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Secret Garden Resort
Ranked #5 of 14 Patnem B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 March 2012

I had such a lovely time! Thank you Nazir and your family for treating me like one of yours! I felt totally at home and didn't want to leave... at all! The staff is extremely kind and the rooms are very well kept and comfortable. The food is excellent, you have to try their specialties from Kashmir! The location is also superb, right between Patnem and Palolem beaches - both are about a 5 minute walk away. The sky is the limit - Nazir and Tracy will help make your trip just as you want it whether you need help in renting scooters or setting up travel plans...etc., they are truly kind and spend lots of time making sure everyone is happy. They even accommodated for my raw/ vegan eating habits! :) I will definitely go back and spend time there! Peace and love - Shivani

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We stayed at Secret Garden for two weeks in January during a three-month visit to Goa, at their new location at Colomb, midway (and within walking distance) to both Patnem and Palolem beaches. The much shorter route to Palolem Beach is down a rough track through the woods which we used most days – and evenings.

Secret Garden’s open air restaurant served breakfast, snacks and soft drinks throughout the day and a small selection of special Kashmiri dishes in the evening

Our accommodation is described as a ‘cottage’ but it was the usual type of hut built of woven raffia and hardboard. It is a very popular accommodation option in Goa.

They have ground level huts (Cottages) and several others on stilts (Cabanas).
We stayed in a 'cottage’ which had a slate-tile floor and very basic plumbing (with leaks) in the attached western bathroom. But there was constant hot water from an electric shower. We had an electric ceiling fan (which only operated at a single, very high speed) and a mosquito net over the very comfortable bed. There was reliable and free WiFi internet access from our room which had a small balcony with two chairs, a small table and washing line and we arranged to have bed linen and towels changed every three or four days.

Our biggest concern was privacy. You could hear almost every word and noise from guests in nearby huts. Although, huts seems to well outnumber guest houses built of bricks and mortar (certainly in this part of Goa) I do feel you need to be much younger to really appreciate that style of accommodation.

Having said all that, the owners, Nazir & Tracy, and staff at Secret Garden were without exception, friendly and ever-attentive, doing everything possible to make us feel especially welcome. They also arranged tuk-tuk and taxi journeys, and car rental, at competitive rates.

Room Tip: I think booking a Cabana would be a better option for comfort and privacy.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

My wife and I { both in our 60s } travelled to Goa on the 11th.February 2012 and for the first 2 weeks of our holiday we had booked into The Secret Garden after reading reviews from the previous year on Tripadvisor. The owners, Tracy & Nazir, had arranged a taxi to pick us up from the airport and we arrived at 10am. Although this is a new site from last year {constructed from virgin ground} it is already looking well established, with terracing and numerous plants and trees.
We were made very welcome by the staff and were soon taken to our cabin. The cabins are well constructed from timber and ratan with a comfortable double bed, a toilet and shower {with HOT water}, a verandah to the front. There are 4 cabins and 3 cabanas on stilts. There is plenty of room between cabins to ensure privacy. Ther cabins have black marble floors, and are fitted with electric ceiling fan and mosquito net.
The garden is situated in the countryside about 10/15 minutes walk from both Patnem and Palolem beaches and 5/10 minutes from Colom beach. As well as Nazir's excellent food, there are several v.good restaurants in the area including The Bridge and Tunnel in Palolem and The Boomshanker on the way into Patnem. You can call a Tuk Tuk and go to Patnem or Palolem for 50/60 IR.
The 2 weeks we spent there was totally relaxing and laid back, with Tracy, Nazir,Lan and the staff totally spoiling us. The food is excellent and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The HILTON it is not, but you will not get better care or food anywhere.
Thank you to Tracy & Nazir and staff for a truly memorable and enjoyable experience in paradise.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank malcjude
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Secret Garden is a beautifull place, very close to Patnem and Palolem beaches and shops. Quiet in the evening. People are very nice and professional. We had a fantastic time overthere. The huts are very cosy and comfortable. There is also a great yoga aera outside. We would highly recommend this place !

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

it was our first time in India, & we felt really supported & looked after by everyone at Secret Garden. when we left there & started travelling around we really realised how excellent they had been, compared to the standard of some of the other places we visited. the huts are kept very clean, nicely decorated, the staff are super friendly & helpful, & the food is very good. highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Kate M
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Additional Information about Secret Garden Resort

Address: Patnem, Palolem | Canacona, Patnem, Canacona 403702, India (Formerly Secret Garden)
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Canacona > Patnem
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Patnem
Price Range: ₹ 916 - ₹ 5,822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the calm tranquil atmosphere of Secret Garden Resort set amongst tropical plants and flowers. Located in Columb Bay, between Patnem and Palolem, a pleasant short stroll to either beaches. Secret Garden Resort offers a collection of eco friendly cottages with kitchen facilities and with essential comforts to ensure your stay is enjoyable whilst surrounded by beautiful nature. ... more   less 
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