July 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Secret Bay in Portsmouth, Dominica

Caribbean luxe has never been so spectacular as it is at Secret Bay. On the pristine, unadulterated island of Dominica, this boutique eco-luxury resort embraces a diverse environment, with two brilliant beaches and a majestic river. Just 10 minutes' drive from the town of Portsmouth and an hour from the capital of Roseau, Secret Bay is situated clifftop overlooking an expanse of azure Caribbean Sea. Modernly designed villas and bungalows bring harmony to nature and interior spaces, with open-plan living and dining areas, outdoor showers, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and views of the forest and beaches below. Fully equipped kitchens provide the convenience of complete facilities, while highly attentive yet inconspicuous service ensures that you can relax in laid back style. Allow the concierge to help organize activities - from massage and spa treatments, to restaurant reservations and more. Your own iPhone 5c and Kindle coupled with Bose sound will make staying connected and entertained a pleasure on our high speed WiFi, and a library of games and books offer additional opportunities for unwinding.

Start your day by taking advantage of Secret Bay's selection of recreation equipment, including snorkeling gear, mountain bikes, paddle boards, and yoga mats. Protect the marine environment in the Secret Bay's signature sustainable Lionfish hunting and cooking education program. Swim through the enchanting sea cave grotto, or take to the powdery sands of the resort's swimming beach. Another separate beach offers calm waters as well, and perfect chances to snorkel and explore. Wade up the river into the forest's mangroves, and take in the sights of the ancient Bwa Mang trees that stretch their roots into the cool waters. Then taste the island first-hand by arranging a personal cooking class, where you will learn to create some of the resort's signature dishes. Only the freshest, locally grown will do; Secret Bay, and the island itself, is home to many fruit trees ranging from guava to pineapple. Fish pulled from the ocean compliments the delightful flavors of the produce, and Secret Bay's staff of cooks know just how to make the absolute most of every favor. From the food to the forest, the beach to the bungalows, Secret bay is a paradise only Dominica can produce.

Location of Secret Bay

Secret Bay
Ross Boulevard
Portsmouth, Dominica

Nearest Airport: SXM

Amenities for Secret Bay

  • General Information
  • 6 Villas and Bungalows
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Only 12+ Years Permitted
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room Service
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Healthy Cuisine
  • Picnics
  • Vegetarian Cuisine
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa Services
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • WiFi
  • Gardens
  • Meditation Spaces
  • Beach Access
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • Barbeque Area
  • Provisioning Service
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Players
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Satellite Television
  • iPod Docks
  • Private Verandas
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Screened Living Spaces
  • Hammocks
  • Private Decks
  • Rain Showers
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Fully-Equipped Kitchens
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Cooking Classes
  • Excursions
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Nature Walks
  • Yoga
  • ATV Tours
  • Boat Excursions
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Four-Wheel Drive Excursions
  • Bird Watching
  • Meditation
  • Paddleboarding
  • Nature Hikes
  • Nearby
  • National Parks
  • Restaurants
  • Beaches
  • Nature Reserve
  • Market
  • Hot Springs
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Spring Break
  • Spring Getaways

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

9 years ago my husband and I made a stop in Dominica on a Norwegian Cruise to the Caribbean from NYC. We only had a few hours to explore the island so we saw some of Roseau, Trafalgar Falls and the Sulfur Springs. We had to rush and there was so much we wanted to see. We had never been to an island like Dominica before and we always dreamt of going back. When Secret Bay first opened approximately 6 years ago I had been watching it intently. It looked like the perfect place to go to make our return. It took many years but this past May 2017 we finally had the time and the means to book Secret Bay. The booking process was a simple phone call and every question we had was answered immediately. The trip to Dominica is long since they do not have an International Airport. The mountainous Island makes it very difficult for them to construct one. What we love about this is that it helps keep Dominica untouched and beautiful yet more tourists would bring big business for the island. We flew Jet Blue out of Newark, NJ to Puerto Rico and then took Seaborne Airlines to Dominica. We took off at 7am and arrived in Dominica at 5:45pm. From the moment we grabbed our luggage a driver, hired by Secret Bay, whisked us to the property with snacks and water to revive us. It was a good hour drive on windy roads in the dark and we were very exhausted yet so happy that our journey was almost complete. We were welcomed to Secret Bay and brought up to our villa Zabuco III which is to the left and on top of the cliff overlooking Secret Beach. There we were given dinner, wine and a short overview of the villa for our first night. We were then left to rest and recover for our next day on property. Sara lee was our villa attendant for the first few days. She came over around 10am to talk to us more about the resort and to show us the menu for dinner that night. We placed our lunch and dinner orders in the mornings and what times we wanted them served. They were always hot, delicious and on time. The food on the entire Island is amazing and Secret Bay’s chefs are top notch. We ate on property most nights. Sara lee kept our villa clean late morning, washed dishes, brought up meals, did our laundry and was simply amazing. All the things I needed a vacation from at home! Bianca took over for her the second half of the trip and was very good too. She was always smiling and helpful. We then needed to plan our excursions so Lenita the concierge came to our villa and helped us plan what we wanted to do in Dominica. We wanted to see waterfalls, the Indian River and the Cabrits National Park. We also wanted some good local foods and to see the Saturday Market in Roseau. Lenita created an itinerary with how much everything would be, what to wear and bring on our excursions, tips and ideas for more things to do and so much more! She was so organized and helpful, we never had a concierge go through that much effort to plan our trip for us. She was good. She also scheduled us a massage. Everything was very reasonably priced. We also ate at 2 off property restaurants the Iguana Cafe, which was a little shack with the most amazing food on the Island and The Lobster Palace at Sunset Bay Beach Club. We ate a lot of lobster and it was always amazing in different ways. Ryan was our cab driver and tour guide for the day we went to Roseau and the waterfalls. He expertly guided us through the market and to the most beautiful waterfalls I ever imagined. 
Spanny Falls we had all to ourselves. The water cascades down the mountain and the water is cool and deep. We spent quite a bit of time there before visiting Jacko Falls and then the Emerald Pool. Emerald pool had a food stand where we had a little snack. There were also facilities there to get changed or use the bathroom. This was a little more crowded but we still had an amazing time. We went during a month where there were no cruise ships in port so we had so much to ourselves. There is nothing like swimming in a fresh water waterfall in the middle of a rainforest. Another excursion was the Indian River Tour with Fire. He picked us up at Tibay Beach at the bottom of Secret Bay property and took us up the coast to the Indian River. He told us so much about the history of Dominica, the plants and animals and his life growing up there. At one point he pulls leaves off of a tree and starts scrubbing himself. A natural soup! He was fun. The Indian River is where they filmed a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where they go to meet Calypso. It was neat being on that beautiful river. Again, we mostly had it to ourselves. Fire took us to a little shack bar a ways from the river. We had a coconut punch and a dynamite. Whoa! Both were small but strong. We stuck to one because it was hot and then walked back to the river. Fire told us we could continue on to look at some plant life and visit another bar if we wanted and he would meet us down river. We weren’t going to drink anymore but we met this great bartender Sherry from Queens and had another round of drinks talking with her for a while. This time I had the Lime Punch and he had the Peanut Punch. Both were delicious. The peanut punch was the consistency of pina colada but taste like peanuts. The lime punch was a bit more watery and refreshing. Soon we were back on the river and taken to a cab for lunch at the Iguana Cafe. Iguana Cafe was a little shack on the side of the road overlooking the ocean. There were two tables and some bar stools. We had wine, conch, tuna, water and a whole mess of lobsters! The most delicious sauce was covering them. We ate everything and lingered for a while before going to Cabrits National Park where we hiked on our own to see a fort, wildlife, crabs, the view of Secret Bay from a distance and more. After a few hours we went back to Secret Bay and relaxed in our villa for the rest of the day. I was too full for my dinner that night and Bianca got upset but I assured her I would eat my dinner for lunch the next day…and I did! The days we stayed on property we spent a lot of time in our villa because the view and our infinity pool were very relaxing. They have a hammock for two that we relaxed on for a great deal of time. There were hummingbirds abound and so much wildlife. In Dominica they are very self sustaining. Everyone grows something! It wasn’t unusual to see someone picking herbs or plants to use for that night’s dinner. The balcony overlooked Secret Beach and you’d occasionally see a sailboat. On clear days you can see Guadeloupe. It was hot and sunny most days but you can even sit out during a downpour and relax to the sounds of nature. Every where you looked there was a view. The interior room was where the living area, a television and the kitchen were located. The breakfast basket was delicious! We had so many fresh fruits, teas, the most delicious home made granola I have ever tasted, unique coconut bread and in the fridge some papaya juice, rum punch and home made yogurt that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m going to try to make some at home now. We also had our villa stocked with some eggs, butter, bacon, etc. So we could made a heartier breakfast. The breakfast basket lasted us the whole week. It was well worth the $95. I also have to mention that the cocoa tea is unique and I wish I had more. The lemongrass tea was also very soothing and I saved it for my last day to linger over in the morning while looking at the view. The beaches: Tibey beach is a walk down to the bottom of the property. We saw 2 others there one day and the other days we had it all to ourselves. I swam in the gorgeous water and we relaxed under shady trees. To get over to Secret beach we called security and they had a kayak waiting for us on Tibey Beach for the 3 minute paddle over. The views were amazing. We could see Zabuco III on the top of the cliff as we approached Secret Beach. I would argue that it is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. We had it all to ourselves and after a few hours we kayaked back to have lunch and relax in the villa. We never needed to leave that villa! It had everything we needed. The bedroom has air conditioning. It worked well but we tended to take hot showers and baths at night so it took a while to cool back down. Although, we were never hot while sleeping. We slept very well. The bed was low to the ground and the mattress and pillows were very comfortable. The closet was enormous although we really didn’t need a lot of clothes at all. I lived in my bathing suit and robe most of the trip. I would pack half as much next time. The bath tub was free standing and fun to bathe in. The shower had 2 shower heads and units so you could have water shooting at you from all directions. Very luxurious. The shampoos and soups were all natural and did wonders for my hair and skin. My hair gets dry but the cactus conditioner made it soft and easy to comb through. It smelled really good too! The last day we had to leave at 5:30am to get to the airport for an 8am flight. It wasn’t hard waking up and having a cup of coffee on the deck while watching it get lighter out. I was able to see some stars. It was very difficult to leave paradise but they made it as smooth and easy for us as possible. Security came to get our bags at 5:20am and we slowly walked down to the front of the property to leave. It was a windy drive but we got some nice views of the sunrise. You have to pay a $32 departure tax each when you leave Dominica. Make sure you have exact change. We had to pay to leave paradise! Too funny. The wait was short in the air-conditioned airport. It was very jarring to get home and not have dinner waiting for us or a magnificent view. Secret Bay was the best vacation we ever had and we will be back!

JaclynHunt - Colonia, New Jersey

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I have traveled throughout North America, Europe and Caribbean and Secret Bay and the beautiful island of Dominica is hands down the best vacation we have had in close to 20 years together. The staff cater to your every want and need and the villas are beyond imaginable with the views of the mountains and the water. Lenita handled all our excursions and pre-prep food and requests and was amazing and so helpful with every request we had. The daily excursions were breathtaking and our guide Ryan went above and beyond to give us the local flair and allow us to visit some spectacular places. The champagne reef, red rock, Trafalgar falls, Soufriere pools to Indian River (Fire is the bomb!) were awesome. Also, we had yoga and the couples massages were fantastic (great job - Jeannette and Margot). Finally, Chef Eric and his staff cooked our meals and coming from a creole state was concerned that quality would not be the same but Chef Eric can open shop in New Orleans because his food will give our local chefs a run for their money. We are already planning our next trip - hopefully 2018!!!

Dawn B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I honestly cannot say enough about this resort - it is exactly where you want to stay when traveling abroad! Lenita the concierge is absolutely wonderful and made sure that we were having the most memorable week. She genuinely cares about your stay and goes out of her way to arrange your week exactly how you want it. She is a breath of fresh air and has such a sweet personality. Deslyn was our villa attendant and was wonderful! Very attentive to our needs and even packed a picnic dinner for us one night to enjoy the sunset. Secret Bay is absolutely stunning and beautiful in every way. The grounds are kept in pristine condition and the bungalows/villas are super clean. The beds were even comfortable too! The staff is extremely nice and very hospitable; they really care about their island and want to offer advise/ideas for thing to do whenever possible. The food is AMAZING! Chef Eric knows what he's doing when it comes to food pairings and everything on the menus were tasty. Our stay at Secret Bay was a life-changing and relaxing experience. I would say we were rather spoiled when staying here and it was a little hard to adjust to reality once we returned home. You will not go wrong in choosing this resort to stay!

twilliams3425 - Covington, Indiana

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

There is no doubt Secret Bay will never disappoint when it comes to its beautiful setting. We have both lived in and traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and Secret Bay ranks at the top, for this part of the world. The concierge staff is very engaging and attempts to make every effort to accommodate you during your stay, but their excecution is a step below similar properties we have stayed at throughout the world. We had several normal small issues arise during our week long stay that could have been easily delt with in a normal course, but faltered by a lack of follow through, requiring us to re-engage to have them addressed. A minor inconvience. Being a couple we chose their two person Bungalow. It was excellently equipped. One observation, this is a two story accommodation requiring the use of a very narrow spiral staircase to reach the bedroom and bath. If you have any aversion to steep stairs you might want to choose a villa. The food was excellent and the local dinning recommendations made by the staff were wonderful. We dived all week with JC Divers at the recommendation of Secret Bay and found them to be top notch. One of the very best staffs we have experienced in our 41 years of diving. If you are looking for a unique Caribbean experience Secret Bay is the place to choose.

driesbock d - Tubac, Arizona

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Since our visit to Montserrat in the '80's, we have longed to visit Dominica. We are rather spoiled world travelers and foodies. Until Secret Bay there was nowhere to stay on the ever so lovely island of Dominica. There is no place on earth that surpasses Secret Bay. It truly is paradise. The people are kind, gentle, fun loving and lovely. The accommodations are pure luxury. (We were in Zabucco 1). We ate fresh local food excellently prepared by Eric and his staff. We enjoyed outings with Fire and Captain Don. The study in our Texas high rise now boasts a large acrylic of a Dominican forest by Ellsworth Moses, a daily reminder of our magical time there. Thank you, Thank You, Thank You. You are etched in ur memories and in our hearts.

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