Dominica Editor's Choice



This Is the Fourth Time in Five Years the Six-Star, All-Villa Resort & Residences Topped the ‘World’s Best Awards’ Readers’ Survey for the Region

Portsmouth, DominicaSecret Bay, Dominica’s exclusive, six-star, all villa, Relais & Châteaux resort and residences, 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.’ This is the fourth time in fve years the eco-luxury resort has been named #1 resort in the Caribbean region. Secret Bay also ranked #38 hotel in the world with an overall score of 98.53. Known for its remote locale, private villas with plunge pools, hyper-personalised service, island-to-table dining and no menu concept, chef-driven epicurean culinary experience, sustainability efforts and wellness offerings, Secret Bay has won the hearts of guests seeking an under-the-radar luxury hideaway.

“We are honoured to be recognised by Travel + Leisure and its readers as the #1 resort in the Caribbean for the fourth time in fve years,” said Craig Sands, general manager of Secret Bay. “This recognition is a testament to our incredible staff who consistently deliver an exceptional guest experience. Our guests are truly the best and we’re grateful for their loyalty and willingness to share their love of Secret Bay.”

Dominica also earned the #1 island in the Caribbean, and #5 island in the world, topping the prestigious list for a third year in a row. Dominica is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes hiking and adventure, waterfalls, hot springs and lakes, cultural events and festivals, diving and water sports, whale and dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Known as the “Nature Island” for its lush vegetation and sustainable tourism offerings, Dominica has more than 300 miles of hiking trails, 365 rivers, more than 170 bird species, and is home to one of the last indigenous tribes in the world, the Kalinago.

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.

Since opening in 2011, 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: the innovative Zing Zing restaurant operates a “no-menu” concept that’s part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging the traditional fne 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.

This month, Secret Bay debuted its newest amenity and local attraction, Bwa Denn. An immersive cultural experience, Bwa Denn features food, art, retail, ftness, a kombucha brewery, an art gallery and more. The modern minimalist two-level structure centers around the art gallery, a concept that honours the memory of Dominican artist, Earl Etienne. Bwa Denn also features a contemporary Caribbean and Latin American art collection of over 100+ distinct pieces.

This year Secret Bay is also unveiling new villas as part of the award-winning resorts’ multi-year master plan. This evolution – spread over 40+ acres of coastal land – allows for an array of new amenities, more private villas and the for-sale residence program, all while lowering the resort’s overall density and granting guests the utmost in the luxury of time and space.

In addition to the World’s Best Award recognition, Secret Bay has received numerous accolades and international press recognition.

Secret Bay is located at Tibay, Portsmouth, Dominica and can be reached at (+1) 767.445.4444 or [email protected] 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, fne dining, wellness facilities, 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 2019, Secret Bay was accepted into Relais & Châteaux, becoming the frst and only property in Dominica and just one of seven properties in the Caribbean to be affliated with the elite brand. Secret Bay was recently recertifed with Green Global Certifcation and has received numerous accolades in its 12 years in operation.

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