Secret Bay five-star resort awarded green globe certification for sustainability practices

The Award-Winning, Five-Star Private Villa Resort is the Only Green Globe Certified Property in Dominica 

Portsmouth, Dominica –Secret Bay, the exclusive, sustainable, private, all villa resort and the first five-star luxury experience in Dominica, the Caribbean’s “Nature Island,” is pleased to announce it has been awarded Green Globe Certification, one of the highest standards for sustainability worldwide. The only operating hotel on Dominica to hold the accolade, Secret Bay was recognised for its innovative guest experience that is designed to seamlessly bring the island’s sustainability efforts to life.

Secret Bay prides itself on existing at the intersection of luxury and sustainability, and has always been steadfast in preserving Dominica’s natural and pure beauty. From sustainably-designed villas built with Guyanese hardwood and a farm-to-plate culinary philosophy to the elimination of single-use plastics and various conservation practices on the property, Secret Bay embraces multiple green initiatives.

Beyond behind the scenes efforts, sustainability is folded into the unparalleled guest experience from the moment guests arrive at the Dominica airport until their departure. First, they’re greeted with locally made provisions served in reusable glass jars to snack. Once at Secret Bay, guests are privately transported via electric golf cart to their private villa and welcomed with paperless check-in and customized orientation where several sustainability initiatives are introduced. Their villa’s fully-appointed gourmet kitchen is pre-stocked with fresh, local produce while the bathroom is equipped with mindfully-sourced, bio-safe products including organic soaps, shampoos and body butters.

“From our sustainably designed villas to our conservation practices to our farm-to-plate philosophy to the elimination of single-use plastics on the property, we’ve woven green initiatives into everything we do, both behind the scenes and throughout our guest experience,”  said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay.  “It is for this reason that we are truly delighted to have achieved Green Globe certification. For us, this accolade is a milestone in an ongoing journey as we continue to expand and evolve our green efforts.”

Green Globe CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “Secret Bay is located in a biodiversity hotspot on the island of Dominica and is active in preserving their unique natural assets. At the same time the resort is dedicated to social development through the skilling and employment of local people to ensure that guests can enjoy authentic and original  experiences. With an inaugural sustainability compliance score of 83%, Secret Bay is in the top tier of Green Globe certified members.”

In addition to building and operating in accordance with Green Globe standards and employing various Environmental Impact Assessments, some of Secret Bay’s eco-friendly practices include:

  • Replacing plastic water bottles with reusable borosilicate glass bottles, allowing guests to refill using an under-sink Culligan water filtration system
  • Using biodegradable food packaging exclusively
  • Sourcing local foods and herbs from the land
  • Recycling and composting waste
  • Establishing an effective drainage system consisting of a drip irrigation process to reuse wastewater
  • Adopting thoughtful energy conservation measures, like the use of LED lighting
  • Reducing greenhouse emissions (ie. using electric golf carts on the property)

The Green Globe Standard covers four key themes: Sustainable Management; Social/Economic; Cultural Heritage; Environmental. The standard includes 44 core criteria supported by over 380 compliance indicators. To guarantee compliance with the highest international standards, a third-party independent auditor is appointed to work with clients on-site.

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12 Comments

  1. September 27, 2019

    Hello and good morning my people. The only thing I want to know about this hotel is what percentage our government own since it was built with our government funds.

  2. No accident
    September 27, 2019

    Sam’s situation is different as his entire resort was destroyed, yet there still needs to be accountability. But for Nassief, who clearly doesn’t need that, you all for that? Well, your call.

  3. shrewd
    September 24, 2019

    Thanks to all our passports sold for your private secret bay hotel.

  4. Go to Hell
    September 24, 2019

    Nassief and his secret bay resort could even get ten-star grade and I wouldn’t care a damn. Nassief is a Dominican like myself and is people like him and Sam that benefiting from the sale of our passports while the majority of us are like damn slaves on the plantation. So to me his success is not my damn business because it just cannot be right for them to be making thousands out of our passports while all we worth is a job worth $4.50 or so and hour, just to ensure we remain on the plantation begging the rest of our lives . According to Roosevelt Skerrit, go to hell, go to hell, go to hell

    • Joseph John
      September 25, 2019

      We need more like G Nassief and S Raphel. Maybe you can join them and benefit from the passport thing.

    • September 26, 2019

      Why are you so bitter, before passport sales these guys were creation employment in Dominica. Stop hating and start helping your self. You sound like those people that never took school seriously but upset when your neighbor goes to school. Stupes.

  5. Observant
    September 24, 2019

    Immediately following Gregor Nasief’s response to the accusations of Lennox Linton, Hector Sprags John had a Facebook post saying “anyway who is Gregor Nassief”. Obviously he was suggesting that Gregor is a non-entity.

    Awards like this should very loudly tell Sprags who Gregor Nassief is; a Dominican who has not sat around drinking guinness, getting drunk and contributing very little to the country’s development, but rather a man who has taken the risk of developing a top world class product that we as Dominicans should all be very proud of, regardless of our political affiliation

    • Joseph John
      September 25, 2019

      uwp’s favorite political slogan is “we want change.”
      I agree change should be a must. We need the uwp and other opposition forces to change their negative attitude. They are in a mental box of badmouthing like a cult.
      As Dominicans we should be more appreciative and supportive of our achievements. This type of hotels should be a model or future hoteliers.
      There are two other places where this concept is observed ; the Woodlands in Texas, and Thailand.
      We can become the tourist capital of the Caribbean. We can have every type of hotel possible.
      Then this venture is in direct correlation to government policies of climate resilience and tourism. It stands out as a partnership between government and the private sector, similar to the Fort Young venture between Premier E O Leblanc and JB Charles although they were on opposite sides of the political divide.
      Yes we need change, now. We need an attitude adjustment away from the uwp negative prospective.

  6. PENNY
    September 24, 2019

    Would love to stay on my visit to Dominica but when I went on their website. Oh my goodness I couldn’t believe the price. Way to expensive for the ordinary person. I will go somewhere more affordable.

    • Joseph John
      September 25, 2019

      Penny price ca be negotiable, you can always make a deal. Give the manager a call. Maybe you can promise to give him some good publicity.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      September 25, 2019

      So why do you want to hang your hat where your hand cannot reach?

    • DA Girl
      September 25, 2019

      It’s a five star resort..what exactly did you expect to pay, $100 usd a night? If you can’t afford, don’t bash it..it’s obviously not for everyone. It’s supposed to be exclusive.

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