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Reviewed February 22, 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 February 10, 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 February 8, 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 February 4, 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 September 3, 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 January 18, 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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