Retreat to Pagua Bay House: Dominica’s Tranquil & Chic Boutique Hotel!

Retreat to Pagua Bay House: Dominica’s Tranquil & Chic Boutique Hotel!
18 Oct 2019

Disclosure: My stay at Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas was covered by Discover Dominica Authority. All opinions are my own.

Over the years, I have been to several large all-inclusive resorts in various countries. When there, I always try to wander off the beaten path to discover restaurants so that I can eat the food that locals eat at. That is the way to truly experience the destination.

But large all-inclusive is not always the way to go. Sometimes, you want privacy and serenity, and to be treated like family – especially if you are looking to reconnect with your spouse. As well, having the local food served at the resort is a big plus. That is the Pagua Bay House in Pagua Bay Dominica.

Pagua Bay House

On my first couple of nights in Dominica, I had the pleasure of staying in one of the cabanas at Pagua Bay House in Pagua Bay.

Pagua Bay House is a boutique hotel with 6 cabana rooms, situated on Dominica’s Atlantic coast overlooking beautiful Pagua Bay. It’s modern and contemporary, yet fits in with the island’s natural beauty.

This oceanfront retreat incorporates a blend of contemporary Caribbean flare with the rich heritage of Dominica.

Sunrise Over Pagua Bay

Pagua Bay House is a great place to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. As Pagua Bay House is located on the east side of the island, the views over the water is quite stunning, and watching the sunrise from the pool deck is amazing.

Pagua Bay House Rick and Alicia Owners

Alicia and Rick, Owners

Pagua Bay House owners Alicia and Rick moved to Dominica in 2005 and opened up a restaurant in 2009. They then opened up the original Pagua Bay House location, which is just up the road, in 2010. Knowing they wanted something a little more modern, they started work on the current Pagua Bay House. Once finished, they sold the old location to a couple from Atlanta, but still manage the property.

Checking In

Arrival at Pagua Bay House is simple. Arrive, walk up to Pagua Bay Bar & Grill, which doubles as the main desk, and check-in. Someone will escort you to your cabana. All 6 cabanas are just a short walk from the main building.

Pagua Bay House cabanas

The Cabanas

The spacious cabanas incorporate the long standing history of banana production in Dominica. They are designed to resemble banana processing sheds, with a vaulted high wooden ceiling inside, and galvanized aluminum on the outside. But the “shed” reference ends there. These modern rooms have luxury linens, beautiful bedding, a grand bathroom with a massive walk-in shower, and all the amenities you will need for your stay.

The rooms are positioned in such a way that you can avoid using air conditioning by enjoying the ocean breeze, but the A/C is there as an option if needed. The sound of the waves crashing against the rocks is beautiful white noise while relaxing in your room.

Room amenities

• Ceiling Fans
• King Beds with custom made mattress & allergen-free feather beds
• Hypo-allergenic/Allergy-free Pillows
• Exclusive Frette high-thread count luxury linens & bedding
• Imported furnishings by Room & Board, Hermin Miller, Eames, Wegner, Fritz Hanson & Emeco
• Luxurious Walnut Platform Beds
• Brazilian tiger wood floors
• Safes
• 110v – 120v
• Ocean views

• WiFi
• Coffee maker
• Kettle
• 100% cotton waffle weave robe by Frette
• Hair dryer
• Iron/ironing board
• Yoga Mats
• Beach chairs
• Coordination with Car Rental, Tours & Activities

Service Charge
• Massage / Manicure Services
• Yoga Classes
• Airport / Ferry Transportation
• Laundry Service
• Tour Guide Hire

Pagua Bay House going green

Green Initiative
Working to preserve their environment and natural resources is one of Pagua Bay’s core values. All linens are refrehed before you check in. If you need new linens during your stay, you just need to place this card on your bed, and the linens will be replaced. If you hang up your towels on the towek racks, the room steward will asume you do not need them replaced.

Pagua Bay House Cabana 1 Bedroom

Cabana 1

Cabana 1 and 2 are the closet cabanas to the parking lot, with great view of the beach. The bedroom is warm and inviting.

Pagua Bay House Cabana 2 Bedroom

Cabana 2

This cabana has a brighter feel, and is similar in size to Cabana 1.

Pagua Bay House Cabana 3 Bedroom

Cabana 3

This Cabana is set back into the trees, beside Cabana 4, with a beautiful view of Pagua Bay.

Pagua Bay House cabana 4

Cabana 4

The cabana I stayed in was just around the corner from where we checked in.

Pagua Bay House hammock

There is a large hammock in the garden outside the front door.

Pagua Bay House cabana 4 door

The doors are shut using a slide bolt with a key padlock. It really gives the illusion you are entering a banana plantation shed.

Pagua Bay House bed

Once in the cabana, you see the large king size bed, and the modern amenities.

Pagua Bay House Cabana 4

Two night tables, a desk, lights, a ceiling fan, and A/C.

Pagua Bay House washroom

… a large washroom, closet with a safe, and a large shower.

Pagua Bay House shower and closet

Pagua Bay House Suite 5 Bedroom

Cabana 5

Set up in the hill above the main bar area, Cabana 5 is the star of the resort – it’s room is bright and spacious, with a massive washroom.

Pagua Bay House Suite 5 outdoor terrace

There is a large outdoor terrace, with a seating area that includes several wooden Muskoka-like chairs and outdoor wicker couches, and a small private pool.

Pagua Bay House Suite 6 Bedroom

Cabana 6

Alongside Cabana 5 in the hill above the main bar area is Cabana 6. A big bright room with a spacious washroom.

Pagua Bay House Suite 6 Bathtub

The washroom features a large step up soaker bathtub.

These cabanas are built for singles or couples, but accommodating a family could easily be done by renting a couple of cabanas. All 6 cabanas are paired up, so it would be easy to rent adjoining cabanas.

Pagua Bay House storm doors

Storm Preparation

After the last hurricane, Alicia and Rick made certain they are well prepared for future storms. The entire resort can be storm proof in under an hour. The new doors for Pagua Bay Bar & Grill are built in Miami and are hurricane proof.

A diesel generator was added, with plans to go solar in the next year or two. Once completed, Pagua Bay House will not rely on Dominica’s power grid at all, and the diesel generator will provide sufficient backup for the solar power.

Pagua Bay House subdivision expansion

Future Caribbean Cottage Subdivision

Rick and Alisha are opening a 19 house subdivision of Caribbean cottages, which they plan on selling. There will be a path from the subdivision to the resort so people can come for meals at the restaurant and use amenities like the swimming pool and lawn games. When looking at the resort, the subdivision will be to the left (south).


Pagua Bay House is located at:
Pagua Bay, Marigot, Dominica
Phone: 1-767-612-6068

Pagua Bay House group in front of archway

Book your stay at Pagua Bay House in Dominica

If you are looking for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle, look no further than Pagua Bay House. The modern simplicity and privacy of this resort will have you wanting to visit again and again.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, travel writer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, food, and lifestyle.

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