Our family of 4 spent two nights at Secret Garden Hotel on 29th and 30th July (last week). Without question it was our favourite accommodation during our two weeks in China. The Secret Garden was a refreshing departure from the soulless, multistorey, bland hotels we encountered during our trip.
The entire place (its charming buildings and peaceful gardens and courtyards) is calm and stylish and a delightfully peaceful sanctuary after the busyness and chaos of China during tourist season.
The rooms were spotlessly clean and it was the only hotel we stayed in that did not smell of cigarette smoke. We had two rooms (Narcissus and China Rose I think they were called) and they both smelled deliciously of a wood that lined the interior of each room. Comfy beds, clean high-quality white sheets and an excellent shower (so welcome as the weather was very warm - oh, and the best air conditioning that could be adjusted per room).
The rooms are in restored and refurbished original stone buildings and while they now have every modern convenience, it is fun to feel like you are having a more authentic Chinese village experience.
The service was personal and genuinely caring. The staff were friendly and welcoming and assisted us above and beyond the traditional scope of their roles - we were keen to purchase an unusual souvenir and Faye spoke to the local men who happened to be gathered at the community hall, made the arrangements and facilitated the purchase for us.
We had breakfast (twice), lunch, pre-dinner drinks and dinner at the cafe and we were impressed with everything we ordered. All the food was fresh and carefully presented. We were pleased with the range of options on the menu and the drinks selection was also excellent. The mango juice was out of this world. I feel sure it was simply pureed fresh mango - yum!!!
All up, it was a very unique experience, for all the right reasons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Secret Garden is a boutique hotel and restaurant near the Yulong River in the stunning Yangshuo countryside. Our hotel consists of Qing Dynasty buildings that have been beautifully restored in order to preserve the historic character, while providing customers with a unique and inspirational environment in which to relax or explore. ... more less
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