Our second trip to Little Dix Bay was just as beautiful as the first.
First, the photos on the Rosewood site and on Trip Advisor do not capture the beauty of this place. With that said, let's get to the details.
The trip there is part of the fun. From New York, it takes most of day between airline transfers and a peaceful boat ride to the resort. Don't try saving money by taking the public ferry, since it will only be inconvenient and unpleasant. And, if you can afford to stay at Little Dix, you can afford to pay the Little Dix Bay private ferry trip. Once on the resort's ferry, a member of the staff provides the on-board check-in and orientation to the facilities. The best part of the trip is the bottomless glass of fruit punch spiked with rum.
This resort is NOT a Viceroy property, nor a Riu hotel. Little Dix Bay was built some time ago, and has been renovated numerous ways. Can you imagine old school modern luxury?
The rooms are nice. Not overly luxurious, but nice. The bathrooms are renovated and beautiful. Similarly, the dining areas and bar are also renovated. Nice, but not over-the-top. Slightly casual British colony understated luxury.
Food is expensive. But what do you expect at a resort? A burger is $20, and drinks are about $12. And, dinner for two at the Sugar Mill, the formal dining restaurant, is easily over $200 for two guests including an inexpensive bottle of wine. We purchased lots of alcohol at the airport prior to going to the resort in an attempt to save money on the bar bill. We drank none of it. We discovered that while on vacation, the last thing we want to do is mix our own drinks.
Food and Drinks: The food is good. The restaurants serve casual food (burgers, salads, quesadillas) and fine food (steaks and seafood with an Asian and island touch). The drinks, while expensive, are well made and have lots of alcohol. But, this resort is not for the party-crowd. That's our only complaint. We want a secluded and tranquil resort during the day, and a wild drunken orgy at nigh. Little Dix is tranquil during the day. But unfortunately, not very exciting at night. We were usually the only couple at the bar after 10pm. That was OK since we were drinking tequila shots and potent rum drinks.
Why You Should Go: The beaches and water are beautiful. Quiet. Tourist free. Private. Secluded. Luxurious. Catered (meaning, there is beach-side food and drink service). But the best part of the trip is "the beach drop." Little Dix has several boats that take you to isolated beaches throughout the island for a morning or afternoon of fun. Umbrellas, food and drinks can be provided. But there is a secret. In fact, it's almost a concerted attempt by the hotel staff to keep you from the best beaches in the area. Don't listen to the hotel staff concerning the beaches of George Dog and Great Dog islands. Those two beaches, on each island respectively, are essentially private. Those small islands, right off Virgin Gorda are a 15 minute boat ride via the Little Dix beach drop boat to paradise. Nobody goes to them. So, for the mere price of a room at Little Dix, you will spend time on an island all to yourself. Think of the possibilities that can come true for you and your spouse? Seriously. Only if you can afford a boat charter, or can rent out Necker Island, can such a unique experience be had. Bring plenty of alcohol, food, an umbrella, and towels, and enjoy what only the truly rich and famous can experience.
- 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