The luxury of Secret Bay comes in the setting and the sense of true “old time“ Caribbean style with a luxurious chic flourish.
Secret Bay Dominica is a real hide and chic retreat.
Eco influenced in its design and concept, perfectly at one with the natural beauty of Dominica. Perched dramatically on a clifftop with incredible views of the bay below and the neighbouring islands on the horizon. Just 2 miles south of the little town of Portsmouth on the North West coast. The Douglas Charles airport is 45 minutes scenic drive across the north coast and the island capital, Roseau, with its French Creole ramshackle charm, is 50 minutes down the west coast.
The property is unique in its diversity: two swimming beaches – one reached by steep pathway the other by a 5-minute kayak ride, a river and a sea cave are all close by.
Secret Bay is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux, an association of individually owned luxury hotels and restaurants.
Secret Bay is wonderfully boutique with just 10 villas.
Each has been built using only Caribbean materials for the interiors and exteriors whilst the kitchens & bathrooms have been imported from Italy. The emphasis on simple uncluttered luxury and romance, in harmony with the surroundings with fantastic highly personalised attention to your every desire.
All villas have generous indoor and outdoor living space including a private pool. They all have fully equipped kitchens and meals can be prepared and served in the comfort of your own living space. A chef can be arranged on request.
The Zabuco Honeymoon Villa 1 is the original and where the dream of Secret bay began. Incredible views from every angle. Guests can also enjoy exclusive use of the Wild Orchid Garden decks. Over 3000 sqft of total living space.
Zabuco Honeymoon Villas 2 and 3. 180-degree views of the mountain peaks and over the sparkling sea. Totally romance focused, your fantasies will move into overdrive! Again over 3000 sqft of in and out living space.
Ti-Fey Villa 1 & 2 – 4 Hillside. All of the villas at Secret Bay can be described as exotic and private but T-Fey takes it to another level. Duplex Tree-House style, floor to ceiling glass walls. 1350 sqft of total living space.
Ylang Ylang Villas 1 and 2. architectural masterpieces and some of the most praised and photographed villas in the entire Caribbean and beyond. Over 1600 square foot of total in and out living space.
Dominica perfectly suits the independent adventurous traveller looking to explore and just take in the natural beauty of the destination. The style of Secret Bay captures this totally. Stylish and uncluttered, you can spend your day exploring and trekking and then retreat back into wonderfully stylish accommodation with ultra-contemporary comforts yet totally at one with the nature surrounding you – and of course with incredible views.
The staff are on hand to guide and totally personalise your stay as you require. Meals are not included but your villa will be stocked prior to your arrival and the amount added to your incidental account and paid upon check out. A villa host, to prepare your meals as and when you require, can be arranged – we suggest advance booking. Or you may opt to dine at the new Zing Zing Restaurant, elevated and centrally located with superb views of the bay below (Open for dinner service several nights per week).
Pre-Stocking. Each Secret Bay stay includes complimentary organic breakfast basket, with all or most of the ingredients sourced from Dominica or neighbouring islands. Your villa host will assist you upon arrival with any additional dining requirements.
You have a water-sports desk with kayaks, sailboats and snorkelling equipment (subject to weather conditions).
Spa facility and yoga platform.
Private cooking classes can be arranged.
The Secret Bay team are passionate about both their island and their resort. They will go out of their way to ensure your smile gets wider by the day. They want you to explore and discover, to totally immerse yourself in the uniqueness that is Dominica.
The luxury of Secret Bay comes in the incredible setting and the sense of true “old-time“ Caribbean style with spacious, totally contemporary, chic flourishes.
It will appeal to those maybe who have visited the region before and/or are looking for something totally different and unique.
The Secret Bay focus is very much on tropical romance or will attract families with older more independent children. ( Given the open-sided cliff top location and with each villa having its own swimming pool you will be asked to sign insurance waiver if you travel with children under 18 years )
Secret Bay is award-winning internationally & regionally for its total innovation and uncompromising desire to provide something that is naturally luxurious in the truest sense.
Something that you might want to consider would be a twin-centre combination with Antigua where we would suggest Carlisle Bay or with Barbados where we would suggest The Sandpiper. Or maybe in St Lucia where a combination with Jade Mountain Resort would be just incredible – the Caribbean at its scenic best.
Dominica has a simple, unhurried style and seems content to allow life to move at a more natural pace which rarely exceeds first gear – Barbados it is not! It’s lush, totally tropical and mountainous with fast-flowing rivers and waterfalls. There are some volcanic sand beaches, dense forests, a few tarmac coastal roads and many country paths & dirt tracks. Small villages dominated by churches and rum shops!
Car hire will assist your flexibility to explore the island. Again, the Secret Bay team will be delighted to assist you with any island tours you require and have access to some of the best guides on the island.
There are no intercontinental flights into Dominica. That can be seen as either a plus or a minus, depending on your view, but to the curious traveller, that is all part of the adventure. Connections are made either via Barbados or Antigua if you are travelling from the UK. Then a 50-minute flight onto Dominica. Or you can travel by high-speed ferry from St Lucia (4 hours).
You do need to be comfortable with the realities of living side by side with nature and be reasonably mobile, as there are steps. You will need an adventurous disposition, both physically and mentally.
At Chic, we have seen Secret Bay develop from a dream to the drawing board to reality – twice as it was almost destroyed in hurricane Maria on 2017. The dream never faded and it reopened in November 2018, better than ever.
Speak to Marie-Helene at Chic as she has a special affinity with both the hotel and Dominica.
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Come for the dense forests, the numerous waterfalls and fast flowing rivers, the misty mountains, volcanic sand beaches and charming ramshackle villages. Dominica offers a unique Caribbean experience, essentially appealing to the adventurous eco-influenced traveller, with a variety of trekking opportunities, bird watching, whilst at sea you have whale watching and some of the best diving in the region.
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