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“Only regretting just staying 3 nights” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

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Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica   |  
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“Only regretting just staying 3 nights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just when we thought we couldn't do any better choosing our accommodations in Dominica we arrived at Mermaid's. We do not have much more to add to the kind words of others who stayed in this place and I always skip Tripadvisor reviews that are too long. So in short:
- Cabin: neat and clean, private and jungle view (and Tim promised to put in a bottle opener)
- Environment: beautiful
- Mermaid's pool: beautiful spot, lovely water
- The best of hosts; caring for guests and Dominica

No bad words, but some things to take note of:
- Mermaid's is on the undeveloped side of Dominica. You can buy some bread in neighbouring villages, but take the rest from other places like Roseau.
- The last km to Mermaid's is a rather rough road. And this is an understatement. It seems about everybody has a 4*4 in Dominica so that shouldn't be a problem. Don't even think about tackling this stretch in a 'normal' car or doing it in the dark for the first time.
- This place not for people looking for a party, although Tim and Sam might throw in a BBQ now and then.
For us these remarks were no spoilers but added to the charm of the place. Just what we were looking for. We fell in love with the place. 5 stars.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Rochelle, France
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Mermaid's secret is a good place to enjoy forest and rivers. The pool is so good!
We enjoyed swiming after hiking.
You need to see cyrique ravine near Rosalie. It's a secret fall on the beach, very nice!
Tim and Sam are very welcoming and always smiling.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
It is great that you enjoyed swimming in the Mermaid Pool as much as we do and well done for achieving the Wavine Cyrique Hike.
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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Sam and Tim are wonderful hosts and have created a beautiful, relaxing sanctuary. Great value set aside the gorgeous Rosalie river. There are many activities for those who like to adventure off the beaten track. Try the coconuts:-)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to do this review - we are glad that you enjoyed the coconuts!
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Roseau, Dominica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend at Mermaid's Secret recently. In a country of over 300 rivers, the river pool at Mermaid's Secret is absolutely the most beautiful. The water is cool, crystal clear, and can be entered by wading, rope swing or jumping from a rock.

Sam and Tim were the perfect hosts offering a wide variety of beverages and great food.

Thanks for a great weekend and hope to return soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
A great time was had by all - You are welcome anytime.
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Worcester, Massachusetts
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We've stayed in several places on the island, but Mermaid’s Secret was the best, by far! It’s in the middle of the jungle, with lovely fully equipped cottages and a nice yurt and very friendly hosts. Tim and Sam have lots of tips about things to see and do on the island (Tim will even pick you up at the ferry terminal/airport if needed). It was nice to sit on the veranda of our cabin after a long hike, while Time brought us a jellynut with rum (you should really try it!). They also have a very nice river to cool off. You can join them at breakfast, dinner or for a drink (at a nominal fee) or you can cater for yourself. We had some really nice evenings with the hosts and other guests (playing games etc). Don't miss this place when your on the island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
There is no shortage of Jellynuts or rum here at Mermaid's Secret and we are just so pleased that you had such a great time here.
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Runcorn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Spent a magical day at 'Mermaid's Secret' nature retreat in the Dominican rainforest. We
loved the peacefulness of the place and its closeness to nature. Tim and Sam are so friendly
and professional as hosts and they made our visit really enjoyable. The Yurts and holiday
cabins where tasfully furnished with all modern ammenities which reflected the surroundings.
In the surrounding gardens there was numerous exotic plants and fruits growing which
attracted humming birds, blue herons and parrots. There was also pineapples growing with
sugar cane and bananas. For the first time we tasted coconuts straight from the palm, laced
with rum and drank with a straw in the top of the nut. In the afternoon we all swam in the rainforest river which was crystal clear and refreshing. They even had a rope to swing like Tarzan. For people who appreciate nature or who like walking through
rainforests I can recommends Mermaid's Secret as a first class experience. Tim and Sam went
here with a dream and it has now reached fruition.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
We are so pleased that you loved the nature that surrounds us and discovered a true taste of Dominica here at Mermaid's Secret.
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Old Chatham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Comfort meaning having everything we needed, not less or more ie. no overly airconditioned rooms when the breeze of the rainforest was just enough, home cooked breakfasts & dinners on request, a perfectly refreshing dip in the beautiful natural pool, help with planning and arranging some fabulous hiking and other adventures and activities readily available from our hosts Tim & Sam, and finding just the right balance of hanging-out/fum, and privacy. Charming meaning a tastefully but simply furnished 2 room cabin with kitchen facilities, lovely bath and porch. If I close my eyes I can imagine being in the hammock on the deck above the river listening to the sounds of the rainforest and looking up at a brilliant night sky. Joan B.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
We are pleased that we lived up to our 'slogan' of Rainforest, rivers and relaxation and really glad that you also discovered charm and adventure.
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Additional Information about Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

Address: Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint David Parish > Rosalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Rosalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mermaid's Secret currently offers a choice of accommodation options in either stylish, comfortable and fully equipped cabins or fully fitted Yurts for the more discerning camper. Located in the beautiful, lush Dominican rainforest on a site surrounded on three sides by three rivers with pools suitable for bathing and a riverside bar. ... more   less 

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