Dominican hotelier, Gregor Nassief, named Caribbean journal’s ‘Caribbean hotelier of the year

Gregor Nassief, Chairman and CEO of GEMS Holdings Limited, a portfolio of owned and managed properties in Dominica, and proprietor of Secret Bay, The Nature Island’s award-winning, all-villa rainforest resort renowned for its six-star experience, was named Caribbean Journal’s ‘Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.’ The accolade is one of Caribbean Journal’s “Caribbean Travel Awards 2021.”

The publication said in part, “And when you come to Dominica’s Secret Bay, you know you are at the home of an artist. Owner Gregor Nassief has taken a family passion project and turned it into a leading light for Dominica’s hospitality sector, a now world-renowned hotel and, most impressively, a growing footprint thanks to a residential-resort expansion. A native of Dominica, Nassief’s work represents the best of Caribbean hospitality — and a model for what a small hotel can be.”

Last month Secret Bay unveiled four new Hillside Ti-Fèy Villas, bringing the total accommodation count to 10. Designed to complement, not compromise the land, they are the newest phase of Nassief’s vision to expand across the 33 newly-assembled acres at Secret Bay to create The Residences at Secret Bay, a first-of-its-kind Caribbean real estate opportunity within the award-winning resort.

Tucked away on the unspoilt “Nature Island” — one of the Caribbean’s most sparsely populated, environmentally conscious and culturally rich countries — Secret Bay has been praised for its ability to effortlessly capture the luxury of time and space along with its artful fusion of high design, local craftsmanship, commitment to sustainable development through numerous green and eco-friendly initiatives and a reputation for authentic guest experiences custom-curated to personal preference. Part of Secret Bay’s elevated experience is delivered in the form of its culinary offerings at the innovative Zing Zing restaurant, which has a “no-menu” concept and is part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging the traditional fine dining restaurant rules, and focuses on a hyper-local and intimate experience that simply can’t be replicated. Similarly, the Gommier Spa, a three-walled, open-air retreat designed especially for couples, focuses on local and sustainably sourced products for treatments. Other amenities include dedicated villa hosts, on-call concierge, chefs and guides, and two secluded and swimmable beaches.

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