Testimonials

Zabuco Honeymoon Villa I

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Manfred F
Reviewed on: 11 December 2016

Secret Bay is the perfect place to celebrate a private wedding! Everything, starting from the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa, the nature, the two private beaches of the hotel, the staff, is there to make you feel good! After 4 days at Secret Bay we didn’t want to leave… It was like home in Paradise.

Our wedding on Secret Beach was like a dream come true!

We especially liked the the very kind and personal service that we received from everyone at the hotel. Thank you very much!

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Stayed on: November 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ilovethapope
Reviewed on: 3 November 2015

I can’t even describe with words how truly amazing this resort is. We went for 7 nights for our honeymoon and to say this was the trip of a lifetime is an understatement. I travel frequently for work and am quite picky when it comes to accommodations. I thoroughly read all the reviews before booking and they’re all true – the pictures don’t do this place justice. The views are amazing, our personal attendant Roseline was so fun and sweet, accommodating, and the place was immaculate. Anything you want or need, they make it happen. All new appliances and furniture. They cooked two meals a day for us and we let them choose what to cook and wow – the food cannot be beat. I recommend not eating off the resort. We ate out for lunch one day after a hike and we missed the food at Secret Bay. We spent many days just relaxing in the villa. If you’re looking for white sandy beaches and night life and places to eat out at, Dominica is not for you. If you’re looking for total relaxation in the best resort with the best food and staff, Secret Bay is it. It was exactly what we were wanting for our honeymoon and could not have been more pleased. We plan to go back and take our family with us!! If you’re on the fence, book it now! Dominica is still recovering from a tropical storm this past summer, however, we did not find that it hindered any part of our trip. The locals are so friendly and it is very safe outside the resort. An amazing trip!!!!

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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: 2501LDavis
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 1 October 2016

Secret Bay is by far the most romantic, beautiful, personal and peaceful place I have ever stayed. It starts with home-made plantain chips and cookies on the taxi ride from airport and never stops. Each villa has its own I-phone to call for anything you may need. We pre-ordered what food and drinks we wanted in our room on arrival. The homemade yogurt and granola were my favorite. We stayed in Zabuco 1. It was absolutely beautiful. It has its own personal plunge pool and a view that is second to none. The level of service is excellent. They staff go over and above to make you happy. The food was always super fresh and very tasty. We did some kayaking and snoring and enjoyed it immensely. Had a massage on our deck that was so wonderful and relaxing. We can’t wait to go back

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Stayed on: September 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Caitlin F
Country of Origin: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 15 July 2015

My husband and I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was at Secret Bay! From the resort itself to the food, the adventures and our villa attendant – the service and personal touches were impeccable. We had a disastrous journey to get there due to cancelled flights and an overnight stay on another island due to weather, all completely out of the control of Secret Bay, but Marvin checked in with us every step of the way – going so far as to stay up late and make calls to friends in transportation – and they could not have been more hospitable upon our arrival to the resort. Eudora, our villa attendant, was amazing and so wonderful to us each day. She recognized my husband’s love for hot sauce, and left an unopened bottle of the one he had been enjoying all week in our villa on our last night! Such a kindhearted touch.

We were in the Zabuco Villa and cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our time there. Our favorite moments of the honeymoon were looking out at the views on the porch or relaxing in the hammock. We also are so grateful to Merlinda, who helped us plan a few wonderful excursions for us for the times we wanted to be adventurous and not just relaxing. Don was the best, helping us spearfish for lionfish and taking my husband into the cave. We also loved our cooking class with Rosie and our hike to the waterfalls. We have already begun to sell our family on a return trip all together, as our time at Secret Bay is unforgettable. For anyone going to this resort, you will not be disappointed and will surely want to get back as soon as possible like we do!

 

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Stayed on: June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jean-Marc D
Country of Origin:
Reviewed on: 1 October 2016

Secret Bay is the perfect retreat for the adventurous at heart or the peaceful romantic!

The bungalows that are strategically placed among the trees on the lush hillsides are perfectly appointed with every amenity that you can imagine to make you feel spoiled with comfort, and would make the fussiest of people feel as though it was custom designed, just for them!

I also cannot say enough about the service and the fantastic people that are employed at Secret Bay. No request is out of the question and everything is done with the broadest smiles and kindest hearts!

Dominica itself is possibly one of the most beautiful destinations anywhere, and now with Secret Bay gracing its’ shore I cannot imagine a more perfect place.

I cannot wait to return to this Utopia!!

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Stayed on: September 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Kris S
Country of Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 13 June 2015

We came to Secret Bay for our honeymoon. We’ve both been fortunate enough to travel extensively and stay in some very special places…but this is an entirely different level! The service is world class and the views are even better. The serenity and privacy is absolutely second to none…but the staff is willing to arrange various excursions for you if you get bored with relaxing. The food is second to none…all restaurant quality, served to you on your deck overlooking the sea. This place would cost 2-3 times as much in Hawaii etc…and for my money is 2-3 times as beautiful! We will be back!

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Stayed on: June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Taylorfranciscarr
Reviewed on: 27 July 2016

From the moment we landed in Dominica it was apparent how proud everyone was of their country, and after our time there, I now understand why! Dominica is stunningly beautiful and unlike any island I have ever visited. Everywhere you look there are papaya, almond, coffee, avocado, breadfruit and coconut trees, not to mention the hundreds of rivers and gorgeous flowers.

The island’s lush landscape and beautiful beaches allow for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. We hiked to Middleham and Trafalgar Falls, snorkeled Champagne Reef and went lion fish hunting, all of which were a blast and led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Despite these fantastic activities, we had a hard time leaving Secret Bay and spent many hours swimming in our pool, kayaking to Secret Beach and just enjoying the view from our deck at Zabuco with a book or a cocktail.

The highlight of our honeymoon was definitely the villa and the service. The space was open, immaculate, comfortable and romantic. Watching the sunset or a storm pass through from the deck was truly breathtaking, as was the view from the private but open shower. Our villa attendant Deslyn was so professional and we genuinely looked forward to her visits to the villa. The food was incredible, abundant and fresh; the seafood was some of the best we have ever had!

Secret Bay is truly incredible, and a perfect choice for a honeymoon or getaway. We already can’t wait to return!

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Stayed on: June 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chris Wooster
Country of Origin: New York City, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 5 May 2016

We had the very unique experience of staying at both ends of Secret Bay’s offering: in the smallest (Ti-Fey) and largest (Zabuco) locations, all during a single week long stay. And as additional context, we’re very well-travelled in the Caribbean so have a good sense of what we found on Dominica and at Secret Bay. Across the week, both Dominica and Secret Bay rocketed to very near the top of our Caribbean favorites.

This is not an island for beach loungers, but perfect for those who appreciate the natural untrammeled appeal of places like Nevis or Vieques. You won’t find St. Barts-like boutiques and restaurants. We commonly rent a car to get “off reservation,” on islands like this, but this frankly isn’t as necessary as the two main towns (Rouseau in the South and Portsmouth in the north) are more commerce/local than tourist-oriented—anyone considering a place like Secret Bay won’t find upscale retailers in those towns. Hire a taxi to take a look, but you should really consider this island more for its natural options (hiking, canyoning, diving, etc.) than shopping/eating/beach loungers.

Secret Bay is—as noted in some of the “average” reviews you’ll inevitably read—a good hour drive on a windy two lane road from many of the rainforesty experiences you’ll read about on the island. It’s not a bad ride, but your experiences with the Boiling Lake hike or canyoning through the Titou Gorge will require a ride. All this is arranged with very friendly drivers in immaculately clean vans; everyone you’ll meet is extremely proud of the island and its history. The rides can be a great way to connect with them. We made four trips back and forth and every time they felt shorter than the last.

The Secret Bay property itself pretty much speaks for itself in the videos and photos. They are not exaggerated and they are not deceptive. It’s only about five years old and incredibly maintained, so there’s no fears of outdated facilities you can sometimes find elsewhere in the Caribbean (former five stars gone to seed, etc.). I didn’t add pics as the ones you’re seeing from others are very representative.

Ti-Fey is quaint and cozy and perfect for anyone who is escaping city life. If your home is 2000+ square feet, you’ll likely feel it a bit tiny. But if home is a 1BR in a place like NYC, you’ll be fine. Zabuco (the one perched on the cliff you see in the hero video) is the opposite: bigger than your house and frankly more space than two people need.

Both have updated and modern cooking equipment, which is handy for whipping up simple breakfasts or lunches from the previous night’s leftovers or groceries your attendant will order for you. As noted, there’s no “restaurant” per se and really not many options off campus. So you order daily and they bring stuff to you, either in your place or down on the beach… wherever you want.

All told, this place is honest, caring, and genuine through and through. It’s a perfect antidote to more clinical high-end resorts, but with all the personal attentiveness you might expect at the price point. Literally every person we met was friendly and devoted entirely to helping make the stay remarkable. You won’t find many more special places in this area of the Caribbean, and it’s entirely worth the extra expense you may be weighing.

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Stayed on: May 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jillr1313
Country of Origin: Austin, Texas, USA
Reviewed on: 13 June  2016

Dominica is AMAZING! beauty, people, culture, location- all of it. Secret Bay is even better.

If you pick one thing to do this year in terms of spoiling yourself choose Secret Bay.

We stayed in both Ti-Fey and Zabuco I (on the cliff). Both are different and both are great. You’ll be happy with both. Zabuco has its private pool which is fantastic after exploring the island but Ti-Fey is cozy and both have fabulous views.

The team at Secret Bay is incredible. Food is top notch. They have a great wine selection but suggest grabbing your liquor of choice from duty free or bring from home – we are gin and vodka martini drinkers and brought our own stuff + shaker.

The two beaches at Secret Bay are perfect. nice amount of sun and shade – fun for activities or reading. They have paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear.

The Secret Bay team can organize anything and everything for you. Our vacation was pure relaxation, a bit of exercise and adventure, and digital decompress from our advertising jobs. Everything was so easy, taken care of that we truly relaxed, ate and slept well. read and enjoyed the beautiful views.

Activities we did and recommend:
The river boat tour. They will pick up at Secret Bay and it is about a 2 hour tour. My husband and I were the only ones on the boat. We saw other tours with 10-12 people so with Secret Bay the experience is a bit more special.
All of the guides we met are local so they know everything about the history, culture, and island.

Also recommend canyoning with Extreme Dominica. Amazing. Secret Bay can set this up for you. We had a blast.

And finally, hike to boiling lake. it is about 6 hours and hard but well worth it. Ryan was our guide and the greatest.

I did yoga on the deck at secret bay. Great practice with the instructor.

My husband and I got massages in our villa on the last day which was a perfect end to a fabulous holiday.

We’ve traveled a lot throughout the Caribbean- Secret Bay and Dominica are quite special.

I’m serious, Go Here Tomorrow!

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ALK1219
Country of Origin: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Reviewed on: 13 March 2016

We’ve never experienced anything close to a place like Secret Bay. It was the vacation of a lifetime. We stayed in Zabuco Honeymoon Villa I – it was my 50th Birthday and I wanted something special and different – Secret Bay was it! When we arrived and saw just how beautiful our Villa was we thought it was ridiculous to even think of leaving our Villa and exploring Dominica. The food was the best we tasted on the island. The views were amazing and the villa very comfortable – it definitely felt like home and we hated to leave!. Mertle, Kisha and Anthea took great care of us – thank you ladies!

 

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Stayed on: March 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: dphelan59
Country of Origin: Jackson, Michigan, USA
Reviewed on: 14 June 2016

My wife and I had a spectacular anniversary trip to Secret Bay for a week in late May/early June. We stayed in the original Zabuco Honeymoon Villa I. It sits high over the ocean at the end of an outcropping. The views were beyond belief, and the villa was impressive. Complete kitchen, in-room tub, a shower that opens to the outside, a plunge pool, screen in seating areas, WiFi, absolutely an incredible experience. We kayaked at the beach, a short walk down from the Villa. You won’t be able to take enough pictures of this inspiring place. We loved the quiet time and the privacy. The staff were very kind and caring. The site manager came to check in on us which was impressive. We had to run to town a few times to the grocery store, and the pharmacy and Secret Bay accommodated our request. I highly recommend the Secret Bay without reservation, particularly for those seeking a secluded, private, romantic, luxurious, peaceful, restful venue. Well done Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: May 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: James A
Country of Origin: Cazenovia, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 29 February 2016

We recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with a 12 night stay at Secret Bay. We knew this was going to be a special place when Gilbert greeted us at the airport with home made granola bars and proceeded to give us a guided tour (including a stop for some local beer) on the hour ride to Secret Bay. We stayed in Zabuco 1 which has to be one of the best villas in the Caribbean – totally private, knock out views, every amenity imaginable, huge space stunningly designed. The food is exceptional. We let our attendants prepare breakfast to order and surprise us with dinner each night. The staff truly went of their way to satisfy our every request. There are plenty of activities available, including Island tours, although some days we never left our villa. This will be our new home away from home – we have already made reservations for next year.

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Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Leslie B
Country of Origin: Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA
Reviewed on: 11 February 2016

Like most people, my husband and I live busy stress-filled lives. After only a few short days at Secret Bay, we both remembered what it felt like to be children with no responsibilities other than to enjoy the day that stretched out in front of us like a gift waiting to be opened.

Each morning we awoke to gentle ocean breezes, songbirds, and on several occasions had the pleasure of spying rainbows arching above the crystal blue waters below. We explored the wonders of Dominica by day, hiking, kayaking, collecting shells on the “secret” beach, then returning to our stunning private villa for a dip in our own heated infinity pool.

Each evening from the seclusion of our expansive deck overlooking the Caribbean, we watched awe-inspiring sunsets and dined on local specialties expertly prepared by Secret Bay’s culinary team. One of our favorite evenings was spent in a private cooking class with our newfound friend, Chef Jemma, learning to prepare fresh-caught blue marlin with spicy sofrito sauce…delicious!

The staff at Secret Bay came to feel like family. Bianca saw to our every need flawlessly, Anthea planned our busy daily activity schedule, and Gilbert drove us to and fro always with a smile. We have truly never felt so pampered! We can’t thank everyone at Secret Bay enough for our wonderful experience. From the food to the surroundings to the expert service…everything was perfect. My husband and I travel quite a bit, and we never visit the same place twice. I think this time, we may make an exception. In fact, I know we will!

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Stayed on: January 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: John P
Reviewed on:  30 December 2016

My wife and I love traveling to different locations every year just to experience different cultures, sites and experiences BUT when you find perfection, you stop looking! That is why we have gone back to Secret Bay two years in a row and plan on visiting again! My last review titled “Don’t think twice” from our first visit goes into much more detail but I can honestly say, we feared that the second time would not be as special as the “wow” factor of the first visit would be gone but Secret Bay and the amazing staff made it their priority for that to not be the case and they succeeded!

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Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JackieOdm
Country of Origin: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Reviewed on: 24 December 2016

This was our second visit to Secret Bay Resort……the first visit was in February 2016. This time we stayed for 10 nights and enjoyed it tremendously. Please refer to my initial review for details. This visit we stayed in Zabuco I and were very pleased with the view…more than 180 degrees of sea, sky, views of Cabrits and Portsmouth. Sunsets were spectacular as were the rainbows when it rained. We scuba dived this time with JC Ocean Adventures and were very pleased. We ate in town one night…The Iguana Cafe. We were the only guests. The food was great. However, the food at Secret Bay was always excellent…..I love the lion fish and had it most nights. I love the local vegetables that were always offered and plentiful. The service is outstanding. In fact, we had no complaints and look forward to going again…….a perfect resort for those who want to relax, enjoy privacy and enjoy the view.
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Stayed on: December 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Steve M
Country of Origin: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Reviewed on: 3 December 2015

My wife and I just returned from Secret Bay. We are very fortunate and have stayed at many wonderful resorts over the last few years. I don’t even remember how we found Secret Bay, but we are so happy that we did. Their website and 3rd party reviews and magazine articles set the bar really high. In fact, I was pretty sure it would fall short of our very high expectations. That did not even come close to happening though. In fact, it was the best summer type vacation that we have ever had. And that is saying something.

We stayed in the original Zabuco Villa. The views were amazing and the villa was like having your very own beach house up on a cliff. The sound of the waves from everywhere in your villa was wonderful. We ate all of our meals on our deck overlooking the ocean or on the beach. It might as well have been our beach too because we rarely saw anyone on it. Most days, we would grab a couple of kayaks, head to the beach and do some snorkeling. My wife would then look for shells while I kayaked back to grab some food and some rum punch for a picnic on the beach.

The accommodations, food and staff were amazing. Just pick up the iPhone they leave for you whenever you need something and they will take care of it. We stayed for six nights and would have added at least another night if we would have been able to adjust our flight back home. We will know better next time.

Must do’s: Night snorkeling, couples massage by your pool and a sunset sail.

We will definitely return!

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Stayed on: November 2015

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: linda333
Country of Origin: USA
Reviewed on: 22 December 2016

My husband and I discovered this place and celebrated our 45 wedding anniversary here! He is still saying it was PHENOMENAL. The first 5 nights we stayed in the Zing Zing 2 BR villa with our daughter and her husband and thought it couldn’t get better. Well I was wrong: they moved us to the Honeymoon Villa for another 5 nights and it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The staff, the food, and the owner actually came to meet us making it a true highlight of our married life! Thanks again for be able to enjoy this unbelievable oasis in Dominica! Wowsers

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Stayed on: October 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: MJPantalones
Country of Origin:
Reviewed on: 08 May 2015

We were so very fortunate to be able to live in Zabuco I for two weeks!! The attention to detail in our home at Secret Bay was like nothing I had ever seen in a hotel. There was a lot of love put into creating such a beautiful space. At Zabuco I you are positioned on a cliff basically overlooking the Caribbean with a beach on either side of the villa so you always hear two sets of waves crashing. We also had our own private wild orchid garden. Unfortunately they we not blooming yet but it was still beautiful to be able to sit on 2 private decks overlooking the trees and the ocean.

The staff was so fantastic. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Our every need was met every day! Whether we wanted to kayak or see the secret cave it was all do able. Marvin was great and had a wonderful staff that worked with him. All the girls that took care of the villa were kind and respectful of our privacy. The kitchen staff was on point. They could whip you up just about anything you wanted, and it was good! Merlinda put together a wonderful itinerary for us. Along with planning our days they had drivers lined up to take us around to different spots. The drivers were great too! They were very proud of their island and happy to show it off to us. I am not sure we would have gotten as great an experience of it had it not been for these drivers. This is their home, they tell you their stories of why they love this beautiful place they get to live in everyday.

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Stayed on: March 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: tlwoxy
Country of Origin: New York
Reviewed on: 17 November 2015

We had an amazing vacation at Secret Bay. My only regret is that we did not stay longer. We stayed in two of the Zabuco Honeymoon Villas (we had to relocate for our last night). The views are breathtaking, the villas are to die for, the food is spectacular and the service is top notch.

The Honeymoon villas are HUGE, modern, serene and peaceful. When we arrived the staff had John Legend music playing on surround sound throughout the villa. We barely ever wanted to leave the villa to go to the beach. The hammock and the private pool within vast deck were all we needed to have an incredibly relaxing vacation. We took a yoga lesson on the downstairs deck and thoroughly enjoyed the heated pool.

The beaches are small and one has to travel by kayak to get to them, but the kayaking was our exercise, and the privacy of the beaches is well worth the 4-minute kayak trip. The resort supplies the kayak, beach shoes and bag to store belongings for the short trips to the beaches.

The food is delicious and the fact that it is brought to the villa is all the more worth the cost of the trip. The food is fresh and prepared to perfection. Everything is made to order – and enjoying a meal on the front deck with your favorite music playing is beyond romantic.

When I go back to Secret Bay I am taking only a small bag as I only wore a bathing suit and shorts while there — not once did I put on “real clothes” as there is no reason to leave the resort (or for me, the villa!). 🙂

The staff was so generous with their time. They all were so friendly and responsive.

After having traveled all around the world, this was by far our favorite vacation resort. It is a very small and quiet resort but we can’t say enough great things about it.

The only downside is that Dominica is a long and expensive trip from New York, but enjoying Secret Bay is well worth the time and expense!
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Stayed on: June 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Xin L
Country of Origin: New York City, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 03 May 2015

When we chose to escape the daily routine of our city life, on a wedding elopement to a private paradise where the sole focus would be the company of each other, the challenge we faced was how? And where?

For any like-minded couples, trust us when we say that Secret Bay has become THE memory closest and dearest to our hearts. We still fondly remember the names of everyone we met, the amazing food that was catered to our every craving, and every vacation since has been measured against our experience at Secret Bay.

As much as we would love to keep Secret Bay a secret, it would probably be a felony in some countries. Think of an impeccable resort with a handful of villas, each luxuriously finished with state of the art amenities, personal service, a private beach only accessible via the coast, culinary finesse (we’re NYC food snobs) and an endless array of activities – cave exploring, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, river boating, and frankly they will make happen whatever else you might want to do!

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Stayed on: December 2014

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars

Name: John P
Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA
Reviewed on: 02 March 2015

I’ll try to put into words what Secret Bay is about but I know that no matter what I write, it will not explain how special of a place it is!

I’ll start with the worries my wife and I had when we booked this vacation.

Would no night life be an issue?

Would not having a “resort” pool be an issue?

Would not having a bar be a problem?

Can I really deal with my wife alone for a week?

Can I really deal with my husband alone for a week?

What will I eat if I don’t have a Menu?

Let me answer the above concerns you may have as well …..Not one of those was an issue from the minute we arrived to the unfortunate day we left!

Secret Bay has found the most amazing pleasurable staff willing to help you in any way possible but never in your way if the red flag was down. Every person from Roseline and Merlinda to the young gentleman who helped us get the kayaks ready went out of their way to make us happy. It showed they truly enjoyed being a part of the Secret Bay team. We should have known how special this place was going to be when we coincidentally met the owner Gregor at the Airport in Antigua. He went into the small shop and bought my wife some chocolate candies and thanked us for coming to stay with them.

Our Zabuco honeymoon suite was absolutely beautiful. When we first arrived and walked up the steps it literally took our breath away. The views from every window even our shower was amazing! Not a dollar was spared nor a detail forgotten when the built this villa.

The private pool always seemed to be the perfect temperature no matter the time of day and there was nothing like not rushing to get dressed every evening because we had to leave for some fancy dinner. I often would be swimming in the pool when dinner would arrive while my wife was upstairs in the soaking tub. Roseline would simply put it in the warming oven and we would eat when we wanted not when some reservation said we had to.

Our days often started the same way the last one ended, staring off our deck wondering if life could get any better. When we finished our coffee we had the hard decision of deciding if we wanted to relax on one of our lower decks, paddle over to the beach or do some snorkeling. We often did all three just in different sequences each day. Often we would pack up our lunch, some cocktails and the beach blanket they provided and spend hours on the beach. It was not until the last day we saw another person there. It was like our own paradise. I even remember joking with my wife saying, “How dare they come to our beach?” That was the only time we saw another guest the entire vacation, and yes that was one of my initial concerns but how quickly I realized that being alone is just fine.

I’ll end it with this, after being married for 13 years and having three young children our lives are great but became very routine. Those routines can easily become ruts. Being stuck in them can become boring and dangerous. Those ruts can unfortunately cause you to forget why you fell in love or how special that other person in your life still is. Secret Bay has this magical way of not only removing you from that rut but like a time machine it 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. The lack of night life will have the two of you staring into the stars and giggling about the silliest things, not having a resort pool will quickly remind you how nice it is to not have to run out at 5am and put towels on the chairs to save your spot, not having a bar insured that every drink I made was only too weak or too strong because I wanted it to be, not having a menu to choose from was not an issue because no request was ever not met, and as far as if my wife and I could deal with each other, we can’t wait to go again next year!

Thank You Secret Bay for being different in such a special way!

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Stayed on: February 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Boh_1
Country of Origin: New Westminster, Canada
Reviewed on: 27 February 2015

I struggled to find anything to add to the several excellent comprehensive reviews contributed here by others, but let me try my best.

Imagine you had a well-off uncle who really liked you.

Imagine he lived on Dominica and felt passionate about sharing the island with you.

Imagine he had an amazing villa, perched high atop the cliffs, surrounded on three sides by the sea.

Imagine his villa was fully staffed by a friendly team totally focused only on you and your needs.

That’s the only way you could exceed what Secret Bay has to provide.

The incredible, private Zabuco villa with its four decks and view of Portsmouth was the background setting for us, but the staff here combined with the people and splendour of Dominica were what made this trip extraordinary. From the appetizer of delicious callaloo soup on our first night, to the poolside massage with the sound of the surf on our last, the entire experience here was calm and seamless. Most of this came down to the Secret Bay staff.

I won’t single out any of the many staff members, since all from the owner, to our villa attendants, right through to the person who looked after our Infinity pool, functioned as a single team with a consistent ethos. We’ve had private island experiences in the Caribbean that did not approach this level of service.

But Secret Bay is not simply another upscale boutique resort that’s here to pamper you, it’s about providing a base to help shape your own customized experience of Dominica. You can dial the exposure and interactions with everything that Dominica has to offer up or down, depending on your preferences. We alternated days with outings with days on the property, but it’s up to you, and the team here will make it happen.

We chose Dominica based on a brief station stop when flying down to another island several years ago. It simply looked too cool not to visit. We chose Secret Bay because we liked the private setting and it seemed to be a reflection of Dominica. In other words Secret Bay is secluded on Dominica but is not insulated from Dominica.

This is a special place and we will be back.

But if you are still in the research phase, then ask yourself a couple of questions before booking into Secret Bay.

Do you want to come to beautiful Dominica?

Are you or your significant other worth it?

If the answer to both these questions are yes, then start making plans to stay here right now, you won’t regret it. But expect words like ‘stress’, ‘distraction’ and even ‘time’ to drop from your vocabulary while you are here. Because that’s what happened to us and hopefully to you too.

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Stayed on: February 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Matthew O
Country of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewed on: 08 January 2015

Incredible location. Spent a week in the Zabuco Honeymoon suite for our honeymoon. Food was spectacular and the on-site amenities can keep you busy for days. Definitely check out the underwater cave! The Boiling Lake hike and the Canyoning day trips are a must as well. We’re certainly looking forward to our next trip to Secret Bay and hoping we can bring the rest of the family with us. Thank you again to all of the staff for an incredible stay.

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Stayed on: October 2014

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jfoste06
Country of Origin: Algonac, Michigan, United States
Reviewed on: 15 December 2014

I highly recommend Secret Bay to anyone looking! We just returned from our honeymoon and we cannot stop talking about how absolutely beautiful it is! This was the best vacation my husband or I have ever had!!

The island of Dominica is breathtaking and Secret Bay has the BEST location! Our bungalow sat on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Ocean. All night you could hear the waves against the shore. The entire staff was awesome and catered to our every need. The first full day we were there, we never left the villa. The views were amazing, not to mention, the Zabuco Villa has its own pool!! We will be back!!

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Stayed on: December 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: PDB-Montreal
Country of Origin: Canada
Reviewed on: 19 October 2014

What a special place! We had been looking for a special place to celebrate a special anniversary and we certainly found it. Dominica itself is wonderful. From the air, it looks like Jurassic Park. From the ground, it is lush and beautiful and unspoiled. The people are friendly and we never felt anything other than safe and welcome.  We visited waterfalls, and hot springs. We went to the farmers market Saturday morning. It was all enjoyable.

Then there is Secret Bay itself, like an oasis within an oasis. Our villa was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The service was excellent. From Marvin and Merlinda, to Saralee and Bianca, they all made sure we were well looked after.   We swam and snorkeled on the abundant coral reefs. (The sunrise swims were the best.)  We relaxed in the pool, spent lazy afternoons on the decks overlooking the ‎sea and enjoyed visiting Secret Beach.  It was all quite magical.

Now the food! We ate grilled lionfish, pan-seared lionfish, tuna, snapper, grilled octopus and more. All delicious.

In summary, after resorts we have visited in Hawaii, Europe, etc., this place stands out for top quality facilities, perfectly preserved natural environment, and personalized service. We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an incredible getaway.

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Stayed on: September 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Sharon
Country of Origin: Montreal – Canada
Reviewed on: 19 October 2014

Secret Bay, a jewel of a resort, hidden on the shores of the beautiful little island of Dominica was where my husband and I just celebrated our anniversary. Staying in our own luxurious villa with private decks, reading by our own private pool, watching the sunset each evening on the spacious balcony, all the while anticipating the delicious meals that would be brought to our table by courteous, friendly staff was just incredible. The meals were a culinary work of art for the eyes and the taste buds! Every day we snorkelled the reef, which was just steps away from our villa, teeming with life, waiting to be explored. Would we go again? In a heartbeat!

Sharon in Montreal

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Stayed on: September 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: TLPALP
Country of Origin: Kearney
Reviewed on: 01 July 2014

Even MORE breathtaking than the online photos and magazine articles!

You MUST stay in Zabuco Villa as it is worth every penny! Sit on the veranda like royalty and take in the panoramic view of the tranquil ocean, watch majestic birds flying overhead and sailboats float off in the distance, feel perfect ocean breezes, and listen to the rhythmic whoosh of the warm water on the beach! Open up your wall of glass doors and relax on giant lounge sofas by the flat screen TV you’ll never turn on, or use the built-in espresso machine in a kitchen you wish you had at home! Grab a Bordeaux from your stocked wine refrigerator, a Kubuli beer and pretzels from the fully stocked kitchen, or a passion fruit from the daily selection of fresh fruit on your counter and satiate yourself viewing a sunset you’re sure has colors never before seen to man! Retire to your bedroom where you melt into a deliciously comfortable bed and look up at the masterful architecture of the rich, dark, seductive wood beams. Saunter over to the double shower, with nozzles for every body part, open the sliding door and reach outside to see the glistening mountains and Ti-Bay beach! Or bathe in the free-standing tub and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to view even more sapphire ocean and the occasional owl in the trees! Fill your expansive closet with the clothes you’ve now decided you’ll rarely wear! Throw on your comfy cotton Secret Bay embroidered robe, walk down the stairs, jump in your very own gleaming infinity pool, and stare at the ocean while hummingbirds flit flower to flower right in front of you! Sun yourself on the deck next to the one you love and sigh, “This place is a dream!” Snuggle in the huge beanbag hammock suspended under the giant supports of your new favorite vacation home and watch Netflix or check Facebook using the free wifi! Wake up from your relaxing nap and rinse off in the outdoor shower steps away from the pool! Now it’s time to eat so sit anywhere you’d like and your attendant, who is now your best buddy, serves you amazing food as if you’re in a restaurant! Journey down to your own private upper and lower decks, Wild Orchid, and sunbathe with complete privacy or relax on two full-sized lounging couches. Make a note to have your next dinner down there! Walk through the property, where maybe you’ll see another guest, and view Ti-Bay beach and the magical Ocean deck! Suspended over the ocean attached to volcanic rocks, you immediately start taking pictures and schedule a romantic dinner there!

Be sure to have the ever-so-charming Vincent take you to the cave on Secret Beach! He’ll kayak with you to the entrance, carefully guide you through the passageways leading to glorious caves filled with bats and pirates’ secrets, then snorkel with you to the beach! Ah, Secret Beach! It’s all yours to swim, sun, climb rocks, and stroll because no one is there but YOU! You press Vincent to tell you if any famous people have stayed here but he just smiles and doesn’t say a word! So if you ARE famous, you can stay here with complete anonymity!

Next, tour the Indian River with Fire, the lovable guide, who, if you’re lucky, will walk you through Portsmouth, pick mangoes for you, and introduce you to his friends and play dominoes over a rum punch! He gives you fantastic insight on the real Dominica and knows all the stories of all those who have lived well over a hundred years which seems to be very common in Dominica! You want to friend request him to keep in touch as he motors away off across the ocean!

At last, tour the rainforest and swim in a waterfall with the gregarious Dr. Birdy who you instantly want to hug! You see and learn about every flower, plant, tree, bird, lizard with the child-like attention you had years ago! His infectious giggle and fascinating stories make you realize you will rarely have an experience like this again! You almost ask he and his wife to dinner when you remember you’re flying home tomorrow!

Then there’s Anna, the most attentive hotel manager we’ve ever met, who arranges ALL of this for you along with anything else you could possibly need! For instance, we required an oxygen tank for sleeping and Anna effortlessly arranged it’s delivery and refill during our entire stay! She has such a gentle cadence to her voice and relaxed way about her you wish she could train every front desk clerk back home!

We were honored to meet Gregor, the most humble and congenial owner, who warmly introduced himself, and we chatted about his beautiful property, eco-friendly design, where we were from in the U.S., and how we found Secret Bay. He’s so amicable we almost invited him to come sightseeing with us when we suddenly remember he OWNS the place and probably has a million other things to do!

It was exceedingly apparent that Gregor, and every one of his staff, TRULY cared about us and loved sharing their Secret Bay! We can’t say enough about this pleasurable paradise and can’t believe we found a place we will, without question, visit again and again for total and complete relaxation! Take our advice and book a week stay immediately!!

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Stayed on: June 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Fabiola L
Country of Origin: Guadeloupe
Reviewed on: 22 June 2014

My husband and I were looking for a place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (and that could potentially be our “Honeymoon” spot since we didn’t really have one…)

Secret Bay in Dominica sounded nice: 30 minutes flight, an Island of beautiful nature coupling mountains, beaches, and rivers…a very private hotel providing a bungalow in the middle of nature, flanked on a cliff, overlooking the ocean, and buried in the vegetation …all this with an impressive view…and in total privacy…
It sounded like Paradise to us.

The location is really great. We stayed in one of the Zabuco villas. The architecture is really amazing. Eco-design, subtle sophistication, fine luxury…
The villa was spotless and had everything we could need/think of.
I particularly loved: sleeping and waking up looking at the ocean with a 360° view; drinking homemade passion fruit cocktail in the infinity pool under the stars; enjoying time out eating coconut sherbet in the lounge/private deck over the cliff; taking massages on the pool deck at sunset…I could go on and on….

Secret Bay has one of the finest guest services from reservation to check-out. Friendly and professional. Homemade Caribbean cuisine.

Activities were tailored to our wishes (visits, horse rides, cooking classes, snorkeling…) and every moment was pure indulgence!

No doubt: we had found Paradise!

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Stayed on: May 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Annie C
Country of Origin: Florida – USA
Reviewed on: 28 May 2014

I had booked the trip as a last minute surprise getaway for my boyfriend and me. I had no prior knowledge about Dominica and had booked the trip solely from the great reviews I had read about Secret Bay—it couldn’t have been a more perfect trip. Anastasia was wonderful and had helped me throughout the entire process from the booking, to dining selections, planning excursions, and just ensuring the entire trip was more than I could have ever asked for. We stayed in the Zabuco Villa which was picturesque, clean, updated, and simply beautiful. The villas are organized in a way that allow privacy and serenity, while providing breathtaking views from every direction.

The island as a whole was an untouched paradise. The staff helped us plan our expeditions for the weekend, and recommended great local places for dining and exploring. Ryan, our favorite cab driver, took us throughout the island and was extremely knowledgeable about its history, culture, and nature. The staff at Secret Bay was incredibly friendly and accommodating to our every need. It was the perfect medley of adventure and relaxation.

In the short three days we were there, we went on a private boat charter, kayaked the Bay, hiked a few waterfalls, snorkeled Champagne Reef, toured the capital, and lounged on the beaches. Secret Bay made sure we had food and drinks for every day’s excursion along with any equipment we would need. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful experience.

Our retreat to Secret Bay was better than any hotel or resort I’ve ever stayed at; it felt much more authentic and adaptable to our every need. I would recommend this vacation to anyone, as long as they’re staying at Secret Bay. We cannot wait to be back!

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Stayed on: May 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Paul D
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 26 May 2014

We recently spent 3 nights at Secret Bay and it certainly exceeded our expectations in every way! The drive from the airport was proof that we were in a very tropical location, everything green even though it’s not their rainy season.

When we arrived at Secret Bay, we realized that there was no traditional reception area, instead we were met by Marvin in our Zabuco villa who went through all the features of the villa and took our list of meals and activities.

We felt very fortunate to be able to stay in a villa that was high up on a cliff with a fantastic view of the west coast of Dominica and Guadeloupe visible off in the distance. The natural noises of the birds and the sounds of the wind through the trees and the cool breezes that came through the villa certainly made us feel that we were somewhere special and that we didn’t want it to end.

On our third day the rain just drizzled most of the day and it could be seen coming down from the mountain and through the valley, we didn’t want to spoil those natural sounds or feelings with any television or radio! Even though we had sun most of the time, that day was certainly special.

We also really enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling in the very calm sea and there was endless space to kayak safely as far as you wanted.

Our own chef/room keeper (Roseline) kept us fed with excellent meals (the Callaloo soup is outstanding) and our villa was always clean and well maintained, everything worked. We were also well looked after by Anna and felt that the staff were only too happy to make sure that we had the best possible experience.

Gregor and Sandra, you have a truly beautiful resort and we feel very privileged to have been able to stay there, thanks again!

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Stayed on: May 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lindsey T
Country of Origin: Florida – USA
Reviewed on: 22 April 2014

Secret Bay is a place equivalent to Paradise. I do not think there could be a more perfect place to send a romantic getaway with your loved one, a honeymoon experience as I did, or merely a retreat to reflect and enjoy nature. From the moment you arrive at the airport, Secret Bay’s luxury and attention surrounds you. Secret Bay would never let you travel to their resort without some refreshments and a nice snack to eat – all they do is care about your happiness.

Upon arriving at Secret Bay you are greeted by the friendliest and kind staff that clearly make it their top priority to please you and provide you with whatever you need to have a wonderful time in Dominica. The amenities in the Zabuco Villa alone at Secret Bay allow you to escape to your own oasis. They include: a private pool grill, oven, gas stove, HD TV, any cooking appliance you could think of (microwave, blender, Panini maker, toaster, pots, pans, you name it!), dishwasher, washer and dryer, fully pre-stocked fridge, fully pre-stocked wine cooler, dual shower which turns in-door/outdoor, bath tub, large closet, fans, and air-conditioning. On site, also available for your use include kayaks, snorkelling gear, bicycles, water shoes, backpacks, picnic gear, and camera – just to name a few.

Secret Bay has its own private beach which also gives you access to a private cave which is a truly unique and awesome experience.

Then there is the incredible staff at Secret Bay. Words cannot describe how caring and thoughtful the staff of Secret Bay, Manager and Owner all are. To begin, the resort provides you with a personal cellphone to ensure that you can reach any Secret Bay staff member at any time – literally any time even when they are not working they invite you to call them if you need anything. Anna is simply a doll as well. Not only did Anna personally have a French baker make my husband French bread on request, but Anna did the little things as well to let us know she cared. Not only would she meet with us, create wonderful excursions for us, including Indian River Boat Tour with Fire (a must), dinner at Le Champs (another must), canyoning down waterfalls (adventurous and amazing) and bike riding to a local hot spring (awesome), but she would call people we met up with to make sure we arrived safely when we may have gotten lost on our bike for example, or to let us know she went ahead and made dinner later for us to give us more time to relax, she is the BEST.

The food at Secret Bay was no less amazing and in fact was fantastic. One of the chefs at Secret Bay, Chef Eric, cooks at Le Champs for Friday night Dinner and Saturday Brunch – that is how good the food is at Secret Bay that they have secured such a world class Chef, along with the other wonderful ladies in the kitchen who are no less as fantastic. Meals at Secret Bay for us included delicious yogurt, granola, homemade jam, fresh squeezed watermelon, pineapple and grapefruit juice, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs for breakfast. For lunch we got salads with grilled chicken, shrimp or fish, ribs, wings, veggie crusted pizza, pumpkin soup, seafood bisque, turkey sandwiches (which they made for us on our canyoning adventure – – so thoughtful), and we grilled out our own burgers one day. Dinner included lobster, shrimps with curry, all sorts of local fish and banana wrapped fish, slow cooked chicken with rice, curried goat, beer battered fish and onions and dessert just sealed the deal with mango short cake, ricotta cheese ice cream, banana brownie – just naming a few. And they make this in site rum punch that is just delicious and light. And if you have time to stop by the Sous Shack for a Pina Colada and discuss the menus with them.

Now to the attendants, these ladies literally brightened my day. Our laundry and dishes were done for us whenever we wanted (we didn’t even have to ask just put it in the hamper), our things neatly put away in convenient locations they somehow knew we wanted them and would, without us even asking, prestock our fridge with our favorite local items and goodies. And they kept the place (including the outside stairs) spotless. They would do anything for you at any time and surely did not make any request sound too difficult or unattainable. I now have new Dominica friends.

The security and tour guides at Secret Bay also set the bar. Not only were they overly helpful with getting us whatever we needed and transporting any gear for us or bringing us equipment for our adventures but these men are so friendly and just love to help. For example, my bike happened to be too tall for me and these men went in the back with some power tools (basically chopped off part of the bike) and made it fully rideable by me – they are amazing.

Finally, Dominica. Words cannot express how excited I am to go back to this paradise island of adventures. It has so much to offer and its untouched beauty truly captivated me. There are no dangerous or poisonous animals on the island and at Secret Bay you are tucked in the middle of the rainforest, with sounds of birds and waves crashing and endless sites of green mountains and blue sea. It is paradise and beyond.

I really just cannot recommend Secret Bay enough (I’ve traveled to Hawaii, Italy, Greece and all over the Caribbean and nothing compares and I don’t think can possibly compare). Book your trip and I promise there will be no regrets. Plus everything at Secret Bay you pay cost for and it is really reasonable in the end. As the website says, no more than $100 a day for three meals, including a lot of alcohol if you desire, and having plenty of food for leftovers. Go to Secret Bay and take on this awesome experience of a lifetime that you will never forget!

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Stayed on: April 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Keith
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 08 February 2014

Arriving at a hotel with pre-determined high expectations can often be dangerous, with potential disappointment lurking around every corner. But no such worry with our first visit to Secret Bay last week! We were fortunate enough to stay in the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa and we enjoyed every minute of our time there. Beautiful villa, stunning views, excellent facilities, secluded privacy and first-class friendly and discrete service from the staff – especially Saralee who looked after us very well. We really liked the concept of being able to pre-order your own selection of food and drinks, with the option to cook for yourself, have the food prepared and delivered to the villa or even have the chef come to your villa and cook for you.

One of the highlights for us was being able to walk down to the sea, hop onto a kayak and then paddle around the headland to the Secret Beach, complete with snorkelling equipment and waterproof bags (containing our towels, camera, etc) – all readily provided by the hotel. The snorkelling right off the beach was exceptional. We went towards the left of the bay and about 100 yards away we came across a kind of forest of various types of sea-fans, with a wide variety of live coral formations and sponges. Great snorkelling so close to the beach! When we chose to venture off the property, Anna was very helpful and efficient when recommending where to go and who to go with. By the way, Secret Bay is ideally located to visit any of the main attractions in the north of the island.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dominica. If you like nature then this island is a MUST DO visit! And if you like tranquil, understated luxury, then Secret Bay is THE place to stay.

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Stayed on: February 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: John H
Country of Origin: Canada
Reviewed on: 30 December 2013

My wife and returned recently for our third visit to Secret Bay. Having been to dozens of higher end resorts over the years, this is the only resort that is so clearly superior that we rate it as the one “irresistible” choice to which to return year after year.

You will not be better taken care of, arrival to departure, anywhere in the world. While at Secret Bay attentive staff will do all they can to anticipate and satisfy every wish. Customize your chef-prepared meals to your liking, and enjoy them at your villa.

Look out over the Caribbean from your cliff-top luxury villa – the latest in technological convenience built into an eco-conscious structure integrated gently into the local environment.

This will be the second home for a very few, very lucky, travellers for years to come.

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Stayed on: November 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chuck & Sue
Country of Origin: Tampa, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 29 December 2013

We absolutely love Secret Bay! We have been to 26 islands and stayed at many 5 star accommodations in the $800-$900/day range and Secret Bay is by far the best of all. Zabuco Honeymoon Villa is the most luxurious room we have ever stayed in. Truly million-dollar views. We were surprised with rainbows almost every day. Having each meal whatever we dreamed of and brought to us was wonderful. No stress, no dress up, delicious and totally romantic. From what we saw of the beaches on Dominica, Secret Bay Beach has the clearest water and has very soft sand. Has to be #1 beach on the island. If you do nothing else off property take the private tour with Dr. Birdy to the Syndicate Nature Preserve. It is an unforgettable experience. Thank you Anna, Gregor, Saralee and the whole Secret Bay Staff for making our 20th Anniversary incredibly special!

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Stayed on: October 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: LABS2013
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 27 December 2013

We went for our honeymoon and it was well worth every penny. I felt like I was in heaven. The views, the accommodations, the fresh organic juices, local food and fresh caught fish all cooked to perfection, the personal service is everything one could dream of. Even though our stay was in August we never needed air conditioning as the Zabuco villa on the bluff was quite comfortable with a natural cooling breeze.

The resort location, plants, walkways and buildings are all designed to reflect nature and preserve the natural setting. We learned so much about local fare, plants and health. Each service person treated us like royalty yet personally cared for us like family. One afternoon we hosted local friends and the extra food and service required to arrange this was exceptional.

We were guided by the owners wife to swim through the cave. Anna was our personal travel agent as we needed to make several changes to our flight schedule. She worked endlessly for our benefit and gave us extra time at a bungalow to rest and a meal without charge when we were unexpectedly delayed. We took a few trips to see the Island and glad we did but we really didn’t want to leave Secret Bay as we were so comfortable just relaxing there. We definitely want to go there again and stay as long as possible!

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Stayed on: August 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: emwright_22
Country of Origin: Minnesota, USA
Reviewed on: 23 December 2013

My husband and I spent a week at Secret Bay in September. We both love to travel and had seen Secret Bay listed on Travel & Leisure’s website and decided to splurge for our honeymoon. I’ve travelled quite a bit, enjoy going to non-touristy areas and this was the best place I have been. I cannot say enough about how much we loved it, we stayed in the original Zabuco Villa and honestly only left the property once because it was so amazing! It’s like staying in a spa for a week, the accommodations are amazing and the pool is fabulous. I’ve never seen stars like I did at night when floating in the pool, it was breath taking.

Our attendant Roseline was great, she was friendly and just a call away on the cell phone they give you. My husband had a cold the first few days and she brought ginger tea for him without us even asking for anything. Everyone there is so thoughtful!

Anna was a delight, she gave us a wonderful welcome when we arrived after a long day of travel and was helpful in answering all our questions. Also, my husband likes cigars and asked about a cigar shop nearby. Next thing you know, she had contacted one of the shops, emails us a list of options and purchased the ones my husband selected. She just added the cost right to our bill – so convenient and as I mentioned – loved not even having to leave to go into town!

Secret Bay is truly a gem!

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Stayed on: September 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tiffany M
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 17 December 2013

We just returned from our one-week honeymoon at Secret Bay and already want to go back!!! We’ve NEVER had such a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Not only is the island of Dominica gorgeous and wonderfully undeveloped, but Secret Bay is tucked into a corner of the country that’s incredibly private and magical. The resort overlooks a cove and a private beach (Secret Beach); and all the villas are surrounded by trees that abound with life (birds, small lizards and even tiny hermit crabs!).

The treehouse-like villas are modern, yet comfortable-stocked with amenities such as a full-service kitchen, board games, ipod speaker, Dyson fan, TV, DVD player, DVDs, books and lounge-y patio furniture-indoors and out. We especially loved the ability to basically open up your entire villa to nature with wide sliding doors and slatted windows (all with screens, of course). The Zabuco suites are also decked out with the best invention ever – a BEAN BAG HAMMOCK!!!! I stared out into the ocean while reading for hours throughout the week laying on the hammock.

When we actually managed to leave the villa we hung out at the: sunset deck, where more bean bags are found, along with lounge chairs to bask in the sun; the deck that overlooks the ocean; and at the private beaches. Secret Bay has access (via Kayak) to two secluded beaches – Coconut Beach and Secret Beach (the latter which we enjoyed more). The snorkelling is great and the beach is teeming with life (crabs, fish, sea snails and sea urchins!).

Besides the amazing atmosphere Secret Bay offers their staff is of the highest caliber. Anna, who manages the property was amazing and very accommodating; Rosaline, Saralee and Deslyn, who were our attendants (checked in on us, delivered our meals, etc) were so kind and gracious; the various support staff, who helped us get kayaks ready, etc were incredibly efficient; and the two chefs, Josie and Jemer were AHHHMAZING!!! I already miss their cooking!

We can’t say enough positive things about Secret Bay. It truly is an amazing place to celebrate a honeymoon, reconnect with your partner, recover from the stresses of life or even an illness. Secret Bay creates a special experience that allows you to remember the simple joys in life. We love it so much we’re looking into purchasing a timeshare! This is one of the very few places I’ve visited that I’d want to visit over and over again.

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Stayed on: December 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Emily
Country of Origin: Florida – USA
Reviewed on: 13 December 2013

I was researching honeymoon destinations two years before we even got engaged. This trip was so important to me. I stumbled across Secret Bay during one of my many web searches and kept coming back to it, over and over. I decided in the end, our chances of any sort of disappointment were by far the lowest if we chose Secret Bay. All the previous reviews are absolutely spot on. We wanted a place with no crowds, no loud children, no buffet lines…just peaceful relaxation and each other. I could not be any happier with our decision. It was absolutely heaven.

We stayed in the original Zabuco and it is unlike anything we have ever experienced! Stunning in every way. Our attendant for most of our stay was Roseline and she was just wonderful, such a sweetheart and so committed to making our stay perfect. Britney was also great. The whole operation at Secret Bay is practically flawless. There is nothing they didn’t think of, from dry bags for the kayaks, to beach picnic blankets, to binoculars for taking in the incredible scenery.

And the FOOD! I cannot say enough about the food, literally everything we ate was amazing, and the presentation was beautiful. We ate like royalty and I couldn’t believe how low our bill was! Gemma will make you some incredible drinks down at the Sous Shack too.

Anna was so fantastic, from our first communication weeks before our arrival, she arranged everything and made it so easy. The river trip with Fire is a can’t miss experience! So fun. Our favorite thing to do, besides relaxing in the incredible Zabuco, was kayaking to Secret Beach and just hanging out in the beautiful water. It is straight out of a movie, just stunning. We were also able to experience the sunset sail with Captain Mark which was amazing, the best snorkelling I’ve ever seen! Even if you don’t do any excursions, you will still have the trip of a lifetime. I miss our special hideaway every single day, but I am so grateful for this unbelievable experience. There is absolutely nowhere on earth like Secret Bay. Worth every single penny!! Thank you so much!!

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Stayed on: November 2013

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: RichardENYC
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 10 August 2014

Secret Bay is perfection itself. A boutique getaway in a most romantic setting on a most wonderful island, we could not have asked for more. We spent seven wonderful honeymoon nights at Secret Bay last month and returned to our jobs and urban life completely restored by the sounds of the Caribbean just below our deck, the sights in the rain forest, the wonderful sense of peace. We spoiled ourselves and took the two bedroom Zing Zing villa with its two soaking tubs and its upstairs and downstairs decks. A private yoga lesson on that lower deck was the perfect thing after a day of hiking and sight seeing. The team assigned to our cottage was unfailingly knowledgeable and helpful. The food they prepared for the meals we ate at home was the best of Dominica’s local cuisine with some special touches. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Its a place that is good for the soul.

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JJRivera0513
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 19 September 2013

Secret Bay is perfect. Every single expectation we had was exceeded by the staff and the accommodations. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed with the most sincere and thoughtful hospitality. Anna takes guest service to a whole new level – to say that she doted on us is an understatement. The quietest mention of a request or craving, and it was there in moments, beautifully presented. We had the pleasure of meeting Gregor on our stay – what a wonderful host. He takes great pride in making sure his guests enjoy their stay.

When people ask us about our honeymoon, we’re often at a loss for words. It was simply the best. The best food, the best staff, and the best location for a memorable and romantic trip.

Both of us are travel junkies and before we left Dominica, we agreed that we MUST come back. To the island, but more specifically, to Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: May 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: MichaelMc101
Country of Origin: Missouri, USA
Reviewed on: 17 June 2013

We took a leap. And can’t wait to do it again. Admittedly, we usually look for a Four Seasons when we need to escape from the real world. But lucky for us, I stumbled upon this Secret on Gallivant.com. Regardless of how we discovered it, this place is special. For a Caribbean island, it’s mountainous, tropical, rich with volcanic soil and covered in rainforest. Reminded me of Maui a bit. Everything and anything grows here. For nature fans, bird watchers and fruit lovers, it’s truly fascinating as a destination. Even better, the climate was remarkably pleasant. Breezy, mid 80s with refreshing rains here and there, chased by rainbows.

Sounds ridiculous, right? There’s more.

The architecture, finish and fixtures were flawless. Concrete and tropical hardwoods. Dominica grown and crafted furnishings. Decks with accordion doors. Positioned on a cliff with views you won’t believe. From the kitchen, the deck, the pool, even the shower. So I must admit, even though it wasn’t our honeymoon, for seven days, we didn’t leave the property unless it was on a kayak. Next time, we’ll bring scuba gear and make ourselves journey up the Indian River, hike and see one of only two boiling lakes on the planet.

Our daily routine. We made breakfast ourselves most days, then ordered lunch and dinner from our own personal attendants. Great salads. Highly recommend the Paw-Paw. Every evening, fresh fish or lobster prepared at the Souce Shack and served at sunset. We went for the lobster every other night prepared different ways—curry/ginger/chili, garlic/herb, chef’s choice. In villa, they stocked us up with the best local pineapples, bananas and mangos. Dominica coffee, juices, granola and chips. Wines and rum, too.

The staff. Roseline was the sweetest, humble, most hard-working attendant. She made us smile daily. And on my birthday, along with the surprise cake, she sang to me. SHE SANG! It was so genuine and kind, I won’t soon forget it. Don’t expect a fancy bar or resort scene down at the Souce Shack. But we loved visiting with Jemer, Josie and Eric. Real people sharing fun stories, casual conversation and some wicked rum punch. Just ask for it. It’s back there. Drink it neat and your afternoon will soon get fuzzy.

And finally, as many other folks mentioned, Gregor stopped by for a visit during our evening porch domino tournament. He was fascinating, gracious and welcoming. Keep it going, Gregor. The vision you and Sandra have is truly amazing and we wish you all the best. So sorry we missed meeting the entire family. An early flight had us retiring ahead of schedule that final night. Next time.

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Stayed on: May 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: lance_vegas
Country of Origin: Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed on: 13 April 2013

We (couple from Germany) stayed 5 days in secret bay in the Zabuco Villa. I have seen quite some (luxury) places all over the world but this was one of the most unique experiences.

– breathtaking (and award winning) architecture embedded into beautiful surroundings
– personalized and excellent service
– organic food prepared to your likings
– but what money can’t buy: Secret Bay offers total relaxation and quietness (after 5 days, I felt like 4 weeks sabbatical)

In my opinion the concept of Secret bay showcases already the future way of travelling: individualized and sustainable eco-tourism at its best.

I wish Sandra, Gregor, Anna and the whole team a lot of success although I also hope that this stays a “secret”.

We will come back.

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Stayed on: April 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Julia R
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 18 February 2013

My husband and I spent a week at Secret Bay in the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa in January 2013. We wanted a relaxing vacation where we could “get away from it all,” and we found that and so much more at Secret Bay. Both villas and bungalows at the resort are beautiful and well-appointed, but we were truly blown away by Zabuco. We literally could not believe our eyes when we saw the phenomenal 180+ degree panorama of the sea from our decks (upper and lower!), the walls of windows with stunning views, the gorgeous private infinity pool, or the high-end kitchen appliances and stand-alone tub! As my husband said, “I feel like a movie star!”

Even more incredible than the accommodations is the service from Anna, Maggie, and the rest of the staff. It’s like they’ve never heard of the words “no” or “can’t”! They will truly provide you with ANYTHING your heart desires. For us, this meant amazing dinners served on our deck (everything from a goat curry to some of the best burgers we’ve ever tasted!), a steady supply of beers and house-made root vegetable chips, and plenty of time to relax, completely undisturbed. Dominica is off the beaten path, sure, but at Secret Bay you feel like you might be the only couple in the world. The resort was full while we were there, yet we never saw another guest. Not once. If seclusion and luxury are what you’re after, Secret Bay does it like no place we’ve ever been.

A few notes on Dominica: It’s a rainforest, not an arid beach climate. This means rain, daily, at least while we were there, lush jungle foliage and rocky beaches rather than vast stretches of white sand. If you like stunning vistas, fresh-off-the-tree fruits, and waterfalls galore, this place is for you! Just don’t go there expecting the Bahamas. I’m not sure you can truly appreciate what Dominica has to offer without doing some hiking. We hiked to the Boiling Lake, which was extremely challenging but even more rewarding. We also hiked to numerous falls and landmarks. Bring proper hiking boots. We’re glad we did!

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Stayed on: January 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Aaron N
Country of Origin: Tenessee, USA
Reviewed on: 22 December 2012

Our honeymoon at Secret Bay was like something out of a romance novel. Our every need was cared for and the only thing we were left wanting was more time at our Zabuco Villa. My wife and I are “type-A” personality planners and we thought we had a good idea of how this week would go based on the website photos & videos, our correspondence with Anna, and reading other’s reviews. But we could not have planned the surprise of rose petals placed on our bed by Roseline, the thoughtful drop by of Gregor to check in on our stay, the rainbows that would sneak out from behind the clouds at random times, the delicious handmade cherry juice, the sound of the waves on the shore as we turned in for the night, and the colors of the sky at every sunset. It was like we were the only ones there enjoying paradise and it was all for us. If you are looking for a place to truly unwind after months of planning your wedding, or if you just need a vacation away from all the noise then Secret Bay is about as close to perfect as I have ever experienced. We will definitely be returning on anniversary’s.

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Stayed on: October 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Brett and Jenny
Country of Origin: Kentucky – USA
Reviewed on: 19 December 2012

We searched for months to find the perfect honeymoon location before we were fortunate enough to hear about Secret Bay. After reviewing the Secret Bay site and doing a little research on Dominica, we decided to book the Zabuco villa for our honeymoon, and we couldn’t have made a better decision. It was absolutely perfect, and the experience far exceeded our expectations.

Reading all of the other reviews, there is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said about this amazing resort. Everything you read is true – The villa was absolutely beautiful with amazing views in every direction, the food was delicious (we requested local fare only) and beyond reasonably priced, and the island of Dominica is one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Like many others, we opted to only have one long day away from the property exploring the island, and one day proved to be sufficient for us. The majority of our time was spent at Secret Bay, either swimming to Secret Beach, laying by the pool, or lounging on our veranda enjoying the view (while always enjoying a rum punch).

The one thing I can add, and what I truly believe sets Secret Bay apart from other places, is how amazing the people are here. Gregor, Sandra, and the entire staff are dedicated to making your stay the best experience possible. Every need was addressed without hesitation and with a true sense of pride. They are eager to share their island and their lives with you, and it shows in everything they do. By the time we departed, we felt like we had made friends for a lifetime. It’s not often that you receive hugs and handshakes when you leave a place where you have only been for a week, but that is the kind of people you will find at Secret Bay.

So if you are reading these reviews trying to decide if this is the place for your next vacation, do yourself a favor… Book now, you won’t regret the decision.

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Stayed on: October 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Scott R
Country of Origin: Michigan, USA
Reviewed on: 24 November 2012

I want to thank Owner’s Gregor and Sandra for dreaming and creating Secret Bay. Designed by Sandra’s father, renowned architect Fruto Vivas, and built with privacy and quality in mind by local craftsmen, Secret Bay is like having your own secluded Carribean home with the services of a small boutique hotel.

My wife and I are well travelled and chose to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary at Secret Bay in Zabuco Honeymoon Villa. It is the most well-built, private and romantic spot we have ever stayed. Zabuco is perched on a cliff top overlooking the Caribbean Sea with Ti-Bay Beach on one side and Secret Beach on the other side. We loved the privacy, the views, but also the wonderful service from Secret Beach staff.

Anna was a gem even before our arrival, helping us with a car rental, excursion recommendations, food preferences, and any other information that we needed. Anna was even more delightful in person and helped with every detail of our stay. She watches over each and every guests to ensure a delightful experience.

Zabuco was well stocked with the food and beverages that we had requested and two meals a day were prepared for us on site by either our very attentive attendant Roseline, or one of two cooks Rose or Eric. We had wonderful fresh shrimp or fish each night including Tuna, Marlin, and Mahi Mahi. Meals were prepared with wonderful sides, salads, and desserts each night.

Staff is attentive, but not obtrusive, always concerned that you are happy with genuine caring and compassion. If you want complete privacy no need to be concerned, just lower the red flag and they leave you alone!

It was our first visit to Dominica, known as the Nature Island. With over 300 rivers, and 20 waterfalls, great snorkelling and diving, as well as lush rain forests it was difficult to decide what to do. We dove to a shipwreck and Champagne Reef, as well as hiked to several waterfalls
through lush rainforest. Enjoyed our boat ride with Fire up Indian River where they filmed scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean I and II. Just enough excitement, but didn’t want to be away from Zabuco Villa all day either!

Great activities right at Secret Bay with a paddle board, kayaks, and snorkelling equipment. We snorkelled around Secret Bay for hours enjoying the best off shore snorkelling we have ever experienced. We enjoyed seeing the healthy coral, variety and abundance of tropical fish, and even saw an octopus! Gregor was kind enough to show us into the water cave under Zabuco, and canons from a ship that sank over two hundred years ago!

Let me conclude by saying that Secret Bay and Zabuco Villa surpassed our expectations in every way and can’t wait to go back next year to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!

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Stayed on: November 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Debra & Brian
Country of Origin: Illinois, USA
Reviewed on: 10 November 2012

My husband and I stayed in Zabuco Honeymoon villa for our honeymoon this October. Upon our arrival at Secret Bay, the one word I can use to describe what I felt was “surreal”. I keep telling people that when you look at a picture of a place it always looks amazing because it has been touched up. Well walking into Zabuco felt like walking into the pictures we have seen. Not one thing was different than what we had seen while planning this trip. AMAZING!!!

Speaking of the senses, the next sense hit was my sense of smell. The entire villa is comprised of Guyanese hardwood which has been treated by bay oil. And it smells so good! I even went home with a vial of bay oil so I can continue to smell this wonderful scent.

The next sense that occurred to me was sound. Listening to the lovely accent of our wonderful host, Anna. Anna was absolutely wonderful at her task of catering to our every need with professionalism, kindness and grace. She even had local Caribbean music playing as we entered the villa! (Not to mention the amazing sound of the ocean and local wildlife!)

Now was the real test, TASTE! Secret Bay and our appointed chefs, Rosaline and Dello, did NOT disappoint in our culinary needs. Our meals were delicious and I especially loved the desserts! (Our first dessert was a yummy banana brownie, we also had a delish chocolate dessert another night and a pineapple carrot cake the last night! I think my only complaint would be that there could have been MORE! We also greatly enjoyed the homemade yoghurt and granola that came in our organic breakfast basket as well as the GUAVA juice. YUM!

The last sense would be touch and did we! (I’m talking activities!) Our first day we started out with a kayak to secret beach including a visit by Sandra who guided us through the Secret Cave. I’m bummed we didn’t take our camera in there – it was a mini-adventure! Then we attended Music in the Park – part of the Creole Festival in Roseau. It was super fun to see the town and experience some local music and food. We also got a peek of some parrots at the botanical garden where the festival was being held. The second day we took a boat ride with Don for some local fishing and snorkelling. We both caught a Jack fish (my first fish ever!) and Don showed us blowfish and lion fish at the snorkel site. The next day we were picked up by Bobby for our hike through Morne Trois Pitons National Park to the Boiling Lake. It was TOUGH but we did it! I highly recommend it as there is much to see and a huge feeling of accomplishment when you finally see the prize. Bobby and Joseph were awesome hosts waiting for us to take a post-hike dip in the Titou Gorge and then treating us to rum at the cafe conveniently located just outside the park. That night, another guest had graciously invited us to their villa for a group dinner. The cooking was amazing and the company was fun! Thanks again, Wendy and Ron!

Our last day was dedicated to relaxation starting out with a yoga session led by Sandra and then an afternoon massage. The masseuse was amazing and it was super cool having a massage while listening to the ocean – it even rained for about 10 minutes which only added to the relaxing sounds!

I HIGHLY recommend a visit to Secret Bay whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, they have it all. I really could have enjoyed it just as much, never leaving Zabuco Villa for one minute. The level of detail that Gregor and Sandra have put into this villa is outstanding. I even want to find out what type of sheets were on the bed as they were so comfortable and snugly. I cannot finish this review without mentioning the bathtub. If you have seen pictures of Zabuco Villa, you know there is a free-standing bathtub overlooking the ocean, conveniently placed on the side where the sun sets. AMAZING. I told Gregor my only advice would be to include some bubble bath in the room for those taking advantage of that huge tub! We also LOVED the dual head shower which opened up to the views of the ocean – I felt like I was showering in nature!

Thanks again to Gregor, Sandra, Anna and the entire crew at Secret Bay for helping us to enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon. Until we are able to make it back, I will think of you in my dreams! wink

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Stayed on: October 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Piddonkadonk
Country of Origin: Colorado, USA
Reviewed on: 08 August 2012

What can I say? I’m furthering every other Trip Advisor’s comment noting that I’m semi-bummed that this property might not be a “secret” much longer.

My wife and I just stayed 5 days at the Zabucco Honeymoon Villa. It was AMAZING. The near-360 degree view from the deck and beautiful property were immaculately represented online. We felt as if we were kings and queens of the waters below us (without a negative colonial connotation obviously). During one of our excursions on the water as we took the boat back, all you could see was Secret Bay’s properties overhanging the gorgeous cliffs and we knew that we were home.

The staff there was incredibly helpful. Anna is a gem of a host, explaining to us the island, making and organizing detailed itineraries, adding special touches to each and every request, etc. Dello was greatly accommodating and took care of us the entire time. Also need to give a shout out to our man Ergell from the security crew who was appropriately tasked to making us different types of delicious rum punches each day. Love that the staff noticed we were drinkers and put the right man on the job for us. His “wickedness” got us through the beginnings of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Learned a lot about the island and the guides that Anna assigned to our excursions were well picked. My wife sometimes gets car sick and Bertrand professionally maneuvered the hills and windy roads to minimize any discomfort. Fire took us up the Indian River and was very knowledgeable about the wildlife, flora, and fauna. And Don took us on a snorkelling expedition north of Portsmouth Bay and on the way back we were treated to some very cool sights including many of his family and friends co-opting a large fish netting operation. Some stuff that you just wouldn’t see in other places.

My wife had an amazing massage on the deck. We checked out Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, and toured Roseau.

Secret Bay allows you the opportunity to stay completely relaxed and private (all of the units were booked and we didn’t see anyone until the taxi home at the end of the week), but also allows you to be active and soak up the glory of this relatively untouched island.

We can’t wait to make it back.

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Stayed on: August 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Angel M
Country of Origin: Canada
Reviewed on: 29 July 2012

My husband and I just returned from a 6 day stay at Secret Bay. We had been looking online for a while for a Honeymoon destination and couldn’t find anything that stood out to us. My Husband came across Secret Bay and I immediately fell in love. It was like nothing I had ever seen and I knew I had to go to this beautiful place. And boy was that a good decision. Secret Bay surpassed everything that we have experienced on prior trips. The pictures do not do this place justice.

We stayed in the Zabuco honeymoon villa. The villa was gorgeous and contained everything and anything you could possibly need. We had our own private pool which we were enjoyed every day during our stay. A full kitchen, a large bedroom with a freestanding bathtub and two person shower. All the walls inside the villa are foldable if you want to let in a breeze off the water, which is another feature that makes Secret Bay so unique. Also, if you are feeling like a night in, there is a satellite TV and a bookshelf full of DVDs and books! One of the breathtaking features of the Zabuco Villa is the 180 degree ocean view. We were able to sit on our deck and watch the sun rise and set every night, which was absolutely beautiful.

Not only we were surrounded by beautiful landscape and a gorgeous villa but the staff at Secret Bay were top notch. Anna was a great help, she will plan day trips, dinners at local restaurants and coordinate your stay with a smile on her face the entire time. Our attendant Megan delivered unbelievable service, and let’s just say we never went hungry at Secret Bay. Amazing Amazing AMAZING food, anything from steak and potatoes, to lamp chop with stuff peppers, to homemade pineapple ice cream. Absolutely wonderful food!

Every day she would come and clean our villa, the place was spotless thanks to Megan. If you felt like getting out of the villa for a while there is a beach attached where you can take out kayak’s and snorkel gear at your leisure!

Everything about this place set it apart from typical resorts! We were a little nervous at the end of our stay for the food bill, considering we ate like royalty while we were there. But once again they do not disappoint, incredible food for 6 days at a very reasonable price! Secret Bay is by far the most beautiful place we have ever been. Everything about it was beyond 5 star service! If you’re planning a trip and want something a little different from the usual resort, Secret Bay is a place for you! Trust me it will be the best decision you will make!! We cannot wait to go back!!

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Stayed on: July 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Ester K
Country of Origin: Maryland, USA
Reviewed on: 01 July 2012

My husband and I chose Secret Bay for our honeymoon, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision ~ The Zabuco Villa was not available immediately following our wedding so we chose to wait two weeks until it became available – and it was definitely worth the wait.

We were greeted at the airport with waters and cool scented towels. Upon arriving to Secret Bay, they drove us right to the Villa and people were waiting to help us with our luggage. We were given a tour and fresh fruit juice. The villa was already stocked with fresh fruits, jams, banana chips, watermelon and pineapple sorbets, cocoa tea (make sure you try this!), lemongrass tea bundles, and local fresh juices (make sure to request an organic food basket prior to your arrival). Yum!

The Villa itself was amazing – the sheer size, the amazing views, duel-headed showers, a lovely bath, infinity pool, state-of-the-art kitchen…I could go on and on. The amenities were simply amazing.

Secret Beach, a short 5-minute kayak ride away- was ultra-private – and Gregor gave us a personal guided tour to the Secret Cave. The hotel offers kayaks and snorkelling gear for all their guests to use – the kayak ride to the secret beach is very scenic and peaceful.

The staff at Secret Bay is really what makes it such a special place. Everyone is so accommodating, and willing to help. Anna helped to organize our trip from the beginning, and she made sure that everything was taken care of. She also booked our excursions and made recommendations for us based on what we were looking for. I would highly recommend going with whatever Anna recommends – the excursions were definitely a highlight.

For most of our stay we had Dello as our go-to person for any needs – she was fantastic! The staff really cares about its guests – for example, the first day we ended up getting sunburns on our shoulders – the staff noticed, and we kind of laughed it off, not giving it much thought. The next day, without us saying anything, they bought sunburn cream for us, and it was waiting for us in the villa! Again, can’t stress enough what wonderful customer service Secret Bay offers. They go above-and-beyond to provide for their guests.

Another one of the many examples of the excellent staff and service: One morning when we were waiting for a bus to Roseau, Anna noticed that the bus was running late – she then called Gregor to drive us to our location personally! I can’t think of any other resort that would go so far to help their guests.

The only thing we had to worry about were mosquitoes – but this is to be expected – remember to bring bug spray.

The views from Zabuco Villa were spectacular – all around us there were wonderful views of the island. The infinity pool was simply awesome. The cooking service was so convenient – while there were restaurant options outside of the resort, we ate all but one meal at Secret Bay! We especially liked the grilled shrimp and chicken curry. You can ask for basically anything you want. I mentioned to Anna that I wanted fresh coconut water – the next day she was holding a huge bag of coconuts, which someone brought to our villa, and opened each one for us. Again, I cannot stress that the quality of the service is truly what makes Secret Bay stand above the rest.

Our honeymoon was relaxing and wonderful. I cannot thank Secret Bay and their staff enough for giving us a truly wonderful vacation.

Secret Bay felt like paradise – because it is!

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Stayed on: June 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: John H
Country of Origin: Canada
Reviewed on: 24 June 2012

(Note to reader: Rather than just lavishing praise I have attempted to provide real points of comparability between the Secret Bay experience and other higher end resorts available on Dominica.)

Perched atop a cliff overseeing sandy, secluded, Secret Beach, award-winning SecretBay has provided the greatest vacation I have had in my 62 years. After many trips to upscale resorts (“eco” and otherwise) throughout the Caribbean (including Mexico) Secret Bay is the best. I have had the pleasure of staying at other highly touted accommodations on Dominica. Though enjoyable, they are no match for Secret Bay under any category of comparison- location, physical structure of the accommodations, amenities, service.
Here’s why:

LOCATION
(a)    Some of best resorts on Dominica offer waterfront locations, Others provide great high altitude positioning for expansive views. Secret Bay provides both – high on a cliff above the Caribbean, yet with on-property sea-level accessibility to the sparkling waters and soft sand of Secret Beach.
(b) Unlike virtually every other quality resort on Dominica, Secret Bay is located on a very thin band of “rain-shadow” found only on the leeward (west) side of the island. This makes all the difference on an island known for its rainfall – up to 400 inches per year (!) – dropped over the windward (east) coast and inland (which creates the mountain and coastal rainforest that is Dominica’s main ecological attraction. As precipitation maps for the island show, this leaves very little rain left to fall on Secret Bay’s location on the North-west coast.
So, a stay at Secret Bay provides a more arid (non-humid) and sunnier micro-climate than stays elsewhere on the island. Enjoy the beach, the sun and the glowing sunsets at Secret Bay,
whilst having immediate access to the mountains and rainforest only (literally) minutes away.
(c) While at the airport for departure, my wife and I occasioned to meet a young man, a Ph.D. candidate from Canada, who has been based out of Dominica researching sperm whales and their movement patterns for several years. When he learned the location of Secret Bay on the island, he offered that it would be an ideal location for land-based whale-watching and suggested a viewing scope be considered at the resort. I have since put Gregor, Secret bay’s visionary and owner, in touch with this fellow and he is looking further into such a prospect.
(d) This is not a “hotel” with rooms or suites, nor is it a cluster of “lodges” next to one another. Our villa was an estimated 50 feet or more from our nearest neighbouring villa. There is a peacefulness that falls into place up on arrival. Guests respect that peacefulness without anything needing to be said. What do you hear? Waves lapping the shore below, rustling of leaves, a bird, a tree-frog. Or close up the hinged wall panels and hear nothing. What DON’T you hear? Any urban sounds, sales pitches for trinkets, power boats/jet skis, etc., etc.
(e) The privacy and beauty of Secret Beach, the rock sea arch, the sea-cave. See Secret Bay’s website photos. What you see is what you get.

ACCOMMODATION STRUCTURE
Secret Bay is the product of an eco-conscious vision brought to life with a collaboration of architectural and engineering design that remembers how beauty and function are linked.

Each villa and “bungalow” (Canadians think of a bungalow as one-level – Secret Bay’s are two levels, connected by a spiral staircase) is a separate building well-distanced from the others. It is constructed of a beautiful Guyanese hardwood, situated upon a concrete base which is itself held elevated above the cliff surface on a single concrete pedestal. This achieves the least possible interference with its surroundings, while adding to its vantage point for the views over the Caribbean. Outside, a deck a level below the villa projects seaward. The “honeymoon” villa has its own infinity pool at deck level; the two-bedroom villa has its own hot-tub imbedded into to the slope of the cliff. The upper level balcony is huge – it houses the dining room table and a separate lounge set. This balcony can be left entirely open or fully screened.

Inside, hardwood and cedar finishes are joined by the best in hi-tech kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, and furniture. The air-conditioning can be throughout, or compartmentalized by the use of hinged wood-framed glass wall sections that you move to position as you wish.

AMENITIES
The “luxury” in “eco-luxury” is everywhere: the built-in electronically-controlled fresh-grind coffee/cappuccino/espresso maker, the full fridge/freezer/ice-maker/cold water dispenser, the provided Kindle (which allowed me to keep up via the Toronto Globe and Mail), the touch on/off lamps, the sleek, spacious washroom with twin sinks, the comfortable beds in bedrooms appointed with flat screen TV/VCR. Eco doesn’t need to be spartan, and this certainly isn’t.

SERVICE
Gregor ,the owner, met us at the airport. In his vehicle we were given cool cloths to refresh our faces (another reviewer referred to having received hot cloths infused with almond – ours were cool – brought in a refrigeration unit in the vehicle). Arrival at Secret Bay included an introduction to staff, and a walk-through of the operation of the tech items in the villa. We found the fridge and cupboards stocked with the items ticked off on an on-line shopping list shortly after booking. Home-made guava jam, yoghurt and granola accompanied breakfasts we made ourselves (our choice) along with the provided eggs and bread for toast.

No en masse meal-taking at Secret Bay; each meal is a choice of making your own in your own kitchen with the stocked ingredients, or having staff prepare your meals either in your kitchen, or at the Secret Bay kitchen and brought to your table at a time of your choosing.

A sense of the owner’s down-to-earth style is typified by his response to our inquiry as to whether his home was nearby. “About a 20 minute swim”.

We were guided by Gregor on the provided kayaks from the shore at the mouth of the Cario River, (a small stream emptying into the Caribbean at the base of the property) around the point past a natural rock arch, to Secret Beach. Following Gregor’s lead I swam through the sea-cave to the other side of the point, then back around to my wife who was sunning on the beach. Alone.

We will be returning to Secret Bay this December for 10 days. And again and again after that.

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Stayed on: May 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Laurilib
Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 12 June 2012

Wonderful, relaxing trip to Secret Bay last week. My husband and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary and booked the Zabuco Villa. It is every bit as gorgeous in person as it is on the website photos and exceeded our expectations. We arrived at night and marveled at the beautiful  villa, but when we woke up at sunrise and saw the view…WOW! My hands-down favorite part of the villa was the open-air shower. The hot water combined with the cool ocean breeze was sensational. Also, the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. It is very peaceful and quiet there and most of the time we were alone at Secret Beach. Amazing. This should go without saying but if you are looking for a glitzy resort with bars and nightlife, this is not the place. We felt like we were at home but in a beautiful secluded setting with no responsibilities!

The staff is very friendly and Anna accommodates most anything you could need. The food was great, we just told them to prepare us local dishes every day and it was all delicious, especially the desserts! They do run a bit on “island time”, if you tell them a time for a meal, they will probably run a little late. This didn’t bother us because it was a very laid-back vacation, but if you want things on the dot, you might specifically request that. We also did not care to do the couples yoga session that was included in our package and they substituted a massage on the upstairs deck which was fantastic!

Dominica as a whole is very affordable and beautiful. We bought a weekly site pass for $12 US per person that allows you entrance to basically every attraction on the island. We went to several of them in one day with a driver arranged by Anna. We visited Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, Titou Gorge (an absolute MUST) and snorkeled at Champagne Beach. We also did the Indian River boat tour on another day. It is so non-touristy, we were usually the only people there or one of just a few, which was nice. I would not recommend renting a vehicle as suggested by another reviewer. Nothing seemed to be marked, many attractions were off the beaten path, and I am sure we never would have found the places we were going to on our own!

We definitely would love to return to Secret Bay, I just hope that with all the success and accolades they have been getting, we will be able to get reservations again!

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Stayed on: June 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Vincent P
Country of Origin: London
Reviewed on: 18 April 2012

We stayed at Secret Bay for 10 nights in March 2012, 9 in the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa and 1 night in the Ti-Fey bungalow.

Everything, and I mean everything about this place is amazing. Gregor the owner picked us up at the airport and we arrived in the evening where a very nice home cooked dinner awaited us.

Zabuco is massive – one could easily live in it permanently. The bedroom has a wonderfully large and comfortable bed and you have a free-standing bath tub facing West if you fancy having a bath whilst watching the sunset. You will also find a double shower that can open up to the outside so that you have the view and the fresh air. The air conditioning unit is very good and has a quiet setting for night time

The second room is the living room and an open plan kitchen (Siemens appliances with all the mod cons you want, including an espresso/coffee maker, fridge/freezer combination and ice cube machine. All very spacious with windows all around.

The highlight for us was the massive veranda and we only discovered its full magic the first morning in daylight: 180 degrees views over the Carribbean Sea and Portsmouth… and at night a magical ceiling of stars. We spent most of the time we were home (it did feel like that) on that veranda as it has very comfy sofas and the big dining table where we had all our meals.

Talking about meals: The villa comes with a cooking service that is excellent. Just tell Anna (more about her later) when you would like to have breakfast, lunch or dinner and what you fancy and they will dish up truly delicious meals. We opted for local dishes every time and loved it.

You also have access to free kayaks, snorkeling gear and other kit to make the most of their two beaches, Ti-Bay and Secret Bay which you can only access by kayak or swimming there. Snorkelling around Secret Bay is good and especially the coral life is great (for the best snorkelling take a trip South to Champagne Beach and La Soufriere).

So the accommodation and location is very special but what made our stay outstanding was the service and the personal attention by Anna, who is managing Secret Bay, Gregor, the owner and the entire staff. They are there for your well-being 24/7! At the beginning you get a local mobile phone you could use anywhere on the island for free and the numbers of all staff and especially Anna and Gregor are programmed and they urge you to make use of it whenever you feel like it. And they are not just saying that, they mean it! I have never experienced anything like it.

Anna is also organising anything your heart desires – from trips or personal guides to restaurant reservations or whatever you can think of. She is also great with her personal tips for bars, restaurants or excursions. The best example I can give is that she recommended a local shack on the beach in Portsmouth that is her personal favourite, called Monty’s. And Monty’s provides you with a truly authentic and happiness-inducing Dominican experience: He grills his fish and provides a few simple accompaniments and it is mouth-wateringly tasty. He is also doing his own rum punch (a MUST to try) and we had such a perfect evening that when we returned, were sitting on the veranda, gazing into the stars I thought life could not get much better than this… and spontaneously proposed to my girlfriend there and then. And she said YES! So we have Anna and Monty to thank for that.

Later in our stay we also wanted to make use of the downstairs pool area with a grill. So Rose, one of their amazing cooks, prepared a fish and chicken local BBQ for us and I asked Anna to make this dinner special and romantic… and boy did she deliver! Not only did the place look romantic with all the candles but she also hired two very nice local girls who sang and danced for us in honor of our engagement… and when we returned to bed she secretly covered it in flower petals. This sums it up: Everyone goes out of their way to make your stay truly unforgettable and everyone does it with a big smile as if it was their hobby and not their job.

I could go on and on with these praises but I think everyone got the picture by now.

We want to come back as soon as possible and we also promised to come back for our 10th wedding anniversary!

Thanks Anna, Gregor, Rose and everyone at Secret Bay for the best holiday ever! We miss you!

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Stayed on: March 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Mary Ellen L
Country of Origin: New York -USA
Reviewed on: 14 April 2012

Our 5 night stay in Zabuco Villa was an overdue get-away; it had been too long since we had left the children behind and treated ourselves to a rest. The visit from start to finish exceeded our already high expectations. Browse through all of the reviews to catch the universal high praise for Secret Bay. I agree with the: compliments to Gregor for his creativity and thoughtfulness in creating such a magical environment, praise of Anna for her dedication to meeting all of a guest’s needs without being intrusive, kudos to Rose for transforming local ingredients into 5 star mouth-watering dishes, hats off to Cornell for his equipping guests with kayaks, snorkel gear, water booties, whatever is needed.

We had expected to avail ourselves of the many activities Anna was willing to organize. However, it was soon obvious to us that the deep refreshment offered by the serene views from 3 sides, the warm breezes flowing through the many screened windows and walls which open and close easily to suit, the comfortable seating on the deck, the lounging in the interior living area, the warmth of wooden construction, a soaking tub, the private pool, easy access to the beach, the availability of a kayak and snorkel gear with a moment’s notice was just what we needed to have our batteries re-charged.

Anna showed us the discrete banner to drop over the stairs to alert staff we were in private-mode. The housekeeping staff swept in whenever we left to enjoy swimming and snorkelling. We developed a little routine of speaking with Anna in the late morning to let her know what we needed. She kept us in full supply of fresh fruit and juices and simple lunch supplies. We’d let her know when we wanted dinner and right on cue, Rose would bring a tray of four or five specialties in containers for us to serve ourselves.

Had we not been so desperate for alone time, any of the Secret Bay staff (and Gregor, the owner) would have made great conversation partners. Gregor and Anna have set the standard for guest services that are uniquely intuitive; all of the staff read the cues and chatted or retreated as was appropriate.

One night, Anna arranged for a taxi to come pick us up to go to the Iguana Cafe. Gregor had pointed it out on the drive in from the airport. Gregor, by the way, was an extraordinary driver, probably going a little slower than needed, but we escaped any motion sickness on the windy hour long drive from the airport. We were grateful for the recommendation; the cafe, really a tiny-almost-shack on the side of the beach in Portsmouth, seated 8 people or so on picnic tables. We were the only ones there and the food was outstanding…even worth missing a night of scrumptious food at Secret Bay.

Part way through our trip, I briefly considered that all of the specialized service, the grocery runs, the can-we-have-some-ice-cream?, was likely creating many add-ons to our bill. Not so. The final bill was exactly as stated up front with a very modest charge for the grocery items.

We were looking for a nature experience with comfort. What we got, exceeded our brightest hopes and created full memory banks to take us through the year ahead. It would be a dream-come-true to be able to return to Secret Bay. Thanks, Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: March 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Courtney C
Country of Origin: Germany
Reviewed on: 23 March 2012

My husband and I visited Secret Bay for our honeymoon in March. From the moment we were greeted at the airport with cool towels and bottled water to our last lunch at an amazing restaurant recommended and booked by Anastasia, we were impressed with this gorgeous property, but even more so with its people.

We stayed in Zabuco, the honeymoon villa, which had breathtaking 270-degree views. To the north – other Caribbean islands, to the east – Portsmouth and Ti-Bay Beach, and to the west – Secret Beach. The open-concept layout and dark wood architecture integrate the villa well into its natural surroundings and add to the “treehouse” feel. We loved the deck areas, and even when indoors, you felt the outside coming in. I loved cooking breakfast in the kitchen surrounded by huge windows with fantastic views. The welcome basket included fresh-from-the-kitchen food items like yogurt, sorbet, and jam that had not even yet set, frozen, or cooled, respectively. Inside the villa, we loved the large two-head shower, the DVD collection for our couple rainy days, and especially the espresso machine.

We regularly walked down to Ti-Bay Beach to pick up a kayak and equipment that had been set up for us by security when we called from our cell phone 10 minutes earlier. We enjoyed kayaking over to Secret Beach and were usually the only ones there. Of course, it may become less and less secret as this property continues to turn heads.

Anna always went out of her way to coordinate taxi transportation, book restaurants, and recommend activities. The cell phone provided by the resort was probably the best service. Anna was always available on speed dial, ready to answer questions or act on a request. The owner, Gregor, was very friendly and refreshingly laid-back, and you can tell the property is absolutely a labor of love. All staff members were incredibly friendly. The security guards (a nice perk) were helpful, Rosa cooked many of our amazing meals and delivered them to our door, piping hot.

Secret Bay was the perfect choice for my husband and me. It had the intimacy of a B&B, the privacy of a vacation rental, and the service of a high-end resort without the “corporateness.” It is unfussy luxury. I highly recommend this property and hope to return in the future to see what Gregor has in store next. Thank you to everyone at Secret Bay for making our honeymoon so special!

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Stayed on: March 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Ron N
Country of Origin: Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed on: 24 November 2011

Okay, let’s roll out the gushy descriptors: private paradise; tropical heaven; pampered luxury; romantic hideaway, etc. But, in this case, all of these overworked superlatives play marvelously to describe this small resort on the northwest coast of Dominica.

Secret Bay, with its four seaside villas, had been open less than five months when we decided that it might be what we were looking for on Dominica. We were a little skeptical that not one critical review had appeared in print –all the comments on this site were five star, and the travel writers (Travel&Leisure, and New York Times) were equally enthusiastic. Nevertheless, we decided to take a leap of faith and pay the sizeable amount required for a week’s stay in their signature unit, the “Honeymoon” Zabuco villa.

And after soaking up the special ambience and guest pampering at Secret Bay for a week and a half, (we extended after our first hour on the property) my wife and I both add our voices to the chorus of praise for this special place.

The villas are discreetly arranged in a forested grove on a high bluff overlooking the Caribbean. All are finished impeccably and constructed of South American hardwood that should last well into the next century with ease.

Our unit —more like a house at nearly 1700 square feet – sat on the promontory of the property like a luxury lighthouse; the view from the gigantic deck spanned 180 degrees, and you captured spectacular vistas of sail boats and nearby Portsmouth from anywhere in the structure – even from the master bedroom shower when you opened the sliding outer wall to gaze down upon the sheltered cove below.

Owners Gregor and Sandra have assembled a staff that defines personalized service. Upon arrival we were given a cell phone with all their private numbers (including the owners) and told to call anytime, day or night. Anna, the “concierge”, is probably the most attentive and warm human being to fill this job that I have come across – she truly is a marvel. She will arrange day trips, hikes – try the gruelling Boiling Lake trek if you’re fit – restaurant bookings, car rentals or anything else you might dream up. Her favourite saying was “you have my undivided attention until you are happy.”

Privacy is a dominant theme of Secret Bay. You can access on-site chefs who will custom cook all your meals for you (including my wife’s gluten-free diet) at whatever time you want, or stock your kitchen for self-catering (with no mark-up!) There was even a red flag on the side of our villa that could be lowered to indicate your desire for total privacy – evidently one couple left it down for nearly three straight days, causing some anxiety for staff who nevertheless honored the signal.

Gregor was born in Dominica, and brought his wife and family back after years abroad to fulfil his vision of building an “eco-luxury” property that merged high quality, environmentally-sensitive practices, and community engagement. He is passionate about his masterpiece, designed by his Venezuelan architect father-in-law, and will walk you around the entire property to describe its history and construction. So far, glowing reviews and media accolades have been plentiful enough that success should be guaranteed. (Gregor has plans to sell fractional ownership shares in future villas, so the current cabanas are technically show suites). But he still has some risk: Dominica and the resort are somewhat removed from the typical Caribbean holiday circuit, and are geared toward privacy-seeking nature lovers who appreciate cultural authenticity and aren’t concerned about a lack of nightlife, white sand beaches and shopping opportunities.

Since we came looking for this type of natural island experience, Secret Bay turned out to be one of the most magical places we’ve stayed at in more than 30 years of global travel.

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Stayed on: November 2011

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Deborah C
Country of Origin: Venezuela
Reviewed on: 16 November 2011

Secret Bay is the most amazing place that I have ever been in my life. It is simply paradise.

There are two beaches with turquoise water and coral reefs for great snorkelling. My husband and I enjoyed wandering out on Kayaks and exploring other nearby bays and beaches. Hotel owner Sandra took us to Secret Beach by Kayak for the first time, which was great, and after that we went back many times ourselves. There is a sea cave there that I was a bit nervous to go into, but my husband ventured in and thought it was very special.

Every day we enjoyed wonderful home cooked meals prepared by the amazing and friendly staff. We loved the taste of their delicious Caribbean dishes – coconut pumpkin soup, yam pie, creole shrimp, passion fruit sorbet. I discovered a ground vegetable called dasheen that I never had before, and tasted cold teas made from lemon grass and citronella growing on the property.

We spent 5 adventure-filled days and romantic nights at the Zabuco Honeymoon villa. The villa is a work of art and is perfect for anyone who wants the luxury of space and time while at the same time being very close to nature. As an artist, I was fascinated by how stylish, modern and well appointed the villa was, while still being minimalistic and Caribbean in terms of the architecture. In the short time we were there our only regret was not exploring Dominica more, but we just didn’t want to leave Zabuco! We have already made plans to return next year. This is a very special place.

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Stayed on: November 2011

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Sirshan
Country of Origin: California, USA
Reviewed on: 06 November 2011

When my wife told me we were going to Dominica for vacation, I honestly didn’t know much about the place and was a bit skeptical about going. Of course, as the time passed and we were packing up, I was a little bit more excited, but wasn’t sure what to expect since many of our trips were places I had some knowledge about….Secret Bay Dominica…WOW!

I can’t explain in words how beautiful this place is. From the staff, owners, to people on the Island…it was just an amazing experience and one I love to share with friends and family. Secret Bay is simply one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. We were able to stay in both the Bungalow for a couple days and then to the Zabuco Villa for the next few days until we had to leave.

Everything about Secret Bay was amazing…the layout, its location, the views, the water, etc…everything was just perfect. I must say that the architecture of the buildings was amazing…such a unique and luxury feel to both layouts. Everything you need is available for you and no reason to need anything more. From our arrival – start to finish, everything we wanted to have as far as snacks, food, and accommodations for anything was just a phone call away if we didn’t already have it (a cell phone provided to each suite for you to use while there – amazing).

I read all the reviews here and just have to agree with every one of them – Secret Bay gets its rating because it actually is one of those few that can meet the ratings and it shows. For the most part, we were sooo amazed by the Zabuco Villa that we were completely happy just hanging out at the Villa all day. Kayaks are readily available to take a quick trip to the private beach and bikes are available upon request to take a quick bike ride to town.

If you are looking for a top notch place to stay in Dominica, Secret Bay is a MUST. When we travel back to the West Indies, Dominica would be a definite stop…even if it was for a day or two. I definitely enjoyed every bit of our stay and thank the entire staff at Secret Bay for everything.

By the way…the food was amazing. It was nice to not think about what we were going to eat every day and the cooks pretty much served as they pleased. We are not picky eaters, so we just told them to surprise us each meal as we were confident that everything would be amazing…and it was. Kitchens are fully functional and we did however make it feel like home by going to the Supermarket and buying some food to cook for some of the meals we had.

THANKS AGAIN SECRET BAY FOR EVERYTHING. We look forward to visiting again in the future.

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Stayed on: October 2011

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: SMH27
Country of Origin: USA
Reviewed on: 10 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at Secret Bay Resort for our 5th year wedding anniversary and we could not have picked a better resort in all of the Caribbean! The moment we arrived, we were swept away with the scenery in and around the resort. The grounds were beautifully maintained with bright and colorful flowers and plants all around. The luxurious villas and bungalows were all set amongst the trees that it offered a true sense of privacy.

The resort has two beaches, one with black sand (Ti-Bay beach) and one with white sand (Secret Beach) that is at your disposal to explore. We truly felt like these two beaches were all ours the week we were there! We especially were enamoured with the scenery, privacy and serenity that Secret Beach offered as we often were the only ones on the beach!! It had clear and calm Caribbean waters along with terrific spots for snorkelling and a secret cave for exploring that was like nothing else we had ever experienced! The Secret Beach was a short and very scenic kayak trip just a few minutes from the shores of Ti-Bay Beach.

We had the luck of booking the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa, which was simply amazing! It had a 180 degree view of the Caribbean sea on one side, while the other side had dramatic views of the rainforest in the distance, which was breathtaking. The villa was set atop the cliff right next to the ocean and had unsurpassed views of the sunset each evening. The Villa was chock full of luxurious amenities, but all the while maintaining a very natural and comfortable feel to it. We especially loved showering in the state of the art open-air shower, which had a door that you could slide open to have the Caribbean breeze blow through as you showered – each shower was such an amazing experience – nowhere else have we been able to shower with the view of the ocean and waves below us, the cliffs of Ti-Bay beach in front of us, and the vistas of the lush tropical rainforest behind us – it is one that everyone needs to experience, for sure!!

The bedroom has a comfortable bathtub that faces west, so we soaked in beautiful sunsets while basking in the warm bubble baths. There is an air conditioner in the bedroom, so we slept comfortably at night and woke up refreshed every morning to the unbelievable panoramic view of the sea. Below the main floor of the villa is your very own infinity pool with lounge chairs, tables and even a super luxurious hammock to relax in while taking in the amazing views all around you. I could go on and on about the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa!

But, the other gem about Secret Bay Resort, besides their beaches and villas, are the WONDERFUL staff that work there! We had the luxury of having a cook for the week in our villa and absolutely loved every meal we had! We were really spoiled all week as they cooked breakfast and dinners, per our request! We even had a cooking lesson for lunch one day, and learned to make a yam pie, creole baked chicken, fresh dasheen chips and banana coconut chocolate chip brownies. It was such a fun and neat learning experience!! Delicious!! We also enjoyed the fresh organic fruit juices along with fresh coconuts that were given to us by the awesome staff – thanks again, Rose, Dello, Megan and Paul!

In terms of excursions, Anna, from the beginning to the end, was simply amazing! She was so dedicated to making our stay at the resort and on the island of Dominica memorable, that she was always checking in on us, to make sure we had everything ready to go the night before an excursion or trip outside of the resort. Thanks to Anna, we were able to go on a waterfall madness day of hikes to some of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island. She also also made reservations and arranged transportation to a couple of dinners at local restaurants on the island. We went to Sunset Bay Restaurant our last night for lobster, and absolutely loved it! This restaurant is a must on the island of Dominica!! We also took a romantic trip down the Indian River, and went scuba diving as a couple for the first time with Cabrits Dive Center – all arranged by the wonderful Anna.

The added personal touch we also wanted to mention was the joy of meeting Sandra (she and her husband, Gregor, own Secret Bay) at the airport, who had cold lavender scented hand-towels, crisp cold water bottles and white umbrellas all ready to go right after we got through customs and outside of the little airport. For our departure from the resort, Gregor personally drove us back, and it was neat to learn more about the island and the history of Secret Bay Resort and their future plans. They are both such warm, friendly and welcoming people who are very passionate about making your stay a memorable, once in a lifetime experience.

We have not been able to stop talking about Secret Bay Resort, the people who work there, and the unforgettable adventures we had! This is a true gem that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime!!!!!

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Stayed on: September 2011

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: HoloBoss
Country of Origin: Canada
Reviewed on: 03 July 2011

We visit the Caribbean region regularly for the last few years, and one of our favourite islands is Dominica, with its unspoilt nature and friendly people.

This time we decided to try the new Secret Bay resort. It is very new, and not much of other information other than their web site and local people’s comments were available – but it sounded attractive.

But nothing prepared us for such marvel! We were stunned to see it’s absolutely amazing location combined with truly unique, luxury concept of the whole establishment. Designed in simplistic zen-like style, but with amazing quality of finish and detail, buildings are equipped with the most modern furnishings and appliances. But it is done in such unobtrusive way that you feel being super-close to nature, while accessing all comfort you may possibly need while on holiday or honeymoon.

Views are simply stunning as the place is located on a cliff over Caribbean Sea. Two beaches within quick reach offer one of the finest swimming and snorkelling experiences we know, with their beautiful sand, coral and a mysterious cave you can swim into. As the whole resort is rather small, it adds to the sense of total privacy. I never swam before in such magical place.

It is so secluded and so private that it makes your total private paradise. Service is excellent, and owners – a charming, artistic couple, make the place really welcoming and unique.

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Stayed on: June 2011

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: HappyDoctor
Country of Origin: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Reviewed on: 20 December 2015

Will definitely return to this magical place. Incredible birthday trip with a group of 12. All requests met with a “no problem”! Delightful host, drivers, staff and room attendants. Most beautiful architecture. High end kitchen fixtures. Shower that opens to outdoors! Food was spectacular! We custom ordered each meal and had a cooking class. They planned a special birthday celebration surprise with food and music. Best service I have ever received. The staff attends to all of your needs. Beautiful location, just perfect!
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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jbedwards1
Country of Origin: Ohio, USA
Reviewed on: 11 April 2016

My family of four just got back from our stay in Dominica at Secret Bay. What an absolutely beautiful place. Our family has traveled all over the world and this place is definitely at the top. Dominica itself is unspoiled beautiful nature island not touristy at all. And Secret Bay over the moon beautiful. Everything is top end. No details are left out. Beautiful views, pool and plenty of space. And the service could not be better. Everyone of the staff super sweet and ready to attend to any need or whim we had. My kids (13 and 19) are very picky eaters and every request they made was filled without hesitation. The kids were thrilled as were my husband and I. I fell ill one day and the staff went above and beyond to attend to me. All you have to do is ask about an excursion and all arrangements are taken care of. We went whale watching which was amazing. If you like to be off the beaten path in luxury that is not pretentious…look no further.

 

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Stayed on: March 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jldenooyer
Country of Origin: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Reviewed on: 31 December 2015

My wife and I have spent the last week with our family at Secret Bay in Dominica. We wanted a place where we could be together as a family to just hang out and relax. We have had a fabulous time and have not been disappointed. The resort is beautiful and very private- situated on a cliff above two beaches. The views from our villa overlooking the bay are amazing. The staff has been terrific too – accommodating our every need. They all have been warm and gracious to us. The Event Coordinator Anthea has done an exceptional job as well, helping us to plan activities and meals as well as all of our transportation needs. She has definitely gone above and beyond for us! We would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a special get away!
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Stayed on: December 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jim M
Country of Origin: New York City, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 2 February 2015

I have stayed in many of the finest resorts in the world and love to travel and to immerse myself into nature and hiking. If you want to be in nature, and stay in a spectacular first class resort, Secret Bay is your place. By far one of the best experiences of my extensive travels around the world. What sets Secret Bay apart from most resorts is not only the true peace, tranquility, and privacy of the resort but 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.

Every villa comes with a personal attendant, likewise the cooks will literally make you anything you desire and the food is amazing. The activity director and concierge will be able to organize and guide you towards any activity you desire.

The General Manager is one of a kind (kind of a miracle man). Let me explain. My first day at Secret Bay I set out to hike the highest peak in Dominica (Mt. Diablotin). Unfortunately on my way to the hike I ran off the road into a ditch and got stuck and no way to get out. Semi-freaking out I pulled out my Secret Bay I-phone (which they provide to all guests for communication purposes) and called Marvin, the General manager. He was cool and calm, asked me if I was okay and said he would be there in 20 minutes. Sure enough he and the Secret Bay driver Gabriel were with me in 20 minutes. Marvin surveyed the situation and said don’t worry I will take care of everything. He asked me if I still wanted to do my hike and I said sure but what about my car in the ditch. Again he said don’t worry I will take care of it. I said okay and he had Gabriel take me to the trail head and instructed me to call him on the I-phone when I reached the summit safely and coordinate a time to pick me up when done. So I went on my amazing rugged hike came off the trail tired and muddy and Gabriel was there waiting for me. He told me my car had been towed out, fully washed and cleaned and waiting for me back at Secret Bay. Needless to say I was stunned, but sure enough it was true. Went back to Secret Bay enjoyed my tasty dinner and rested peacefully in my beautiful Villa. If that was not enough, the next morning I was preparing to leave on another hiking adventure and noticed I had a flat tire from some mud and sticks that got caught in the wheel. What to do? Called Marvin, his response of course was don’t worry about it. He said I will take care of it. So I went back to my Villa had breakfast, took a walk on the beach and an hour later my flat was changed out and the tire had been taken into town repaired and back in the spare rack of my SUV. Again, I was stunned and enjoyed another full day of hiking. So, I say again if you want a resort where every little or big need you may have is met, Secret bay is like no other.

If you love Nature and want to disconnect from the world for a little bit and have a vacation of a lifetime, put Secret Bay on your travel schedule. I look forward to another stay at Secret Bay, not just because of the amazing resort but this Nature Island Dominica is an amazing destination for the Eco-traveller.

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Stayed on: January 2015

 

 

 

 

Zabuco Honeymoon Villa II

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: milweegraves
Country of Origin: Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed on: 8 August 2016

My wife and I recently returned from our week long honeymoon at Secret Bay. Without a doubt we will be making a return trip to Dominica and Secret Bay when the opportunity presents itself. We found Secret Bay via some crafty internet research. Knowing we only had a week for our honeymoon we concentrated on the Caribbean to maximize our time on vacation. We originally gravitated towards St. Lucia but almost half the people we know have honeymooned there or a similar, more frequently traveled island with all-inclusive packages, gates, and crowds. Seeking a path less traveled we landed on Dominica after studying a map and reading up on the ‘nature island’. Secret Bay becomes the obvious choice once you read the reviews, learn of the rankings/awards, and look at the pictures!!

We spent the week in Zabuco II honeymoon villa. We were able to view I and III while there and each has it’s own unique view of Cabrits National Park, the sea, and sunset. Zabuco II is probably the most ‘tucked in’ among the honeymoon villas giving it a tree house feel. Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by Gilbert and a beautiful sunset drive to Secret Bay filled with great stories, local knowledge, and Kubuli Beer and fruit snacks. The staff was just incredible from start to finish (literally- Rowrey’s Taxi waited with us at airport to make sure we got through security without a hassle!).

So, let me begin by saying that the pictures of the property and villa’s do it no justice. It’s way better than we could have expected. We arrived to a stocked fridge and dinner on the front porch. Marvin, the concierge, and our room attendant, Megan, went above and beyond to accommodate any needs and plan our week (you can schedule stuff in advance, but we were able to plan our entire week with Marvin over coffee our first morning there, which I recommend).

Secret Bay provided us a with a cell phone to communicate dinner, lunch orders, excursion planning/scheduling, and last minute needs. We were there during the off season so things were nice and quiet and the staff was incredibly attentive. My wife had a few bug bites and security drove to the store that evening to get calamine lotion, and this is just one example of their ability to go above and beyond.

Things we recommend: Yoga session on your deck, massage, canyoning, sunset sail, Indian River with Fire (guide), Syndicate nature trail, any and every waterfall you can see, Champagne reefs snorkeling. There were many activities that we will hit up on our next trip (boiling lake for example). Secret Bay has a boat that will pick you up to go snorkeling or riding around the bays, and there is always the opportunity to stand up paddle board or Kayak in and around the secret beach. The snorkeling is pretty good just around the hotel property. Devon (DG Tours) was our driver and guide to many of the waterfalls and hikes we did. His knowledge of the flora and fauna was incredible and we had a such a great time getting to know him during our excursions.

Our room attendant, Megan, made each day spontaneous when it came to our dinner/lunch location and daily surprises in our room. It was fun getting to know her and she had so many great stories and knowledge of the island and the food we were eating.

The food was just fantastic. Anything we had outside of the resort was good, but Secret Bay’s menu and variety each day is incredible. Every meal was stellar and on top of that the snacks and ABUNDANCE of fresh fruit were always on hand. The plantain chips and cookies were so good we ordered extras for the trip home! I honestly do not have anything bad to say about Dominica or Secret Bay. The people in Dominica are incredibly friendly, so positive, and the island is very, very safe. Dominica is beyond beautiful. Rainbows and ‘liquid sunshine’ every day. 365 rivers and countless waterfalls. Mountains for days. Because of it’s terrain and infrastructure, Dominica will remain largely undeveloped, which makes a visit to Secret Bay a truly unique and special experience.

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Stayed on: July 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jocelynwanderlust
Country of Origin: San Jose, California, USA
Reviewed on: 25 December 2015

My husband and I went to Dominica for the first time on our honeymoon this last May and stayed at Secret Bay. The accommodations were better than we expected – gorgeous, big, private, and tastefully decorated. We had all of our needs attended to and ate amazing food for every meal. The staff was friendly, respectful to our privacy, and attentive. They organized all of our extracurricular activities to include a hike to Victoria Falls and Sari Sari, snorkeling, sailing, a riverboat cruise, yoga, massages, and a romantic dinner (although every night was a romantic dinner). We would come back to Secret Bay in a heartbeat as we have NEVER been so relaxed on a vacation in our entire lives. If you’re looking for privacy (they can also direct you to social activities if this is interesting to you!), intimacy, great food, beautiful and tasteful accommodations on a gorgeous island with lots to do, look no more – this place is for you!

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Stayed on: May 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: t0bz1
Country of Origin: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Reviewed on: 17 May 2016

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Secret Bay about a month ago and we could not have imagined anything better. From the moment that we were picked up at the airport, we were treated by the Secret Bay staff as if we were the only guests they had to wait on. We stayed in Zabuco II and just walking into the Villa took our breath away. The layout of the resort is amazing, it’s very private with picturesque views everywhere. The staff helped us setup multiple excursions which were also amazing. The island is beautiful and full of culture. Everyone that we encountered while on Dominica was extremely friendly.

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Stayed on: April 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Douglas E
Country of Origin: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Reviewed on: 22 November 2015

A hidden gem tucked away on the Island of Dominica. Can’t say enough words of praise for the accommodation, staff and owner of Secret Bay. Our 8 day stay exceeded our wildest expectations. Can’t wait to go back. Upon arrival we were greeting by the most friendly and accommodating staff that I have ever encountered in my years of travel.

Our Villa, along with its breathtaking view, left us speechless and not wanting to leave the serenity of our new home for the next week. The Villa design with select hardwoods and opening glass walls throughout, should be featured on the cover of Architectural Design. Usage of space and Eco design was impressive. The Kitchen was to die for! There was even a Weber Grill on the lower 3,000ft sq Deck if you desired to Barbeque.

My wife and I on our Honeymoon (2½ yrs overdue) would have waited another two years for the opportunity of this experience. We felt like two children in the home of “Life Styles of The Rich and Famous”! Couldn’t make up my mind whether to first play with the built-in Cappuccino Maker, or to slip into the Infinity Pool overlooking the Caribbean Ocean atop a 100 foot cliff.

The amenities, too many to list, were incomparably well above 5 Stars. The staff went out of their way with personalized service, to welcome us and to ensure that our stay was a memorable one. Their sincerity was for real, not a “put on” as with many popular resorts. We were even invited to attend their country’s Independence Day celebration where we partook in local dishes and dance. We exchanged email addresses, recipes and contact info with many staff members.

Another testament to personalized service was when my wife fell ill (dehydration) for 2 days. The owner of Secret Bay, Gregor, took time from his busy schedule to personally visit us twice at our Villa to offer assistance. The Staff doted on her with Herbal Tea’s and hydrating Coconut water. That, as my wife would say, “Spoke Volumes” for Secret Bay!

The Culinary Skills of Jemma, Head Chef and local hero winner of Iron Chef, never ceases to dazzle us with delicious Island dishes. She and her staff would accommodate us with whatever request we made. Our plans of dining outside the resort were dashed after a sampling a few of Jemma’s creations. The Staff arranged a Candlelight Romantic Dinner for us on the Lower Deck under the Moonlight Sky and Stars. Can you say, Unforgettable!

Our concierge, Anthea, arranged all of our numerous activities exhibiting a great deal of patience with us. We made a few last-minute changes of plan that would have bewildered most. She just smiled and accommodated us. “No Worries”! She minimized the stress of planning by offering suggestions and alternatives.

The property was surprisingly well maintained and impeccably landscaped despite the recent devastation of Hurricane Erica. Kayaking and snorkeling incredible thanks our Secret Bay guide. Can’t remember his name, Cool Guy!

Our arranged driver during the week was Rowey, a laid back patient man. We always ran late! He provided us with history, and insight into the culture of Dominica.

Our Villa Attendants, Megan and Sara Lee, probably still confused that we kept trying to help them with their services as we were not accustomed to being this pampered. They were fantastic in all aspects. Their work ethic combined with personality and dedication went above and beyond to make our stay a memorable one.

Lastly, The Front Office Staff, Anya and Ayeola made our trip possible by handling and assisting us with the many obstacles that we incurred arranging travel. You Guys are the Best! Gilbert our Transfer Specialist was the Bomb!

We highly recommend Secret Bay to our friends and family. We will definitely be back soon!
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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: t0bz1
Country of Origin: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Reviewed on: 17 May 2016

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Secret Bay about a month ago and we could not have imagined anything better. From the moment that we were picked up at the Airport, we were treated by the Secret Bay staff as if we were the only guests they had to wait on. We stayed in Zabuco II and just walking into the Villa took our breath away. The layout of the resort is amazing, it’s very private with picturesque views everywhere. The staff helped us setup multiple excursions which were also amazing. The island is beautiful and full of culture. Everyone that we encountered while on Dominica was extremely friendly.

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Stayed on: April 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lissa Warner
Country of Origin: Orlando, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 15 May 2016

 

My husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay a few weeks ago and it was amazing! This place is stunning, the beaches are beautiful! The room was amazing and a very romantic setting. We didn’t even really see any other guests the whole time we were there. We stayed in Zabuco II and it was beautiful. We did the night snorkeling there and we highly recommend it! Also, all of our excursions were set up by the hotel and they were amazing! We had a guide take us to some of the waterfall hikes and the boiling lake and we also did some beautiful scuba diving. The trip was amazing and this hotel is beautiful and a perfect honeymoon spot.

 

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jordan J
Reviewed on: 3 May 2016

Secret Bay is the nicest non-hotel we have stayed at. We stayed in Zabuco II for 7 nights and were beyond impressed with the house. It’s spacious and welcoming all at once with a great deck/balcony/porch (whatever you want to call it) on which we ate 100% of our meals that were brought to us nightly for dinner. We usually prepared our own breakfast and lunches as we preferred more privacy. But whatever you need can be procured by the wonderful staff and the food we selected before via questionnaire was waiting for us on arrival. The meals they prepare are great and we felt having our food made and brought to us added to the relaxing experience, rather than getting prepared and dressed to go out to dinner each night.

Zabuco II and from what we saw I and III are huge. We had our own little pool on the lower deck and we spent the lion’s share of our time in and around it. It really can’t be beat. Our view of the bay was gorgeous and we took time lapse video of 5 unique sunsets while we had dinner, relaxed, and talked.

The location seemed fine although the drive to get there is on a meandering road and it takes a while coming from DOM airport. We didn’t leave location via taxi much as all of our expeditions were by kayak or boat launched from Secret Bay’s beach. You have access to the beach, one right on property, one to the left which is private, and another larger one to the right which is public but not very crowded. The beaches aren’t your typical island paradise ones you might find in DR or Jamaica but we knew that given it’s a volcanic island. I think Coconut Beach might be nicer but we didn’t venture that way, so investigate that if you’re just dying for white sand and daiquiris.

Our service from Rosaline and Deslyn was phenomenal. It was top notch and we really liked them both. You can have as much or as little interaction with them as you like and there is a notification system in place to maintain privacy if you so wish. You get a cell phone through which most communication is done so they’re a call away with whatever you might want or whatever questions you might have. The service and the beautiful villa made the trip for us and also made the cost well worth it.

We wanted a low-key, private, non-touristy experience that is hard to find with the proliferation of all inclusive compounds throughout the Caribbean. It is a compound per se given it has private beaches and is fenced off, but nothing like the busy and obnoxious inclusive resorts you’ll find, well, everywhere. We didn’t want to be forced into a conga line with other couples or to be caught on some booze cruise that we’d have to tolerate for 4 hours. We got exactly what we wanted: secluded luxury with first-rate service.

It is difficult to explain just how nice the villa was. You have to see it to believe it, and all of the pictures of this place are accurate. We have stayed at places that weren’t the case but can say Secret Bay is exactly what it says it is. The bath is huge. The shower was cool. The kitchen amenities are some of the nicest we’ve seen (coffee maker is off the charts). The living room area is so spacious and beautiful.

There was one issue we had but want to say it is unrelated to Secret Bay in any way whatsoever. This is a travel tip. We gave all of our remaining cash to our wonderful driver, Gilbert (fare plus a good tip) and we didn’t know it but had to pay tax when leaving Dominica. This is on us as we should have known. It led to us almost missing the flight trying to figure it out but had some local help and were on our way. So make sure to have cash to leave (I believe $46 USD/115 ECD, google it). We let Secret Bay know in case we might have to stay an extra night and they sent three emails from three senior employees, including the owner apologizing for not making us aware, stating that is their common practice, and being extremely courteous. While it was my fault, their genuine concern and eagerness to help blew us away. Nobody does that anymore, but Secret Bay did.

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JackieOdm
Country of Origin: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Reviewed on: 15 February 2016

Just returned from a fabulous 5 night stay at Secret Bay…our first time there. My husband and I are always looking for a small, elegant, luxury, private resort and we found Secret Bay exceeded our expectations. We were met at the airport by Gilbert, a delightful, smiling driver. He took care of our luggage and we never handled it again. His exuberance about his homeland, Dominica, was infectious and we talked all the way to the resort which takes about an hour. The road from the airport to the resort was excellent. Gilbert offered us a cold, scented cloth to refresh ourselves…..it was heavenly after the flight and the heat. He also had cold water and snacks for us that were greatly appreciated…..plantain chips and dried fruit.

Once at the resort, we were met by Marvin, manager. He immediately took us to our villa…Zabuco II, a huge, beautiful villa with so many amenities: a full kitchen (stocked with food and drink based on a questionnaire we received before our arrival) with all Siemen’s appliances (side by side refrigerator…..loved the crushed ice, dishwasher, oven, espresso machine, gas stove top, combination washer/dryer and all the dishes, glassware and cooking utensils you could need.)

There is a huge, open, covered verandah where we spent a lot of time reading, listening to music and having snacks. The furniture was top of the line! The villa had 2 sets of folding doors across the villa so that the entire “4th wall” was entirely open to the wonderful breezes and gorgeous view of ocean and the Cabrits. Air-conditioning is available but absolutely unnecessary…….there are ceiling fans galore (7 total!) in the event the winds are calm.

The bedroom is very large with a king-sized platform bed and great pillows (the resort offers several types of pillows). There is a large his/hers closet with lots of room for your clothes and other items. The bathroom is at one end of the bedroom with a glass shower with multiple, luxurious shower heads, double vanity with under sink storage and a “water closet” for privacy.

All of the windows have screens and are easy to open which we did to allow the lovely breezes in. Below the villa is a large open area with a very unusual hammock and a private infinity pool. Although it is only 3-4 feet deep, I was able to do water aerobics.

The grounds are clean and well-maintained. The staff is excellent and intent on providing for your every need. The food was outstanding…..I loved the grilled Lionfish and my husband found the curried goat outstanding. We both loved the chocolate mousse. The food is served in your villa each evening. One night we journeyed into town and had dinner at the Purple Turtle.

I could go on and on but to sum the experience up….we will return!!! We have stayed in many small resorts in the Caribbean and have found Secret Bay to be our new favorite resort! We commend Gregor Nassief and his wife Sandra Vivas on the lovely resort and staff and for taking the time to ask our opinions. Kudos to Ayeola, Anthea, Gilbert, Marvin, Megan and Deslyn…..see you soon!

 

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Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: rshifman9397
Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Reviewed on: 10 February 2016

This place is amazing. The accommodations are spotless and luxurious. The staff is incredible, so polite, so accommodating. They go out of their way to customize your stay and make it unforgettable. The private chef is always there to create whatever your heart desires! The food is fresh, and delicious. The room is always kept clean and you never even see when they do it! It’s like magic. I would definitely recommend going there to experience this hideaway as you will feel that you are the only ones there and everything is centered around your needs! Awesome place, awesome people, awesome memories!

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Stayed on: January 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Angela T
Country of Origin: Isle of Man, UK
Reviewed on: 26 January 2016

Last year we read a review about Secret Bay and felt we just had to experience it ourselves. What an amazing place!! The accommodation is second to none all in private locations dotted amongst the trees. The staff did everything they good to make our stay one to remember and the meals were some of the best food we have every tasted! Liked the choice of where to have our meals – on our verandah, on the sunset deck, on the meditation deck or by the beach. Can’t wait to go there again!

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Stayed on: January 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Rena G
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on: 14 January 2017

Celebrating our 28th Anniversary at Secret Bay was exceptional in every sense. From the spectacular vistas overlooking the ocean and mountains, to the handcrafted and delicious food prepared for us and served by our gracious staff to enjoy in our amazing cottage- elegantly designed and furnished by the owner’s father-in-law. We were pampered, with dips in our own pool, had 2 amazing yoga classes on our deck as well as a massage and romantic anniversary dinner. We even had a picnic anniversary lunch delivered to Secret Beach. Secret Bay is elegant understated luxury at its best. Going back for sure!

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Stayed on: December 2016

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Logan B
Country of Origin: Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed on: 30 December 2015

My wife and I stayed at Secret Bay (Zabuco II Villa) for our honeymoon Dec 1-11. We could tell from looking at the website and the pictures beforehand that this place would be fantastic. We found out firsthand that pictures and reviews do this resort no justice. Our shuttle driver was waiting for us upon landing. He gave us complimentary local snacks and hot towels before giving us a nice tour of the island on the way to the resort. The driver drops you off right at your villa, no check-in desk. The concierge attendant was waiting at the villa for us. She went through all of the basics for the resort/villa. We booked all of our excursions through the concierge. They setup your excursions on days that the cruise ships are NOT at the island so it’s never busy when you go out! My wife and I went to a bunch of different waterfalls and were alone the entire time.

We met our villa attendant (Megan) the next day. She was in charge of taking care of us during our stay. She would call us every morning to setup the meals for the day. If you want to be surprised, like us, you can just tell her what kind of protein you want with your meal (beef, chicken, pork etc.) and they will cook you a random meal using that protein. Not once in our 10 day stay did we have a bad meal! The cooks deserve a huge pat on the back because my wife and I tend to be pretty fussy.

The weather was about +30 celsius every day. When it rained it would only come down for about 15-20mins and then the sun would come back out. To be honest the rain was pretty refreshing when it came. The island was hit by a hurricane earlier this year and if you travel to the southern part of the island you can see the damage that was done. It’s only certain areas of the island but the other 95% of the island is still unimaginably beautiful and lush with rain forest and mountains.

Everything from the minute we touched down in Dominica to the day we left was beyond expectations. We would go back in a heartbeat.
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Stayed on: December 2015

 


5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Emily P
Country of Origin: Houston, Texas, USA
Reviewed on: 19 November 2016

I spent a lot of time looking for a smaller Caribbean resort for our honeymoon, with privacy and the option to truly relax- Secret Bay met all expectations and then some. This place is a far cry from the crowded resorts and dry beaches of much of Mexico and other Caribbean islands. We fell in love with Dominica- the wild, unspoiled beauty of the island and the warmth of the people made our trip truly awesome! The resort is luxury and invites relaxation, but there is also plenty of activity to be had for the more adventurous traveler- We enjoyed snorkeling, beaching, hiking, guided sightseeing, and lots and lots of EATING. The food is superb- come hungry!

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Stayed on: November 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Erin H
Country of Origin: Arlington, Virginia
Reviewed on: 30 August 2015

My husband and I spent a wonderful week at Secret Bay in August. This resort is truly dedicated to making every guest’s experience perfect. I would compare the service here to a five star beach hotel anywhere else in the world. We had an amazing time and will be back.

Merlinda attended to every detail of our stay – from arranging pickup at the airport complete with chilled water and dried fruit to making sure our villa was pre-stocked with snacks when we arrived. Every villa also has an attendant dedicated to making sure your stay is great. Our attendants Bianca and Shermima prepared breakfast every morning, brought dinner in the evenings, and made sure to attend to little details (like a special dinner on the Sunset Deck for our anniversary).

We stayed in the Zabuco II and it was beautiful- my husband even commented that it was the first hotel we have stayed that was actually nicer in person than the pictures on the website suggested. The villas have everything you could think of – a fully stocked kitchen, books, DVDs, an iPhone pre-stocked with music and a great set of bluetooth speakers etc… The living room section of the villa can completely open up to the deck. The bedroom section of the villa was very expansive, and the bed was really comfortable. Another great thing is that the villas have washer/dryers. This may seem like a small thing, but it is amazing to go home without a suitcase full of dirty clothes! We loved the private pool and spent every evening swimming while drinking Secret Bay’s amazing rum punch (we miss the rum punch).

The property itself is incredible – every villa is very private and you will be tempted never to leave the villa. However, there are several decks throughout the property at different vantage points that are worth visiting. We also loved Secret Beach – it is a 5 minute kayak ride from the resort (they provide kayaks and dry bags) and it is lovely. The first time we went we had the entire beach to ourselves, and the next time there were other people from Secret Bay there. If you do go – check out the bat cave on the right side of the beach (the side with the arch).

We ate almost every meal at Secret Bay, and the food was incredible. There is a menu of sorts in the room, and you can tell your attendant exactly what you want or you can let them surprise you. We probably did about half and half – it was really fun to try new local foods, and there were some that we liked so much that we wanted to make sure we tried them again so we requested them.

Before our stay, Merlinda helped us plan activities, and they were all fantastic. We went whale watching and saw a dozen whales, scuba diving in champagne reef, hiked to Middleham and Trafalgar Falls and attempted lionfish hunting. All of the guides and service providers that Secret Bay recommended were very professional and knowledgeable- we felt like we were in good hands with Ryan and Rowie in particular! There is a lot to do in Dominica, so make sure you pick your most desired activities ahead of time – it would be easy to overextend yourself, and you want to make sure that you enjoy the beautiful property as well!

You can’t go wrong with a vacation to Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: August 2015

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cherane R
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 07 April 2015
Wow! What an amazingly incredible place. Picture perfect! We could not have wanted for a thing! The location is spectacular – we were in Zabuco II with our own private pool; fabulously furnished with a stunning view. Lunch and Dinner were prepared specifically for us – and we thoroughly enjoyed every meal. Our attendant Eudora was so welcoming and very helpful; actually all of the staff there are wonderful! Such a relaxing, rejuvenating time; I would do this again – in a flash! Take me back xox

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Stayed on: March 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lydia Sellers
Country of Origin:
Reviewed on: 28 December 2014

Unique and special in every way. We could not have chosen a better place to spend the first week of our marriage. A honeymoon that we will NEVER forget and will dream of for years. My husband and I loved everything from the BEAUTIFUL villa (Zabuco II) & amenities in our villa and the views of the Caribbean, to the personalized meals delivered to us each morning and night in our robes!!

We loved that we had the ability to customize any off site Dominican adventure we wished for or simply enjoy a day in our personal infinity pool or on the private beaches around Secret Bay. One of our favorite experiences was watching the sun set in the kayak we had borrowed one evening as we watched around 15 pelicans diving for their evening meal in the crystal clear Caribbean all around us. It was that moment when we knew we were right where we were supposed to be in the world.

The concept, the amenities, the service, the beauty, the friendliness of staff, and the experience of Secret Bay is unbeatable and one we have already recommended to many of our friends. Although, we want to keep this gem our “little secret.”

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Stayed on: November 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: D4nto
Country of Origin: New York -USA
Reviewed on: 07 December 2014

My wife and I originally chose Secret Bay for our honeymoon as it met our needs as both a luxury “resort” while also allowing us to enjoy the natural beauty of Dominica and not necessarily feel as disconnected as you a typical commercial resort a la Sandals. Not to say that the Sandals experience is lacking, but there is something about Secret Bay and the island it calls home that sets it apart from all other trips we have taken. I, myself, have been lucky enough to enjoy resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean and I must say that Secret Bay was without a doubt the best experience I have had and, to be frank, may ever have.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Gilbert and a batch of homemade cookies and dried fruits. An hour and fifteen minute drive went by quickly as Gilbert told us stories about the history of the island, stopped for photo ops, and even pointed out the home he grew up in. That last point is something to take note of – everyone we met made a point of showing us the pride they took in Dominica and the lives they lead therein. When we got to the resort we were whisked to our villa, Zabuco II, where we were acquainted with the amenities via our attendant Deslyn. Later in the week, Saralee rotated in for Deslyn and was an absolute pleasure to deal with as well. One evening we were also visited by Gregor, the owner of Secret Bay, who spent some time with us chatting about his history with the island and the resort.

The first day was spent walking around the property and relaxing in the villa. We enjoyed some of the homemade rum punch and cookies, chips and other snacks we requested. It should be noted you don’t need to request coffee as there is a Siemens coffee maker in the villas which is pre-loaded with coffee prior to arrival. Each day/night we were prepared three square meals and any snacks we requested. We tried to order dishes across the spectrum of foods they offered and were never disappointed. The food was wonderful! Our favorite dishes were the coffee rubbed steak, creole chicken, beer battered lion fish, cornmeal pancakes and the traditional Dominican breakfast. After a week’s stay, three meals a day, plus a few bottles of rum punch and other miscellaneous snacks, our food bill was only about $400 USD, which, when you think about it, is far cheaper than eating out 3 times a day for a week. If you happen to be staying on a Friday night, definitely check out The Champs which luckily is only about 5 minutes from the resort. The resident chef, Eric, from Secret Bay cooks as a guest there and makes quite the meal. It is very well priced considering the exchange rate, my wife got a 12-14 oz. filet mignon for about $55 USD.

We went on a number of excursions during our stay. The Middleham Falls hike is about 2 hours in total and anyone in average shape can handle it. After the Falls, we stopped by Screw’s Spa, which since it was not a cruise day, was very quiet and peaceful. Merlinda did advise us that they try to schedule excursions on days when no cruise ships are in port. Our driver always happened to be Louis, a great man who was also clearly well-liked by the locals. We also went to Fort Shirley and hiked the trails behind it. We also enjoyed the river boat cruise (Hey, Fire!) and the sunset sail with Captain Mark. One of the stand-out things about our stay involved the hike to Middleham wherein my wife twisted her ankle. When we got back to the resort, Merlinda had obtained a sports brace and voltaren gel to help soothe the pain. The staff also continued to follow up with us to make sure my wife was doing well and even, without our asking, went out and got a better, stiffer, brace for the remainder of our stay.

I should note that before we got to Dominica, we had spent a week in Jamaica at a different resort for our destination wedding. It gave us the opportunity to better juxtapose the different aims of both types resorts. Your typical commercial resort is buzzing with energy and things to do, however banal. Secrets, on the other hand, feels almost like a dream. At all times you’re surrounded by the sounds of the ocean, birds singing, wind rustled trees and nothing else, while in complete privacy. The time spent just taking everything in on the deck of our villa was far better than the miscellaneous activities, parties and general raucous of the resort we were in prior. As I stated above, there is just something special, unique, about the island. It’s a trip we’ll never forget, though most importantly, a trip we will certainly repeat in the future. For some, a stay in the villa may ask a few years of saving, or others, the price is an afterthought. Regardless, take the time to come here, you will never look at vacationing the same again.

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Stayed on: November 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: 7371
Country of Origin: Miami, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 02 September 2014

Stayed at Secret Bay for our anniversary and loved it. The service was incredible and Dominica is a beautiful island. The rooms/houses at Secret Bay are great. They did a wonderful job of incorporating them into the natural surroundings. We would wake up in the morning and open up all the doors and windows completely and you could hear a symphony of birds, the sound of the water and smell the fresh air. It really was a great place to unwind and get away for a few days. The food was very good. We went rapelling one day and really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.

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5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: CommodoreMike
Country of Origin: Maryland, USA
Reviewed on: 25 August 2014

We chose to spend our honeymoon at Secret Bay and loved every second of it. They picked us up from the airport with cold towels and fresh snacks in tow and from that point we never looked back. There is no real restaurant on site but every morning we phoned our meal preferences to our attendant and they took care of the rest. The food was hands down amazing and always good with a cold Kubuli! The staff was great about setting up our activities and they provided expert guides for everything off-site, we felt like we were always well-taken care of. The sites and views were all amazing and we couldn’t have imagined a better trip!

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: DosDragones
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 26 July 2014

Secret Bay is the perfect place to base yourself for a visit to the Nature Island. Anna was lovely and helpful with organizing our sightseeing. Zabuco II was expansive with a great view and complete privacy. Hiking, waterfalls, whale watching and fantastic birding with “Dr. Birdie” are just a short distance away.

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Stayed on: March 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: rendezvous
Country of Origin: Maryland, USA
Reviewed on: 11 July 2014

First the flight through the mountains of the “Nature Island” was breathtaking.

Secret bay is better experienced than described, we have travelled quite a bit and where we stay is a priority. Secret Bay exceeds expectation. It’s not your typical hotel, no front desk, no reception, just beautiful smiles and warm greetings from the staff when you arrive to your new home, although a temporary one.

The villa Zabuco 2 is spacious to say the least, warmed by wood walls, floors, decking, soaking pool and our gourmet kitchen with all the bells and whistles had the high style of homes seen on only the wealthy could have type reality TV shows. The two story design was 2 levels of luxury bliss, with sweeping views and seclusion and seamless effort of our attendant Bianca.

We arrived in late evening after traveling for 12 hours to a personal attendants Bianca and Meghan a chef prepared lobster dinner for two, the best dinner we had on the island. Later after dinner we waded in our private infinity pool under a star lit night, my soothing jazz from the Bose Bluetooth villa equipped sound system added the perfect atmosphere.

Properties of this quality comes with a cost but it’s worth it, great value, location, attention to detail, Anna and her team place high quality concierge at the top, helping to make it the best property on the island.

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Stayed on: June 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Yana H
Country of Origin: Dominica
Reviewed on: 22 June 2014

Turning 50 is a significant milestone that deserves celebrating. I continue to remember my 50th birthday which was a month long celebration. April 25th 2014 was my beautiful wife Nella’s 50th birthday. With few options of special things to do on Dominica that may create a life time memory, a weekend stay at the Secret Bay Resort dominated my ideas. I have functioned there as a guide since this amazing hotel opened its doors and staying there as a guest is something that I had always desired. A short phone call to Anna started the ball rolling, “No problem Dr. Birdy she remarked“, from there she confirmed our stay. Since it was a surprise to my wife I needed help, my daughter Yana did her part while I communicated with Anna at the Secret Bay. They arranged to have my wife transported from work with instruction that she was going to some other hotel, but the taxi driver pulled into the Secret Bay resort drive-way and advised her that he was making a brief stop. Anna calmly approached her and said would you like to see one of our rooms on the property? Well who would say no to such an offer! Together they arrived at the Zabuco 2. “Wow! This place is wonderful” she remarked. Anna then said, “Well, this is your room for the weekend”. Excitedly surprised, she told Anna, “My husband will be in trouble tonight”. I joined her where the kind of trouble that every man would dream of started. From there, the good times rolled until late Sunday evening.

Now we as locals really understand why the Secret Bay continues to win all those awards. The management and staff are very sweet and made us feel at home. Nothing was missing, great food, good wines and champagne, good coffee and an assortment of other beverages were at our disposal. The unit was spacious, very clean and relaxing. My wife and I have stayed at many hotels throughout our travels and even on Dominica; but the level of hospitality and class expressed by all we came in contact with at the Secret Bay was incomparable; it was real service, love and appreciation without hypocrisy.

As a nature lover I discovered that the habitat of dry land wood scrub created opportunity to view wild life from up close; some wonderful photos of the Magnificent Frigate Bird and Lesser Antillean Hummingbird and Iguanas were obtained during our relaxation moments and while overlooking the bay and the Cabrits national park in the distance. Interestingly, Dominica’s national flower, the Bwa Kwaibe (Sabinea Carinalis) was in full blossom, thus giving us the opportunity to spot 3 of Dominica’s hummingbird species.

Since we are not very deep sleepers, we were rather surprised at how well we had slept throughout the nights; this was testimony to the general ambiance, serene and relaxing mode set for the guests staying at the Secret Bay. My wife was truly thankful as she expressed her appreciation for the wonderful stay at the Resort. “It’s not about money, one can have a great vacation while staying in their country and feel like they’re on the other side of the world”, said my wife. A bubble bath with sparkling wine brought down the curtains on our stay; a time of our life we’ll continue to talk about for months to come. Surely, we highly recommend the Secret Bay to all who truly dream of a romantic and classy get-away and even to Dominicans. Thanks to Anna and her staff for making Nella’s 50th birthday a memorable experience.

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Stayed on: April 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Bim Girl
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 26 November 2013

We have just returned from our 3rd visit to Secret Bay. From the time we arrive there, we feel like we have come “home”! The staff  know us now and treat us like family which is a wonderful feeling. We stayed in Zabuco II this time and all I can say is “wow” what an amazing villa! It was a hard toss up for us as to whether to stay in the bungalow again or try the villa as I thought that the extra space would not make it as homey as the bungalows but I was wrong! I loved just sitting on the terrace staring across the bay to Fort Shirley every morning with a cup of coffee and in the evening with my glass of red wine, with freshly made hummus and plantain chips made right on property. The views are just incredible and mesmerising! Sitting on the villa pool terrace and soaking in the pool was also a favourite past time. The water is temperature controlled so it isn’t freezing which is a huge plus for me!!

This year we had Deslyn as our attendant, she is the sweetest girl and nothing is too much for her to do when you ask!

All in all, we would recommend Secret Bay 100% and we can’t wait to get back there, actually we wish we were still there! Keep up the good work everyone there!!
Bim Girl

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Stayed on: November 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: M0rgoth
Country of Origin: Philadelphia, USA
Reviewed on: 23 November 2013

My wife and I just returned from her birthday trip to Dominica, and it was the best vacation we have had. We were lucky enough to stay in Secret Bay, in the Zabuco II honeymoon villa, the best place on the island to relax and enjoy this tropical paradise.

We felt pampered from the moment we were picked up at the Melville Hall airport by Benny. Anna greeted us and took us to our villa, and arranged everything we needed to have a wonderful time – our hike with Bertrand Jon Baptiste (Dr. Birdy) through the Syndicate Rainforest, our day with Patrick to Roseau to shop, see the botanical gardens and a whale-watching boat ride, our sightseeing trip to Portsmouth, and our painting of the Sisserou parrot by Aaron Hamilton. Saralee and Deslyn made us comfortable every day, and Gemma and Josie made sure we had some of the best meals ever.

The website photos do not do Secret Bay justice, you really must experience it in person. Believe the other positive reviews, this place is amazing. Nowhere that I have stayed before made me say “Wow” upon walking in the door.

When I returned home, I was not surprised to read that Secret Bay was on the cover of T&L magazine, they have earned every good word written about them, you can really feel the commitment they have made to being the best.

My wife and I like to try new places, to go where we have never been, but Secret Bay is making us want to return to Dominica, soon.

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Stayed on: November 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Matthew M
Reviewed on: 26 February 2016

We stayed in Zabuco 2 and had the best vacation of our lives. We were celebrating a 45th birthday and had rented the entire resort amongst friends- from the moment we arrived the red carpet was rolled out and the staff were the most accommodating of anywhere I have ever had the pleasure of staying. Deslyn was our attendant and she’s a sweetheart! (Secret Bay, she definitely deserves a promotion!!) she was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and a true delight!

The villas were immaculate, absolutely gorgeous with no expense spared. If you’re looking for a vacation you’ll never forget, come here! I’m dreaming of when I’ll be able to visit next!

Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Rod H
Country of Origin: Miami, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 6 November 2015

We have traveled the world over and have never had as an amazing experience as we had at Secret Bay! The staff go WAY above and beyond to ensure that your stay is perfect, and the villas are impeccably gorgeous- they did not spare any expense to create these beauties! From the moment we arrived, the entire staff greeted us with open arms and gave us a tour of the property. Each of us (we were a group of 12, 6 couples) was assigned a villa attendant. Ours was Deslyn – she was nothing short of amazing. She made sure we were comfortable the entire week and even left special little surprises around the villa for us to discover. I know she wasn’t alone- each of the staff works together to tell each other likes and dislikes of the guests to tailor each person’s experience to what they desire. The amount of hard work that went into our stay was incredible – absolutely incredible! This was by far one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken… And that’s saying quite a bit. There’s something to be said when the owner of a resort makes a special trip to introduce himself to his guests, the staff became a second family, and the overall experience was just. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I can’t say enough good things about this place…. It’s truly a special little secret place, a “Secret Bay”. A big thank you to everyone that made our vacation so incredible. (Oh yea… The private beaches were exceptional as well)
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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cassandra D
Country of Origin: Bolivia
Reviewed on: 16 January 2016

From the moment I was greeted at the ferry port by Gilbert with the sign, Secret Bay, to the moment my two-day stay came to an end, I enjoyed every moment and was treated wonderfully by the staff at Secret Bay. Gilbert picked me up from the ferry terminal and had warm cookies, dried fruit and water waiting for me. Once we arrived at Secret Bay, the Manager, Marvin, greeted me with a smile and walked me to my Zabuco Honeymoon Villa II. He showed me around the villa, offered me fruit and also addressed any needs that I had.

The property is gorgeous to say the least. The Villa was impeccably clean and everything was all set up; lighting, air conditioning, music on the flat screen and when I walked into the bedroom, there was a lovely scent of eucalyptus. The infinity pool, ocean views and attention to detail of the entire villa was so amazing. It was a quiet and relaxing environment with everything you could ask for. There are so many activities that can be done around the property. I went ocean kayaking to the cove just around the corner and through the cave and it was so much fun.

From the architecture and beauty of the villa, to the amazing staff, to the breathtaking environmental surroundings at Secret Bay, I can’t say enough good things about this resort. It truly is a unique experience in an untouched country.

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Stayed on: January 2016

 

Zabuco Honeymoon Villa III

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Noel-Denise
Country of Origin: New Paltz, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 19 August 2016

We are just back from an extraordinary honeymoon at Secret Bay in Dominica. We stayed in the Zabuco Honeymoon Villa III from August 8-13. Secret Bay exceeded our expectations on so many levels! First, the setting was magical. We loved sitting on our deck and watching the clouds and light shifting, the mountain tops appear then disappear in mist, the outline of Guadeloupe appearing on occasion throughout the day, enjoying the sunset every evening. We loved having access to a private pool and also the bay to swim, kayak and snorkel whenever we wished.

The villa itself is an architectural jewel. It is designed to be open, spacious and private. Comfortable furniture is everywhere and the bed is exceptionally comfortable. The shower has a sliding door in it so that you can experience a true outdoor shower.

Then there was the food. Wow! We have high standards for healthy, well prepared food and were simply amazed at how delicious and varied the menu was every day. We loved sampling the Dominican cuisine and the different “ground provisions.” We especially loved the homemade dried fruit, yogurt and bread that they make! Having these amazing gourmet meals served to us on our private deck (any time we wanted) with the spectacular setting made this trip so special for us.

The service at Secret Bay was uniquely special, too – we could write many pages about the kind people that work there. Megan was our primary attendant and did everything to make us feel at home. She served us our wonderful meals and was responsive to our request to pair wine with dinner every night. We returned each day from our excursions and hikes to a clean and welcoming home. When one of us stepped on a sea urchin (Warning – read the binder that they give you from cover to cover your first day there. They warn you about the sea urchins & provide you with water shoes to protect your feet. You just have to keep them on!) Megan jumped right in and provided immediate care that prevented any issues from spoiling our trip! Bianca took care of us on Megan’s day off and also made us feel right at home. Marvin the general manager is caring, professional and a delight! He was consistently attentive and communicative and has such a warm and sincere smile. One of the things that Secret Bay gives you when you arrive is an iPhone with all of the staff’s numbers saved in it. Marvin made good use of it and checked in with us (as needed, not obtrusively) as far as our plans were concerned. We were so pleased to meet his new hire, Lenita who holds great promise as a young, educated Dominican woman and we are certain that she will bring an even greater level of gracious hospitality to Secret Bay.

We spent a day touring the island with Ryan, who was knowledgeable, flexible, and articulate about Dominican history, politics and culture. He was an absolute fountain of information and perspective. There was a nice collection of books in our villa and I picked up one in particular, Black and White Sands, a memoir by a Scottish woman, Elma Napier who along with her husband built a house in Dominica in the 1930s. I asked Ryan if he could show me this house and not only did he find it, but he then managed to get us inside the home for an impromptu tour as well! Samuel drove us to the airport at 4:30am and he too was extraordinary in his sincerity, professionalism and good humor, even at this early hour.

We are dreaming on returning on our anniversary next year. We highly recommend Secret Bay to anyone interested in exploring the little-known and very beautiful, unspoiled island of Dominica.

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Stayed on: August 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: sara0919
Country of Origin: Philadelphia, USA
Reviewed on: 21 November 2015

We have been home from Secret Bay now for about a week and I’m still thinking about what an amazing trip it was! I’ll break the review into sections to keep it easy to read:

Room: We stayed in Zabuco III. It is the villa on the top of the hill and seems to get less “foot traffic” than the other rooms save the original Zabuco. The villa was amazing! Huge porch that looks out over the ocean and bay. Drinking coffee there every morning while reading was a highlight of the trip! Great kitchen with a cool coffee machine that makes all sorts of fancy stuff like macchiato’s and cappuccinos. We had ours stocked with basic breakfast items like fresh eggs, cheese, bread (the coconut is super – yummy), juice and fruit. We had a few bottles of wine in the fridge and we found the selection to be good and affordable. The villa has WiFi and a big flat-screen with Apple TV hooked up. The bedroom has an amazingly comfortable bed and great shower that opens to the outside.

The property: We spent only two days actually on-site, and loved kayaking to Secret Beach where we were the only ones save for a few crabs. Coconut Beach was about a 15 minute kayak and was also empty. The snorkeling at Secret Beach is great along the edges and towards the sea arch. The property is very hilly though I’m sure someone could assist you to the beach with one of the golf carts if this is an issue. I actually spent one morning running the hill from the beach to our villa for about 40 min. A ridiculous workout for sure!

The food: One word – Awesome. We ate at the resort for pretty much all of our meals and were not disappointed. Everything is local and fresh. Lots of seafood (lion fish, shrimp, lobster, marlin), local dishes like curry goat and coconut curried pork. Everything was excellent.

The island: While you could while away the hours by your private pool or on the beach, it would do a disservice to the amazing island of Dominica. Our trip coordinator Anthea made sure to plan the perfect itinerary for us so that we got to see and do everything we wanted to, but still had ample time to rest. We visited Titou Gorge (amazing), Trafalgar Falls, the Sulfur Springs and Champagne Reef to snorkel and our driver/ tour guide Devon made sure to grab us a roasted plantain on our way home. We went whale watching – a dream of mine, and saw at least 6 or 7 whales including a brand new baby! It was thrilling! On our last day we went up the Indian River with Fire and he was a wonderful guide – we also met his friend who owns the farm that runs along the river and were treated to an impromptu snack of freshly grilled breadfruit and lentils – YUM! Later that day we went up to Syndicate Falls and rain forest area with the incredible Dr. Birdy. His knowledge of plants, island history and birds was incredible and we enjoyed a hike and parrot watching before the sunset on our last day.

Overall: From the moment we got off the plane and our driver Ryan handed us some snacks, to our amazing attendants Bianca and Megan who took care of everything we could need, to the GM Marvin who checked in every evening to make sure we were enjoying our stay, the staff at Secret Bay made our trip one of the best we’ve ever taken. The island of Dominica and its people are so special, and although Erika may have damaged their infrastructure (which is recovering and functioning well), it did nothing to damage their spirit. We hope we can return with our two girls to share the beauty of this place with them some day!

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Stayed on: November 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: normaswhite2000
Country of Origin: Roseau, Dominica
Reviewed on: 8 June 2016

My husband and I were fortunate enough to win a prize of a long weekend at Secret Bay in May of this year. Although we live in Dominica, we had no idea this amazing jewel was tucked away, lending itself to truly be a Secret Bay. We were greeted by 3 members of staff with such warmth and friendliness that we immediately felt completely at ease. Shermima, our attendant, is one of the most charming Dominican’s I have had the pleasure or getting to know. We were treated to wonderful cuisine and service the whole of our visit. We stayed in Zabuco III with a gorgeous plunge pool and every comfort of loungers, tables and hammock to while away the time, whilst enjoying the stunning views for which Dominica is so famous. Zabuco is beautifully designed with every comfort one could wish for.. We are planning to return to this little paradise to be thoroughly spoiled by the superb members of staff. . Because we live on Dominica we can assure future visitors to the island and specifically to Secret Bay, there is a wonderful selection of trips available to book in order to discover this the delights of the island. Scuba diving, kayaking, hiking ,canyoning, sulphur pools, whale watching and much more is waiting to be explored.

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Stayed on: May 2016

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tomasz J
Reviewed on: 2 September 2015

There were two of us there, and we were staying in one of their couples villas. The buildings are made out exotic woods, and are furnished with modern appliances. It’s all very recent, so there’s no need to worry that you’ll have to put up with decrepit infrastructure.

You get the WiFi, the TV and all the other usuals. The resort area is situated on a mountain side, our cottage having been build right on the slope of the hill descending to the beach, with the balcony facing the bay with Portsmouth and Cabrits across. From there, you can either take a nice walk on the shore to Portsmouth (although the personnel don’t recommend it because of sharp rocks, small rivers to cross, and other such considerations). You can also take one of their kayaks or simply swim/snorkel over to the opposite direction of Portsmouth, and end up on the “Secret Bay beach” which is probably one of the most enchanting beaches one can find – spectacular cliff overhanging a sandy swath surrounded by a reef exploding with life (made a video of an squid here), with no one else to disrupt your peace. Excellent!

The personnel are beyond friendly. From the manager to the last helper, you will find courtesy and smiles everywhere. I can’t overstate the assistance they provided us with trying to make some sense of the LIAT situation when a hurricane scare closed the airport. You’ll need friends like that when having to deal with LIAT. Wish we had people like this to help us deal with Air Canada locally.

The food is ordered beforehand, prepared in their kitchen, and served in your cottage/villa. It’s delicious – we particularly enjoyed their fish plates. Without looking to criticize for the rest of the culinary industry on the island, I can say that only on one occasion the food we’ve found outside of the resort was on par with what they cooked for us at Secret Bay.

As for the rest of it, it is Dominica. If you’re there to beach-out with an endless flow of alcohol being delivered to your hand, while others provide the loud and voluminous ambiance, this isn’t it. You can probably do it, but you’d be wasting your time – go to Cuba or Dominican Republic or something. In Dominica, you’ll find the nature like you’ve probably rarely (ever?) experienced, and this is what you should go there for. When not trekking through the rain forest, you will be mesmerized by the tropical fish scavenging the reefs around the beaches – I feel it unlikely someone could bring themselves to just sunbathe in circumstances like that.

And while you’re in Dominica, Secret Bay will ensure that you are in the best hands available.

One last thing: after the Erika disaster, Dominica has been severely damaged and will need some time to recover. I truly hope their struggles are short-lived, and everything comes back like it was before. Best of luck to all Dominicans who are faced with these unexpected challenges.

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Stayed on: August 2015

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: wwinter61
Country of Origin: Missoula, Montana, USA
Reviewed on: 2 June 2016

Secret Bay is the most exceptional property in the Caribbean. The villas are gorgeous inside and out, and the views are to-die-for. Although there were certainly other travelers at Secret Bay, we rarely, if ever saw another guest.

Shermima, a member of the resort’s stellar staff, took care of us as if we were family. She was personable, warm and welcoming, yet very discreet. Shemima provided every amenity – delicious meals served on the veranda overlooking the ocean, fresh fruit trays for breakfast, pre-stocked groceries, even a lesson on how the locals play Dominoes- for us to enjoy our own private paradise.

Although we were having so much fun we hated to leave the grounds, we loved kayaking to Secret Beach, our lazy trip down the Indian River with a cool guide named Fire and our waterfall hike with a rainforest expert aptly nicknamed Dr. Birdy. We were already planning a return visit to this hidden gem before we reluctantly left our villa for the airport to return home!

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Stayed on: May 2016

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Ryan D
Country of Origin: Carlsbad, California
Reviewed on: 27 July 2015

Visiting Secret Bay was without question one of the most uniquely wonderful experiences my wife Katie and I have ever had. This was our first time visiting Dominica and this place is such a hidden gem in the Caribbean!

The scenery on the drive in to Secret Bay was so beautiful, lush rainforests and crystal clear waters, just what we were hoping for. I was pleasantly surprised that it got even better when we arrived at our villa. We stayed in Zabuco Honeymoon III which is at the very top of the property. I would suggest this one to anyone looking to visit, it has a really awesome view from the balconies and even more private than the other two main villas.

The Villa…WOW WOW WOW. Easily one of the most upscale and beautiful places we have stayed. Private infinity pool on the lower level is about as good as you can get, no need for a main resort pool at all. The upper level balcony is expansive, so much room for just the two of us, but really made it feel even more grand. Inside we had a full kitchen with everything you needed to cook if you wanted to, tons of lounging space and the beautiful bedroom. The king bed was very comfortable and the air conditioning kept the room a really nice temp the entire trip. Double shower with doors that can open out to the outside (pretty cool!) + a full standing bathtub that my wife loved.

The staff at Secret Bay seriously became like family. They take care of literally everything you can think of, but do so in a way that doesn’t make you feel interrupted ever. The meals were DELICIOUS, bravo to the chefs…they do an unbelievable job. You can request anything specific you want or they will surprise you for each meal. Keep in mind, you pay for the food cost and not the service of cooking it, but these are not included in the room cost. We also really liked how they pre-stocked our room with food, drinks and other essentials we needed…a must do, makes you feel right at home.

We were expecting to mostly relax on this trip, but found that there were a TON of great activities and excursions to do. Highly recommend checking out Canyoning, Snorkeling the Champagne Reef, water fall hike and scuba. Plenty to do!

Overall, if you are looking at taking a trip to the Caribbean, Dominica is a must visit. We have been to other islands and you get a lot of “the same”…this place is special. Romantic and adventurous at the same time.

 

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Stayed on: July 2015

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: RSFcouple
Country of Origin: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Reviewed on: 25 July 2015

We visited Dominica for the first time for our 25th anniversary. This was a special trip for us and Secret Bay, coupled with the island itself and the Dominican people, helped make it an incredible experience.

The villa (Zabuco 3) was beautifully crafted and fully outfitted with very nice kitchen appliances and air conditioning, although we only used AC for sleeping and otherwise kept the folding doors open to the island breezes. It looked over the cliff to secret beach and the ocean beyond. We ate most of our meals on the spacious balcony overlooking the ocean.

The Secret Bay family works hard to make it a completely stress free stay. Personalized service is their signature. Merlinda helped get us set up before arrival. Gilbert brought us from the airport the afternoon we arrived, telling us about the island on the drive, stopping by a tiny store getting us a couple of cold local Kubuli beers along the way to welcome us. We stayed 8 nights, and the first morning we sat with Marvin, planning a combination of slightly adventurous and relaxing days. He arranged all of the transportation and guides. June turned out to be the perfect time for us to visit because even at the most popular sites we were often the only people there, which we loved because we were there to see the island and meet the locals. We saw many of the island’s sights with our guide Ryan including the Emerald Pool, Champagne Reef, Trafalgar Falls, and a 1 hour hike through rainforest to Middleham Falls. We had a paddle up Indian River with our guide named Fire to see some of the locations filmed in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest and have a drink of “dynamite” at the outdoor bar at River’s End. There was a trip into the interior mountains with Dr. Birdie to see endangered native parrots and a glimpse of an elusive blue-headed hummingbird found only on Dominica and Martinique. We scuba-dived and snorkeled off Cabrits National Park in the northern part of the island. You can visit all points on the island conveniently from Secret Bay. We also relaxed with short snorkeling trips around the point directly below the villas to Secret Beach and massages at the villa.

The food was wonderful, local and freshly prepared on site. They have suggestions for local dishes but can prepare pretty much whatever you want. We also had food stocked for us in the kitchen for breakfast and snacks. They have a selection of good wines available and we picked up local rums during day trips. Dinners were hand delivered to the villa by Bianca and Megan, the resort’s attendants assigned to us for our stay.

We barely ran into any other guests during our 8 days there, and there is no obvious central gathering place for guests, so if you are looking for a quiet, intimate time this will work well for you. The island is mountainous and the grounds are not level, so it helps to be able to walk around sloped grounds and up and down a flight of stairs to the villas, which are perched one story above ground on pillars to catch the breezes. They can also take you around the grounds in electric carts.

Staying at Secret Bay is truly a unique experience. On our last night they arranged a candle lit dinner on a deck on the grounds overlooking the ocean at sunset, with a father and daughter serenading us with guitar and flute, a truly memorable end to an amazing week. Who knows what your amazing experience will be?

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Stayed on: June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Annaliese B
Reviewed on: 31 December 2015

Visiting Secret Bay was one of the most relaxing vacations I have been on in a long time. The staff was so friendly and accommodating, making sure we had everything we needed every day of our stay.

Every meal was spectacular and even though I have a few food allergies I felt I was in extremely capable hands. We tried several local dishes, which accentuated our experience of the island.

There are as many activities at your disposal as you would like, but I would highly recommend packing a few books, and taking in the beautiful surroundings at Secret Bay- either from the beach or the privacy of your villa. Such an amazing trip and I hope to be able to return some day!
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Stayed on: December 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Maggie M
Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed on: 8 November 2015

My husband and I recently spent our Honeymoon in Dominica and Secret Bay was our home for 9 days. It truly felt like a home while we were there. The service was impeccable, the accommodations were flawless, and the food was amazing!!!

From the moment we stepped off the plane, the Secret Bay team was there to greet us and help us. From our travel to and from the airport (which was one of their team members driving us to and from), Secret Bay arranged everything for us on our trip. All of our day trips while staying there (hiking the National Trail, snorkeling, seeing Roseau, trip to Scott’s Head, bird watching, a romantic dinner on the sunset deck, a sunset sail, and much more!) were arranged by Secret Bay and led by one of their trusted guides. We saw so much of this beautiful island thanks to Secret Bay!

While at the resort, we did not have to worry about anything! Our Secret Bay villa attendant took care of everything – all of our meals were ordered daily and delivered with flawless service. I also have Celiac disease so I have to be very strict about following a gluten free diet, and Secret Bay’s amazing culinary team made sure everything I ate was gluten free. We loved everything, but some standouts include the coconut marinated pork, the lamb, the coffee rubbed steak, the curried goat, the scalloped provisions, fresh fish (prepared many different ways), BREAD FRUIT, and really everything else we ate! Do not skip desserts, either! The passion fruit mousse and mango cobbler were our favorites. (You HAVE to try the mango cobbler!) The wine list was equally as impressive and we enjoyed several excellent bottles during our stay.

Our stay with Secret Bay left nothing to be desired. We would go back there in a heartbeat for a relaxing, romantic vacation. It was absolutely the perfect honeymoon!

 

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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Christopher S
Reviewed on: 14 May 2016

My (now) wife and I honeymoon’d at Secret Bay and it was wonderful! The staff was very attentive to our needs and really helped us explore the island in a care-free manner. The villas are stunning! We stayed in Zabuco III and would highly recommend it. It is an incredible living space (and though much of it open to the air, we never had a problem with mosquitoes!) Though you can see Zabuco II from the deck, it is extremely private. The view of the bay is great whether you are hanging out on the deck or in the private infinity pool. The food they serve you is quite good too! We did the “Honeymoon package” and really enjoyed every aspect of it (private massage, private yoga class, live band just for us while we ate great food, private sunset sailboat ride, etc etc). Special thanks to Deslyn (who took care of our every need relating to the villa) and Ryan and Gilbert (for our transportation).

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: InvernessTraveler
Reviewed on: 15 March 2016

My wife and I travel somewhere different each year for our anniversary and this year we hit another jackpot. We stayed in Zabuco III and it was wonderful. The room had almost everything you could need including WiFi which came in handy when communicating with our son who was staying with grandparents back in the states along with some minimal work that I was obligated to do. The villas are truly huge and amazing, pictures do not quite do it justice. We also loved the infinity pool and enjoyed the entire outdoor space surrounding our villa. We had a couple of minor maintenance issues but they were addressed to our satisfaction. Yes we could hear some road noise but I kept a pair of ear plugs by the bed based on reading reviews, nothing major in my opinion.

The food was another highlight of this trip. Every meal was excellent and in my opinion was totally worth the cost. Also different it was very nice to be able to be comfortable and have dinner/breakfast/lunch brought in by the staff or prepared in our villa. It was nice to be so laid-back for a week.

We went all over the resort and absolutely loved Secret Beach. The kayak ride over was easy and it is a beautiful and private beach. It is open to anyone but only for a few minutes did anyone else come close when we visiting. We do wish we could have used it more often as the direction of waves caused a more violent than normal ocean for most of our trip. Ti-bay beach is relaxing as well but totally different. Overall the grounds are well taken care of and they’ve gone to great lengths to make sure construction wasn’t an issue and it wasn’t.

We night snorkeled with Don, went up the Indian River with Fire, had massages at our villa, did the sunset sail and took a day trip with MJay to Roseau which included a trip to Trafalgar Falls and Tia’s Sulphur Spa. I would especially recommend the Indian River, massages, waterfall hikes and sulphur spa. All of our guides and drivers were excellent.

Thanks to SaraLee our villa attendant for taking such great care of us and to Anthea for helping plan our activities and making sure they were always to our satisfaction. Thanks to Marvin for overseeing our vacation and managing such a wonderful trip and to Ayeola for answering my pre-trip questions. Also to Gilbert for the always delightful transportation and to Don for the water transportation.

We always go somewhere different so not sure if we will be back but this is our 14th trip similar to this including our honeymoon and it’s sits at or near the top of our list. I would have no hesitations knowing what I know now of booking this trip. You will have an amazing vacation.

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Stayed on: March 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jim H
Country of Origin: Elkton, Maryland, USA
Reviewed on: 31 December 2016

Secret Bay sits in an idyllic slice of the verdant Dominica. The staff goes out of its way to make sure you come first. Our villa Zabuco III has a commanding view of the Caribbean. It is the most private of the villas in that it is at the top of the resort. The villa is even nicer than the photos on the website. However the strength of Secret Bay is its service. The staff is so nice and well trained from your personal attendant to the staff caring for the grounds (Clint pointed out a great hummingbird for me to photograph). The excursions are designed to give you a sense of the island. Our favorite trip was the hike to Middleham Falls. It was a steep hike to the falls but to experience the rainforest was well worth it.

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Stayed on: December 2016

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: KSkiera7
Country of Origin: West Point, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 28 December 2016

My husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay, staying in the Zabuco III villa, and it was the perfect choice! Secret Bay is secluded enough to make you feel off the grid and supremely relaxed; however, it still offers all the amenities/luxuries you want from a high end resort.

The two things we will remember most about our stay at Secret Bay are the AMAZING PEOPLE and the DELICIOUS FOOD. All the staff we encountered at Secret Bay and while on our excursions were genuinely nice people who wanted us to see all the beauty that Dominica offers- from the chefs at the Souce Shack to our villa attendants to our boat captains, etc.

We went on multiple excursions during our stay that we would recommend. Each guide along the way was extremely memorable and helpful in showing us the beauty of Dominica. Quick description of our excursions:

1.We did the Indian River tour with Fire, and stopped at the Bush Bar for the infamous dynamite drink. This was a very leisurely, laid back trip that only took a few hours and Fire picked us up right from Secret Bay in his boat. Fire pointed out all the wildlife and plants, and we got to see some scenes from where Pirates of the Caribbean and Legend of Tarzan were filmed.

2. We went lion fish hunting with Don. Again, Don picked us up in his boat right from Secret Bay and we went just about 5 minutes or so away to some patches of reef where we could find lion fish. This activity was really fun; however, disclaimer- you have to be able to free dive about 15-20 feet down with a spear in order to catch them, as they linger at lower depths underneath of coral heads. Although my husband and I did not catch one on our own, we had a blast and Don caught us 3 lion fish. Upon arrival back to Secret Bay, the ladies in the kitchen beer battered and fried the lion fish for us and it was the best lunch we had all week 🙂 Don also took us into the cave at Secret Beach which was a TOTAL highlight of the trip. We highly recommend doing this if you are adventurous!

3. We went on a full day excursion to the south of the island with Dylan. This included hiking Middleham Falls (about a 2 hour round trip hike), visiting Trafalgar Falls (no exercise required for this), spending some time at the sulphur springs and snorkeling at Champagne Reef. It was about a 1.5 hour trip to get to the southern part of the island but it was great to see the country’s capital, Roseau, and some different scenery.

We also had 2 massages at our villa while on our honeymoon and they were great!

Now, for the FOOD! We are big foodies and Secret Bay checked all of our boxes! Upon arrival, the villa was stocked with food, drinks and alcohol of our choosing. We mainly chose to have breakfast and dinner prepared for us daily. Our villa attendant would whip up breakfast for us in the mornings at our time of choosing. For dinner, you can either choose off the daily menu (which has 3 appetizer choices, 3 main choices, and 3 dessert choices) or order off the daily menu. What I appreciated about the daily menu is it was a great way to try new things and experiment with different flavor profiles. We did 3 course dinners every night and it was one of the highlights! We ate SUCH great fish dishes- from marlin to mahi mahi to grouper. We also ordered lobster a few times and the lobster tails were huge. We chose to eat dinner every night on our outdoor balcony, so the villa attendant would set the table, light the candles and serve us each course. It was awesome!

Overall, we really hope to come back to Secret Bay! The service was impeccable and the days were laid out such that Secret Bay took care of the details and we really got to relax and enjoy the ride.

The one thing we would recommend to future travelers is to be flexible with your travel schedule, as flights in and out of the regional airport are often delayed/cancelled AND to also pack as much in your carry-on luggage as possible! Our bags did not make it to Dominica with us (we flew from San Juan, PR) and it took over 24 hours to get them.

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Stayed on: December 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tree45
Country of Origin: Grand Cayman
Reviewed on: 15 May 2015

My wife and I were born and have lived in the Caribbean all our lives. We had visited nearly all the islands in the Caribbean, but never Dominica. The island was an undiscovered gem, and Secret Bay was the icing on the cake. We stayed in Zabuco III and even though we had our grown-up children in the villa next door, our stay there was like a second honeymoon. The villas have the luxury of huge space with a light, open-plan design and exquisite finishes. The villas are spaced generously apart with vegetation and birdsong surrounding the villa so you are never aware of anyone else being around you. Having our meals served on the verandah of our villa by Secret Bay’s friendly staff and having a massage at our villa were special treats that added to the total experience. We will definitely be back!

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Stayed on: April 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Kathryn M
Country of Origin: Atlanta, USA
Reviewed on: 26 April 2015

This spring, my husband got a new job and had one week off during transitioning. We knew we wanted to go somewhere tropical and we had to act fast because we only had two weeks to plan the trip. Thankfully, we found Secret Bay and it was exactly what we were looking for. Secret Bay was magical and the coolest spot we have ever been to in the Caribbean. The landscape of Dominica was beautiful and the perfect balance between rain forest, beach, and rugged terrain. The food was so fresh and local and Secret Bay was so accommodating on all of their meals. We ate so much delicious food but never felt sick or that we were just racking on the pounds because the food is so healthy and fresh.

We stayed in Zabuco III and loved the privacy and views. After breakfast, we would kayak down to the beach, where we enjoyed the snorkeling and caving. Then we would head back to our house for lunch and a lazy afternoon in the splash pool and hammock. The houses are stocked with every appliance you could ever need. We made lattes in the morning and smoothies in the afternoon. All of the decor is beautifully simple and comfortable. Each house gets their own Bose speakers which is really fun. As for excursions, we spent an afternoon on the Indian River which was so cool and highly recommend. We also went snorkeling in Champagne Beach and hiked to see Trafalgar Falls, both of which we would recommend. The only excursion that we wish we had skipped was the Sulfur Springs. They were touristy and we preferred the natural hot springs that were near Trafalgar Falls. The staff at Secret Bay was so amazing and made our trip so wonderful. We can’t wait to go back one day!

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Stayed on: March 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Victor P
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 22 February 2015

We just moved to Dominica and my wife gave me a weekend at Secret Bay as a birthday present. We knew the island was beautiful. The people wonderful. But our stay in SB showed us how a top line Hotel can be managed within the virgin nature of the island. From arrival to departure, the staff makes sure you are comfortable. They manage to attend to your requests and keep your privacy.

The honeymoon villa (Zabuco III) was breathtaking, secluded, beautifully designed (ok, I might be biased because it was designed by one of the most avant-garde Venezuelan architects and we are from Venezuela). A deck with a pool. Open space with a spectacular view. Second floor quarters exquisitely designed for comfort and relaxation. State-of-the-art kitchen and appliances. A bedroom worth not getting out from.

The food was something to remember as well. We let our hostess pick our meals for dinner and each and every one was better than the other.

The staff was so respectful, friendly, with a real sincere disposition to make our stay perfect. Shamima (our hostess) managed to be on top of everything without being noticed. And when she was serving our food, her smile and conversation made dinner a true pleasure.

As you may realise by now, we loved our stay at SB and will come back before we leave the island in April 🙁

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Stayed on: February 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Haddage
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 08 February 2015

This is going to be a long review. If you want the short version: SECRET BAY IS PERFECTION!
That being said, let’s get into the details.

My fiance and I wanted to go on a Caribbean vacation. However, we are what I call “active” vacationers; we enjoy relaxing on the beach, but would get bored with just beach sitting for a week. We came up with a wish list of features our ideal Caribbean resort would have: isolated location, adventure/excursions, private accommodations, no kids, and all-inclusive. After 50+ hours of looking at different islands and resorts online and finding nothing satisfying, I finally stumbled upon SECRET BAY. It hit most of our wish list checkpoints except all-inclusive, which wasn’t a deal breaker for us.

Getting there:
We flew into DOM airport. We came from the US and it was relatively easy flying through Miami and connecting in San Juan, PR. Secret Bay will send a driver to pick you up. Dominica is a volcanic island, so there are lots of mountains, and mountains mean windy roads. If you get motion sick during driving, make sure to ask Merlinda to send a motion sickness wristband with the driver. My fiance gets motion sick and using the wristband she didn’t have an issue. The driver also took extreme care to drive slowly and carefully. It takes 45-60 minutes to get to Secret Bay from DOM airport.

Villa:
We stayed in the Zabuco III villa. It was absolutely amazing – smooth, dark stained woods. Wonderful indoor/outdoor living. Comfortable furniture. Architecturally amazing. Beautifully decorated. And air conditioned in the bedroom.

The villa had a HUGE porch with comfortable lounge chairs and a dinner table where we ate most of our meals. It was wonderful to wake up each morning and drink a cup of local coffee while overlooking the bay.

The private infinity pool was amazing. It was incredibly relaxing to float in the pool, overlooking the bay, while smoking a cigar or reading a book.

The villa had a fully equipped kitchen, complete with washer/dryer. Merlinda will send you a “shopping list” a few weeks before your trip – whatever you want the kitchen stocked with, just put it on the list and they will provide it for you at cost. Of course, they cook you 2 meals a day as well so don’t have them over-shop. More on the food below!

Power outlets – don’t fret over international adapters. Secret Bay has them for you already, so leave yours at home.

Secret Bay only holds 14 guests at a time in 4 villas and 2 bungalows. One thing I have not seen mentioned in other reviews is villa location. Zabuco III was located on the outer edge of the resort property, which was great for the isolation that we desired. There are no other guests walking by your villa to get to theirs because you are the farthest away. You are only a few minutes walk up a steep hill to get from beach to Zabuco III. However, it is a steep hill – if you’re not in great shape you may want to pick Zabuco I, which is more centrally located. Of course, if you ask, they will send an employee to meet you at the beach with a golf cart to drive you to your villa.

Food:
What to say about the food except HOLY COW. We ate like kings. Everything is locally sourced. The meals are prepared in the resort kitchen then brought to your villa. Dishes we suggest: fresh caught fried lionfish, local beef with spices, fresh tuna (very good but they cooked it a bit dry, ask for it medium), fresh grilled marlin (my favorite), callaloo soup, homemade passion fruit ice cream, and so many more that I can’t remember. You can specify with your villa attendant what you want to eat, or you can tell them to surprise you. We asked to be surprised for most meals, and were ALWAYS amazed and impressed with the deliciousness of what was selected.

Secret Bay will stock your villa with whatever groceries/snacks you like. MAKE SURE to ask for their homemade rum punch…it is mind blowing. Any local juices are excellent as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh passion fruit juice and the fresh grapefruit juice, squeezed on site at the resort!

The villa was stocked with a wine fridge with price list. The prices were surprisingly reasonable. They can also provide bottles of liquor if you like.

Staff:
All of the staff at Secret Bay were friendly and always willing to go above and beyond to make us happy. Gregor, the owner, was not in town during our trip but we spoke to him via email before and after the trip. He was very friendly and clearly passionate about sharing his island paradise with us. Marvin, the resort manager, came to say hello the first day after we settled into our bungalow. He made it clear that our comfort and enjoyment of Dominica/Secret Bay was his staff’s highest priority. I smoked cigars every day I was there, and when the resort was out and I wanted some to take home, he sent someone to town to purchase more. Merlinda was our primary contact for excursions. We researched things to do on Dominica before the trip, and a few weeks before sent her a list of what we wanted to do during our 5 days. She suggested an itinerary organized by day, leaving time for relaxation as well. She did a great job of scheduling excursions when there would not be throngs of other travelers, and when two excursions we wanted were close by, she put them together on the same day to minimize time wasted driving around. She also booked everything for us. Any charges were added to our bill, so we never had to carry cash except to tip (which I believe is already included in the charge, but it never hurts to give extra). The rest of the staff – from the driver, to our villa attendants, the equipment manager, and everyone else – were all wonderful as well.

Speaking of equipment, they have everything on site that you could need. Kayaks, snorkels/fins, swim booties (wear these when you swim), etc.

Beaches/excursions:
Secret Bay has 2 beaches on site. While they were nice, they were not like other Caribbean beaches. The beaches at Secret Bay were small: don’t expect a wide expanse of sand. Of course, the resort only holds 14 guests so maybe they’re appropriately sized. We ended up enjoying the beaches but I think we spent more time relaxing in our pool or on the villa porch instead.

For the excursions, Merlinda will plan everything for you if you give her a list of desired excursions. One slight criticism we had is that she planned your excursions and printed an itinerary but did not include the duration. My fiance is a serious planner and missing this detail bothered her. I think that was our ONLY criticism of the entire vacation.

We stayed busy with excursions, including:
– Indian River cruise – Fire was a great guide, and the Dynamite’s Rum Punch was delicious. He talked about lots of interesting local history and knew a TON about local vegetation.
– Private snorkelling tour – VERY cool. Our guide was great. He showed us lots of neat marine life, knew interesting facts about the local ecosystem, and even pointed out things in the reef that we would never have noticed. One thing to note, the area we were taken to was near the resort. However, we had read about Champagne Beach before we arrived, but were not given the option (perhaps we should have asked for it by name, instead of just asking for “private snorkeling”). If you want to go to Champagne Beach, make sure to ask for it.
– Sea cave – I enjoyed this but my fiance is concerned about bats/rabies, so we got in and out very quick. It is small but neat.
– Roseau tour – check it out if you want to go trinket shopping. There is some neat history as well but we didn’t spend a ton of time here. It is about a 75-90 minute drive from Secret Bay, so it is at least a half day trip. We paired it with the Sulphur spa, Emerald Pool and Trafalgar Falls (see below). It was a long day between all those excursions.
– Sulphur spa – this is a man made spa where the water is heated by geothermal activity. When we booked it I was expecting natural hot springs, so the man-made, concrete pools were a bit disappointing. They had a TON of pools, hot, warm, cold, everything in between. My fiance loved the spa, but I guess it just wasn’t my kind of thing.
– Emerald pool – very cool excursion. Nice short hike through rainforest. You can get under or behind the waterfall at the end. Very great photo op.
– Trafalgar Falls – easy hike, lots of fun. Definitely worth checking out. Twin waterfalls at the end make for great pictures.
– Couples massage – wonderful masseuses massaged us at the same time on our villa porch. It was great that they came to the villa.
– Sunset cruise – this was amazing. Captain Mark was a character. Lots of personality and interesting things to talk about. His catamaran was beautiful.

Surrounding city/nightlife:
FYI, this is almost nonexistent, so if you’re looking for busy nightlife Secret Bay is NOT for you. Portsmouth is the closest city, but there didn’t seem to be much going on there so we didn’t pay much attention to it. We did go on a day trip to Roseau, which was nice. It had interesting history and the standard Caribbean shopping marts with cheap trinkets.

Bugs/wildlife:
Nothing to worry about here if you heed our advice. My fiance brought 3 travel size cans of high deet insect repellent. We ended up only using one (and the other two we were forced to throw away in airport security on the way out of the country, so don’t overbuy). The villa had mosquito netting that can be securely fastened around the periphery of the porch. The first night we ignored this and had bugs all around our outdoor lights. The rest of our nights, we used the netting and had no further bug problems. It’s also worth nothing that I don’t think we saw ANY bugs during the day. You will encounter other wildlife, like birds and lizards.

Climate:
We went in mid-December and the temperature was perfect. Low 80s most of the time and luckily NO rain. A week out, the forecast for our dates showed nothing but rain. It was concerning, to say the least. But as we got closer the rain forecast disappeared. It only rained an hour while we were there. I would suggest doing some research on the rainy season in Dominica before you go – I think we got lucky with the weather.

In summary:
The villa was perfect, the food was exquisite, the staff friendly and helpful and the location was beautiful. We will be returning to Secret Bay at some point in our lives!

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Stayed on: December 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: BeauBro
Country of Origin: Indiana, USA
Reviewed on: 08 October 2014

Secret Bay and staff exceeded our expectations in every way. When we arrived we were greeted with a cold cloth to cool our face and some dried fruit to snack on the 1 hour drive. From that point forward we were pampered by the Secret Bay staff. They did everything from carrying our bags, planning our excursions, stocking our fridge, and preparing our meals. We had a personal attendant whom we could dial on our personal phone (provided by secret bay) at anytime for anything we might need/want.

The accommodations were nothing short of spectacular as well. Our Villa (Zabuco III) had an amazing view, beautiful infinity pool, brand new appliances and aesthetically pleasing counters, cabinets, flooring, and furniture. Everything is well maintained and our Villa was cleaned daily.

I could go on and on about this beautiful place but nothing compares to experiencing it first-hand. Bianca, our attendant, was so great; we didn’t have to lift a finger. Merlinda, our activities coordinator, made travel so easy and smooth. Ryan our activities driver was so knowledgeable about the island, it made the trips educational as well as breathtaking. We learned a lot from our many guides who really take pride in their beautiful country. So many people made our trip a huge success and we cannot wait to return to our favorite Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Stayed on: November 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Hokie24
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 19 August 2014

My husband and I stayed at Secret Bay in early 2012, and ever since have wanted to come back to relive the amazing experience we had on our first trip to Dominica. We travel fairly frequently, and very rarely return to a destination we’ve already visited, certainly not to the same hotel or resort. Secret Bay so much exceeded our expectations and created such a memorable experience our first time that we were more than willing to make an exception. However, we wondered, would the many accolades and awards Secret Bay has received in the past few years change a place we loved so much? I am happy to report that it has only gotten better, which I wasn’t sure was possible!

If you are looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating and naturally beautiful place to stay with a friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff, delicious food and a vacation experience you can customize, then Secret Bay is the place for you. From the moment we landed until we checked in for our flight home, Anastasia, Britney, Dora, Gilbert and all the staff at Secret Bay made us feel welcome and allowed us to enjoy our vacation without a worry. Secret Bay is so unique – you can feel completely secluded, yet anything you needed is just a phone call away. The level of service is beyond compare. We often felt like we were the only guests, and the layout of Secret Bay allows for this. The beautifully constructed bungalows and villas are sited so well, nestled into the ridge, each one is barely visible from the other. The walkways, paths and decks are designed with respect for the existing terrain, and the native plantings and sounds of wildlife are a treat for the senses.

This time we stayed in both the Mapou Bungalow and the Zabuco III Villa – each had every convenience you may need, and ZIII had more than you could imagine! Perched among the trees in the bungalow with floor-to ceiling windows, we were treated to breathtaking views from every room. Once we moved up to ZIII, we thought we would never leave. We took advantage of the pool, hammock, decks, the full kitchen and the beautiful interior – there are so many amenities in the villa, if I listed them I’d make this already long review much longer! At both locations we spent mornings on the balcony or deck drinking coffee and enjoying the views of the sea, then quiet evenings eating dinner by candlelight listening to the sound of the waves. Throughout our stay, the refrigerator was stocked with fresh juices and anything else we requested. The food was beyond delicious, from the traditional Dominican breakfasts to the snacks and a different three-course meal every night; all made with fresh, local ingredients.

We enjoyed several hiking, snorkeling and diving outings organized by Anastasia that allowed us to maximize our experience of this beautiful island (we highly recommend the Summer Fun package). Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and they took us to places off the beaten path (where we rarely saw a tour bus). We highly recommend the Boiling Lake hike with Cynthia – challenging, but worth the effort! While we loved the hiking excursions and exploring Dominica, it was also nice to stay put and enjoy the beauty of Secret Bay. One of our favorite things to do was to kayak over to the beach in the afternoon, swim and relax in the sand, then watch the sunset over the water. We rarely saw another person!

We enjoyed reconnecting with the familiar faces at Secret Bay and meeting a few new ones – all the people that make Secret Bay the amazing place it is. After our week-long stay, we were sad to leave. Returning to Dominica and Secret Bay felt like coming home, and we truly appreciate the staff’s efforts to make this second experience so wonderful. Secret Bay is truly a special place, and we’re looking forward to our third trip – we may even make it an annual tradition!

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: aaspro
Country of Origin: Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed on: 10 August 2014

We had a fantastic stay at Secret Bay. From the first email we sent until we left before dawn every touch point was a positive experience. All of the staff were responsive, friendly, helpful and sincere. They could not be faulted!!

We stayed in Zabuco III. I understand that all of the Zabucos are identical except for their location. We chose III because it was the most private on the edge of property. We loved it!! It was extremely private and had wonderful views especially at sunset. We sat on the deck mesmerised by those views for hours.

The Zabuco was an exceptional villa! It is an architectural masterpiece. Wood and concrete and very sympathetic to the location. Extremely well designed with everything (and more) you would want. Plunge pool, great sound system, chef’s kitchen, wine fridge, views to die for and a bed which made sleep easy. A special mention to the bathroom as well. It had a huge bath tub in the room and the best shower ever with water jets for your knees, head and everything in between.

We also really liked the in room meals. Everything was fresh, delicious and local. All you had to do was to give an indication of what you would like and it would miraculously appear. Prior to you arrival you will be sent a questionnaire to stock the kitchen. Just a small warning – the quantities are large!

We would have liked to spend the rest of our lives in Zabuco!!

As mentioned previously all of the staff are wonderful. Bianca our house attendant was very always there when needed and went above and beyond the call of duty. Anna was also great and arranged our tours and activities. We should have heeded Anna’s warning not to drink too many Dynamites at the end of the Indian River cruise!!

Secret Bay is not cheap but it is good value. We had to stretch our finances to afford it but do not regret it one little bit. It was the highlight of our 3 week trip to the Caribbean. If we didn’t live on the other side of the world we would go back every year.

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: DJCJR_11
Country of Origin: Tuscon, Arizona, USA
Reviewed on: 26 July 2014

If you like a state of the art Villa, fully stocked with all of your favorite goodies you requested, overlooking everything good, with your own private pool, keep reading. If you like to hike in a jungle like setting, and have the persistence to reach amazing water falls, secret cave swims, and the famous boiling lake, keep reading, if you like to scuba dive in crystal clear warm water with an abundance of sea life and some of the most amazing sponges and coral on the planet, then you have come to the right place.

Activities on property include a Yoga instructor on request, and the resort has paddleboards and kayaks, to use at will to get around to secret bay, or just put on some goggles and swim around the picture perfect point

Don’t bring any fancy clothes, there is nowhere to go to dinner, but the ladies on staff are amazing cooks and the food was delicious. The transportation staff are great guys, excellent drivers, and extremely helpful in every way. Do bring lots of “Dry Fit” active and hiking wear. Your Villa has a washer/dryer so this is a light packing trip, other than dive gear.

A group of us secured the entire Secret Bay complex for 10 days. There were 15 people total, all adults, perfect amount. Make sure that if you do it this way, that you REALLY like their company, if so, you will have one of the most memorable wonderful weeks of your life. I highly recommend putting a group together, it was one of the most exceptional places to do this kind of a trip.

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Stayed on: June 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tony I
Country of Origin: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Reviewed on: 10 April 2014

Arriving at Secret Bay feels like coming home after being away for a long time and being greeted by friends genuinely happy to welcome you. The serenity, exquisite atmosphere, comfort and just sheer quality delivers all you would want to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of a companion. Hosts are superbly professional and charming with a deep respectful understanding of the space guests prefer. So you could be pampered or just left alone is you prefer. Easy to arrive, difficult to leave. Wonderful!

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Stayed on: March 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Carol & Travis Richards
Country of Origin: Pace, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 31 March 2014

“Treehouse meets luxury”, as described on Secret Bay’s website, is a perfect description for the villas at Secret Bay. My husband and I are still raving about our time spent at Secret Bay. We stayed in Zabuco III and had the best views on the property.

The accommodations, the staff, the food, the amenities, the service were all phenomenal! The Secret Bay owner and staff have thought of everything down to the minute details. The following are just a few examples: private escort/driver at the airport and ride to the property with wet hand/face towel, snacks, as well as, motion sickness bracelets for the weak of stomach on the windy roads, 24-7 security, assistance with bags to the villa, romantic greeting in the bedroom with flowers placed on the bed in the shape of a heart and around the bathtub, bedside candles, flower petals in the shower, fragrant toilet paper to keep the bathroom smelling nice, air conditioning, screened windows to allow for the natural breeze, public internet, personal assistant who would cook breakfast, clean and serve your meals daily, cable T.V., iPod docking station/stereo, personal concierge to book excursions, call ahead service to set up kayaks/paddle boards/snorkel gear!!!

We were thrilled with our very private stay at Secret Bay. We barely saw another guest the whole time we were on property, which was exactly what we were looking for. Every time we kayaked (5 minute trip) to one of the two beaches we were all alone. We enjoyed the beautiful grounds at Secret Bay and were very impressed with all of the beautiful foliage, which also doubled as herb/fruit trees.

Our meals were wonderful! Bianca, our main personal assistant, was great at making suggestions for different dinners and would accommodate our preferences for local or American cuisine. Everything was freshly made and fantastic! Bianca would ask daily if we needed any items restocked and made sure we always had everything we needed. No request was ever too much.
Ana was incredible at accommodating our requests for excursions and made sure we knew what we were getting into (like with the Boiling Lake hike). I do suggest taking many energy type snacks (granola bars, pretzels, fruit) with you for along the way (both directions) in addition to a lunch.

Additionally, there are two other points that are of significance and worth applauding the SB staff. The first is our upgrade from a Bungalow that we booked to a Villa at no additional cost due to an overbooking issue. They didn’t even note the upgrade until we mentioned it first. Next, is crediting us for the first night of our reservation. We missed our connection to Dominica and had to spend our first night in Puerto Rico. We fully expected to pay for our first night’s stay b/c that is what our reservation was for and it was no fault of SB’s that we didn’t make it. However, they were kind and thoughtful enough to void the charges. I want to point out that we didn’t even ask them to do this.

The only suggestion we have in hindsight to assist those guests wanting to sleep in is blackout shades/blinds. We did find it difficult to sleep in past 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. because of the sunrise and all the windows.

Thank you SB for making this a memorable 10 year anniversary trip!!!! We will be back!

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Stayed on: March 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Ken D
Country of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Reviewed on: 11 December 2013

My wife and I had endlessly researched potential destinations for our honeymoon. We even solicited the assistance of a travel agent (yes, somehow that is still a profession), but ultimately found Secret Bay on our own.

Finally, our search was over…

We stumbled upon this small resort, on a beautiful island that we had never heard of, and we knew instantly that it was the only place we wanted to go for our honeymoon.

From the moment we arrived we were greeted with a warmth and kindness that set the tone for our entire stay. We stayed ten nights in the Zabuco III villa, and it was nothing short of amazing.

The staff was delighted to make sure we had everything we needed to make our stay an experience we will never forget.

The island is absolutely beautiful everywhere you look.

You will want for nothing. The staff will make you feel like family, and the five star accommodations will make you want to “lose” your passport so you never have to leave.

Anna and the staff work tirelessly to make your stay a unique experience that is tailored to your wants/needs. They handle it all. From massages and private yoga classes right on your deck, to guided hikes, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, and pretty much anything else you would want to do.

The food is excellent, and the private chef experience is just another personal touch that makes Secret Bay such an amazing place to visit.

If you’ve searched as much as we did, you are probably thinking “I don’t even care anymore. Let’s just go anywhere. I’m sure we will have a good time on any of these islands”… While there may be some truth to those thoughts, be happy that you did not settle, because all that searching has led you to Secret Bay.

I could go into painfully boring detail about all the wonderful things we experienced, but will leave you with this.

This is truly, the trip of a lifetime. I recommend Secret Bay to anyone that will listen. I can’t say enough good things about every aspect of our stay. You will be amazed. There is nowhere like it.

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Stayed on: September 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Melissa V
Country of Origin: Mississauga, Canada
Reviewed on: 19 November 2013

If there is anything better than perfection then that is how we would describe our vacation! Right from being picked up at the airport after a long day of travel to the very warm welcome from Anna and the staff when we arrived at Secret Bay. We stayed in Zabuco III …WOW … we thought the pictures were amazing, it is even better, if that is possible. Anything we needed was just a phone call away. Our kitchen was stocked with fruit and fruit juices which were so fresh. The homemade yogurt and granola was simply awesome … A must have! The food was exceptional and exceeded our expectations, everything from shrimp, lobster, lion fish and the best salads ever with a passion fruit dressing. A phone call to security and they would get a kayak ready for us to take out into the bay. It was a very relaxing vacation and a great place to take time to just reconnect, either sitting by the pool listening to the local radio stations, going for a swim or sitting on the deck watching movies on a rainy day … Thank you to everyone at Secret Bay!!

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Stayed on: October 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cathy K
Country of Origin: Caribbean
Reviewed on: 3 September 2015

This year our family of four had a wonderful 4 nights at Secret Bay in Dominica and vow to return to this beautiful island. Although we packed in a lot, there was so much left to see and do.

We stayed at Secret Bay and chose Villas Zabuco II and III – with III being more private, as it was at the end of the path and had its own private gate. Each villa had its own pool, stunning views, and spectacular finishes inside. The food was amazing – dining in our villas at night with our own personal Villa Attendant serving us – the portions were huge, and we didn’t go away hungry!

Merlinda was great in organising our activities: which varied from my husband and children canyoning, whilst I went to the Botanical Gardens, Jaco Steps and Morne Bruce and then I met up with them at the Cocoa Cottages to go to Trafalgar Falls and swim in the Sulpur Springs! On our last day, we went on the Indian River Tour with “Fire”, our guide, a colourful character. It was along this river parts of “Pirates of the Caribbean” was filmed and midway we disembarked to order a specialty punch!

In between all this activity, we still managed to fit in having massages in our villa, and were able to kayak, paddle board, and swim through a secret cave under the resort as well – you must go!
Highly recommended. The staff were all so friendly from Kanniama in Reservations, Merlinda the tour organiser, and everyone else in between. Don’t wait. Book now.

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Stayed on: April 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: robsee2016
Country of Origin: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Reviewed on: 13 April 2016

Dominica is a truly beautiful island, one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. And Secret Bay must surely be the most beautiful place to stay.

We stayed in Zabuco Villa III, a perfect villa at the top of the cliff overlooking Secret Beach. The villa can be zoned off into three very spacious and comfortable areas: bedroom/bathroom, living/kitchen and veranda/dining. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need to self cater, although you also have the choice of your attendant cooking for you in your villa or bringing your meals to you at your selected times. Seeking private time, I was concerned about feeling uncomfortable with an attendant, but they really do give you as much space as you ask for – we saw ours only at meal times.

The view from the veranda was incredible – the northernmost tip of Dominica. Underneath the villa was our own private plunge pool and sun loungers, as well as a Weber barbecue and bean bag hammock.

The hotel staff were incredible. From the attendant, Megan, to the concierge Anthea who met us at our villa to arrange our activities, to Marvin the manager who was welcoming and made our comfort a priority, to the driver who offered us a lift up from the beach. And the food was delicious.

There is so much to see and do in Dominica. We went whale watching, walked to many waterfalls, swam in Titou Gorge, went on an Indian River tour, went horse back riding, visited the caves underneath the cliff with Captain Don, walked a nature trail and visited Syndicate falls with Dr Birdie, bathed in hot sulphur springs and went snorkelling in Champagne Reef.

We could have quite happily extended our stay in Secret Bay – it’s a hard place to leave, thanks to all who made our stay so magical.

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Stayed on: March 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Gabriella B
Reviewed on: 1 October 2016

We stayed in the Zabuco III villa and I cannot find the words to truly describe the beauty and excellent level of service that accompanied our stay! The staff at Secret Bay are of the highest caliber, the resort presents the opportunity to personally curate your trip down to the smallest detail. It’s incredible to travel to a different part of the world and still feel all the familiar comforts of home. Dominica offers such a unique landscape to be explored both on and off it’s shores. It is an ideal destination because of the diversity of expeditions and day-trips that can be made. We took part in snorkeling and a trip down the Indian River, all organized through Secret Bay. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and it’s was incredibly convenient with pickup and drop-off right on the shores of the resort’s private beach. Overall, a world-class level of luxury and service that offers a seamless immersion into paradise.

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Stayed on: September 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Julie C
Country of Origin: Albany, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 01 June 2015

Dominica is beautiful in a wild, natural way. Secret Bay really capitalizes on that and then pushes it over the top into a luxurious retreat. We were on a girlfriends’ getaway and stayed in Zabuco Honeymoon Villa III perched above the secret beach. Great views, amazing trees, plants, birds – very private and just the right combination of luxury and simplicity. And the service was spectacular. Merlinda did a fantastic job of organizing everything, Eudora was attentive and very kind, and Ryan drove us around the island, showing us the highlights and special recommendations of his own. We felt totally pampered and taken care of. My only complaint–our trip was too short!

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Stayed on: March 2015

Zing Zing

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Velma R
Country of Origin: Portsmouth, Dominica
Reviewed on: 4 February 2016

My husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay in Jan 2016. Upon arrival we received a warm and personal welcome which really set the tone for the rest of our stay. Instead of checking in at a front desk, we were escorted to our villa where we were served drinks with smooth jazz playing on the sound system.

We stayed in the Zing Zing Villa and it was clear that the staff of Secret Bay specialized in catering to our personal needs and desires. The villa was outfitted with ALL modern and technologically advanced amenities. Our villa was very private and quiet and the views were breathtaking, especially during sunset dinners on the deck. Overall, the food was very tasty and I just love how personal it was with our villa attendant coming to serve our meals on time – no lines, no wait, no mingling with other guests if you don’t want to. The villa is also self-contained, so we had the option of cooking, doing laundry or simply be waited on.

If you are looking for an excellent get-away and privacy, Secret Bay is the place for you. You hardly see other guests, yet you feel safe. And if you’re a nature lover, Secret Bay is where you want to be with beautiful wood finishes and walls that can essentially transform into windows or be removed to create that ‘I’m taking a bath in the great outdoors’ effect.

At check out, staff comes to your villa rather than having to meet them at reception. We did not want to leave. We’re officially spoiled and I doubt many other hotels in the region will be able to match this experience.

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Stayed on: January 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: linda333
Country of Origin: USA
Reviewed on: 22 December 2016

My husband and I discovered this place and celebrated our 45 wedding anniversary here! He is still saying it was PHENOMENAL. The first 5 nights we stayed in the Zing Zing 2 BR villa with our daughter and her husband and thought it couldn’t get better. Well I was wrong: they moved us to the Honeymoon Villa for another 5 nights and it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The staff, the food, and the owner actually came to meet us making it a true highlight of our married life! Thanks again for be able to enjoy this unbelievable oasis in Dominica! Wowsers

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Stayed on: October 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Kiffa75
Country of Origin: St. Lucia
Reviewed on: 7 June 2016

My wife and myself spent our first anniversary last week at Villa Zing Zing in Secret Bay Resort.

We knew this place was going to be special but we did not expect it to be this lovely.

It was the most romantic setting and made us feel at one with nature with the lush tropical fauna surrounding the villa, yet the it also had all the amenities needed for a luxury vacation.

The staff were a pleasure to meet and speak with, from Ayeola who handled our bookings, the ladies who kept checking in on us in our villa, to ensure we had everything we wanted, to Gregor, the owner who also checked in personally to ensure our stay was perfect.

The chef did an amazing job of preparing our meals, they were all extremely delicious.

My wife and myself had the best time at Secret Bay and thoroughly enjoyed Dominica and her wonderful people, we can’t wait to visit once again.

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Stayed on: June 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Kris G
Country of Origin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed on: 8 November 2015

My husband Mike and I took a one week getaway to Secret Bay Resort in Portsmouth, Dominica for a romantic getaway. Needless to say, it was just what we needed and we got an opportunity to enjoy a rare gem of an experience and came away with lasting memories. The resort is the perfect getaway for a newly married couple on their honeymoon or a couple married for many years.

We stayed in the Zing Zing villa and there is no other breathtaking view than the one from our balcony. The privacy, tranquility, ambiance, lush vegetation, breathtaking sunsets and the beach within walking distance of your villa is the perfect getaway for couples. Our personal assistant (Bianca) and Secret Bay staff were very attentive to our needs while also giving us our privacy.

If you’re looking for a romantic, memorable getaway to the Caribbean, Secret Bay Resort is the perfect place. My husband and I will be sure to return.

Thank you Secret Bay for a memorable vacation!

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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Mike G
Reviewed on: 8 November 2015

Notwithstanding the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica has a gem, a paradise – Secret Bay, secluded but in close proximity to the island’s second town, Portsmouth. Secret Bay is a one-of-a-kind paradise – the caring and attentive staff, the delicious meals, the lush green vegetation, the beaches and amazing sunsets, the peace and tranquility and the ambiance of our villa (the Zing Zing) is unmatched!

My wife Kris and I were truly pampered and treated like royalty! Our six-day stay was truly romantic and enjoyable; we are guaranteed to return – definitely for a longer stay! Thanks Secret Bay for a most memorable vacation!
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Stayed on: October 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: tneconnimyriam
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on: 25 February 2015

This review is almost 2 months late… Where to begin? My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to travel that wasn’t overly touristy and wanted to be pampered. We got more than we bargained for!

We stayed in the Zing Zing villa. We had a blast! We rented a vehicle and travelled all over the island. We would speak to Rosemary who would have our dinner ready in the warmer by the time we got back. We would go dancing on the beach until 4am! As soon as people knew we were staying at Secret Bay people went out of their way to make sure we weren’t bothered at the clubs. Excellent service! Special thank you to Rosemary, Merlinda, Fire, Britney!! When I was sick, I was given some lemongrass rum mix to help speed my recovery, and authentic chicken, noodle soup with dumplings. The coconut chicken was awesome. We felt like we were family.

We got lost on the roads, and only had to call Merlinda and she would help us find our way back to the resort. They were available 24 hours a day. We had so much fun. We wanted to go out and dance and they directed us to awesome places to get our groove on. The rooms were luxurious, we would eat on the balcony and watch the water. We ran out of time as we were planning to through a goodbye fete to all the friends we made in Dominica! The sad part was to leave. It was definitely worth the price!! But next time we plan on coming back this year for the World Creole Music Festival with friends.

Miss you lots!!! The people of Dominica are authentic, and good hearted people. We picked up hitch hikers we never felt unsafe…people were always willing to give us directions and we met so many awesome people along the way.

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Stayed on: November 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: RichardENYC
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 10 August 2014

Secret Bay is perfection itself. A boutique getaway in a most romantic setting on a most wonderful island, we could not have asked for more. We spent seven wonderful honeymoon nights at Secret Bay last month and returned to our jobs and urban life completely restored by the sounds of the Caribbean just below our deck, the sights in the rain forest, the wonderful sense of peace. We spoiled ourselves and took the two bedroom Zing Zing villa with its two soaking tubs and its upstairs and downstairs decks. A private yoga lesson on that lower deck was the perfect thing after a day of hiking and sight seeing. The team assigned to our cottage was unfailingly knowledgeable and helpful. The food they prepared for the meals we ate at home was the best of Dominica’s local cuisine with some special touches. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Its a place that is good for the soul.

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: mo-to-the
Country of Origin: Chicago, USA
Reviewed on: 01 July 2014

Look no further for the best place to vacation in your life.

My husband and I arrived June 2nd for 5 nights and were greeted at the airport by the kindest staff ever, with dried fruit and cold water. Anna and staff met us at the Zing Zing and we were blown away with the amazing feel of the place. Everything was clean and spotless and the view of the ravine and ocean was instantly calming.

The locally sourced wood floors even felt soft on our feet. Built in cappuccino maker and Italian kitchen, amazing deck, hot tub, books, movies…

Our villa was stocked with everything we needed and the wine fits any price range. Everything is home made and organic, local and fresh. I really wanted lion fish while we were in the Caribbean and it was no problem here. Grilled or fried, whatever!

Try eating on the sunset deck and the other one. The food was so amazing. We just asked for whatever was fresh that day and the preparation was better than any restaurant – we live in Chicago so are spoiled.

We spent a few days at secret beach and the other one. Just asked for a cooler bag and snorkeling equipment and we were on out own to explore, eat cheese and drink wine and chill! The water is beautiful and more full of life than I’ve seen.

There is life all over the grounds too – sand and water crabs, lizards and hermit crabs, anyone who loves nature will be at their best!

Fire took us down the Indian River – definitely worth the trip. We went spear fishing and line fishing with Mr. Mitchell – the kindest and best.

M Jay showed us the best of Champagne bay, Roseau, Trafalgar Falls and Sulfur Springs. He was so cool and we were happy to see him pick us up for the sad ride back to the airport.

Tried the Primal Spa with Martha Cuffy which was an experience of Dominica.

Even though the room price is a little high, you won’t spend too much on food and the excursions they help you plan are very reasonable with the best people.

Dominica is a gem – best place and people in the Caribbean hands down. Secret Bay was absolutely paradise.

Thank You, Gregor and family for making this place real. What a start to our marriage and we will definitely be back – cannot say that about many places!

Special shout out to Rosaline!

Ox,
Moira & Mark Hagy

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Stayed on: June 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Johan S
Country of Origin: unknown
Reviewed on: 14 June 2014

Our first trip together and loved our time in Dominica – it has old-Caribbean flavour and really is an Eco paradise. Secret Bay was our treat at the end of this trip – and it surpassed our expectations in many ways. The architecture and furnishings of our private tropical bungalows combined the best materials and styles from the region with modern flair – very comfortable, contains any amenity you could want – including a great movie library and sound system, and selection of chilled wines. The service and food sets this place apart from any Caribbean lodge or hotel I have ever been to. The setting is secluded, shaded under the trees, with a private beach, and sunset views over the ocean.

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Stayed on: May 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Sheilah S
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 11 March 2014

Secret Bay is a hidden treasure. The environment and the serenity of the property and its surrounding shores with all the natural beauty make this a very special and relaxing place. There is a little beach on the property, and you can easily kayak to Coconut beach to the right and Secret Beach to the left – both are easy 5-10 minute kayak rides (slightly more challenging if the wind is kicking up.) The nearby Fort Shirley and a tour with “Dr. Birdy” are not to be missed.

The staff are all wonderful, and Anna will address any request that you have. Anna really works hard to please the guests, and she does so in a pleasant way. Anna set us up with tour guides and taxi drivers, and everyone was knowledgeable and friendly, and we felt very safe and in good hands at all times. Everyone who works at Secret Bay is nice, pleasant and friendly – every single person. A special thanks to the ladies at the Souce Shack who prepare all of the meals – they do an excellent job preparing tasty meals using all local ingredients. We loved sitting at the counter and watching them cook, and chatting with them, and learning about what’s going on in Dominica. We had lunch at the Souce Shack every day and definitely found this to be a special part of the trip for us. We had dinner served on our deck every night. The hotel was full but since it can accommodate only a total of approximately 14 people, it always felt like we were the only ones there, and that all of the staff were focused on us and on making our stay a pleasantly memorable one. They succeeded, consistently. We enjoyed Secret Bay and Dominica so much that we stayed 2 extra days.

It is important to note that Secret Bay and Dominica are not for everyone – If you are looking for a Hilton or a Four Seasons, or nightlife, this is not the place. If you are looking for a small secluded place with local character, spotless, natural beauty, and friendly and accommodating staff, this is the place – don’t miss it.

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Stayed on: January 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Barnesology
Country of Origin: Atlanta, USA
Reviewed on: 23 December 2013

This is not your typical Caribbean. It’s unlike any Caribbean trip I’ve ever taken and I’ve been on many. Secret Bay sets the bar high in Dominica from their tree-house-like breathtaking villas to a level of service and hospitality that eclipses the best resort where you have ever stayed. Secret Bay’s core is built on privacy, luxury, customer service and customer experience. Each unit has its own amenities like a pool or hot tub, hammock and fully stocked kitchen. There is no restaurant. The chef at the Sous Shack creates all meals to your wishes and then your attendant delivers them to your villa. The attention to detail from the owner, Gregor, and Anna (Resort Manager) was meticulous. Before you ever arrive and through your departure, you are very well taken care of with kid gloves.

The accommodations are insanely beautiful and amazingly well made with architecture design by the famous architect Fruto Vivas. There are four villas and two bungalows on the property with all similar state of the art furnishings and each with very distinctive romantic views of the Caribbean. Some villas are perched on a cliff and one is set into the rainforest (Zing Zing). They all have accordion glass doors that completely open up to the sea. Bugs are not a problem, unlike other islands, and you can leave your doors open all day. The resort is very safe, so you don’t really ever need to lock up your villa. The staff is very attentive and trusting and will feel like part of your family when you leave. Our attendant, Saralee, was very sweet, helpful and really added to our overall experience.

I was very impressed by the technology in the villas and on the property. Wi Fi is fast and reliable which is huge for me, and not typical at other Caribbean resorts. The satellite for TV is also great with most American networks available and flawless reception. The air condition system is comfortable and reliable. The fully stocked kitchen and bathrooms are top notch and the hard wood floors are beautiful. All in all, the most overall luxurious accommodations I’ve ever seen in the Caribbean.

The dining experience is tremendous. You pick whatever you want from fresh fish or lobster to BBQ ribs or gluten free pizza. Chef Eric made me some of the best “fall off the bone” ribs I’ve ever had in my life. I’m from Texas…I know BBQ! There is no menu – you call it. “Whatever you want” is their motto. Same with drinks…ask whatever and you’ll get it. Go meet Jemer in the Souce Shack and ask her for the special iced tea/vodka combo. The Rum punch is addicting and, island natives say, an island aphrodisiac. Jemma is wise and great in the kitchen. We frequently allowed her to select our meals for us and we were never disappointed.

Nature freaks will be in heaven with the lush surroundings. It can go from blazing sun to a 5 minute hard rain every 20 minutes some days. You definitely get the rainforest experience. Everywhere you look is a postcard waiting to happen. There are kayaks, paddle boards and two beaches. One of the beaches you can only access by kayak and when you get over there (2 min) you feel like you are on the tv show, Survivor. There is a large arch you can snorkel through, a hidden underwater cave and stunning cliff rock formations.

Secret Bay is on the cover of Travel & Leisure for a reason. It’s truly a unique vacation with the highest level of customer service and luxury available in the Caribbean. I won’t publish the name here, but there was a certain major female rock star that refused to leave because it is so incredible… even to the point of offering to buy the entire resort. I think we are all lucky that did not happen.

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Stayed on: December 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Heather C
Country of Origin: Atlanta, USA
Reviewed on: 12 December 2013

My husband and I stayed at Secret Bay the week before Christmas 2013. We knew very little about Dominica, but read the reviews for Secret Bay and booked our flights. Believe the reviews! This place is amazing! Beautiful natural property, gorgeous architecture, and superb service. We loved kayaking to Secret Beach and hiking the water falls, but mostly enjoyed the sounds of the rain Forest while relaxing and enjoying the views from our villa, Zing Zing. Also loved my daily trips down to the Souce Shack to visit with Jemer, the cook, and quiz her about all the local yummy foods. All her meals are amazing. And yes, you can eat lobster every meal if you desire! Saralee, our attendant, was absolutely delightful. We even had the pleasure if meeting the owner, Gregor. What a brilliant man to have such a perfect vision for a resort on the island where he grew up.

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Stayed on: December 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: AmyandChuck2010
Country of Origin: Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewed on: 23 June 2013

I say believe it because we booked this trip based solely upon the Trip Advisor reviews. We had heard about Dominica from a tour operator in Jamaica as her favorite island to visit & wanted to check it out, but we knew absolutely nothing about the island. My husband and I spent 5 incredible nights in early May in the Zing Zing villa. We had hoped to get the Zabuco villa with the pool, however it was booked during the dates we needed to travel. We absolutely loved the ZZ villa and would highly recommend it for two couples wanting to travel together. Both bedrooms & bathrooms are identical so there will be no “flipping a coin” to see which couple gets the better room! We felt like we had our own treehouse and enjoyed every second we spent in it. The aspect that we loved the most was the fact that entire front wall opened up so the deck became part of the living room. We spent most of our time lounging on the very comfortable patio furniture and ate every meal at the outside dining table. We never had an issue with bugs (but be sure to bring spray for hiking), though we kept the bedroom doors shut at all times just in case. Obviously with that set up, we did not use the AC in the main parts of the house but there were ceiling fans on the deck which kept the air moving nicely. The AC in the bedrooms was great so we had no issues cooling off if needed. The view from our deck was spectacular and I got up every morning around 6:30am and just enjoyed the beginning of the day. We went to bed every night around 9:00pm (not the norm for us!) and the beds were pretty comfy, though maybe a tad soft. Note, there is no nightlife here. If you are looking for peace & serenity with unbelievable food & views, this is the place to be! The WiFi was reliable & pretty fast, and the TV had good cable channels. The hot tub was very nice and we enjoyed sitting in it at night with a drink.

Dominica is an amazing island for those who love nature and having a very wide range of activities. As part of our package at SB, we received a 4-hour nature hike to Syndicate Falls & Morne Diablotin to see the parrots with Dr. Birdy. It was fascinating and extremely informative. The hike itself was mild but I was glad that I had on tennis shoes rather than sport sandals. My feet did get wet because we had to cross a creek a couple of times. This hike was only about a 20-minute drive from SB. We did not book any tours until we arrived and Anna sat down with us in our villa and went through many options and then booked anything we selected. She set up our itinerary and provided us with a printed copy so that we always knew where to be & when. We chose to do a river tour with the guide “Fire” and that was a very relaxing easy day. We stopped at the bar on the river and had a couple of drinks (bring cash) and loved the Dynamite Rum Punch!

Our final tour was to Boiling Lake. It was the most unbelievable experience we’ve ever had, but it is not for the faint of heart. We are in pretty good shape, and I don’t know how anyone who doesn’t work out on a relatively routine basis would make it in & back out. You do have to climb down & back up an active rock slide so you need to be strong enough to do this. It is worth every painful step and I can’t describe the feeling of pride you’ll have at the end of this day. We made it to the lake in 2 hours 45 mins and it took probably around 3 or so to get back out. The landscape is indescribable. If you do the hike, make sure that you take food with you. We only took some protein bars, granola & dried fruit and desperately wished we had a sandwich when we got to the lake. We were filthy by the end of the hike and the iron-based mud does stain so dress accordingly. I highly recommend sturdy tennis shoes or trail shoes but would NOT recommend any type of open sandal unless that is your normal hiking shoe of choice. Wear your swimsuit and get into the warm pool as you hike back. I considered not doing it and was so glad that I did. We also have never been so happy to slide into a hot tub. If you plan to do this hike, seriously consider the ZZ villa for this alone or plan to make friends with whoever might be staying in it!

I also had a 90-minute private yoga session with Trudy and it was one of the best yoga sessions I’ve ever had. I practice yoga on a marginally regular basis, so she and I were able to do a very strenuous power yoga class that lasted over 1 1/2 hours. The fact that my view was of the bay from our lower deck only added to the magic. She will tailor her teaching to your level so don’t worry. If you have the chance, it truly is worth it. I followed that with breakfast of homemade yogurt & granola on the deck & thought to myself, a vacation cannot possibly get any better than this. We kayaked to Secret Bay twice, and the owner Sandra met us the second time to show us the cave. This is a must see. The snorkeling by the cave & arch was terrific but was not that good on the opposite side of that beach so stick to the arch area if you have to pick one. We also kayaked to Coconut Beach and loved it. Good snorkeling there with cool coral formations & underwater plants. Our package also included massages with Terri, and she gave us a fantastic massage! Very strong hands, the oil smelled amazing, and we did our massages on the deck. Notice a theme? We loved that deck.

Now on to the service & food. Our attendant for the majority of our time was Bianca, and she was so sweet & friendly. We only had her cook breakfast one morning and chose to do our morning meals the rest of the time. We got the organic basket & loved the yogurt/granola & fresh fruit. We also had the villa pre-stocked with snacks & some food items. We had no idea how much anything would cost, but were absolutely shocked at checkout when our food/alcohol bill was only around $350. We had lobster, shrimp twice, fish multiple times, pork etc. The food was so fresh. My favorite meal was the king fish with the garlic/pesto topping. I still dream of it. That was our first meal on the night we arrived. SO GOOD. We also took advantage of having a wine chiller in the villa and could pull out a bottle whenever we wanted one. The wine list was decent and I thought the prices were very fair. The local rum with fruit juice was my afternoon cocktail, and we both enjoyed the local beer Kubuli a lot.

Anna was amazingly helpful and very nice to work with. She clearly understands the hospitality business and wants to ensure that your stay is top notch. She actively seeks feedback and wants to make improvements as they move forward. She even gave us a tour of the active construction site where they are building additional villas for their home ownership program. This is the most private resort we’ve ever been to, and I mean PRIVATE. While I think we saw a guest or two walking on a path, we never heard anyone or ran into anyone. We would go up to the sunset deck with a drink on a couple of evenings to enjoy the view, and we were always the only ones there. It was blissful. DO NOT hesitate to stay here. We came very close to allowing Anna to “lose” our passports which she offered to do when I told her it would probably take Security to get me out of the villa on our departure day.

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Stayed on: May 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Adam G
Country of Origin: Burlington, Vermont, USA
Reviewed on: 24 December 2012

My wife and I went for our honeymoon in July and were astounded at how wonderful the Zing Zing villa was. It is a tree house, in the woods, with a hot tub, all the amenities you would ever want. Every detail of the villa is incredibly well thought out down to the clocks on the night table, that are a cube wooden cube that only light up if you touch it or the table. There are two secluded beautiful sandy beaches just a few minutes kayak ride away. The staff is wonderful, particularly Anna who is a true gem. We had a last minute issue and had, to leave our luggage at the airport, and only were able to bring a backpack, yet this didn’t affect our trip in the least. Anna just asked for a list of what was needed and by the time dinner was brought up to our deck (which is such a great idea) someone had already gone to the store and bought the socks, sunscreen, and other few items I mistakenly left behind. The fact that there’s a washing machine in the villa means you really can pack lightly. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about our stay, (which should in no way change your mind) was that there is a dance club across the bay (miles away) that one night a week plays music so loud that you can hear the bass. The island is spectacular with great excursions, hikes, snorkeling, etc. and Anna co-ordinates everything with all the best local guides. My wife and I really can’t say enough about how great the villa, staff, and island all are, it really is a special place.

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Stayed on: July 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: 1WandR1
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on: 09 November 2012

…in twelve months! Last week, my husband and I returned from our second one week holiday at Secret Bay. Last October, I wrote a review about this property and I am delighted to contribute my comments again.

We chose to return to Zing Zing villa – a spacious and beautiful two bedroom villa overlooking the sea. The layout is ideal for a family or two couples but we decided to spoil ourselves and take advantage of the large inside and outdoor living space. One year later, the entire property is even more beautiful than when we first visited. The flora is maturing beautifully with the help of Secret Bay’s onsite landscape architect, the villas seem to be settling into their natural environment flawlessly and the hummingbirds and butterflies have definitely found their home. I think my favorite part of the day was lounging on the expansive veranda each late afternoon admiring the beauty of nature. Being a City person, quite used to staring at concrete buildings and the backside of cars every day, there were endless opportunities to enjoy the overwhelming sights and sounds before me.

To honor a promise to the staff which I made last year was to return and prepare dinner for them, just to show our appreciation for their good care during our holiday. Zing Zing proved to be a fabulous entertainment space. The kitchen was equipped well, allowing me to prepare a gourmet meal with ease, and, we were able to accommodate a gorgeous dinner outside on our veranda for 10 easily. We also entertained the hotel guests which felt like a scene out of a magazine. Everyone at the dinner table shared fabulous stories of their discoveries on the ‘nature island’ which only reinforced how lucky we all were to be visitors of such a special place.

Gregor and Sandra were perfect hosts. As with our experience last year, Gregor, my husband and I would kayak to one of their two beaches each morning to fit in some daily exercise before the day began. Sandra was the perfect hostess and was always ready to navigate hotel guests through a very interesting cave experience, take us through a wonderful yoga class or just come around to make sure we were all making the most of our vacation. Secret Bay has a staff masseuse who, I have to rate as one of the best massages I’ve experienced. The staff were wonderful, creating an ambience for us which catered to all of our needs and we really felt as if we were leaving our family at the end of the week. We are already anxious to book Zing Zing for next year and see our ‘family’ again.

It is impossible to rave about all of the activities on the island. Each day we looked forward to a long hike usually ending at a magnificent waterfall; a reward for a physically demanding experience. Secret Bay has collected a very professional group of tour guides and we never felt unprepared to tackle a new challenge. The people of Dominica have a great sense of pride in their Country and all it offers. Their enthusiasm is authentic and addictive. Much as we liked all of our guides, we felt drawn to Charlie and Devon. They together offered us the blend of wisdom and youthful energy which we really enjoyed.

I realize that most of these reviews are extraordinarily favorable – it’s all quite true! If you are considering visiting Secret Bay, enjoy. But please leave Zing Zing available for us next year!
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Stayed on: October 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Brian C
Country of Origin: Hermosa Beach, California, USA
Reviewed on: 30 December 2016

I first experienced Secret Bay on a solo trip in 2015 and just returned from my second trip there, this time a 7-night stay with my wife and 10-year old son. We stayed at Zing Zing and had the most spectacular time. From the moment we arrived till the very second we left, made up the best moments of this year for our family. From a day trip to Roseau with Ryan where we ventured to Trafalgar Falls where our son immediately started climbing rocks and swimming in the pools to our time with Dr. Birdy where we caught crayfish with our hands, ate fresh grapefruits from the trees and sucked on coffee fruit and sugarcane — every moment was filled with the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and new experiences. When not away from Secret Bay, our family loved all the attention and personalized service we received from sunrise to sundown from the staff at Secret Bay, as well as our time alone. Our favorite moments on property at Secret Bay include our in-Villa meals prepared by Chef Eric, Gemma and team, nature exploring and seeing the giant iguanas and our time at the beaches, including all day adventures snorkeling and soaking up the sun at Secret Beach to our kayaking journey to Coconut Beach and its nearby water park. Of course our time in Zing Zing’s private jacuzzi and enjoying the sounds of nature at night were highlights too.

Thank you also to Lenita, Ayeola and Jess. Looking forward to this becoming an annual tradition.

 

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Stayed on: December 2016

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Annalee D
Country of Origin: St. George, Barbados
Reviewed on: 2 October 2016

The service provided by Secret Bay begins before you even get there. I was able to order fresh juices, home-made yogurt, delicious granola bars, and plantain chips to be stocked in my villa for my arrival. We were met at the airport with very welcoming staff who provided us with cold water, chips and yummy cookies for the drive from the airport to the villas.

On arrival I was absolutely delighted with my room…the design of the villa, down to every detail, is sophisticated, contemporary and beautiful. The view from the patio of the coast is breathtaking. We had a delicious lunch of a dasheen based pizza – good for vegans! And then finally after a long week at work I was excited to take a walk down to the black sand beach, hop into the kayak and paddle round to Secret Bay for an energising swim. The next morning I had a massage which happened in the open air under my villa and it was just what the Dr. ordered. Three more swims, relaxing on the patio, reading and hanging with my posse and eating beautiful meals. Once I am at Secret Bay I don’t want to go anywhere. I love feeling luxurious and I hate leaving. The staff are warm and kind. I think every human being should experience Secret Bay just once in their life….it’s pure heaven on earth! Thank you Gregor and Sandra!

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Stayed on: September 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Td P
Reviewed on: 1 June 2016

Our family (2 adults, 3 children ages 6, 13, 16) spent 8 days at Secret Bay’s Zing Zing villa at the end of March/beginning April of 2016.

We do several vacations each year as a family, most to less-frequented destinations with upper-end accommodations, and we all found Secret Bay (and Dominica) to be one of our absolute favorites. This is not easily attained in a family with teenagers and much of the credit goes to the Secret Bay staff, who assisted us in putting together excursions and activities suited to each family member’s tastes.

Everything was as-advertised: near-perfection! From the booking and help arranging travel plans, to the check-in and orientation, to the accommodations and amenities, to arranging tours with hand-picked tour guides and drivers, to the villa attendants, concierge, cooks, maintenance personnel, management, everything was done professionally, personally, and with a smile. When we head back to Dominica, which we will, Secret Bay will be our only choice. Thanks again to all the wonderful folks at Secret Bay!!!

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Stayed on: March 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: AlexandrianSaoPaulo
Country of Origin: Sao Paulo
Reviewed on: 30 December 2015

You know those skeptical thoughts, when you see and read a website, but you can’t believe this can’t be true? Well, this happened to us. We thought the website about Secret Bay sounded too good be real. Well, we were wrong. Totally wrong.
We stayed at Zing-Zing, the structure is beautiful, you feel very safe (despite all the hurricane news you might have heard.) and we just loved the concept to have all the meals in our Villa. The food is extremely delicious, and surprisingly for us even our spaghetti-fries-diet kids liked it very much. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Even though the whole place is not too big, there is enough to do, that even after 3 days we left some activities for the next time, and yes: that’s for sure. We will come back.

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Stayed on: December 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Amber D
Country of Origin: Westport, Connecticut, USA
Reviewed on: 13 June 2015

Dear Secret Bay Team,

Our family had an incredible stay with you, it was, by far, the best holiday we have had together. We appreciated so many things about our stay: the lovely and luxurious amenities, the beautiful grounds, the seclusion that makes you feel far away from reality, dining on the various sun decks, the scrumptious meals that filled our bellies (seriously the best, most flavorful food I’ve ever had), the vast selection of wine and grocery items, the fresh juices (salivating now thinking of your guava juice), the off-site activities and adventures, the tranquility of the resort and, of course, the very helpful and engaging staff beginning with making our reservations to our departure. Kanniama, Marvin, Shermima and Megan all contributed to making our stay an excellent one!

We loved Dominica’s natural and untouched beauty, the laid back vibe, the culture, the genuine people, the architecture, the adventure and natural wonders, and even the honking!

It was a life changing experience, one that we still speak of very fondly of and will continue to cherish in years to come. Our kids still wish we had the recipe to your BBQ chicken (“best chicken we’ve ever had”) and that our “hikes” here, in Connecticut, lead us to natural hot springs. Every morning when my husband and I sit with our coffee in hand at home, we say, about 90% of the time, wish we were in Dominica!

Thank you all so much and we are certainly looking forward to seeing you again!

Tom, Amber, Jack & Nick

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Stayed on: April 2015

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: martinhuber01
Country of Origin: Sao Paulo
Reviewed on: 30 December 2015

First time in Dominica and certainly it will not be the last time. An island that has plenty of nature and offers great opportunities for everyone with an active lifestyle and who likes outdoors.

We stayed at the wonderful Secret Bay Hotel and it was marvelous. The view from the villa was fantastic, like someone had opened a window in the forest to the sea. The villa itself is designed and equipped with great taste and the service was very attentive but discreet at the same time. We felt that it was just us at the hotel.

The food was tasty and varied and, as there is no menu, you get too choose what you like. The kitchen creates a firework of taste based on all the island has to offer.

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Stayed on: December 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cliff N
Country of Origin: Fort Ann, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 11 December 2015

We were looking for a quiet family vacation to relax and let someone else take care of all the work and that’s exactly what we got. With more staff to take care of us than guests there was always one the staff ready to take care of whatever we needed. Polite and accommodating this is what a vacation should be. In addition all of excursions were with what had to be the very best guides on the island. No detail was missed. We were very pleased. In fact on the day we left the airlines stranded us as the airport. When we saw one of the guides that we had used he let Secret Bay know we were stuck….and they tracked us down where we were and paid for our dinner. While this is not a place to go on a budget, the money that was spent was well worth it. Now it’s time to go back to work to make some money so I can go back to Secret Bay again!
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Stayed on: December 2015

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jbedwards1
Country of Origin: Ohio, USA
Reviewed on: 11 April 2016

My family of four just got back from our stay in Dominica at Secret Bay. What an absolutely beautiful place. Our family has traveled all over the world and this place is definitely at the top. Dominica itself is unspoiled beautiful nature island not touristy at all. And Secret Bay over the moon beautiful. Everything is top end. No details are left out. Beautiful views, pool and plenty of space. And the service could not be better. Everyone of the staff super sweet and ready to attend to any need or whim we had. My kids (13 and 19) are very picky eaters and every request they made was filled without hesitation. The kids were thrilled as were my husband and I. I fell ill one day and the staff went above and beyond to attend to me. All you have to do is ask about an excursion and all arrangements are taken care of. We went whale watching which was amazing. If you like to be off the beaten path in luxury that is not pretentious…look no further.

 

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Stayed on: March 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: kccools
Country of Origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Reviewed on: 30 December 2016

We’re already counting the days until we return to Dominica and stay at Secret Bay. My husband, daughter and I have been fortunate to travel to many beautiful places around the world this year and Dominica takes top prize for its natural beauty, friendly people, rich culture, adventurous activities and “off the grid” getaway appeal. There just aren’t many places like this left in the world… mostly untouched and untainted. No stop lights on the island. Hardly any chain restaurants (we saw one), no big brand hotels. Just pure and true throughout; distinctly Dominica.

Secret Bay has 8 total villas and we stayed in Zing Zing, which had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living area, kitchen and large patio plus a large terrace below the villa and a hot tub. It is very spacious and primarily for families or, I imagine, two couples traveling together. We were there for a week and we were pampered with stellar accommodations and service.

Secret Bay is carefree luxury at its finest. Whatever you need is a text or call away via the complimentary iPhone they give you that is preloaded with all the numbers and info you need. Want to paddle board? Done. A board and paddle will be waiting for you down at the beach. Need extra towels? Done. Want to go to Trafalgar Falls? It’s taken care of.

The villa itself felt like home and we were treated as such. They pre-stocked our kitchen before our arrival with food we had requested and we enjoyed making breakfast each morning along with slicing up the fresh pineapples and grapefruits during the day and snacking on the homemade granola bars and yogurt. As our daughter was missing school and my husband had work to do, we even set aside time each day to do homework and respond to emails and such, and the wifi worked great, which isn’t always the case when you travel to small boutique hotels around the world. For dinner, we had dinner on the patio every night prepared by the Chef Eric and his team, and every meal was well worth the splurge.

All in all, I can’t recommend Secret Bay and Dominica enough for families. It was an experience my family will long remember and is looking forward to experience again.
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Stayed on: December 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ekcool
Country of Origin: Hermosa Beach, California, USA
Reviewed on: 30 December 2016

Returned last week from spending a week at Secret Bay and staying in the Zing Zing Villa with my husband and 10-year old son and I’m still overwhelmed with gratitude for being able to not only experience this myself but also for our son. We had to take him out of school for 8 days for this trip and admittedly I was worried about all the homework he’d miss but once there we had a regular schedule of spending time on Zing Zing’s terrace for an hour a day. Beyond that, the entire trip, being immersed in nature, was a learning experience for him. From our adventures with Fire down the Indian River to our nature walk with Dr. Birdy — both arranged by Lenita at Secret Bay — and the nature exploring just outside our doorstep our son was forever changed. He also enjoyed paddle boarding and kayaking over to Secret Beach to go snorkeling and swimming.

What touched my heart most was his notes after only being in Dominica and at Secret Bay for 2 days that read:

Notes:
Animals
Ocean
Plants
Mountains
Bridges
Fruits
Waterfalls
Lakes
Rivers

He even came up with an ad campaign for the country that says:

Dominica. Super small airport. Millions of trees.

When it was time to go and our ride to the airport arrived outside Zing Zing, our son said “I don’t want to leave”.

P.S. While nature and exploring was our number one way to have fun, when we tucked ourselves into bed, it was a treat to use the in-room Smart TV so our son could watch his favorite show on Netflix 🙂
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Stayed on: December 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Siobhan L
Country of Origin: Basseterre, St Kitts
Reviewed on: 17 May 2015

I’ve just returned from a two-night stay at Zing Zing Villa, a mother-daughter getaway for Mother’s Day. As one tends to do, I visited the Secret Bay website – watched the promotional videos, read the reviews; however, when we entered the Villa it still took my breath away. Wow, wow, wow. First and foremost Zing Zing is a romantic refuge but it also offers an absolute cradle of relaxation for families or a group of friends. There is no doubt that the design was well thought of. The Villa doesn’t disturb the surrounding natural beauty, which Dominica is known for. The elegance and sophistication offers all the comforts one would wish. The eco-friendliness of Secret Bay (the environmentally safe cleaning products, energy efficient appliances, all wood design) was quite refreshing. We enjoyed many relaxing moments on the terrace soaking in the fresh Caribbean Sea breezes. The staff offered 5 star services from the minute we drove through the entrance. I defy anyone to want to leave the Villa itself to even go just a few steps downstairs to the Jacuzzi or to the beach at the bottom of the hill. I am already planning my next visit. The time is now to getaway to Dominica and Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: May 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Aiandra K
Country of Origin:
Reviewed on: 17 May 2015

I think the magnificence of Zing Zing Villa at Secret Bay is succinctly captured by the comment that my handsome, party loving 20 year old nephew, who is heading to University in the fall, made to me during our family stay there over the Mother’s Day weekend. “You know Aunty Andy, this place makes me want to get married and have a family just so that I could build a home like this.” And indeed, throughout the weekend similar sentiments of awe and contentment were expressed by the entire family, as well as friends who reside in Dominica and visited us at Zing Zing Villa. Without a doubt the Secret Bay property has created the perfect balance between a contemporary décor and embracing the natural beauty of the surroundings.

We spent much of our stay on the expansive verandah, dining, playing games and chatting with visiting friends. Some persons intermittently popped down to the beach for a swim, used the jacuzzi for a relaxing soak, or migrated to the lower level where lounge chairs and a hammock were available for a siesta, while constant breezes blew gently to cool the balmy days.

We opted to cook some of our meals with the assistance of the house attendant. Working in a kitchen with state of the art appliances was a dream. And to top it all off, each and every staff member with whom we interacted, exuded the quintessential warmth and friendliness for which Dominicans are famous.

The last time I suffered from withdrawal was six years ago when I quit smoking. But tell you now, unreservedly, that since our wonderful weekend, I have suffered from Zing Zing Villa withdrawal every single day!

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Stayed on: May 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Joan T
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 21 March 2015

Our family picked Dominica and Secret Bay for our first ever trip to the Caribbean and from the moment we arrived we knew we had found a very special place. Our 5 full days in Dominica were a perfect balance of relaxing at our villa (Zing Zing) or on one of the decks or beaches at Secret Bay and exploring the Nature Island hiking, swimming in waterfalls, snorkeling, bird watching.

We are a family of 4 (parents and 2 pre-teen/teen boys) and typically rent a private home or apt rather than stay at resorts. Secret Bay offered the perfect blend of privacy and being cared for that we were seeking. As the mom who is typically cooking or planning the next meal or next activity, I personally have never felt so relaxed while on vacation. The breakfast and lunch food that was stocked in our kitchen and the dinners that were prepared for us at the Souce Shack were absolutely delicious. We had homemade yogurt with plantain jam for breakfast, and amazing fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes for dinner many cooked Creole style.

The tours and tour guides that Merlinda arranged taught us so much about the island’s natural environment, culture and history. Everything about our trip exceeded our expectations. The villa itself was also a perfect balance of functional, understated luxury that made the most of its spectacular setting.

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Stayed on: February 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Peter H
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 29 December 2014

I took my extended family to Secret Bay for a week this summer: wife, teenage son, parents (for 70th birthday), sister and boyfriend. It was the best vacation ever for each of us. We stayed in the Zing Zing villa, which was absolutely stunning. Simple, elegant, comfortable. Fantastic covered porch for lounging and dining. We took advantage of the personal chef every day–couldn’t have been easier. Place your order early in the day, and a fabulous meal awaits you on your porch for lunch and/or dinner.

The staff was incredibly thoughtful and kind, and took care of every possible request and detail. The location was beyond beautiful. Tucked into the hills overlooking they bay. Gorgeous secluded beaches right nearby. Endless amazing things to do on the island, which the staff can help arrange. And the tour guides they connected us with couldn’t have been nicer and more fun – they became great friends during our time there. Although the trip was six months ago, my family continues to talk about it and long for our next trip to Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Brittanie3791
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 15 October 2014

My family stayed for 5 nights in the Zing Zing villa this past October and we had an amazing time! The staff was professional, friendly and invested in making our time special. We did not have a set itinerary planned when we arrived, but Secret Bay helped us create a schedule of activities and arranged everything for us. I liked traveling around the island and exploring some of the natural attractions, but would also have been happy to stay on the property since there was plenty to do. The villa itself was beautifully designed and has every amenity you could want. We also liked how the buildings and walkways on the property were incorporated into the environment rather than leaving a larger footprint. Because of Secret Bay’s respect for the natural landscape and their high level of service, guests feel like they have the property to themselves. I cannot wait to go back to this special place!

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Stayed on: October 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Bill R
Country of Origin: Texas, USA
Reviewed on: 14 October 2014

I was in Dominica working with the Portsmouth Rotary Club and the expansion and renovation of their hospital’s emergency department. My brother and I were only able to be at Secret Bay for two nights, but it was the greatest island experience imaginable. Life in the Zing Zing was like being Tarzan in the jungle, except that Mr T. did not have the excellent food prepared in his kitchen, and the service of the entire staff that was truly the life of the nobility. It was my Downton Abbey of Dominica, and island we know and love. We have many friends there, and continue to go back, both to work on local projects, but also just to share the love we find there. When my brother had a medical issue that first day, Secret Bay had an ER doctor from Roseau there very quickly. The place is awesome. Hello to Marvin, Rosaline, Merlinda and all I am forgetting!!!!
2014-09-01

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Stayed on: September 2014

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chrysanthe M
Country of Origin: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Reviewed on: 23 September 2014

We spent a week with our 2 kids in Zing-Zing villa during August. From the moment we arrived till we left the staff at Secret Bay made us feel like home. There was nothing they couldn’t organise or cater to, always available and accommodating. The villa was out of this world – from German appliances and Brazilian hard wood to beautiful vistas, a nice breeze and a secluded bay by our feet. The engineering of the place is really impressive, maintaining a natural feel – perched on the cliff like a tree house – but with the luxury of a 5 star hotel.

We got massages on the quiet deck below us overlooking the ocean and took our meals on the expanding patio upstairs, never once seeing another guest (and the place was fully occupied). Dominica is a nature playground! We dived in the South-West and in the North, hiked Boiling Lake and a number of waterfalls and enjoyed kayaking and swimming in secret coves and bays around Secret Bay. We will definitely be going back next year! Thanks to Gregor and his great staff for taking such good care of us and the kids.

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Stayed on: August 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Laurie J
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 15 August 2014

Where do I begin? Secret Bay is unlike anywhere I have ever been! An idyllic setting that seems to grow out of the earth itself. Secret Bay is nestled in a secluded setting of seaside forest far from anything that resembles a typical resort. All 6 villas are built from natural green heart wood which adds to the feeling that you are at one with the beautiful island of Dominica. Step onto your deck and you are surrounded by the sounds of nature. The rustling leaves move in response to the cool breeze, birds sing lovingly as they call out to one another as the oceans waves beat rhythmically onto the shore in the background. It is a cacophony of sounds and scents that I wish I was able to bottle to carry with me always.

How can a resort so in tune with nature feel so utterly extravagant you may ask? Its easy. The staff at Secret Bay are warm, friendly and attuned to your every need. Bianca was our attendant over our five day stay. Each morning she would ask us what we wanted to eat for dinner (no menu by the way, but who needs one?) and later in the day it was delivered to our villa where we sat on the deck and enjoyed our dinner by the moonlight. In the morning breakfast was delivered in the same personalized manner. Some mornings we skipped traditional breakfast to munch on delicious home made granola bars while sipping local coffee. My only regret is forgetting to secure the recipe for those granola bars!

Thank you Gregor Nassief and your wonderful staff, Anna, Bianca, Vincent and the rest of the team for memorable and reenergizing stay. We hope to see you all again very soon.

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Stayed on: August 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: CFFamily
Country of Origin: Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA
Reviewed on: 09 April 2014

We just returned from a week-long stay and Secret Bay and it was awesome!

First, the resort is beautiful and very private. We were fortunate enough to stay in both the Zabuco and Zing Zing villas. Zabuco is over the top. The room has amazing views and ultimate privacy. The plunge pool is also a definite plus. The villa has tons of space and we really enjoyed our meals on the porch. Spectacular! Zing Zing was also great. It easily accommodated our family of five. The bedrooms were super comfortable and views still beautiful. No plunge pool, but a hot tub.

The service was also very special. Anna was tremendous about working with us prior to arrival and arranging excursions. Our guides were great and she had many wonderful recommendations. Deslyn and Megs were our villa attendants and they made all of our meals very special. They accommodated our kids requirements and ours as well. The food was very fresh and innovative. They also were great with helping with the dishes, laundry and making our stay super comfortable. Having quiet dinners on our porch overlooking the ocean and a sunset for dinner was very special.

We also enjoyed the surroundings around Secret Bay. Kayaking to Secret Beach and Coconut Beach were both very fun. Felt like we had the places to ourselves. Kayaks were always available and ready for us to head out on the quick trip. We also enjoyed visiting the cave – a must do! In terms of other excursions, we did some great scuba, snorkeling and hiking. Syndicate Falls was really great and we also enjoyed the Emerald Falls.

Definitely, the perfect mix of luxury and adventure. Looking forward to a return visit.

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Stayed on: March 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Gail M
Country of Origin: Bakersfield, USA
Reviewed on: 15 December 2013

I have stayed at many commercially owned resorts but none has compared to Secret Bay. We had the privilege of staying in the beautiful Zing Zing Villa. Everything was amazing about this unit – the beautiful wood, high-end stainless appliances, huge veranda overlooking the ocean (where by the way we ate we the most amazing meals prepared by the personal chef). I can’t say enough about Anna and Roseline who treated us like royalty and responded to all our wants and needs. Our son is a student at Ross Medical School and we definitely plan on returning to this amazing resort.

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Stayed on: August 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chuchka
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on: 14 April 2013

In March we went for the first time to Dominica. The first half of the week we spent in the jungle in the south west part of the island, the rest of the week we stayed at Secret Bay near Portsmouth. I wanted some time to spend by the ocean. Secret Bay is lovely quiet spot. The two bedroom cottage was amazing, it had everything you could ask for. The staff are friendly and so helpful, one day we asked to go kayaking to their Secret Bay beach and see the caves, one of the staff got everything prepared for us before we came down, then came with us to help guide us through into the bat cave. A picnic lunch was made for us another time with very short notice. The food was very good, there is a kitchen down by the sea that you pre-order what you want and what time you want to eat and then your cottage assistant sets up the table in your cottage and brings it to you. The owners are very friendly and wanted to make sure that we were having a great time. I didn’t on this trip but next time I want to go horseback riding, I had heard great reviews about the stables that are close by. It is a very quiet and relaxing place and we can’t wait to come back.

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Stayed on: March 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JWM0143
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 13 April 2013

Zing Zing villa was the perfect villa for my husband and I to share with my sister and her husband for a special vacation together. It’s challenging to find a villa where both bedrooms are equally nice – most include one master suite and other smaller bedrooms which doesn’t work well for two couples traveling together. Zing Zing has two identical spacious beautiful bedrooms each with matching large luxurious bathrooms.

The villa has wonderful outside decks with views of the water and the other side of the island. The breeze was delightful! We enjoyed relaxing together in the large hot tub or reading on the couches in our outside living room. When we wanted time alone as couples the spacious bedrooms were comfortable and private.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the modern appliances you could wish for. Every morning we made our own individual cups of cappuccino and espresso – no matter what time each of us awoke we could enjoy a hot steaming cup. The kitchen was always stocked for us with delicious fresh juices and fruits, eggs and the best granola I’ve ever tasted.

We all wanted to vacation with the comfort of a home but without the work involved in food shopping, cooking and cleaning. Our vacation at Zing Zing offered this better than any other option. The villa was cleaned every day – many villas only offer weekly cleaning. We never had to take time away from relaxing or fun to food shop, clean or cook. Lunch and dinner was delicious and we loved dining at the table on the large outside deck. In the morning we selected our choices for lunch and dinner and that was the last we thought about it. The food was varied and gave us a taste of the local cuisine which is what we hoped for. Fresh salads and fruits and homemade desserts kept us so happy we never thought of eating out. It was perfect to return from our daily activities, relax in the hot tub, have a cocktail and then enjoy a candle lit dinner al fresco. The staff was caring, friendly and eager to please including booking all our activities from hiking and canyoning to yoga and massages on our deck. We couldn’t have asked for a better “home” to share a wonderful vacation together.

Secret Bay is very low key and casual and in some regards it is still a work in progress but any issues we had were overshadowed by Anna who seems dedicated to providing the best service possible.

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Stayed on: March 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Yelena S
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 26 February 2013

Secret Bay for those who are looking for a great adventure, retreat, tranquility and luxury. Beautiful nature set, front beach and coral reef around the corner – the villas are equipped with everything you need – the home away from home – and very much alike Departure and/or Architectural Design. Impeccable service and staff – they would tailor to your needs from gluten free and vegetarian cusine to local fish, curry goat and many other dishes. You pick and choose what you would like to eat or do – the super friendly staff is there to assist you. SPA and yoga lovers will experience exceptional retreat. The yoga trainer and massage therapist are on the call – you’ll be surprised how professional they are! And very much to do around from water falls to hot springs, beautiful snorkel or diving on campaign beach. We missed the place and definitely are coming back.

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Stayed on: January 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Alexander A
Country of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Reviewed on: 23 December 2012

A gem of a tiny resort with a superb and helpful staff, from Anna the chief to Miguel the watersport assistant. Upon our arrival, we were provided with a free, local cell phone, with everyone on the resort staff included in the contact list. We used it to call for taxis, arrange excursions, order supplies, etc, even when we were traipsing around the island. This is a terrific idea that more resorts should adopt since using our US cell phones would have cost a fortune.

The hotel is tucked into a mini-jungle and currently has only 2 villas and some bungalows, all with very creative and attractive designs. Our villa, Zing Zing, made us feel as though we were living in a tree house but very quiet except for the coqui’s. Inside were 2 large bedrooms, with excellent air conditioning, plenty of storage, a safe, LCD TVs with cable, and 2 bathrooms with lots of towels and supplies. Between them is a small living room, with a stereo, games, videos, books and a Kindle, and a very well equipped kitchen with Siemens appliances, including a washer-dryer that allowed us to avoid bringing lots of clothing. The resort also installed a current transformer with a power strip that allowed us to charge all our US electronic devices without the need to bring our own current converters. Another excellent idea that should be standard.

The villa came stocked with all needed kitchen and bathroom supplies as well as the food we requested before arrival. One can arrange meal preparation with some leeway in menu choices or simply cook with food that the staff will purchase for you. Their meals were excellent, well prepared and presented, and served on our patio from the kitchen located just steps below. There are restaurants around the island but very few near the hotel and none, outside of the other resorts on the island, that serve other than local foods and relatively simple recipes. The food is usually fresh and tasty but do not expect St Barts cuisine on Dominica.

A hot tub rested a few steps below, and another patio equipped with tables, chairs, recliners and a hammock. Another few steps further down a hill, the watersports area above the beach stocked kayaks and snorkelling gear all maintained and provided with good cheer by Miguel and Vincent. In order to reach the nearby swimming and snorkelling beaches one needs to kayak for a few minutes but the staff will do that for you if you are uncomfortable on your own. One beach was in their “secret bay” and, for most of the days we were there, totally ours, alone. Clear water, nice sandy beach, close inshore snorkelling and absolutely quiet, no planes, cars etc to disturb us. The other side of the resort had a much larger, wider sandy beach, also usually deserted but for us. (There are plans to build a hotel on that one.)

Dominica needs to be well-researched before one chooses this island for a vacation. We knew what we intended to do and have had many years of experience in Caribbean travel (Petit St Vincent, Jumby Bay, Cap Juluca, Caneel Bay, Little Dix, Cotton House on Mustique and so on, are the places we have visited over the years.) This is not RockResort territory, nor should it be, but this is the perfect place for very low-key, casual, and nature-based vacations and Secret Bay is a wonderful base for that purpose.

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Stayed on: December 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JayneM255
Country of Origin: London, England
Reviewed on: 20 August 2012

I see that most Secret Bay guests are North American, so it’s time for a British perspective.

An overdue review since we stayed at Zing Zing villa the second week in July but we’ve been busy watching Team GB win lots of medals. Actually, the real reason is that life back at home is hectic which leads me neatly into describing my most lasting impression of our stay at Secret Bay: it has an incredibly calming effect.

The location is stunning and tranquil; as others have remarked in their reviews, the villas are private and are designed so that sitting on the veranda means one is amid the tree canopy as well as having views of the sea. All the staff were friendly, sincere, and calm – which had a very positive effect on our metropolitan mindset. The service to guests was the best I have ever experienced. The owners, Gregor and Sandra are lovely people and Anna of course is deservedly singled out for high praise by other reviewers. In organising our excursions she really thought about what we might like and effectively put herself in our shoes in making the choices.

We required a doctor for one of our party while we were there due to a minor illness and Anna excelled herself – a doctor’s visit to the villa was organised within a couple of hours, medicines ordered and delivered, and there was genuine concern from Gregor and Anna. It was an entirely hassle free holiday.

My two teenage children (aged 17 and 16) had a great time – scuba diving, hiking, sulphur baths, waterfalls, kayaking, the bat cave, horse-riding, dolphin viewing – all organised for us by Anna.

The excursion with Dr Birdy was brilliant and in the space of a week, I saw over 17 different species of birds – the island is nature at its most beautiful, the idyllic picture of every tourist’s dream.

So in conclusion: luxury, relaxation, beauty and fun. Last message to all at Secret Bay: please just keep doing what you’re doing – at least until we can return!

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Stayed on: July 2012

Mapou Bungalow

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: guacamaya7
Reviewed on: 30 December 2016

The most amazing place to stay in Dominica. Professional and friendly staff that take care of all your needs. We stayed at the Mapou Bungalow and it was amazing, the view was amazing, everything was amazing!!! We stayed at the Mapou Bungalow and it was amazing, the view was amazing, everything was amazing!!! It was the best place we stayed in our two weeks of honeymoon in Dominica. They offer free sport gear such as kayaks, snorkels, and more. I highly recommend this place for romantic get-aways or family or anyone who wants to see beautiful sights. The best is its next to the National Park where the endangered purple parrots are (imperial amazon -Amazona imperialis). It is a nice, luxurious, personal experience. You just ask from a provided cell phone and they deliver whatever you need.

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Stayed on:  August 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Conor F
Country of Origin: Penn Valley, California, USA
Reviewed on: 17 January 2016

The Dominican Island is stunningly beautiful without any help. Secret Bay is the best place to experience this natural beauty. The resort is thoughtfully built into the hillside that juts out of the bay waters. The lovely people at Secret Bay make the location so much more than just a wonderful sight to behold.

My wife and I began our marriage together at Secret Bay. Our honeymoon was exactly what we hoped it would be. Here’s our wish list: Beautiful, private, romantic, sweet, cozy, peaceful, fun, exciting, and adventurous! We can’t wait to return to this wonderful place and see the friends we made at Secret Bay. The personal touches the resort provides make this experience priceless. It is incredible how caring and thoughtful the staff are. Our driver, Gilbert, met us at the airport immediately upon our arrival to the island. We were so grateful for the delicious, fresh snacks and conversation he provided. From that first encounter, we knew we had made a fantastic decision to spend our first days together at Secret Bay.
We stayed at the Mapou Bungalow. Wow! We chose the bungalow because of a few things. First, it fit our budget. Second,we were attracted to the private location. Lastly, it looked very fun and cozy. It was all of those and more! It was so special waking up to the incredible view through the trees overlooking the waves directly below from the cliff we were perched on. With the views, the incredible looking and even better tasting food that was personally prepared and served to our bungalow, it was like we were on a TV show. Loved it! You can’t beat the food. I would return if just for the food!

 

Our personal attendants, Bianca and Megan were so kind and sweet and really made the whole experience incredible for us. Anything we needed they were there for us. For the times we ventured off the resort, Marvin was there to guide us and set up the details. It was simple making arrangements to see anything the island offered. The Middleham Falls, Trafalgar Falls, Batibou Beach, Chaudiere pool, and the Indian River were great visits to appreciate the islands natural offerings.

I can’t help but smile when I remember our time at Secret Bay and Dominica! My wife and I searched many weeks for a secluded and peaceful place we could enjoy and feel close together. It was such a blessing to find and then experience such a wonderful and beautiful location on this Earth. We thank the whole team there and everything they have done to care for the island while creating a world class location for all to come and enjoy! See you soon Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: June 2015

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Becka M
Country of Origin: Dublin, Ohio, USA
Reviewed on: 12 December 2016

Secret Bay was the perfect way to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary! After much research on the Caribbean, we decided that Dominica was the ideal island for us! We were looking for a place with tremendous natural beauty and a variety of outdoor activities. And now, where to stay….there was no doubt it had to be Secret Bay! Dominica and Secret Bay exceeded our expectations. They were the perfect combination for a trip of a lifetime! Our Mapou bungalow was fabulous! It was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed! The food at Secret Bay was top notch! Whether it was pre-stocked or prepared, it was absolutely delicious! Lenita did a superb job of helping us with our excursions! We loved them all:

1. Hike and swim at Middleham Falls & Hike to Trafalgar Falls.

2. Hiking Section 13 of the Waitukubuli Trail.

3. Exploring the Syndicate Trail and spotting parrots with the ever so knowledgable Dr. Birdy.

4. Fire Rowing us through the Indian River and sharing stories of his childhood.

5. Ryan taking us on a hike of a lifetime to the Boiling Lake.

6. Snorkeling amongst the beautiful fish and bubbles at Champagne Beach!

Thanks to everyone at Secret Bay for an amazing vacation! We highly recommend it and hope to return!

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Stayed on: November 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Krista B
Country of Origin: Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed on: 13 January 2016

My husband and I went to Secret Bay for our 6 day honeymoon. This was our first time in Dominica and what a delight it was.

We live in the Caribbean so have been to most of the islands already. We chose Dominica because we are accustomed to the white sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts of other islands and wanted to do some hiking and canyoning while also still enjoying a relaxing break in a beautiful boutique hotel. Parts of the island are almost untouched and, as you drive through, you get the strong feeling that Dominicans take great pride in their country, from the signs reminding you to keep Dominica clean, to the trees planted on the roadside by local communities. One of my favourite things about driving through Dominica was to keep the windows down and smell all the fruit and vegetation.

Secret Bay’s exceptional service started a few days before our arrival when we received a questionnaire designed to help them create our first few meals and to stock our bungalow.

On arrival in Dominica, we were delighted to meet the gregarious and knowledgeable Gilbert who would be our trusty driver to and from the airport. He brought with him a selection of snacks, homemade plantain chips and hummus, dried fruit and homemade chocolate chip cookies which we gobbled up whilst listening to him describe Storm Erika and tell us about the island.

On arrival at Secret Bay we were thrilled to see that it was as beautiful as we hoped, with absolutely STUNNING views and friendly and attentive staff. The entire place had a calm, serene atmosphere which complemented the natural beauty and made us feel at peace.

All of our meals at Secret Bay were amazing, so much so that after two lunches at restaurants outside, we just decided to eat every breakfast and dinner there and to take snacks with us for lunch on our trips. The food was delicious and the portions were so large that I could never finish the main meal (despite having often not eaten lunch!) My husband didn’t usually have a problem though.

One of my favourite things about Secret Bay was that we could have breakfast and dinner in the comfort of our bathrobes, on our balcony, with the wine of our choice. No make-up or getting ready necessary! This was an aspect of Secret Bay that I didn’t know I would appreciate quite as much as I did – after a long day outdoors, it was a welcome relief to sit back and relax and just wait for our dinner to be served. Our bungalow attendant, Jess, took care of everything, setting the table, lighting candles, washing up, allowing us to relax completely.

Not to be missed is the absolutely gorgeous Secret Beach. We actually only went there once, because we did so much exploring away from the hotel, but I wish we had taken the time to spend longer there and perhaps taken a little picnic. It is about 2 minutes kayaking from Secret Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to snap lots of pictures!

Finally a note about the owners, Gregor and Sandra. My husband unfortunately slipped and broke his hand on our first day while hiking to a waterfall and we had to go to the hospital. We were so happy when Gregor, Sandra and the general manager Marvin appeared with water and snacks and waited with us until his cast was fitted. They took us to the pharmacy and then arranged a driver to take us back to Secret Bay. We could have managed on our own but in our first day in a foreign country it was a great comfort to have them there, speaking to the hospital staff to make sure that we were seen to as quickly as possible.

 

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Stayed on: January 2016

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Margaret C
Country of Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 20 October 2016

Secret Bay is one of kind luxury resort. This place is truly spectacular in every way! The villas are nestled into the mountain side amongst the trees. The villas, service, and amenities are top of the line. You see a few other guests but it seriously feels like you have your own private getaway. A few weeks prior to you arrival, Secret Bay sends you an information packet for you to fill out about your preferences during your stay.

If you stay 5 nights or more transportation to and from the airport is complementary. Even if you aren’t staying 5 nights I would recommend setting up transportation through Secret Bay. The roads are not well marked and very curvy, as well as driving on the left side of the road.

If you chose to eat on property (which I highly recommend) all meals are on your schedule and prepared just how you like them. The food is so so good! We loved every single meal the kitchen prepared for us. In the mornings it’s so wonderful to sit out on the porch taking in the beautiful scenery with breakfast brought right to you. At the end of a busy day, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine and dinner served anywhere on the property you would like.

Excursions. It was helpful for me to gather information about the island and what areas my husband and I wanted to see while we were there. We were able to discuss and plan our adventures with Lenita over morning coffee. She is helpful and very knowledgeable about what Dominica has to offer. The activities we chose were: Day trip to Titou Gorge, Trafalgar Falls, Scott’s Head, and Champagne Reef with Devon. Indian river tour with Fire. Couples Massage overlooking the ocean. We were going to go on the cayoning and zip-line tour but the weather wasn’t the best on our last day. We were able to explore the beaches and coral reefs around property with kayaks and paddle boards provided at our request.

During our stay we had the most wonderful staff members helping us feel right at home. Lenita, Deslyn, Roseline, Rohan, and Devon were all helpful, professional, and very welcoming. Every person we meet while in Dominica were friendly and happy to have visitors on the island. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Secret Bay is. You will not go wrong in booking this resort.

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Stayed on: October 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jwseale
Country of Origin: Portland, Oregon, USA
Reviewed on: 26 December 2015

My husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay in November and had an amazing experience! We stayed in one of the bungalows for eight nights, and it was perfect for us. The personalized service was far beyond our expectations, and they blew us away with amazing meals that were prepared used fresh local ingredients.

We are relatively adventurous in nature, and sought a mix of romance, adventure, and elegance — and we found it all in Dominica at Secret Bay. The concierge helped schedule every activity we had on our list, including guided hikes, snorkeling trips both day and night, botanical retreats, pools, and waterfalls. We also really enjoyed taking the kayaks to the private Secret Beach which we enjoyed all to ourselves several times during the trip.

We will be back to Dominica and Secret Bay — the Dominican people were very friendly and welcoming. The island is still recovering from Erica, but the effects did not hamper our experience in any way.
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Stayed on: November 2015

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: drasta718
Country of Origin: Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed on: 20 September 2016

We read all the reviews of Secret Bay and had a hard time believing anywhere could be that good.  We’ve traveled the world and stayed at some of the best hotels (Park Hyatt Tokyo and Oberoi Udivillas to name a couple).  Both my wife and I also travel constantly for work.  Secret Bay is just the right mix of intimacy, attention, luxury and adventure.  For us, it was the perfect spot for 5 days of adventure and romance after months of wedding planning.

Before you arrive they send a questionnaire so all your needs can be addressed.  Upon arrival Gilbert picked us up with homemade cookies and plantain chips… Along the drive he stopped for a couple crisp beers for us.  Really a nice welcome after a long journey in.  The drive from the airport is about an hour and then you arrive at the secluded resort.

The resort itself is cosy and very well done.  There’s nothing else around it.  Currently there are 6 villas to choose from and two more almost done (we didn’t even notice the construction on the two new ones).  Marvin the general manager met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of things, asked if we needed anything and then set us up with Shermima who was incredible.  The level of service is amazing, they give you an iPhone and you can call for whatever you need at any time.  Want to go kayaking?  They have it ready for you with snorkeling gear in ten minutes.  Want to rent a car?  Marvin sets it up in a snap and a nice jeep arrives for you to cruise the island.  Want to have a private dinner on the sunset deck?  No problem!

Secret Bay just makes it all easy, that’s really the point.  Anything you want (within reason on a small Caribbean island) and you can have it.  Our priorities were homemade rum punch, home baked cookies, fresh fish and adventure.

Just a note about food, it’s really amazing. We were skeptical about all the incredible reviews of the food, but it is literally some of the best food we’ve ever had at a hotel. Super fresh seafood and local produce makes everything taste amazing, and the three chefs that rotate cooking are all exceptionally talented. The menu changes daily and if there’s something not on the list of options you want they do everything they can to get you what you want.

The resort itself is perched on a steep hill that leads down to a private beach. It’s breathtaking, peaceful and extremely secluded. Can’t wait until we get to go back.

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Stayed on: August 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: AJ-Sedra
Country of Origin: Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
Reviewed on: 26 September 2015

Secret Bay was a treat beyond belief. We returned to our beautiful home country – Dominica to celebrate our seventh anniversary with family and friends. We decided to sneak off for some private romantic time and were blown away by this flawless gem tucked away in Portsmouth. The customer service was impeccable, and we were greeted at the gate by a friendly team who knew exactly who we were. When we entered our bungalow a relaxing smell of lavender greeted us along with soft Caribbean music in the background. Our check-in was more like an orientation with Shermima describing in full detail how everything worked in the bungalow, making us feel right at home. They left a cell phone with us that was programmed with important local numbers we would need throughout our stay. This was a major plus so we could easily contact a staff member with questions or to make arrangements. Merlinda arranged everything we needed through our stay, and we had a blast kayaking to the Secret Beach for a romantic swim. The view from the patio was perfect for relaxing with some wine in the evenings listening to the sounds of nature. The General Manager – Marvin came to our bungalow to introduce himself and to solicit feedback on how our stay could be improved. Such a noteworthy gesture!
We will definitely be back to Secret Bay and highly recommend this venue based on location, upkeep of grounds, cleanliness, cuisine (the cooks are beyond talented), and above all – customer service.

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Stayed on: July 2015

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: badjackson7
Country of Origin: Westford, Massachusetts, USA
Reviewed on: 29 August 2016

We stayed in the Mapou bungalow for our honeymoon, and it looked just like it did in the pictures. It is like staying in a treehouse overlooking the water. The secret beach, which is not even a 5 minute paddleboard or kayak ride is spectacular. It is white sand surrounded like a horseshoe by cliff. We sat out 2 days for more than 4 hours with not a soul around. We felt like we were on lifestyles of the rich and famous.

The service is great. Whenever you want use of the paddleboards, snorkeling equipment, etc you use the phone Secret Bay gives you to carry around and call security to tell them what you want to do. They then put the gear right out on the beach for you so that you don’t have to lug anything around. When you are done you leave the paddleboards/Kayaks right on the beach and they take care of it for you.

We had two meals a day that they cooked for us and served us wherever we wanted on the property. The food was excellent, and I loved the fact that they would serve you and ask you what time they should come back to clean up. We got to eat food as good or better than most restaurants right on our porch over looking the ocean and not have to do dishes or cleanup.

The bungalow is not big, but I never felt like we needed something bigger. If you are a couple that is big and tall, you may want something bigger. For the average size couple the size is not an issue.

The service was great. I felt like they were always looking to help us do whatever we wanted. Due to rain our activities had to be rescheduled and Secret Bay rearranged everything to make sure we got to do the things we wanted to do most.

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Stayed on: August 2016

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Mercy T
Reviewed on: 9 July 2015

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Secret Bay. The eco-friendly bungalow was the perfect size for 2 and offered a cozy feeling of home while staying in a foreign country.

The island is 100% self-sufficient so there are mango trees everywhere to pick from; same goes for breadfruit, citrus, ginger root, peppermint and lots of bananas! The island itself is gorgeous and the tour guides were all amazing.

Now….the staff…OMG how do I even describe how AWESOME they were!?!?! Merlinda, Eudora, Gilbert, Marvin, and even the owner of Secret Bay, Gregor Nassief, were the most accommodating individuals I have ever met. Our every need was met; they created itineraries for us, arranged our tours and transportation, and cleaned our bungalow beautifully every afternoon.

We had a lot of trouble with the airlines which caused us to arrive 2 days later than expected; Secret Bay refunded us those 2 nights, provided a complimentary bottle of champagne and 2 free body massages on Sunset Deck. Secret Bay would love to treat you like a king and queen too so visit as soon as you can 🙂

 

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Stayed on: June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Bimgirl
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 5 June 2016

We were back at Secret Bay in May for our 5th visit! We stayed in our favourite bungalow, Mapou. We have now stayed 3 times in Mapou and twice in Zabuco II and we can honestly say that it is very hard to chose which we prefer best! They are both perfect and so comfortable to stay in. Waking up in the tree tops looking out over the bay in Mapou is amazing. We were privileged enough to have a tour of the new nearly completed Ylang Ylang villas and we are excited to come back and stay in one of them!

It was so good to come back and see the familiar faces that we consider part of the Secret Bay family. Deslyn, our attendant, has been looking after us for years and she is always one of the first people we ask after and are thrilled when we hear that she is looking after us again. She is so friendly and thoughtful. It was so nice to catch up with Marvin and he was as gracious and helpful as always.

We were honoured when asked by Gregor to do a photo shoot for them to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. They took pictures of us doing our favourite things at Secret Bay, spending time on our balcony in Mapou, kayaking, swimming at Secret Beach and going up Indian River.

You just can’t go wrong if you are considering a stay at Secret Bay. We wish them all the best for the many years to come and congrats on the 5th Anniversary.

 

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Stayed on: May 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tess T
Reviewed on: 29 June 2015

Secret Bay was our amazing honeymoon destination. The idyllic location of Secret Bay is an ideal place to watch a magical sunset over the sea or witness the serene beauty of nature. Our Mapou Bungalow felt like home with amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves, washers and dryers which make a stay easier and more cost-effective. Unlike other resorts Secret Bay is unique in that it allows for tons of customization – from your activities to the food.

While staying there you are indulged with your own attendant. You can have your place stocked with any foods imaginable and can also pick whatever you can dream up to be prepared for breakfast, lunch or dinner by the staff. All the ingredients used are very fresh and the cooks are fabulous at Secret Bay there is no worry in getting your full monies worth.

Everything is meticulously maintained from your bungalow to the grounds. The staff is phenomenal from our ride in to our ride back to the airport everyone we came in contact with was awesome. Any activity we went on the staff at Secret Bay made sure we were well taken care of and our guides were local, knowledgeable and a true joy to learn from. Shermima was our attendant and went the extra mile for us and had impeccable service and hospitality. We would highly suggest exploring the grounds, trying new cultured foods (fresh catches or traditional recipes), Kayaking to Secret Bay, a Waterfall Hike, Indian River tour, massages and Yoga. We would advise contacting Secret bay for your travel arrangements as they can give advice on trusted airlines, times, etc. Secret bay is a great place to unwind and rejuvenate in the midst of nature with a glass of wine. It truly is a once and lifetime vacation!

 

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5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Caitlin T
Reviewed on: 3 June 2016

My husband and I stayed at Secret Bay for a week to celebrate our honeymoon and couldn’t have been happier with the five-star service, fantastic food, wonderful views, and warm and welcoming staff! We visited in late May, after the tourist season had ended, and we felt as though we had the whole island to ourselves! Dominica is a well-kept secret and all of the amenities at the resort were truly top-notch.

The concierge service provided by Secret Bay was incredible. From the moment we arrived at the airport (greeted with almond-scented towels), we knew we would be treated well. Everything was taken care of, including the arrangement of a few guided excursions to the southern part of the island, and the assortment of chocolates left on our bed every night at turn-down service was a very nice touch.

Eating on our private balcony each day was such a treat, and the food made by the Secret Bay staff was out of this world!!! The staff accommodated our every need, including our request to eat dinner one evening on the sunset deck, which had such gorgeous views!

Thank you, Secret Bay, for making our honeymoon such a dream! We can’t wait to come back for an anniversary!!

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Stayed on: May 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jane S
Reviewed on: 5 May 2016

Secret Bay is a hidden, private and extremely beautiful location. As the reviews say, you are treated like royalty and staff is there to attend to your needs and desires. There are so many things to do just at the hotel. We kayaked, and stand up paddle boarded, relaxed on the beach, got couples massages, and ate on the sunset deck. I really enjoy seeing destinations by horse, I was excited to find a place you could ride horses along the beach in Dominica at Rainforest Riding.

Every night we got the Catch of the Day for dinner and were never disappointed. The food and fruits and fruit juices are incredible. Rosaline was our attendant and she was incredibly special. She was very sweet and cared about our comfort and our stay. We were delighted every time we had Gilbert as our driver. All of the employees at Secret Bay left such a good impression. There is not one bad thing I can say about any of them. They were so accommodating and their attitudes and demeanor were relaxed and kind.

We stayed in the Mapou bungalow and the view takes your breath away every time. We love the beaches. There are three beaches you can easily get to. There is one just by walking down a short path. They are all beautiful. We took the kayak to Secret Beach and had the beach to ourselves. It was such a wonderful experience and I wish we could go back. We stayed for 7 days, next time I want to stay for 14! 🙂

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jessicaanne2016
Country of Origin: Miami, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 2 May 2016

We were completely blown away by the Secret Bay environment. We have never been so relaxed in our lives. The food was INCREDIBLE. Every meal just seemed to get better. The view from our Mapou bungalow was breathtaking, and although we didn’t have a chance to tour any of the other villas, I have a hard time imagining a better view. We awoke each morning to the sounds of the waves on the beach and the songbirds in the trees. It was truly paradise found.

The staff were a bit of a mixed bag. We LOVED Rosaline. She was an angel and took wonderful care of us. For the first half of our stay we had Jess, who was a little more hands-off, but very sweet and helpful. Their structure of service is unique and I thought they could have done a better job explaining things to us upon arrival, but we figured it out within the first day and were very impressed by their system of personal service.

The hiking, touring, snorkeling, swimming, waterfalls, etc were are incredible, although I think some of our favorite moments were the quiet moments on our porch, or on one of their gorgeous private beaches. Both days we visited the beach we were completely alone. It was so romantic! Advice for future travelers: Absolutely stay here. Absolutely eat as many of your meals as possible here. Absolutely ask for Ryan as your tour guide. Our only gripe was that we probably weren’t the best candidates for the Lion Fish hunt excursion. But all in all, a dream week at a dream hotel!

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Shirley Boston
Country of Origin: Boston, USA
Reviewed on: 25 April 2016

After my husband and I spent a month at Secret Bay during the Winter of 2015, we gave it 5 stars. After our month this year we wish it were possible to give it 10 stars. All of the world class amenities, incredible staff and unparalleled services described in my 2015 review “Luxury without Pretentiousness” remained. It was like returning to a loving family. It was wonderful to see again Marvin, the always-available man in charge, and Gilbert the attentive and helpful .driver who often drove us to swim at beautiful Coconut Beach. We again appreciated the lovely young women attendants Shemima, Bianca, Rosaline, Deslyn and Megan . As before, they brought our outstanding meals, cleaned our quarters, did our laundry, etc etc. – all with grace, dignity and skill in a timely and non-intrusive manner.

Rather than repeat last years description of Secret Bay itself, I’d like to tell the readers of Trip Advisor about some of the services by their outside providers, all of whom served us with the same warmth and generosity as the staff to make this another outstanding vacation.

Twice a week we met with Trudy, a delightful Yoga instructor who designed a helpful program specifically for us…two older people with orthopedic problems . This was done on the “Sunset Deck” with a beautiful view of the sea. This was also the site of the excellent massages rendered by Frika.

Although Secret Bay and its surround had been spared, much of the island suffered damage by the Tropical Storm Erica and was being rapidly rebuilt. We heard many stories about this experience. Our guide of last year Ryan drove us around to see the results of the storm, as well as returning us to some of the magnificent natural sites…waterfalls, etc.
Also, off-site, we toured around the island on S.B’s new boat captained by Don, who taught us about the history of the island, pointed out its trails from the sea and ended his fascinating tour by a snorkeling stop.
We also spent two days exploring parts of the island with Christine, a Swiss woman who has lived on the island or many years. This was not an ordinary tour…she clearly loves the island and wanted us to know its culture and its people. So, when we saw a farmer, she stopped and he introduced us to the farming of the unique root vegetables of Dominica. We learned how he planted, harvested and brought to market his crop. Through Christine we met other people and got a real sense of their warmth, hospitality and love of their island. One outstanding experience was visiting the house of one of her local friends who prepared a delicious island lunch for us and introduced us to her mother, her daughter and her grand daughter. We ended this “tour” by visiting Christine’s home and meeting her husband and teenage son.

Another wonderful off-site experience was our day with Dr. Birdie who introduced us to the beautiful parrots in the rain forest. His knowledge of the birds and the plants of the island was encyclopedic and his ability to spot the birds for us was remarkable.
The night before we left for home, we were delighted and moved when several of these people came a distance to our quarters to say goodbye.

Secret Bay, the creative product of Gregor Nassief and his wife Sandra Vivas is absolutely the most unique and wonderful resort we have visited in our 46 winters in the Caribbean. We have signed up again for next year.

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Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Christopher T
Country of Origin: Eustis, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 17  January 2017

Imagine sleeping to the sound of waves crashing below and the quiet chirps of the coqui frogs. In the morning, with a cup of hot local coffee and fresh juice, you watch the sunrise from your balcony, the hummingbirds hovering nearby, a yellow bananaquit begging for a crumb of toast, and the iguanas climbing the tree trunks to catch the first rays of sun in the leafy canopy. This is the daily cycle that you will experience at Secret Bay and it quickly becomes part of you. Before you know it, you are relaxed and connected, not to your social media account, but to your surroundings.

The room: We stayed in one of the smaller villas, Mapou, which was perfect for a couple. Great views from the balcony and upstairs bedroom looking toward the sparkling lights of Portsmouth. Nestled in the treetops, you have a great view of the waves below which were particularly transfixing in the moonlight. Guess what? No bugs. No spiders. I think we were bit by one mosquito the entire trip to Dominica which is amazing considering all of the hiking we did. We never saw another guest during our entire stay. Lenita laughed and assured us that there were other people staying there. Wifi was great. Electricity, water, and a/c all worked without fail which isn’t always true in the Caribbean especially when traveling to boutique resorts such as Secret Bay. When you stay here, you are paying for tranquility, privacy, personalized service, and unique villas in the trees.

The service: Lenita was our concierge and Megan was our villa attendant. Both were fantastic. One of the hard things to get used to at Secret Bay is that the service is catered specifically to your wishes. If you don’t want to wash a single dish, then you don’t need to wash a dish. If you don’t want to make your own coffee, then they will do that too. You can choose where on-property you want to eat. Don’t see something on the menu that you want, then you can ask. It takes a few days to get used to this type of service. We chose to make our own breakfasts from foods that Secret Bay stocked for us, so we didn’t need to grocery shop. This also allowed us to wake up at whatever time we wanted to wake up. Invariably, we woke up with the sunrise. We had Megan serve us dinners on our balcony and one lunch. She was so pleasant to talk to about the local sights and life on Dominica. She was very discreet and somehow she always knew when to return to serve us the next course of the meal. Lenita was incredibly patient and cheerful as she helped us plan our itinerary. She didn’t get tired of our endless questions. I don’t know how she does it other than to say she had a very organized clipboard. Lenita is an expert at planning your itinerary around the cruise ship schedule. She gives you an iphone so you can call her anytime.

The food: My wife and I are both vegetarians and Secret Bay knocked it out of the park. We had a large menu to select from and we tried every option without having the same thing twice. Every meal was fantastic. The soups were soooo delicious. Ask for the vegetable chowder and the pumpkin ginger soup. Eating excellent food is one of the things we love to do and Secret Bay is high on our list of best food experiences. I definitely recommend Secret Bay for vegetarians and “foodie” vegetarians in particular.

The island: Dominica has so much to do that it was difficult to make choices. We were helped a bit by the rough, windy seas during our visit. It kept us from snorkeling and other activities on the sea, but it opened up the rest of the island for us. We visited a bunch of waterfalls that most visitors don’t get to see. We got to experience the Carib territory. Of course we had some great lunches at local eateries. If you are visiting during the winter, I suggest trying sorrel, a refreshing drink made from red flowers that grow on the mountaintops. Save some time to watch parrots on the Syndicate trail and jump from the rocks into Chaudiere pool. I recommend you bring hiking shoes. Rainforest trails tend to be muddy. The people of Dominica were all incredibly friendly. Be open and friendly back and you will be rewarded with memories of a lifetime.

Thank you Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: January 2017

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ConsciousCharlie
Country of Origin: London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on: 05 June 2015

We’re still buzzing from our six-night stay at Secret Bay – a true slice of paradise done in absolutely the right way. The eco ‘resort’ – a word I use carefully as this is a totally re-imagined take on the word – is all about authenticity; from the exquisitely designed treehouse-style bungalows to the superb local dishes.

We stayed in Mapou, one of the smaller bungalows overlooking Tibay Beach. The view from the bedroom and downstairs balcony is absolutely stunning – built perpendicular to the shoreline and surrounded by trees, the setting is so pretty that we found it difficult pulling ourselves away. The interior is equally as charming, with a fully-equipped kitchen, super-comfy double bed and a barely noticeable a/c unit.

Because Secret Bay champions seclusion, there’s no front desk – meaning we had our own personal attendant, Roseline. She was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, arranging all our meals and ensuring we were happy at all times. Her friendliness was totally genuine – there was none of the faux enthusiasm and scripted conversations often synonymous with more mainstream high-end resorts. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know her and the other staff members.

The path from Mapou took us down to Tibay Beach via the Souce Shack, which serves lunch, drinks and snacks between 11am and 5pm. The ladies there are fantastic – just tell them what you want and they’ll cook it up. Tibay is pretty enough to while away a morning or afternoon, but it’s worth using one of the kayaks to paddle around the small headland to Secret Beach – undoubtedly one of the prettiest beaches on Dominica. With super-calm crystal-clear waters and perfect golden sands, we spent a lot of time here – usually without another soul in sight.

A third option is Coconut Beach, a longer sandy beach to the north of Tibay. Stretching all the way to Picard, there’s plenty of room here – plus the impressive backdrop of Cabrits National Park.

While the beaches kept us occupied, we did venture out on a few excursions – a boat ride to and subsequently along the Indian River, hikes to Middleham and Trafalgar Falls and snorkelling at Champagne Reef, a few miles south of Roseau. All were organised by Secret Bay and were very good value, with the experiences enhanced by the excellent quality of the guides.

All in all, a truly fantastic stay in what’s probably the only destination of its kind in the Caribbean.

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Stayed on: May 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ShirleyBoston
Country of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Reviewed on: 22 March 2015

My husband and I have just spent a month being pampered in Secret Bay, the creative work of Gregor Nassief, a remarkably talented, kind and generous host. We stayed in Mapou, a beautifully designed efficiently appointed small cottage completely built by hand of handsome lustrous hard wood. It was snuggled into the hillside preserving as many trees as possible so that it seemed organically connected with the environment. The cottage was a work of art which provided “luxury without pretentiousness”… world class kitchen appliances, a small library with well selected books, fine binoculars, Bose speakers, a kindle with the daily New York Times or your choice of other newspapers, DVD’s, an extremely comfortable queen sized bed, piles of fluffy towels, beach blankets, etc, etc. and a gorgeous view. We were also provided with an iPhone so we could reach any of the staff who were always available and responded to any of our requests with “no problem”

Even more important than the incredible facility were the kind, competent and generous staff led by Marvin, the manager, who seemed to be everywhere and was always ready to serve us. He, like the rest of the staff, seemed to want nothing more than to make us comfortable and happy. We felt we were being held by a loving family.

Merlinda who greeted us and helped us choose and plan a “bespoke holiday” was more than her title of Concierge implies…she was available 24/7 to answer questions, and fulfil requests. She was extremely sensitive to my physical limitations and advanced age when helping us plan our days, respecting our wish to blend restful time on the property with tours of this “nature island”. We particularly liked to swim from the white sand Coconut Beach about a 6 minute drive from the property, and Gilbert, the driver and man of many services, was always available to provide the ride.

During our stay we were assigned an attendant, a young woman who really took care of us…cleaned our quarters, did our laundry, delivered our meals, made suggestions as to what we might order from the unique cooking service, arranged flowers etc. During the month Bianca and Megan did a wonderful job providing this service for a few days each. The majority of our stay we were taken care of by Shemima, a warm delightful young woman who seemed to anticipate our needs and to provide care over and above what was required.

As for meals, we really enjoyed the unique cooking service in which we had the option of preparing our own meals or having them prepared and delivered to our cottage by our attendant. We do not eat meat and there was always fresh fish and a large variety of fruits and vegetables, beautifully prepared and delicious.

Although the taxi driver and tour guide Ryan was not an employee of Secret Bay, they made a point of being sure he was the one called for us. He had an incredible knowledge of the flora and fauna of the island, and its history. I could not have seen the wonders of the rain forest without his help in navigating the trails. While not an actual employee, he had the spirit of the folks at Secret Bay.

The island itself is absolutely gorgeous with its rain forest, waterfalls, sulphur baths, volcanos, mountains, etc. but the bottom line of what is bringing us back for a month next year is the service and the people, unmatched by anything my husband and I have experienced in our 45 years of world travel.

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Stayed on: February 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Dominique O
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 13 January 2015

My husband and I had the honeymoon of our dreams. We come from Barbados but had never been to Dominica before. We adore being surrounded by nature and all its beauty and Secret Bay was the most intimate nature experience we have had to date. It was the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. We loved being nestled in the trees overlooking a most breathtaking view of the coast.

The staff were out of this world amazing and we asked them to surprise us every night with a different dish. They certainly did not disappoint, the food was phenomenal. We loved exploring the local dishes and they even threw in some Bajan inspired dishes which thrilled us. They surprised us one night with a romantic dinner on the deck by the sea – it was an unforgettable night!

I highly recommend the honeymoon package. Great value for money. The list of outdoor activities are endless, we still have so much to see that we will definitely be returning for an anniversary in the near future. Our tour guide Ryan was an outstanding source of knowledge and all around amazing guy! He was hired by Secret Bay to carry us wherever we wanted to go. If you want the most perfect eco-tourism get away Dominica and Secret Bay should be your first choice! We love you Secret Bay, see you soon!

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Stayed on: November 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: JkPty
Country of Origin: New York -USA
Reviewed on: 28 December 2014

We went to Secret Bay for our 13th anniversary, and had an amazing time. We were worried about the timing, as that is right in the midst of storm season, but we had wonderful weather the whole time – just one afternoon of on-and-off rain.

We stayed in the Mapou bungalow, which was gorgeous. We cannot say enough about the service provided – I am vegetarian and my boyfriend has Celiac’s Disease, which can make for difficult meals when traveling. The kitchen staff were amazing, turning out delicious meals for both of us every single time. The other folks who took care of us were excellent as well, going far above and beyond what we expected – they even brought us gluten-free bars for my boyfriend to take along on a hike as a snack!

The care put into helping us plan out activities and coordinating with guides was so valuable and much appreciated. We had an amazing time on our anniversary, canyoning with the folks from Extreme Dominica. Also, if you enjoy birding and/or learning about wildlife, definitely take a hike with Dr. Birdy – fascinating and informative. In addition, visiting in the slow season meant we had the guides for our trips all to ourselves!

Aside from that – such helpful and accommodating staff, beautiful views, and one of the most naturally beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. Highly recommended!

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Stayed on: September 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: AHAMOMENT
Country of Origin: Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed on: 15 December 2014

What a great place and experience and it all started well before we got there! Email exchanges for questions and planning with Merlinda and Kanniama were always answered immediately. Nothing was too much for them. Upon arrival, a personal greeting when we pulled up. So, these are the smiling faces to the names I felt I knew so well.

Secret Bay is everything the pictures depict- intimate luxury without pretentiousness. Every guests privacy is respected. Excursions are personally planned and the people they choose to do business with are top notch. The food is wonderful but what makes it over the top, is the personal attendant assigned to your every need. Bianca was an angel. She reviews your villa top to bottom. You get a personal cell phone with all staff numbers for anytime of day! She catered to our every wish. She met with us and asked our food preferences, from there we left it to her. What a great job she did with special thoughtful dinners. Hats off to the Chefs! The food was top rate! There is no other place to stay when in Dominica. Thank you Secret Bay family!

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Stayed on: December 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Sarah U
Country of Origin: Houston, Texas, USA
Reviewed on: 18 August 2014

My new husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay this summer, it was in a word perfect. We were promptly picked up from the airport by a friendly staff member who provided us with snacks and a cool towel. We then arrived at the resort and it just got better from there, we enjoyed every minute of it! The villa was gorgeous and very comfortable, the food was incredible (try the local favorites!), the views are unbelievable, the staff is very gracious, the water is clean and warm, I could go on! It was everything we could have wanted in a honeymoon, worth every penny!

Also, just a side note, due to a tropical storm our flight home was delayed overnight. We did not have an international phone so we called Ana at Secret Bay from the airport and she arranged an overnight stay for us at a gorgeous hotel near the airport. She went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of.

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jpfg
Country of Origin: Bogota, Columbia
Reviewed on: 02 May 2014

We found Secret Bay in 2013 and, after going through other options in the Caribbean, decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary in 2014 in Dominica in Secret Bay. We made the right call. Secret Bay is not your usual place in the Caribbean not only because Dominica is not crowded and still untouched by mass tourism but also because the service, food, privacy and comfort are hard to find somewhere else.

We stayed in Mapou and the bungalow was perfect for the two of us. You could sleep with the windows open and enjoy the sound of the sea without any mosquitoes bothering you. The beaches were perfect to enjoy the sea and sun with absolute privacy. There are many things to do in Dominica but we only went to Roseau and Mero beach to stay and enjoy the beaches and Secret Bay.

The service was amazing with Anna, Gilbert and the rest of the team doing their best to please us for every single request we made. But the best part was the food: the callaloo, the fish braf, the chowder, the roasted chicken, the creole chicken and prawns, the curry goat and chicken, the granola, the eggs, everything was amazing. The best part was our last dinner when we asked the ladies in the kitchen to come up with a menu of their own and we were blown away by the smoked chicken and red bean soup, the plantains in coconut milk, the vegetables and the fish. Of course, the Kubuli was the drink of choice always chilled and ready to drink. The only thing we would change is the number of nights; six is not enough. Thank you everyone for making this an unforgettable stay and we hope to come back soon.

p.s. Che Bé Sa’w!!!!!!!!!

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Stayed on: April 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Monique_Kimani
Country of Origin: Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 15 August 2013

Secret Bay is simply amazing! I scoped this resort out for months after my husband decided Dominica would be the best place for us to honeymoon. As soon as I saw that we would have our own bungalow AND personal chef service I was hooked and it wasn’t hard to sell my husband on it either! To be honest we were both way more excited for this trip to Secret Bay than we were the actual wedding! Haha.

Secret Bay fits in well with the beauty of Dominica. We loved the fact that it is a small resort because we felt almost as if we were on our own deserted island. We appreciated the feeling of privacy that Secret Bay offered. We spent a week in Mapou Bungalow and dreaded having to leave. The deck offered us many evenings to sit and listen to the waves, make friends with the geckos and birds, and just relax. We were provided a cell phone to be able to contact staff any time of the day. Our personal attendants Bianca, Deslyn, and Saralee were such sweethearts! Always smiling and always there to answer any questions we had or get us anything we needed. Anna, the guest services manager, was a life saver. From helping us book our stay at Secret Bay, to scheduling our excursions and activities, and checking on us regularly to make sure we were happy, Anna hands down made our experience even better.

Aside from the staff, the food was our next favorite thing. The personal chef service is amazing! Our attendant asked us in the morning what we wanted for lunch and dinner and what time we’d like each meal and the rest was pure bliss. Creole chicken and pumpkin rice, curried goat, BBQ ribs, grilled chicken salad, grilled fish and yam pie, MANGO COBBLER (oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh so DELICIOUS), banana brownies….I’m drooling just trying to think of everything we stuffed our faces with.

We also had the opportunity to meet Gregor, the owner. He was extremely friendly and took the time to talk with us and get some feedback. He suggested we go on the Indian River Tour and we were so glad we did!

Everything about Secret Bay was just overwhelmingly amazing. We’ve never stayed at any hotel or resort where we had absolutely NO complaints, where every staff member was equally attentive and kind, and where the accommodations made us wish we could take everything home with us!

My husband and I are already trying to figure out when we will be able to make it back to Secret Bay. It will hopefully be sometime really, really soon!

Monique & Kimani  – Virginia

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Stayed on: July 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Kristen D
Country of Origin: New York -USA
Reviewed on: 03 July 2013

Secret Bay and the island of Dominica were absolutely beautiful. I have traveled extensively and have rarely found a staff and group of people that were so kind and accommodating. We stayed in the Mapou bungalow and had a lovely time. The best part was falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and the birds. Every meal that we had was prepared perfectly and was cooked exactly to our liking. There is so much to do on the island, from swimming on a practically private beach, to snorkelling, to canyoning to endless hikes and private sunset yoga. The hotel makes to very easy to plan any activity and everything is customizable. A definite must!

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Stayed on: June 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Brittany E
Country of Origin: Missouri, USA
Reviewed on: 26 June 2013

My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Secret Bay, and it was absolute perfection in every conceivable way. Every single detail was better than we could have ever imagined (and we did PLENTY of daydreaming beforehand 🙂 )! 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! You can feel the love and care that went in to designing the resort and executing every single detail. Anna is the one of the most genuinely sweet, gracious, and joyful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting – her smile is infectious and she made us feel truly at home and masterfully coordinated every aspect of our stay. Every member of the staff went above and beyond to see to our needs (including lots of dietary restrictions) and we fell in love with each of them. I could go on, and on, and on about every single detail, but it would take pages and pages and it would still never do the experience justice. The island of Dominica itself is beyond description – you will fall under its spell the moment you arrive. If you go and you are in excellent physical condition DO NOT MISS a trip up to Boiling Lake – it was the most magical experience with nature we’ve ever had. Secret Bay and Dominica will steal your heart and renew your spirit

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Stayed on: May 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Julie H
Country of Origin: Massachussets, USA
Reviewed on: 12 April 2013

Secret Bay is even more beautiful than the pictures. The unique beauty and surroundings, coupled with the comfort, privacy and delicious food made for an incredible honeymoon. After the beautiful surroundings, the food and the food service was my next favorite part. I loved having a pre-stocked kitchen (with everything we requested). We enjoyed making our breakfast in the morning and being treated to dinner at night. Every dinner topped the previous. Everything tasted fresh and delicious. One of my best memories was having the kitchen staff make the fish that we caught on an excursion earlier that day.

Anna is extremely accommodating and helped us plan our mini-adventures. I say mini, because it was just the right amount of action for us. Taking a boat tour with Fire down the Indian River and stopping at the bar in the middle of the river (literally, a bar in the river!) was a special adventure. Watch out for the rum punch they call Dynamite -it’s delicious and is as it sounds.

The Mapou bungalow we stayed in was great – it truly feels like a “luxury tree house”. Everything feels new, clean and modern but also laid back. I especially liked the fresh flowers that were refreshed in our kitchen during the week.

The kayak to the beach was fun (and easy) every day. The staff was so accommodating in having the kayaks ready for you as soon as you got down to the beach. We saw one other couple, only once, during our many trips to the beach. Laying on the beach was so enjoyable I could barely pay attention to my book.

The resort has both a Sunset Deck and Meditation Deck that are extremely comfortable and enjoyable to relax at. We often sat on the Mediation Deck as a change of scenery from the already beautiful view from our bungalow’s deck. One morning we did yoga on the Sunset Deck overlooking the water and watching the sunrise. Basically anything that you would dream of while at Secret Bay, the staff can help to make it happen.

I would definitely return to Secret Bay and maybe even be more adventurous. Although even if we did the same exact thing, I know we would again have an incredible time.

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Stayed on: March 2013

5stars  – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: vosscarr
Country of Origin: Wisconsin, USA
Reviewed on: 06 April 2013

Last year, a colleague casually mentioned Secret Bay to me, and after a year of obsessing over the website images, my honeymoon was booked. The trip was everything we hoped for, namely, a safe and quiet island paradise for us to enjoy. So many wonderful things to say…

1. Greeted at airport with air-conditioning, cold scented towels, and water. Um, yes please.

2. Mapou bungalow was perfect for two. Waking up with the ocean breeze and sound of wind in the trees was something every human being should experience. Best sleep of my life.

3. Kitchen was pre-stocked as requested and we thoroughly enjoyed making breakfast each day.

4. We paid for the cooking service for dinner each day, served at a time we requested. All I can say is lamb = heaven. And please, for me, order dessert each night.

5. Staff is so friendly you almost hate how discrete they are. They can also make pretty much anything happen. Example – I called Anna at 5pm one night asking if we could arrange a massage the next day. It was confirmed within 10 minutes.

6. Having to kayak to the various beaches was a mini adventure each day. Secret Beach was our favorite, honestly, we never ran into another person in 5 days. A Caribbean beach! All to yourself!! Actually we did have one visitor – an employee who met us on the beach with coconuts that he hacked the tops off so we could drink the fresh water. Priceless.

7. Indian River tour with Fire was entertaining and recommended for a quick excursion.

8. We were the lucky recipients of an upgrade to the Honeymoon Villa our final night. Wow. There is not one thing wrong with that place. We took advantage of everything – the outdoor shower, the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD, the espresso machine, the bathtub, the infinity pool, the veranda. The pure bliss of having an hour long massage on the veranda, with the breeze on your back and the sound of the ocean, will never be forgotten.

Our goal was relaxation and Secret Bay delivered. If you don’t want to plan a single thing, it’s cool. There is no pressure to “do stuff” like on some vacations I’ve taken, but if you want to, the staff can plan literally anything you want, usually the day of. If you don’t want to deal with crowds, you may literally not run into anyone for a week. If you are a sweatpants person like me, you will rejoice in the fact that you can bring 5 articles of clothing and still over-pack, because there is nothing to get dressed up for.

The only con I can think of is that the drive from the airport to Secret Bay is about one hour on a WINDING road, so if you get carsick really easy, brace yourself. Another downside is writing your glowing review when you get home and sinking into depression when you realize you are no longer there 🙁

A big thank you to everyone at Secret Bay! Can’t wait until the day we return…

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Stayed on: January 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Sue G
Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on: 17 February 2013

My husband and I spent 6 nights in Mapou Bungalow this month. It was the most unique place we have ever stayed, it is truly very special. Our bungalow was our own and very private and our views from our balcony and the 2nd floor bedroom are a spectacular combination of trees and ocean, with Portsmouth in the distance.

What makes the place really stand out is the service. When you arrive, you receive a cell phone with numbers programmed in. We had to call (for minor things) several times and the call was always answered very quickly and our problem resolved within 5 minutes. The Manager/Concierge, Anna, is an absolute gem … the most genuinely friendly and helpful person we’ve ever met in the hotel business. And we enjoyed a couple of chats with the owner Gregor, who is equally charming and friendly.

We mostly cooked our own meals in the fully equipped kitchen but had dinner provided by the hotel 3 nights and the food was wonderful. I would also add that the water equipment (kayaks, snorkelling) is the highest quality of any we’ve seen in the Caribbean.

I encourage anyone interested in this resort to go through their website carefully – what you see there is absolutely what you get when you arrive!

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Stayed on: February 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Alex W
Country of Origin: Ontario, Canada
Reviewed on: 27 December 2012

Secret Bay is a romantic, exotic and beautiful escape that, before our trip, I had only dreamed about travelling to. My new husband and I stayed in the Mapou bungalow at Secret Bay for our honeymoon in July. The bungalow was the perfect size for us and the perfect location. Our bungalow was perched perfectly in the trees and, although it was only about 20 ft away from the Ti-Pey bungalow, it felt like we were all alone. The view from our upstairs bedroom was breathtaking! Waking up each morning to the pebble beach and rock cliffs was so relaxing and made us want to stay in bed all day…(and for a few days we did!). A few things that stood out in my mind about our stay at Secret Bay:

1) I came down with a terrible cold the night we arrived. With the cell phones we were given, my husband called security (because it was after hours…8:30pm) to ask if they had any cold medication. Security called Anna, the amazing resort manager, at her home, and she was the one to call us back to tell us that security would be at our bungalow shortly with something for my cold. They turned up within 15 minutes with fresh herbs that they picked from the property, including ginger root, lemon grass, and some other mysterious plant. Anna gave us instructions earlier to chop it all up to make tea for my cold, and it worked wonders!

2) Our “attendant”, Roseline, was fabulous! She is an amazing cook and just a really great lady to chat with! She was so thoughtful too, because on our second night, while we were out for dinner, she left hot tea in the kitchen for me! That tea was so strong that it kicked the rest of my cold out of my system!

3) We liked that we could decide what we wanted for lunch and dinner the day of, and that we could take a short walk down to the sous shack to grab lunch if we wanted. We also like that at the beginning of the trip we told them what activities we were interested in doing on the island, and they arranged it for us, including a taxi to dinner (although we learned after that that the cooking at Secret Bay is better than anywhere you’ll find on the island), a rowboat cruise with “Fire” on the Indian River, and a reservation to go canyoning (which was AMAZING!).

4) It was cool that we could call security whenever we wanted to ask them to arrange the double kayak, life vests, paddles, and snorkelling gear for us. We went out a number of times to see the sea life in Secret Bay and try to find buried treasure!

5) Lastly, the owner of Secret Bay, Gregor, stopped by our bungalow one day to see how our visit was. He told us about some old cannons buried underwater and tried to help us search for them. It turned out one had been taken, and the other was VERY hard to find! Gregor’s wife, Sandra, met us on the beach one day as well, and took us over to a small cave beside Secret Beach. She led us in the cave through a small crack in the cliff rock that was half underwater. It was so beautiful! There were tons of bats overhead, but the colour of the water was so magical! Then she showed us the way out from there and invited us to return any time from that point on by ourselves.

Overall, our trip was one I’m sure we’ll never have again, and one we’ll always remember. The staff were incredibly accommodating and met our every need and want, the location and accommodations were breath-taking, and the hospitality and kindness of everyone on the island was so much appreciated! We can’t wait to go back some day!

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Stayed on: July 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: dcyogi
Country of Origin: Washington DC, USA
Reviewed on: 25 December 2012

We came here for our one-year anniversary…I wish we had come for our honeymoon. We stayed at the Viceroy in Anguilla for our honeymoon – which was beautiful, don’t get me wrong – but Secret Bay is just special. With only four units, you feel like you are the only ones there. They give you a cell phone to use and has everyone you will ever need’s name programmed into it.
There is always someone ready willing and able to get you whatever you need!

You can tell that the owner (Gregor) puts his heart and soul into his guests’ experience and makes sure everyone’s is extraordinary and special. With that much care and attention to detail, it’s hard not to have the most heavenly time there.

When I first found out about this place, I went to TripAdvisor to see what the reviews said. At first I couldn’t believe what I was reading, I thought with that many five-star reviews, they must be fake. I’ve never seen so many glowing reviews about one place – even the five-star resorts.

Everything was amazing – they stocked our kitchen with all the things we wanted – we got fresh, delicious meals cooked for us and brought to us every day. And the food was really amazing. It wasn’t fancy, which we didn’t want anyway. They were all simple, local dishes, cooked to perfection. We were so spoiled.

The service was also beyond exceptional! Every last need was attended to. You can tell that Gregor and Anna were both made for this kind of thing. They make you feel like anything you ask for is not a problem. They are really special people. Anything you want to do they will arrange for you, and they take care to set you up only with people they trust. We did many excursions, but my favorite was the trip with Dr. Birdy! I had read other glowing reviews of him but my husband was skeptical. Neither of us are particularly into bird watching. But this guy did not disappoint. His knowledge of the local fruits and forest, in addition to birds, was second to none, and made for a very entertaining trip.

If you must wear your Christian Louboutins and “be seen” on your vacation – don’t go here. I love to do that, too, once in a while. If you want five-star service, five-star accommodations, five-star views, and five-star romance, relaxation and privacy and no attitudes – come to Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: November 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tiffany C
Country of Origin: Washington DC, USA
Reviewed on: 22 December 2012

We cannot say enough wonderful things about our trip to Secret Bay. This was truly a vacation we will always remember. Anna and the staff went out of their way to make everything carefree and easy.

We asked to do a number of excursions, including the Boiling Lake, Cabrits, the Indian River, and spear fishing. Anna set-up each trip with the most amazing guides on the island. Each guide or taxi driver went out of their way to tell us about their home, and show us their favorite places. Our driver on the way to the Boiling Lake went out of his way to show us Roseau and all his favorite places. You could definitely tell everyone was so proud of their island.

Not only was the island full of places to visit, but Secret Bay was amazing in itself. The scenery and snorkelling around Secret Bay was so serene and peaceful. Our bungalow also had every appliance and amenity imaginable, and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed to cook or make rum punch. We did take advantage of both the organic basket, as well as had two meals a day cooked for us. We had originally intended to try local restaurants, but the food was so good at Secret Bay we chose to eat dinner on our patio every night.

The staff, especially Maggie, were so accommodating, and made sure we had everything we needed. We kept running out of juice for rum punch, which Maggie was quick to replace. When we ran out of rum on our last day, a smaller bottle was fetched from Portsmouth, so we did not have to waste a large bottle of rum. It’s this kind of service that makes a vacation truly relaxing.

We will definitely be making a trip back soon.

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Stayed on: November 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Bim Girl
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 25 November 2012

We are just back from our second visit to Secret Bay and can’t wait to get back again!! We were there exactly one year ago not long after they had opened. We enjoyed seeing the added addition of the Sunset Deck where we spent a few evenings with a glass of wine and watched the wonderful sunsets. You can even dine up there under the stars or have a massage whilst taking in the wonderful breezes, sounds and views. The food was, as usual, amazing! Rose and Eric cook wonderful dishes. A kind of mixture between local and international cuisine. All of the flavours together are so delicious.

We stayed in the Mapou Bungalow again and so relished waking up to the amazing views across the bay from our bed or just sitting on our balcony and enjoying the breeze and views.

The staff are so friendly and helpful. Two of the guys even changed our tyre for us on our hired jeep! A special mention must be made of Anna, Marvin, Megan and Gilbert, who were always there for anything that we needed.

We really enjoyed seeing Gregor, the owner, again and catching up with him and hearing of his future plans for the resort. We also met his lovely wife, Sandra, this time round and their 2 sweet children.

We wish Secret Bay all the success in the future and we look forward to seeing them again next year!!
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Stayed on: November 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Ken J
Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 24 July 2012

A five star status just isn’t enough for Secret Bay. From our initial conversations before our arrival with Anna, we could tell that this wasn’t going to be a traditional island vacation. The Mapou Bungalow was eco-friendly and well stocked with everything one could need. Our Bungalow attendant, Maggie, was exceptional… she was beyond attentive, an amazing cook, and even kept calling us to ensure everything was great even on her days off! Marvin runs the operations and keeps the facility in amazing shape. Gregor, the owner of Secret Bay, took the time to meet us on Secret Beach and give us a personal tour of the hidden underwater Bat Cave. And back to Anna, she ensured that all of our trips were well coordinated and lined up the best possible drivers/guides to take us into the beauty of Dominica!

As to Dominica, guides and photos just do not do this beautiful island justice. From Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Emerald Pools, Horseback Riding, Diving, Screws Spa, and Champagne Beach to name a few…this is one island in combination with Secret Bay that should NEVER be missed! We cannot wait to go back, next time with our teens!

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Stayed on: July 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Tracy L
Country of Origin: Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 25 June 2012

We delayed our anniversary vacation based on Secret Bay’s availability after reading all the stellar reviews on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased that we did! If you’re looking for the best accommodations in Dominica, look no further. Secret Bay perfectly marries the attentive hospitality of a B&B, and the comforts and luxury of a world-class hotel. All the while, respecting the beautiful natural surroundings of this optimum location with its eco-friendly, minimal impact approach.

Secret Bay’s mantra seems to be all about making their guests 100% pleased with their stay. Anna, Secret Bay’s concierge extraordinaire, will coordinate any excursion you request (taking out all the time-consuming legwork for you!), accommodate any meal, and is always available via SB’s courtesy cell phone even after typical work hours. Gregor and Sandra, the owners and developers of SB, were the most gracious hosts; completely humble and unpretentious. I couldn’t imagine Donald Trump lending something from his own personal collection to one of his guests, but that’s exactly what Sandra did – when she learned that our iPhone 4S was not compatible with the sound dock system in our bungalow, she made a separate trip to the hotel just to lend us her personal portable speakers. Just one of the many examples of SB’s dedication to its guests. Safety and security are also a #1 priority for SB’s staff. They are set up so that if you take a kayak, paddle board or snorkeling gear out, the security team will know that you’ve gone into the waters in await your return. The same applies if you go out for the day on an excursion on your own.

The food at Secret Bay is great – I recommend letting your cooks decide your menu based on what looks fresh to them. It’s all yummy and the portions are HUGE. We typically had enough leftover from dinner for the next day’s lunch and we are big eaters. Based on the grocery cost that we were billed at the end of stay, we would have done better to eat at SB for all meals than to go out for food. They don’t nickel and dime you for food costs like other hotels do (i.e. room service and the minibar – it’s pennies on the dollar comparatively).

We wish we could have extended our stay, and hope to return someday with the rest of our family.
Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
Tracy L Florida

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Stayed on: June 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: THP1957
Country of Origin: St Augustine, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 12 April 2012

My wife and I stayed at Mapou cottage for a week. The setting was magnificent and the accommodations were wonderful and every conceivable item needed was provided. The views from our cottage were incredible. It was literally like being in a tree house with all the comforts of home. The staff was extremely caring and anticipated our every need. The in house cooks Rose and Dello were great and very amenable to our plant based diet. Anna the manager was beyond compare and always available to assist. She arranged excellent excursions to a variety of sites with capable guides. It was literally the most relaxing vacation my wife and I have ever taken. We felt totally pampered and our individual needs were met as though we were in our own private tropical retreat. You will not regret a stay at Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: April 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Hokie24
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 28 February 2012

My husband and I travel to the Caribbean about once a year, and try to visit a different location each time. We were looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating and naturally beautiful place to stay and were intrigued by Dominica and Secret Bay.

From the moment we landed until we checked in for our flight home, Gregor & Sandra, Anastasia and all the staff at Secret Bay made us feel welcome and allowed us to enjoy our vacation without a worry. After our first night at Secret Bay, our first order of business was to extend our stay, which we did!

We’ve never stayed anywhere like Secret Bay – where you can feel completely secluded, yet anything you required was a phone call away. The level of service is beyond compare. We often felt like we were the only guests, and the layout of Secret Bay allows for this. The bungalows and villas are sited so well, nestled into the ridge, each one is barely visible from the other. The walkways, paths and decks are designed with respect for the existing terrain and the native plantings are beautiful.

We stayed in the Mapou Bungalow, which was a perfect size for us, with every convenience you may need. Perched among the trees, with the floor-to ceiling windows, we were treated to breathtaking views from every room. We spent mornings on the balcony drinking coffee and enjoying the views across the bay, and quiet evenings eating dinner by candlelight listening to the sound of the waves.

The meals were all delicious and made with the freshest, local ingredients. I’m a gluten-free eater and my husband is not, but the cooks at Secret Bay provided us with amazing breakfasts and dinners we both enjoyed. Throughout our stay, the refrigerator was stocked with fresh juices and anything else we requested. Having the kitchen in the bungalow allowed us to snack, make coffee (or drinks in the blender) whenever we felt like it.

We enjoyed several hiking outings organized by Anastasia that allowed us to maximize our experience of this beautiful island given our short stay. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and they took us to places off the beaten path (where we rarely saw a tour bus). While we loved the hiking excursions and exploring Dominica, it was also nice to stay put and enjoy the beauty of Secret Bay. One of our favorite things to do was to kayak over to the beach in the afternoon, swim and relax in the sand, then watch the sun set over the water. It was like having our own private beach – we never saw another person!

We enjoyed meeting everyone that makes Secret Bay the amazing place it is. After our week-long stay, we were sad to leave. Secret Bay far exceeded our expectations – the concept, the level of service, the setting, the bungalow, the meals and certainly the beach. We’ve never said we wanted to return to a place we’ve already been until we stayed at Secret Bay. It is truly a special place, and we’re looking forward to another trip to Secret Bay and Dominica soon!

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Stayed on: January 2012

5stars– 5 out of 5 stars
Name: littlolsimmo
Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 19 February 2012

We had an amazing experience in Dominica at Secret Bay! It is unlike anywhere we have stayed before and we can’t wait to go back!

Secret Bay is for those travellers who appreciate incredible service, privacy, and relaxation. It is a very private location with only four guest houses. There are no bars or restaurants on this property. What you get instead is the most amazing location, the most amazing service, the most amazing food and an incredible array of different activities to choose from.

Anastasia is amazing! She will arrange any tour or activity that you would like. She will arrange dinner at the resort or at local restaurants. She will organize taxis so there is no need for having to rent a car. She will coordinate tours and hikes for you. She does it all with a smile on her face! You are given a cell phone when you check in so you can call them at any time. She was amazing!

The food was unbelievable! We usually just said if we wanted a light or heavy meal and then they took it from there. The food is prepared and then brought to you so you can have the most amazing meals on your balcony. We just let them prepare what they wanted to and were never disappointed! The food was very reasonable in price but was five star in taste and presentation. We had the most beautiful and romantic meals on our balcony! We also went one night to Iguana Cafe and that is a must when you visit Dominica!!! It was a truly memorable evening!!

We stayed in the Mapou Bungalow and it was perfect for us! It is not as big as the Zabuco honeymoon villa but it was perfect for my husband and I. We were only there for meals and to sleep as there was so much to see and do. But the view from your bedroom is spectacular! You wake up looking out over the bay!

If you are into birding, I would highly recommend a tour with Dr. Birdy. That was one of the highlights of our trip!! He found a couple of Imperial parrots for us to see and he is just so knowledgeable! He knows the birds like the back of his hand and he can tell you all about the local flora as well! We also really enjoyed our trip to Bwa Nef Falls. We met the owner of the property, Graybarry, a local farmer, who gave us a tour up to the falls. It is off the beaten path so you won’t find the cruise ship passengers here! He was awesome and asks for donations but he really deserved it with all of the work he has done to prepare the walking path up to the falls. It is a beautiful and easy hike compared to a lot of the falls.

Gregor, Sandra and all of the staff are so professional and friendly! Their goal is to provide you with the most amazing experience and they definitely succeeded. We will be back!!

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Stayed on: January 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: islandtraveler41
Country of Origin: Missouri, USA
Reviewed on: 17 February 2012

Secret Bay is as unique and special as the island of Dominica and to experience both in one trip is magical. My husband and I visited three different Caribbean islands and Dominica was both our favorites, in large part due to Secret Bay. We stayed in the Mapou bungalow, which is small but has everything a couple needs. Walking in to the bungalow for the first time and seeing the amazing view out the living room windows, I knew this place was for me. Then, after a quick walk up a spiral staircase I was thrilled to discover the same amazing view out the bedroom as well. The bed, by the way, is fabulous – looking at pictures on the web site I worried it might be a hard mattress, but it was the most comfortable bed (and pillow) I’ve ever slept on – and to lay with your head on your pillow and look out a wall of windows to tree tops, ocean, beach and cliffs was heavenly.

I should note that the only bathroom in the unit is upstairs and the spiral stairs are not the easiest to manoeuvre so I would not recommend this bungalow (or Secret Bay at all) to those who have difficulty walking.

I could have spent the entire time in the bungalow, but my husband and I like to explore so we were off every day hiking, swimming, kayaking or driving around the island. We were affectionately named by the staff as the “busy bodies” because we were up and out each day. Dominica is a beautiful island and this is our second trip to this island, so believe me I don’t mean anything negative when I say it is not as developed as some islands. They have made great strides in the road conditions, but driving is challenging and takes a bit of getting used to. Also, there are not many new, luxurious places to stay on the island – I would venture to guess Secret Bay is the nicest place to stay on the entire island.

Quality places to eat are harder to find on Dominica than other Caribbean islands and it is a big island so driving around the island to sample different restaurants is not very practical, which makes the cooking service offered at Secret Bay that much more attractive. To clarify, as I didn’t understand this prior to arriving at Secret Bay, the resort offers cooking services either in your place or in a separate building. If they cook your meal in the separate building, you then have the choice of the food being delivered to your place or you can eat it at the outdoor seating near the beach where they prepare the food. If you stay 5 or more nights, there is a one-time shopping/delivery fee which at the time we stayed there was $18.00, then the cook prepares the meal(s) for free – charging you only the cost of groceries. They do need at least a day notice so they can get the shopping done – but with that one-time fee they will run to the store for you as many times as you need – whether they are cooking for you or you simply run out of bread and need a loaf delivered to your place!

The staff, especially Anastasia, go out of their way to help with anything you need. There is a washer/dryer combo in the unit and they offered to do our laundry for free. I personally did not take them up on this and did the laundry myself, but I thought that was an amazing offer that I haven’t found in any other travels we’ve done. They even provide you with a cell phone so you can call them anytime, whether in the unit or out exploring the island.

After we left Dominica we went to Anguilla, and though Anguilla is a beautiful island, I greatly missed my evenings on the deck at Secret Bay, watching dozens of large birds find their sleeping place on the nearby cliffs as the sun was setting. We slept with the sliding doors open so we could hear the ocean and feel the breezes all night. We never even needed the air conditioning! We have travelled the Caribbean extensively, and seldom go back to the same place. I do believe, however, that a third visit to Dominica and Secret Bay is in our future.

Thanks Secret Bay, and Anastasia, for all you did to make our trip memorable. We can’t wait to see you again.

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Stayed on: January 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cherane R
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 2 October 2016

It was so good we had to come back again…..and I am so happy that we did. This trip was a bit different than our first, as this time we traveled with other family members for somewhat of a very special reunion. We each had our own villas that gave us our privacy when wanted, but we also had the opportunity to holiday together, which was great as we got to have plenty laughs and fun exploring Dominica and just being with each other.

Once again the staff were incredible, catering to our every need and desire. Big thank you to everyone, especially Saralee and Lenita!! Tasty organic food options were limitless and every meal was exquisite. This time around we went on a couple of tours arranged by Secret Bay. We did the Indian River Tour with our very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide “Fire” and a beautiful, informative snorkeling tour with Don. Kayaking and swimming over to Secret Beach was always a treat…. to see the unspoiled landscape of Dominic is just breathtaking.

We stayed in Mapou Bungalow this time, which is the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Really a “grown ups treehouse” nestled on the cliff amongst trees large and small, overlooking the beach and hearing the gentle lapping of the waves. Simply mesmerizing. Secret Bay surpassed expectations again….. I can’t wait to go back. Definitely one of the most peaceful, romantic places to be.

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Stayed on: September 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Annalee D
Country of Origin: Barbados
Reviewed on: 29 October 2013

Since Secret Bay opened, I knew that was where I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday. A place to get away from the hectic daily schedule that is my life – a place where I could be waited on hand and foot!

LIAT- the airline I now love, was on time. Pure joy! On landing, we were greeted by our very pleasant driver, Kenny who gave us cold towels and ice cold bottled water to sustain us on our one hour drive from the airport, through the beautiful Nature Isle of the Caribbean to the even more stunning Secret Bay. It’s better than Facebook says it is.

All of the staff were amazingly hospitable – we were welcomed warmly on arrival and shown to our rooms- given a tour of our accommodation – the beautiful Mapou bungalow- and our kitchen was stocked already with every request made- coconut water, fresh juices, homemade coconut ice-cream, plantain chips, homemade granola and yoghurt etc etc. All very delicious.

Our first lunch menu – thick delicious plantain chips, salad and the very best shrimp…EVER- really, the very, very best shrimp, followed by a chocolate avocado mouse with banana for dessert. We shared this with two lizards and a bird with a red feathered neck. Deslyn, our attendant, and Marvin, the manager, took care of our every need.

The view from the balcony was truly amazing- a lovely space to read, chat and reflect. We had cocktails on the sunset deck, good reflexology on the meditation deck and a wonderful massage in the room. We kayaked across the bay and relaxed on the black sand beach.

We ate, and drank and ate some more. I really appreciated all the attention to detail- the design of the bungalows is amazing and everything in the bungalow- the fixtures, appliances, the decor, provision of good reading material- everything is thoughtful, sophisticated and elegant.

I could not have asked for better service, better food or a more beautiful place to celebrate being on this amazing earth for a half century. Well done Secret Bay, for providing excellent service in a stunning environment. Two thumbs up!!

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Stayed on: October 2013

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Peter G
Country of Origin: New York City, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 25 May 2013

I was a bit apprehensive about staying here as a solo traveller, I think about 80 percent of the people who stay here are honeymooners, but I can say that I did not feel out of place at all. You might not see another guest the whole time you are there. So all of my interactions were with the staff, and they treat you like family.

I only stayed for three nights, which is definitely not enough. I would have been happy to stay on the property the whole time, but there is so much to do on the island of Dominica, so try to divide time between just enjoying Secret Bay and going on adventures on the island. They will arrange any activity for you and provide the necessary provisions that you will need.

The bungalow was spotless and I never slept better. The manager Anastasia was very kind as was my personal caretaker, Megan. I am a bit of a foodie, and having meals provided by Jemma were delicious and had that homemade feeling because they were. By chance, I met Gregor, the owner of Secret Bay, a very pleasant guy, I think he likes to personally meet guests to see how they are doing. All I can say is before my trip was finished, I was already planning to visit again.
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Stayed on: May 2013

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: traceyh351
Country of Origin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed on: 28 May 2013

What an amazing find! Secret Bay is nothing short of magical!! The villas and bungalows have breathtaking views from every angle making you feel so very close to the nature that surrounds you. This is such a special place – not a typical “hotel” but more like a private vacation home where you can create your own experience. The staff welcomes you with genuine warmth making you feel at home right away. The service is perfect, not intrusive, but very accommodating!

Of course this is the perfect place for a honeymoon or romantic escape, but as I was traveling alone, soon realized that it’s also the perfect place for one person, friends, or a family to recharge and reconnect with nature. The activities are countless, hiking through rainforests, paddling through any one of hundreds of rivers, and exploring underwater caves to name a few. I could return to this island over and over and explore something new each time! Secret Bay is truly magical!
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Stayed on: May 2013

 

 

 

Tifey Bungalow

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Erica B
Country of Origin: Lewisburg, WV, USA
Reviewed on: 25 June 2015

My husband and I just returned from our 7 night honeymoon in Dominica. Our only regret is having to leave! We stayed in the Ti-Fey treehouse nestled in the hillside and overlooking the beautiful Prince Rupert Bay. We chose Secret Bay primarily because the resort is very quaint…I believe that there are six units total. Although the resort was fully occupied throughout the duration of our stay, we felt like we were the only people there! We flew from Charlotte to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Dominica and were greeted at the airport with cold water, snacks and refreshing towels. After a one hour drive to the resort, we were pleased to receive a very warm welcome by key staff members and dinner was ready to be served. Marvin, our vacation planner, was excellent. Additionally, our attendant, Saralee, exceeded our expectations time and time again! We went to the farmers market in Roseau on Saturday morning and picked up some fresh tropical fruit – passion fruit, starfruit, etc. We also went spearfishing for lion fish with Don, toured the Indian River (where they filmed Dead Man’s Chest) and hiked to Trafalgar Falls (enjoying their hot sulphur springs) and Middleham Falls. All a must do! If you dislike destinations saturated by tourism and love the outdoors, Secret Bay is a must! We hope to make it back some day.

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5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chris Wooster
Country of Origin: New York City, New York, USA
Reviewed on: 5 May 2016

We had the very unique experience of staying at both ends of Secret Bay’s offering: in the smallest (Ti-Fey) and largest (Zabuco) locations, all during a single week long stay. And as additional context, we’re very well-travelled in the Caribbean so have a good sense of what we found on Dominica and at Secret Bay. Across the week, both Dominica and Secret Bay rocketed to very near the top of our Caribbean favorites.

This is not an island for beach loungers, but perfect for those who appreciate the natural untrammeled appeal of places like Nevis or Vieques. You won’t find St. Barts-like boutiques and restaurants. We commonly rent a car to get “off reservation,” on islands like this, but this frankly isn’t as necessary as the two main towns (Rouseau in the South and Portsmouth in the north) are more commerce/local than tourist-oriented—anyone considering a place like Secret Bay won’t find upscale retailers in those towns. Hire a taxi to take a look, but you should really consider this island more for its natural options (hiking, canyoning, diving, etc.) than shopping/eating/beach loungers.

Secret Bay is—as noted in some of the “average” reviews you’ll inevitably read—a good hour drive on a windy two lane road from many of the rainforesty experiences you’ll read about on the island. It’s not a bad ride, but your experiences with the Boiling Lake hike or canyoning through the Titou Gorge will require a ride. All this is arranged with very friendly drivers in immaculately clean vans; everyone you’ll meet is extremely proud of the island and its history. The rides can be a great way to connect with them. We made four trips back and forth and every time they felt shorter than the last.

The Secret Bay property itself pretty much speaks for itself in the videos and photos. They are not exaggerated and they are not deceptive. It’s only about five years old and incredibly maintained, so there’s no fears of outdated facilities you can sometimes find elsewhere in the Caribbean (former five stars gone to seed, etc.). I didn’t add pics as the ones you’re seeing from others are very representative.

Ti-Fey is quaint and cozy and perfect for anyone who is escaping city life. If your home is 2000+ square feet, you’ll likely feel it a bit tiny. But if home is a 1BR in a place like NYC, you’ll be fine. Zabuco (the one perched on the cliff you see in the hero video) is the opposite: bigger than your house and frankly more space than two people need.

Both have updated and modern cooking equipment, which is handy for whipping up simple breakfasts or lunches from the previous night’s leftovers or groceries your attendant will order for you. As noted, there’s no “restaurant” per se and really not many options off campus. So you order daily and they bring stuff to you, either in your place or down on the beach… wherever you want.

All told, this place is honest, caring, and genuine through and through. It’s a perfect antidote to more clinical high-end resorts, but with all the personal attentiveness you might expect at the price point. Literally every person we met was friendly and devoted entirely to helping make the stay remarkable. You won’t find many more special places in this area of the Caribbean, and it’s entirely worth the extra expense you may be weighing.

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Stayed on: May 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Damien I
Country of Origin: Australia
Reviewed on: 17 March 2016

Dominica is an incredibly beautiful island and Secret Bay was just the perfect place to stay. Gilbert met us at the airport and made us feel so very welcome and so excited about our stay. All the staff were so friendly and genuine and made our stay so relaxed. Shermima and Kisha looked after us in Ti-Fey Bungalow and were fantastic, friendly and very attentive. Marvin and Anthea made sure we got the best out of the activities on offer around the island. Despite the unusual heavy rain at times we got out to see the magical waterfalls (Trafalgar and Middleham), awesome canyoning, snorkelling Champagne Reef, Indian river cruise (with Fire) and a paddle to Secret Beach. The team at Secret Bay were very flexible to make sure we could change plans if the weather changed. Again, despite a bit of rain Ti-Fey bungalow was the perfect spot to chill out with a magical view for our honeymoon. The bungalows are such a great concept, plenty of room and great layout.
To add to the experience the food at Secret Bay was some of the best we have ever had with delicious local flavours. The Seafood Chowder was a particular huge hit with my wife as were the Creole shrimp and chicken dishes for the both of us.

Definitely worth the 2 days travel from Australia to get to Dominica and kick off our Caribbean honeymoon at Secret Bay.

Thanks so much to all of the Team at Secret Bay 🙂

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5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: D and P Jenkins
Reviewed on: 14 March 2016

Everything they say about Secret Bay is true. No exaggeration. The kindest staff and most comfortable accommodation you could ever wish for. In your ‘villa’ you will even have binoculars, bird reference books, a picnic cool box with ice pack in the freezer, umbrella, raincoats and an iPhone for your own use while there. And if it’s not there, Anthea will get it for you! And the island is idyllic. The best hotel on the island and the best island in the Caribbean.

 

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Stayed on: February 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Trae M
Reviewed on: 16 February 2016

Our Honeymoon destination requirements were pretty simple – sun, fun, and all-inclusive but in a low-key setting. As we scanned the internet for Caribbean locations that checked our boxes, we quickly came across Secret Bay. Trip Advisor reviews and the resort’s FAQ portion of their website swiftly answered our concerns and questions and reality set in – Tranquility in a tropical setting, with beautiful amenities and personalized service was ours to be had at Secret Bay!

Waves crashed against the shore to provide a natural sound machine at night, and the beach was always open for our lounging during the day. The trips and tours arranged by the staff were unique and beautiful experiences provided by charming guides. Our villa attendant was thoughtful, detailed, and sweet, and the food she asked the chefs to prepare on our behalf was fresh and delicious!

On our return home we revisited our trip and reflected back to the planning process and selecting Secret Bay. All of our original boxes had been checked, and then some! Without question, this was the trip of a lifetime and the most ideal place for us to begin our marriage and lifetime together!

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Stayed on: January 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: LRJ37
Country of Origin: Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Reviewed on: 30 December 2016

Our stay in a Secret Bay bungalow (April 2016) was absolutely perfect. Well appointed, comfortable, beautiful view! Staff went above and beyond at every turn. Food was amazing! Not to be missed – Saturday morning market, hike to the Boiling Lake (but not for the casual outdoorsman), paddle to Secret Beach and snorkeling, Middleham Falls, and letting yourself totally unwind – this is the place to escape it all! Would highly recommend to the person looking for a vacation that gives you total relaxation, option to be completely isolated if you so desire, the beauty of an unspoiled environment, and gets you off the beaten path!
Loved our stay with Secret Bay and look forward to hopefully visiting in the future!
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Stayed on: April 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: maureendavis
Country of Origin: Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed on: 10 October 2016

This was our second visit to Secret Bay and this time we stayed in Ti-Fey, one of the two Bungalows nestled in the trees. It honestly feels like a 5-star tree house, perfectly nestled among the trees, overlooking the bay and in earshot of the soothing sound of the waves rolling on to the beach below.

Our welcome at the Airport as well as at the Hotel was warm and friendly as usual. Since there is no formal reception desk, once you arrive at the Resort and are escorted to your bungalow or villa, which is already stocked with your pre-ordered items, you simply feel like you have returned home and home is in Paradise. Bianca was our Attendant this time – always on call and always ready to fill our every need ….. including my craving for Cadbury chocolate! Our meals were fantastic – with fresh, local ingredients and a variety of amazing home made salad dressings.

There is a long list of things to do on the island but once on Secret Bay, we found it very hard to leave the property. We did kayak and we took the River Tour with ‘Fire’ which was great. I also had a massage in the comfort of my bungalow which is highly recommended. All in all, Secret Bay refreshes and rejuvenates the soul and you leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the real world again.

For sure, add this unique resort experience to your bucket list!

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Stayed on: September 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Paul D
Country of Origin: Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed on:  10 October 2016

Our second trip to Secret Bay reminded us why we fell in love with this beautiful and peaceful resort. This time around we stayed in Ti-Fey, a cozy and very comfortable 2 floor cabin nicely located on a hill looking down to the small beach with a lovely view into the bay of Portsmouth.
We were collected at the airport by friendly staff and fed local treats on the beautiful drive to Secret Bay.
Our cabin was stocked with all the food items we had ordered before arriving and the staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The meals were outstanding, the local callalou soup as well as the beer battered lion fish are a must have just to mention a few.

Once checked into Secret Bay, you don’t really want to leave. The cabin we were in was nestled among trees and the natural sounds of the sea as well as the breeze blowing made one feel like just relaxing in the comfortable loungers all day.

We did however experience the Indian River trip with our guide “Fire” who had lots of information and interesting facts about the flora and fauna as well as the history of what went on in the area. We also took advantage of the kayaks and snorkeling in and around the calm waters of Secret Beach and also kayaked into Portsmouth Bay.

The cabin is well appointed with modern appliances and careful thought has obviously been given to every aspect of comfort and convenience, from the bedroom to the kitchenette. We hardly heard a sound from the staff or the kitchen located down the hill from us, but they met all of our needs with great service.

Our departure was delayed by the passage of hurricane Matthew and we stayed an extra two nights at Secret Bay (an unexpected treat!). Our location in Dominica was spared the bad part of the weather and the staff insisted on coming to work. We could not have been in a better place, we felt safe and secure and the meals just kept coming.
Thanks to Gregor and Sandra as well as Lenita and all the other staff of Secret Bay, can’t wait to go back!

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Stayed on: September 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: jillr1313
Country of Origin: Austin, Texas, USA
Reviewed on: 13 June  2016

Dominica is AMAZING! beauty, people, culture, location- all of it. Secret Bay is even better.

If you pick one thing to do this year in terms of spoiling yourself choose Secret Bay.

We stayed in both Ti-Fey and Zabuco I (on the cliff). Both are different and both are great. You’ll be happy with both. Zabuco has its private pool which is fantastic after exploring the island but Ti-Fey is cozy and both have fabulous views.

The team at Secret Bay is incredible. Food is top notch. They have a great wine selection but suggest grabbing your liquor of choice from duty free or bring from home – we are gin and vodka martini drinkers and brought our own stuff + shaker.

The two beaches at Secret Bay are perfect. nice amount of sun and shade – fun for activities or reading. They have paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear.

The Secret Bay team can organize anything and everything for you. Our vacation was pure relaxation, a bit of exercise and adventure, and digital decompress from our advertising jobs. Everything was so easy, taken care of that we truly relaxed, ate and slept well. read and enjoyed the beautiful views.

Activities we did and recommend:
The river boat tour. They will pick up at Secret Bay and it is about a 2 hour tour. My husband and I were the only ones on the boat. We saw other tours with 10-12 people so with Secret Bay the experience is a bit more special.
All of the guides we met are local so they know everything about the history, culture, and island.

Also recommend canyoning with Extreme Dominica. Amazing. Secret Bay can set this up for you. We had a blast.

And finally, hike to boiling lake. it is about 6 hours and hard but well worth it. Ryan was our guide and the greatest.

I did yoga on the deck at secret bay. Great practice with the instructor.

My husband and I got massages in our villa on the last day which was a perfect end to a fabulous holiday.

We’ve traveled a lot throughout the Caribbean- Secret Bay and Dominica are quite special.

I’m serious, Go Here Tomorrow!

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Stayed on: April 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Chris_Trina
Country of Origin: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Reviewed on: 29 December 2015

From the moment we arrived to the island of Dominica we knew our vacation would be special, as it is an untouched, non-commercialized paradise. Our driver from the airport gave us an excellent guided tour as he drove us to the resort. It was very nice of him to highlight areas along the way & teach us a few local creole phrases we could use while visiting.

Once we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by a very welcoming staff & given a tour of the property, the amenities & briefed on the resort activities. The staff also came to stock our villa (Ti Fey) & presented us with our meal options & daily activities plan. Our villa was a cozy, yet modern oasis tucked away in lush green ocean side. It was equipped with books, games, and just about any other modern convenience imaginable. It was exactly as described and displayed on the website. The views were fantastic! It was very relaxing to sit on the patio & just listen to the birds above & ocean below.

The resort staff went above & beyond to ensure our stay was top-notch. The meals they prepared (including breakfast prepared inside our villa when requested) were creative & delicious. We even opted for a ‘traditional local breakfast’ one day & the staff took the time to explain each dish (a must have if you visit).

We took a couple tours during our stay (all arranged by the resort staff). The Indian River tour was a lot of fun & included a relaxing boat ride. The tour to the Trafalgar falls, complete with a stop at the hot springs for a dip in the sulfur baths, is also a must-do.

Overall our stay at Secret Bay was made extra special by the phenomenal staff as well as the friendly people of Dominica. Special thanks to Merlinda, Marvin, Sara Lee, Jess, the amazing culinary team of the kitchen. In addition, we had the privilege of a warm welcome greeting by the owner of the property himself. We’ve told our friends & will definitely be planning a return very soon, as this is a truly special place!

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Stayed on: July 2015

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jamcas
Country of Origin: Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Reviewed on: 09 June 2015

We spent our honeymoon at Secret Bay in 2014 and we absolutely loved it. The location is out of this world, with a private beach and accommodation that is tucked away into the cliffs amongst the trees. We had breakfast every morning on our balcony and we were joined by the usual gang of birds and lizards who took great pleasure in stealing the odd raisin or nut from our plates while weren’t looking!

The activities are also well planned, both on and off site. We especially enjoyed the kayaking and snorkelling. The cave was also a great experience, seeing the bats and having a guided tour was really special.

The food was also stunning, with our daily “surprise” meals arriving on time and delivered by our own attendant. As with all luxury Caribbean resorts, it certainly isn’t cheap, but we fell in love with both Secret Bay and Dominica itself and would love to come back again. Our only criticism is that there should be a bar area where you can get your own drinks and food rather than waiting for your attendant, but that is such a small complaint which is outweighed by the amazing experience of staying at a once in a lifetime resort. You really will not be disappointed!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jody S
Country of Origin: Phoenix, United States
Reviewed on: 26 May 2015

From the moment Gilbert picked us up at the airport in Dominica, we knew we had chosen the right place! The island is absolutely a nature lover’s paradise, and Secret Bay has managed to create its own perfect domain!

We could not reserve a villa due to our late booking, but our little bungalow was definitely worth it for us. The view from our deck and our bedroom was simply breathtaking, and it was comfortable inside.

The service was beyond words spectacular! Everyone we came into contact with at Secret Bay was terrific. Their desire to please and attention to detail was bar none! When asked the second morning how we slept, we told them the bed was a bit hard for us. They changed the mattress and pillows that afternoon!!!

Every meal was out of this world! The food that they are able to produce is amazing! We enjoyed lunch on the meditation deck several times, but our dinners on the sunset deck were fantastic.

A highlight for us was our Boiling Lake hike and our guide, Cynthia! We will never forget that!
Next time, and there will be a next time for us at Secret Bay, we will book a villa, as after getting a tour of Zabuco 2, we definitely need to experience that!

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Stayed on: April 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Marinamesh1
Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA
Reviewed on: 03 February 2015

My husband and I stayed at Secret Bay in January 2015. I read about this place in Travel and Leisure magazine. I thought it will be good, but never expected the place to be this wonderful. We stayed at Ti Fey bungalow. At first it looked small, but after we unpacked we realized that in this space everything was perfectly planned. Kitchen had all of the modern appliances including dishwasher, washer and drier. The living room not big, but the balcony and view just great. Upstairs is the bedroom and the bathroom. The bed is big and comfortable. I can’t describe how relaxing to lay in bed, look at the sea and listen to the waves.

There is a beach right under the bungalow called Ti-Bay. It has stones, but we had water shoes. By the way Secret Bay can provide you with almost everything, so pack lightly. Another beach close to Secret Bay is Secret Beach. You can get there by canoe. We were taken by boat. We were the only ones there. Total privacy. I loved it.

Now about the staff. Everybody was great. Merlinda helped us to plan all our activities. She gave us a phone and we were able to get with all the staff members immediately. Everything Merlinda recommended was absolutely great. Tasha was our housekeeper. She is very sweet and very professional. Our driver and guide was Ryan. We liked him so much, that we requested him every time. The food at Secret Bay was also great. We only had dinners there. Breakfast and lunch I prepared myself with the products that were in my refrigerator. It was pre-stocked for me. The place has an award winning chief. She can prepare anything you like. The owner of the hotel Gregor makes sure to meet all the guests and check if everything is ok. He is a very pleasant gentlemen.

So my review may sound fake, but we couldn’t find anything negative to say about Secret Bay. We are planning to return next year and maybe stay in one of the villas. I forgot to say, Dominica is the most beautiful and natural island. I would highly recommend this place.

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Stayed on: January 2015

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Yana H
Country of Origin: Dominica
Reviewed on: 31 December 2014

My wife and I continue to enjoy every wedding anniversary. In 27 years we have appreciated each other in many amazing ways. These includes; several vacations within the Caribbean, trips to North Central and South America, cruises vacations a trip to Hawaii and a nature expedition to the Galapagos – one we will never forget. Locally we have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the best hotels on the island. April 2014 was a blast for my wife Nella when we stayed at Secret Bay for her 50th birthday, she had a time of her life. The years roll by quickly and October 4th 2014 meant a lot to us! 28 years of marriage. Since we are on island, and didn’t have travel plans, I asked my wife how she would like to celebrate our 28th anniversary; she did not hesitate but immediately replied, “Let’s stay at Secret Bay”. A few days later I spoke with Anna and a booking was confirmed for the period 3rd to 5th 0ctober 2014. Our bungalow was called Ti-Fey which means ‘small leaves’. The romantic setting captivated us immediately, the level of care and attention offered at that facility completely hypnotizes thus immersing you into an unbelievable mode of relaxation. A well-stocked kitchen with a reasonable assortment of fine wines and champagnes added worth to one of the best nights of our lives. Dinner was served at our unit by Saralee who did an incredible job with the presentation. The meal was so good we did not want brush our teeth that night (lol). Our weekend at Secret Bay reminded us of how busy we can be in our normal lives and such moments spent treating ourselves are priceless.

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Stayed on: October 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Aaron F
Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 18 November 2014

We traveled to Secret Bay in mid-October (a perfect time for the trip – we had all of the most popular attractions to ourselves because the busy season had not started, and our weather was perfect all week). We had read the glowing TripAdvisor reviews, and our expectations for this vacation were high. We were not disappointed—it was even better than we hoped.

First of all, the food is as good as everyone says it is. We told them that we eat primarily seafood and vegetarian fare, and every day we told them to surprise us for lunch and dinner — and every single meal was fantastic. The dishes were creative, flavorful, and beautiful. Deserts were amazing too.

We stayed in the Ti-Fey bungalow, and we loved it. We did get a tour of one of the honeymoon villas, and it was certainly stunning (worthy of all the “Sexiest Bedroom in the World” accolades from travel magazines), but we thought Ti-Fey and Mapou bungalows provided excellent bang for our buck. We spent a lot of time on our balcony (where we ate all of our meals) and never even saw our neighbors at Mapou, so it felt very private. Every morning, the birds and lizards outside our bungalow provided entertaining breakfast theater, chasing each other around and vying for the scraps of fresh fruit my wife gave them. At lunch, bright green iguanas crawled up the trees outside our bungalow to sun themselves. It was a jungle paradise, with a beautiful view through the trees of the beach, lagoon and Fort Shirley across the bay. The bungalow was comfortable and very pretty – they think of all the small details.

The staff was awesome too. Our personal attendant, Saralee, was attentive to all of our needs and whims (mid-afternoon pina-coladas delivered to our bungalow? No problem!), and she was always just a phone call away if we picked up the iPhone left for us by Secret Bay. The concierge, Merlinda, organized wonderful excursions for us – both of them made everything easy.

We highly recommend Trafalgar Falls, especially in the off season when it is not crowded. One of the highlights of our trip was soaking in the cold pool under the waterfall, then going to the natural hot pool. We also loved the Indian River boat trip with our guide, Fire, and the snorkelling excursion to Champagne Beach). But if you don’t feel like leaving the property, you don’t have to — you could spend your whole vacation just relaxing at your bungalow, or down at one of the three beaches at Secret Bay (two of them accessible by kayak). Dominica is such a beautiful island, with so much to explore, that we found a balance of adventure and relaxation to be the right mix. Massages on the sunset deck and reading on the balcony was enough activity for one day, and hiking through the jungle was perfect the next.

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Stayed on: October 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Andres L
Country of Origin: Miami, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 02 November 2014

We’ve been all over the (typical) Caribbean, and after doing due diligence and research, I decided to take my wife for a well-deserved childless trip to a romantic getaway in Dominica. This place is everything the reviews say and better – it’s a beautiful, secluded (yet conveniently close to a small city, Portsmouth) tropical paradise – nestled on top of a small cliff overlooking Ti-Bay and Secret Bay.

First of all, service was outstanding: from the moment I booked the hotel, to when we lost our flight at MIA and they rearranged everything (including two unscheduled nights), to when we arrived, helping us get acquainted and programming activities, to our departure, the staff was nothing but 5 star.

The accommodations are beautiful, architectural jewels designed by architect Fruto Vivas, Bungalows and Villas done in impeccable taste and using the finest materials and appliances.

The food, cooked locally with local ingredients, refreshingly different, cooked to perfection.

A quiet, reserved atmosphere, with few guests that you may not see during the entire day… beautiful scenery, amazing sunsets. We visited the rainforest, the falls, we scuba dived… all went smooth, the entire Island is geared for eco-tourism, people are laid back and friendly, the roads are well kept and clean. I will definitely go back to it.

Finally, the owner came to visit us on the last day, to make sure our stay had been satisfactory, it was just a pleasure to speak to him and it felt natural to let him know what a good job he had made in creating the Secret Bay experience. We will come back for sure…

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Stayed on: October 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Amanda B
Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA
Reviewed on: 28 September 2014

If you are considering a vacation where nature meets luxury, Secret Bay is the place for you. It is an intimate and very personalized atmosphere. The staff eagerly fulfils every desire. They are earnest about their position to make your worries disappear and make your stay seamless.

It is a place to reconnect with your significant other with no worries. We mostly had beaches to ourselves, and enjoyed on site activities and dining. Gemma and Josie are self-made chefs that cook impeccable meals that top restaurants couldn’t compete.

Our room attendants, Saralee and Roseline, were thorough and so eager to make our stay perfect-which it was for us!

Ana, Guest Relations Supervisor, will make sure you are informed of all activities on and off the resort. She makes your reservations and lets you know what is appropriate for your personality as a couple.

My brother informed us recently that he was getting married soon. We quickly told him that there is no more of an intimate and romantic place than Secret Bay.

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Stayed on: June 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: MrMrsGalis
Country of Origin: Portland, Oregon, USA
Reviewed on: 06 August 2014

My husband and I stayed in the bungalow, Ti-Fey, and it was perfect, with a gorgeous view of the ocean. From the service to the activities, we have absolutely nothing negative to say about Secret Bay! The food was incredible, and everyone was so friendly and wanted to make our stay just how we wanted it. Each day we spent a few hours on one of the beaches, snorkeled, kayaked, swam, and then we hung out in the nice little bungalow. We would recommend – and ARE recommending this place to anyone and everyone!

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Stayed on: July 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lacy Colley
Country of Origin: Whistler
Reviewed on: 29 May 2014

This has to be one of the most incredible and memorable places we have ever visited. If you are looking for a secret haven experience this is it. And why rent extremely priced villas in the Caribbean when you can stay at the stunning Zabuco villa perched atop your own private cliff. We got to tour the Zabuco villa although stayed in a nearby ‘tree-house’ style bungalow with mega luxury flare and feel. Fine appliances, decked out kitchens and and villa attendant service was fabulous with pre-stocking options. For example we pre-stocked for breakfast with homemade yogurt, granola and fresh squeezed island fruit juice every morning.

This place was extremely well planned by the owner Gregor and his wife Sandra – truly an impeccable vision. Gregor grew up playing on the land and beaches where his hotel now exists, so who wouldn’t know it best right! With little cutting down of the trees, the hotel was built with care and island cozy in mind. What a great guy, Gregor casually stopped by to say hello and introduce himself and chat a bit about the story behind Secret Bay. Romantic, breathtaking, intimate, and overall the experience made us cherish this place – the people here truly made our stay. Dominica is magical in itself, and our stay at Secret Bay was unforgettable. Check out a ton of photos and my full review on Secret Bay here: http://ow.ly/xh3JQ

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Stayed on: April 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Jerry B
Country of Origin: unknown
Reviewed on: 11 May 2014

This is a truly extraordinary place. I read about it in Travel and Leisure Magazine, checked it out on Trip Advisor and voila. I can think of no better place in the Caribbean if you want a secluded experience, free of tourists and free of any “scene.” Do NOT go to Secret Bay if you want a social experience or want to gawk by the pool. On the other hand, if you want to be alone, this is the place to go.

The setting is magical, on a cliff overlooking the sea. You literally feel like you are living in a luxurious tree house. The food is delicious, particularly for the Caribbean. Breakfast and dinner are prepared in your room or delivered to you. No restaurant, no pool. Also, this is not a place if you dislike stairs, since the only way to the beach is down a series of staircases. Not a problem if you’re up for it. How else can you get to and from a tree house?

The staff, particularly Anna, who manages the place, is impeccable. They minister to your every need, no matter how trivial. And, Anna will organize a wonderful itinerary for you to fill your days. Don’t miss the boat trip with Fire and birding with Dr. Birdy. Everybody on the island is very friendly, and it’s a place of truly great beauty. It’s a particularly good island if you like active vacations – hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, hot springs, etc. Not to be missed.

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Stayed on: April 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: TrudiePru
Country of Origin: unknown
Reviewed on: 05 April 2014

My husband and I just returned from a week stay at Secret Bay in Dominica. We loved everything about the Nature Island and Secret Bay. We stayed in the Ti-Fey bungalow and our attendants, Britney and Deslyn attended to our every need. The personalized service was extraordinary and we particularly enjoyed our surprise dinner on the Mediation Deck and the creole cooking class with, Josie. Also, a special thank you to Ana for coordinating our hike to the Boiling Lake and our rental car.
If you are looking to escape to island that is “out of the ordinary” for the Caribbean then Dominica and Secret Bay are a must visit! The island has great snorkeling and a variety of beaches but the best part of the island are the numerous hiking options to view natures splendor.

My husband and I will be visiting Dominica and Secret Bay in the very near future!

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Stayed on: March 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name:
Country of Origin: Dothan, Alabama, USA
Reviewed on: 02 April 2014

We went to Secret Bay last February for our honeymoon and we loved it. We stayed in the Ti-Fey bungalow which was great. It did seem like the Mapou bungalow had a little more privacy than Ti-Fey, but it really didn’t matter because even though there were no vacancies it felt like we were the only ones there. The food was great and I would advise stopping by the Souce Shack and grabbing something to drink and chatting it up with the staff prepping your meal for the evening. All of the staff at Secret Bay were extremely helpful and willing to go above and beyond to make our stay special. The excursions that we booked once we arrived were also awesome and they made sure to book our trips so that we were the only ones with our guides. We did the day trip to tour the island, a trip with Dr. Birdy and horseback riding. I would recommend all three. Also, don’t neglect to watch at least one sunset during your stay. If we ever have the chance to go back to Dominica, Secret Bay will be our first choice.

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Stayed on: February 2014

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ppeck11
Country of Origin: New York, USA
Reviewed on: 31 December 2013

Secret Bay is the most amazing way to experience Dominica. The incredibly warm and accommodating staff took great care of us the entire time and customized an amazing experience that was far greater than anything we could have hoped for. Our beautiful bungalow literally sat on top of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea — a stunning view complimented by fresh sea air and the sounds of the ocean waves and jungle. There is tons to do right onsite at the resort and they also have an outstanding network of local experts and guides who can show you all the best of Dominica from the Indian River, hot springs, to snorkeling, nature hikes, waterfalls and much more. They use the best local ingredients and a staff of local chefs who consistently served delicious and healthy food the entire time. We can’t wait to return!

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Stayed on: December 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Nicholas N
Country of Origin: Nebraska, USA
Reviewed on: 27 December 2013

During our engagement, I told my wife I would plan the whole honeymoon and surprise her with it. She didn’t know where we were going until we were on our final plane getting ready to land in Dominica…

But let me back up for a second. I told her I’d surprise her without having any idea where we’d go for our honeymoon. I used to live in Costa Rica, I’ve traveled to Belize, Hawaii, Peru & China. I’ve been to some beautiful places. And my wife has been all over Europe and Mexico – again we had a high bar set when picking a honeymoon destination. Very high bar.

Fate came in and I found Dominica in a random travel magazine. Not just Dominica – the magazine featured Secret Bay.

I read about it and went over to Secret Bay’s website and I was hooked! We only get one honeymoon and this island and hotel exceeded our expectations. It was the trip of a lifetime.

At Secret Bay, we loved the bungalow, the food catered to whatever we desired, the mountain bikes to ride all over, and the kayaks to shuttle ourselves over to a secret beach and cave. We couldn’t believe that we got our own personal attendant to cater to all our wants. We honestly aren’t used to this and didn’t ask for much. But the idea of having someone there to help us with anything was awesome.

After traveling all over the world and staying in many different places, it’s a high expectation – and my wife and I can’t recommend Secret Bay (and Dominica) enough.

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Stayed on: October 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: travelluvbug18
Country of Origin: Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 01 April 2013

I originally learned of Secret Bay on The Today Show. As soon as I saw the property and island, I researched more, saved it as a “Favorites tab” on my computer, and a few years later, I finally booked a stay at Secret Bay. There are so many reasons my husband and I love Secret Bay.

The Location is Magical: Waking up to “Benny” the bull-finch bird that was waiting for us to eat breakfast on our lovely balcony overlooking the Caribbean and Dominica Mountains…. Kayaking right from the Secret Bay shores…. Resting on the Secret Bay private beach…. close to many hikes, waterfalls, cute town of Portsmouth, and Fort Shirley….and it’s an amazingly scenic and easy drive to and from the airport. (we rented a car and explored the island on our own…very easy!)…we were alone on much of our hikes and at the waterfalls….hard to find that now-a-days.

The Service is Excellent: Anastasia was so pleasant and helpful from the first point of contact. She was always quick to respond to emails, questions and request. Ana did a great job explaining the resort, island and amenities at Secret Bay along with getting us quickly adapted to Secret Bay and the services they provide. Then came Maggie, our concierge for our stay. She was always there when we needed her, and always so pleasant! One of our favorite memories of Secret Bay was getting to know the staff. We would hang out with Jemer and Josie, the Secret Bay Chef’s, while they were cooking our meals. We learned about the native cuisine, their culture and themselves. Jemma and Josie were always so friendly…and really excellent chefs! One day we had the pleasure of running into Jemma in the town of Portsmouth. She was so kind to walk around with us as we enjoyed the local farmers market. Jemma, Josie, Maggie and Ana are all examples of how kind the Dominican people truly are… We had no hesitancy picking up the locals to give them a lift to their next destination. They are truly the nicest people I’ve ever met while traveling. So rich in culture, religion, family and the love and respect for their island and for others.

I highly recommend a visit to Secret Bay!!! It’s the best money we’ve ever spent on lodging…and it’s worth every penny based on the accommodations, location, service and staff. In addition, Dominica is paradise, with wonderful people….and totally off the beaten path!!! Highly recommended!

PS: To Secret Bay management: Ana, Jemma, Josie and Maggie deserve a raise!!! They work so hard to please their guests, and they do it with warmth and a smile. Not to forget Bianca, who was also very helpful and friendly.

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Stayed on: March 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lilliana D
Country of Origin: Mississauga, Canada
Reviewed on: 20 February 2013

Just came back from the Secret bay where my husband and I spent a week in Ti-Fey bungalow. It was very peaceful, relaxing and very unique vacation. The bungalow is situated nicely, reminded me of a tree house with amazing view of the Caribbean sea and Portsmouth. Bungalow is very well equipped with everything you might need for you if you decide to prepare meals for yourself. Also they offer to cook for you and I would highly recommend this.

Dominica itself is the island that offers you so many natural sites, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, hikes and with Anna we were able to plan so many wonderful day trips that we will always remember. Anna is very friendly and caring person, yet very professional.

Staff was very friendly and helpful to accommodate any of our request including searching for the vine I like a lot, called Gewurtztraminer

We fell in love with Secret bay and we will be back to explore more of Dominica in future.

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Stayed on: February 2013

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Cutter B
Country of Origin: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 04 January 2013

My wife and I travelled to Secret Bay for our Honeymoon in October and we could not have been happier with our stay. The Ti-Fey bungalow was a perfect size for us – cozy, but plenty of room. We were close to another bungalow on the property, but we felt secluded and never felt a loss of privacy. The quality of the bungalow was apparent from the moment we walked in: fantastic hard wood, great appliances, marble counter tops, nice furniture, and a very comfortable bed. These bungalows have been built right. We also loved the little perks like the Bose stereo with iPod hook up, the cell phone for contacting Anna (Resort Manager), security and other staff members, and the kindle loaded with Newspapers from back home. The grounds were very nice as well. You get a rustic luxury feel as the resort is built into the hill/cliff side with all of the tropical feel preserved. Tucked into the trees and wildlife are the bungalows and villas seamlessly incorporated with stone paths, lighting, and beautiful flowers. There is also a new observation deck for great views of sunset and a great spot for dinner (Just ask)

Service – My first impression of Secret Bay was the service. From the moment I booked months before the Honeymoon I was in contact with Anna via e-mail hashing out our plans and details. Airport transportation, activities and the food we ate during our stay – everything was taken care of. She was attentive and always provided prompt feedback. Upon arrival the service was continued. Our bungalow attendant Rosaline was wonderful. She brought us amazing food, took care of our bungalow and did all the little things: a heart of rose petals on our bed for our last night, providing anything we asked for, and packed lunches for our excursions every day. Security was always just a phone call away and could provide anything. We felt very well attended the entire trip while still maintaining privacy.

Food – The food was fantastic to say the least. We asked for fresh juices and a breakfast basket filled with breads and fruits, granola and yogurt. It was the perfect way for us to wake up every morning. Not to mention the fresh juices made fantastic Rum Punches to enjoy on our deck. Like I mentioned before lunches we provided to go whenever we needed them. When we arrived our fridge was stocked with exactly what we requested. Then there were the dinners prepared and brought by Rosaline. Fantastic food! We asked for mostly seafood, but we wanted to eat local fare prepared the local way and we got it. We were never disappointed with a dinner! Try the cocoa tea as well. We loved it so much we found some ingredients to bring home.

Activities – For our honeymoon we wanted a balance of relaxation and adventure. Dominica was the place and Secret Bay made it a possibility. Anna and the staff worked out every detail of our excursions on the spot – Then provided us a printed sheet with what to bring, a proposed itinerary, and a driver/guide for our trip. From snorkeling in Champagne beach, to hiking Trafalgar Falls, to taking a boat ride down the Indian River everything was taken care of. We felt safe the entire time and we loved every min of it. On top of that you could call security and be snorkeling in and around Secret Bay’s cave within 5 min. Finally, our best activity was Canyoning! An amazing activity suggested to us by Anna that we will never forget. If you don’t know what it is imagine a river flowing down a mountain in the middle of a tropical rainforest – now imagine rappelling and cliff jumping your way down that river!

Lastly I would like to say that throughout our entire experience we felt at home. The owner of Secret Bay, Gregor, and his wife Sandra made a point to come visit us before they left on their own trip. They were genuinely interested in our story and it was obvious to us how much they cared about their resort. From the moment I booked to weeks after I left I was in contact with Anna who took great care of us and put up with all my questions. Rosaline was an amazing host and a wonderful cook. My wife and I cannot wait to go back there for another stay. As we learned when we were saying good-bye…. It is not good-bye, it’s see you again soon.

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Stayed on: October 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: daslis
Country of Origin: Orlando, Florida, USA
Reviewed on: 03 December 2012

We have been lucky enough to travel to many very nice and fun locations but Secret Bay and Dominica are different. You can lounge around or, as we did, take advantage of the natural beauty of the island. Hiking, biking, snorkeling, sailing it’s all there. Secret Bay provides EXCELLENT Attentive staff, wonderful food, gorgeous accommodations and the chance for relaxation. Anna knows all and everyone and takes personal care of guests! Thank you!

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Stayed on: November 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Mark P
Country of Origin: Maurertown, Virginia, USA
Reviewed on: 29 August 2012

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Secret Bay 8/18-8/25/12. The following is a copy of the letter that I sent to Gregor Nassief after our stay:

Now you have done it. You and your staff have set the bar so high that I don’t think that Kay and I will ever find a place to quite live up to your standards and hospitality again.

The beauty and serenity of Secret Bay speaks for itself. It is obvious that a great deal of planning and thought went into the placement of the bungalows and villas, to take full advantage of their surroundings. From the moment your guests drive through your gates they are transported into another world and the rest of the world and its problems tend to melt away.

Our bungalow, Ti-Fey, was a wonderful “tree house” with all of the amenities that one could wish for. From the moment that we walked in the door, with Norah Jones playing softly on the stereo, we knew that we were in for a special treat. Again, it is apparent that much thought went into the structure and its furnishings. It was comfortable and tastefully done without at all being ostentatious. Where will we ever find such a place again?

But what REALLY shines at Secret Bay is your staff. We were treated with kindness and respect by everyone, and we felt like we had been welcomed into an extended family. Every effort was made to accommodate our requests and wishes and yet we did not feel like we were being hovered over. On the contrary, it often it felt like no one else was about, other than us. Of course, we knew that all we had to do was to pick up the cell phone (a wonderful convenience) and call, if we needed anything. We will never forget sitting on our deck while enjoying a bottle of wine and one delicious dinner after another.

I feel like I have known Anna personally ever since we began corresponding by email last fall, and it was wonderful to finally get to meet her in person. She is as delightful as I had anticipated she would be. I am afraid to name other staff members, for fear of inadvertently leaving anyone out. Please rest assured though, that everyone was wonderful and they ALL deserve kudos for the work that they do. Please let them all know that we said so.

It was also a treat for us to meet you personally, Gregor. We truly appreciated you stopping by to say hello and to enquire if there was anything else we needed and also for stopping in to say goodbye and ask us about our stay. It is obvious that you take great pride in Secret Bay, and rightfully so. We wish you continued success, as Secret Bay expands and grows and becomes better known to the rest of the world. Right now we like to think of it as our secret.
Secret Bay is a multifaceted jewel and we feel very privileged to have experienced it.

Sincerely,
Mark Pierce & Kay Ely-Pierce

I hope that this letter speaks for itself. We were very pleased, and Secret Bay obviously exceeded our expectations. If you plan to visit Dominica and rent a car (as we did) I highly recommend that you rent as small a vehicle as possible. The roads are generally very narrow and there are many blind curves. Plan to drive slowly and non-aggressively and yield to other traffic freely. Be alert at all times and expect the unexpected. When I mentioned to Gregor how many new grey hairs I had acquired, he laughed and asked me how many I had given the other drivers! If you don’t rent a car, there are many small buses that travel all over the island, or the staff at Secret Bay can arrange various excursions for you. Dominica is a beautiful island with very warm and friendly people who, when engaged, are happy to give directions, etc. As tempting as it may be to totally relax at Secret Bay, I would urge you to get out and explore as much as you can. An EXCELLENT resource is the book Dominica, by Paul Crask. We had actually ordered it before our departure, but it did not arrive in time. There was, however, a copy of it included in the library of our bungalow at Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: August 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Lindy & Phil
Country of Origin: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Reviewed on: 21 August 2012

My husband and I spent 5 nights in the Ti-Fey bungalow. It was the most amazing week ever!!! We couldn’t have dreamed up anything better for our honeymoon.

The bungalow itself was PERFECT. It felt like staying in a luxury treehouse, with a lovely view and the perfect amount of space—it wasn’t too small at all. It was actually the best place I’ve ever stayed. We only got a few mosquito bites around the bungalow, all outdoors….it wasn’t an issue at all! (But definitely bring bug spray for any excursions into the mountains or forest.) I noticed another reviewer stating that there wasn’t much of a view, only trees – I completely disagree! We could see the ocean right from bed and hear the waves when we woke up in the morning, and the vivid green treetops around us were beautiful, too.

The food at Secret Bay is just amazing. We requested the organic breakfast basket, which contained enough fresh, homemade food to last us all 5 mornings. When going to bed, I remember actually being excited to wake up in the morning so we could eat breakfast! For lunch and dinner, Roseline and Maggie cooked up some DELICIOUS meals. This included a beautifully prepared steak garnished with breadfruit, yummy barbecued chicken, and a brunch including heart-shaped biscuits and chocolate-chip muffins! Mmm.

Since we were getting such great food, including rum, champagne, and a seemingly endless supply of fresh juice (SO GOOD!), we worried a little bit about what the food bill would look like. We absolutely shouldn’t have been concerned—we were shocked by how reasonable and low-priced the bill was.

One day, Anna arranged for us to take a romantic boat ride up the Indian River, with a picnic lunch provided by Secret Bay. This was wonderful. Fire, our guide, was knowledgeable and so much fun. And we almost had the river to ourselves—we only passed two other boats the whole way. I’m sure it gets crowded during tourist season, but we loved the relaxed feeling of the “off-season.” Some scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed on this river, and we stopped at the bar where some of the crew used to have lunch—so cool!

Anna also organized a full day of excursions for us. She made it so easy to figure out what to do! We hiked to Middleham Falls and Trafalgar Falls, snorkeled at Champagne Beach, and then soaked in the hot sulphur springs at Soufriere. I would recommend this to anyone! The first hike to Middleham Falls (a “moderate” level hike) definitely gave us a workout, and you should definitely bring tennis shoes or hiking shoes with decent grip on the bottom. But it was so worth the hike—swimming at the falls was a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The hot springs weren’t as exciting as the other three destinations, but it was definitely the perfect way to relax and unwind after an incredible, busy day.

Like others have said, the people are truly what make Secret Bay so amazing. Anna was amazing at checking in with us and helping us organize excursions. She made everything on my wishlist come true! She’s such a sweet, caring person and is doing an amazing job. During the week, my mom sneakily called Secret Bay (from Michigan, USA) because she wanted to surprise my husband and I with something special. Anna talked with her and arranged a romantic, delicious brunch to be served on our balcony. It was so sweet and definitely surprised us!

Our “bungalow attendants,” Rosaline and Maggie, were both just so sweet and gifted. We enjoyed talking with them, and they are superb cooks! I will never forget the desserts: banana brownies, pineapple cheesecake, fresh fruit tarts, and more. Just, oh my gosh. Since returning home, I have googled recipes for banana brownies and pineapple cheesecake, but it’s not the same—I would recommend paying the little bit extra (at least, I THINK it costs extra, but I’m not sure) to have a meal cooked right there in your bungalow, as opposed to having the meal brought from the Souce Shack and served. We didn’t think of doing this, and we still loved the whole experience, but it would’ve been awesome to see how some of that delicious food was prepared.

We’re so thankful we got to spend the first week of our marriage at Secret Bay. It was a dream come true—thank you SO much to Anna, Rosaline, Maggie, Vincent, Ryan, and everyone else who allowed us to have the best honeymoon ever! You are all doing a wonderful job, and we really, really hope we’ll be able to come back some day! Blessings to you all

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Stayed on: August 2012

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: sophiecodrington
Country of Origin: San Fernando, USA
Reviewed on: 24 November 2011

Secret Bay is beyond breathtaking, from the entrance where as you enter you can smell the local guava in the air creating a sense of tranquility followed by the beautiful flowers. The bungalows are absolutely breathtaking, it produces an air of relaxation which makes you never want to leave, with of course the most inviting comfortable dreamy bed. This resort exceeded and superseded my expectations. We had to kayak to their private beach which is indeed the most beautiful and romantic experience since my bf proposed to me there. This beach is idyllic for anyone in search of relaxation or romance, the turquoise water compliments the white sand and if your lucky you can see the beach crabs playing hide and seek. This beach was the absolute best for me we snorkeled through the coral reefs which was only added to the serenity, I especially enjoyed the privacy it offered by its seclusion. The service was beyond five star, Anna an employee of this five star destination assisted my fiance and I in every question and advice whilst on our trip, her hospitality was truly genuine, we were both exceptionally pleased with their hospitality, all the staff at Secret Bay were very courteous. Their local cuisine was mouthwatering as our meals were prepared in the kitchen in our villa by our own personal chef,what more can one ask for than to wake up with the smell of a delicious breakfast awaiting you. I definitely would suggest Secret Bay to Anyone searching for somewhere idyllic and romantic where the staff caters to your every whim, its a beautiful place and to Awesome to be kept a secret.

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Stayed on: October 2011

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Nancy G
Country of Origin: Reston, Virginia
Reviewed on: 9 March 2014

Secret Bay is luxurious and relaxing with consistent first class service!!!!

Each day I enjoyed views from large floor to ceiling glass windows opening to the Caribbean sea below, with a lush forest view behind me. The daily sounds were provided by the sea gently crashing below my deck, along with beautiful tropical birds singing all around the private bungalow.

As I wandered throughout the expansive lush property I found many secluded spots that included two private beaches, a sunset deck, gorgeous landscaping, along with many amenities to enjoy on daily excursions.

My arrival started with a warm welcome at the airport by Gilbert, who cheerfully gave me a tour of the island on the way to the resort! Anastasia greeted me upon my arrival at the resort and graciously introduced me to other lovely members of the team throughout my 5 day vacation. Great efforts were put into planning my three excursions, which included an Indian river tour, horseback riding and a nature/birdwatching hike. Even the owner, Gregor, took the time to greet me during my stay.

The bungalow was comfortable, immaculate, and has a pristine architectural flair. I slept peacefully in my treetop bedroom with a view of the sea. Each day I enjoyed wonderfully prepared dishes that were created with local tropical produce and freshly caught fish/shellfish!

My favorite item when stocking the kitchen was the gourmet basket, which was full of tropical fruits, granola, yogurt and honey, along with the cocoa tea!

Finally, the best part of the resort experience were the sincere, professional people who valued Dominica’s natural beauty and made each day a beautiful memory by providing top notch service!!

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Stayed on: February 2014

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: ioanv
Country of Origin: Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on: 4 July 2011

I had the pleasure of staying in Secret Bay for a few nights in one of the “bungalows”. These are in the forest, and the architecture means the feeling is like sleeping right in the forest, but in all the comforts you expect of a five star hotel. I slept to the sound of the beach and the birds.

Amazingly for a location like this, my room had free and reliable Internet.

I used the cooking service for my breakfasts and one dinner, which I recommend. The staff were lovely and they cooked English and Dominican breakfast to my liking!

There are two beaches by the hotel, one which you can walk to and a “secret” one which is of postcard quality. You can borrow a kayak to go to the “secret” one (5 minutes) which I highly recommend.
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Stayed on: July 2011

 

 

 

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Claude76_16
Country of Origin: Massacre, Dominica
Reviewed on: 28 December 2016

Sometimes you can’t find the words to describe your experience. This was the case when I spent 3 nights in June at Secret Bay. From the time I reached to the minute I left I was in a real dream.

Every time I travel I always look at the details (I’m an architect) and here I couldn’t find anything negative about the place. I was in one of the bungalows, the smaller buildings, so I knew it would be small but it was also quite cozy. The ideal size for what I needed. At night, I didn’t use the A/C, but put the fan at lowest speed and opened the door facing the sea. The cool breeze (quite surprising during summer time in the Caribbean) and the noise of the waves crashing and the melody of the lizards, crickets were the perfect ambiance for relaxing night after a day of work.

The food was great. I decided to experience new menu and every time I was blown away. So Delicious!!! I have to say that I miss their homemade granola bar and sorbet.

All accommodations were booked but I rarely saw another guest. The raw, native landscape (far from the cosmetic landscape of the traditional resorts) and the different decks/platforms are all what you need for a deep relaxation.

The sea was fantastic but only had time to dip my feet :(. Didn’t have much time. Next time for sure I’ll enjoy exploring the cave and swim below that arch. Sooner than later I’ll be back for vacation this time. And I know I will have the same and even more attention from all the staff. From the administration to the building attendant, the Chef and assistants, the gardeners, all were committed to make my little time at Secret Bay unforgettable.

Special thanks to Gregor, the owner of this resort for his vision and for developing such a lovely hideaway.

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Stayed on: June 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: hd0wling
Country of Origin: Denver, Colorado, USA
Reviewed on: 8 June 2016

I am just back from a truly amazing visit and adventure at Secret Bay in Dominica! As an architect, I was extremely impressed with the design execution of the bungalow and villas floating in the tree canopy with perfectly cleared views to private beaches and the Cabrits National Park on the ocean horizon. It felt as if you were living in a 5 star treehouse and the personalized service was truly impeccable. The bungalow unit in which I stayed was well appointed with regional woods and high tech and modern appliances including the best WiFi I have ever experienced in the Caribbean.

The menu each day had a variety of local and sustainably sourced organic fish and meat all with an artisanal twist specific to the region. I really cannot say enough about how unique and amazing the food was each day.

The beaches were very private and access was either by kayak or an snorkel or swim. On my snorkel to Secret Beach I saw various colorful and exotic fish including a 8 foot eel tucked in the colorful reef. I had a private guide on the swim take me deep into the cliff via a 20′ swim that popped out into a dramatic interior cave which felt quite adventurous and unforgettable.

I have traveled extensively within the Caribbean, and have never experienced such a remarkable natural environment, quality of architectural design and execution of service I found on my visit to Secret Bay. If you are dreaming of the perfect health and wellness and adventure oriented experience offering a truly 5 star service, I would highly recommend visiting Secret Bay!

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Stayed on: June 2016

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: limespring
Country of Origin: Charleston, South Carolina
Reviewed on: 10 December 2015

It was four years ago when I first saw Secret Bay on the cover of Travel & Leisure. Even though I fell in love with the photographs, I restrained myself. I had been to two dozen islands already in the Caribbean, and had decided there wasn’t an island left I was interested in seeing. But then came Secret Bay, which looked like my fantasy of what the perfect refuge would be for me. (I’m a writer and wanted a place where I could truly ‘get away from it all’,) It didn’t disappoint. The staff was adorable (yes, I’m talking about all of you: Ayeola, Anthea, Deslyn, Rosaline, Gilbert, Marvin…. you took the best care of me when I really needed it. When I lost my cell phone (lifeline), the staff galvanized and found it for me. My views from Ti-Fey bungalow were like being in my very own luxury tree house, and anything I wanted was just a phone call away. I’ve never been so pampered. The food was as outstanding as the views. But again, most of all it was the ambience and the staff that made it for me.
Now, if only they would ask me to be their ‘writer-in-residence’! 🙂
If you go, I highly recommend the boat trip to the nearby rainforest, the horseback ride with Yasmin and Linton, the night snorkeling with Captain Don. Oh, and I got a lot of writing done too – thanks for the inspiration! I definitely will be back, hopefully for a month next time.
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Stayed on: December 2015

 

 

Ylang Ylang

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: travelingpinkhat
Country of Origin: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Reviewed on: 29 December 2016

My fiancé and I first visited Secret Bay in April of 2016. We loved it so much that we returned in October 2016. Spending time in the Caribbean is what we love to do, especially island hopping. This time we decided to spend an entire week and stayed at the new residential villa. Secret Bay is the best of the Caribbean! The best personalized attention to every detail, from the time you make your reservation to the time you exit the property. Our villa was in a perfect location, private and very quiet. We loved the beautiful panorama views from our villa. We enjoyed our daily excursions, on Sea and on land, our concierge Lenita set everything up perfectly! We love to explore the island so we had a lot of needs, all of our personal staff, were very pleasant and accommodating to our needs.
I can’t wait until we return again!

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Stayed on: October 2016

 

5stars – 5 out of 5 stars
Name: Rachael E
Reviewed on: 18 October 2016

I can’t even begin to describe our stay here. It was more than both myself and my partner, Ryan could have imagined! We really needed to get away and we considered going to Europe for our big trip, but I stumbled upon Secret Bay a few years ago and I hadn’t been able to stop dreaming about it since. I booked everything through Ayeola, their marketing manger. She was so great, any question I had she answered within hours of me sending it. She helped me with all of the booking and making sure we were all set with everything before we even arrived! We went in the ‘rainy season’ right when Hurricane Matthew was blowing around, so we were a little nervous