There are few destinations in the British Virgin Islands that can match Virgin Gorda, the luscious castaway home of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, for mesmerising beauty and fascinating history. The island was first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and the golden sands, idyllic coves and clear blue waters remain largely untouched to this day.
In 1958 Laurance Rockerfeller, a renowned conservationist, began purchasing land with the dream of establishing a resort that worked in perfect harmony with nature and he chose Virgin Gorda as the site of his endeavour. Tucked unobtrusively into the surrounding landscape just steps from pristine white sands, from the moment it opened in 1964 the resort forged a new standard for luxury island retreats. Following its much-celebrated golden anniversary, the legendary property closed to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation. While facilities have been modernised and the design enhanced, all of the hallmarks of Rockefeller’s original environmentally conscious vision remain. Indigenous materials have been used to craft the resort’s architecture, and interiors are designed to reflect the spirit of the mid-century modernist design movement that was in vogue when the resort first opened. Direct access to the spectacular ocean provides ample opportunity for non-motorised watersports and the stunning location gives guests the chance to take incredible nature hikes.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay - Pool
Sense, A Rosewood Spa, is set directly into the cliff face and overlooks the glistening Sir Francis Drake Channel and the resort below. Eight treatment rooms are set high on the cliff's edge and the intoxicating beauty of the surrounding environment captures the sheer essence of relaxation and renewal. The spa features a stunning two-tier infinity pool, outdoor relaxation areas and a hilltop yoga platform offering 25-mile panoramic views of the sea. Many of the spa’s Caribbean-inspired treatments fuse the indigenous natural resources found around the resort with state-of-the-art therapeutic practices and progressive health and wellness concepts.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay - Spa
Delightful culinary experiences are equally as indulgent as the rejuvenating spa treatments. Centuries of maritime trade have had a great influence on the culinary heritage of the British Virgin Islands and the dining options at Little Dix Bay draw upon this rich history of flavour and utilise the freshest local provisions from land and sea to create innovative and surprising dishes as well as traditional favourites. Three new restaurants ensure the perfect taste can be found for very occasion. Sugar Mill offers delicious Caribbean cuisine in an authentic beachfront setting, while Pavilion provides guests with incredible sea views from every table and delivers a choice of traditional, lounge or terrace seating. Completing the set is open-air Reef House, offering a chic atmosphere for relaxed farm to table dining in tune with the laid-back rhythms of the island. Here guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and watch yachts and other small craft bob back and forth from the resort’s private dock.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay - Pavilion
Rooms and suites at Little Dix Bay are nestled delicately among the manicured gardens and shaded footpaths that line the pristine coastline. Remaining true to the heritage and tradition of the island, accommodation is designed with a chic blend of Caribbean tradition and mid-century modern design. All accommodation enjoys incredible ocean views and a dedicated butler service. From an elevated position near the beach, the Tree House Suites pays tribute to the original stilt houses erected by Laurance Rockefeller at Little Dix Bay in 1964. Floating amongst the palm trees, both the bedroom and living room open to a wraparound terrace offering panoramic views of the beach and there is a shaded garden patio directly beneath the accommodation. Alongside this, privacy and luxury converge in the stunning One-Bedroom Pool Suites. Located on the west end of the resort, these sun-filled suites offers a separate living room and a private patio with a glistening plunge pool overlooking the bay.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay - One Bedroom Pool Suite
As the resort is designed with families travelling with children in mind, it’s not just adults who benefit from luxurious amenities. Extra services specifically for family stays include baby skincare products, full-size cribs and linens, en suite wireless baby monitors, in-room baby-proofing service and child-sized bath robes and slippers – all coupled with the resort’s Rosewood Explorers programme which offers a range of fun-filled activities for younger guests. Led by experienced and caring counsellors, kids can participate in nature walks, shell collecting, treasure hunts, sand castle contests and other activities that bring them in direct contact with the beautiful tropical environs while their parents rest easy and soak up the luxury.