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10 Pivotal Moments in Secret Bay History

10 years ago Secret Bay opened its gates for the very first time. Since that treasured day, we’ve had the honour of hosting many of our guests’ most special moments—and for that, we are extremely grateful. Keep reading below as we take you through the 10 pivotal moments that created the Secret Bay we know and love today. 

1. The Vision of Secret Bay Was Born

Since boyhood, Secret Bay owner Gregor Nassief had a lofty dream—to create a home away from home amongst the wild forested cliffs of Dominica and to preserve the natural environment. While celebrating the nuptials of Gregor and wife Sandra, Sandra’s father and award-winning Latin American architect, Fruto Vivas granted the couple a special gift—a proposed drawing of their personal residence at Secret Bay. With Fruto, Sandra and Gregor’s combined visions, the villas that comprise the living, breathing eco-luxury resort at Secret Bay came to life.

2. Secret Bay Welcomes Its First Guest In Zabuco Villa 

Secret Bay’s original Zabuco Villa is where the beautiful dream of Secret Bay began. Built on the exact spot at the end of the peninsula where proprietor Gregor Nassief planned to build his dream home, Zabuco I captures the resort’s inherent aura of romance, providing the ultimate escape for those in love. 

3. Secret Bay Appears On Its First Cover Of Travel + Leisure Magazine

Secret Bay appears on its first cover of Travel + Leisure Magazine with the full page cover photo featuring the view from our Zabuco Villa alongside the headline “Secret Caribbean,” and inside a 10-page lead feature on Secret Bay, declaring: “Dominica finally has a world-class resort to match its stunning natural assets.” For details see here.

4. Secret Bay Welcomes New Amenities

Secret Bay welcomes new, luxury amenities for guests including the Zing Zing Restaurant, Gommier Spa, Bwa Mang Wellness Pavilion and Zamann Watersports Hut. 

5. Secret Bay Joins Relais & Châteaux

Secret Bay’s dedication to sustainability, approach to hospitality, attention to highly-personalised service and culinary ingenuity are among the shared qualities that inspired our boutique resort to join Relais & Châteaux and its like-minded collection of the ‘World’s Finest Intimate Hotels. For details see here.

6. Secret Bay Launches The Residences At Secret Bay

Secret Bay launches the first and only Caribbean real estate offering of its kind — a limited collection of architectural treehouse-style villas positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Residences present the rare chance to own a sustainable luxury vacation home complemented by the resort’s incomparable six-star service and world-class amenities — all set on one of the Caribbean’s most sparsely populated, environmentally conscious and culturally rich islands.

7. The Residences At Secret Bay Introduces Four Hillside Villas

The Residences at Secret Bay introduces four new Hillside villas, totalling to 10 Residences on Secret Bay. These new Hillside Villas provide an extension of the celebrated architecture, discreet service and privacy in a low-density setting, capturing the luxury of time and space that vacation home buyers crave.

8. New Welcome House & Amenities Are Announced

Creating a transformative, unforgettable haven for worldwide travelers has always been at the forefront of our design here at Secret Bay. And now, this world-renowned vision is set to expand as plans are drawn up for the new Mouben Welcome House & Funicular, Bwa Denn micro-brewery and Gwiyavye’ Lap Pool & Bar, set to debut in November 2021. 

9. Travel And Leisure Names Secret Bay Among The 500 Best Properties In The World

Travel + Leisure released their top 500 list, in which Secret Bay was ranked the #1 Resort in the Caribbean and #6 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure readers. Travel + Leisure highlighted our private villas, surrounded by “lush, dense vegetation” and the feeling of being “the only person for miles around” as top differentiators. This comes after countless accolades and awards over the last decade.

10. New 10-Year Celebration Offers

In celebration of it’s 10th year anniversary, Secret Bay presents two exclusive offers: The Perfect Ten and Entirely Yours. Both included a 10-night stay at Secret Bay, plus a robust array of complimentary offerings. See all of the exciting details here.

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