Sustainability as Important as Luxury Secret Bay was also created to be as sustainable as possible and is one of Caribbean’s only eco-luxury properties. The villas and bungalows are made from sustainably sourced Guyanese hardwood and the lush gardens are home to native fruit trees, colourful flowering plants, wild herbs and an abundance of bird life. “We consider the location and site [of Secret Bay] very special and we wanted to keep it exactly as we found it, so for example, we didn’t cut any trees down,” explained Nassief. As well as offering a completely natural environment, Secret Bay hasn’t forgotten any tech comforts that guests paying 5-star prices take for granted. Each villa is equipped with iPod docking stations, Apple TV with Netflix, Kindles and the kitchens boast hi-spec Siemens appliances. Nassief is no ordinary entrepreneur and has a strong sense of responsibility to Dominica. “It’s very critical to Dominica’s economic expansion to grow the tourism sector. One of the very special aspects of the island is that it’s extremely green, it’s a very sustainable country and from a tourism experience it provides a very unique experience versus the rest of the region,” he said. Secret Bay has been open since 2011 but was badly damaged in Hurricane Maria in 2017. It reopened in November 2018 with a new bar and restaurant and is now offering the Residences at Secret Bay, which will allow investors to own their own luxury villa inside the secluded and gated community of Secret Bay. The first stage of Secret Bay was built with finance which Nassief raised from private investors, but the second stage will be funded by Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment programme. “With the introduction of the CBI option in the real estate programme in 2014, we thought that would be an excellent opportunity to also grow and fund the expansion. So, at this stage, CBI is a key part of Secret Bay’s expansion plans,” said Nassief.]]>
Edward has been a news reporter in Moscow and has written features for the Sunday Times and the Moscow Times.
Some of the places he has worked at include RT (Russia Today) and BBC World.As well as Russia and the former CIS, Edward specialises on the environment and has directed a half hour film on the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.
At Belong, Edward has developed a strong environmental slant for the magazine, including a series of features focussing on environmental problems. The environment affects all of us and Belong is a magazine with an international outlook, with stories from all around the world.
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