Secret Bay named Travel + Leisure’s #1 resort hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas

Aerial View of Secret Bay’s Secret Beach

Secret Bay, Dominica’s exclusive six-star, all villa rainforest resort experience and a member of Relais & Châteaux, is pleased to announce it has earned the #1 spot for resort hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas in this year’s Travel & Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards.’ The resort also ranked #6 in the top 100 resorts in the world. Known for its remote locale, private accommodations with plunge pools, hyper-personalised service, nature-to-table dining and no menu concept, chef-driven epicurean culinary experience, and wellness offerings, Secret Bay has won the hearts of guests seeking an under-the-radar luxury hideaway. “We are honoured and humbled to be recognised by Travel + Leisure and its readers as the #6 hotel in the world and #1 resort in the Caribbean,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay. “This award is even more special given we’re in a time when the entire travel industry is facing its most disruptive moment in modern history. This acknowledgement is a reminder that travel inspires and uplifts us, and is a testament to our service and team who go to great lengths to meet our guests’ every desire.”

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 its 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, Executive Chef Grant Lynott operates a “no-menu” concept that’s part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging the traditional fine dining restaurant rules, and focuses on a hyper-local and intimate experience that simply cannot be replicated. Similarly, the Gommier Spa, a three-walled, treetop 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 beaches.

Secret Bay’s Gommier Spa

Secret Bay recently introduced its StayWell Program — a series of wellness, health and safety protocols that go beyond WHO, PAHO, CDC and local health authorities’ mandates and guidelines in order to keep guests and staff safe and healthy.

“Despite these uncertain and unprecedented times we have a lot to celebrate; in addition to this award, we earned a Green Globe Certificate and joined Relais & Châteaux at the end of last year, and we’re expanding with the addition of four new villas this November,” said Dinesh Kissoon, Secret Bay’s general manager.

Later this year, Secret Bay will unveil four new Ti-Fèy Villas for stays beginning November 2020. Each of the four two-story, residential-style hillside villas features a private pool, an outdoor rain shower cantilevered off the second floor, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an abundance of space for guests to enjoy an intimate tropical island escape. The addition of these new architecturally stunning villas increases the resort’s inventory to 10.

Earlier this year, the resort launched sales for The Residences at Secret Bay, a limited collection of architectural villas secluded within the gated confines of the Caribbean resort for which they are named. The new Residences present a rare opportunity for individuals to enjoy a sustainable luxury vacation home, along with the incomparable six-star service of the resort and off-the-beaten-path experiences on the “Nature Island.”

Secret Bay recently 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.

Announced annually, Travel & Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ are granted to the best islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports and more, as chosen by the public. In the hotels category, readers score their experiences based upon facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

In addition to this recognition, Secret Bay has received numerous accolades, including:  TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Top 25 “Best Small Hotels – Caribbean,” Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards for the “Best Resorts in the Caribbean,” Fodor’s 2019 list of “100 Most Incredible Hotels in the World,” and Green Globe’s Certification, 2019.

Nightly rates at Secret Bay start at $822 USD. The resort is offering five-, 10- or 14-day escapes inclusive of complimentary night(s), meals and experiences. The packages are bookable now for stays between August 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. The hotel’s “Book with Confidence” policy allows for penalty-free changes up to seven days prior to arrival through April 9, 2021 and the option to re-book within 12 months with the full reservation deposit applied to a new reservation. Exclusions apply.  For reservations and additional information, please email

Secret Bay is located at Tibay, Portsmouth, Dominica and can be reached at (+1) 767.445.4444 or or online at


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, an open-air “no-menu” concept restaurant), wellness facilities (including the treetop 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. 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 eight years in operation, including “Dominica’s Leading Hotel” by World Travel Awards and “Boutique Luxury Hotel of the Year” by Caribbean Journal.

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  1. Kawant woseau
    July 15, 2020

    Question….is Bermuda and the Bahamas not part of the caribbean? the headlines seem to paint a thousand pictures,am i wrong buddy?

    • Man bites dogs
      July 17, 2020

      @Kawant, not many people knows that because of malfunction idiots, the answer to your question Bermuda and the Bahamas are not part of Caribbean, please don’t be misunderstood OK!!

  2. dissident
    July 15, 2020

    Just as long as they and other business people PAY THE VAT!!!!
    if people paying VAT upfront then the business people that picking it up on behalf of inland revenue……NEED TO PAY UP.

    Skerrit asking for his vat money…..I pay it already…leave me alone. he knows de business people to get it from

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 15, 2020

    “Secret Bay recently introduced its StayWell Program — a series of wellness, health and safety protocols that go beyond WHO, PAHO, CDC and local health authorities’ mandates and guidelines in order to keep guests and staff safe and healthy. ”
    I have never heard such bull-crap in my life!
    I don’t know or ever heard the World Health organization; (WHO): The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The CDC; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, which  is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), police hotels, and and bush doctor shop in places like Dominica.
    “Secret Bay, Dominica’s exclusive six-star, all villa rainforest resort experience and a member of Relais & Châteaux, is pleased to announce it has earned the #1 spot for resort hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas in this year’s Travel & Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards.”
    Anybody who believes that lie is a fool!
    Six-Star only in…

  4. Fly lady
    July 14, 2020

    DNO correct me if I’m wrong. No one has traveled here in months, are these ratings real or fake or is it me? Either way I will support things Dominica.

    ADMIN: The borders have been closed due to COVID-19 but the survey that decides these results concluded on March 2nd before these measures were taken.

    This information is in the article you can also access it here:

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 15, 2020

      You see, the Dominicans liars tell these lies to impress Roosevelt supporters, it’s a way of saying we are more advance than the rest of the Caribbean.

      I don’t know the WHO and the rest have anything to do with overseeing hotels in the rest of the Caribbean, never mind backwards Dominica. 
      I’ve never heard the WHO, CDC, or any other such organization supervised or give awards for best or worst of anything.

       In the tourist industry, cursing on ships are big business, thousands of  people get sick aboard each year; I’ve never heard the World Health organization or the Center for Disease Control and prevention in America, nor any such organization cited anyone for substandard health practices aboard ships, which contains, many spars, and swimming pools than some creepy hut in Dominica bush! 
      The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
      Soon they will say Roosevelt Dominica is an American State,…

    • 72nations72elements
      July 17, 2020

      Most likely for 2019 period. normally wards are given after a period.

  5. Jerry A Samuel
    July 14, 2020

    It is indeed a great accomplishment for our nature island, we should all be proud of the moments that Dominica makes it at the top regardless of our political opinions. This will help to place Dominica on the world stage where development opportunities and revenue will increase, giving our locals a chance to earn and invest. Congratulation to the developers of secret bay and the efforts you have put into this world renowned resort. Just think about it , we are number 6 in 100 and number one in the Caribbean, let this be a testament to our ability and pride in country. I salute you Secret Bay and Dominica on your achievement, lets continue to be vigilant and take our country to the top let us put country first and make Dominica the envy of the Caribbean and the world

  6. Cdr. Bud Slabbaert
    July 14, 2020

    A tremendous entrepreneurial achievement to take something that is pure Dominica, enhance it and bring fame to the island.

  7. Lou
    July 14, 2020

    I remember someone saying to me once that Dominicans fought to keep a beach open for everyone to use when a hotel owner tried to fence it off. Was there any reaction to Secret Bay? The right to visit any beach in Dominica and bathe in the sea should be in the constitution. It can’t be just for the rich.

    • 72nations72elements
      July 17, 2020

      You own the beach up to the shoreline. thats the law. For rivers your own up to halfway in the river. Whoever across the river own the other half. IF you occupy beachfront or river front property, you can prevent anyone from trespassing through your land to go into the water, but they can and are allowed by law walk around your property to enter the water. So if i decide to fend up my beachfront property all the way to where the water meets sand/land where your toes get wet, i am well within my rights by law. Some wont like it, but thats the law. I personally agree to it in some degree.

      My people have river front property, and althought we dont have a problem with people using the river, we have a problem thinking they can just access it through private property. Especially when they leave all their mess and debris behind. Signs? they all act like they cant read when you tell them about it. Put chain put gate they dont care. they more vex than you for your own property.

  8. July 14, 2020

    That’s great news indeed.

  9. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 13, 2020

    However, getting there and leaving is almost a nightmare. What good is it to have a great product when access to it is difficult.

    • A. George
      July 14, 2020

      Getting her can be a challenge for some, but the staff goes to great lengths to make it as easy as possible.

  10. Possie again
    July 13, 2020

    Now I see dem ratings is fake, people have not traveled for months. Ah $822 a nite, :-x oh boy, a couple likkle bungalow. Well Dominica gets my support.

  11. July 13, 2020

    they still open
    i thought they closed after maria

    • RoRo
      July 14, 2020

      Skerrits passport money is performing miracles. I wonder if the funds will find home to the treasury again in the future. Surely the investment must be repaid or have there been shares issued to the treasury?

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