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
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
An intimate collection of chic treehouse-style villas perched cliffside in pristine Dominica
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
My wife and I stayed at Secret Bay to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We stayed in the Zabuco I suite and it was luxurious. What a fabulous place and everyone at Secret Bay made our visit there special and unique, from our initial greeting with Lenita through the rest of our stay. The scuba diving was great but this is a place where you can go to just unwind and do nothing (except the take in the incredible views). We hope to be able to return some day.
Secret Bay is absolutely amazing. My wife and I celebrated our 11th anniversary and her 40th birthday with a 10 day stay in Ti-Fey II. What wasn't amazing?
Food: Incredible. Chef Grant is a culinary genius. Everything was delicious, made to order, customized just for us, and had an amazing and inventive story behind how it was produced. At one point my wife happened to mention offhand that she was in the mood for steak. The next night, Chef Grant had sourced us some excellent steak and grilled it at our room for us. Plus, he's also an expert mixologist. His inventive drinks were to die for.
Room: Perfect. View amazing from bedroom AND living room due to the 2 floor design. Everything we needed was in there, including a lovely outdoor shower, patio for eating with a view, plunge pool, TVs with various streaming services, full kitchen, very comfortable bed and linens. Just perfect.
Service: This might have been the most unique part, at least for us. We are not used to being waited on so expertly. Want lunch brought down to you at the beach with a cooler of pina coladas? Done. Want to book a last minute snorkeling excursion with Captian Don (who is fantastic as well)? You got it. Need a personal item procured? It's handled for you. We barely had to lift a finger the whole trip, except when we wanted to.
The island: Not built up as much as some other Caribbean islands we've been to, but if you're going to Dominica you're not going for the cities, you're going for the nature, and that it has in spades. Waterfalls, beautiful rain forest, Champagne reef and other snorkeling spots, beaches of all kinds, natural hot springs, and my favorite of it all, Titou Gorge, a beautiful natural gorge formed by a lava flow where a somewhat cold waters flow through. Getting used to the water temperature is well worth the swim up the gorge to see the natural beauty, then you can lay back and float back down like a lazy river. Oh, can't forget the Indian river tour with Fire, a highlight of the trip as well.
So much I'm leaving out, but I'll leave it here. An unforgettable vacation.
Our experience in Dominica was so positively enhanced by our memorable stay at Secret Bay- I would definitely say the best thing was the people who work there who really make you feel you're at home- away from home. We had a private butler attending our villa who was just a message or call away and our activities coordinator who would have our needs met within minutes. She organised some of the best tours for us and arranged for tour guides who really knew what they were doing and were passionate about their work like Dr Birdie's tour at the Syndicate Nature Reserve. I still remember our guide Fire who took us for canoeing on the Indian River and was taking pictures for me and my husband like a professional photographer and entertaining us about the wildlife as well as the history and current happenings in the area. I am also a Muslim woman who takes the hijab and therefore privacy was everything to me for the trip. Not only were our villas very private, but the people at Secret Bay also made sure to respect that and accommodated for our very private photoshoots and date nights on the sun deck. They also have a secret beach and cave for diving and the perfect TV setting for them netflix and chill kinda evenings when you can just order some nachos from Zing Zing to munch on and relax. Last but not least, you can make your stay as healthy as you want with some of the best organic and locally sources toiletries and fresh ingredients for your dining. You'll thank me for this review once you've been there!