design et al are delighted to announce that Secret Bay have been shortlisted for the Hotel Suite – Americas and Caribbean in The International Hotel and Property Awards 2016.
An eco-luxury development shaped by our responsibility to our environment and the desire to offer design in harmony with nature.
Inspired by the island’s stunning natural beauty, the developers sought to create the island’s first “eco-luxury” resort. Secret Bay was to be the “un-hotel”, providing each guest a private and extraordinary ‘home-away-from-home experience’, accompanied by discrete and highly personalised service.
Spread out over four acres of undulating land on rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the brief given to renowned Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas was to create four individual villas set into an enhanced natural landscape, offering individual privacy to each one. These were conceived as luxury tree-houses to complement and enhance the surrounding pristine natural environment and to allow couples to enjoy the benefits of this unique environment while reconnecting to each other and to nature.
Materials for the interiors are highly crafted greenheart floors, walls and soffits, with custom-designed built in furniture in local red cedar, and very high specification kitchens, bathrooms integrated into the overall design employing materials such as polished stone, stainless steel and glass. The brief required that these spaces be highly functional, satisfying the whim of each guest, as well as warm and inviting.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the project is that when you pass Secret Bay by sea, the landscape looks virtually unchanged, as if nothing was built there.