Secret Bay, Dominica (July 2, 2012) –– Secret Bay Resort in Dominica is offering guests the chance to become more than visitors. With the launch of its Residences Program, the eco-luxury resort’s fans can now own a villa or “treehouse” bungalow, guaranteeing access to this sought-after haven on the Nature Island. Even better, the Residence Program offers the highly personalized service that has garnered multiple awards during Secret Bay’s first year of operation, including being named to Travel + Leisure magazine’s “It List 2012.”
Secret Bay is the culmination of Dominican-born developer Gregor Nassief’s dream of building a boutique property on Secret Beach, a cliff-side setting faced by lush rain forests. “It took more than 15 years to assemble the property, but I knew it was the perfect location for a small-scale, sustainable resort,” he says. “Our guests this first year have wanted to become part of this vision, so we’re offering a limited number of villas and bungalows for purchase as whole or fractional ownership.“
In keeping with Nassief’s commitment to sustainable tourism, the secluded villas and bungalows are built by hand from sustainable hardwoods. A maximum of 14 units will be built on the four-acre property, ensuring that the guest experience remains tranquil and in harmony with nature. Offering fractional-ownership is yet another way for the resort to preserve natural resources. Because multiple owners can share the same residence, fewer homes need to be built. This also means more guests come to the community and support the local economy.
Among the services offered through Secret Bay’s Residence Program is a concierge to arrange diving expeditions, restaurant reservations and pre-stock units before arrival. Other unique options include personal chefs and even one-man jazz concerts in the privacy of a guest’s home away from home. Since opening in June 2011, Secret Bay has received multiple awards. In addition to becoming the first property in Dominica to be named to Travel + Leisure’s “It List 2012,” the resort won a 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor and was named Development of the Year 2011 at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit. Secret Bay has received rave reviews in such top publications as Centurion, Vogue, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and on NBC’s The Today Show.
About Secret Bay:
Secret Bay offers a luxury experience in an unspoilt environment with fresh local organic food, endless adventures on your doorstep and healthy rejuvenating living in harmony with nature. The four-acre cliff-side site overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers two swimming beaches, the Cario River, a sea cave and two distinct micro-climates. Located on Dominica’s northwest coast, this boutique eco-luxury development is just a 10-minute drive to the quaint town of Portsmouth and a one-hour’s drive to the capital Roseau.
The entire resort features a minimalistic, modern Caribbean design by award-winning Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas. The design maximizes the site’s natural beauty while minimizing the impact on the pristine environment. Each of the four existing villas and bungalows is nestled within the canopy of Dominica’s lush rainforest, offering exceptional comforts alongside the simplicity of nature. The 2,728-square-foot, one-and two-bedroom villas feature indoor/outdoor living rooms, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, a private pool or Jacuzzi, and a veranda with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The 610-square-foot, two-story bungalows, often referred to as “luxurious tree houses,” are perched amongst the trees with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on both levels that reveal magnificent ocean views and allow natural light to gently permeate the interiors. The unit’s concrete foundations are complemented by a unique superstructure built entirely of sustainably sourced Guyanese Greenheart hardwood and are designed to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.
Secret Bay was developed by Dominican-born Gregor Nassief, who fell in love with Secret Beach as a child and dreamed of one day owning and living on the land above it. Coming from a local family of hoteliers and businessmen, he always knew this was the perfect spot for developing a small-scale eco-tourism venture. Secret Bay is a sustainable development, from the sourcing of the materials, building methods, and water and energy efficiency, to an ongoing commitment to the protection of the island’s precious resources. Secret Bay also supports the local community through employment, the development of small-scale tourism in the area and setting up a Community Development Fund.
About Secret Bay’s Residence Program:
Under the new Residence Program, Secret Bay will add eight to 10 bungalows and villas, which can be purchased one-twelfth fractional shares or deeded whole-ownership. The product will be a real property interest, which allows owners to use or rent their weeks through the operator or privately.
Under the fractional plan, owners enjoy the same indulgences as whole owners at a cost proportional to their time spent enjoying their accommodations. While on property, owners can relax and enjoy the resort and island’s many amenities, secure in the knowledge that resort staff is handling maintenance, housekeeping, taxes, and other responsibilities
Owners receive housekeeping and laundry services, 24-hour security, concierge services including pre-stocking of groceries, high speed wireless Internet access, a Kindle with select daily newspapers, the use of adventure equipment (mountain bikes, kayaks, yoga mats, and snorkeling and swimming gear), a safe for personal belongings. Other services, such as airport transportation, day excursions and personal chefs can be arranged by the resort staff.
In a region saturated by tourism, Dominica remains one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. It is dubbed the “Nature Island” due to its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second-largest boiling lake in the world, a lush rainforest, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches. Much of the island is protected National Parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers.
Despite being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean (291 square miles), it is one of the least populated (72,660). At twice the size of Barbados, it only has one fifth of its population. It is also one of the few islands to have retained some of its pre-Colombian population.
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