Celebrating Three Years of Sharing Secret Bay with Our Friend
On May 30th 2011, three years ago today, the first guests woke up at Secret Bay. We waited nervously, hoping they had had a good night’s sleep, hoping they loved the place as much as we did. Hoping that our dream of creating a luxury ecolodge in Dominica was about to come true….
We knew the country we love and call home was the perfect place for the sort of barefoot luxury that we wanted Secret Bay to offer. We were confident that we could build something that would complement and enhance the unique setting.
But what we didn’t know, until then… was how it would be received. “When you decide to invest in a resort or hotel, it is a significant capital investment,” explains Gregor Nassief, our owner. “And then one day you open your doors and have no idea who will show up. It makes us so happy that people keep on coming.”
Because from that morning three years ago, people have just kept on coming, and the moments we have shared with our guests have exceeded all our dreams when we began. We’ve held weddings and honeymoons and birthdays and anniversaries. And we’ve received some amazing recognition, including been voted the number 1 luxury resort in the Caribbean by Islands magazine and the 3rd sexiest bedroom in the world by Mr and Mrs Smith.
Of all the awards, though, the ones that have meant the most have been those from Tripadvisor for Exceptional Serviceand for Romance – because they have been voted for by our guests. Just as every time we read another long, happy review it reaffirms to us that we are getting things right (and helps us get even better).
So today, we celebrate our first three years with the launch of our blog, which we will be using to continue to share our story with you over the months and years to come. We have lots of ideas – from revealing some of our wonderful cooks’ favourite recipes, to sharing our own secret tips on where we love most on the island, and posting some of our favourite videos from guests using our newest toy – a Go Pro camera for exploring the forests, beaches and waves around our home.
But most of all, we’d love to hear from you – what would you like to read? What experiences from Secret Bay do you want to know more about? What secrets of Dominica can we share with you?