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.
to discover the true essence of Asia,
Kim is our explorer and hero
READ KIM'S STORY
Kim, The Explorer
During the course of his travels in Asia, he stays at every Secret Retreats property, dines at all our restaurants, and meets with each Secret Retreats owner. As a testimony of his love for the continent and Asian hospitality, Kim shares his passion for Asia, its people and their cultures, the diversity of their cuisines and traditions, their art and history, and the beauty of the nature that surrounds them with all of us.
Kim, the discoverer.
Bruno Ferret(Executive Director)
Stéphane Junca(Managing Director Secret Retreats)
Siew Fong Wee(Director)
Elizabeth Soriano(Copy Writer)
Paul Walker(Director of Operations)
Zhou Yan(Director Secret Retreats China)
Bruno Beguin(Managing Director Mathis Collection)
Kanyaporn Sangthavorn (Pat)(Communication Manager)
Alana Morgan(Communication Consultant)
Kat Johnston(Press Relation – Restaurants)
Rosetta Hon(Press Relation - Asia and Greater China)
Soo Lee(Director Secret Retreats Korea)
Nattinee Kulsin (Bird)(Chief Concierge)
Nopakarn Ariyaphokhinan (Oil)(Assistant to Managing Director)
Chiang Mai was founded by, and became home to, many communities of artisans. Over time, many of these artisan skills are dying out and disappearing from the communities, taking the cottage industry that supports them and the unique local heritage with them. Phra Phairat of Sri Suphan temple decided to revive his community’s artistic heritage and promote artistic endeavours and opportunity through teaching the novice monks and lay people the craft of repoussé-work (metal embossing) that his Wualai community was built on
nearly 700 years ago.
Phra Phairat’s work has lead to 100s of students studying the traditional crafts from their communities, and inspired other temples to research and revive the traditional crafts that their communities were founded on, creating opportunities for cottage industries across north Thailand. Secret Retreats is supporting Phra Phairat’s work with all our plaques being made by the novice monks of Sri Suphan temple, Chiang Mai.
The Secret Retreats logo, the marque of our community, ensures travellers of unique and sincere experiences, and quality hospitality.