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
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
This was my fourth visit to Secret Bay and we were fortunate to be some of the first guests there following the almost complete rebuild of the hotel. I saw Secret Bay about 4 weeks after hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and could not believe the destruction that had been wrought on such a beautiful place. To see how that devastation was transformed back into the beautiful place we knew was nothing short of remarkable.
Gregor and Sandra made some tough decisions and decided not only to rebuild from scratch but to add a restaurant which we had the pleasure of experiencing. Grant, the chef from South Africa is responsible for the "no menu" eating experience which includes food and plants from the surrounding area. The idea of no menu was a first for me but proved to be deliciously exciting. The mixture of old and new staff has kept the experience not only familiar but certainly even more enjoyable than we thought it could be.
To see the villas all beautifully rebuilt and sitting so peacefully among the trees and plants and to hear the constant sound of the water lapping on the beach, one would never believe that this hotel was reconstructed in one year. The addition of a Spa centre and sauna room has enhanced the experience and added another level of luxury.
I can only say that with the tastefully detailed units, all made with south american hardwood and the stunning location, Secret Bay is an experience to remember for years.
Located on a flower-covered bluff overlooking the Caribbean, Secret Bay is the perfect island hotel. The villas (Zabuco 1) are luxurious, tasteful, well appointed, and comfortable with multiple decks for taking in the everchanging views, including sunrises, sunsets, daily rainbows, and a lovely range of places to curl up with a book and/or your loved one. Private infinity pools hang over the Caribbean. There is always a tropical breeze, and the villas are open to the natural beauty surrounding them. This is a place to relax, restore, revitalize, rejuvenate in a private, intimate setting of incomparable beauty. The staff, led by Lineta, is extraordinary, helpful, discreet, warm-they anticipate your desires before you ask. We were fortunate to have Megan watching over us. Chef Grant serves delicious sea/farm to table cuisine in Zing Zing, the restaurant, or in the privacy of the villas. With the guidance of experts, we explored the beautiful island of Domenica, the waterfalls, swimming gorges, rivers, hot natural bathing pools, hiking trails, and the beautiful beaches on the Atlantic side. Parrots, hummingbirds, butterflies decorate the rainforest. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, yoga, swimming are all available from the private beach. And, discovering the secret bay, only accessible by water is a thrilling experience. Secret Bay is a unique hotel, committed to preserving its beautiful ecosystem, a treasure just waiting to be discovered by more fortunate visitors.
We were fortunate enough to spend our Honeymoon at Secret Bay in November 2018 and we could not have been more pleased. To sum it up, Secret Bay is an incredibly tailored luxury in a beautiful, natural setting.
We had very high expectations going in and Secret Bay genuinely met or exceeded on all of them. The villas are simply magnificent, from the endless views of the Caribbean down to the smallest of details. The entire staff is friendly and beyond helpful, always being there to make sure your stay is exactly what you're looking for. The food is simply out of this world and getting to know Grant (the head chef) was one of our favorite parts of the entire experience. Another plus is that you have the opportunity to sit back and relax and do nothing all day or Secret Bay offers numerous activities on / off site many of which we took part in (and loved these too).
At the end of the day, if you're looking for something off the beaten path that offers incredible value, lifetime memories, and a unique experience, this place is for you. Highly, highly recommended. We cannot wait to go back, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Gorgeous views, world class customer service, attention to detail, very remote, lots of privacy, perfect romantic getaway!!
Restaurant was AMAZING. They cook what is in season/available. Loved having our own private chef, too.
My absolute favorite experience was the yoga, I would honestly go back just for that. Do it! Even though it is an amazing hideaway, too.
Takes an hour from the airport on windy roads, but not to worry your Secret Bay driver has stocked the car with cookies, homemade plaintain chips and water!
Secret Bay is an truly special place on a truly special island. We had the privilege of spending a couple of days in Ylang Ylang II in November. The villa is spacious and beautiful! We had two large verandahs with views of the Caribbean, a full, pre-stocked kitchen, a closed off bedroom with a soaking tub and a sun deck with a private plunge-pool. We wanted to move in! The property is incredibly lush (as is Dominica) with every plant, tree, flower imaginable. There is a water sports bungalow where you can take out kayaks or SUPs and they provide you everything you need...even water shoes and a dry bag. Zing Zing was a phenomenal experience...the space itself is beautiful, the food is delicious, the concept is fun and interesting and Chef Grant is delightful! The team at Secret Bay will be the most memorable for us. They are all genuinely kind and caring and want to ensure that your stay is perfect. We were so well taken care of by Lenita and our villa attendant, Jess. I could go on and on...It is truly a magical little slice of paradise that soothes the soul. And, Dominica...wow...one of those wonderful hidden gems that is still somewhat undiscovered. Go now and stay as long as you can.