Secret Bay, Dominica: The Ultimate Eco-Luxury Hideaway Is Now Open
Secret Bay, Dominica – August 1, 2011 — Secret Bay, a newly constructed boutique property that embodies minimalist chic and eco-luxury, is now open on the pristine nature island of Dominica. Demand is already high, with owners, couple Gregor Nassief and Sandra Vivas, having welcomed approximately a dozen guests since the resort’s June 2011 debut.
Situated on a cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay appeals to the discerning traveler with four exquisite villas and bungalows that provide a distinctive getaway experience. Secluded villas encompass a spacious 2,500 square feet and include a large open verandah that’s ideal for enjoying the breathtaking views of the Caribbean and mountains. High ceilings and abundant windows allow for plenty of natural light to enter during the day. Each villa is also outfitted with an indoor/outdoor living room, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms that feature free-standing tubs and dual vanities, fully-equipped modern kitchen, private pool or jacuzzi and pool deck, outdoor shower, hammock and fine linens. High speed Wi-Fi, a Kindle with daily international newspapers, a state-of-the-art A/V system with iPod dock, Cable TV with DVD player and a personal library of books, music, board games and DVDs are standard in every villa and bungalow. Two-story bungalows have most of the features of the villas and the same aura of exclusivity. Additional villas are planned for later phases of development.
Distinctive services offered by this villa-style hotel include a full-time attendant and cook, organic food baskets and pre-stocked locally-grown foods all in the comfort and seclusion of the guest’s accommodations. A concierge is ready to see to any need and the property’s air-conditioned ATV and driver are available for day excursions. Further, guests are treated to a complimentary welcome dinner upon arrival, the beginning of the VIP experience.
Nature lovers will marvel at the unique diversity of the unspoilt Secret Bay site, which boasts two secluded sandy beaches, a spectacular sea-cave, the magical Cario River and two distinct micro-climates. Secret Bay offers a singular getaway experience in harmony with nature – fresh local organic food and endless adventures: from scuba-diving to whale-watching; hiking or biking to kayaking and swimming. Reviews thus far have been superlative – in fact, a delighted initial guest summed up the Secret Bay experience as, “your total private paradise.”
Secret Bay is one of the most eco-friendly developments in the Caribbean region. The entire site was painstakingly developed using green and sustainable practices to minimize environmental impact, with everything built meticulously by hand. Indeed, the property seems to have risen from the very earth itself, as all structures are created entirely by sustainably sourced hardwood. The owners have also embarked on an ambitious project to plant an abundance of flowers and trees on the property, including all the fruit trees native to Dominica. As Mr. Nassief explains, “We believe in sustainable luxury – by offering exceptional comfort while looking after all that we love about Secret Bay.”
Secret Bay expects to attract honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic getaway as well as individuals looking for a rejuvenating long-term break. Rental of the whole property is also possible (with accommodation for up to 10 people) for an intimate gathering of family and friends. As the villas at Secret Bay are also available to purchase either fully or through a fractional ownership scheme, this is an excellent opportunity to own prime real estate in the undiscovered Caribbean.
About Secret Bay:
Located on the northwest coast of Dominica, this boutique eco-luxury development is just a ten-minute drive to the quaint town of Portsmouth and one-hour’s drive to the capital Roseau. The secluded villas and bungalows for purchase or rent were designed by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, to maximise the natural beauty of Secret Bay and to minimise the impact on this pristine environment.
Secret Bay is a sustainable development – from the sourcing of the materials, the building methods, water and energy efficiency, to an ongoing commitment to the protection of this precious land. Secret Bay also supports the local community through employment, the development of small-scale tourism in the area and setting-up a Community Development Fund.
In a region saturated by tourism, Dominica remains one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. It is dubbed the “Nature Island” due to its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, a lush rainforest, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers.
Despite being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean (754 sq. km), it is one of the least populated (72,660) (twice the size of Barbados, it only has one fifth of its population). It is also one of the few islands to have retained some of its pre-Colombian population.