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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Just spent 4 days and wished for more at Mermaids Secret in Rosilie. Tim and Sam and extended family have done a wonderful job of creating a peaceful and beautiful space in a
fairly short period of time and the future of it looks bright. Simple well made cabins on a stunning
piece of land-in the rain forest but not far from the beach-surrounded by the sound of rushing water.
Very attentive and helpful hosts, who have put there all into providing a great space. From this location there are many hikes such as Sari Sari Falls and the Glasse Trail are a short drive away.
We have been coming to Dominca for the past five years and feel lucky to have found this place to come to.as mentioned it is a work in progress and judging from what they have done so far they have a winner-and a soon to be finished cliff side bar-cant beat drinking a beer hanging over a river. Paul and Liz Norton USA

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

We are friends of both Tim's And Sam's parents, so had a rough idea of what the couple had been doing. While on a caribbean criuse we called in with 4 others to visit Sam and Tim and had an absolutely amazing day. We had a guided tour of the camp and were much impressed by the amount of work carried out to clear the site and the standard which had been achieved. The cabins are light and airy, comfortable and clean, and well equipped, the yurt tempted us to miss our ship and stay to try it. The Mermaid's Pool is the most refreshing water that I have ever swum in, so clean and clear, the whole site is a delight, with mango, coconut, almond, banana et al growing all around. We were royally entertained by the proprieters who seem to find nothing too much trouble for their guests. The effort put in by this couple has produced a peaceful little Garden of Eden where one can truly lay back and enjoy the surroundings and the company and, if you are more energetic than we are, there are trails to explore through the rainforest. A really pleasant and relaxing experience, give it a try

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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11  Thank Jess J
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We returned to Dominca this January after 2 years and decided to try and explore some of the East Coast this time. We had booked into the Rosalie Bay Resort but after 2 nights we found it wasn't really for us having somewhat of a ghost-town atmosphere, very poor quality food and a low tolerance threshold for kids.

This turned out to be a lucky break for us because as we were leaving we drove past a sign saying 'Mermaid's Secret' which intrigued our youngest daughter so we decided to venture down the track. This road is not for the faint hearted as you have to pass over a mini stream and it is quite bumpy. However, it is worth making the effort as on arrival you are greeted with a magnificent vista of 3 brightly colored country style cabins and an enormous Yurt. We had not booked but the owners were extremely welcoming and said we could choose either the Yurt or a Cabin. Of course the children went straight for the Yurt - an enormous luxury tent basically with full facilities nearby including a shower, kitchen, private seating area etc. We hadn't thought about groceries but luckily the owner Sam is well prepared and has a good selection of meals in stock - local Creole style that kept us going until we got a chance to get into the store in town.

We spent 5 glorious nights here, star gazing, enjoying their private pool - which is huge and completely crystal clear. Tim taught the children how to dive off their huge rock and even lent us an underwater camera so they could have a memory to show their friends once home again.

A bar is on site so you don't have to stock up on ice cold beers and as is the tradition in Dominica they can make a mean rum punch!

There are not many places in the Caribbean that I know of that you can stay in a luxury Yurt in such unspoilt and back to nature surroundings bursting with color and rainforest sounds. Take a leap of faith next time - skip the resort and take the secret retreat instead!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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10  Thank Eileenstuart11
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We stayed in the new yurt at Mermaid's Secret, which is charming, and very comfortable. A kitchen and bathroom are just steps away. The cabins, though we didn't stay in them, are lovely as well.

The crystal clear Mermaid's pool in the nearby river is a perfect place to start the day, or even better, to refresh after a day of hiking in the rain forest.

Though it may not officially advertise itself as an "eco-retreat", they absolutely do follow environmentally-conscious principles, from maximizing energy-efficiency, composting, growing much of their own fruit and eggs… I mention this because travelers who value these principles and who are looking for an "eco-retreat" would be very happy at Mermaid's Secret.

Tim (one of the owners) is a wonderful guide. He led us on a few hikes that became some of the highlights of our trip.

By the time we left, we sincerely felt like we were saying goodbye to friends. Tim, Sam, Thomas, Alex, Kate & Doug (Sam's parents who were visiting) truly made us feel at home from the very beginning.

We would certainly recommend Mermaid's Secret to anyone looking for something off the beaten path, in a quiet rainforest setting. Stay at Mermaid's Secret for a few nights and then in Roseau (at Sisserou Lodge) for a few nights to get a well-rounded, diverse experience in Dominica.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank sdfltransplant
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

What a wonderful place to visit if you want piece and quiet.We spent the day here Tim and Sam were wonderful hosts. We swam in the most clear water surrounded by the most amazing forest.We had a tour of the cabins and yurts which would be lovely to stay in. will return one day for a longer period of total relaxation.

Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
11  Thank andy c
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

The Mermaids Secret was refreshing, rejuvenating, and inspiring! Absolutely beautiful surroundings and accommodations. Tim and Sam were wonderful hosts. I feel I truly experienced the essence of this awesome place, Dominica. It wouldn't have been the same without my stay at the Secret. And affordable too!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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16  Thank pdoughertydesign
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MermaidsSecret, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2015

Thanks Pat. Glad you had time to come to Dominica and share a few nights here at mermaids secret. Our night on the beach at batabou was one i'll never forget also and it was our pleasure to bring you along with us
All the best for your future adventures

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Reviewed 25 May 2011

I stayed with Tim and Sam before their resort was properly open so I can't really comment with any authority on how the finished resort is ( knowing them it will be an ongoing project for years).
I can however say what a welcoming family they are and how energetic and helpful they are.
The patch of Dominica that they own is an extraordinarily good part of an extraordinarily wonderful island. I spent possibly the most magical night of my life watching turtles which seemed the size and shape of a VW Beetle laying eggs on a beach a mile or so from Mermaids Secret. That alone would have made my holiday, but there was much, much more to keep me enthralled.
Boiling lakes, champagne beaches where we snorkelled through bubbly sea filled with fish, terrifying cliff walks hanging on to lianas down to deserted volcanic sand beaches, jungle-ok, ok, rain forest! (Looked like jungle to me)
I will certainly be returning one day to try and do a few of the things that my 9 days on the island was not enough for. Very soon I hope

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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15  Thank RogerSarginson
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Additional Information about Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

Address: Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint David Parish > Rosalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Rosalie
Price Range: $19 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mermaid's Secret currently offers a choice of accommodation options in either stylish, comfortable and fully equipped cabins or fully fitted Yurts for the more discerning camper. Located in the beautiful, lush Dominican rainforest on a site surrounded on three sides by three rivers with pools suitable for bathing and a riverside bar. ... more   less 

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