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Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is a truly stunning hideaway location which gave me a fantastic opportunity to escape modern life and become immersed in nature. Whether it's wild swimming in the river or hiking to the local waterfalls there is plenty to do nearby. Alternatively you can just sit on the lovely terrace and listen to the sounds of nature. Sam and Tim...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hey Lisa thanks for taking time to review your stay with us and Im glad we helped you forget about the world for a week at least. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hopefully your new found love of the jungle will lure you back one day until then Tim

Umea, Sweden
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We spent 4 nights in the exotic moon-jurta at Mermáid´s secret in the middle of the jungle close to Rosalie River. We had a nice kitchen but the meals that Sam made were so nice so we didnt bother to Cook very much. We ate the meals togeteh with the friendly family that runs the place. The best at Mermaid´s...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Anna thank you for your review and we appreciate you taking the time to reflect on your stay. It was fun meeting you and hearing of Chris's motorcycling adventures into Norway has inspired another road trip for my bucket list :-) cheers Tim

Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We spent a fantastic 7 nights at Mermaid's Secret in the Moon Yurt (a unique and lovely experience that, with its nearby tidy, modern kitchen and clean bathroom/warm shower, gave us the perfect blend of quasi-"camping" and convenience). I don't know what I can say about it that hasn't already been said, but I can tell you that everything you've...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Natalie thanks for this great review. We are ever grateful that our little peace of paradise here goes a long way to help our guest get into the groove that is Dominica. The pool and surrounding forest is what the Island is all about. Sam and I just tag along and let the surrounding nature speak for us and...

Leiden, The Netherlands
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We intended to stay here for 2 nights, but it was really like heaven, so we decided to stay for almost a week. Sam and Tim made everyday breakfast for us and prepared a very nice diner on the most peaceful location on earth where you can think of. They even took us once to the beach where we had...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Renee for this review of your stay with us. It was our pleasure and we were pleased you chose to extend your stay as that confirms you liked it here :-) The beach cook out will become a more regular experience here I think as we all enjoyed it. In fact we have had 3 more since you guys...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We stayed four nights at Mermaid's Secret in January. Each day we enjoyed the perfect pool, for early morning and/or late afternoon dips, the food, the birds, our porch, the quiet, the company and last but not least Boomer, the adopted and very happy little dog. Tim and Sam are very friendly, unobtrusive and hospitable hosts; we really felt welcome...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Monique for reviewing your stay with us. Im glad the only bug that bit you was Dominica! It really is a very special Island and we hope you are able to return to complete your explorations here Hopefully bubble spa will have some water by then, the tide has to come in eventually ;-) best wishes to you and...

Florida
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We stayed at Mermaid’s Secret during our first visit to Dominica five years ago (we were their first ever guests!), and returned for our second visit in December 2016. We almost never return to a place we’ve already been to, opting to go somewhere new instead, but Dominica and Mermaid’s Secret is a special exception. The best way to sum...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Lara and Ted. Thanks so much for your support of our little venture here in the jungle. It was fantastic to have you guys here again, a real pleasure to welcome back our first guests....the people on who we practiced the art of hosting. I'm guessing we got it right then! Things have developed here but we are so pleased...

Dorchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Having visited Mermaid's Secret for a few days 3 years ago on our travels along the Caribbean, we felt that Dominica is a place worth revisiting for its great hikes, beautiful nature and unspoilt, untouristy vibe. Where we would stay was easy. Mermaid's Secret, run by Tim and Sam, is a welcoming and beautiful riverside place. The 2 cabins are...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks again Pats for taking the time to review your stay with us. Im glad the lure of Dominica and our little corner of it brought you back again. The mermaid pool seems empty without you guys in there at least 5 times a day! best wishes Tim

New Mexico
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We keep returning to Mermaid's Secret because a) it is the ideal location for exploring the Southeastern part of Dominica, with its spectacular hikes like the Chemin Letang and Wavine Cyrique, b) it's such a lovely, comfortable home away from home, with its comfy deck by the river, natural pool, and home-cooked meals to look forward to at the end...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks again Katrin for: a) returning again to Mermaids Secret and b) posting another great review and c) being such great fun at our parties next new year has under water fireworks remember ;-) See you then Cheers Tim

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 9 January 2017

What can I say about Mermaid’s Secret? It’s fabulous in every way. You couldn’t have better hosts than Sam and Tim who provided one of the best and memorable vacations we’ve had. They were attentive in every way while making it all seem easy. Their relaxed and friendly nature felt like home (actually better than “home” as we never had...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Ed and Lavinia Thanks for your kind review of Mermaid's Secret. We equally enjoyed having you guys stay so certainly look forward to your return. Hopefully your flights will be a bit more punctual next time! Getting here is half the fun :-) Thanks again Tim

Reviewed 7 December 2016

We spent a couple of nights here as part of our honeymoon and what a couple of days we had. The setup is stunning and a testament to all the hard work that has gone into creating it. Tim & Sam were superb hosts; we had wonderful meals prepared for us and great tips about things to go and do...

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Stan0, Owner at Mermaid's Secret - Riverside Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Nicole, thanks for posting your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay here despite us suffering from the flue! It was nice to hear you didn't also suffer from it after you headed home. We all better now :-) Cheers Tim

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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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Address: Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie, Dominica
Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint David Parish > Rosalie
Price Range: $21 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Cabins have ensuite bathrooms, yurts don't.”
elaric, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can choose between cottage or jurta or put up your own tent on the grass.”
annarO7359KE, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If you have to go out at night better take bungalow than yort (only 3 m, but it can rain..),”
renee666, 17 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The yurt is one of the most romantic places we've ever styed in.”
katlgoingplaces, 10 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The cabins and yurts are all great. If you're looking for a unique experience try one of the yurts.”
letab2015, 18 Mar 2016 | Read review
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