Best Hotel Architecture – Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort (Redevelopment)
Best Hotel Interior – Palisades Restaurant, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort
Best New Hotel Construction & Design – Fort Block, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort
Best Leisure Architecture – Zing Zing Restaurant and Gommier Spa, Secret Bay
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 treehousestyle
wellness 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 David
Campion, 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.
Secret Bay at +1 767.445.4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit:
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
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.