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Secret Harbour 09/30/2003
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
We were at Secret Harbour in August 2003 for ten days. As we have done on our last four visits(over the past five years), we again stayed at Secret Harbour. If it’s possible, it seems like the resort gets better each time we stay there. I’ve traveled throughout the Caribbean over the past seventeen years, visited more islands than I can remember, and Secret Harbour is my absolute favorite place to stay.

The location is ideal. You are out on the east end of the island, close to Red Hook and yet far enough away from downtown and the cruise ship traffic that some folks complain of Secret Harbour being ‘too quiet’ if that is possible. The snorkeling is among the best on the entire island and being a ‘preserve’ there are lots of creatures in the water to see and you don’t have to worry about a lot of motorized watercraft disturbing the place.

Ernest Halliday, the General Manager, and his staff always manage to make us feel like we are coming home when we arrive. Ernest talks about guests as being part of the Secret Harbour family, and his staff really goes out of their way to make you feel like you are exactly that.

Sandra in reservations managed to get us the specific one-bedroom suite we always request and it had been redecorated again with new wall hangings, living room furnishings and patio furniture. The rooms are spacious and the ones I have seen are not only well maintained, but tastefully decorated. I really enjoy the fully outfitted kitchens and the freedom that allows in stocking up on food and beverages. I like starting out the mornings by sitting on the balcony, drinking coffee and eating some danish while I read a book and look out over the harbor.

The resort seemed more crowded than in summers past, but then again the whole island felt that way this year. Maybe it’s the result of all of us on the travel boards talking about how great a place it is to visit in the summer. Even so, the beach was never very crowded and there were always plenty of available chairs. We also saw several weddings taking place on the beach during our stay this year.

Also, for those of you who are following the battle, the jet skis did not move during the entire time we were there. So far, so good.



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