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Secret Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Varmdo, Sweden
2 reviews
“An extraordinary experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

If you demand a hotel with sun loungers and a cocktail, you can go somewhere else. This is a place where you get everything you desire and everything you want in terms of nature adventures, scenery, service, comfort and peace of mind. To have your own chef in your exclusive hut is super but we will definitely come back when you have built a restaurant. Don't judge the rooms from the pictures. If you only have experienced 5 star service before, you should go to Dominica and experience secret service.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

Secret Bay is our new favorite destination. Zing Zing is a beautiful and artfully designed villa, intricately melded with nature. It is secluded, quiet, and spacious - with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and plenty of living/lounging space. The walls of retractable windows offer a true room with a view - and what an incredibly gorgeous view! For those who can't live without electronics, it's a gadget heaven - for those who can, a delightful assortment of reading materials is offered. We chose to have most of our meals in our villa...excellent. Gregor is hospitable and informative and quite fun to bump into here and there. Anastasia is professional, courteous, and efficient, all while being a dear. We will be back."

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank tonisdh
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

We spent 5 nights in Mapou bungalow. It will be hard to come up with comments not already stated in the other reviews here. We agree with the accolades! We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the bungalow. It really was like being in our own treehouse. But a very well-appointed treehouse. That is another point--the resort really looks very much like the photos on their website (perhaps a bit smaller development than I had envisioned, though).
We felt very secluded--in a good way. The staff (headed up by Anna) is very responsive to all needs. They do a fantastic job of giving guests lots of privacy while still providing high level service. And Gregor (the resort owner) is obviously very dedicated to making sure all your needs are met. We felt totally provided for from pick-up at the airport to return.
My wife has been telling everyone about Secret Bay. We are contemplating spending a week in Zabuco villa next trip. Yes, there will probably be a next trip...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

Secret Bay is an incredible place. We stayed in the ti-fey bungalow in mid February, and though not the zabucco (which has premium views) the view from the bedroom of the bungalow and the deck (where we ate breakfast every morning and played scrabble by sunset) is breath-taking. There is a real sense of seclusion - from the bungalow to the beach, which is privy to only the 10 guests that may be onsite at the time. The staff is very helpful and friendly and owner Gregor is simply one of those genuinely nice people, eager to chat and check up on you, help/guide and overall make sure you have everything you need. Sandra, his wife, brought us chocolate and coconut filled brownies in the shape of hearts on Valentine's day - a very pleasant and delicious surprise. The fruits and vegetables are purchased from the local market and the fish from local fisherman. Anna, the hostess was wonderful. Anything we needed, she would quickly arrange.There is much to see in Dominica, but Secret Bay and its scenic comfort is difficult to leave. Also, try the Kubuli beer (Dominica's pride), it is very delicious and refreshing. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Armands C
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Spanish Town, null, British Virgin Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

I currently live and work in the caribbean, but my stay at secret bay was like nothing else I had experienced elsewhere. The accomodation was perfect, always clean and very well maintained. Very beautiful wooden, lodge style chalets. The food was amazing! The perfect place to experience real local food. Definitley the best on the island. However, the highlight of our stay was definitley the staff. The service was unbeatable. The most friendly, chatty, loveliest people you will meet. Always willing to help and clearly have a real passion for their job and strive to ensure your stay is perfect. All the staff have unbeatable natural people skills.
Watersports equipmet available for use was all brand new and well looked after. I cannot think of any negatives of secret bay. Look forward to going back some day!

Room Tip: The zing zing villa was perfect for a party of 3 or 4
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed at Secret Bay for a week in March, 2012. It is a gorgeous property, and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are happy. The setting is quiet and beautiful, with nice snorkeling right off the beach. We ate most of our meals at our bungalow, and were very happy with the food. We hope to return to Dominica soon and would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a great vacation!
PS: the only reason we gave the location 4 stars is that it is a bit of a drive (1 hour) to the attractions outside of Roseau, but the property itself fantastic!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Kathy O
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Stockholm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

An excellent location, an extremly friendly staff, very good food, wonderful view : Secret bay is probably one of the best hotel in the Carribean. Enjoying the quietness of rhe Zambucca lodge while sitting on the terrace is worth to be experienced. Would of course love to go back as soin as possible. A special thanks to Gregor and his wife, and to Anna.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank marcojm
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Additional Information about Secret Bay

Property: Secret Bay
Address: | Tibay, Portsmouth 00109-8000, Dominica
Phone Number:
Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint John Parish > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Secret Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on the unspoilt nature island of Dominica, Secret Bay offers sustainable luxury villas and bungalows and is the perfect place for a honeymoon, anniversary or the secluded holiday of a lifetime. Situated on a cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay is unique in its diversity: two beaches, the magical Cario River, a spectacular sea cave and two distinct micro-climates. Secret Bay is becoming known as one of the best boutique resorts in the Caribbean - and indeed the world - for honeymoons, anniversaries, small family escapes and adventure vacations. In 2013 Secret Bay was chosen as the number one luxury resort in Caribbean by Islands Magazine; and its Zabuco Honeymoon Villa was voted as having the 3rd sexiest bedroom in the world at the Smiths Awards. ... more   less 
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