The good: The Secret Garden is located at the far end of Otres Beach, which is absolutely beautiful, with white sand and clear, calm sea. The beach is very peaceful and the hassle from hawkers was minimal! The hotel does good food, especially for lunch/dinner, and some interesting cocktails! There are a few other small bars/restaurants within walking distance, although they may be closed in low season. Staff were very friendly, and very helpful in organising a taxi for us to go back to Phnom Penh at the end of our stay ($55). The jungle showers are a great idea!
The bad: We were unlucky in that the owners were away for a few days when we arrived - we were the only guests and felt they really shouldn't have accepted our booking. It was very difficult to get in touch with anyone before we arrived to arrange a pick-up from the airport (you need to either arrange pick-up or take a shuttle bus into Sihanoukville and then a tuk tuk - there are no taxis/tuk tuks at the airport). When we arrived, we were not given important information, such as the fact that the restaurant was closing early that night and that rooms are only cleaned on request. The rooms are comfortable rather than luxurious - the curtains are very thin and noise from the construction site next door begins early in the morning, so take an eye mask and ear plugs if you want to sleep in! Room price includes breakfast - really tiny portions. Even after the owners returned, it all seemed to be quite disorganised. All of these are small problems which we would have happily overlooked had we been paying less - but not really acceptable at $100+/night, especially compared to what that will get you elsewhere in Cambodia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Secret Garden is located at the secluded end of Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Our resort is designed to maximise the privacy of our guests, with detached bungalows set among lush gardens. Our bungalows are all equipped with A/C, free Wifi, minibar, and in our double bungalows,an attached jungle shower. We also feature Otres Beach's most beautiful swimming pool with kids' pool attached. At our beach bar & restaurant, you can relax and enjoy one of our signature cocktails at sunset, and try our great selection of Asian and Western cuisine. Happy hour specials every night. ... more less
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