Dominican hotelier, Gregor Nassief, named Caribbean journal’s ‘Caribbean hotelier of the year

Gregor Nassief

Gregor Nassief, Chairman and CEO of GEMS Holdings Limited, a portfolio of owned and managed properties in Dominica, and proprietor of Secret Bay, The Nature Island’s award-winning, all-villa rainforest resort renowned for its six-star experience, was named Caribbean Journal’s ‘Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.’ The accolade is one of Caribbean Journal’s “Caribbean Travel Awards 2021.”

The publication said in part, “And when you come to Dominica’s Secret Bay, you know you are at the home of an artist. Owner Gregor Nassief has taken a family passion project and turned it into a leading light for Dominica’s hospitality sector, a now world-renowned hotel and, most impressively, a growing footprint thanks to a residential-resort expansion. A native of Dominica, Nassief’s work represents the best of Caribbean hospitality — and a model for what a small hotel can be.”

“This is an unexpected and much appreciated distinction from Caribbean Journal,” said Nassief. “I want to thank our Board of Directors for their support and guidance, and our exceptional team who really deserve the credit for going above and beyond every hour of every day to deliver an extraordinary experience to our incredible guests. This was a challenging year for the travel industry and hoteliers, but I’m very hopeful about the future.”

After many years residing in Latin America where he built a technology company which he still manages today, Dominica-born Nassief returned to his native land in 2009 with a dream to develop one-of-a-kind, sustainable properties that marry effortless luxury with simplicity. In 2011, that vision manifested into Secret Bay. Nassief later established GEMS Holdings Limited, a portfolio of owned and managed properties that have received global praise for their quality of experience and design, commitment to environmental responsibility and understanding and support of local culture and community. In addition to Secret Bay, the GEMS portfolio includes Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and The Residences at Secret Bay.

Secret Bay

Last month Secret Bay unveiled four new Hillside Ti-Fèy Villas, bringing the total accommodation count to 10. Designed to complement, not compromise the land, they are the newest phase of Nassief’s vision to expand across the 33 newly-assembled acres at Secret Bay to create The Residences at Secret Bay, a first-of-its-kind Caribbean real estate opportunity within the award-winning resort.

Tucked away on the unspoilt “Nature Island” — one of the Caribbean’s most sparsely populated, environmentally conscious and culturally rich countries — Secret Bay has been praised for its ability to effortlessly capture the luxury of time and space along with its artful fusion of high design, local craftsmanship, commitment to sustainable development through numerous green and eco-friendly initiatives and a reputation for authentic guest experiences custom-curated to personal preference. Part of Secret Bay’s elevated experience is delivered in the form of its culinary offerings at the innovative Zing Zing restaurant, which has a “no-menu” concept and is part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging the traditional fine dining restaurant rules, and focuses on a hyper-local and intimate experience that simply can’t be replicated. Similarly, the Gommier Spa, a three-walled, open-air retreat designed especially for couples, focuses on local and sustainably sourced products for treatments. Other amenities include dedicated villa hosts, on-call concierge, chefs and guides, and two secluded and swimmable beaches.

Last year, Secret Bay joined Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, becoming the first and only property in Dominica and just one of seven properties in the Caribbean to be affiliated with the elite brand.


About GEMS Holdings Limited

GEMS is an impact-driven Caribbean-based company dedicated to owning, managing and developing world class, sustainable luxury properties and businesses in the hospitality and tourism markets. The GEMS portfolio includes Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, Secret Bay, The Residences at Secret Bay and Tibay Villas.


About Secret Bay
Secret Bay features a limited collection of freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering architectural residential-style villas, fine dining (including Zing Zing, a no-menu concept open-air restaurant), wellness facilities (including the cliffside Gommier Spa), night and day access to remote beaches, and a wealth of transformational experiences, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate six-star hideaway experience. experience. In late 2019, Secret Bay was accepted into Relais & Châteaux, becoming the first and only property in Dominica and just one of seven properties in the Caribbean to be affiliated with the elite brand. Secret Bay recently earned Green Global Certification and has received numerous accolades in its nine years in operation, most recently named #1 resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas and the #6 hotel in the world in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 “World’s Best Awards.”

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  1. Ibo France
    December 20, 2020

    These awards are worth as much as Skerrit’s two doctorates. In other words, they are worthless ($0.00).

  2. December 18, 2020

    Good for you Sir Gregory Nassief! Keep the good work flowing for the sake of our Dominica

  3. DryCrix
    December 18, 2020

    Awesome stuff. Good going Gregor.

  4. Goodwill
    December 18, 2020

    CONGRATULATIONS for your vision, creativity and hard work. Well deserved

  5. SouthPacific
    December 18, 2020

    This award is fairly useless but we all know that in Dominica even mediocre awards get attention from government, if it’s fits their propaganda, and of course DNO who act recently as one of the mouthpieces of this government. Nassief probably gave one of the ‘journalists’ or the owner of this publication a one week free stay at secret bay, all inclusive of course in exchange for an ‘award’. Everybody can see the value of these awards now…?

    ADMIN: We have not been paid nor been compensated in anyway to put out this release. We were also not compensated by Mr. Nassief or Mr. Wilthsire when we published both sides of the recent series of public letters from them. We are no single group or individual’s mouth piece, we aim to give everyone a fair shot at expressing their views.

    • December 18, 2020

      DNO these kinds of rudeness and disrespect doesn’t deserve any explanation from you as above. Leave those nasty people and their unscrupulous mentality to themselves, they will have their rewards in time to come

      • Tribal power
        December 19, 2020

        I’d rather be called rude than spineless. You woman are a hypocrite!

        • December 22, 2020

          Except that you will need a medical X-ray, to prove that I am spineless, but the character of the blogger is written all over that complaint against DNO.

          You two must be “one of a kind”, hiding behind a false –non human– name. And you have the nerves to say that I am spineless and hypocrite. At least you know that I am a woman. I do not whether you are a dog or a pig, or both; what are you, with your fictitious unscrupulous character?

  6. lmckoy
    December 18, 2020

    One may be able to understand Dominican Hotelier of the Year, but Caribbean Hotelier of the Year? Come on – makes no sense to me.

  7. Clyde
    December 18, 2020

    In DA as long as one has the right party book and is willing to do a certain amount of propaganda for the PM, state money is to be had for investment into hotel businesses. Best of all, the money doesn’t need to be paid back nor is the state being issued with shares in the business. Only in Skerrits Dominica! Money for nothing and a fair amount of citizen still live under plastic sheeting since Maria!!!

  8. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    December 17, 2020

    Congratulations to Gregor Nassief and Secret Bay

  9. Love it
    December 17, 2020

    Congratulations Mr. Nassief you deserve it.

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