About Secret Bay
Elegantly immersed within a clifftop rainforest on “The Nature Island” of the Caribbean is Secret Bay, among the leading boutique hotels in the world. Comprised of eight secluded and sustainably-built villas and bungalows, Secret Bay is the genuine embodiment of a luxurious hideaway, allowing guests to melt into the soul of the island; to dwell within a rudimentary habitat amidst five-star amenities and access to unfathomable experiences.
Conceptualised by celebrated architect Fruto Vivas, Secret Bay’s body of residences are renowned for their artful fusion of high design and locally-sourced craftsmanship, forming open-air luxury residences enveloped in an eden of lush vegetation. As an eco-luxury resort composed entirely of sustainably-sourced materials, Secret Bay exists in a beautiful equilibrium of responsibility to its environment and a commitment to guest comfort. A dedicated attendant tends to guest needs in-villa, inclusive of intimate fine dining, spa services and an adventure concierge. Five-star service is extensively personal, from mattress firmness to pre-stocked refrigerators, tailored to the desires, lifestyles, and preferences of each individual guest.
This secluded compound is just a 10-minute drive to the quaint town of Portsmouth and one hour from Dominica’s capital, Roseau. The beautiful expanse of Prince Rupert Bay, edged by one of the longest, often deserted, white-sand beaches on the island, is a 10-minute kayak ride away. Other nearby sites include the well-preserved Fort Shirley at the Cabrits National Park, the ever-enchanting Indian River and the Northern Forest Reserve.
Secret Bay has direct access to two paradisiacal swimming beaches: Tibay Beach, and the soft white-sand Secret Beach, inclusive of a natural rock-formed arch, hidden sea-cliff cave, and rich marine life. Guests are given unlimited complimentary access to adventure equipment such as kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear.
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 all the while. 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.
Thus, the resort was founded upon a story of love, both for each other and for the land which they shared a deep commitment to preserve. With Fruto and Gregor’s combined visions, the villas and bungalows that comprise the living, breathing eco-luxury resort at Secret Bay came to life.
Our connection with this land is strong and we find the greatest joy in protecting it and sharing it with our guests.
Gregor Nassief, Proprietor
Dominica is ahead of the curve with respect to its practice of sustainable tourism, and Secret Bay, in particular, exists, and will persist, upon a system of values to sustain the natural purity of its native community and habitat. Secret Bay’s developers and staff are committed to maintaining the land in the pristine condition in which it was discovered, and a top priority is to employ people from neighbouring communities, buy local produce, and support local artisans and businesses. Encouraging a genuine and mutually-beneficial interaction between guests, staff, island locals, and the island itself, Secret Bay presents a truly coveted opportunity to revel in ethical luxury.
Secret Bay’s residences are composed entirely of sustainably-sourced Guyanese hardwood. And, even more impressive, perhaps, is the fact that no heavy machinery was involved in construction; Secret Bay was assembled meticulously by hand. The villas and bungalows were conscientiously placed in specific locations so as minimal clear-cutting would take place, while the bedroom furniture is largely composed of locally-sourced Red Cedar.
Residences and other resort structures were built and developed with LEED best practices and standards in order to protect the wide variety of flora and fauna that grow and live in this exceptional space, as well as the fragile corals of the waters below. Because of the rich marine life, the hotel has applied for the area around Secret Beach to be made a “Marine Reserve.”
Secret Bay sustains all that the island of Dominica stands for: uncorrupted beauty. The resort’s innovative guest-experience is built around various private spaces; meals are cooked centrally but can be served within residences, just as beverages and food can be pre-stocked and massages and spa treatments are performed in-villa. Resultantly, Secret Bay’s energy consumption averages 3.7 percent of revenue versus the Dominica’s industry norm of 7+ percent, reducing the resort’s energy footprint by 47 percent.
Staff has planted over 1,500 plants and flowers and over 50 trees across the resort site, in addition to a plant nursery in a small greenhouse and planted Vetiver around the perimeter of the property to keep the cliff strong for future generations. Secret Bay’s Executive Chef Eric, too, uses wild herbs and bushes that grow across the island in his fresh, locally-sourced dishes and homemade herbal teas. The kitchen always recycles and composts the waste from the development on a daily basis.
Secret Bay has instigated several Environmental Impact Assessments and has taken great care to establish an effective drainage system on the property. The resort has installed a drip irrigation system to reuse wastewater and plans to replace all plastic bottles with filter cups in 2017.
As part of Secret Bay’s commitment to the social and professional development of the local community, the staff have set up a “Community Development Fund” for the nearby village of Tibay, a beautification project that has transferred pipe-born water into Tibay, built a bus stop for school children, and initiated road work and improved signage. Secret Bay contributes a percentage of rental income to the fund, which is jointly-administered by Secret Bay and the people of Tibay Village for the improvement of their community.
Secret Bay believes that sustainable action stems from people, and it must support people. The resort financially supports a Dominican organisation known as CALLS, a “centre where adolescents learn to love and serve.” Supporting children who did not receive an education, CALLS provides unique courses in agriculture, cooking, cosmetology, various crafts, among many others. Secret Bay has hired several CALLS graduates who are now crucial to our team.
Secret Bay is an “anti all-inclusive” resort, meaning that it promotes a Dominica experience, engaging external businesses and allowing them 100 percent of the profit. In total, Secret Bay engages more than 60 stakeholders, including taxi drivers, guides, yoga teachers, massage therapists, farmers, and fishermen, whose primary income is from the resort.
The Secret Bay Difference
Secret Bay’s villas and bungalows feature between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space and lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 8,500 square feet, inclusive of plunge pools, gourmet kitchens, free-standing tubs and pillow hammocks. Composed entirely of sustainably-sourced Guyanese hardwood and Red Cedar, the villas and bungalows offer the most luxurious experience in harmony with nature, as Secret Bay exists in a beautiful equilibrium between natural environment and guest comfort.
Each villa is equipped with a personal iPhone, Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker, and Apple TV with a provided Netflix account. Guests can stay as connected as they so please, or perhaps disconnect from the outside world on the Gommier Meditation Deck, nestled in the trees along a pathway down to Tibay Beach. It’s no secret that Secret Bay is the #1 resort in Dominica for its commendable balance between sustainability and utmost luxury.
With just eight villas amidst the untouched rainforest of Dominica, Secret Bay prides itself on unparalleled service. The stunning bungalows, constructed and nestled into the cliff, are veiled by the splendor of the natural world, offering the guests a sanctuary of seclusion; however, the Secret Bay staff is attuned to the guests’ every need. The service is extensively personal and tailored to the desires, lifestyles, and preferences of each and every individual.
The staff at Secret Bay offers first-class accommodation and is willing and able to curate your experience as specifically as possible. The team is fuelled by the passion and desire to make your stay nothing short of exceptional. The resort offers several in-villa experiences, such as massage, yoga, and dining with a one-man jazz performance. Choose from a variety of fresh, local ingredients for a pre-stocked refrigerator and decide upon the exact firmness of your pillow before your arrival. Secret Bay’s luxurious and pampering services furnish a designer vacation without pretension.
“What sets Secret Bay apart from most resorts is not only the true peace, tranquility, and privacy of the resort but also the service and people of Secret Bay. They will go to lengths that are truly uncommon and remarkable to make sure your every need and want is met so you can enjoy your vacation fully.”
The luxury of Secret Bay does, in part, emerge from the ultra-modern amenities within each villa and bungalow. However, the true luxury that guests so often glorify is the resort’s inherent aura of romance. Secret Bay was built on love, with love. Our first-class service and wealth of exceptionally relaxing experiences foster a getaway that allow you and your loved one to evanesce into the enchantment of Dominica and each other.
The privacy, luxury, and immersion of Secret Bay’s villas in the Dominica rainforest are the essence of romance. There is, perhaps, no other boutique hotel in the Caribbean that offers an experience as intimate as Secret Bay.
Personalise your bedding to satisfy your preferences, revel in the warmth of an open-air shower while enveloped by the Dominica sea-breeze, and dip in your villa’s very own infinity pool with sight of the ocean and the setting sun. Secret Bay is a place of magic, sure to transport you back to the time you first fell in love.
“Secret Bay…like a time machine…finds a way to bring you back to that time before children, before huge responsibilities, back to the time when you first fell in love.”
Secret Bay provides a five-star inconspicuous level of service. Villas and bungalows are fully-equipped with modern facilities and friendly full-time staff are always discreetly on hand to accommodate your every need. The concierge is accustomed to recommending flights, planning excursions, booking spa treatments, organising child-sitting and assisting with just about anything you could possibly need.
- Laundry service
- 24-Hour security
- Welcome dinner and airport transfers for stays of five nights or more
- High-speed Wi-Fi Internet access
- A Kindle for your exclusive use with daily international newspapers
- Small library of books
- Bose Bluetooth speakers
- Home Audiovisual system with a selection of DVDs
- Selection of board games
- Adventure equipment (including: mountain bikes; kayaks; stand-up paddle board; yoga mats and snorkelling and swimming gear)
- Safe keeping for your personal belongings
- The Waitukubuli Wanderer – An all-terrain air-conditioned 4-door 4-wheel drive vehicle with a knowledgeable driver for day excursions
- Hire car for the duration of your stay
- Personal chef service
- Pre-stocking of your favourite foods (where available) as well as a delicious and wide selection of locally grown produce
- A selection of organic food baskets
- Private evening one-man jazz concert on your terrace (villas only)
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
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 Diablotin 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 herbal teas. In any respect, the island is a true fountain of youth.
The Dominican population includes 3,000 Kalinago Amerindians, Dominica’s first people, who live in the Kalinago Territory on the East Coast of the island. Formerly known as Caribs, the Kalinago preserve and share a proud heritage more than 1,000 years in the making. 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 fresh, wholesome, organic ingredients. 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.
There are no long-haul direct flights to Dominica; we are off the beaten track, and arriving at Secret Bay is worth every mile. Most flights will arrive at Douglas Charles Airport (DOM), the main airport in the northeast near Marigot. A second, Canefield Airport (DCF), is a small commuter airport in the southwest near Roseau.
Need help finding the best flights and fares? Our Travel Concierge will be happy to present your best itinerary options.
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Book directly to Dominica (DOM) on American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue. This requires an in-transit connection in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) on to Seaborne or Barbados (BGI) on to LIAT.
Fly other major US airlines (US Airways, United etc.) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), Barbados (BGI), Antigua (ANU) or St Maarten/St Martin (SXM), then connect via Seaborne, LIAT or WinAir on to Dominica (DOM).
During the winter season, fly Norwegian from Boston (BOS), Baltimore/Washington D.C. (BWI) or New York City (JFK) to Guadeloupe (PTP) or Martinique (FDF) then connect via L’Express des Iles ferry on to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe (PTP) you can also connect on LIAT or Air Antilles to Dominica (DOM).
FROM THE UK
Book directly to Dominica (DOM) on British Airways. This requires an in-transit connection in Antigua (ANU) or Barbados (BGI) on to LIAT.
Fly Virgin Atlantic to Antigua (ANU) or Barbados (BGI) then connect via LIAT on to Dominica (DOM).
Book directly to Dominica (DOM) on Air France. This requires an in-transit connection in St Maarten/St. Martin (SXM) or Guadeloupe (PTP) on to Air Antilles, WinAir or LIAT.
Fly Air France or Air Caraibes to Guadeloupe (PTP) or Martinique (FDF), then connect via L’Express des Iles ferry on to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe (PTP) you can also connect on LIAT or Air Antilles to Dominica (DOM).
Book directly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dominica (DOM) on KLM. This requires an in-transit connection in St. Maarten/St. Martin (SXM) via WinAir or LIAT.
Book directly from Frankfurt (FRA) or Munich (MUC) to Dominica (DOM) on Air France. This requires an in-transit connection in St Maarten/St Martin (SXM) via WinAir or LIAT.
Fly Condor from Frankfurt (FRA) to Antigua (ANU) or Barbados (BGI), then connect via LIAT on to Dominica (DOM).
Fly WestJet or Air Canada to St Maarten/St Martin (SXM), then connect via WinAir or LIAT on to Dominica.
Fly WestJet or Air Canada to Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), then connect via LIAT on to Dominica.
Fly Air Canada to Guadeloupe (PTP) or Martinique (FDF) then connect via L’Express des Iles ferry on to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe (PTP) you can also connect on LIAT or Air Antilles to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe (PTP) or Martinique (FDF) via L’Express des Iles to Dominica (DOM).
From Barbados (BGI) or Antigua (ANU) via LIAT to Dominica (DOM).
From St Maarten/St Martin (SXM) via WinAir to Dominica (DOM).
From Sn Juan, Puerto Rico via Seaborne, LIAT or WinAir to Dominica (DOM).
Milestones Rewards Programme
When it comes to those landmark moments in life – our weddings, honeymoons, fortieth birthdays, golden wedding anniversaries – one of the hardest decisions is choosing where to celebrate. Secret Bay’s new loyalty programme is our way of saying thank you to our guests for showing us such trust and choosing us over the last three years. We hope the many special offers it includes for anyone who comes back for a second time (or more) means that when you plan your next milestone, it might be a return to Secret Bay.
The Americas Property Awards—a subset of the International Property Awards—celebrates the highest levels of achievement amongst companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry worldwide. And, in 2017, The Residences at Secret Bay earned the title as the best Mixed-Use Development in Dominica for its sustainable and innovative design.
By virtue of Secret Bay’s recognition in the Americas category, the boutique hotel was entered into the International Property Awards. The Residences at Secret Bay received this world-renowned mark of excellence as the best Mixed-Use Development in all of the Caribbean.
Secret Bay has been named amongst the “Top Resorts in the Caribbean” by Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”
Secret Bay has been recognized amongst North America’s “Most Romantic Hotels” in the 2018 Tablet Hotel Awards, where romance is afforded by both structure and nature: “The indoor-outdoor design, heavy on treehouse chic, puts you directly in touch with the grand vegetation and ocean vistas.”
Secret Bay has been nominated for the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards, a renowned global organization that provides luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence, with the Annual Gala Awards Ceremony to be held in Switzerland in December.
Flight Network is comprised of a highly-regarded team of travel experts and judges who search far and wide to discover the world’s most prodigious hotels and resorts to accommodate the diverse preferences of every traveler. Secret Bay made Flight Network’s esteemed list of “The World’s 100 Greatest Hotels” as #2 in the “Boutique Hotel” category, one of the most coveted in the industry.
Secret Bay received two Tripadvisor 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards. These awards are the highest honor Tripadvisor gives and Secret Bay has been named to this list for four consecutive years. Based upon reviews and opinions from nearly 500 travelers since opening our doors just five years ago, we have been voted into the top 1 percent of hotels worldwide with the following distinctions:
- Top 25 Small Hotels – Caribbean
- Top 25 Hotels for Romance – Caribbean
Secret Bay has been awarded the distinction of World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 by the Boutique Hotel Awards. The Boutique Hotel Awards is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels. Nominations come from across the globe for categories like World’s Best City Hotel and World’s Best Culinary Hotel. Secret Bay received the highest distinction of World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016.
Secret Bay has been awarded the distinction of Best Honeymoon Hideaway in the Americas for the year 2016 by the Boutique Hotel Awards. Nominations come from all over the Americas for this distinction and, as a hotel that offers designated honeymoon villas, honeymoon packages and unique couples experiences, we are honored and excited to be recognized as the premier honeymoon destination.
Secret Bay was voted number three in Caribbean Journal’s Best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean: Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. Thousands of readers cast their vote out of Caribbean Journal’s 50 favorite small hotels.
Secret Bay has been named amongst the best Caribbean Island hotels by Conde Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”
We are excited to announce that Secret Bay has shortlisted for the Hotel Suite Award in The International Hotel and Property Awards 2016. Secret Bay’s luxury tree-houses “integrate the natural landscape to the extent that trees were allowed to grow through balconies and decks.”
We are pleased to announce that Secret Bay has been nominated and first runner up for the Hotel Suite – Americas and Caribbean in The International Hotel and Property Awards 2016.
Our eco-luxury resort provides an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Here you will find yourself immersed in nature while staying in luxury treetop villas with the highest personlised service and breath taking views. Creating a “home-away-from-home experience.”
“Spread out over four acres of undulating land on rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the brief given to renowned Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas was to create four individual villas set into an enhanced natural landscape, offering individual privacy to each one.”
Secret Bay was rated number 11 on Travel + Leisure’s Best Resorts to travel to in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Bahamas.
“Whether you’re an adventurer looking to scuba dive and snorkel, a sybarite looking to just lie on the beach with a rum punch, or a parent looking for a family-friendly escape, there’s somewhere on this list for everyone who wants to experience the Caribbean.”
February 12th 2016
For the second year running we’ve been selected in the top 25 romantic hotels in the Caribbean.
We particularly liked the succinct review that TripAdvisor chose to promote our listing, quoting a former guest who simply wrote of their stay here in our Caribbean villas:
“Perfection…look no further!“
February 4th 2016
We were number #1 on Carib Journal’s Cool list of hotels across the whole of the Caribbean for 2016. The Journal was looking for “places that ooze character, personality and, well, cool” and it chose to feature us first, using an image from Secret Bay to illustrate the entire list.
January 27 2016
We’ve been voted the Third Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean by users of TripAdvisor for 2016. The website highlighted users’ comments that we were “Welcoming, Relaxing, & Breathtaking” and “Naturally Dazzling, Incredible Service, Lovely Honeymoon.”
November 30 2015
The Caribbean Journal has declared us the Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean. “With an emphasis on some of the region’s most modern hotel design, mixed with authentic, kind service, Secret Bay has become one of the region’s sought-after hideaways, a place equally adventurous and relaxing.”
1st January 2016
The Carib Journal kicked off 2016 with a feature on “our favorite destinations in the Caribbean for 2016.” The article looked at a selection of “well-known destinations and up-and-coming getaways, hip hideaways and must-visit hotels.” And it described Secret Bay as “one of the Caribbean’s pre-eminent hotels”, adding that we were “not really like any other in the Caribbean.”
April 15 2015
Vacation Idea selected us as one of its 25 secluded, romantic getaways around the world. They loved our clifftop rooms, which they said “give you a birds eye view of this incredible destination.”
May 04 2012
Secret Bay is the first hotel ever in Dominica to have been named on the prestigious Travel + Leisure It List. Out of the 3,000 new hotels worldwide that opened in 2011 the reputed list recognises just 50 of the most inspiring new properties “that stand out because of their destination changing power” and Secret Bay is one of only three that were chosen from the Caribbean. In the very opening paragraph of the Travel + Leisure It List 2012 report online Secret Bay is described as “a stylish newcomer on the Caribbean island of Dominica” with particular reference to the “above-and-beyond service”. #12 on the list, the feature goes on to say that Secret Bay “gives Dominica an infusion of luxury and style” and describing the accommodations it says “Cantilevered like tree houses, the four villas are smartly designed, and spacious kitchens are stocked with everything from house-made yogurt to watermelon sorbet.”
July 06 2015
Secret Bay was one of three finalists from around the world in Jetsetter’s annual Best of the Best awards. Along with Anantara Al Yamm Villas in the United Arab Emirates and Soneva Kiri in Thailand we were chosen as the Best Far Flung Escapes. To create it’s 2015 Best of the Best List, Jetsetter engaged over 200 travel correspondents globally, then compiled their suggestions along with the Jetsetter team’s.
April 27 2015
Secret Bay has been selected as one of the Hottest Honeymoon Destinations in the World in wedding planning magazine’s The Knot’s annual list. Featuring the Dominica luxury ecolodge in its selection of the 50 best places for a honeymoon, the magazine praised Secret Bay, with its six clifftop private villas, saying it is ‘as dreamy as it sounds’.
Secret Bay and Dominica were chosen as one of the top 10 places to go for an Adventurous Honeymoon. The Knot recommended hiking the Waitakbuli Trail, exploring the rainforest that covers a third of the island, and then relaxing in one of the many natural hot pools found all over Dominica.
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January 21 2015
Secret Bay was one of just two hotels in the Caribbean to be given a Grand Award for 2015 by elite travel reviewer Andrew Harper. The awards said Secret Bay is ‘the first truly upscale property’ in Dominica, that the ‘architecture is breathtaking’, and that our ‘food was delicious, among the best we have had in the Caribbean’. Awarding us a total of 92 points out of 100, Harper said they particularly liked ‘the sense of being in a world of your own’.
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December 17 2014
We were the only hotel in the Caribbean to be selected as among the 10 best hotels in the world award, in the 2014 Smith Awards from boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith. More than 20,000 members of the hotel-loving public voted for their favourite stays throughout September, after which shortlists were put to a panel of three specialist judges in each category. They called us ‘an unspoilt island secret that’s almost too good to share”.
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December 11 2014
In their latest pick of the top 10 sexiest hotels in the Caribbean, Carib Journal featured us second. They described us as “One of the sleekest places in the region”, describing the experience we offer as ‘all about privacy and finding oneness with the natural environment’.
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November 09 2014
We were featured first in Carib Journal’s latest pick of the top 25 honeymoon hotels in the Caribbean. They said we were “Luxurious, romantic and enchanting, it’s simply the perfect place for a honeymoon escape”.
May 19 2014
Tripadvisor’s users have voted us 5th best hotel in the Caribbean for Exceptional Service in theTripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. With 203 of our 214 reviews giving us top marks we are confident we are doing something right, but to have the people who know us best vote this award for us is a very special feeling.
March 26 2014
Caribbean Journal Selected Secret Bay as on of the Top 25 Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean. “When it debuted in 2011, this property on a stunning cliffside near Portsmouth redefined what a small Caribbean hotel could be. Sustainable, modern and breathtakingly well designed, Secret Bay is a boutique hotel, a set of villas and a resort all in one.” – Caribbean Journal, March 26, 2014.
January 14 2014
Luxury Travel Experts Announce 14 Must-See Destinations for 2014. The Robb Report Luxury Newswire is a curated feed of news releases about the latest luxury products and services. Element Lifestyle, a luxury concierge firm based in Hollywood, California, identified Dominica and Secret Bay as one of 2014’s essential travel destinations spanning the globe.
January 06 2014
CNN & Departures Magazine selected Secret Bay and Dominica as one of the world’s 7 Secret Island Getaways where one can “lose the crowds” and “leave only footprints in the sand”. The articles describes Dominica as a “jungle-covered island much of which is a protected nature preserve and which attracts mostly in-the-know ecotravelers”. Secret Bay is “Set on a clifftop on the island’s northwestern coast between two equally dazzling swimming beaches. (One has a hidden cave.) Guests stay in one of five tree house-style villas and bungalows, all built of Guyanese wood with floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor showers. Activities include guided nature hikes, kayak expeditions and yoga in an open-air pavilion.”
January 01 2014
Secret Bay is the #3 Small Hotel in the Caribbean According to Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2014 awards. As one guest put it, “Secret Bay offers a great combination of the warmth of a country inn, the facilities of a hotel and the freedom of a private villa–in a great seaside and forest location, to boot!
January 01 2014
Secret Bay is the #2 Hotel for Romance in the Caribbean According to Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2012 awards. As one review says, “My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Secret Bay, and it was absolute perfection in every conceivable way. If you are looking for a TRULY relaxing vacation, a flawlessly operated, maintained, and designed hideaway that caters to your every wish, the freshest, most mouth-watering food, and unparalleled, unspoiled beauty, with just the perfect amount of invigorating, rejuvenating adventure mixed in, then Secret Bay is waiting for you!”
December 01 2013
Secret Bay has brought the island of Dominica its first ever cover of Travel + Leisure Magazine this November, with the full page cover photo featuring the view from our Zabuco Villa alongside the headline “Secret Caribbean”. Inside, the magazine’s Editor-at-large Peter Jon Lindberg dedicated the 10-page lead feature to his visit to Secret Bay, declaring: “Dominica finally has a world-class resort to match its stunning natural assets.” Lindberg visited Secret Bay with his wife recently, staying in the iconic Zabuco Honeymoon villa. He loved the design of the original luxury villa, writing of the vast platform over the cliff upon which it is built: “The floating effect is magical.”
November 13 2013
Boutique hotel collection Mr and Mrs Smith celebrated their 10th anniversary with a party in London’s hip Shoreditch area, where they announced the winners of their inaugural awards in which 900 hotels competed for some 47,000 votes. Secret Bay’s Zabuco Honeymoon villa was voted the third sexiest bedroom in the world, with first and second place going to luxurious urban hotel suites in London and Venice. Secret Bay was very honoured to be in such company, especially as it also means Mr and Mrs Smith rated Zabuco not only the sexiest bedroom by the beach in the world, but also sexier than any other bedroom in all the Americas. ‘Less is more in this case: the private setting, stripped down furnishings, in-suite culinary services and serene energy makes Secret Bay the perfect romantic getaway…’
October 20 2013
Secret Bay is the #1 Luxury Resort in the Carribean according to the Editors of Islands November 2013 issue. The article states “Options abound here at Secret Bay — from fish steamed in coconut milk with root vegetables and a summer salad for dinner to made-just-for-me dessert to homemade gelato in the freezer. Hard to believe I’m in a treehouse. Before leaving to concoct my feast, my attendant Maggie goes over tomorrow’s itinerary: a private beach yoga session, a massage, then a boat tour of the Pirates of the Caribbean shooting locale.”
January 15 2013
Secret Bay Top’s Caribbean Journal’s Cool List – the Caribbean’s 10 Coolest Hotels for 2013. “Many boutique properties offer the promise of removal, of a break from reality. Secret Bay delivers.”
January 05 2013
Secret Bay is selected as one of the 10 best in the world in the Resorts category in Haper’s Bazaar Travel Hot 100 List 2013. “With its two private bungalows, two villas and discreet service 24/7… Secret Bay is built into the top of a cliff with spectacular views. A hideaway stocked with Kindles, sound systems and personal chefs…… “
January 01 2013
Secret Bay is the #1 Small Hotel in the Caribbean According to Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2013 awards. Secret Bay was also ranked #3 in Service for all Hotels in The Caribbean. As one guest put it, Secret Bay is “The perfect spot to relax, unwind and spend a special vacation with someone you love! Every attention has been given to aesthetics, comfort and modern conveniences. They make you feel special and pampered.”
December 03 2012
Secret Bay selected by The Knot as one of the Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations in the world and one of the Top 10 Adventure Honeymoon Destinations in the world in 2012. “The 180-degree views over mountain peaks and the sea from the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa at eco-luxe resort Secret Bay will make you feel like you’re floating.”
Check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at 11am. We will do our best to accommodate early arrivals and late departures.
All villas and bungalows have Wi-Fi access and cell-phone coverage. Cell-phone coverage across Dominica is good but we hope you might be dissuaded from taking your phone to the beach!
Yes, the water is safe to drink and meets World Health Organisation Standards. It comes straight from the Picard River which flows down from Morne Diablotins and this delicious water supplies the entire city of Portsmouth as well as Ross University. However, for those of you who are sensitive to water when traveling, we suggest bottled water.
Secret Bay is perched on top of a cliff and benefits from cooling sea breezes so we are not too troubled by mosquitoes. There is a short spell at sunset when some sand flies make a brief appearance as a gentle reminder that you are surrounded by nature in all its glory – but repellent keeps them at bay and they don’t stick around for long. All the properties are fitted with anti-mosquito screens.
If you are planning on hiking in the rainforest it would be a good idea to bring repellent and to wear long trousers.
There is no dress code at Secret Bay – in your private and secluded villa or bungalow, we want you to feel at home. The weather is warm all year round with a slight breeze at night. Dominicans generally dress casually and informally but do enjoy dressing up for special occasions. Comfortable summer clothes are suitable with a light sweater for the evening. If you are planning on hiking you will need proper hiking shoes and long trousers. And don’t forget your swimsuits and sunscreen!
Relax and soak up a star-filled sky from your villa pool. Listen to the enchanting noises of the forest at night from your comfortable bungalow nestled in the trees. Enjoy an al fresco dinner prepared by your Personal Cook. We have also equipped the villas and bungalows with books, games, DVDs, cable television, Wi-Fi and an IPod docking station.
We can also organise an evening of entertainment on your villa terrace: be serenaded by a fantastic one-man jazz band. (Currently only available in the villas).
If you’re in the mood for exploring, head to a Dominican rum shop to soak up some local culture or go check out the fun music scene in one of the quaint bars in Roseau. Be warned though – bars in Dominica do close early and the homemade rum punch is pretty potent.
Yes – there are some great restaurants in Portsmouth (about 10 minutes drive away) which serve superb fresh local fare; a wonderful selection of seafood, homemade fruit juices and the Caribbean masterpiece “Callaloo Soup”. Our concierge can help you find a restaurant which suits your taste and make a reservation.
In order to play our part in the protection of our environment, we change linens and towels once every three days. However if you would like clean linens or towels more frequently than this, please let us know and we would be happy to accommodate you.
Housekeeping is done once a day in the late morning. However we would be happy to accommodate your schedule if these timings are not convenient. Housekeeping will also be happy to take care of your laundry. We recommend a dry-cleaning service in Roseau and we can help you with this if needed.
Although a gratuity is included in our prices – you are welcome to reward staff separately for exceptional service if you wish.
Voltage is 220V. Transformers are available for 120V appliances. A hairdryer is provided in all bedrooms.
Medical facilities are close at hand: it is a ten-minute drive to the pharmacy and a fifteen-minute drive to Portsmouth Hospital. Secret Bay also has a doctor on call 24 x 7.
Yes – children over the age of 7 are very welcome to stay in our two-bedroom villas. Due to the open-plan layout of the villas and the location of the site (on a steep cliff-top), we will only accommodate young children if you rent out the whole resort (accommodation for up to 19 people). Children must be supervised at all times. For all other villas children must be 16 years and above.
If you are purchasing a property at Secret Bay we do allow children under the age of 7 in some of the two-bedroom villas. Please contact us for more information.
Secret Bay has been developed with an ethos of health and well-being. As such we do not allow smoking in the villas or bungalows or at the Souce Shack. You are of course welcome to smoke in some of the many outdoor relaxation areas but we do ask that you remain considerate of your fellow guests in these public spaces.
Yes you can. Dominica has two runways: Douglas Charles in the northeast and Canefield in the southwest of the island. Douglas Charles (TDPD/DOM) operates a 5761-ft. runway (09/27) and is open to the sea. There are ongoing upgrades to the airport, which offers Night VFR landing and approved GPS instrument approach for runway 27.
Canefield Airport, which is closer to the capital Roseau, operated a 3,100-ft. runway (01/19) along the Caribbean Sea coastline – Day VFR only. Both airports are approximately one hour’s drive from Secret Bay.