Invest Dominica Authority today announced that on November 6th Dominica’s Secret Bay was declared a top 10 finalist in the Best Smith Hotel Category, at boutique hotel specialist, Mr & Mrs Smith’s second annual Smith Hotel Awards event, held at Bankside Vaults in London, UK. Noteworthy for Secret Bay and for Dominica was that Secret Bay was the only Caribbean Hotel to make the top 10 list. Others on the list included winner Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa Bahia in Brazil and runners up Qualia in Australia and Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali. In 2013, Secret Bay came 3rd in the coveted Sexiest Bedroom in the World award for its stunning Zabuco Honeymoon Villas.
Commenting on the award, Secret Bay’s founder and Director Gregor Nassief said “It is wonderful to receive this recognition and it really is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the management and staff of Secret Bay in constantly going above and beyond to serve our guests, so I really thank them. And of course, our guests and all others who voted for us, THANK YOU! Each award raises the bar on expectations, so we know it only means we have to keep focussed on being better and better at what we do and at taking Secret Bay to higher and higher levels of service.”
Invest Dominica Authority congratulates the Secret Bay team on yet another major achievement. This adds to several other accolades already received during the last three years. The Authority is extremely proud of the work that Secret Bay has done and the ongoing efforts to ensure the highest level of service to its clients when they visit Dominica. The award signals that hotel investors in Dominica can offer services on par with other boutique hotels around the world and this in itself provides even more visibility to the destination.
More than 20,000 members of the hotel-loving public voted for their favourite stays throughout September, after which shortlists were put to a panel of three specialist judges in each category.
Intended to celebrate the most remarkable boutique hotels across the world, the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 pitted more than 950 hotels in the Smith collection head to head in 12 specially selected categories, including Hottest Hotel Bar, Best Hotel Pool, Best Hotel Restaurant and, of course, the coveted title of Best Smith Hotel 2014.
‘When we started Smith in 2003, we set out to find the very best boutique hotels in the UK. Over the last 11 years, we’ve taken that mission all over the world, so the list of 2014 award-winners really does represent the best of the best on the global hotel scene. Choosing from such incredible hotels is a tough job, of course, which is why we asked the public to help, and thanks to them and our panel of specialist judges, we think we’ve arrived at the ultimate hot list.‘– James Lohan, Co-founder, Mr & Mrs Smith
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