Secret Bay has been named the #1 Resort Hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards, as well as the #6 Hotel in the World on Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” list. The six-star, all-villa rainforest resort has grown internationally renowned for its remote setting, hyper-personalized service, and transformative experiences.
When I met the owner’s father on a trip to Saint Barth some years ago I had never heard of Dominica before but the exciting story of the family got me very interested.
Secret Bay opened in 2011, the owners, as well as their employees, had never worked in hospitality before. It became Dominica’s first luxury property, and with just four villas, probably one of the smallest boutique properties in the world. So, as you can imagine, it was an adventure in every sense.
Based on the idea to achieve an experience that would allow guests to reconnect with nature, themselves, and the ones they love everything revolved around that. This meant preserving the natural environment; designing villas that would reflect the luxury of time and space; fostering utmost intimacy and privacy; and, above all, providing discreet, six-star service that would go above and beyond the guests’ greatest expectations — every minute of the day.
To earn the #1 spot in the Caribbean in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, as well as the #6 spot on their list of “The Top 100 Hotels in the World,” means that Secret Bay has achieved what initially was set out to do. And given the disruptive time that the travel industry is now in, this acknowledgment is a reminder that travel inspires and lifts us up, and is a testament to Secret Bay’s team commitment to delivering truly exceptional experiences.
It seems that now, more than ever, travelers are seeking remote destinations in nature. At Secret Bay, this has been ingrained in their vision since day one.
Although Secret Bay is certainly growing, particularly with the addition of The Residences at Secret Bay, it will become an even lower density property than what exists today, decreasing from 9 percent to 7 percent of the property allocated for development. As such, the tangible sense of intimacy and privacy that Secret Bay has become known for will forever stay intact.