Since 2012 Secret Garden has been owned and operated by John Vermeulen and Rik van der Voort, both from The Netherlands. They run the resort together with – as they like to call it – the Secret Garden 'Dream Team'.
John worked as a TV-Director for many years and his profession took him travelling to many countries around the globe.
During his visits to Koh Samui, he fell in love with this amazing tropical island and decided to follow his dream and to live on the island permanently. His new challenge was to start a trendy, laid back, intimate 'Boutique Resort' right on the beach.
When John discovered Secret Garden Beach Resort he was thrilled to be able to create a little magic at this stunning location. He asked Rik to join him to realise his dream.
Rik used to work as a 'Chef de Cuisine' and has over 20 years culinary experience in Europe and Thailand. He used to run a very popular restaurant on Koh Samui for several years before he joined Secret Garden.
John and Rik gave the resort and restaurant a complete and stylish make-over. They introduced new menus which feature authentic Thai cuisine, homemade Italian style pizzas and a complete European menu inspired by French and Mediterranean cuisine.
The resort is fresh, clean and has a fantastic laidback feeling! The service is excellent and the staff & owners will do everything to help you… This is absolutely our favourite place on the island!
Source: TRIPADVISOR – Malla23 (Norway) - JULY 2016
The team of Secret Garden has only 1 goal: to make the guests feel at home and to provide them with anything that helps to create their dream holiday. They like to share their knowledge of Koh Samui and the surrounding islands and they are always delighted to be able to help the guests any way they can.
Upon arrival, and throughout our stay, we have been greeted by the incredibly friendly staff... they make you feel like you're at home.
Source: TRIPADVISOR - GREG P. - NOVEMBER 2016
The crew and owners of Secret Garden Beach Resort like to see their guests as friends. And many friends return year after year….