Photo: Round and refreshing.

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Good value midrange rooms

22/1 Moo 4, Bang Rak Beach T: (077) 245 255 F: (077) 245 253

Secret Garden Beach Resort

Secret Garden has for decades been a mainstay of Bang Rak's accommodation and entertainment scene. Following a change in ownership and a complete redevelopment, they now offer excellent beachside accommodation at a midrange pricepoint.

Very smart modern rooms come in two primary flavours, freestanding cottages towards the beach and by the small swimming pool, and more hotel-style rooms at the rear of the resort in a single-storey longhouse building. We were shown one of the cottages towards the beach and it struck us as very good midrange value. The rounded bungalows are spacious and comfortable with good beds sporting real linen – and towels simply rolled rather than tortured into some animal caricature – plus art on the walls and spotless modern hot-water bathrooms. Rooms are air-con with free WiFi throughout. Compact decks out front have a wooden table and chair to enjoy the seabreeze on, though only those close to the beach have much of an ocean view.

Within a pool side room at Secret Garden.

Within a pool side room at Secret Garden. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The perfectly round pool is at the centre of the lawn grounds, with the large and very good, Western-orientated restaurant and bar to one side, and the rooms on the other. The pool struck us as a bit small, but there are plenty of orange deckchairs with umbrellas to relax on, and the beach is just a few steps away.

Secret Garden is best known for its bar, which for many years has been a focal point of Bangrak's entertainment scene, has daily happy hours and, on Sundays, hosts the Secret Garden Sunday Sessions which feature live music. The resort is also a popular venue for weddings; a photo shoot for one was taking place while we were having lunch.

Beach views and dining.

Beach views and dining. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The rooms here are of a very good standard, but they are limited in number. If you can't get in, consider Samui Pier Resort, which is just a short walk from here, while those on a tighter budget, but wanting to stay right on the beach, should take a look at nearby Kinnaree, which has tightly configured, but well kept air-con rooms from 900 baht. Recommended.

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Last updated on 18th September, 2016.

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Secret Garden Beach Resort
22/1 Moo 4, Bang Rak Beach
T: (077) 245 255 F: (077) 245 253

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