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“So Many Reasons to LOVE Secret Bay!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Secret Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Delray Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“So Many Reasons to LOVE Secret Bay!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

I originally learned of Secret Bay on The Today Show. As soon as I saw the property and island, I researched more, saved it as a "Favorites tab" on my computer, and a few years later, I finally booked a stay at Secret Bay. There are so many reasons my husband and I love Secret Bay.

The Location is Magical: Waking up to "Benny" the bull-finch bird that was waiting for us to eat breakfast on our lovely balcony overlooking the Caribbean and Dominica Mountains.... Kayaking right from the Secret Bay shores.... Resting on the Secret Bay private beach.... close to many hikes, waterfalls, cute town of Portsmouth, and Fort Shirley....and it's an amazingly scenic and easy drive to and from the airport. (we rented a car and explored the island on our own...very easy!)... we were alone on much of our hikes and at the waterfalls....hard to find that now-a-days.

The Service is Excellent: Anastasia was so pleasant and helpful from the first point of contact. She was always quick to respond to emails, questions and request. Ana did a great job explaining the resort, island and amenities at Secret Bay along with getting us quickly adapted to Secret Bay and the services they provide. Then came Maggie, our concierge for our stay. She was always there when we needed her, and always so pleasant! One of our favorite memories of Secret Bay was getting to know the staff. We would hang out with Jemma and Josie, the Secret Bay Chef's, while they were cooking our meals. We learned about the native cuisine, their culture and themselves. Jemma and Josie were always so friendly...and really excellent chefs! One day we had the pleasure of running into Jemma in the town of Portsmouth. She was so kind to walk around with us as we enjoyed the local farmers market. Jemma, Josie, Maggie and Ana are all examples of how kind the Dominican people truly are... We had no hesistancy picking up the locals to give them a lift to their next destination. They are truly the nicest people I've ever met while traveling. So rich in culture, religion, family and the love and respect for their island and for others.
I highly recommend a visit to Secret Bay!!! It's the best money we've ever spent on lodging...and it's worth every penny based on the accomodations, location, service and staff. In addition, Dominica is paradise, with wonderful people....and totally off the beaten path!!! Highly recommended!
PS: To Secret Bay management: Ana, Jemma, Josie and Maggie deserve a raise!!! They work so hard to please their guests, and they do it with warmth and a smile. Not to forget Bianca, who was also very helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Ti-Fey had such a beautiful view, the bed was super comfortable, easy to get to from the parking lot...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Snowshoe, WV
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a great 4 night stay at Secret Bay in Feburary. Beautiful cotttage with every amentiy you could possibly wish for and a wonderful staff. Roseline and Bianca were wonderful to work with and did a great job of caring for us. We really enjoyed using the beach cottage for a day and highly reccommend it to new visitors. After our stay we went to Indigo Cottage in Borne, which is also eco-friendly, and just as highly reccommended. Be sure and check out Marie Fredricks art work in the reception building at Secret Bay - wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hollywood
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Really enjoyed our stay in Secret Bay. My husband and I had never been to Dominica, and we were looking for a special getaway. After reading all the reviews for Secret Bay, it seemed we couldn't go wrong.
The people of Dominica are so special. Everyone we met was warm and welcoming, and genuinely happy to share their knowledge of the island.
Secret Bay was an extension of that mindset. Everyone at Secret Bay was courteous, welcoming, hospitable, and seemed genuinely interested in insuring that everything was perfect. Anna provided perfect oversight to everything, from the initial planning stages and throughout our stay. We stayed at Zabuco, which was stupendous. My husband and I were both in awe of the villa, and the views were spectacular. It was fabulous to fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping on the rocks and against the shore. Loved taking a shower with a view of the sea crashing to the shore!

Maggie was assigned to our villa, and she went out of her way to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction, from the breakfast she prepared for us every day, to making sure that we were adequately supplied with our new favorite juice - passion fruit!- on to making sure that our dinner was everything we desired.

They don't have a dining room at Secret Bay, and guests can choose between dining in a local restaurant, cooking themselves in their villa, or having their meals cooked for them. We opted for the latter (I love to cook, but since we were on vacation, we enjoyed the pampering!) Our last night was extra special, as they prepared a lovely lobster dinner that was beautifully done.

There is much to do in Dominica. We had a guide take us out one entire day to show us around the island. What a great experience! We also took the tour with Dr. Birdy and really enjoyed experiencing the surroundings and learning from his vast store of knowledge.

We also opted to have a private concert on our last night in the villa. Robert came to our villa and set up his keyboard easily just as we were sitting down to dinner. He was such a gentle and unassuming soul, and played a wonderful selection of songs so simply and beautifully that it was the perfect ending to this perfect stay.

Loved every minute of our trip! Secret Bay was a special find. Go there!!!!! You won't regret it!

Room Tip: Zabuco! We took other readers' advice and arranged our stay around availability of that villa. H...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Secret Bay for those who are looking for a great adventure, retreat, tranquility and luxury. Beautiful nature set, front beach and coral reef around the corner - the villas are equipped with everything you need - the home away from home - and very much alike Departure and/or Architectural Design. Impeccable service and staff - they would tailor to your needs from gluten free and vegetarian cousin to local fish, curry goat and many other dishes. You pick and choose what you would like to eat or do - the super friendly staff is there to assist you. SPA and yoga lovers will experience exceptional retreat. The yoga trainer and massage therapist are on the call - you be surprised how professional they are! And very much to do around from water falls to hot springs, beautiful snorkel or diving on campaign beach. We missed the place and definitely are coming back.

Room Tip: if travel more then 2 stay at Zing ZIng Villa - you will have NO disappointment!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, Dominica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

I still think about the time my fiancée and I spent at Secret Bay and wonder when and how we might be able to go back. We were fortunate enough to stay in the Zabuco Villa, and all I can say: wow. They do sooo much to make the experience a perfect one, simultaneously considering the design and architecture of all their villas, weaving them into nature in ways I could never have imagined. The end result is breathtaking. The service is excellent. The food is phenomenal. Would highly recommend to all who are considering an eco-friendly vacation.

Room Tip: Go for Zabuco if you want the full experience and the best views, in my opinion.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

I think that for most people (it certainly was for us) a stay at Secret Bay will be a totally new kind of travel experience. It's about thoughtfulness, commitment, detail, design and more than anything, kindness and service. Even, to aspire to such a level of excellence is commendable but to actually achieve it, is rare. Every individual who works at Secret Bay should be extremely proud of what they deliver and the wonderful impression of Dominica they leave with their guests.

Room Tip: I can't imagine anyone feeling dissatisfied in any of the villas.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark S
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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Just came back from the Secret bay where my husband and I spent a week in Ti -fey bungalow. It was very peaceful, relaxing and very unique vacation. The bungalow is situated nicely ,reminded me of a tree house with amazing view of the Caribbean sea and Portsmouth. Bungalow is very well equipped with everything you might need for you if you decide to prepare meals for yourself. Also they offer to cook for you and I would highly recommend this.
Dominica ,itself is the island that offers you so many natural sites,waterfalls,lakes,rivers,hikes and with Anna we were able to plan so many wonderful day trips that we will always remember. Anna is very friendly and carrying person,yet very professional.
Stuff was very friendly and helpful to accommodate any of our request including searching for the vine I like a lot, called Gewurtztraminer:-)
We fell in love with Secret bay and we will be back to explore more of Dominica in future.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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