Secret Bay tops list of ten best small hotels in the Caribbean

A pool at Secret Bay
A pool and view at Secret Bay

Secret Bay Resort has earned the distinction of being named number one among the ten best small hotels in the Caribbean for 2013.

The list was compiled by Caribbean Journal which sent out a team across the region to examine properties with 50 rooms or less employing a range of factors before making the decision for the final 10.

Each of the properties examined by the team had to stand out in at least one of these categories: ambience, quality of food, luxury, quality of service, location, romance, affordability and design, among others.

“While the Caribbean has superb luxury resorts and all-inclusives, it has an array of small, charming boutique properties that offer a laid-back yet luxurious experience,” Caribbean Journal wrote concerning the list.

With just four units Secret Bay was able to impress the Caribbean Journal team and outperform the competitors.

“Secret Bay is the smallest hotel on this list — with just four units  comprised of a pair of large villas and two smaller bungalows,” Caribbean Journal wrote of the property. “All of them have one thing in common – simply extraordinary views of the coast of Dominica (and, on most days, Guadeloupe). Secret Bay is all about the escape — when you’re here, it’s just you and the beauty of the Caribbean.”

The following shows the rest of the properties from number two:

Tensing Pen – Jamaica
True Blue Bay Resort – Grenada
Pavilions and Pools – St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Boardwalk – Aruba
Villa Saint Pierre – Martinique
Ladera – St Lucia
Casa Colonial Beach &  Spa Hotel – Dominican Republic
Horned Dorset Primavera – Puerto Rico
Hope Town Harbour Lodge – Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

The compilation is part of Caribbean Journal’s ‘Best of the Caribbean’ series.

Earlier this year TripAdvisor gave Secret Bay the top spot among  the “Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean,” and the No.3 spot for “Top 25 Hotels for Service in the Caribbean.”

Secret Bay is located in the Picard area in the north of the island.

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  1. Rose
    May 18, 2013

    Congratulation to the management and staff making us proud of our Isle of beauty. Great customer service is also a key to the success of any business which i am certain in part is the key of this small but beatfiful hotel. Take hid my people we can accomplish great things if we as Dominicans take pride and effort in welcoming visitors to our beautiful Island. A smile goes a long way. (DA abroad)

  2. More info
    May 16, 2013

    Excellent indeed! My hat off for the company or companies’, what happen to Trinidad, Barbados & Saint Vincent, why they are not in this group? Of survey, congrats to the staff that make all good things possible…

  3. More info
    May 16, 2013

    Excellent indeed! My hat off for the company or companies’, what happen to Trinidad, Barbados & Saint Vincent, why they are not in this group? Of survey…

  4. african queen
    May 16, 2013

    truly the best just love this place well done keep up the good works and wishing you all the very best.

  5. Jazz
    May 16, 2013

    Congrats G ans S,

    SO proud of your achievements.AB

  6. jerlene
    May 16, 2013

    Nassiefians are just great. They are really business wizards Congrats……………… proprietor and staff. Hospitality superb. Will visit one day God’s willing.

  7. Anonymous
    May 16, 2013

    Congratulations to Secret Bay and Possie. Let’s keep making Possie the beautiful town that it is. With visitors our economy will develope. Control the crime and keep the place clean. That is the key to success. I just had a friend that visited Portsmouth by sail boat and said the people were not welcoming. That should never be. These people have money to spend. They lef and went to the Grenadines instead. We certainly don’t want that. Dominicans get your act together or you will be on the losing end.

    • malgraysa
      May 16, 2013

      Know exactly what you mean, unfortunately. These people make you feel on edge an you can not relax. Chill it fellers, don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

  8. nice
    May 16, 2013

    Congratulations, keep up the good work

    May 16, 2013

    congratulations, I’m so happy to hear that.
    keep doing what you doing

  10. jj
    May 16, 2013

    :-D :-D :-D Good management. Congrats

  11. wow
    May 16, 2013

    Congrats to my home country. Of all the mentioned hotels, I’ve experienced Ladera, which was awesome; and it’s number 7. can’t wait for my next Dominica vacation. I know where I’ll be staying!

  12. Anonymous
    May 16, 2013

    Great job and congrats to the management and staff of Secret Bay! Keep up the good work. Thanks for making DA proud.

  13. extrem
    May 16, 2013

    i would just like to big-up the hard working management & staff for a job well done i think you guys should give yourselves a tap on the shoulder for your accomplishments and continue doing the good works nuff respect to anna,marvin,gregor,roseline,richie,wilson & the rest of the crew

  14. objective
    May 15, 2013

    Dominica take note, it had nothing to do with size it’s all about quality and efficiency. We cannot have our selves thinking small in the global village, congrats!

  15. Iguana
    May 15, 2013

    Where in Dominica is that. I would really like to go there. Big is not always the best. Cool and collective is the game. In this crazy life, some times we just need to relax, and enjoy NATURE.

    I hope we will see another iguana in this natural place.

  16. Anthony Ismael
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations to the management and staff. They are proving that with good planning, management and execution, small businesses in Dominica can be a force to reckon with.

  17. Allyne
    May 15, 2013


    • William Mc Lawrence
      May 16, 2013

      Secret Bay is at Petite Baie (Ti Bay) in Portsmouth. :wink:

  18. sunshine
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations to the manager and staff of secret bay. Can we see more pics of secret bay? I would gadly appreciate that because i am planning on visiting the island and would love to spend a few nights at secret bay.

    • Malatete
      May 16, 2013

      Go to: and for the previous blogger, it is located just before Petite Baie (better known locally as “Ti bay”, on the left hand side of the main road from Roseau to Portsmouth on a promontory overlooking the Caribbean sea, south- and directly adjacent to the Cario river.

  19. positive mind
    May 15, 2013

    but who is the owner nuh???/!!!! what is the big secret nuh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Tri-State Beauty
    May 15, 2013

    Wow Congrats Secret Bay! Keep doing what works, small and intimate ambience.

  22. precious
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations to management and staff for the service that u offer which makes Dominica stand among the rest of the other islands which seem to claim they are the best. As tiny as we are we can come out at the leading position. We lead and the others just have to follow..

  23. Conscience
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations to the proprietor. Continue to do what you are doing.

  24. Easy
    May 15, 2013

    I will definetly make a trip there when I get to Dominica later this month. Can’t wait!!!

    • Malatete
      May 16, 2013

      By all means, but I would recommend you make an appointment first: (767)445 4444 or 445-4646. Enjoy.

  25. Mamizoo
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations to aage meant and saff. We do need that level of proficiency and efficiency throughout the public and private sector in Dominica. With that comes a much desiredchange in our attitudes and thought process. I sure hope that secrete bay will serve as that spark needed to revolutionize our service industry.
    Good going guys.

  26. flower
    May 15, 2013

    so nice, on my next visit to Dominica i must go visit

    • Malatete
      May 15, 2013

      Flower, it a wonderful place but not open to the general public. It has a secure/manned entrance and is tucked away from the main road without any visible signs of bling-bling. Its discretion and privacy are a major part of the attraction for their target customers, all part of a unique recipe, that obviously works.

    • Dont always Comment
      May 15, 2013

      once you can afford it

  27. Observer
    May 15, 2013

    Congrats to the owner, management, and employers. I am sure that your superb customer service helped to make you stand out even more. Learn from that Dominicans!

    • K
      May 15, 2013

      Well said.

  28. Goodwill
    May 15, 2013


  29. Anonymous
    May 15, 2013

    Congratulations! My absolute best regards for the Proprietor who help put Dominica on the top best list. Let us take note.

    May 15, 2013

    ***We are NOT surprise***

    This was no surprise. DA has some of the best hotels/lodges in the Caribbean.

    • Malatete
      May 15, 2013

      No, no Trueman. They are talking about Secret Bay here, not the others. I admit we have some that are getting there but they have some way to catch up. They should not despair but see this as an incentive and a challenge to be enjoyed and so lift the entire local hospitality industry. Now, that would really be “next level”, instead of it being a hollow phrase.

  31. Malatete
    May 15, 2013

    Fantastic. Well earned congratulations! Here is a valuable lesson for all of us. Secret Bay have turned the uniqueness of Dominica into an advantage that others find hard, if not impossible to follow. They are not competing with a “me too” product. One does not have to be big or cheap to be successful in Dominica. The proof is there, right in front of our eyes and I hope that this kind of thinking will perculate through to other shareholders in our economy.

  32. Peeping Tom
    May 15, 2013

    Another reason to smile.

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