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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

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Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a late review, but visited Mermaids Secret with family as a get away not realising how beautiful this place really was. MY MIND WAS BLOWN! Sam & Tim went above and beyond every day to make our stay perfect. We stayed for 2 weeks and would say I'd return tomorrow. We were taken on trips around the beautiful... More 

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Leah, no matter if its late it is still very much appreciated. We have found many guests get inspired to post a review months after their stay due to going through the photos and remembering the good times. Hopefully you all will get chance to return one day and continue exploring the rest of this wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

deep in the jungle with the best swimming pool..... once there you feel like you have truly got away from it all into the wild rainforest - there are great walks, i saw mating boa constrictors and all manner of birds and insects, swam in the river & various places and enjoyed the company of other travellers and the owners,... More 

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Robert. Glad you and your family enjoyed staying with us here at mermaids secret and found plenty to do even with two babies in tow. Definately our youngest jungle dwellers to date and Im glad I kept our kids old lego handy for young Soren too. best wishes Tim More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Few times in one's traveling life is such a gem of accommodation encountered. in the realm of remote retreats, Mermaid's Secret-Dominica-is the Hope Diamond. Cottages are darling, handsome, meticulously maintained. Tradewinds sweeping through the windows maintain them mosquito free. The convivial, imaginative, even ingenious Owners have slowed a jungle mountain stream to fashion a deep, yet mildly flowing and idyllic... More 

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi John thanks for joining trip advisor just to post your review. We appreciate your help in revealing our little secret here in the jungle. Hope you get time for a longer visit one day. Cheers Tim More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Staying with Sam and Tim at their little piece of paradise was an amazing experience. It's located in the center of the island (which itself is a paradise) about an hour from the main airport. A short drive through some beautiful terrain in the heart of the island and we arrived at Mermaid's Secret. Sam and Tim welcomed us with... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Pete and Monica for taking the time to review your stay. We are always happy to help our guests make the most of the Island and our trip to the boiling lake was my 34th so im getting used to it by now! I hope you get to try your skills at the gravity glue totems in a river... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

From the moment we arrived we knew we were in for a treat. Tim,Sam and the crew welcomed us into their home and immediately made us feel like family. We were originally scheduled for 7 nights in the sun yurt but decided to extend to 9 as we just didn't want to leave. The grounds are beautiful and kept clean,... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Alex and Sarah for being such great company and brightening up our lives for the nine days you guys stayed...we had a blast and hope you do get chance to return one day. Thanks for the review too:-) Best wishes from all here More 

Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Reading the unanimous positive reviews, Mermaids Secret seemed to good to be true. So before booking the Moon Yurt for one week, we wanted to check it out. We drove there while we were staying one week at the other side of the island near Salisbury. Walking into the Rosalie valley for the first time gave us goose bumps of... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Sarah for taking the time to review mermaids secret. We very much apppreciate your help in spreading the word about our little corner of paradise here on the east coast of Dominica. You guys went the extra mile to spend your week here with us and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we lived up... More 

Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We have been visiting Mermaid's Secret for many years and hope to do so for many more years to come. Tim and Sam have the finest piece of property in Dominica and we are so lucky that they allow us to stay there!!

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Jane. As our first ever guest back in the early days before the yurts were even up we have always enjoyed your visits so please keep coming back. You have seen the gradual transformation of our property and we are glad you approve so much. See you next year hopefully More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Sam and Tim who run this place have created a paradise within a paradise. The site is beautiful, with a river and tranquil pool to bathe in along with the beautiful rain forest all around. I had the best nights sleep in a long time in the Carib Cabin. It was so good I extended my stay. They bend over... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Ellie. Not sure you should have mentioned me potentially singing for our guests though....it might put people off ;-) It was a pleasure to welcome you back for the last part of your holiday too All the best Tim and Sam More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Mermaid’s Secret puts you right at the heart of the Dominican rainforest, which is exactly where we wanted to be for the last week in February 2015. We landed second time round (after strong winds meant we detoured to Barbados for a night) and Tim picked us up from the airport. After an hour or so drive you pull off... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Henry and Lisa for this wonderful review. I am often lost for words at the kind comments our guests leave of us and our place. We enjoy having a laugh and making people feel at home and thankfully we meet so many nice people that our job is made easy. A big thanks to you guys for choosing to... More 

Road Town, Tortola
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

What can I say! Every review here is correct; Sam and Tim are wonderful, friendly, fun and so helpful. The yurt was clean, beautiful and the perfect spot for us, with privacy yet comfortably settled in their excellent property. The river and grounds were heaven. I found Mermaid's Secret to be in an excellent part of the island, a little... More 

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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this kind review Nea. It was nice to welcome you both to our little corner of paradise and we certainly hope you can visit again soon. Thanks again Tim More 

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