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The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage
Ranked #37 of 83 Kuching B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Found this place on Trip Advisor, thought it was a good idea to get her first since you get picked up on the airport. An exciting jungle vibe strikes you as soon as you get through the door.
The beautiful couple of Cyril & Julia runs this place with love and care, within 5 minutes we had been shown our room & had a refreshing drink in our hands.
As we were travelling with our 1 year old daughter Cyril had arranged a nice room with our own veranda, Moa loved it now she had her own crawling space.
The Secret Sanctuary is like a big family, so friendly and you get treated like a king
(or queen).
Lush gardens, small cosy rooms, beautiful waterfall swimming pool, fish spa, big showers inside & outside.
The food is worth plenty of words, Cyril himself is an excellent cook and did the most of our food, amazingly fresh & really exciting ingredient.
A must is Cyril´s variation of Umai ( Fresh fish salad made with white snapper. )
We also had som really good jungle fern, picked the very same day.
River prawns with a succulent tomatosauce was also among our favorites.
The other thing that makes this restaurang so worth visiting is Cyril´s passionate about good drinks. I havent seen many places in Asia who can offer you this good quality of wines, many good labels and really good priced to.
The service is so friendly you almost forget that you are in a restaurant.
Cyril & his local friends helped us out with all our tours, orangutang, night safari & a visit to Baku national park ( rent a guide ) was among our favorites.
We had an amazing visit, decided to stay all our 6 days of our visit to Kuching.
We are already discussing how we can manage to come back again.
The sooner the better, the most superb place to stay if you like true friends to arrange the best of Sarawak, if you like authentic cooking and have a feel for good drinks.

A place where time stands still.
Thanks to Cyril & Julia who enriched our lives for 6 days in Borneo.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

The secret sanctuary is made by the wonderful welcome provided by it's owner Cyril and his girlfriend Julia. The place itself is an oasis of calm although our taxi driver found it tricky to find, (I suggest you print off the map provided as it is slightly outside of the town itself). Cyril kindly arranged a few tours we wanted to do and is very keen to ensure his guests get to experience the "real Kuching" and was helpful at providing information on where to go and what to do in Borneo. The accomodation itself was clean and comfortable but is basic and there are lots of places to sit and relax in the communal areas. We were there whilst the place was relatively quiet but I can imagine if full it could feel quite crowded. Finally, Cyril is a fabulous cook and uses extremely fresh ingredients (some from his own fish stocks)

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank melissa_williams
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

We stayed at the Secret Sanctuary some time ago. The owners have cleverly diversified it's principally landscaping business to homestay, spa, restaurant and bar businesses.

We were allocated a two-bedroom rather-run-down house at the back. It had a bathroom attached but at times there was no water to wash and flush. The toilet floor was rather slippery and there wasn't a floor rug to dry our feet. So we had to go in and out of the bathroom very carefully after showers. LOL! The lights in the house were too dim to do anything actually. We weren't able to access the internet from our rooms too. The rubbish we collected with recycled bags weren't cleared right to our last day's stay so you can imagine the smell as the days went by.

Everything was pretty much DIY. The sink in the kitchen was choked on the first day; we fixed it ourselves. Actually, I wouldn't call that area a kitchen really - all we could do was to wash there. The aircon in the room also broke down suddenly during our stay but it was'nt fixed either.

We also had to get our supplies of drinking water from the self-service bar. We didnt sleep too well as the bed weren't comfortable - the rooms, sheets and all were rather musky and dusty and beds too hard.

Nonetheless, the food served there was pretty good (but quite pricey though). We enjoyed the lamb chop and a unique raw fish salad. The breakfasts were very simple fares but good enough to start the days with - they consisted of a glass of instant coffee, fried beehoon or noodles and some local fruits. The owners of the cottage, particularly the pretty lady owner was very helpful and friendly. She has a gift of making people feel at ease. We enjoyed the facilities such as the waterfall pool, steambath, sauna and spa. The greens and water features in the premises helped to create a relaxing climate. Which we liked very much.

The other rooms may be better (they looked brighter and better-kept) except that they don't have bathrooms attached. If you don't mind 'kampong-like' holidays, this place is ok. If you're prone to mosquite bites, you've to be prepared.

The place could use a big cleanup and revamp - especially the house at the back. We think that SSBC has the potential to become a huge attraction in this sleepy part of Kuching as it is very near Giant Supermarket and Stutong Market. Travelling to other parts of Kuching is relatively easy from SSBC.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank alpharon
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Boutiquehotel460, Owner at The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2012

Good news ,
All our rooms are with attached new high pressure shower and toilet .
Plus New Queen and King size bed .
All rooms are non smoking .
Smoking area are located at open area with big fan .
24 hrs honesty Bar .
New garden toilets next to the Bar and Restaurant .
All wood flooring are bare foot area . Clean and easy .Walk like a child .
All tree top rooms are with private sun bath deck .Outside living .
In the midst of building :
Eco friendly pond
Green lawn , healing garden (herbal) and more sun bath lawn .
waterfall frog pond
more palm tree and flower
pepper vine

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Reviewed 11 December 2011

the jewel among the row of houses, this was dressed as cottage for holiday makers. Upon arrival, owner Cyril greeted us with a welcome drink. What made it more pleasant was that we had a horrendous Air Asia flight delay, supposed 1pm arrival at Kuching became 10pm! but Julia (Cyril's gf) picked us up anyway from airport with smiles.


Room was interestingly small but sufficient, queen's size mattress on the floor, basin, toilet (bathroom is shared). a platform was raised to be relax corner. walls are painted bright red with ambient lighting. Spaces are probably crafted without destructing the trees, so I got a tree trunk going thru the ceiling of my room =) which also acted as clothes hanger. note: room smells alittle mouldy...they provide burners thou, so prepare an essential oil.

The sanctuary, indeed, is full of character. The moment you stepped in, you are greeted by waterfall sounds. Lotsa wood in its construction, guests walk barefooted. Pool is in a natural tropical setting, few cats roam ard. My room opened out to a verandah with hammocks to relax on. Owner is chatty, at times he will buy u beers. music from a player can be heard throughout. If you wake up late, Cyril will still prepare breakfast for you, portions are hearty. Cooking is great. Evenings are filled with party mood, with much local dinner guests sighted.

Overall, it is a pleasant stay, alittle far from city ctr, but near to airport. simply love the natural environment that was created. Life feels simple yet satisfactory here, though some may not be willing to pay abt S$80 since there is no buffet bfast, TV, wifi etc...
but i wld defintely love to be there again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

the secret sanctuary it's something you can immagine!it's better then when you look at the photos on web site.you can feel like at home with Cyril(the crazy/cool owner) and Julia.
the cottage it's a quite far from kuching but it's the best choice to have a different experience.the cottage have everything you need!it's the best place to relax and eat(Ciryl is funny obsessed by food and beers).there are differents rooms but ask to have a room with more private space because the cottage in the evening become a restaurant too.if you are cool TRY IT!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank pinnychan
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Additional Information about The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage

Address: 12 a Jalan Setia Raja 132 Jalan Stutong Indah, Kuching 93350, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 83 B&Bs / Inns in Kuching
Price Range: ₹ 4,018 - ₹ 9,721 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step into The Secret Sanctuary, a haven of peace set in. The place of Oneness. You get in touch with individual who share the similar soulful interest, in awakening consciousness-thing that truly matter are Beauty, Love, inner peace, creativity and joy. Specially designed by the owner for the last ten years, the journey in search of meaning of life. Located 10 mins from airport and 10 mins to the city center. Walking distance 10 minutes to the local market selling jungle produce or take a stroll in the nearby monkey forest where monkey wander freely. The reason why many people choose to stay with us because we are holiday home and living in the midst of heaven. Equipped with waterfall, swimming pool, garden, green house with pitchers plants, fish, spa, steam sauna, infra-red sauna, whirlpool, pool, jacuzzi, sun deck, honesty bar, fruit bar, draught beer & wine air con bar, gastrolounge, restaurant serve wonderful western & local food. Jungle cuisine, fresh live seafood, bbq lamb, seafood, chicken to baked pumpkin. Its central location to the national park around Kuching. Our own driver will arrange your tour around wildlife center or beaches with the comfort of our own car with ice box with drink (beer, wine, soft drink, mineral water, etc) all the time. Special rate for all tour destination.Special SERENDIPITY gastronomic seafood & wine tour to fishing village with beautiful scenery along the way . wildlife,frog tour at mountain side from 7pm to 11pm available . ... more   less 
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