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Reviewed December 30, 2016

My family and I stayed for 7 nights at Secret Bay this December, and words can hardly describe the wonderful experience we had both at Secret Bay and exploring the beauty of Dominica. We stayed in the two room Zing Zing Villa and it immediately felt like home when we arrived and were greeted with smiles.

First off, you can tell they put a lot of thought into the design and craftsmanship of the villa and no expense was spared with the materials used. Bedrooms/bathrooms are incredibly spacious and furnished in an understated luxury way. The kitchen is well-appointed and efficient with top of the line appliances, including an automatic coffee and espresso machine that got a serious workout during our stay. The large terrace overlooking the surrounding environs and Tibay Beach included a dining table and separate seating area, and this became our primary gathering spot when we were in the villa. All in all, it is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living, connecting you with the beautiful outdoors of Dominica.

From Zing Zing, the primary beach is only a 45 second walk down a series of steps and along the way you are greeted by iguanas, hummingbirds, robins and the culinary team working their magic in the Sous Shack.

Now, with respect to the service and food, for me, these are the cornerstone of any resort experience. The people who are dedicated to ensure your stay goes well and the food and drinks you enjoy often make the biggest impression and Secret Bay delivers here in a big way. Lenita, Jess, Chef Eric and Gemma, the outfitters and all couldn’t have been any friendlier or helpful with everything from arranging day trips to Trafalgar Falls or our naturalist adventure with Dr. Birdy to special food requests for the kids. We spoiled ourselves with dinner in the villa every night but one, and the food was the perfect compliment to adventurous days of paddle boarding to Coconut Beach and bouldering to the pool at the bottom of Mama Falls. Coffee rubbed filet mignon topped with goat cheese, lobster bisque, ginger-glazed Mahi Mahi and desserts like banana bread pudding with whiskey butterscotch are some of the memorable dishes that complimented our memorable experiences at Secret Bay. Even simpler fare like the passionfruit ice cream made locally and the dates and cocoa granola bars made fresh at the Sous Shack were memorable and I've already asked for the recipe for the latter.

Must do adventures for family:

Explore Syndicate Falls with Dr. Birdy. The kids loved this experience in nature, tasting fruit straight from the trees, catching crayfish in the river, spotting parrots and hummingbirds, chewing on sugar cane, climbing 400 year old trees and more.

Indian River cruise with Fire. The river tour is popular but it’s special when you go with Fire. I felt bad when we passed the people who were packed in a tourist boat and clearly weren’t having the experience we were with Fire, who grew up chasing crabs and exploring the river. Highlight was the Bush Bar, where Sheri served up a special rum drink called Dynamite and fresh fried plantains.

Paddle over to the Water Park on Coconut Beach. This is relatively new to the area and the kids had a blast as did the adults. Clint there and his uncle have water toys for all ages and it was a fun 30 minute paddle from Tibay Beach.

Secret Beach. We had this beach to ourselves on several occasions and it couldn’t have been any nicer. Clear calm water, plenty of beach to lay on and explore and relatively shallow for the young ones.

Finally, a bit about Dominica. I've traveled to South Korea, France, Italy, Switzerland and places in the US like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon this year and Dominica wins as my favorite destination. Its natural beauty goes without saying. Volcanic mountains covered in a 100 shades of green, a wind swept, rugged coastline reminiscent of Big Sur or the west coast of Ireland, hidden beaches worth every bit of the adventure to reach them. But beyond its natural beauty, Dominica stands out for the overall way of life here. "The Nature Island" leads the Caribbean in renewable energy use (seeking energy independence by 2020), has the largest per capita centenarian population in the world (age 100 or older), has a 90+% literacy rate, and makes marine life education compulsory for school kids. Fruit, vegetables and medicinal herbs grow abundantly here in the volcanic soil and you rarely come across any processed foods. Like all countries, it no doubt has its issues, but there's a lot to be inspired by.

Room tip: Zing Zing is great for families who want proximity to the beach.
Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hi runwicked. This comprehensive review of your stay really sums up the family experience at Secret Bay.

Thanks for your personal descriptions of the Zing Zing unit, the service and the various other aspects of your time with us.

The highlights from your experiences with our external partners, Dr. Birdy and Fire is so satisfying to us. We love working with them and are glad they helped you enjoy the Nature Isle. I’m sure they will be satisfied to hear as well.

Though it’s fairly new to the area, the water park is getting rave reviews. Thanks so much for your feedback. Next year?

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Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

I recently visited secret bay with a few of my girlfriends for a bachelorette getaway. We had the time of our lives!

The staff were all so gracious. The design and the hotel was exceptionally beautiful. And all the activities arranged: honking boating etc were a blast.

Not to miss!

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Higvdes Thanks so much for your reviews and your visit. We hope you guys come back again!

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Reviewed December 30, 2016

The setting of Secret Bay is wonderful. The panoramic views from our villa took in the rainforest sweeping down to the sea, and we were even able to see Guadaloupe in the distance.Our first impression was of nature, with beautiful tropical vegetation growing all around the villas, and within a few minutes walk we could visit two beaches. Our favorite pastime was to paddle board from one of the beaches to the other around a small cliff. The sparkling water was so clear we could see right to the bottom.
The villa itself was pretty extraordinary - with our own Jacuzzi when we felt too lazy to swim and a huge amount of terraces to be able to enjoy the views or read a book in the shade. Even though the predominately wooden construction gave a natural soft feeling, the villa was well appointed with every modern amenity which added to the luxurious feeling.
Creating our own menu each day was an experience, and our concierge was always very focused on making sure we had everything we needed whilst respecting our privacy, which proved to be a common characteristic of all the staff who were always obliging and cheerful. We generally chose the seafood and local vegetables, which I can recommend wholeheartedly!
In the last 20 years we have traveled all over the Caribbean, but for the combination of luxury, location and service this would have to be one of the best.

Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank duffdonaldson
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hi Duff we appreciate feedback from our Caribbean based guests. Coming from another beautiful, tropical island, it’s sometimes easy to take our surroundings for granted. That you found us wonderful and one of the best in the Caribbean means a great deal to us. Thanks so much. Hope you visit us again.

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Reviewed December 29, 2016

Love this place...the rooms are very well equipped with quality items....perfect for a romantic getaway in a very peaceful and beautiful place. We didn't utilise the offer of the chef but I know he is very well regarded on the Island and have eaten his food elsewhere. So I could still highly recommended this option if you need the extra pampering. The private beach is small but tranquil....and you can access a bigger beach nearby using the kayaks.The scenery and views are second to none. You will fall in love with this place.

Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Lins H
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

We are pleased to know that you’ve found a ‘serene paradise’ in Secret Bay. Please come again. We’d love to have you here once more.

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Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

My fiancé and I first visited Secret Bay in April of 2016. We loved it so much that we returned in October 2016. Spending time in the Caribbean is what we love to do, especially island hopping. This time we decided to spend an entire week and stayed at the new residential villa. Secret Bay is the best of the Caribbean! The best personalized attention to every detail, from the time you make your reservation to the time you exit the property. Our villa was in a perfect location, private and very quiet. We loved the beautiful panorama views from our villa. We enjoyed our daily excursions, on Sea and on land, our concierge Lenita set everything up perfectly! We love to explore the island so we had a lot of needs,all of our personal staff, were very pleasant and accommodating to our needs.
I can't wait until we return again!

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hey Travellingpinkhat, thanks so much for your visits - twice in the same year! You guys are awesome! You were one of our first Ylang Ylang guest and we were so thrilled to share this new addition to Secret Bay with you. We certainly look forward to your return. Lenita and the rest of us say “hi.”



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