A cherished Caribbean escape
100 rooms, suites and villas
Editor's Note: Rosewood Little Dix Bay is closed for renovations. The hotel will reopen in winter 2017.
Laurance S. Rockefeller was the visionary behind Little Dix Bay. In the late 1950s, the conservationist began buying land on the island with the dream to build a resort that was in “harmony with nature,” meaning the resort’s accommodations would blend unobtrusively into the surrounding landscape. In 1964, that dream became a reality when Little Dix Bay, located on a half-mile crescent beach, opened its doors to the public.
Since that momentous occasion, the 500-acre Little Dix Bay has remained a formidable player in the luxury Caribbean vacation sector, catering mostly to leisure travelers, which include families and couples, who more often than not come back to the property year after year.
In December 1993, Little Dix Bay became part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and in 2006, the resort completed a five-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. Improvements included a new cliffside spa; a 2,500-square-foot children's center; and the additions of 16 Rosewood Junior Suites, two Beach Houses and five Villas.
In 2014, Rosewood Little Dix Bay celebrated its golden anniversary, marking a 50-year milestone. Tied in with this anniversary is another multiyear renovation (the first phase of the enhancements were completed in January 2014) that includes more room upgrades, refinished public areas and new Tree House Suites that pay homage to the original stilted cottages featured when the resort first opened.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay has 100 rooms, suites and villas, including its newest Tree House Suites that feature wraparound terraces with sundecks, outdoor showers and shaded garden patios with hammocks.
Most accommodations at Little Dix Bay are shaded by native sea grape and palm trees, which help with privacy. Guest rooms have outdoor patios, floor-to-ceiling windows, Bose CD players, Rivolta Carmignani Italian linens, bathtubs and showers (some rooms have outdoor garden showers), and his and her vanities. TV/DVD players are available upon request with access to a complimentary DVD library.
The 5,200-square-foot Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Little Dix Bay has nine separate treatment cottages, all of which have balconies that, when opened, offer stunning 25-mile views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Popular services include cool aquastones and aloe therapy; Little Dix signature body scrub; salt island scrub; natural neem leaf facial; and a Virgin Gorda goat milk and honey wrap. The spa also hosts daily yoga and meditation classes.
Executive chef Torsten Rumprecht oversees all of the resort’s food and beverage operations, including Little Dix Bay’s three restaurants: Sugar Mill, Pavilion and Beach Grill. Chef Rumprecht’s menus focus on Caribbean flavors and local delicacies such as grilled potfish, johnnycakes with mild scotch bonnet-Creole sauce, and Virgin Gorda bread and butter pudding with rum sauce. Daily afternoon tea is served at the Pavilion Bar, with English scones, fruit brochettes and johnnycakes. For a cocktail, try the Painkiller made with rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice and nutmeg.
Amenities that set Little Dix Bay apart from other resorts in the area include beach drops where guests are transported via Boston Whaler to one of seven remote beaches around Virgin Gorda for the day. The resort also has two synthetic Omni Cushion tennis courts, two Australian Open Plexicushion Pro courts and three Australian Grass Club Pro courts, two of which are lit should you want to take to the tennis courts at night. There is a weekly round-robin tournament with local players, and every Wednesday, a complimentary drop-in beginner's clinic is offered. Custom-tailored skill development clinics are available, as well as junior clinics catering to younger players from age six and up.