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Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Virgin Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2011

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.

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.

Grounds:
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.

Facilities:
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.

Room:
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.

Resort Beach:
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.

Beach Drops:
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.

Food:
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.

Spa:
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.

Excursions:
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.

Service:
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.

Overall:
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.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We stayed at two resorts in the BVI's for our 8 day honeymoon. 3 nights at Peter Island and 5 nights at LDB. While both places were amazing in their own right. LDB was our favorite. Peter Island, had a more refined/ manicured resort feel, and is an off the charts beautiful property but the people at LBD make it the one we will come back to.

LBD is also beautiful, but a bit more rustically beautiful. You can tell the resort has been there since the 60's but it manages to feel old while still maintaining a fresh appearance.

The people both at the resort and on Virgin Gorda in general made the trip unforgettable. We went off property a few times for dinner and ever person we encountered was genuinely over the top friendly to us. That is not something you often are able to find in resort communities where there is sometimes a sense of resentment to tourists or you might feel like someone is trying to take advantage of you. It seemed like everyone at LDB had worked there at least 10 years, and you can tell that they treat their employees well.

We stayed in room number 6 which was one of the "tree house" rooms. I think rooms 5 and 6 are the only ones that have recently been remodeled to include a very cool outdoor shower. The rooms were very clean and the bathrooms were fresh. The is still an indoor shower you can use if you want to, but we usually used the outdoor one. We were very happy with the food, we did purchase a package which included breakfast. I was glad because the buffet was $30 a day. Lunches and dinners were great, we also walked into Spanish Bay one afternoon to get some snacks and lunch items to keep in the room, so that helped save some money. We usually spent that money on a nice bottle of wine at dinner.

We were there in early October, so we were a bit concerned about running into a hurricane, but the weather was picture perfect every day. I am not sure if it was because we were there in low season, but we definitely were treated like VIP's from everyone on the property. It was crazy to be one of four people who were at the Baths the day we went. If we went during high season I do not think it would be the same.

Room Tip: The tree house rooms are great. Recommend 5 or 6, close the the restaurants and the beach
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Everything from the moment you arrive is absolutely beautiful. The staff couldn't be more helpful and attentive. The beach the snorkeling are right up there with the best places in the Caribbean I've experienced. As much or as little as you want to do on a beach vacation. Complimentary beach drops around the island including The Baths which are a must see!! We went three times. This trip was the first time I've said I want to go back. With all the places to see in the world staying in one place would be too hard, until I stayed at Little Dix. You can't ask for any more out of a vacation. Great food, perfect beaches, island hopping, hiking, and seeing breathe taking sea l

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank Gusser1
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Overall it was a great place. I loved that you could snorkel from the beach and the spa was so pretty. I really enjoyed everything...the food was just okay...but everything else made up for it.

* Be sure to take a hike on on of their trails
* Don't expect turn down service....they sometimes forget and want you to leave your door open to get it.
* Some rooms offer a golf cart to use for your stay...so fun!
* Sea turtles come so close you can snorkel with them!
* Some rooms have private pools and they even offer a DVD & game library.

Overall a really nice place and if you love tennis you will be in your glory!

Room Tip: Get a room with a GOLF CART! SO Fun and SO Private.
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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank BirdieU
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RosewoodLittleDixBay, General Manager at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2011

Dear "BirdieU,"

Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We appreciate your feedback. We always strive to maintain the highest standards of service, but if there is a lapse, such as in your case with regards to the turn-down service, we always appreciate hearing about it. We will be sure to share your comments with our team, and we look forward to minimizing these challenges. We hope you choose to return, we will be glad to make your next experience much better than the last at Rosewood Little Dix Bay!

Warmest Regards,

Duncan Hogarth
Managing Director
Rosewood Little Dix Bay

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Reviewed 6 October 2011

My wife and I visited here for our honeymoon in September 2011. We loved everything about it. The food was excellent, the overall resort experience amazing, and the staff, everyone, went above and beyond to make our experience better than we expected. We even met a few of the locals who owned restaurants in Spanish town, and they were very kind and accommodating. The entire visit was a dream. Since we went in the off season, the rates were good and it felt as if we were the only ones on the resort at times.... We stayed in a cottage - and the room was exquisite, often serviced, and 20 yards off the beach.
If you go - seek out the hidden sunset spot above the spa.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

My husband and I decided to visit the Rosewood Little Dix Bay as a last minute trip during the last week of September 2011. Although it was hurricane season, the weather couldn't be better - hot sunny days and breezy nights. Because the hotel was nearly empty this time of year, we had the place nearly to ourselves. The staff was fabulous, friendly and very attentive, the food was very good in all 3 restaurants, there were more than enough resort activities to keep us occupied during the day, and the bed was very comfortable.

This was a very relaxing beach vacation - we spent our days taking advantage of the beach drops and guided snorkel tours, afternoon tea and scones, and just laying out reading and snorkeling in the lovely bay right outside our room door!

The rooms are pretty spartan and they don't have TVs, but they are clean and spacious and with a gorgeous beach just steps from our patio, we were very happy.

All in all - we loved this place and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank nickoula
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

We visitied Little Dix Bay in July. It was our 40th anniversary, and we had a FABULOUS week. We purchased the Romance Package, and we would do again in a minute. The people were very friendly, and we felt like we were almost the only people at the resort. Everyone wanted to please, and we felt like we were on Fantasy Island!! Don't miss the Sunset Cruise (you won't need dinner), and snorkle trip to Norman Island.
Devil's Bay was our favorite day trip for a beach drop. The packed lunches for beach trips were yummy- lobster salad sandwiches :) Hyacinth? gave us noodles to use for the whole week-they made snorkleing a snap!!! We never do the same place twice, but this is one we would do again!! They sent wine to our room for our anniversary. Thanks to all!!

Room Tip: We spent very little time in our room. It was a water view or something simple. Perfect for us. It...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Lee Road, VG1150, Virgin Gorda
Region: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Virgin Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Virgin Gorda
Price Range: £449 - £1,770 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Rosewood Little Dix Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 95
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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