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“Escape into Paradise”
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Secret Bay
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Viera, Florida
1 review
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“Escape into Paradise”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I had booked the trip as a last minute surprise getaway for my boyfriend and me. I had no prior knowledge about Dominica and had booked the trip solely from the great reviews I had read about Secret Bay—it couldn’t have been a more perfect trip. Anastasia was wonderful and had helped me throughout the entire process from the booking, to dining selections, planning excursions, and just ensuring the entire trip was more than I could have ever asked for. We stayed in the Zambuco Villa which was picturesque, clean, updated, and simply beautiful. The villas are organized in a way that allow privacy and serenity, while providing breathtaking views from every direction. The island as a whole was an untouched paradise. The staff helped us plan our expeditions for the weekend, and recommended great local places for dining and exploring. Ryan, our favorite cab driver, took us throughout the island and was extremely knowledgeable about its history, culture, and nature. The staff at Secret Bay was incredibly friendly and accommodating to our every need. It was the perfect medley of adventure and relaxation. In the short three days we were there, we went on a private boat charter, kayaked the Bay, hiked a few waterfalls, snorkeled Champagne Reef, toured the capital, and lounged on the beaches. Secret Bay made sure we had food and drinks for every day’s excursion along with any equipment we would need. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. Our retreat to Secret Bay was better than any hotel or resort I’ve ever stayed at; it felt much more authentic and adaptable to our every need. I would recommend this vacation to anyone, as long as they’re staying at Secret Bay. We cannot wait to be back!

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Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

This was a little on the top of our price range, but it was worth every penny. Dominica is not the stereotypical Caribbean island, where the land is all flat and everywhere you stay walks out to a flat sandy beach. Rather, it is known as the "nature island," and you have to be open to that. Secret Bay itself actually has 3 beaches, and only 6 villas right now (they are expanding), so at most if every guest is visiting the beach, you can still move to one of the other three and have no more than one other group on the beach with you. However, you do have to kayak out to 2 of them. The trip is very easy, but it does need to be noted that you have to at least be in decent physical shape to enjoy the island and resort fully.

Secret Bay employees must also be commended on their customer service - it is fantastic! They can set up excursions to you, and are selective about the guides they will use. They home-cook the food at the resort, and then your personal "villa attendant" brings the food up to your villa, sets your table, and leaves you to eat. All of the accommodations are beautifully done, and the larger villas even have private plunge pools. It was a very relaxing, private vacation, which is exactly what we were looking for.

Room Tip: The Villas are much larger, and have covered decks and private plunge pools. However, the bungalows...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We recently spent 3 nights at Secret Bay and it certainly exceeded our expectations in every way! The drive from the airport was proof that we were in a very tropical location, everything green even though its not their rainy season. When we arrived at Secret Bay, we realized that there was no traditional reception area, instead we were met by Marvin in our Zabuco villa who went through all the features of the villa and took our list of meals and activities.
We felt very fortunate to be able to stay in a villa that was high up on a cliff with a fantastic view of the west coast of Dominica and Guadeloupe visible off in the distance. The natural noises of the birds and the sounds of the wind through the trees and the cool breezes that came through the villa certainly made us feel that we were somewhere special and that we didn't want it to end.
On our third day the rain just drizzled most of the day and it could be seen coming down from the mountain and through the valley, we didn't want to spoil those natural sounds or feelings with any television or radio! Even though we had sun most of the time, that day was certainly special.
We also really enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling in the very calm sea and there was endless space to kayak safely as far as you wanted.
Our own chef/room keeper (Roselyn) kept us fed with excellent meals (the Callaloo soup is outstanding) and our villa was always clean and well maintained, everything worked. We were also well looked after by Anna and felt that the staff were only too happy to make sure that we had the best possible experience.
Gregor and Sandra, you have a truly beautiful resort and we feel very privileged to have been able to stay there, thanks again!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

My husband and I were married at Secret Bay in April of 2014. It was a wonderful experience all the way from the Taxi ride from the airport and through the entire vacation. The weather was perfect in the 80's the entire trip and the water felt and looked amazing. The Staff at the hotel was superb, happy to help with every little request. They even give you a cell phone with the staff numbers pre-programed so you can call who you need whenever necessary. The rooms were exquisite, bright, clean and modern. The views from our villa and across the property were all spectacular. The doors in the Villa open accordion style so even though it's separated into 3 segments (balcony/living &Kitchen/Bedroom & Bathroom) you can open all the doors for an open experience. It was so perfect. We had an amazing time and my husband is already trying to plan a return trip with our friends :) You must see this amazing island and stay and this spectacular place!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the new Zabucco villas and it was amazing!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paratico, Italy
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

My daughter and I only stayed 2 nights but we were still able to fully enjoy the beauty of the place. We had an amazing time. Everything about Secret Bay is special - excellent service, excellent location, excellent amenities. We will definitely return for a much longer stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is a truly extraordinary place. I read about it in Travel and Leisure Magazine, checked it out on Trip Advisor and voila. I can think of no better place in the Caribbean if you want a secluded experience, free of tourists and free of any "scene." Do NOT go to Secret Bay if you want a social experience or want to gawk by the pool. On the other hand, if you want to be alone, this is the place to go. The setting is magical, on a cliff overlooking the sea. You literally feel like you are living in a luxurious tree house. The food is delicious, particularly for the Caribbean. Breakfast and dinner are prepared in your room or delivered to you. No restaurant, no pool. Also, this is not a place if you dislike stairs, since the only way to the beach is down a series of staircases. Not a problem if you're up for it. How else can you get to and from a tree house? The staff, particularly Anna, who manages the place, is impeccable. They minister to your every need, no matter how trivial. And, Anna will organize a wonderful itinerary for you to fill your days. Don't miss the boat trip with Fire and birding with Dr. Birdy. Everybody on the island is very friendly, and it's a place of truly great beauty. It's a particularly good island if you like active vacations - hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, hot springs, etc. Not to be missed.

Room Tip: All the villas are beautiful
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We found Secret Bay in 2013 and after going through other options in the Caribbean decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary in 2014 in Dominica in Secret Bay. We made the right call. Secret Bay is not your usual place in the Caribbean not only because Dominica is not crowded and still untouched by mass tourism but also because the service, food, privacy and comfort are hard to find somewhere else. We stayed in Mapou and the bungalow was perfect for the two of us. You could sleep with the windows open and enjoy the sound of the sea without any mosquitoes bothering you. The beaches were perfect to enjoy the sea and sun with absolute privacy. There are many things to do in Dominica but we only went to Roseau and Mero beach to stay and enjoy the beaches and Secret Bay. The service was amazing with Anna, Gilbert and the rest of the team doing their best to please us for every single request we made. But the best part was the food: the calallou, the fish braf, the chowder, the roasted chicken, the creole chicken and prawns, the curry goat and chicken, the granola, the eggs, everything was amazing. The best part was our last dinner when we asked the ladies in the kitchen to come up with a menu of their own and we were blown away by the smoked chicken and red bean soup, the plantains in coconut milk, the vegetables and the fish. Of course, the Kubuli was the drink of choice always chilled and ready to drink. The only thing we would change is the number of nights; six is not enough. Thank you everyone for making this an unforgettable stay and we hope to come back soon.

p.s. Che Bé Sa'w!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Secret Bay
Address: Tibay | Tibay, Portsmouth 00109-8000, Dominica
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Region: 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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