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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

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Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Kelowna, BC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of our recent three week vacation in the Caribbean has to be the four days we spent at Tim and Sam Williams’ Mermaid’s Secret on the lush and lovely Island of Dominica. Hubby and I landed well after dark and I was a leery about the one hour drive from the airport on the reportedly horrendous Dominica roads.... More 

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

Thanks SuZan for writing this lovely review. We enjoyed having you folks as our guests and look forward to your second visit one day. The night creatures were confused at first with my ukulele practice while I waited for you but I think they may have started to join in......a tree frog chorus as it were! More 

England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Through word of mouth from friends who have stayed here and after reading the tripadvisor reviews, we settled on Mermaid’s Secret for our honeymoon. We are so glad we did because it has given us happy memories that will last a lifetime. The hosts Sam & Tim are the most welcoming people and made sure we wanted for nothing during... More 

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

Thanks for this great review folks. Thankfully you got to hear about us and chose to spend your honeymoon here as we enjoyed your visit as much as you I'm sure. The 'De'Burginator' has pride of place at the mermaids tale and as yet no one has 'named that tune' :-) More 

Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful piece of property with rushing river, hikes and natural swimming holes all within walking distance. Tim and Sam are gracious hosts - providing useful tips and delicious home cooked meals. They even supplied us with groceries ahead of arrival for our own private kitchen! They provided us with useful tips and introduced us to local tour guides. They... More 

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to review your stay with us. Of course we are always glad to read that our guests feel they are part of our family while here at mermaid's secret. It has been a pleasure to meet so many lovely people and make them feel welcome. More 

Millburn, New Jersey
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us (a couple and our college age daughter) stayed in Mermaid's Secret for 6 nights. We are extremely happy that we have chosen this retreat. The cabin was very comfortable and clean, immersed in nature environment. The Mermaid's natural pool exceeded our expectations. The best part of our experience were our hosts, Tim and Sam, who were very... More 

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

Thank you for this informative review Alex. It was very enjoyable having you and your family stay with us and we are glad you had such a nice time. We had a great day out to the boiling lake and as I always say, half the fun is getting there so the longer it takes the more fun you can... More 

St. Croix
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I came back to Dominica for the second year in a row last June to stay at Mermaid's Secrete and enjoy the amazing beauty of the Nature Island. We have had such a great time that we just booked our third stay and we can't wait to get back to Dominica and unwind by the river. This... More 

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

Thanks Aaron for posting this review. We are looking forward to your return in a few months especially as I get to take you to the test cricket...a game Americans know well!!. Don't worry I will explain evrything, including 'silly mid on'! Best wishes to you both.....nope I mean you all! Tim More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here during the christmas holidays. A friendly, fun and unique place to stay at. Tim and Sam are the best and kindest hosts. And the riverpool is a great experience, loved going there for a swim. Don't miss a stop at mermaids secret if you are on Dominica.

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

Thanks for this kind review Charlote. We had a good time over christmas with you guys here. I'm still amazed by the coincidence that you had met one of our other guests a few years earlier in NYC of all places! Its a small world and thankfully we live in a very nice part of it :-) Best wishes Tim More 

Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful tropical paradise! Tim and Sam are the secret – they are warm, funny and generous. They made our trip. Food was delicious. One of our favourite vacations. We spent two nights in the yurt and 6 nights in the cabin. Both were very enjoyable – Mermaid’s Secret is a lovey property. Going for a swim in the river... More 

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

Thanks for this great review Greg. We had fun with you guys here. We are very lucky to meet so many lovely people it makes our job easy! It will be our pleasure to welcome you back for turtle season. Since your visit I have been developing some 'hike dominica' safety gear for you to trial when you return. Check... More 

Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent three nights in the Moon Yurt, watching a half moon creep across the sky as rain showers passed and the sounds of the river and the rainforest night intermingled. But what makes Mermaid's Secret great is not the lodging, nor the great swimming hole on the property, but the hosts: Tim and Sam. With family style meals, a... More 

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

Thanks for the lovely review folks. I think you heard my full repertoire of stories....and I only had 3 nights to fit them all in! All the very best from us all here in the jungle and hopefully we will get to colorado one day Tim More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the fantastic 'Moon Yurt', listening to the river flowing past and the sounds of the jungle at night. The Stars twinkling through the moon window. Tim and Sam were more than hospitable and we enjoyed our evening meals down in the Mermaids Tale Bar. Great people and great food and drinks! This was the ideal place for... More 

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

Thanks for the review David. You guys are are furthest travelling guests for certain....I don't think there is anywhere further away than New Zealand from here! Hope to see you again when you next sail to the Islands Best wishes Tim More 

Stroud, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here as a family for 3 nights on our tour around Dominica. My 9 year old son loved the river pool and was in it at every opportunity. The pool is unique, safe for kids and absolutely stunning. Truly a freshwater paradise (with a rope swing for the brave) The cabins and riverside bar are thoughtfully and comfortably... More 

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

Hi Pip thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. Glad you had a nice time and of course good luck with your future plans Cheers Tim More 

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