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Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

I struggled to find anything to add to the several excellent comprehensive reviews contributed here by others, but let me try my best.

Imagine you had a well-off uncle who really liked you.

Imagine he lived on Dominica and felt passionate about sharing the island with you.

Imagine he had an amazing villa, perched high atop the cliffs, surrounded on three sides by the sea.

Imagine his villa was fully staffed by a friendly team totally focused only on you and your needs.

That's the only way you could exceed what Secret Bay has to provide. 

The incredible, private Zabuco villa with its four decks and view of Portsmouth was the background setting for us, but the staff here combined with the people and splendour of Dominica were what made this trip extraordinary. From the appetizer of delicious callaloo soup on our first night, to the poolside massage with the sound of the surf on our last, the entire experience here was calm and seamless. Most of this came down to the Secret Bay staff. 

I won't single out any of the many staff members, since all from the owner, to our villa attendants, right through to the person who looked after our Infinity pool, functioned as a single team with a consistent ethos. We've had private island experiences in the Caribbean that did not approach this level of service. 

But Secret Bay is not simply another upscale boutique resort that's here to pamper you, it's about providing a base to help shape your own customized experience of Dominica. You can dial the exposure and interactions with everything that Dominica has to offer up or down, depending on your preferences. We alternated days with outings with days on the property, but it's up to you, and the team here will make it happen. 

We chose Dominica based on a brief station stop when flying down to another island several years ago. It simply looked too cool not to visit. We chose Secret Bay because we liked the private setting and it seemed to be a reflection of Dominica. In other words Secret Bay is secluded on Dominica but is not insulated from Dominica.

This is a special place and we will be back. 

But if you are still In the research phase, then ask yourself a couple of questions before booking into Secret Bay. 

Do you want to come to beautiful Dominica? 

Are you or your significant other worth it? 

If the answer to both these questions are yes, then start making plans to stay here right now, you won't regret it. But expect words like 'stress', 'distraction' and even 'time' to drop from your vocabulary while you are here. Because  that's what happened to us and hopefully to you too. 

Date of stay: February 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
7  Thank Philip W
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Merlinda F, Marketing Coordinator & Concierge at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2015

Hi Boh_1, we would like to sincerely thank you for such an amazing review. I imagine how my life would be if my “well-off uncle” gave me such a treat…touché! We appreciate that you made some time to give us your feedback. Your description of your experience brings joy to our hearts to know how much you felt pampered. Secret Bay misses you and hopes to welcome you back again.

Regards,
Merlinda

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Reviewed February 25, 2015

This review is almost 2 months late... Where to begin? My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to travel that wasn't overly touristy and wanted to be pampered. We got more than we bargained for!

We stayed in the zing zing villa. We had a blast! We rented a vehicle and traveled all over the island. We would speak to Rosemary who would have our dinner ready in the warmer by the time we got back. We would go dancing on the beach until 4am! As soon as people knew we were staying at Secret Bay people went out of their way to make sure we weren't bothered at the clubs. Excellent service! Special thank you to Rosemary, Merlinda, Fire, Britney!! When I was sick, I was given some lemongrass rum mix to help speed my recovery, and authentic chicken, noodle soup with dumplines. The coconut chicken was awesome. We felt like we were family.

We got lost on the roads, and only had to call Merlinda and she would help us find our way back to the resort. They were available 24 hours a day. We had so much fun. We wanted to go out and dance and they directed us to awesome places to get our groove on. The rooms were luxurious, we would eat on the balcony and watch the water. We ran out of time as we were planning to through a good bye fete to all the friends we made in Dominica! The sad part was to leave. It was definitely worth the price!! But next time we plan on coming back this year for the world creole festival with friends.
Miss you lots!!! The people of Dominica are authentic, and good hearted people. We picked up hitch hikers we never felt unsafe.. people were always willing to give us directions and we met so many awesome people along the way.
From the not so "happy" Myriam & Sasha!! Toronto, Canada

Date of stay: November 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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1  Thank tneconnimyriam
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Merlinda F, Marketing Coordinator & Concierge at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2015

Dear tneconnimyriam, hope you are doing well. Thanks kindly for spearing some time to leave your feedback of your vacation with us. It was really a pleasure hosting you ladies and we’d welcome you back in a second.

Nothing makes us happier to know how much you enjoyed yourselves during your time here. Not only had the staff taken care of you but the Dominican people by extension. It’s a culture of each for all.

We really look forward to meeting you again this year.

Take care and warm regards, from the team and myself.

Merlinda

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Reviewed February 22, 2015

We just moved to Dominica and my wife gave me a weekend at Secret Bay as a birthday present.
We new the island was beautiful. The people wonderful. But our stay in SB showed us how a top line Hotel can be managed within the virgin nature of the island. From arrival to departure, the staff makes sure you are comfortable. They manage to attend to your requests and keep your privacy.
The honey moon village (ZabucoIII) was breathtaking. secluded. beautifully designed (ok, i might be biased because it was designed by one of the most avant-garde Venezuelan architects and we are from Venezuela).
A deck with a pool. Open space with a spectacular view. second floor quarters exquisitely designed for comfort and relaxation. State of the art kitchen and appliances. A bedroom worth not getting out from.
The food was something to remember as well. We let our hostess pick our meals for dinner and each and everyone was better than the other.
The staff was so respectful, friendly. with a real sincere disposition to make our stay perfect. Shamima (our hostess) managed to be on top of everything without being noticed. And when she was serving our food, her smile and conversation made dinner a true pleasure.
As you may realise by now, we loved our stay at SB and will come back before we leave the island in April :(

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Victor P
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Merlinda F, Marketing Coordinator & Concierge at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2015

Hi Victor P, thanks for making time to leave your feedback and for your delightful comments about our property and design. It’s always good when Dominica residents stay with us as we try to give you a great escape without having to get on a plane  It was our pleasure to take care of you and I am certain Shemima or any of our Villa Attendants will display this same service on you return.

We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have you back again.

Kind regards,

Merlinda

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Reviewed February 22, 2015

Wow what a place, true privacy and seclusion with all of the necessary technology should you need to plug in. Great helpful staff that can't do enough for you. Architecturally stunning accommodations. Put it on your bucket list for sure.

Date of stay: January 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank John Y
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Merlinda F, Marketing Coordinator & Concierge at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2015

John Y, it’s great to know that you had a romantic stay with us. Thanks for recommending us for the famous “bucket list” …

We look forward to hosting you again.

Kind regards,

Merlinda

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Reviewed February 21, 2015

We have had numerous occasions with friends to describe our vacation at Secret Bay from multiple perspectives. Our love of the forests and nature seamlessly integrated in the ecology through tree-house living, the wonderful and responsive family the owner, Gregor, has created among his staff, the “home-cooking style” and the beauty of an island trying to avoid too much indulgence with development so as to maintain the purity of its natural environment. And we’ll never forget the majestic trees as if another life exists which we can barely comprehend. And the owner's example may be the first time in our many trips in which the he felt his guests were important enough to warrant face-to-face greeting and feedback. There’s continuing great potential to add more flowering paths and trails around the property on which to luxuriate and meditate outside. There's already a meditation couch, yoga pavilion and descent to the creek that reminds me of parts of the famed Indian River. I doubt there are many locations left in the world like this and the challenge for us will be to avoid being spoiled and expecting this serenity and beauty in all of our future sojourns.
Thanks for making this planet just a little more friendly and welcome.

Date of stay: January 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tzipi W
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Merlinda F, Marketing Coordinator & Concierge at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2015

Hi Tzipi W, Thanks for your amazing review of our property and the Island by extension. It was our pleasure to host you and your husband. The world is now privy to the “Secrets of Secret Bay”.

It’s so nice to know that you are sharing your a la carte experience with those who value your opinion. This means a lot to us… With Dominica being dubbed “The Nature Isle of the Caribbean” we are happy you got the opportunity to enjoy a fraction of our rich biodiversity and that you were able to bond with the natural environment.

It is a huge honor coming from a well travelled person like you, to say that “I doubt there are many locations left in the world like this”. This phrase will remain in our hearts forever and we will do our best to keep just like this!

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Merlinda

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