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Press Roundup 2020: Secret Bay in the Limelight

Rising in the press as a destination coveted by honeymoon travelers and luxury adventurers alike, Secret Bay has been celebrated as a lush retreat for its prime cliffside location on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. As a private, jungle escape that delivers both premium relaxation and a rich avenue into the island’s culture and heritage, Secret Bay has been making its rounds in the press, topping resort rankings and being recognized as an eco-sustainability marvel. Catch up on some of our greatest hits from 2020 below.


Leading travel brand AFAR spotlights Secret Bay in their article “18 Magical Tree Houses to Stay in on Your Next Trip,” describing the resort as “an intimate Caribbean hideaway” with a particular emphasis on our Ylang-Ylang Villas — each “an architectural feat and a dreamy setting for a romantic retreat.”

2. Brides

Brides names Dominica one of the Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations for 2020, noting Secret Bay as one of the “beautiful new hotels” to stay at. From our six-star resort, revel in both relaxation and adventure — from canyoning in Titou Gorge to wading in the mud pools of Wotten Waven Hot Springs. 

3. Business Insider

Business Insider highlights Secret Bay as the ultimate six-star honeymoon experience in the Caribbean, as its “ultra-private and exclusive-feeling” villas focus on sustainability and natural splendor. While the luxurious resort is on the pricier end of their list, the affordability for its upscale amenities has made it a top recommendation from Business Insider.

4. Caribbean Journal

Caribbean Journal, the international leader on Caribbean travel, recognized Secret Bay’s proprietor Gregor Nassief as Hotelier of the Year, with consideration to Secret Bay’s exceptional growth and service. “A native of Dominica, Nassief’s work represents the best of Caribbean hospitality — and a model for what a small hotel can be.”

5. Condé Nast Traveler

In the article titled ‘These 6 New Flights to the Caribbean Will Get You to the Beach in No Time,’ Condé Nast Traveler notes Dominica’s Secret Bay as a haven from which travelers may “visit Earth’s second largest boiling lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, snorkel at Champagne Reef (so named for its bubbling waters), and disconnect from the world.”

A second article from Condé Nast Traveler titled ‘13 Hotels Where Your Room Comes With a Private Pool’ praises Secret Bay for its “truly luxurious seclusion.”

The publication also recognized Secret Bay as a top Caribbean destination in their acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards 2020.

Just last month, the publication featured Secret Bay as one of the best places to travel in January, highlighting our new Hillside Ti-Fèy Villas. 

6. Daily Mail

In its coverage of luxurious “jungle hotels” around the world, Daily Mail highlights Secret Bay as both a luxurious retreat and an adventurous escape. The article also notes select amenities such as “a Kindle loaded with daily newspapers and an iPhone for use both on and off the property,” in addition to adventure watersports equipment.

7. Forbes

With an emphasis on the concept of regenerative gastronomy, Forbes commends the six-star resort’s practices of bolstering local farming and cottage industries, reconnection to heritage crops and sustainability efforts with renewable energy and biodegradable materials. The publication also attributes this resilient eco-conscious initiative to the underpinning force that has made Dominica the fastest growing economy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Forbes also featured the residential villas at Secret Bay with an interview with proprietor Gregor Nassief in their article “Why Rich Americans Are Fleeing To The Caribbean This Winter.”

8. Kiwi Collection

Kiwi Collection describes Secret Bay, its top ‘WOW Pick’ for the Caribbean, as ‘a perfect place to once again reconnect with nature’ on their curated list of ‘Private Escapes That Make Social Distancing Easy.’ With an emphasis on seclusion and privacy, the luxury travel advisor particularly highlights the resort-issued smartphone that guests may use to connect with villa hosts on-call. 

9. Mr. Hudson 

Mr. Hudson places Secret Bay in their number one spot on its list of ‘The 10 Best Ecolodges in the World.’ The article highlights the six-star resort’s energy and water management efficiency,  recognizing Secret Bay as the best place in the world to revel in eco-conscious luxury. 

10. Robb Report

Robb Report features Secret Bay as one of 12 coveted getaway destinations that ’embrace the power of solitude,’ specifically citing its unique cliffside location as a romantic and relaxing hideaway. With its private plunge pools and beaches, Secret Bay is named as a haven for ‘honeymooners and A-listers’ alike. 

11. The Times UK

Britain’s oldest national daily newspaper, The Times highlights Secret Bay in their article “30 spectacular Caribbean holidays for 2021.” Secret Bay’s shining six-star hospitality centers it as a choice Caribbean destination for prospective travelers in 2021.

12. Travel + Leisure

Voted the #1 Resort Hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas and #6 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards, Secret Bay is celebrated by the esteemed publication for its sustainably-sourced villas that are nestled within endless natural beauty. Their readership survey puts a distinct emphasis on Secret Bay’s Zing Zing Restaurant for its local delights and sommelier-stocked wine cellar, and tout it as a one-of-a-kind experience.

13. USA Today

USA Today features Secret Bay in its article on ideal Caribbean getaway islands. The publication emphasizes the resort’s endless possibilities: ‘Explore beaches by kayak, hike the mountainous landscape, swim in the island’s Emerald Pool, or rappel down waterfalls. Don’t forget to enjoy the island’s rich Creole heritage as well, with foods like crab back (spiced local crab) and callaloo (leaf stew) and folkloric, African inspired dance, called bélé.’

We’re looking forward to seeing what else is in store for Secret Bay in 2021. If you, too, are yearning to make your great escape to the Caribbean’s top hotel, email us at [email protected] to jumpstart your journey to the Nature Island. 

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