalows on the resort. We spent a lot of time here.

Secret Garden Beach Resort swimming pool

Pool at night

The grounds and the pool area lead straight onto the beach. Here’s a look around…..

Entertainment at the Secret Garden Beach Resort

The restaurant area is situated towards the beach.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

The restaurant and bar area

Every night at the Secret Garden there is a theme. Sunday Session consists of a variety of live music acts and the bands and singers we seen were very talented. When we returned from a day out Noodi had already reserved us a table for two in a prime position, which was great.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Live music at the Secret Garden

Monday is Mojito night, Tuesday is Italian night, Wednesday’s there are lunch deals, and Friday there is free finger foods.

Secret garden beach resort

All you can eat ribs

Our favourite was BBQ ribs night which happens every Thursday. All you can eat ribs for 299 baht (£6), that went down very well. Our friends said that you will struggle to manage 3, the challenge was set and Paul managed to eat 7!

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Who ate all the ribs!

The Thai food at the restaurant here was also excellent. The service was good too, the staff were happy and very attentive.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Pork and Kale

Location

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Beach at the Secret Garden

To us the location is perfect as it is on Big Buddha beach, on the north shore of the island, which is quiet and away from the crowds. Bangrak is an area that has a selection of good bars and restaurants, 7:11 convenience stores, banks.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Beach at the Secret Garden

It is a short distance from the ferry piers, Bophut and the Fisherman’s Village, situated on the main circular road for easy access to the entire island. Read our guide to the cost of getting around Koh Samui here.

Paul is a huge sports fan so we always have to find out where he can watch his beloved Spurs football team. If you turn right out of the entrance of the Secret Garden and walk up the road past the 7:11 for approx 150 metres you will see the Office Sports Bar. This is a really friendly bar run by a lovely bloke Steve from New Zealand, he shows all the premier football and rugby. We have had the best nights here and met some fantastic people. We would definitely recommend a visit.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Sunset at the Secret Garden Beach Resort

 Cost

The Secret Garden Beach Resort cost us 1700 baht (£35) per night through Booking.com, which was excellent value. We loved our stay at the Secret Garden Beach Resort and know for a fact that we will definitely be back!

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Secret Garden Beach Resort

Sunset at the Secret Garden

Have you stayed at the Secret Garden? Is there anything you would add? We would love to hear your comments below.

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42 Responses to Our stay at the Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bangrak, Koh Samui, Thailand

  1. Frank says:

    Looks great! Haven’t eaten by the beach in the longest time…would definitely go there.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  2. Robert says:

    Thanks for the info from Twitter. We love to travel as well. Good review.

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  6. What a lovely place to stay and it’s really quite cheap as well!!! I like that and the hotel transfer is a bargain! I would definitely be eating there on a Monday … and a Thursday …SOLD! When we are Thailand next year, we will have to check this out! #feetdotravel

    • It was a great find, and great price. I would definitely recommend staying here on your visit next year, but it does get booked up so would advise to book early! Thanks for your comment. #feetdotravel

  7. Garth says:

    Looks like heaven guys! We didn’t get to Koh Samui during our last trip to Thailand, but this place looks great! Our favourite thing about Thailand was the food and hospitality just incredible. Thanks for sharing, will pin for if we get to go to Koh Samui

    • The food and lovely people are two of our favourite things about Thailand too and this place was like heaven, loved it here. We are heading back to Thailand in February and can’t wait! Thanks for your comment.

  8. Anisa says:

    Looks like a lovely place. I definitely want to explore more of the beaches in Thailand, they just look lovely. I could also spend hours in that pool. And I think the idea of the brush to tell them to clean the rooms is so cute! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  9. Lisa says:

    Looks like a little piece of paradise for sure! Lovely accommodations at a great price and the food looks scrumptious! Looks like quite a find all the way around. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Anda says:

    Look really beautiful, definitely like a piece of paradise. I’d love to see it someday. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  11. Looks like a great place to stay. We will keep it in mind for our next trip to Koh Samui.
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  12. Travel Lexx says:

    Looks like a great place to stay – beautiful pool and beach access and very good value even by Thailand’s standards! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Tracy says:

    Perfect timing as I am planning our trip to south east Asia at the moment – will pin this as this looks like the sort of place we will want to chill out in at the end of our trip!
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  14. The photos are lovely! Love the idea of hanging the brush outside to indicate that you would like the room cleaned. Would love to visit for a tropical getaway!
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  15. Anna says:

    I love beachy destinations! I haven’t been to Koh Samui though. Gosh, how great to spend 3 weeks traveling around there! This hotel sounds so nice, and WOW that’s a good deal for all you can eat ribs night! And it’s good that the beach isn’t so crowded. 🙂

  16. I would love to stay here!! Looks amazing! I’m glad you both enjoyed your time there. Thank you for sharing such great information and photos! 🙂

  17. What a great resort. Great bang for your buck. The room, pool are, beach, bar and restaurant look amazing. Great deals all the way around including the restaurant. I have been to Koh Samui but never stayed on that side of the island. I will definitely like to check out this resort next time I go. I like the low key of Koh Samui and you have a great review on the Secret Garden Beach Resort. Will pin this for later 🙂

    • It really is a great little place. Everything you need on a beautiful beach, in a quieter part of Koh Samui which we loved. Thanks for your great comments and also for pinning, much appreciated!

  18. Kreete says:

    This sounds like an excellent value for money! The place looks beautiful even without the natural light. The pool area is stunning as well and so nice in the dark. The friend who said Paul won’t be able to eat more than three must have been a little Thai person? Haha! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • It was value for money and excellent too. The guy who said to Paul that he won’t be able to eat more was actually a well built South African who had struggled the week before but had come back for more lol! Thanks for your comment!

  19. Looks like a nice little hotel, perfect to match the small island vibe of Koh Samuii. At times quiet and tranquil and others a little bit lively.
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  20. SamH Travels says:

    This resort looks so very relaxing – good food, good entertainment, good beach – what more could you ask for ! I love the idea of hanging the the brush outside when you would like your room cleaned!

  21. What a great place! I love that they have a mojito night! That is right up my alley. This looks like a perfect place to relax in one of the poolside bungalows without a worry in the world.
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  22. David says:

    Secret Garden sounds like a nice little place with great value and a nice location. The beach looks particularly nice and while I only saw a little of the north coast when I visited Koh Samui, it sure did seem to have everything you could need. Nice one!

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