Secrets’ Out June 2016, edition 31

At Secret Retreats it is always a delight to discover magical new places and little gems that are untouched and unnoticed by most of the world. This month we share with you the unique beauty and mystery of some very special destinations.

  • Explore the magic of tropical Goa
  • Experience Siam’s ancient second capital and stay in a beautiful riverside property
  • Delight in the aromatic flavours of one of Cambodia’s best products that comes from the province of Kep
  • Discover a small team of French philanthropists working to bring about positive environmental education and change in Northern Bali
  • Meet Sri and Dion your hosts at The Island Houses in Seminyak Bali


Goa, India

Laden with a rich Portuguese heritage, to this day Goa remains unlike the rest of India. Situated on the southwestern coast, relax on one of its many mile-long beaches as you gaze out to sea. Wander through historical colonial buildings, forts, temples and the rich, colourful markets or immerse yourself in nature at one of Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries.

Stay at: Summertime Villa 




Ayutthaya, Thailand

Situated within close proximity to Bangkok, experience another side of Thailand in Ayutthaya, Siam’s ancient capital city. Visit splendorous ancient temple ruins and discover its rich historical heritage. Witness spectacular nature and endangered wildlife at Uthai Thani’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve, a Natural World Heritage site. Or drift through the floating gardens on the picturesque Sakaekrang River.

Stay at: The Bohemian’s Residence 



Kep Crab and Kampot Pepper – Samanea Beach Resort

Cambodia’s Kampot Pepper is regarded as one of the finest peppers in the world. The Kep region along Cambodia’s southern coast is famous for this spice and it is the first product in Cambodia to receive a Protected Geographical Indication (the same certification that protects regional products like Champagne). Indulge your senses in a special local dish featuring fresh Kep Crab fried with vegetables and Kampot green peppercorns, served with steamed rice.

To be enjoyed at Samanea Beach Resort 





Samanea Beach Resort, Cambodia

This 1,200 sqm imposing heritage home features two Buddhist temples, stables with yaks, dzos, cows and Located on Kep beach, the favourite destination of HE King Sihanouk during the 1950’s, Samanea comprises 12 villas with private terraces with sea, garden or pool views. Enjoy stunning sunset views of the Bay of Thailand, swim in the 300sqm infinity swimming pool or relax on the private white sand beach. Visit Kep and enjoy 15% off at Samanea for bookings from 01 June to 28 September – click here



Sanak Retreat – Bali, Indonesia

Surrounded by paddy fields and scenic mountain views in the northern Bali, near Munduk, this relaxing getaway features 11 spacious wooden bungalows with private terraces overlooking timeless beautiful tropical Balinese landscapes.


Only in June, stay 3 nights and delight in a complimentary Chef’s Surprise Dinner with a private dance performance.

Find out more about Sanak



Plastic free Bali – Sanak Retreat Initiative

The owners of The Sanak Retreat support their surrounding villages by providing environmental education, and lead by example. Their initiatives include building a recycling and sorting facility for the village, providing environmental education to the local schools and organising clean-ups with the local community. The Sanak Retreat aims to be a ‘plastic free’ property and educates its staff on how to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. In addition, The Sanak is a member of Pack for a Purpose, an organisation that encourages travellers to save a few kilos of space in their suitcase and bring supplies for nearby schools or medical clinics in need.

Explore Sanak Retreat



Sri and Dion are your hosts at The Island Houses – 4 Villas with up to 3 bedrooms each located in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia.


“We wanted to create a unique place for people to be able to disconnect from their daily hustle and bustle. Here, they can enjoy a peaceful time and recharge their batteries in a truly natural environment with a spectacular view over paddy fields and the mountains beyond, with only singing birds and croaking frogs around. It was important for us to be close to a traditional Balinese village so that our guests can experience the real Bali and its amazing culture.”


The Island Houses 




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