Escape To Secret Bay, Dominica

From gorgeous views and adventures aplenty to colourful cuisine and blissful moments, Secret Bay, Dominica, is the perfect place to check-in with yourself. Nicole Wood finds out more...
Secret Bay, Dominica

Perched over the cliffside of Dominica amidst the dramatic rainforest, Secret Bay is an intimate ultra-luxe getaway with unrivalled views of the Caribbean Sea.

Renowned for its natural hot springs and tropical rainforests, this breathtaking, mountainous island is the perfect place to switch off from the busy world.

Think deep blue waters, luscious greenery, mesmerising waterfalls and serene surroundings. All of which come hand in hand on a visit to this paradise island.

Secret Bay is located off the beaten track, but close enough to experience authentic local culture.

Just a short flight from the neighbouring islands of Barbados, Puerto Rico and St Maarten, Dominica is known as ‘The Nature Island’, brimming with active adventures out in the wild, from the Caribbean’s longest hiking trail to the world-renowned dive sites.

The day here brings sandy toe moments and open water adventures, while the night calls for calm shores and moonlight strolls.

The accommodation is like something out of a dream that serves as a home away from home.

The secluded six-star resort consists of elegantly appointed, residential-style clifftop villas, each with a dedicated host, on-call concierge, chefs and guides, access to a secret beach and transformative experiences curated specifically for each guest.

Composed entirely of sustainably-sourced tropical hardwoods, the freestanding retreats feature expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces – including private plunge pools, contemporary gourmet kitchens, covered terraces and breathtaking ocean views – offering a tranquil, secluded sanctuary to reconnect with nature, one another and oneself.

Each villa is equipped with a personal iPhone, Sonos Bluetooth Speaker, and Apple TV with access to Netflix. You can stay as connected as you please, or completely disconnect from the outside world. The choice is yours.

The luxurious resort amenities and experiences make for the most unrivalled island escape.

Wake up each morning to idyllic coastal and rainforest views before beginning your day with a rejuvenating yoga class at the riverside Bwa Mang Wellness Pavilion.

Take to the sea with a paddleboard, try your hand at kayaking or set off on a speedboat adventure to the island’s best snorkelling sites and witness the vibrant world beneath the sea surface.

Delve into the hidden gems of the island and canyon into the rich depths of the Dominican jungle, geothermal lakes, waterfall hikes and experience guided nature walks with a wildlife expert.

For those looking to slip away for a moment of peace without the distractions of daily life, a visit to the treetop Gommier Spa is essential.

Treat your muscles to a soothing deep tissue massage or say hello to glowing skin with a nourishing signature facial. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxing moments or maybe even both, this is, truly, paradise found.

When it comes to dining, your taste buds are in for a treat. As a member of the world-renowned Relais and Châteaux, the food here is truly special.

Relax in comfort and take advantage of your luxury villa’s gourmet kitchen or delight in hyperlocal cuisine at the open-air Zing Zing restaurant before capping your evening with cocktails on the cliff edge Vetiver Sunset Deck overlooking breathtaking views of the island.

Executive Chef Grant Lynott’s innovative no-menu concept at Zing Zing restaurant allows for more experiential dining as he draws on his own creativity to reimagine the seasonal, local ingredients that he finds available that day. Unique, fresh and oh-so tasty.

All in all, this dreamy destination is packed with luxury and topped with bliss.

From magical moments spent dipping in the warm waters and lounging beneath the warm Dominican sun, to soul-nourishing adventures and picturesque locations to explore, this little slice of heaven oozes happiness, adventure and tranquility.

When time allows and the green light is given, a trip to this paradise island is a must. To book, the team at Health Travel, a London-based luxury travel agent provider, will be on hand to deliver your bespoke retreat experience.

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