Luxury Caribbean Real Estate

The Residences at Secret Bay

From the developer of Secret Bay, recently voted the World’s Best Boutique Hotel, comes a new era of Caribbean luxury living. This limited Dominica real estate offering of 42 architecturally stunning villas are secluded within the gated confines of Secret Bay, one of the world’s most acclaimed eco-luxury resorts. The Residences at Secret Bay present a rare opportunity to own a sustainable luxury vacation home, along with incomparable 5-star service, on one of the Caribbean’s most sparsely populated, environmentally-conscious and culturally-rich islands. Secret Bay has garnered widespread media attention for their residences’ artful fusion of high design and locally-sourced craftsmanship, as well as their authentic guest experience custom-curated to personal preference. Secret Bay has received countless accolades since opening its doors just seven years ago, including the April 2019 Cover of Travel + Leisure Magazine, several Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” hotels in the Caribbean and, most recently, The Residences at Secret Bay was awarded Best Mixed Use Development in the Caribbean by the International Property Awards. Additionally, Secret Bay has been ranked amongst Fodor’s “100 Most Incredible Hotels in the World” in 2019, voted into TripAdvisor’s top 1 percent of hotels worldwide for the past six years, named World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 by the Boutique Hotel Awards, and was honored as the Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific by Condé Nast Johansens. From the Hillside Villas to the Clifftop Villa Estates, each of the 42 residences is sited within its own secluded enclave. Thoughtfully-designed architecture embraces the culture of the island while connecting to the surrounding landscape, providing a natural and idyllic canvas to experience the best of both Secret Bay and the island. The Residences at Secret Bay are the ultimate offering for those seeking an astute Caribbean real estate opportunity in an up-and-coming destination.

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Real Estate Offerings

Whether buying a legacy family vacation home or solely as a real estate investment, The Residences at Secret Bay are a truly one-of-a-kind Caribbean real estate opportunity. The Villas and Villa Estates that comprise The Residences at Secret Bay feature between 1,356 and 5,182 square-feet of indoor and outdoor living space and lot sizes ranging from 3,557 to 32,290 square-feet. Priced from US $1,220,800 and available for whole ownership and citizenship investors, The Residences are ideal for couples, families and investors seeking a Caribbean coastal eco-retreat every season of the year. The architecture and interiors of each villa and villa estate luxuriously reflect the pristine Nature Island. Each residence has an aura of casual coastal elegance with stately modern amenities, generous floor plans consisting of indoor and outdoor living spaces, fully-appointed gourmet kitchens, tropical hardwoods, private plunge pools and outdoor showers, as well as hammocks and daybeds that offer spectacular vistas within your own tropical retreat.

Conceptualised by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, the existing six eco-luxury villas and villa estates are generously positioned across the site to ensure privacy and seclusion, all offering glorious views over the Caribbean Sea and rainforest-covered mountains. The Zabuco Villas—complete with one bedroom and bathroom, a private plunge pool and an outdoor hammock sofa—is where the dream of Secret Bay began. Built on a majestic clifftop promontory, the Zabuco Villas make you and yours feel like true Dominican nobility as you float above the world below. Our Zabuco villas are over 3000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space, furnished with 1 King bed and 1 Full daybed in the air-conditioned living room. Rising up from the ground from a single stem, the Ylang Ylang Villas feature one bedroom and bath, two decks, an elevated private plunge pool and private garden, offering the ideal setting for a secluded rainforest escape. Our proclaimed love nests, the Ylang Ylang Villas present a sensuous, relaxing and wild retreat. Our Ylang Ylang villas are just over 1600 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space, furnished with 1 King bed. Suspended above the Caribbean Sea, the Ti-Fèy Villa is our newest two-story, treehouse-style architectural with one bedroom and two baths, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private infinity pool. The villa offers incredible vistas of Tibay Beach just below, plus a private beach path, making it the perfect under-the-radar hideaway. Our Ti-Fèy villa is over 1300 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space, furnished with 1 King bed and 1 Full sleeper sofa, and second bathroom on the air-conditioned ground floor.

Clifftop-Villa-1024x576-1 The breathtaking Clifftop Villa Estates offer magnificent ocean views and the most premiere sunset experience. The Clifftop Villa Estates on the West side of the slope have sight of Morne Espagnol, and some may catch a glimpse of Morne Diablotin. Those on the East side have panoptic views of Prince Rupert Bay, Cabrits National Park, Portsmouth, Morne Aux Diables, and the French islands of Les Saintes and Guadeloupe. Suspended 250 feet above sea level, the Clifftop Villas offer the greatest scope of Dominica with direct access to amenities via the funicular. The Clifftop Villa Estates will feature three distinct floor plans: based on the original plan where the dream of Secret Bay began, Zabuco Design 1 features one bed and one bath, a remarkably expansive deck and pool, and totals to 3,028 square feet. Zabuco Design 2 has the same footprint as the original, but with a second bedroom and bathroom. Zabuco Design 3, featuring 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, is ideal for small families, groups or couples who enjoy more spacious living.

Waterfront-Clifftop-Hillside-Bungalow-1024x576-2 The Clifftop Villas offer the most remarkable panoramas of the Caribbean Sea. The Clifftop Villas on the West side of the slope have sight of Morne Espagnol, and some may catch a glimpse of Morne Diablotin. Those on the East side have panoptic views of Prince Rupert Bay, Cabrits National Park, Portsmouth, Morne Aux Diables, and the French islands of Les Saintes and Guadeloupe. Suspended 250 feet above sea level, the Clifftop villas feature the greatest scope of Dominica with direct access to amenities via the funicular. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,356 total square feet. Two-story, fashionable treehouses with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these villas offer a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and total relaxation.

The Cliffside Residences are the largest of all The Residences At Secret Bay, on the largest of lots. Each with three bedrooms, these residences have breathtaking views of Prince Rupert Bay, Cabrits National Park, Portsmouth, Morne Aux Diables, Guadeloupe, and Les Saintes. Guests have the luxury of living amidst the jungle while near the coastline, but a five-minute walk from Coconut Beach. Featuring an expanded three bedroom Ylang Ylang Design floor plan, the 5,128 square foot Cliffside Residences rise up from the rainforest floor with vast balconies surrounded by Kapok and Wild Banyan Trees. With fully equipped kitchens in the verandah, two decks, an elevated pool directly accessible from the bedroom, an outdoor shower, a barbecue and a hammock sofa, the Cliffside Residences are built for a matchless multi-resident retreat.

The Hillside Villa Estates emerge from the Dominica rainforest atop the cliff’s edge, with remarkable views of both the ocean and jungle. These villas have the luxury of a 3-5 minute walk to the amenity core and Tibay Beach. Based on our Ylang Ylang design, named after its resemblance to the petals of the legendary flower, the Hillside Villa Estates feature one bed and one bath, creating an intimate residence often referred to as a “bower of bliss.”With a fully equipped kitchen in the verandah, two decks, an elevated pool directly accessible from the bedroom, an outdoor shower, a barbecue, and a hammock sofa, the Hillside Villa Estates are the ideal setting for an unforgettable retreat.

The Hillside Villas, gracefully perched upon the Secret Bay cliff, have spectacular views ranging from jungle to ocean to the tallest mountain of Dominica, Morne Diablotin. These villas are placed with the densest part of the Dominica rainforest, creating the most authentically natural experience with the utmost luxury. The Hillside Villas feature our Ti-Fey design, a two-story architecture with one bedroom and bath. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,356 total square feet. Fashionable and sustainable residences with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these villas offer a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and total relaxation.

The Waterfront Villa Estates are located within the most private enclave, tucked into Secret Bay’s sloping cliff along a ridge down to the ocean. Each villa faces the Caribbean Sea yet offers its guests a true jungle feel. These homes have countless views, including that of Prince Rupert Bay, Cabrits National Park, Portsmouth, Morne Aux Diables, Guadeloupe, and Les Saintes. The Waterfront Villa Estates have the luxury of being immersed in nature with a short 1-2 minute walk to the ocean. The Waterfront Villa Estates will feature three distinct floor plans: based on the original plan where the dream of Secret Bay began, Zabuco Design 1 features one bed and one bath, a remarkably expansive deck and pool, and totals to 3,028 square feet. Zabuco Design 2 has the same footprint as the original, but with a second bedroom and bathroom. Zabuco Design 3, featuring 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, is ideal for small families, groups or couples who enjoy more spacious living.

In comparison to the Waterfront Villa Estates, the Waterfront Villas sit higher along the ridge down to ocean. Nevertheless, the villas share the same view of the Caribbean Sea while amidst the beautiful privacy of the Dominican rainforest. They, too, have quick and easy access to beach. The Waterfront Villa features the Ti-Fey Design, a two-story architectural with one bedroom and one bath. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,356 total square feet. Fashionable and sustainable residences with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these villas offer a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and total relaxation.

Master Plan

Amenities & Lifestyle

Named “World’s Best Boutique Hotel” in 2016 by the World Boutique Hotel Awards, Secret Bay is renowned for its commitment to sustainable luxury. With just six villas, all built from locally-sourced materials with little impact on the environment, Secret Bay is uniquely small. Thus, five-star services and amenities are personalised to guests’ each and every need. The amenities for The Residences at Secret Bay offer an unmatched setting for nature-minded and adventurous couples and families to escape from the everyday and reconnect with each other and nature’s untouched beauty. Here, homeowners will enjoy privileged access to the resort’s two secluded beaches, enchanting river, sea cave and two distinct microclimates, private decks, a yoga pavilion, saltwater infinity lap pool, fitness center, wellness spa, watersports facilities, art barn and restaurant as well as special amenities and services.

 

Dedicated Services

  • Concierge, security, housekeeping and laundry service
  • Pre-arrival villa stocking and dedicated villa attendant service
  • Off-property excursion guides
  • High-speed Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Adventure equipment including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, yoga mats and snorkelling gear

 

Residence Management

  • High-performing rental program
  • Enrolment in an external exchange programme so you can trade your weeks at Secret Bay for a range of fabulous vacation spots around the world
  • Management and upkeep of your property
  • The use of your villa by family and friends during allocated weeks
  • Assistance should you wish to eventually sell your villa or your share

The Residences at Secret Bay are a rare opportunity to invest in a sustainable luxury vacation home within a fantasy-like setting with all the amenities and first class services of Secret Bay’s award-winning boutique hotel.

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Sustainability

The Residences at Secret Bay are composed entirely of sustainably-sourced Guyanese Greenheart, while the bedroom furniture is crafted from locally-sourced Dominican Red Cedar by local artisans. And, even more impressive, perhaps, is the fact that no heavy machinery is involved in construction; everything is assembled meticulously by hand. The villas and villa estates are thoughtfully sited in specific locations so as minimal clear-cutting takes place, and with the assemblage of new property—along with access to a third beach and the construction of 36 new villas according to a conscientiously phased master plan—Secret Bay’s density has decreased from 9 percent to 7 percent, making it more intimate than ever. At Secret Bay, we aim to build cultural awareness through the development of a community of residents, businesses, and locals and to provide positive experiences for both guests and hosts for many years to come. Our priority is to employ people from our neighbouring communities, buy local produce, and support local artisans and businesses. We encourage a genuine and mutually beneficial interaction between our guests, Secret Bay staff, and the community.

About Dominica

History has it that when Christopher Columbus – having been unable to land his ships on Dominica – was asked to describe the island upon his return to Spain, he scrunched up a piece of parchment in order to evoke the country’s undulating terrain of volcanoes, valleys and mountains. This certainly goes some way to explaining why despite being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean (754 sq. km) it remains one of the least populated (72,660) and is one of the only islands to have retained its indigenous people, the Kalinago. Dominica is known as the “Nature Island” for its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, volcanoes, mountains (known as Mornes), waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. With abundant flora and fauna on land as well as underwater, Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers who seek a transformative, connected experience. Dominica boasts secluded beaches, lush rainforest, numerous rivers and unique wildlife, as well as cultural and culinary intrigue.

  • Named a top “Ethical Destination” by Ethical Traveler
  • Voted #3 for “Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure” by USA Today
  • Named a “Top Travel Destination” by Green Global Travel
  • Ranked “Best Caribbean Island for Outdoorsy Types” by Business Insider
  • Listed amongst “Ten Destinations You Cannot Afford to Miss” by Lonely Planet
  • Featured as one of the “Best 7 Secret Island Getaways” by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Voted #1 “Top 10 dive sites in the US and Caribbean” by Scuba Radio

A land of great beauty and contrasts, Dominica has so many stories to tell – come and discover the best-kept secret of the Caribbean.

Team

Meet the team behind The Residences at Secret Bay.

GEMS is an impact-driven Caribbean-based company dedicated to owning, managing and developing world class, sustainable luxury properties and businesses in the hospitality and tourism markets. Guided by the vision of Dominica-native Gregor Nassief, GEMS’ highly respected portfolio of owned and managed properties has received global praise for their quality of experience and design, commitment to environmental responsibility and understanding and support of local culture and community. Learn more at www.gems.dm

Fruto Vivas, award-winning Latin American architect and lead architect on Secret Bay’s resort villas, manages the design of the Residences in tandem with renowned supervising architect, Claude Lauture. Vivas is known for sustainable luxury accommodations – offering exceptional comfort while looking after all that we love about Secret Bay’s unspoilt site.

Henry Dowling, Principal/Owner of Plan Studios, leads the master planning and architectural envisioning efforts for The Residences at Secret Bay, bringing over 20 years’ experience in planning and design of luxury destination properties worldwide. His company’s specialized experience in 5-star boutique developments in the Caribbean and passion for ecologically driven and modern design have helped guide Secret Bay in developing a distinctive vision and creative master plan for this unmatched property.

Wicked+ is a full-service branding, marketing, public relations and design firm based in Hermosa Beach, California with experience marketing more than $7 billion in high-end real estate around the world.

Secret Bay’s internal management team oversees The Residences, mindfully honouring the foundational values of ethical development and exceptional quality and service in their daily operation and marketing of the project.