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“Unique and unbeatable - amazing place with amazing people!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat
Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Unique and unbeatable - amazing place with amazing people!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed at Mermaid's Secret for four nights of our honeymoon, and the whole experience was so wonderful that we knew we had to come back – and when we had difficulties with some other accommodation towards the end of our trip, we were lucky enough to be able to! Tim and Sam are incredibly welcoming and great fun, and often went way beyond the call of duty to make sure we had a great time. They offered brilliant advice about what to do, where to go and how to get around (crucial for us as we had no car), even before we set off, which made the planning so much easier.

The site itself is gorgeous, set in the most lush and beautiful part of the island and close to the coastline too – it's hard to think of a more idyllic setting. Our yellow cabin was lovely, with polished wooden floors and natural touches like driftwood door-handles and rocky flooring in the bathroom. There are so many varied walks to do right from the cabin door, and we looked forward to relaxing by swimming in the beautifully clear pool on our return from hiking each day. This was followed by either cooking for ourselves in our cabin, or sharing in one of Sam's delicious feasts on the riverside deck, topped off with drinks and brilliant company.

We loved Dominica, and this was in a large part down to Tim and Sam sharing their knowledge of how best to enjoy it with an independent spirit. All in all, we can't recommend Mermaid's Secret highly enough, and we urge everyone to go – just as long as you don't book the place up when we get the opportunity to return...!

  • 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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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
It was great to welcome you back so soon during your visit to Dominica. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us so much and our hike to the boiling lake together was a great day out for me too:)
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popejohnpaul3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We spent three days at Mermaid's Secret early April. It was a great place to stay. Tim and Sam make you feel welcome right away (even when arriving at midnight, like we did). They are great hosts and staying with them, and having dinner with them, was a very pleasant experience indeed. The site itself is magical; tucked away in the Dominican 'jungle' and close to a marvelous river/pool.

We'll be back in a few years time to once again enjoy their home made marmalade (and sample their banana bread)!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, June 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to wright a helpful review of your stay with us. The banana bread is coming on nicely with practice. You'll have to bring some of yours to compare as we would love to welcome you back of course.
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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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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Thank you for giving an insight into life at Mermaids Secret. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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La Rochelle, France
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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
    • 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, 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
    • 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
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
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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
    • 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, 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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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): $
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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