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Secret Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Boulder, Colorado
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Luxurious Paradise Getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

What can I say? I'm furthering every other Trip Advisor's comment noting that I'm semi-bummed that this property might not be a "secret" much longer.

My wife and I just stayed 5 days at the Zabucco Honeymoon Villa. It was AMAZING. The near-360 degree view from the deck and beautiful property were immaculately represented online. We felt as if we were kings and queens of the waters below us (without a negative colonial connotation obviously). During one of our excursions on the water as we took the boat back, all you could see was Secret Bay's properties overhanging the gorgeous cliffs and we knew that we were home.

The staff there was incredibly helpful. Anna is a gem of a host, explaining to us the island, making and organizing detailed itineraries, adding special touches to each and every request, etc. Delo was greatly accommodating and took care of us the entire time. Also need to give a shout out to our man Ergell from the security crew who was appropriately tasked to making us different types of delicious rum punches each day. Love that the staff noticed we were drinkers and put the right man on the job for us. His "wickedness" got us through the beginnings of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Learned alot about the island and the guides that Anna assigned to our excursions were well picked. My wife sometimes gets car sick and Bertrand professionally maneuvered the hills and windy roads to minimize any discomfort. Fyre took us up the Indian River and was very knowledgeable about the wildlife, flora, and fauna. And Don took us on a snorkeling expedition north of Portsmouth Bay and on the way back we were treated to some very cool sights including many of his family and friends co-opting a large fish netting operation. Some stuff that you just wouldn't see in other places.

My wife had an amazing massage on the deck. We checked out Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, and toured Roseau.

Secret Bay allows you the opportunity to stay completely relaxed and private (all of the units were booked and we didn't see anyone until the taxi home at the end of the week), but also allows you to be active and soak up the glory of this relatively untouched island.

We can't wait to make it back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed in Secret Bay's Zabuco villa for five nights, and we could not have imagined a more special time. Aside from being incredibly picturesque and beautiful, the resort's staff is really first-class. Whatever we needed or wanted was available to us, and we were treated courteously throughout our stay. Everyone was warm and welcoming and did everything they could to make sure we had a nice time at Secret Bay. It's really a magical place, and we hope to return one day in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a 6 day stay at Secret Bay. We had been looking online for a while for a Honeymoon destination and couldnt find anything that stood out to us. My Husband came across Secret Bay and I immediately fell inlove. It was like nothing I had ever seen and I knew I had to go to this beautiful place. And boy was that a good decision. Secret Bay surpassed everything that we have experienced on prior trips. The pictures do not do this place justice. We stayed in the Zabuco honeymoon villa. The villa was gorgeous and contained everything and anything you could possibly need. We had our own private pool which we were enjoyed everyday during our stay. A full kitchen, a large bedroom with a freestanding bathtub and two person shower. All the walls inside the villa are foldable if you want to let in a breeze off the water, which is another feature that makes Secret Bay so unique. Also, if you are feeling like a night in, there is a satellite TV and a bookshelf full of DVDs and books! One of the breathtaking features of the Zabuco Villa is the 180 degree ocean view. We were able to sit on our deck and watch the sun rise and set everynight, which was absolutely beautiful. Not only we were surrounded by beautiful landsape and a gorgeous villa but the staff at Secret Bay were top notch. Ana was a great help, she will plan day trips, dinners at local restaurants and coordinate your stay with a smile on her face the entire time. Our attendant Megan delivered unbelievable sevice, and lets just say we never went hungry at Secret Bay. Amazing Amazing AMAZING cook, anything from steak and potatos, to lamp chop with stuff peppers, to homemade pineapple ice cream. Absolutely wonderful food! Everyday she would come and clean our villa, the place was spotless thanks to Megan. If you felt like getting out of the villa for a while there is a beach attached where you can take out kayak's and snorkel gear at your leisure! Everything about this place set it apart from typical resorts! We were a little nervous at the end of our stay for the food bill, considering we ate like royalty while we were there. But once again they do not disappoint, incredible food for 6 days at a very reasonable price! Secret Bay is by far the most beautiful place we have ever been. Everything about it was beyond 5 star service! If your planning a trip and want something a little different from the usual resort, Secret Bay is a place for you! Trust me it will be the best decision you will make!! We cannot wait to go back!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

A five star status just isn't enough for Secret Bay. From our initial conversations before our arrival with Ana, we could tell that this wasn't going to be a traditional island vacation. The Mapou Bungalow was eco-friendly and well stocked with everything one could need. Our Bungalow attendant, Maggie, was exceptional... she was beyond attentive, an amazing cook, and even kept calling us to ensure everything was great even on her days off! Marvin runs the operations and keeps the facility in amazing shape. Gregor, the owner of Secret Bay, took the time to meet us on Secret Beach and give us a personal tour of the hidden underwater Bat Cave. An back to Ana, she ensured that all of our trips were well coordinated and lined up the best possible drivers/guides to take us into the beauty of Dominica! As to Dominica, guides and photos just do not do this beautiful island justice. From Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Emerald Pools, Horseback Riding, Diving, Screws Spa, and Campagne Beach to name a few...this is one island in combination with Secret Bay that should NEVER be missed! We cannot wait to go back, next time with our teens!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ken J
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a six day stay at Secret Bay at the end of June and we were thrilled. As a destination, Secret Bay did not disappoint!

Secret Bay was a great mix of what we were looking for. My wife and I prefer to stay places that are smaller, unique, and with a bit of "rustic" or "natural" thrown in. We tend to fend for ourselves and like privacy. BUT we always like comfort and luxury and to have the option to have provided meals and supplies. Secret Bay and their fantastic staff managed to satisfy both of these sometimes conflicting needs.

The Bungalow, though they are not large, was just about all the space we needed and perfectly appointed. The detail given to sustainable design was great and it reall did feel like an Adult Treehouse. You can open it all up and enjoy the natural breezes and nearly wall to wall windows, or use the air-conditioner and close it up. The TV upstairs was satellite was a great touch after "roughing" it all day too. When there is someone in the Bungalow next to you on their balcony, it can feel like you are right on top of each other, but, amazingly, it never seemed to be an issue for us. We usually felt like we had the place to ourselves seeing other quests only rarely (and everyone we met was so nice it was a pleasure to visit with them).

The real Secret to Secret Beach is the staff though. Ana, as noted in other reviews, is fantastic at coordinating your stay and taking care of the little details. And Meegan and Dello, in addition to be fantastic cooks, our great hosts that make you feel pampered. I enjoyed visiting with Gregor on several occasions and Urgell, Cornell, Wilson and the rest of the staff were awesome. Everyone is so attentive but also so friendly, it was great to just sit around and visit with them.

We ended up having dinner at the resort every night but one it was so good. We also loved having the local fruits, breads, yogurts and snacks that we could prepare ourselves. We had Ana purchase quite a bit of food and beverage for use, then ate there almost two meals a day every day, and I thought it was amazingly well priced.



Most of all, we just thought it was a relaxing place to unwind. A short two minute kayak ride in the morning to our own private beach, back for lunch waiting for us, and then a swim and tranquil afternoon. We did take Ana's advice to combine several things we wanted to do into one looonggg day with a guide (which we are usually opposed to) but it was absolutely the right call! So many of the great hikes, adventures and sites are not far from each other but, since it is a bit of a drive to them, are best combined and seen with a knowledgable guide. Neither my wife nor I had really done "tours" or "guided trips" before and not sure what to think...but Ryan was awesome. Very soon it was not like a "guided trip" but just a guy we were spending the day with. He had great information and was fantastic.

It is a little hard to get to Dominica since it is almost impossible to make in one day from Texas, (but there are worse things than a couple of nights in San Juan!!) but we know we will go back again. It was really a fabulous place.

Room Tip: The Bungalows are not huge but really give you all you need. The pale in comparison to the Honeymoo...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

My wife and I recently returned from our stay at Secret Bay in Dominica and longingly wish our stay could have been indefinite. The accommodations are truly world-class and every need, amenity or desire seems to have been contemplated and thoughtfully addressed. The bungalows and villas are not only admirable from a design standpoint, but very comfortable to meet all your needs. Each guest is provided a cell phone with pre-saved contacts for guests to call for their needs, a well-stocked kitchen to your specification, and all the creature comforts of the most exclusive of resorts. Kudos to Gregor and Sonya for creating such a refined, intelligent, luxury and comfortable environment for anyone to enjoy.

The location and views from Secret Bay are jaw-dropping (for movie fans, it seems reminiscent of Tony Stark's Malibu mansion in IronMan in view and design), only to be equally outdone by an outstanding staff. Between Anna and our attendants (Meagan and Rose), all of our needs and desires were met - fresh coconut water, unparalleled organic juices, folded laundry service, arranging or recommending excursions, dinners made-to-order...we felt like a king and queen during the week.

My wife and I are adventure seekers and chose Dominica for the depth of eco-tourism the island offers. Secret Bay offers sea kayaks and snorkeling gear for guests to enjoy and explore the nearby beaches, reef and Bay. Secret Beach is magnificent - be sure to snorkel around Secret Cave!

Anna arranged incredible opportunities for us to enjoy the bountiful activities on the island. She arranged great scuba diving trips (both north and south parts of the island), a waterfall hike, and canyoning adventure. I would highly recommend all of these activities, but particularly the canyoning adventure. It's an incredible journey that offered endless fun with repelling into waterfalls, jumping into gorgeous pools, and lying on your back to take in the sheer beauty of the canyons in the jungle.

After all these adventures, you can unwind in the comfort of your accommodations and have incredible food made for you. We opted to seize on the fresh local seafood, fruits and produce as much as we could. I would recommend you have the staff surprise you with local fare - you can't leave without having breadfruit pie (if you like potatoes au gratin, you'll love breadfruit pie) and filling yourself to the brim with fresh fruit (in any form you desire - juice, jam, sorbet, chutney, as-is). Even if you have a discerning palate, they'll meet your needs...one evening, I had a whimsical desire to have ceviche and, on short notice, was greeted with a shrimp ceviche that was impressively good. The point is that they will serve any desire you have without thinking twice about it.

We highly endorse Secret Bay and are already plotting our return for a future anniversary. We hope to spring for the villa our next time around for another perspective, but loved the intimacy of the bungalows.

If you go to Dominica, stay here!

Room Tip: We stayed in Ti-Fay bungalow and awoke to views and sounds of the crashing ocean each morning. Simp...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EugenePark
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Winter Garden, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Secret bay where we had an incredible stay. The bungalows are clean and in a great location. Gregor and Sonya couldn't be any nicer. Anastasia the director of operations was incredible. We had a wish list and she made everything possible. Marcus was awesome. The place is so beautiful especially with the bungalows nestled in the hillside. The view of the mountains and the carribbean sea. The wall to ceilings windows make you feel like the outside is inside. Yet the bungalows have all the items you could ever need or want. Brands like cruisant coffee makers, a kindle for you to read the new york times, DVD and lcd tv's, washer and dryer (not that you should do laundry while you are on vacation) dishwasker all stainless steel with cedar wood. Impressive both the place and the people

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MargotNB
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Property: Secret Bay
Address: | Tibay, Portsmouth 00109-8000, Dominica
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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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