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Reviewed December 29, 2015

We chose Secret Bay based in part on excellent ratings on TripAdvisor and glowing coverage and rating in other media. Our time at Secret Bay was amazing! The food was excellent, the villa (zabuco III) was fabulous, and the grounds are gorgeous.

A couple of notes that I believe are necessary to point out even though they've been commented on previously. If you look at the resort map, zabuco II and III are near a highway. You should expect highway noise from your villa. If we were to visit again, we'd choose accommodations farther from the road to minimize those noises. This is something we should have asked about before booking our villa.

In addition, and again this is on the website and prior reviews, you are billed for the cost of the food at the end of the stay...only food preparation (for two meals) is included. This is a bit different than other resorts, so just be prepared that meals are covered in this manner. Also, a couple times we went to the souce shack to get some dried fruits for an outing. Although this was mentioned in our resort materials, the staff there seemed surprised we were asking...and we certainly got charged for that dried fruit. We understand why Secret Bay might charge in this way in order to dissuade mis-use, but we'd honestly rather pay more upfront.

Finally, we'd recommend trying to sit down with your assigned concierge as soon as possible (e.g., day of arrival at Secret Bay) to talk through any logistics and to be upfront about how you want to spend your time (e.g., outings, relaxing on property, etc.). As with many vacations, we didn't have as much time as we would've liked and retrospectively would have probably given our stay (and outings) a little more structure.

Just to re-emphasize though, this is a wonderful resort, and it was an amazing experience. With a little planning and forethought on the travelers part, it could be a perfect vacation.

Room Tip: Look for villas away from the highway for more quiet
  • Stayed: April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2015

Hi Saneb-traveler. Thank you for your feedback. We truly appreciate it. With respect to your notes, Zabuco II and III are nearer the highway, but very elevated, and just to add that it’s a two-lane road that can be a bit busy in the mornings and in the afternoons at particular hours when persons are going to and coming from work in the city. Regarding food, it is billed at the end of your stay, however we do advise guests that it is estimated to cost $600-$900 dollars in total for a couple for a 5 night stay. Typically our concierge meets with guests as soon as they arrive. We apologise that this was not the case with you. We hope you will still consider us for a future visit. We’d truly want to see you fully satisfied.

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Reviewed December 27, 2015

It's been nearly a year, but finally I'm taking the time to reflect on our perfect stay at Secret Bay. I'm an OCD vacation planner, and wanted just the right place for our 25th anniversary. We stayed in the Ti-Fey bungalow. Although a bit closer to the neighbors than we had hoped, it still felt private and immersed in nature. Birds visited our deck every morning. The resort is a perfect balance of seclusion and activity. We loved the option for food served anywhere on site. It was all delicious. A memorable sunset deck dinner was one of our favorites! Staff was attentive but not intrusive. Getting to Dominica was not an easy trek from Ohio, but we both agreed it was worth it! For us, a once in a lifetime splurge. You won't regret your choice, if you are a nature lover and don't mind feeling off the grid a bit. Don't expect night life other than a good book or gourmet dinner!

Stayed: February 2015
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2015

We were more than happy to share our slice of paradise with you. We’re glad to know that Secret Bay was just right for you. So glad you guys had an amazing 25th anniversary celebration. Here’s to another 25!

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Reviewed December 26, 2015

My husband and I honeymooned at Secret Bay in November and had an amazing experience! We stayed in one of the bungalows for eight nights, and it was perfect for us. The personalized service was far beyond our expectations, and they blew us away with amazing meals that were prepared used fresh local ingredients.

We are relatively adventurous in nature, and sought a mix of romance, adventure, and elegance -- and we found it all in Dominica at Secret Bay. The concierge helped schedule every activity we had on our list, including guided hikes, snorkeling trips both day and night, botanical retreats, pools, and waterfalls. We also really enjoyed taking the kayaks to the private Secret Beach which we enjoyed all to ourselves several times during the trip.

We will be back to Dominica and Secret Bay -- the Dominican people were very friendly and welcoming. The island is still recovering from Erica, but the effects did not hamper our experience in any way.

  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2015

Yaay! We are over the moon happy after reading your review. It is truly gratifying when guests relate to us a wonderful experience such as you have had. The staff will appreciate this feedback. I will be sure to pass on to them. We look forward to having you back.

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Reviewed December 26, 2015

We had a great stay at Secret Bay. The villas (Zabuco 1 and zing zing) were utterly gorgeous - beautiful scenery and the interiors were done very tastefully. There were plenty of books and games in the villa in addition to a telescope, DVD's and Apple TV. Food was excellent (vegetarian food made to our request) and we were well taken care of by our villa attendant Saralee. Anthea organized all our activities and Marvin, the GM, really stepped up when we had a minor medical incident after scuba diving - he got a dive master and the island's only ENT specialist on line with us - really appreciated that. Overall beautiful place to relax - you can do as much or as little as you want.

Room Tip: Zabuco 1 has the BEST views - to die for!
  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled with family
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2015

Thanks for the review Priya! We do appreciate the feedback and are happy to know that your family enjoyed their stay at Secret Bay. This time again next year?

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Reviewed December 25, 2015

We spent five days at Secret Bay at the beginning of February. Everything at the property was first-class -- the villa, food, attractions and surroundings. Staff was unfailingly gracious and attentive, and the beauty of the location is striking. Dominica itself is an unusual and memorable destination.

Room Tip: Honeymoon villas are very spacious and extremely well-equipped. The private pool was a great extra feature.
  • Stayed: February 2015, traveled as a couple
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2015

Thank you so much for tis glowing review. You guys make us feel so special when we read such kind and sincere remarks. Thank you for your visit and your appreciation. We hope you’ve made some great memories here.

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