Meet the Visionary Founders (Part 3)
In celebration of International Women’s Day earlier this month we are putting the Visionary Founder’s focus on some of our amazing female founders who have followed their passion and created wonderful hospitality experiences here in Asia.

As Secret Retreats grows, we feel blessed to join and work with a growing number of inspirational and passionate hospitality visionaries - the founders and owners that join our community. These are people who would like to share an inherent passion for their land and culture with the travellers seeking a mindful uncluttered stylish luxury, enriched with the destination’s culture and traditions, all couched within a warm, generous and attentive service style. Travel within the Secret Retreats community shares with the traveller a different way to see the world. Conveying the beauty of life in simple thoughtful moments, with no artifice or cliches, our environmentally sensitive retreats are places to take a break, slow down, and enjoy some distance from a busy life while immersed within stunning scenery and fascinating cultures.

Let’s unveil more of our captivating retreats and their visionary founders in this week’s newsletter.
Narisa Chakrabongse
Chakrabongse Villas – Bangkok | Mekong Villas – Bangkok, Thailand
Having grown up in the main house at Chakrabongse Villas in the shadow of the glistening spires of the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, Narisa Chakrabongse’s dream is to share her love for her historic home with guests. Her paternal grandfather was Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, a favourite son of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn) of Siam and who amongst many other achievements is seen today as the father of the Royal Thai Air Force.

In 1908, Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath built a private villa on the eastern bank of Chao Phraya River as a retreat away from palace life. The villa has....[Read More]
Aarya Bhupanidtha
Vana Som | Terra & The Farmer's Bar | Mollisol – Chiang Mai | Indochinoise Residence – Bangkok, Thailand
Aarya is a woman with a mission. After 30years developing hospitality businesses in places as diverse as the UK, South Africa, Indonesia and Singapore, she has returned to her roots with her latest ventures back home in Thailand.

Passionate about quality hospitality, good food and dining experiences, the freshest organic produce is a must and the fertile lands near her home in northern Thailand inspired Aarya to work directly hand in hand with local farmers, and to... [Read More]
Diana von Cranach
Puri Ganesha Homes – Bali, Indonesia

Puri Ganesha Homes by the Beach is situated off Bali’s beaten path on the unspoilt north coast near the quiet Balinese fishing village of Pemuteran. A stunning drive across the spectacular scenery of Bali’s interior passing aromatic coffee plantations, rice paddy terraces clinging to hillsides, awesome volcanoes and through traditional villages and towns will take you far from the hustle bustle that Bali is well known for, and into a beautiful tranquil haven on the northern shore, that was created and built by a remarkable lady, Diana von Cranach.

Diana is an incredible lady, with an insatiable passion for... [Read More]
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Veronika Blomgren
Alexa Private Cruises: Alexa Cruise – Raja Ampat, Indonesia | Alexa J - Maldives
Named as one of the “Iron Ladies of the Russian Luxury World” by Vogue, Veronika was one of Russia’s most in-demand interior designers by the time she was just 28years of age. Opening her own private design studio in Moscow in 1999 she championed the craftsmanship of Asian art and design to the Russian market, which was no doubt the start of a journey that would bring her eventually to Asia. Passionate about architecture, art and design she also co-founded Russia’s preeminent interior design school, "Details The School of Interior Design" in 2000.

In 2008 Veronika moved to Bali and opened... [Read More]
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