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Reviewed December 20, 2012

The perfect get away from it all with all the luxuries available. The staff was amazing no detail left undone. The location is absolutely picturesque, beautiful views of the ocean and grand views of the mountains and the town of Portsmouth. We stayed at the Zabuco Villa and it was so beautiful, the shower in the master bedroom has the ability to be opened to the outside so as you shower you feel as though you are outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of the nature island. Meals were prepared and provided and were scrumptious. I had a private message arranged and a private yoga lesson. My husband and I spent two days touring the island with a tour guide Bobby Fredrick provided by Anna and the tour guide was also the highlight of the trip. He was so knowledgeable about the island and took us to all the spots we would never have found on our own. Secret Bay is a great choice for honeymooners and couples who want to experience peace on earth. Anna and her staff couldn't do enough. I love them all and thank them, they made my birthday so special

Room tip: All homes have great views
Date of stay: November 2012
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1  Thank 699stephanie
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We searched for months to find the perfect honeymoon location before we were fortunate enough to hear about Secret Bay. After reviewing the Secret Bay site and doing a little research on Dominica, we decided to book the Zabuco villa for our honeymoon, and we couldn't have made a better decision. It was absolutely perfect, and the experience far exceeded our expectations.

Reading all of the other reviews, there is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said about this amazing resort. Everything you read is true - The villa was absolutely beautiful with amazing views in every direction, the food was delicious (we requested local fare only) and beyond reasonably priced, and the island of Dominica is one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Like many others, we opted to only have one long day away from the property exploring the island, and one day proved to be sufficient for us. The majority of our time was spent at Secret Bay, either swimming to Secret Beach, laying by the pool, or lounging on our veranda enjoying the view (while always enjoying a rum punch).

The one thing I can add, and what I truly believe sets Secret Bay apart from other places, is how amazing the people are here. Gregor, Sandra, and the entire staff are dedicated to making your stay the best experience possible. Every need was addressed without hesitation and with a true sense of pride. They are eager to share their island and their lives with you, and it shows in everything they do. By the time we departed, we felt like we had made friends for a lifetime. It’s not often that you receive hugs and handshakes when you leave a place where you have only been for a week, but that is the kind of people you will find at Secret Bay.

So if you are reading these reviews trying to decide if this is the place for your next vacation, do yourself a favor... Book now, you won’t regret the decision.

(I would like to add one tip, something we discovered right before our departure - Make sure you have your departure tax in hand, in EC dollars BEFORE you arrive at the airport! Credit cards are not accepted and several people have commented that the airport ATM is often out of service. US dollars will suffice, but know that you will receive change in EC - if you choose this option there is the airport bar where you can spend the last of your EC on an ice cold Kubuli!)

Date of stay: October 2012
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2  Thank BrettandJenny
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We have been luck enough to travel to many very nice and fun locations but Secret Bay and Dominica are different.You can lounge around or as we did take advantage of the natural beuty of the island.Hiking, Biking, snorkeling, sailing its all there.Secret Bay provides EXCELLENT Attentive staff, wonderful food, gorgious accomodations and teh chance for relaxation.Ana knows all and everyone and takes personal care of guests! Thank you!

Room tip: Ti-Fey was awesome, Zabucco next time
Date of stay: November 2012
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2  Thank daslis
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had the most blissful honeymoon in the Zabuco villa in May 2012. The entire staff and service exceeded expectations, and the view was unlike any other. We weren't quite as enamored with leaving the property, since Dominica really isn't set up to accommodate tourists (for example, despite having reservations for zip lining they "forgot to open" that day despite us hiring a car for $200). The beach was amazing, we had every amenity we could have asked for and we will remember our trip forever. Thanks, Secret Bay!

Date of stay: May 2012
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1  Thank mem03m
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We chose Secret Bay and Dominica for our honeymoon after a lot of deliberation over where we should go. After 5 nights in the Zabuco Villa, we feel confident that we made the best honeymoon pick of all time. We really didn't want to leave.

The villa had everything we would need and more. The plunge pool and downstairs deck was a great spot in the morning to relax and for star gazing at night. The kitchen was fully stocked with cooking tools so we could prepare our own lunch or snacks. We were stocked with a few delicious items (fresh juice, homemade granola, homemade yogurt, bread, eggs, etc.) that we requested on our arrival. The grocery bill for our cooked meals and our stocked items was extremely reasonable and about what you'd expect to pay if you shopped back home.

Pretty much every window in the villa had a spectacular view. We loved opening up all the walls to the villa and being exposed to the sea breeze. It's a very natural setting, so bug spray would be a good idea. Happily we were not to be bothered by bugs in the villa, but be careful of sand fleas on the beach or in the water.

The entire staff was so welcoming, warm and helpful. By the end of the week, everyone felt like an old friend and I was sad to leave them. Ana took special care to make sure everything was perfect and we were set up with our desired excursions. Rose, our personal attendant, was so sweet and cooked us the most delicious local codfish breakfasts. The food, in general, blew our minds. From the first night, our hungry bellies and high expectations were completely sated. Dinner on our deck was a highlight of the day.

The island itself was exactly what we were hoping for in a honeymoon: a beautiful tropical island with appropriate amounts of relaxation coupled with lots of nature and adventure to satisfy our restlessness. We could relax in any number of spots in our beautiful villa. But we were also able to go kayaking to secluded and rustic beaches and coves whenever we wanted. We went on a really tough guided hike to Boiling Lake (an amazing and challenging experience). And we could hang out with the locals and throw back some bush rum.

We LOVE Dominica. And we LOVE Secret Bay. We can't wait to go back and visit both again.

Date of stay: November 2012
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1  Thank piglet484
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