What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best far-flung escape
- The resort, designed by Fruto Vivas, will appeal to both eco-lovers and architecture buffs
- Fun extras like in-villa cooking classes and fresh smoothies at the hotel’s The Souce Shack
- The dramatic clifftop setting and secluded nooks throughout the resort
- Two swimming beaches
- Rooms come with a Kindle for use on property; there are also board games, a DVD collection, and a small library
- Bose speakers and iPhones with helpful resort phone numbers and pre-installed apps are available in all villas and bungalows
What To Know
- Transport to the resort is free for stays of five nights or more
- For home-cooked meals served in the comfort of your villa or bungalow, Secret Bay offers a personalized cooking service (up to two meals a day); guests can also self-cater and either shop for provisions at local markets or take advantage of a pre-stocked kitchen (an additional fee).
- Guests must be at least 13 years old to stay here
- A 20 percent tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Romance abounds at Secret Bay, a secluded lair worthy of a James Bond villain and surrounded by the wild natural beauty of Dominica, a delightfully under-developed Caribbean escape. Villas and bungalows, crafted in Caribbean woods, fuse high style with an eco-friendly sensibility, and guests can avail themselves of a number of additional activities, from private yoga classes to nature walks and boat trips. Those in search of luxe details will find them in the hotel’s meditation decks, temperature controlled wine cellar, concierge services, and private driver available on request.
In the Area
Dominica is known for its dramatic topography, which boasts mountainous terrain, wild waterfalls, hot springs and volcanoes, and well-protected national parks perfect for nature lovers. Adventurous types can hike the Waitukubuli National Trail, visit the Kalinago tribes of the island’s Kalinago Territory, or scuba dive and whale watch with Dive Dominica. Secret Bay can also facilitate passes to the national parks, massages, and unique experiences like a class on local medicinal herbs.
How to Get There
I stayed at Secret Bay August of 2017 for my birthday and I could not have picked a better place! After a long flight we were greeted so pleasently by the staff at Secret bay who took us to our cabin where dinner was waiting for us. Each tree-house like cabin has a staff member assigned to it who takes care of the cleaning and makes sure you get all of your meals. The food was delicious and all prepared on site. We were able to go by the kitchen and chat with the staff meet the chef, get a smoothie or snack and even learn about the dishes they prepare. The views and grounds were amazing and the hotel even has access to an actual secret beach accessible by kayak right around the bay. Lenita in the office will sit down with you and make your entire trip itinerary so that you can see the rest of the beautiful island. The trips Secret Bay plans also come with a driver who was more like an old friend and tour guide. I would definitely go back to Secret bay and highly recommend especially for honeymooners.
We stayed at Secret Bay in July 2017. The resort is beautiful- secluded, peaceful and truly the perfect tropical get away. We were met at the airport with snacks and water for the drive, and the hospitality continued from there. We were looked after every day by the villa staff. Lenita planned us a perfect itinerary so we could explore the island in the short time we had- there is so much to see and do before relaxing in the cabin. We spent time exploring the island with our own tour guide, and exploring the private beach by kayak.
The cabins are fully equipped with everything you could need for a secluded and very romantic break. The food is delicious- all cooked on site by the chef and well worth it. Lots of fruity sauces and gorgeous fish dishes.
We got engaged during our stay and the staff were wonderful- they set us up for a meal on the sun set deck as the sun set over the ocean. The whole area was set romantically with such care and effort.
It’s a cliché but we truly had the time of our lives at Secret Bay and hope to one day return. We can’t thank the staff enough for their generosity and effort in making the perfect stay. I could not ever do the resort justice in words- it has to be seen and experienced. I couldn’t recommend Secret Bay highly enough.
I stayed at Secret Bay back in March on a last-minute adventure. Because we arrived on a whim with no itinerary, we were especially reliant on the staff at Secret Bay for planning. Of course, the accommodations are unparalleled and we could have stayed put happily for the entire stay. Life is for adventuring though, and so out we went. Scuba diving, hiking to a boiling lake (hard but highly recommended), and other various excursions around Dominica - these were all planned and organized by the fantastic staff at Secret Bay, we just had to tell them what we liked. I would stay with these people again in a heartbeat.
We did things at Secret Bay that we have never done before. It was a great experience being able to cook together, kayak and spend quality time in this romantic and natural environment. We would totally recommend Secret Bay as vacation destination.
My wife and I spent our 10 year anniversary at this resort at the recommendation of a friend that had been here several years ago. And we were certainly not disappointed. From the moment we landed, the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We are fairly active people but wanted a trip that was more laid back. This met all our expectations. We even got in a great hike in the rain Forrest. Most of our time was spent at the resort relaxing and enjoying the views of the ocean views that were seen from our balcony. I always try to leave honest reviews about the places we visit. If there was anything i would recommend improving, i would ask the resort trim back some of the vegetation that partially blocked the views from the pool level of our villa. That issue is very minor and more a matter of preference. It would certainly not ever keep us from a return trip. Everything else about the trip was perfect including the chef that came into our villa one night to cook us dinner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and residents of the island as they all work to recover from the devastation earlier this year.