Complete disclosure: Our first trip to Little Dix was 29 years ago for honeymoon. I married young. The property 29 years ago was owned by Laurence Rockefeller (hence "Rock Resorts") and was completely magical. We went back a second time, pre Rosewood, after CSX, the railroad, had purchased it and had a sour experience. Now, 29 years after the honeymoon we went back for a third time and I am very happy to relate that it was a wonderful experience.
Go here if you like spending time either alone, or with your significant other. Do not go here if you want strobe lights, night club scene, shopping, or jet skis, because none of that is here. LDB is designed to give you quiet serenity in a stunning setting. The beach is velvet white sand, the staff are exceptionally welcoming and charming, and your ability to recreate the Corona beer advert with you, your SO, and azure waters lapping at your toes in solitude is unrivaled.
We witnessed a most unhappy couple at LDB last week: "But there isn't a nightclub! There was nothing on the beach! No jet skis! How are you going to make it up to me?," as the speaker curled her French manicured nails into a finger of accusation at her betrothed...
What is perfection to us is lost on some. If you are type A, fingers drumming the table for distraction, this is not for you. If you need quiet, a great spa, good food, a very welcoming staff, and the natural setting of the Caribbean, LDB is great. Our room was very well appointed, with a marble tiled walk in shower, large new bathroom, and terrace overlooking the Bay. Bed was great, fresh flowers in our room every day. Pool was excellent. Staff was overwhelmingly nice and welcoming.
"Beach drops" are the wonder of LDB. We ordered a fresh lobster salad each day for picnic lunch, bottle of cold Sauv Blanc, and LDB will drop you on your own beach with a beach umbrella, towels, picnic, and a scheduled pick up time. The beach becomes yours. Some beaches for "beach drops" are more populated, but if you want solitude with your SO on the beach, they can meet your request. Where else but your own private island? We loved it.
Fitness center is new and well equipped. Multiple new tennis courts, pavilion. Gardens and flowers are beautiful. The food was very good. Lobster night (Saturday) was over the top. Sugar Mill was wonderful, sitting feet from the water and incredibly romantic.The pastry chef/baked good were too good. Honestly the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had. Ever. Very creative bread making.
There are vestiges of old Caribbean and English heritage. Laurence Rockefeller built this property. The Queen's portrait from her visit hangs in the open air lobby. Tea is served at 4.30 daily. Pims Cup is stocked at the bar. LDB encourages slightly better dress than athletic shorts and tank tops at dinner (am I dating myself here?). There are English roots, a sense of gentility and politeness, quality, and pace.
Will service here be the Four Seasons in NY? Cracking starched napkins with officious wait staff? No, but you aren't in NY and don't want to be or you wouldn't be at LDB. We found staff to be very welcoming and helpful. Perfect service? No, but we were in the Caribbean tracking sand into our room, not hushed settings in Manhattan. We have travel experience across multiple islands (St Maarten, Grenada, Trinidad, Tobago, St Lucia, Bermuda, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, St John to name a couple)? LDB is better. Know what you are looking for and you may well find it at Little Dix.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rosewood Little Dix Bay is currently closed for a comprehensive renovation and is scheduled to re-open in late 2017. The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay is currently closed for a comprehensive, multi-million dollar restoration, which will be the most substantial beautification project since the resort was founded by Laurance S. Rockefeller over 50 years ago. The restoration will include the complete redesign of the resort’s guestrooms and suites, its three restaurants and overall enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping. New York City-based Meyer Davis Studio will lead the restoration, working alongside Miami-based architectural firm OBMI. Together these agencies will honor Laurance S. Rockefeller’s unique vision of a luxurious hideaway set amidst the pristine backdrop of Virgin Gorda. The renewal will bring about a new level of sophistication in keeping with the natural setting, whilst introducing brand new signature suites for the ultimate in relaxation and style. A rebuilt Beach Grill will offer a one-of-a-kind beach dining experience, while the iconic Pavilion and Sugar Mill buildings will remain intact but will feature extended indoor/outdoor dining areas. Guests will also enjoy an elevated arrival experience and the resort’s vibrant tropical gardens will be enhanced with new lighting, signage and improved access to Little Dix Bay beach. The renovation will also bring the addition of new restaurant concepts for The Pavilion, Beach Grill and Sugar Mill; new world-class amenities; elevated service standards and an increased focus on sustainability. Upon reopening towards the end of 2017, Rosewood Little Dix Bay will reaffirm its legacy as the Caribbean’s leading luxury resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosewood Little Dix Bay Hotel Virgin Gorda
- Little Dix Bay Resort
- Little Dix Bay Virgin Islands
- Little Dix Bay Hotel Virgin Islands
- Rosewood Little Dix Bay Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands