Our Secret Garden
25.03.2013 - 29.03.2013
Located slap bang in the middle of Big Buddha Beach, the Secret Garden Resort is surrounded by golden sand and blue waters for miles and miles. Our absolutely perfect Honeymoon Beach front bungalow really is right on the beach! All we have to do is throw open the sliding glass doors, and step onto our own private terrace - straight onto the sand!
The fun continues inside with beautiful heart shape welcome made of petals, and the Balinese-style bathroom with its covered outdoor shower area with natural stone walls. Smiles all round! For Ed it’s all about lying in the hammock and falling asleep to the whispering of the waves.
After a dip in the tepid water we set off for a walk along the beach. The nearby Fisherman’s Village is a Noosa/Byron Bay-style village with equally ridiculous beauty and over inflated prices! After a light seafood dinner at the Happy Elephant and a couple of drinks, we conk out.
We are up at dawn to greet the morning sun. It’s impossible staying in bed when the ocean is lapping away just a few feet from your door. It’s a shame the local dogs have the same idea. A gentle walk along the beach soon entails six – count ‘em - playful puppies vying for my attention. Wading thigh high into the water is the only way to avoid their playful bites. Later we explore the local area and the Big Buddha up high on the mountain. We like what we see, but it’s too hot to stay out so we rush back to the comfort of the resort – and the beckoning ocean.
Koh Samui is a jaw dropping wonderland of nature and beaches and we CANNOT wait to get out there. The second day we’re all set for our 8 hour aquatic Jungle trip to the Ang Thong National and Marine Park.
We set out to the Archipelago of 42 islands with towering mountains, thick jungle, white sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden lakes to explore. We swim and navigate Kayaks in and out of low ceiling-ed cave reefs and trek up to the top of the mountainous tropics to see the vista on the other side.
Next stop the stunning Pregnant Maiden Lake
Thanks for the Island Hopping fun George & Penny. Zoe & Andy!
After a tough day of sailing and swimming – we are spent! We have dinner at a family run local beach-front joint who are happy to prepare Ed’s favourite noodle and prawn dish. They also serve amazing home-make Fish Cakes – yum! Then we take in a nearby Fire Show on the beach where a ten year old kid plays with fire like he’s been doing it for 40 years.
The next morning we swim and laze about. Then it’s off to explore the big smoke in the nearby popular Chaweng Beach to see what all the fuss is about. We stumble across thousands of sunburn bodies draped every which way across the sand and try to block out the doof-doof pumping out of every speaker. We’re so relieved not to be staying there. Desperately in need of a cool drink, we endure a dodgy bar and atrocious pink ‘Thai Whiskey’ cocktails before stumbling across the gorgeous Banana Fan Bar where exotic cocktail magic served in fresh pineapples and coconut shells appear before us. Must be my Lucky Pineapple top working its magic!!
Eying off the restaurant next door with its sublime gardens, lanterns and private canopied tables – RIGHT ON THE SAND - we decide to go for it. We’re due for our Fine Dining experience after a few eating disappointments (why is the local food drowned in sweet sauce?) we decide this is it.
We select a private area for our beach-front seats at Eat Sense and order our food. The Southern Thai meal of Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Mango, followed by Salmon in Red Curry sauce - fragrant slow cooked whole salmon served in silky slices, and the Prawn Noodle dish that Ed is fast becoming a connoisseur of, works its magic. Add that to the ridiculously romantic setting which is enhanced by candlelight and then, as though on cue, a full moon slowly starts its ascent. Within minutes we are bathing in its fiery red glow. Fireworks light up the beach and Chinese Lanterns are released into the night sky. “You are very lucky” whispers the Maître-de as she swishes by. She’s not kidding! It is breath-taking. We are having our own private Full Moon Party!
Thanks Rach and Jules for the World’s Most Romantic Dinner and the awesome cocktails!
Much later we are out on in a busy pub on the main drag watching Koi Samui’s finest rock out to requests. Whatever complaints we have about Chanweng’s over-crowded beaches, bad cocktails and thumping techno are replaced by memories of the perfect night.
Thanks for the drinks and live music Eric and Anatole!
The rest of our time in Koh Samui goes by in a dream. We take it easy for the next couple of days and laze by the beach, sprawling over balcony hammock with sunset cocktails.
Upon discovering that there is a direct flight right into Buddha Beach just minutes from Secret Garden, we promise each other that “we’ll be back…!”