About Us

About Secret Retreats

Our home is your home. Secret Retreats is a collection of nearly 100 independently owned boutique hotels, residences, restaurants and cruises throughout Asia offering authentic travel experiences that go beyond typical offerings and connect to the very heart of Asian culture and traditions. At Secret Retreats properties, guests unlock the secrets of Asia accessing highly unique experiences though memorable stays that showcase the local community, culture, cuisine and atmosphere.

We believe that luxury is not about acquiring extravagant products and lavish facilities - the intrinsic value of luxury cannot be derived from a monetary exchange, rather it is found in the enriching moments that are shared while cultivating new connections and experiences. Secret Retreats members are vibrant advocates of their surroundings and also share common values when it comes to supporting environmental conservation, and the preservation of local cultures and communities in which they are based to ensure continued opportunities for both locals and travellers.

The Founders



Bruno Ferret

(Executive Director )

A French national based in Bangkok, Bruno is a leading expert in tour operations in Asia and beyond. He lived and worked in Asia for two years prior to founding his own company Ateliers du Voyages, which he sold in 2009. Since then, his innate passion for Asia has never ceased to linger, and he has now formed a new company KHOWAN, which currently comprises three wondrous hotels in Asia: Samar Villas in Siem Reap, Villa Mathis in Bali and Muang La in Laos.


Stéphane Junca

(Managing Director Secret Retreats)

A French national who divides his time between Bangkok and Bali, Stéphane is a leading hospitality marketing expert who has spent the past 18 years living and working in Asia. Amongst other things, he has been responsible for the development of various hospitality projects in China, was previously the Director of the hotel Tugu Bali and most recently was the Regional Director Asia Pacific for Relais & Châteaux. Insatiably passionate about locating innovative and intimate sanctuaries, he spends more than half his time in search of new hidden treasures across all of Asia. His biggest passion though is to guide and counsel the owners of these magical properties so that they can be even more refined and unique experiences for guests.


Elizabeth Soriano

(Director/Secretary)

Born in the USA but raised in Paris and London, Elizabeth is a freelance writer/editor specialising in culinary arts and travel, and French translation. She has lived in Singapore since 2003. She trained under three 3-star Michelin chefs: Roger Vergé, Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In addition to being the Asia Pacific copywriter for Starwood Hotels since 2008, she has edited two travel guides for Relais & Châteaux and written 100’s of articles for myriad publications.
 

The Team

Zhouyan

Zhou Yan

(Director Secret Retreats China)

After 7 years as General Manager of a luxury business hotel, Zhou Yan opened the first Youth Hostel with International standard in 2004, in the very center of Kunming, Yunnan. Back then China was opening up and the building of infrastructure was faster than the training of Human Resources. With her team she has worked on research, management and hospitality training to open classes and share her knowledge with younger generations. Secret Retreats being a perfect application of her teaching: hospitality with humanity and heart, she is also heading the new team of Secret Retreats China, in our Kunming Office.


Paul Walker

(Director of Operations)

Paul’s professional background was sales and marketing but through a chance meeting 12 years ago he stepped into hotel management. He managed one of Chiang Mai’s first and most respected boutique hotels for more than 8 years. Paul continues to live in Chiang Mai with his family where he speaks the local language and has made many friends within the art and culture movements around Chiang Mai. He enjoys nothing more than sharing the stories and experiences of his Asian home with guests and visitors alike. A keen motorcyclist, a lover of history and art, and perpetually seeking fascination and wonder Paul has made Asia his home for more than 15years.


Bruno Beguin

(Managing Director Mathis Collection)

Born in Belgium, Bruno starts his carrier in tourism after a first step as travel agent in Brussels, he moved to Paris as Manager France for Printemps Voyages, based in Paris. During his honeymon trip to Bali in 2003, he fell in love for a second time, for the “Island of the gods” this time. This trip will give birth to new ideas for his life and a new concept: Villa Mathis, bearing the name of his son. In June 2015, Bruno takes over a property in Ubud, Mathis Retreat, and creates Mathis Collection, which will enlarge further also soon with a 3rd property in East Bali: Mathis Lodge.
 


Alana Morgan

(Press Relation Manager – Hotels)

Originally from Seattle, Alana has lived in Thailand for the past five years combining her strong background in public relations with her love for travel and the written word to provide PR, copywriting and content marketing for Asia-based travel, lifestyle and hospitality brands. With her keen eye for an intriguing story, she assists businesses in spreading their message and connecting with their audiences in an honest, meaningful way. An avid traveller, Alana continuously seeks hidden destinations and unexpected experiences throughout Asia and now joins the Secret Retreats team to help further share these experiences with other discerning travellers.


Dewa Dwi

(Webmaster)

Born in Bali and graduated from Yogyakarta Gadjah Mada University in Informatics Engineering, Dwi started his career as Network Infrastructure and Internet Engineer, in one of the pioneer Internet company in Indonesia in the early 2000s. After 10 years in projects, he came back to programming and coding and specialized in web design and optimization. He joined Secret Retreats in 2014 to head the team in charge of our Website, Design and Optimization.


Kat Johnston

(Press Relation Manager – Restaurants)

Kat's passion for the arts, culture and travel developed into a career spanning Australia, Europe, Japan and South East Asia. She has an extensive background in marketing, PR, event producing and journalism. With a natural inclination for listening and observing, Kat has a special interest in seeking out stories and places of curiosity and inspiration. She has been heading Secret Retreats PR since 2015.
 


Rosetta Hon

(Press Relation for Asia and Greater China)

Rosetta has over fifteen years of PR and Marketing industry experience in Asia; she has worked in production house on mega events and concerts across Greater China and was part of external affairs team for Commercial Radio HK. She then joined a hospitality and lifestyle PR agency for 10 years where she provided strategic direction to different clients and support regional offices to ensure the success of the client/agency relationship, in particular on issues management. Rosetta has joined the team of Secret Retreats from the start!


Nattinee Kulsin (Bird)

(Chief Concierge & Reservation Supervisor)

Bird is an inveterate traveller and has travelled extensively over Asia, passionate about culture and history and always finds unique places to eat. For her, travelling is about enhancing the journey in every way possible. This includes wonderful conversations with local people, eating delicious traditional food with unique tastes, and learning about the history of key attractions through the eyes of a native. As our Secret Retreats concierge, Bird is ever eager to share special activities and options to ensure guests experience treasured travel moments.

 



Soo Lee

(Director Secret Retreats Korea)

Soo has studied art in Europe for a long time and developed a passion for music, culture and travel. She has worked as a product designer, web designer and artist manager. Combining her passion and pleasure, she has extensively traveled for the past 20 years and always looking for new places to explore, so it was all natural for her to set Secret Retreats Korea office.