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Dominica’s Secret Bay Celebrates 10-Years, Gets Praise for Bringing Luxury Hospitality to the Island

The Residences at Secret Bay

Secret Bay, the award-winning, six-star, all-villa rainforest resort and Dominica’s pioneer luxury development, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on April 6, 2022 in a grand Nature Island way. In an evening affair, local dignitaries, business partners, staff and friends reveled in Secret Bay’s storied past and bright future, including Dominica’s crown jewel development, The Residences at Secret Bay,  which is setting records for sales success and has become the gold standard for the real estate option under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme.

Guests and honorees

“I’m proud of what we’ve built over the past decade, and am excited about our master plan and full vision now becoming a further reality,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay and The Residences at Secret Bay, and CEO of GEMS Holdings Limited. “With The Residences, we are offering international investors an opportunity to own luxury real estate generating annual returns with the peace-of-mind of currency stability, along with a path to second citizenship and all the benefits that come along with that.”

Sandra Vivas and Gregor Nassief

Also celebrated at the event were 10 individuals who Nassief and his wife, Sandra Vivas, honoured for their significant contributions leading to the success of Secret Bay over the past decade. From those who originally made Secret Bay possible to those who believed in the vision and those who brought the award-winning resort to life to the dedicated staff that make it happen every second of every day to achieve the unparalleled, six-star experience that Secret Bay is today. These individuals were identified as:

  • The Enablers – Phillip Nassief, Fruto Vivas 
  • The Builders – Daniel Guastella, Alistair Grell, Claude Lauture, Abo “Mike” Shama 
  • The Believers – Honourable Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, John & Cathy Hanna, The Didier Family 
  • The Above and Beyonds – Gilbert Panthier and the Secret Bay team

Gilbert Panthier, the longest-serving staff-member at Secret Bay

In his address at the 10-year anniversary event, the Honourable Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, credited Nassief, who he says “has boosted [the] island’s image as a desirable destination for high-end clientele seeking comfort, peace and timeless elegance.” Prime Minister Skerrit referred to Secret Bay as “one of the most sought after and renowned hotels in the Caribbean” and “an award winning property, offering a unique, upscale experience within a most beautiful and picturesque setting.” He added, “Secret Bay has helped us tap into our true potential as a nature haven and proven that Dominica can indeed offer a top-class, six-star experience to vacationers seeking the ideal retreat.”

Honorable Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

Over the past decade, the acclaimed, Green Globe certified resort has been consistently recognised for its exceptional design, service and experience by such global travel and lifestyle publications as Architectural Digest, CNN, Fortune, National Geographic, Outside, the cover of Travel + Leisure, and The Telegraph. In 2020, it was named one of Travel + Leisure’s top 500 hotels in the world, and the #1 Resort Hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas and #6 Hotel in the World. The property is the first and only property in Dominica to be affiliated with the elite luxury brand, Relais & Châteaux. The Residences were recently showcased in global publications like Architectural Digest, New York Post, Departures, Robb Report, Ocean Home Magazine and Wealth Magazine, among others, recognised not only for their impressive offering, but their most coveted amenity — second citizenship. 

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Natalia Radchenko, Lizra Fabien, and Dinesh Kissoon, General Manager of Secret Bay

The Residences recently released Dominica’s most expensive multi-villa compound with the option for CBI, as published in the Wall Street Journal, and launched its Phase 3 sales, which includes three under construction extended floor plan Ti-Fèy Villas, and selling out of Phase 2.

The Residences at Secret Bay is Dominica’s only CBI programme with completed villas, and has proven financial performance and a competitive exit strategy with a robust market for resale. In 2021, Dominica, the Gold Standard of CBI programmes, topped the CBI Index — for the fifth year in a row — as published by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management magazine, making it the World’s best country for second citizenship. 

The Residences’ CBI offering is priced at US $208k for fractional ownership and from US $1.5 million for whole ownership. To learn more about Citizenship by Investment in The Residences at Secret Bay, visit: For a consultation, please email

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