Secret Bay, an exclusive eco-luxury boutique resort located on the pristine, unadulterated island of Dominica, has been awarded the “World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016” by the World Boutique Hotel Awards. The eight-villa hideaway was honored as being capable of transporting guests into “a novel world through the history of the location, its culture and its own stylistic flair.” The awards were announced on November 9, 2016 at a gala dinner held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. Attendees included boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and influencers from around the world.
“As a relatively new, small and remote property, it’s a humbling honor to be awarded the ‘World’s Best Boutique Hotel’ and to be in such impressive company,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay. “This distinction is shared with the exceptional and dedicated Secret Bay staff, the property’s conceptual architect, Fruto Vivas, our amazing 3,000+ guests who have welcomed us into their lives over the past five years, and my wife, Sandra, whose unending support made a world of difference.”
The World Boutique Hotel Awards are based on elements of design and concept, dining, facilities, location and service, as well as the overall experience and emotional journey produced by the property.
The 2016 World’s Best Category Winners are listed below.
World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 – Secret Bay, Dominica
World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel – El Nido, Pangulasian Island, Philippines
World’s Best City Hotel – 11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine
World’s Best Classic Hotel – Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
World’s Best Culinary Hotel – Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel – Kau Manor, Estonia
World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway – Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
World’s Best New Hotel Hotel – Gotham, Manchester, United Kingdom
World’s Best Relaxation Retreat – The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali, Indonesia
World’s Most Romantic Hotel – Aenaon Villas, Santorini, Greece
World’s Most Sustainable Hotel – Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
World’s Best Wellness Spa – Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
World’s Best Private Villa – Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas