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Reviewed January 15, 2012

My family spent 7 days in the Zing Zing villa in Secret Bay, Dominica. We loved every minute of it and we go ton complaints from our 13 yr old. That in itself was worth the trip. The space in our villa allowed for 2 separate bedrooms an death was as luxurious as the other. Cool wood flooring, fancy expresso machines, a fully equipped kitchen, hammock, hot tub, sweeping balcony and air con. Better than my own home.
The service was incredibly friendly and responsive. Dinner was served every night and we loved the food. Our fridge was kept stocked with exactly what we wanted. And we took full advantage of this idyllic way of life.
Think of this place as your own home with other people doing the legwork. If you want to meet tons of people this might not be right for you. But if you want to experience luxury and attention in some refined setting then this is exactly what the doctor ordered.
We could enjoy the solitude of the natural beauty found in Dominica and use this location as a great base from which to discover the country's charms. Wonderful to return to after a day sightseeing but also wonderful to remain in. Leaving is hard. You have been warned.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank jeremy w
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We just spent 7 days with our children and grandchildren at Secret Bay. Being foodies, what came as a surprise is what could be prepared using fresh local organic food. It's more amazing because not only are we foodies, but we`re vegan (who, except for one daughter, also eat wild fish).

Our Day 1 through 3 meals were a variety of traditional Dominica dishes prepared by Personal Cook, Rose Lewis, helped by Roseline Lawrence.

Day 1 Dinner

Fresh gilled marlin garnished with garlic sauce, peppers and onion
Pumpkin Rice
Eggplants sautéed in tomato sauce with Dominica seasonings
Garden salad slaw with lettuce, tomato, cabbage and carrots
Fruit Salad with papaya, watermelon, pink grapefruit and ortanique (a cross between an Orange and Tangerine)
Every meal included juices such as sorrel, coconut water, passion fruit, cocoa tea, and others

Day 2 Lunch

Salad
Dominica Herbed Pumpkin Soup
Toast

Day 2 Dinner

Fresh lobster in creole sauce
Stir fried christophene, string beans and carrots
Parsley Yam
Lettuce and tomato salad
Pineapple poached in Dominica orange juice and fresh ginger (made by Sandra Vivas)

Day 3 Dinner

Marlin salad with lime, garlic, red onion and carrots
Stir fried curried pumpkin
Sautéed dasheen
Tossed tomato, lettuce and cucumber salad
Vegan brownies made with ripe bananas, cocoa and "farine" (handmade cassava flour made by hand shredding raw cassava root, then soaking it in water and squeezing and pounding it until it dries to extract the 'poison'.(cyanide). Cassava was a staple food for pre-Columbian peoples in the Americas, and still is.

Day 5 Dinner

Day 5 and Day 6 our Personal Cook was Christine (Chris) Roserens helped by her 12 year old son Yannick who prepared an Asin meal on Day 5 and a Lebanese meal on Day 2.

Red Thai Shrimp and Vegetable* Curry in hand pressed coconut milk
* Christophenes (Chayote), Carrots, Pumpkins, String Beans, Bok Choy
Organic Asian Greens Salad* with homemade Passionfruit Balsamic Vinaigrette
* Giant Red Mustard, Green Mustard (with the Wasabi flavor), Mizuna, Bok Choy, Pak Choy, Tatsoi

Day 6 Dinner

Fattoush* (Lebanese Salad) with homemade Pita Bread
*Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers (red, yellow, green), Cucumbers, Onions (optional), Mint, Cilantro, Green Onions, Parsley, Green Onions
Dressing: Lime, Lemon & Orange Juice, Olive Oil, Black Pepper & Salt

Vegan Moussaka made with various Root Veggies (Sweet Potatoes, Irish Potatoes, Silk Yam), Eggplant, Soya Chunks cooked in Tomato Sauce, Greek & Italian Oregano, Thyme, vegan Bechamel Sauce (prepared with homemade Coconutmilk)

Ice Coffee Smoothie & Ice Cocoa Tea Smoothie (local variation)

Day 7 Dinner prepared by Personal Cook, Rose Lewis, helped by Roseline Lawrence

Garden salad slaw with lettuce, tomato and cucumber
Pan Fried Spanish Mackerel and Grouper (caught by Devon Eustace) garnished with tomato and onion sauce
Baked Avocado (picked by Emily McInnes) and "farine"
Vegan Passion Fruit Jello (without the gelatin) (made by Sandra Vivas)

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank glenmci
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

I couldn't imagine a better place to propose to one's girlfriend than Secret Bay! The villas are exceptionally well constructed, and ours (Zabuco) had the most incredible views from every aspect. The staff were always there to help when needed (and good at staying away when not) and Gregor was a excellent host, always looking for for room for improvement, which is difficult I must say! To be honest, all in all the only reason we could possibly find not to give this five stars is for fear of not being able to book next time we wanted to return... Yes, we too thought the reviews were too good but don't worry as they are true. One other thing- if you can't find a spot at secret bay, please don't give up on Dominica as it is really amazingly beautiful and the forests are great both for hiking and birdwatching if you're active and relaxing in hot springs and seeing impressive waterfalls if you're not! And everyone we met along the way was great, as well as excited about the high quality appeal of secret bay... Everything about our holiday was truly perfect; but then again, we did get engaged, and so may be biased!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HenryL2
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

My wife and two college-age sons spent 5 days at Secret Bay--in the spectacular Zing Zing villa.
The house is so well appointed and comfortable that you don't want to leave it at all, but with brilliant organizing help from Anna we actually managed two major hikes and another island exploration trip ... plus kayaking and snorkeling right off the property.
Secret Bay offers a great combination of the warmth of a country inn, the facilities of a hotel and the freedom of a private villa--in a great seaside and forest location, to boot!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank ERS_C_and_A
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We spent 5 nights in the Zambuco Villa which was absolutely stunning and top-notch quality. Mostly our days were spent relaxing in one of the numerous sofas/recliners out on the porch, down by the pool or up in the living area. When we weren't reading with a cocktail in hand, we were kayaking, snorkeling, water-skiing, hiking and swimming around Secret Bay. Some of the most wonderful and days we've ever had.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rebecca C
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