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Secret Garden Boutique Hotel
Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China   |  
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Ranked #3 of 300 hotels in Yangshuo County
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“Highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This boutique hotel truly is unlike anywhere we have stayed before. Gorgeous buildings, lovingly renovated, in a picturesque location. It's not often that I would rate a hotel as the highlight of my trip, but this was everything we dared to hope for. Whilst we relaxed in the beautiful courtyard our kids raced around exploring the amazing buildings and gardens. It was hard to tear ourselves away for a bit of sightseeing at nearby attractions.

Room Tip: We stayed in the double storey family suite with our own private courtyard.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Staying at the Secret Garden was a unique and very special experience that far exceeded our expectations. The hotel is set in breathtaking scenery in a traditional stone courtyard building in a rural village. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, and the building has been beautifully and sympathetically restored. You really feel in harmony with your surroundings, a visitor rather than a tourist. The view is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and only a short walk from the river where you can take a raft or ride a bike - there is so much to see and do. The old village is surrounded by rice paddies and fish ponds with ducks, kumquat and pomelo orchards, rows of neatly planted vegetables, chilli bushes and fruit trees. The food at the hotel is fantastic, wonderful breakfasts with fresh ingredients and home cooking, and at night some of the most delicious Chinese food I have eaten, especially the spicy Sichuan dishes. The rooms themselves were tasteful, spacious and very comfortable, and toasty warm even though it was just a few degrees outside. The owner was so helpful in arranging taxis for us into nearby Yangshuo and in recommending places to walk and visit. We visited in the down season, when it was very cold, but we would love to return in warmer weather. Altogether one of the loveliest short breaks I have ever taken.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This hotel provides a unique opportunity to experience Chinese rural village life in a stunning setting and great accommodation. Faye is a wonderful host and makes sure you enjoy your stay with members of her team. The restaurant serves up excellent Chinese and western food. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This was a wonderful, extremely comfortable place to stay in the middle of rice paddies. The staff speaks English, and we relied on them to make arrangements for all of our outings. Peter took us on a long bike ride in the countryside with a hike to Moon Hill. He was great! The hotel is lovely in a setting off the beaten path. Photos do not do it justice! We stayed 4 nights, just the right amount of time to see the area and Yangshuo. We were really glad we stayed outside town, which was noisy and busy. Also, the food at Secret Garden was excellent, better than restaurants in Yangshuo, and less expensive.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Room was spacious, clean (crisp sheets) and comfortable (especially the bed). Setting was totally unique - couldn't stop taking photos. Staff spoke english. The best bit was the breakfast - possibly the best in rural China! Excellent coffee, a great choice on the menu and items were prepared as you'd expect them to be (home from home). Wonderful place - peaceful, calm, full of history. We only had 2 nights there - a week would have been ideal. Commendable endevour on the part of the owner.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed here for two nights recently. The hotel is a refurbished house in an old village surrounded by karsts and paddy fields.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. They helped arrange drivers and activities. I highly recommend this place, particularly for people who want to get away from the more touristy Yangshou. If you are looking for something a little different and want a taste of rural China this is the place to go.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights during the October national holiday and were hoping to escape the heaps of tourists travelling during this time. This was the perfect place. With only a couple of rooms, even though the hotel was fully booked it never felt crowded. As it is not in Yangshuo but in a little village a few km from Yangshuo we could easily escape the huzzle and buzzle of the national holiday.
We really liked the hotel's lovely design (traditional buildings with a modern touch) and the staff, especially Faye, were super helpful. Food was just great!
We def recommend this place for a getaway from the big Chinese cities, noise, pollution, stress... Here you can really relax and see and feel a very different Chinese lifestyle.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Location: China > Guangxi Zhuang > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #3 of 300 hotels in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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