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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

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Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
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Greenville, South Carolina
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I took another trip to Dominica in November of 2015. It was not long after the hurricane and things were getting back to normal for some but far from it for others. Well lets just say Mermaids Secret was one of those places. They have two bridges that one must cross by vehicle or foot to get... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to admit, we had some concerns booking the Carnival Cabin at Mermaid Secret. The internet was intermittent since Erika, so the responses from the owners were slower than what is typical; have no fear...this is absolutely beyond their control and they do try their best to respond as quickly as possible. In addition, my husband's primary concerns were... More 

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2 Thank Chris-n-LizZ
Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Chris-n-Liz Thanks for you lovely review, we are just pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much....even without TV ;-) Erika has been a challenge for us as it has for many people. Thankfully we are leaving the effects behind, moving forward and getting back to normal here. Welcoming good fun guests like yourselves is what we enjoy, as... More 

New Mexico
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned to Dominica in December, a little apprehensive about what we would find after seeing all the horrible pictures of the damage storm Erica had done to so many parts of the island, including Tim and Sam's access road. We are happy to report that the road is fixed, that the island is as beautiful as ever, and that... More 

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1 Thank Katrin S
Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Katrin Thanks once again for taking the time to review your stay with us. We very much appreciate your support and although due to internet problems we nearly missed your visit it was great welcoming you back again. The question remains when will you return next as you have done pre christmas, christmas and now new years eve! All... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really cannot recommend this place enough! I couldn't of imagined a better holiday than when I stayed with Sam and Tim for two weeks last April. The surroundings around the site were so incredible. The entire site had this amazing atmosphere that did the island justice, making us feel comfortable and welcome as soon as we arrived. Mermaids secret... More 

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1 Thank evestarkey11
Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Eve for this very nice review. Im glad you now feel inspired to travel as that can lead to many adventures, like it did for us. Im guessing as part of my entertainer role I didnt play my ukulele or maybe your review would have been less complementary;-) More 

Weymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

amazing island with so much to do and beautiful sights, with brilliant hosts and fantastic area where you stay.everyday was new with different experiences that everyone should be enjoying. I will remember it for the rest of my life!

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

Thanks Jon for the review. If your memory starts to fade then please come back for a refresher :-) Glad you enjoyed this wonderfull island More 

Sundridge, Canada
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sent a spectacular week with Tim and Sam in January 2016. This is only our second trip outside of our country in 32 years married. I had done extensive research to make sure of our destination and based a significant part of our choice for staying here on previous reviews. Not sure that I can add a lot to... More 

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

Thanks Bill for writing this very kind review. It really was our pleasure having you guys here with us and thanks for all that lovely maple syrup, fresh from your trees. We would certainly like to accept your invitation to visit Ontario and help out on the farm, especially the snow mobile pilot job:-) best wishes Tim More 

Brussels, Belgium
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mermaid's Secret looks like the small village in the Tim Burton's movie "Big Fish" : a warm and colorful place where we feel good! Tim and Sam greets guests as friends. Breakfast and meals are delicious. I definitely recommend this place for short or long stay!

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

Thanks Astrid for your review. I'll have to try and watch the movie Big Fish now as Im curious as to how our place compares. It must be favourable though thankfully as you enjoyed your stay here with us. Best wishes Tim More 

Bridport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

this place is as it says on the website. friendly people, comfortable and very clean wooden lodges and lush surroundings. You'll need a car ideally or use the local bus service. Its a rain forest adventure that is stunningly beautiful. Plenty of rum in their outside bar and a meal cooked for you each evening if you want it. Tim... More 

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2 Thank jillian h
Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. After tropical storm Erika its great to be welcoming guests again and we always appreciate your feedback. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

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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2 Thank LWey22
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 

London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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2 Thank V_Wynd
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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