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 architectural treehouse-style villas and bungalows 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 unique guest experience custom-curated to personal preference. Secret Bay has received countless accolades since opening its doors just five years ago, including a Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award and Travel & Leisure’s “World’s Best” hotels in the Caribbean. Additionally, Secret Bay has been voted into TripAdvisor’s top 1 percent of hotels worldwide for the past four years, was 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 Riverside Bungalows to the Clifftop Villas the 42 residences are sited within their own secluded enclaves. Thoughtfully-designed architecture embraces the culture of the island while connecting to the surrounding landscape, almost entirely liberated from the ground. The Residences at Secret Bay are ideal for couples and families seeking a coastal eco-retreat every season of the year and for investors seeking an astute Caribbean real estate opportunity in an up-and-coming destination.
Real Estate Offerings
The Villas and Bungalows that comprise The Residences at Secret Bay feature between 1,037 and 5,128 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space and lot sizes ranging from 4,056 to 31,504 square feet. Priced from US $848,000 to $3,141,815, The Residences are available for whole ownership, vacation home buyers and shared ownership, as well as Citizenship by Investment.
The architecture and interiors of each villa and bungalow luxuriously reflect the pristine Nature Island of Dominica; the floors are built from Guyanese Greenheart, while the bedroom furniture is crafted from Dominican Red Cedar by local artisans. Each residence has an aura of casual coastal elegance with stately modern amenities, the generous floor plans consisting of indoor and outdoor living rooms, plunge pools and outdoor showers, as well as hammocks and day-beds that offer spectacular vistas within your own tropical retreat.
The Riverside Bungalows are comprised of eight residences along the fall-facing river that runs through Secret Bay. Built into a large majestic tree canopy, each home is enveloped in Dominica’s ecosystem with abundant wildlife and a ceaseless melody of the flowing river. These eight units offer the most treehouse feel, set within the spaces of the sensational Kapok and Wild Banyan Trees, while also a 3-5 minute walk from the amenity core and Tibay Beach.
The Riverside Bungalow features our Mapou Designed-floor plan. Described by Sunday Times Travel as “fashionable treehouses for adults,” this floor plan features one master suite and two bathrooms, accommodating 2-4 people. Exotic and private, the bungalow offers an intimate tropical island getaway for couples and solo travelers alike.
The Hillside Villas emerge from the Dominica rainforest atop the cliff’s edge, with remarkable views of both the ocean and jungle. These villas, much like the Riverside Bungalows, 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 features 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 Villas are the ideal setting for an unforgettable retreat.
The Hillside Bungalows, gracefully perched upon the Secret Bay cliff, have spectacular views ranging from jungle to ocean to the tallest mountain of Dominica, Morne Diablotin. These bungalows are placed with the densest part of the Dominica rainforest, creating the most authentic treehouse experience with the utmost luxury.
The Hillside Bungalows feature our Ti-Fey design, a two-story treehouse style architecture with one bedroom and bath. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,268 total square feet. Fashionable treehouses with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these bungalows offer a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and total relaxation.
The Waterfront Villas are located within the most private enclave, tucked into Secret Bay’s sloping cliff. 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 Villas have the luxury of being immersed in nature with a short 1-2 minute walk to ocean.
“Cantilevered like treehouses, the villas are smartly designed. The floating effect is magical.” — Travel & Leisure
The Waterfront Villas will feature three distinct floor plans:
- Based on the original plan where the dream of Secret Bay began, Zabuco Design I features one bed and bath, a remarkably expansive deck and pool, and totals to 3,028 square feet.
- Zabuco Design II has the same floor plan as the original, but is set at a more elevated locale along the ridge. “For romance, it doesn’t get much better than this,” says Vogue of the Zabuco Villa.
- The Zing Zing Design is a cantilevered villa, arising from the forest toward the ocean. Featuring two bedrooms and two baths, this floor plan is ideal for families, groups and couples who enjoy more spacious living.
In comparison to the Waterfront Villas, the Waterfront Bungalows sit higher atop the cliff. Nevertheless, the bungalows 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 Bungalow features the Ti-Fey Design, a two-story treehouse-style structure with one bedroom and one bath. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,268 total square feet. Fashionable treehouses with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these bungalows offer a peaceful place for quiet contemplation and total relaxation.
The breathtaking Clifftop Villas offer magnificent ocean views and the most premiere sunset experience. The 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 offer the greatest scope of Dominica with direct access to amenities via the funicular.
The Clifftop Villas will feature three distinct floor plans:
- Based on the original plan where the dream of Secret Bay began, Zabuco Design I features one bed and one bath, a remarkably expansive deck and pool, and totals to 3,028 square feet.
- Zabuco Design II has the same floor plan as the original, but is set at a more elevated locale along the ridge.
- The Zing Zing Design is a cantilevered villa, arising from the forest toward the ocean. Featuring two bedrooms and two baths, this floor plan is ideal for small families, groups or couples who enjoy more spacious living.
The Clifftop Bungalows, much like the Clifftop Villas, offer the most remarkable panoramas of the Caribbean Sea. Bungalows 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 Bungalows feature the greatest scope of Dominica with direct access to amenities via the funicular.
The Clifftop Bungalows differ from the Clifftop Villa in their Ti-Fey design. Ideal for two guests, the Ti-Fey floor plan is 1,268 total square feet. Two-story, fashionable treehouses with gourmet kitchens and every modern amenity, these bungalows 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.
Conceptualised by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, Secret Bay is comprised of eight eco-luxury villas and bungalows that are generously positioned across the site to ensure privacy and seclusion, all offering glorious views over the Caribbean Sea and rainforest-covered mountains.
Secret Bay’s villas & bungalows have been praised by the likes of Design Et Al and Brides Magazine for their ingenuity and use of the natural environment within their designs. These widely-acclaimed residences are the embodiment of ethical luxury, as they offer exceptional comfort and unmatched amenities for our temporary guests while staying true to our values of sustainability.
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 eight villas and bungalows, 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.
While many guests find themselves returning to the resort for temporary stays, The Residences at Secret Bay offer the opportunity to purchase a spectacular newly-built residence where homeowners will enjoy privileged access to three swimmable white sand beaches, sea caves, an enchanting river, private decks, a yoga pavilion, swimming pool, fitness center, wellness spa, art barn and restaurant as well as special amenities and services.
- Concierge, security, housekeeping and laundry service
- Pre-arrival food stocking
- Cooking service
- Use of the “Waitukubuli Wanderer” vehicle (when available)
- High-speed Wi-Fi Internet access
- Adventure equipment: mountain bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle board, yoga mats and snorkelling and swimming gear
- Property rental program
- Membership of 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 unique 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.
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 have received global praise for their quality of experience and design, commitment to environmental responsibility and understanding and support of local culture and community.
Fruto Vivas, award-winning Latin American architect and lead architect on Secret Bay’s resort villas and bungalows, will manage the designs of the Residences in tandem with renowned supervising architect Claude Lauture. The structure of the Residences will align with Secret Bay’s responsibility to the natural environment. 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, owner/ principal of PLAN, 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 unique property.
The Residences at Secret Bay are composed entirely of sustainably-sourced Guyanese hardwood. 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 bungalows are conscientiously placed in specific locations so as minimal clear-cutting takes place, while the bedroom furniture is largely composed of locally-sourced Red Cedar.
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.
If you would like to learn more about the species present on Dominica, please reference Life is Precious, Secret Bay’s self-published book about the wildlife that can be found on our grounds and within surrounding areas.
Dominica, also known as the “Nature Island,” is renowned 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 both black and white sand beaches. Indeed, many species that are extinct on neighbouring islands can still be found here. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. With abundant flora and fauna on land as well as underwater, Dominica is a paradise for hikers, divers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers who seek excitement, inspiration or respite.
A LIVELY CULTURE
While the secluded beaches and lush rainforest are certainly a reason to visit Dominica, the island’s cultural and culinary intrigue are surely a reason to visit and live on the island. The Dominican population is mostly of African descent, with some Europeans, Syrians, Lebanese and Indians, and about 3,000 Kalinago Amerindians who live in the Kalinago Territory on the East Coast. English is the island’s official language, although many people also speak a French-based Creole dialect.
Music is a very important aspect of Dominican culture – genres include Creole Music, “Jing-Ping” and “Cadence.” Music and dance festivals take place throughout the year, culminating in the annual “Jump-Up” Carnival in February or March and the increasingly-acclaimed World Creole Music Festival, which coincides with Dominica’s Independence celebrations at the end of October.
Dominica’s cuisine is similar to that of other Caribbean islands; however, what makes Dominican food special is the emphasis on eating local. Because the island is notably smaller than other Caribbean countries, dishes are inspired by locally-sourced produce, meat, and seafood and flavored with rich spices found throughout the island. The bustling Saturday markets in Roseau and Portsmouth are cultural experiences that visitors and residents should be sure not to miss.
LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS
The island of Dominica is abounding with activities to immerse oneself in nature, both physically and spiritually. The wild terrain, including its 365 rivers, 12 waterfalls, and countless hiking trails, inspires an active lifestyle, while Dominica’s many natural sulphur hot pools and locally-sourced foods inspire a holistic way of life.
Interestingly, Dominica has one of the highest number of centenarians (people over 100) in the world; three times the average of other developed countries. Perhaps it is the pure drinking water that flows down from Morne Diablotins into the Picard River that enlivens Dominicans; or, perhaps, it is the nutrient-rich juices squeezed from local exotic fruits and the island’s many healing herbals teas. In any respect, the island is a true fountain of youth.
We certainly believe that Dominica is one of the world’s greatest hidden treasures, but we’re not alone in that belief. The island has received countless awards and honors for its astounding beauty and sustainable culture:
- World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 by the Boutique Hotel Awards
- Travel & Leisure’s Top 11 “World’s Best” hotels in the Caribbean
- Best Honeymoon Hideaway in the Americas for 2016 by the Boutique Hotel Awards
- Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific by Condé Nast Johansens
- Named a top “Ethical Destination” by Ethical Traveler
- Ranked #3 for “Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure” by USA Today / 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards
- Named a “Top Travel Destination” by Green Global Travel
- Named “Best Caribbean Island for Outdoorsy Types” by Business Insider
- Recognized as one of the “16 Places to Visit in the Caribbean for 2016” by Caribbean Journal
- Named one of the “11 Underrated Caribbean Destinations to Visit This Winter” by U.S. News
- Amongst Lonely Planet’s annual list of “Ten Destinations You Cannot Afford to Miss”
- Voted one of the “14 Must-See Destinations for 2014” in the Robb Report
- One of the world’s “7 Secret Island Getaways” in CNN & Departures Magazine
The list of accolades continues to grow as the wonder of Dominica makes its way to new ears and eyes from around the globe. Dominica is, and always will be, the ultimate retreat for people of all ages.