A blend of passion, responsibility to our environment and our community
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 six secluded and sustainably-built villas, Secret Bay is the genuine embodiment of a luxurious hideaway, allowing guests to melt into the soul of the island; to dwell within a sustainable habitat amidst five-star amenities and access to unfathomable experiences.
Conceptualised by celebrated architect Fruto Vivas, Secret Bay’s limited collection of villas 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 the often-deserted longest white-sand beach 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, Sandra and Gregor’s combined visions, the villas 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 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. Known as the “Nature Island” and acclaimed for its commitment to becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation, Dominica is the Caribbean’s most environmentally-conscious island, and at Secret Bay, we are proud to lead the nation in its world-renowned sustainability efforts.
Secret Bay’s innovative guest experience is built around various communal and private spaces, with each structure built in nature, not on it. Our designs feature seamless indoor-outdoor floor plans outfitted with state-of-the-art energy efficient appliances, and take into consideration the delicate balance between functionality and meticulous siting to minimise our impact on the land.
Secret Bay has planted thousands of flowers and trees across the resort site, including vetiver around the perimeter of the property to keep the cliff strong for future generations. The national flower Bwa Kwaib, local varieties of Bay, Aloe Vera and Ylang Ylang all grow in abundance within the property’s two distinct microclimates.
Secret Bay’s Executive Chef Grant Lynott also uses wild herbs and bushes that grow across the island in his fresh, locally-sourced dishes at Zing Zing restaurant. The kitchen always recycles and composts the waste from the development on a daily basis. Secret Bay has also instigated several Environmental Impact Assessments and has taken great care to establish an effective drainage system on the property with a drip irrigation system to reuse wastewater.
Guests are encouraged to use our provided separate recycling and compost waste bins in each villa as we do in our chef’s kitchen. We have also introduced high capacity compost tumblers for landscaping and food waste, which significantly increases our compositing capacity and efficiency.
In addition to using biodegradable food packaging, we have eliminated single-use plastic bottles by introducing branded reusable borosilicate glass bottles for guests with an under-sink Culligan water filtration system in each villa. And, of course, we have continued to build and operate in accordance with Green Globe standards. We are proud to lead the nation in this worldwide effort and look forward to seeing the future impact Dominica can make as a global power in sustainability.
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
Evolving beyond shared common spaces and one-size, all-inclusive molds, Secret Bay offers luxury residential-style villas that serve as your home away from home—one where space and seclusion provide the ultimate in comfort and discreet five-star service provide a peerless island escape. Here, both within our gated confines and beyond resort grounds, guests indulge in an entirely distinct high-touch experience marked by an inherent aura of romance, well-appointed accommodations and amenities, and, of course, our extensively personal and tailored services.
Secret Bay’s villas 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 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, Sonos 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.
Secret Bay’s stunning villas, constructed and nestled into the cliffside, are veiled by the splendor of the natural world, offering guests a sanctuary of seclusion; however, the Secret Bay staff is attuned to the guests’ every need. Service is extensively personal and tailored to the desires, lifestyles, and preferences of each and every individual.
“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. 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 an inconspicuous five-star level of service. Villas 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.
Welcome dinner and airport transfers for stays of 7 nights or more
Organic Breakfast Basket, filled with a supply of farm fresh eggs, organic fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, bread, jam, dried fruit and local lemongrass and cocoa teas (replenished on request for the guests’ duration of stay)
High-speed Wi-Fi Internet access
iPhone for your exclusive use on- and off-property
Kindle with daily international newspapers
Small library of books
Sonos Bluetooth speakers
Home Audiovisual system with Netflix streaming service
Selection of board games
Adventure equipment (including: kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, yoga mats, GoPros, dry bags and snorkelling and swimming gear)
Safe keeping for your personal belongings
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.
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.
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.
Book directly to Dominica (DOM) on American Airlines, Delta or JetBlue. This requires a seamless in-transit connection in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) on to Silver Airways or Antigua (ANU) 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 Silver Airways, LIAT or WinAir on to Dominica (DOM).
From San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) via Silver Airways, LIAT or WinAir to Dominica (DOM).
From St Maarten/St Martin (SXM) via Air Antilles or WinAir to Dominica (DOM).
From Barbados (BGI) or Antigua (ANU) via LIAT to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe (PTP) or Martinique (FDF) via Air Antilles or WinAir to Dominica (DOM).
From Guadeloupe or Martinique via L’Express des Iles to Dominica.
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 loyalty programme is our way of saying thank you to our guests for showing us such trust and choosing us over the last seven 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.
Caribbean Journal, the go-to publication for all things Caribbean and travel, spotlighted Secret Bay as the “Boutique Luxury Hotel of the Year” in their second annual edition of the Caribbean Boutique Hotel Awards. Celebrating “the jewels of the Caribbean hotel industry,” The Caribbean Boutique Hotel Awards select the best boutique hotels across 12 different categories.
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TRAVEL + LEISURE 2019: THE TOP 25 RESORT HOTELS IN THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS
Secret Bay has earned a top 10 spot in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards 2019,’ moving up three spots on the highly coveted list from #11 in 2016 to #8 among 25 breathtaking locales throughout the Caribbean.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, awarded Secret Bay with a 2019 Travellers’ Choice Award for the sixth consecutive year, which is the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow. Ranked #15 amongst the “Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean,” Secret Bay has been recognized amongst the top 1 percent of hotels worldwide, all by virtue of positive reviews from over 500 travellers.
Fodor’s, an acclaimed travel guide that provides expert content on global destinations, has spotlighted Secret Bay amongst its annual list of best Caribbean hotels—all of which are highly praised year after year. The article highlights owner Gregor Nassief’s childhood dream that has been brought to complete fruition with Secret Bay, where six sustainably-built villas set a new, refined paradigm for Caribbean eco-retreats.
Secret Bay has been ranked #4 “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.”
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, awarded Secret Bay with a 2018 Travellers’ Choice Award for the fifth consecutive year, which is the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow. Ranked #5 amongst the “Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean,” Secret Bay has been recognized amongst the top 1 percent of hotels worldwide, all by virtue of positive reviews from over 500 travellers.
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.
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 water supplies the entire city of Portsmouth. We have also eliminated all single-use plastic bottles by introducing reusable borosilicate glass bottles for guests with an under-sink Culligan water filtration system in each villa.
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, 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!
Enjoy an al fresco dinner on your open-air villa deck to the tune of a one-man Jazz concert or indulge in an unforgettable meal at Secret Bay’s Zing Zing restaurant, where Executive Chef Grant Lynott offers an “off menu” dining experience set to jaw-dropping views of Tibay Beach. 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 music scene in one of the quaint bars in Roseau. Otherwise, relax beneath a star-filled sky from your private plunge pool and listen to the enchanting noises of the forest from the comfort of your villa nestled in the trees. All villas are also equipped with books, games, cable television, Wi-Fi and audiovisual system.
Yes—Secret Bay is home to Zing Zing restaurant, offering locally-sourced fare with an “off menu” dining experience set to jaw-dropping views of Tibay Beach. There are also some great restaurants in Portsmouth (about 10 minutes drive away) which serve fresh local fare; a wonderful selection of seafood and homemade fruit juices. Our concierge will reserve your table at Zing Zing and can also help you find a restaurant in the area that 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 in the late morning with turn down service in the evening. 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 also recommend a dry-cleaning service in Roseau, which we can arrange if needed.
On exception, children under the age of 18 are welcome to stay in any of our one-bedroom villas with signed liability waiver from an accompanying parent or guardian. Children must be supervised at all times.
Secret Bay has been developed with an ethos of health and well-being. As such we do not allow smoking in the villas or at Zing Zing Restaurant. 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.
For the safety and privacy of our guests, the resort prohibits the operation of aerial surveillance systems or drones on or above the resort.
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