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Reviewed December 31, 2016

We spent 5 nights in the Mapuo tree house and it's difficult to describe the combination of nature, relaxation and luxury Secret Bay provide. The staff are lovely, happy to advise or source anything you want but most importantly they also leave you to your own devices giving you your own space to immerse yourself in the surroundings. If you can go.

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Alex P
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hi Alex, our tree house bungalows are a great way to experience “nature, relaxation and luxury.” We’re glad you enjoyed your stay in Mapou. Thanks for the review. If you can return- please do ;-)

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Reviewed December 31, 2016

it's an ideal place to spend vacation, it might be a family stay or a honeymoon getaway, clean beach and warm sea , fully equipped bungalow , food made according to your needs, everything - just for you, for enjoying the time

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank olga339
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hi Olga. Thanks for the review. Our pleasure each day is to make your stay with us enjoyable, relaxing and serene. We are happy to know we're the “perfect” choice for you. Hope we see you again.

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Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile


We’re already counting the days until we return to Dominica and stay at Secret Bay. My husband, daughter and I have been fortunate to travel to many beautiful places around the world this year and Dominica takes top prize for its natural beauty, friendly people, rich culture, adventurous activities and “off the grid” getaway appeal. There just aren’t many places like this left in the world… mostly untouched and untainted. No stop lights on the island. Hardly any chain restaurants (we saw one), no big brand hotels. Just pure and true throughout; distinctly Dominica.

Secret Bay has 8 total villas and we stayed in Zing Zing, which had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living area, kitchen and large patio plus a large terrace below the villa and a hot tub. It is very spacious and primarily for families or I imagine two couples traveling together. We were there for a week and we were pampered with stellar accommodations and service. Secret Bay is carefree luxury at its finest. Whatever you need is a text or call away via the complimentary iPhone they give you that is preloaded with all the numbers and info you need. Want to paddle board? Done. A board and paddle will be waiting for you down at the beach. Need extra towels? Done. Want to go to Trafalgar Falls? It’s taken care of.

The villa itself felt like home and we were treated as such. They pre-stocked our kitchen before our arrival with food we had requested and we enjoyed making breakfast each morning along with slicing up the fresh pineapples and grapefruits during the day and snacking on the house made granola bars and yogurt. As our daughter was missing school and my husband had work to do, we even set aside time each day to do homework and respond to emails and such, and the wifi worked great, which isn’t always the case when you travel to small boutique hotels around the world. For dinner, we had dinner on the patio every night prepared by the Chef Eric and his team, and every meal was well worth the splurge.

All in all, I can’t recommend Secret Bay and Dominica enough for families. It was an experience my family will long remember and is looking forward to experience again.

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 Kccools, this is such a great description of Dominica- we love it! At Secret Bay, Zing Zing is a favourite for families and we’re happy to know it met your needs. We want all our guests to be able to retreat into luxury but at the same time not be too far of the grid than they’d like, hence the 24/7 WiFi, the complimentary iPhone, apple TV and more... It really warms our hearts to know you felt at home at Secret Bay. How you got the kids to do homework on vacation still amazes me. Kudos to you. We really look forward to your return. The entire Team says “hi.”


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Reviewed December 30, 2016

Returned last week from spending a week at Secret Bay and staying in the Zing Zing Villa with my husband and 10-year old son and I'm still overwhelmed with gratitude for being able to not only experience this myself but also for our son. We had to take him out of school for 8 days for this trip and admittedly I was worried about all the homework he'd miss but once there we had a regular schedule of spending time on Zing Zing's terrace for an hour a day. Beyond that, the entire trip, being immersed in nature, was a learning experience for him. From our adventures with Fire down the Indian River to our nature walk with Dr. Birdy — both arranged by Lenita at Secret Bay — and the nature exploring just outside our doorstep our son was forever changed. He also enjoyed paddle boarding and kayaking over to Secret Beach to go snorkeling and swimming.

What touched my heart most was his notes after only being in Dominica and at Secret Bay for 2 days that read:

Notes:

Animals
Ocean
Plants
Mountains
Bridges
Fruits
Waterfalls
Lakes
Rivers

He even came up with an ad campaign for the country that says:

Dominica. Super small airport. Millions of trees.

When it was time to go and our ride to the airport arrived outside Zing ZIng, our son said "I don't want to leave".

P.S. While nature and exploring was our number one way to have fun, when we tucked ourselves into bed, it was a treat to use the in-room Smart TV so our son could watch his favorite show on Netflix :)

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 ekcool, we’re grateful to you and your family as well. You were wonderful guests to host. We’re so touched by your son’s love of the island. We’ll certainly pass on his tagline to the tourism authorities- who knows where it will reach? His immersion in nature is an experience he will hopefully remember for a long time … but a refresher course every year or two won’t hurt :-)

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Reviewed December 30, 2016

I first experienced Secret Bay on a solo trip in 2015 and just returned from my second trip there, this time a 7-night stay with my wife and 10-year old son. We stayed at Zing Zing and had the most spectacular time. From the moment we arrived till the very second we left made up the best moments of this year for our family. From a day trip to Roseau with Ryan where we ventured to Trafalgar Falls where our son immediately started climbing rocks and swimming in the pools to our time with Dr. Birdy where we caught crayfish with our hands, ate fresh grapefruits from the trees and sucked on coffee fruit and sugarcane — every moment was filled with the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and new experiences. When not away from Secret Bay, our family loved all the attention and personalized service we received from sunrise to sundown from the staff at Secret Bay, as well as our time alone. Our favorite moments on property at Secret Bay include our in-Villa meals prepared by Chef Eric, Gemma and team, nature exploring and seeing the giant iguanas and our time at the beaches, including all day adventures snorkeling and soaking up the sun at Secret Beach to our kayaking journey to Coconut Beach and its nearby water park. Of course our time in Zing Zing's private jacuzzi and enjoying the sounds of nature at night were highlights too.

Thank you also to Lenita, Ayeola and Jess. Looking forward to this becoming an annual tradition.

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Brian C
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Ayeola G, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Secret Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Hi Brian. It was indeed a pleasure meeting your family this time around. Your son is so adventurous. He just amazes me. Eric, Gemma, Ryan, Lenita, Jess and the rest of the Team send their greetings. We’re thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to your annual visits and to watching your family grow with us over the years.

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