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SECRET BAY Eco Resort Dominica

SECRET BAY was designed by Fruto Vivas architect, Secret Bay is a small eco-luxury resort with big values. Enjoy a boutique hotel experience and the very best that Dominica has to offer: fresh local organic food, endless adventures on your doorstep and healthy rejuvenating living in harmony with nature. Embrace Simplicity.

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Zabuco Honeymoon Villa – © SECRET BAY

The most luxurious and romantic eco-escape in Dominica. Secret Bay as having the sexiest bedroom in the Americas. The original Zabuco Honeymoon Villa won Secret Bay the prize for having the 3rd sexiest bedroom in the world at Boutique Hotel collection Mr & Mrs Smith’s inaugural awards in London. The secluded luxury villa has breathtaking 180-degree views over the mountain peaks of Dominica and the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

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Zabuco Honeymoon Villa – © SECRET BAY

Secret Bay is a small eco-luxury development located on the northwest coast of the unspoilt nature island of Dominica in the West Indies. A land of great beauty and contrasts, Dominica is known as the “Nature Island” for its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches.

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Zabuco Honeymoon Villa – © SECRET BAY

Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status, and Secret Bay is just 30 minutes drive from such wonders as Morne Diablotins Natural Park, Cabrits National Park and the magical Indian River. With abundant flora and fauna on land as well as underwater, Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers who seek excitement and inspiration.

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Zabuco Honeymoon Villa – © SECRET BAY

  • Tucked away on the unspoilt nature island of Dominica, Secret Bay offers sustainable luxury villas and bungalows and is the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon, an anniversary celebration or the holiday of a lifetime. Situated on a cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay is unique in its diversity: two beaches, the magical Cario River, a spectacular sea cave and two distinct micro-climates. In these beautifully-designed properties enjoy fresh local organic food, endless adventures on your doorstep and healthy rejuvenating living in harmony with nature.
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Zing Zing Villa – © SECRET BAY

SECRET BAY:

Dominican-born Gregor Nassief fell in love with Secret Beach as a child and dreamed of one day owning and living on the land above it. Coming from a local family of hoteliers and businessmen, he always knew that this was the perfect spot on the island for developing a small-scale eco-tourism venture. He has now made this dream a reality with the support of his artist wife Sandra Vivas and her father, award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, who conceptualised the stunning properties.

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Zing Zing Villa – © SECRET BAY

Secret Bay has been developed in a green and sustainable way: from the sourcing of materials, the building methods, water and energy efficiency, to an on-going commitment both to the protection of this precious land and to the local community. Secret Bay is an eco-luxury resort shaped in equal measure by a responsibility to the environment and a desire to offer you a sumptuous stay in harmony with nature.

Perched on a clifftop promontory that juts out into the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay is just 10 minutes outside the university town of Portsmouth and about an hour’s drive from the capital Roseau. With two distinct micro-climates, access to two swimming beaches, a spectacular sea cave and the magical Cario River, the eco-luxury resort is situated in one of the prime locations of the Caribbean.

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Zing Zing Villa – © SECRET BAY

Quality Construction:

The sustainable development currently consists of two villas and two bungalows, which will continue to operate as a boutique getaway experience. An additional eight to ten units will be available for whole or fractional ownership and will be sold pre-construction.

Painstakingly built by hand of Guyanese Greenheart hardwood and designed to maximise the natural beauty of Secret Bay and to minimise the impact on this fragile environment, the villas and bungalows will be generously positioned across the four-acre site to ensure privacy and seclusion and will offer glorious views over the Caribbean Sea and rainforest-covered mountains.

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Zing Zing Villa – © SECRET BAY

The Villas:

The luxury villas have been raised from the ground to give you the feeling you are floating above the world. This ingenious design not only makes the most of the magnificent views but also allows for optimal use of the land underneath and minimal impact on the landscape. The bi-folding doors and many windows ensure the villa is full of natural light and ventilation; and the numerous outdoor spaces, including a private infinity pool or garden jacuzzi, maximise Caribbean indoor/outdoor living.

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Ti-fey and Mapou Bungalows – © SECRET BAY

These beautifully furnished homes, ideal as a romantic couples’ retreat or perfect for families and friends, are typically available with either one or two bedrooms but can be customised for whole ownership. The second bedroom can be configured to your taste: as either a study or office or as a guest or children’s bedroom. From the fully-equipped modern kitchen to the contemporary opulence of the en-suite bathrooms; from the finest linens to the state-of- the-art audiovisual system – the spacious and secluded Secret Bay villas exemplify modern minimalistic luxury.

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Ti-fey and Mapou Bungalows – © SECRET BAY

The Villa is the Hotel:

We pride ourselves on our individualised yet inconspicuous service. With our full-time exquisitely-trained staff always discreetly on hand to accommodate your every desire, you’ll reap the benefits of a fine hotel while staying in your own comfortable home.

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Views of Secret Bay – © SECRET BAY

Project Data:

Project name: SECRET BAY
Location: Portsmouth, Dominica
Coordinates: 15.545756, -61.472773
Type: Resort, Resort Interior
Status: Built
Completion Year: 2008
Visit SECRET BAY’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2015 – Andrew Harper Grand Awards – Category: Caribbean – Winner
  • 2014 – Tripadvisor Hotel Ranking – #1 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
  • 2013 – Tripadvisor Awards – TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards – Category: Small Hotel in the Caribbean – Ranks #1
  • 2013 – Smith Hotel Awards – Category: Sexiest Bedroom in the World – Zabuco Honeymoon Villa – 3rd

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Gregor Nassief
Architects: Fruto Vivas architect – (age 87) La Grita, Tachira, Venezuela
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