My husband and I just returned from a fantastic 11 day stay at Little Dix Bay Resort. We spent alot of time carefully researching our options, before choosing Little Dix, and we were not disappointed. We’ve been on various tropical vacations in the past and stayed at resorts in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Mexican Riviera. We’ve also done a Hawaiian Island cruise. Nothing in our previous travels compared to our experience at this resort.
The resort itself is smaller and more intimate than any we’d previously stayed at and one of the first things we noticed, and enjoyed immensely throughout our stay, is the quiet. There is no music playing at the beach or the pools, and no televisions in the rooms (which we loved!). It is completely serene. You hear the sound of the ocean, the birds, and the wind. Even the guests tend to be on the quiet side, which was a lovely change from our experience at other resorts. The buildings themselves are built with natural, local stone and wood and blend nicely into the property.
The resort grounds are absolutely beautiful, resplendent with foliage. There are little lizards that hide in the undergrowth – you can often hear them scurrying when you walk by. There are also various birds: pelicans hunting in the bay, beautiful iridescent hummingbirds that frequent the flowering bushes throughout the day, and many other birds I couldn’t identify. A few times we saw larger lizards (skinks?) and even a few snakes. Depending on what room you are in, it can be a longer walk to get to places like the restaurants or the spa. There are golf carts that will transport you to anywhere on the resort. You can either call to have one pick you up or hop on one that is driving by. My husband and I walked most of the time, as it is a lovely stroll to anywhere and we preferred getting the exercise and enjoying the grounds. It was during our walks that we would spot the wildlife that we so enjoyed.
There are several tennis courts (which we did not make use of) and a well-equipped gym (which we did make use of). There is also a main pool that always seemed deserted, and a beautiful infinity pool at the spa. There are 3 restaurants. Only one was open at any given time during the time that we were there due probably to the fact there was very low occupancy in the off-season.
Because we were on this trip to celebrate my husband’s birthday, we received an upgrade to an ocean cottage where our room was on the 2nd level. It was a gorgeous room decorated with stone and wood and marble. Very simple and understated – it was lovely! There was a Bose CD player in the room with a complimentary CD from the Spa, which we listened to over and over, it was so relaxing. The deck had a table with a couple of chairs and a double-lounger that we would relax in with drinks in hand before heading out to dinner. The bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve slept in, with the most fluffy, luxurious pillows that ensured I always got a great night’s sleep. There is bottled water provided in the room’s mini-fridge, plus some initial complimentary pop. We picked up additional beverages at the grocery store in Spanish Town and kept these in the fridge during our stay.
Housekeeping service was excellent, with a cleaning early in the day and a turndown service every evening. Plus ice is delivered to the room several times in the day. The rooms are not locked, so you don’t have to carry a key. There is a safe for valuables, and when you’re in the room there is a deadbolt option for your comfort.
The beach was lovely, with lots of extra comfortable loungers and ample shade options. We never saw the towel game being played. Even on those days we got to the beach much later due to morning activities, we never had any problem finding a lounger and shade. The snorkelling off the beach is the best I have seen right off the beach of any resort I’ve stayed at. When facing the water, head to the very far right of the beach and start snorkelling in the shallows by the rocks. Then head out to the reef towards the breakwater and just follow it to the left. You will see lots of different fish. The turtles tend to hang out where the sea-grass is closer to either side of the dock. We saw several turtles as well as some big barracuda in the grassy area.
Do take advantage of the complimentary beach drops – these are a fantastic way to experience other areas of the BVI. We did a beach drop to Mountain Trunk Bay where there is a great reef (when facing the water from the beach, swim left past the rocks). We saw a myriad of fish, plus a small black-tipped reef shark here. We also did a beach drop to Spring Bay, where there are huge boulders dotting the water. The snorkelling here was great too (we went to the right past the big boulders). We were provided with an umbrella for shade, plus ordered a picnic lunch from the resort to take with us that was packed with so much food we couldn’t even finish it all.
As other reviews have commented, the food at the resort is pricey and an automatic 18% gratuity is added onto your bill. However, I must say that the food we had on the resort was very good. We especially enjoyed the lunches at the Beach Grill with the pizzas and salads and burgers. Also, since we normally are very good tippers, we didn’t mind the 18% tip; the food service was excellent every time and the tips well-deserved.
Breakfast was included in our package and was a great spread with the option to go to the extensive buffet plus order off an a-la-carte menu. We had many dinners at the resort, and these also were excellent.
We ate dinner off the resort at the Rock Cafe and the Mine Shaft, and enjoyed both very much. The Mine Shaft has an extensive menu, a fantastic view with great sunsets, and some very unique wildlife – you’ll have to go to see what I mean.
We did a couples massage at the spa one day. The spa location is gorgeous, overlooking the ocean high atop a cliff. The change rooms were lovely and well appointed and the massages were lovely. We made sure to go to the spa well before our scheduled service so we could spend time in the infinity pool and relaxing in the spa area.
One day we hiked from the resort to Savannah Bay. It is about 45 minutes each way, and you must have sturdy walking shoes as the trail is pretty rough at times. There are some great view points along the trail, so bring your camera. We also hiked from the resort up Cow Hill Trail one day. This was a quick hike – about 20 minutes – but straight up! You will be rewarded with a vantage point of the entire southern tip of the island from the top.
We also took a taxi to the Baths one day. This is a must-do! It is a national park, so there is a 3$ entry fee per person. The giant boulders are quite awesome, and there is a trail of sorts you can “hike” through to get to Devil’s bay. Because you’ll be wading through pools, just wear a bathing suit but bring water shoes as some of the rocks can be slippery and some of the sand has shell in it. I got a small cut on my foot from going it barefoot. After we hiked through the Baths, we snorkelled. It was good snorkelling, although there weren’t as many fish as we’d seen in our other snorkelling adventures. This may be because alot of catamarans and sailboats moor just offshore from the baths, and lots of people trek through. I suggest going fairly early in the day, as it got quite busy by about noon. There are a few shops and a restaurant with a great view at the trailhead to the Baths. We had a nice lunch at the restaurant, and enjoyed fantastic views from their outdoor deck.
Our most special excursion was on my husband’s birthday. As a surprise, I had chartered a sailboat for the day through Little Dix Bay. We had a fantastic day sailing with Captain Bob on the Bravura, a great snorkelling stop at Cooper’s Island, and a delicious on-board lunch, and of course the beautiful scenery of sailing through the BVI. Would highly recommend doing this for a special and unique experience, sailing through the beautiful islands. Bob and his boat were a real treat.
I cannot say enough about the service and the staff at this resort. Every single person we met who worked there was friendly and welcoming. We’ve never stayed anywhere where we felt so genuinely welcomed and appreciated. From housekeeping to the restaurant staff to security, everyone was fantastic and made our stay that much more special.
We had a great trip and will definitely go back. Yes, it was more expensive than other tropical resorts we have stayed at, but it was worth every penny for such a relaxing, serene, friendly, welcoming, beautiful environment. If you are looking for a place to party, drink excessively and have a lively nightlife, this is not the spot for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing and special place, save your money and come here. It is worth it.
- 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