This hotel pretty much tops our list of places to stay.
We arrived very late in Yangshuo after a heavily delayed flight, however the hotel arranged airport pickup from Guilin and the hotel manager, Tania, stayed up and guided our taxi through the pitch black, winding country roads to the hotel by phone. We arrived at 130am, and were made to feel very welcome.
The level of service maintained by Faye, Tania and team throughout the rest of the stay remained excellent, and all our needs were met.
They arranged everything from transport (taxis, e-bikes, gas scooters and motorcycles) to rafting, caving (with mud bath) and cooking (and many more activities), while ensuring our time at the hotel was relaxed and fun.
The hotel is about 30 mins from Yangshuo town, but is worth venturing to because of the unspoilt surroundings. The hotel is made up of a collection of old, rustic village buildings in the heart of a small Chinese village, surrounded by local farms (that you can wander) and an amazing cast landscape. (If you are in doubt about the distance from Yangshuo you need not worry due to the hotel's ability to arrange transport at short notice, and with each visit to the delightful town, we were still eager to get back to Secret Garden).
The various courtyards throughout the hotel make for peaceful reading, eating and drinking, and the level of effort and detail the owners have put into the layout means you could spend days relaxing in the grounds without having to leave.
The kitchen also has a good range of local and western food, and we couldn't fault anything we ate. Their pizzas rivaled western ones and we're the best we've eaten in our two years in China!
Our two young children (6 and 4 yrs old) thoroughly enjoyed their stay, and were made to feel as welcome as we were. They enjoyed exploring the nooks and crannies of the hotel, but the multitude of uneven steps probably means parents of toddlers may want to delay their stay until their kids are more stable on their feet. The staff gave guidance on safety of local activities for the kids.
The only recommendation we gave was to build a swimming pool - then we'd never leave!
We will definitely return here.
- 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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