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Secret Bay and Fort Young awarded Five-Star Award

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View of the Caribbean Sea overlooking Secret Bay’s New Gommier Spa

Secret Bay, Dominica’s award-winning, ultra-luxury, all-villa resort, and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, the ‘Nature Island’s’ landmark waterfront hotel and dive resort located in the vibrant capital city of Roseau, have won The Five-Star Award in multiple categories for their stunning design and architecture by the 2019 International Property Awards, Americas Division.

Both properties are part of GEMS Holdings Limited, an impact-driven Caribbean-based company dedicated to managing and developing world-class, sustainable luxury properties and businesses in the hospitality and tourism markets.

This announcement comes on the heels of Secret Bay being awarded the Green Globe Certification, one of the highest standards for sustainability worldwide, and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort announcing its 30th anniversary.

In partnership with GEMS, ARGO Development Studio, the architectural and design firm behind both Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resorts’ expansion and newest amenities, was recognized in the following categories:

● Best Hotel Architecture – Fort Young Hotel & Dive
Resort (Redevelopment)

● Best Hotel Interior – Palisades Restaurant, Fort Young
Hotel & Dive Resort

● Best New Hotel Construction and Design – Fort Block, Fort
Young Hotel & Dive Resort

● Best Leisure Architecture – Zing Zing Restaurant and Gommier Spa, Secret Bay

ARGO was responsible for designing Zing Zing Restaurant, Secret Bay’s first-ever seated dining experience overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and the resort’s Gommier Spa, a three-walled treehousestylewellness retreat, perched on the cliffside and enveloped in nature.

The firm also oversaw the design for Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, including the expansion of the hotel’s Fort Block rooms, from 32 to 60 guestrooms, along with a reimagined aesthetic of the hotel and the new Palisades Restaurant, the resort’s signature waterfront, fine dining
eatery.

“We’re very proud of our luxury-meets-sustainable design at both Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, so it’s an honour to have each property recognised by such a prestigious organization,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of GEMS Holdings Limited.

“ARGO did an incredible job executing our collaborative vision and is very much deserving of this accolade from the International Property Awards.”

“ARGO Development Studio was delighted to be awarded Best Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Interior and Best New Hotel Construction and Design in relation to Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and Best Leisure Architecture for Secret Bay from the International Property Awards,” said DavidCampion, ARGO’s managing director.

“We are honoured to have worked with GEMS on the shared vision for Secret Bay and Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort and to have made a contribution to the improvement of the hospitality industry in Dominica with our involvement with these two prestigious establishments.

This celebration is one we share with all who were involved in the success of these projects.”

The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence, judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines.

About Secret Bay

Secret Bay is a limited collection of six freestanding, secluded and sustainably crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop
overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea.

Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities and stunning architectural design, Secret Bay is a unique tropical hideaway.

Since opening eight years ago, Secret Bay has received numerous accolades, including: Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels, Condé Nast Johansens’ Best Green Hotel in the Caribbean & Pacific, Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice” for Top Resorts in The Caribbean, Fodor’s Finest Hotels, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, and TripAdvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice” for Best Small Hotels in the Caribbean for multiple years.

Contact

Secret Bay at +1 767.445.4444 or info@secretbay.dm. For more
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About Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

Located on the water in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the country’s only downtown hotel, affording guests unmatched proximity to the “Nature Island’s” vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, exhilarating activities and some of the island’s most prized attractions, like Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, and world-renowned diving.

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort offers a luxurious sense of seclusion, fine dining and meeting facilities.

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort can be reached at 767-448-5000 or info@fortyounghotel.com.

About ARGO Development Studio

ARGO Development Studio is an international award-winning architectural practice specialising in a design and construction process called Building Information Modelling (BIM).

This process allows ARGO to design, cost and construct intelligent buildings in
a 3D virtual environment.

ARGO has offices in Dublin, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with project offices in St. Maarten and Tortola.

ARGO’s core team consists of architects, architectural technologists, graphic designers, interior designers, project managers and construction engineers, and offers a full range of design development services.





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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general elections

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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general electionsThe Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) present in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the General Elections of December 6 congratulates the people of Dominica on their peaceful and enthusiastic participation in yesterday’s electoral process.

Led by the former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, the Mission comprised 20 experts and observers from 14 countries, who deployed throughout the 21 constituencies of Dominica to observe the poll. The Mission conducted a substantive analysis of key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, the voters’ list, electoral justice, campaign financing and the political participation of women.

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PRESS RELEASE: Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’

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PRESS RELEASE: Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’An independent Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed in Dominica, has delivered its interim statement on the 2019 Dominica General Elections, stating the election results ‘reflect the collective will of the people who voted.’ Despite tensions leading up to Election Day, voters turned out…

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OECS statement on the re-election of the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

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OECS statement on the re-election of the government of the Commonwealth of DominicaThe Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission congratulates Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on a successful election victory and return to Government. Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules, commended the people of the…

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