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Secret Bay Named World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016


We are delighted to share that Secret Bay has been awarded the distinction of “World’s Best Boutique Hotel” 2016 by the World Boutique Hotel Awards, recognized as capable of transporting guests into “a novel world through the history of the location, its culture and its own stylistic flair.”

The awards were announced on November 9, 2016 at a gala dinner held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. Attendees included boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and influencers from around the world. The Boutique Hotel Awards is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels.  Nominations come from all over the world and the winners included:

  • World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 – Secret Bay, Dominica
  • World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel –  El Nido, Pangulasian Island, Philippines
  • World’s Best City Hotel – 11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine
  • World’s Best Classic Hotel – Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
  • World’s Best Culinary Hotel – Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
  • World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel – Kau Manor, Estonia
  • World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
  • World’s Best New Hotel Hotel – Gotham, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • World’s Best Relaxation Retreat – The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali, Indonesia
  • World’s Most Romantic Hotel – Aenaon Villas, Santorini, Greece
  • World’s Most Sustainable Hotel – Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
  • World’s Best Wellness Spa – Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
  • World’s Best Private Villa – Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas


“As a relatively new, small and remote property, it’s a humbling honor to be awarded the ‘World’s Best Boutique Hotel’ and to be in such impressive company,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay. “This distinction is shared with the exceptional and dedicated Secret Bay staff, the property’s conceptual architect, Fruto Vivas, our amazing 3,000+ guests who have welcomed us into their lives over the past five years, and my wife, Sandra, whose unending support made a world of difference.”

Having just added our newest treehouse-style residences, the Ylang Ylang Villas, making a total of eight residences, Secret Bay is more committed than ever to its values of sustainability and community, and delivering an extraordinary guest experience. We are truly humbled and honored by this award.

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