Rosewood Little Dix Bay, BVI, re-opens

Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda BVI re-opened on Monday, 6 January 2020, after a four-year renovation.

Originally founded by conservationist Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, the 500-acre resort has been completely revived – its pristine private beachfront and breathtaking flora and fauna provide an unparalleled island escape with expertly appointed accommodations, inspired amenities, dynamic dining outlets and bespoke services and programming.

New York-based design team Meyer Davis have evoked a relaxed yet refined sense of luxury bolstered by boundless natural beauty. Honouring Rockefeller’s original vision, the footprint and structures of the property remain the same, including the resort’s unmistakable conical shaped roofs that sit atop the heart of the resort Pavilion. Inside, each distinct guest space pays homage to Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s laid-back heritage while simultaneously incorporating a contemporary and residential vibe, with an aim to exude the feeling of a private home and offer a transcendent sense of ease throughout the entire guest journey.

Virgin Gorda, the third largest island of the British Virgin Islands, is a distinguished oasis rich with rolling hills, secluded coves and white sand beaches and commonly considered one of the Caribbean’s most coveted destinations.  Rosewood Little Dix Bay has always held a premier place in the hearts of travelers from around the world. After closing for a refurbishment in 2016, the property was soon shuttered by the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Prior to each stay, guests’ individual butlers collect their personal preferences and other pertinent details regarding their visits to tailor experiences from beginning to end. Guests’ butlers guide them through a seamless, in-room check in and remain available throughout the duration of their getaway to provide several additional services designed to further enhance the guest experience, including assistance with unpacking and repacking and arranging dining reservations and daily activities. Beyond the dedicated resort butlers, a signature “soap butler” also greets visitors towards the beginning of their journey, offering a selection of local artisanal soaps from EC Soap Co. to enjoy throughout their stay.

Those arriving to the destination by airplane in Tortola are then whisked away to the resort on one of Rosewood’s brand new, luxury catamarans. The exclusive vessels are rigged with attractive finishes and first-class amenities, including spacious, covered lounge areas that provide relaxed seating spaces with a perfect view of the sea. Onboard, captain and crew guide guests on the seamless, 20-minute sail to Virgin Gorda, complete with signature beverages such as The Painkiller and Pelican Smash and a brief tour of the coastal highlights. The tranquil ride offers the ultimate in luxury travel on the sea and alludes to the well-appointed experience guests will enjoy once on shore at the resort. Upon arrival to the resort’s new private dock, travellers are greeted by their butlers and continue to the personalised check-in experience.

The 80 accommodations include Tree House Suites, inspired by the resort’s original stilt houses, Reminiscent of a private estate, the four-bedroom Villa Joy will quickly establish itself as the optimal accommodation for larger families and groups of friends, with a grand living room and dining room, private pool, outdoor dining pavilion and barbecue area. The property’s original two-bedroom Columbus House and three-bedroom Laurance House offer the same elevated levels of comfort and leisure with large living spaces, a full kitchen, an oversized terrace, a private pool and direct access to the beach.

 the resort’s Sense, A Rosewood Spa has been meticulously designed to incorporate the island’s tranquil ethos and style within each of the eight treatment rooms and throughout the unique menu of inspired offerings. Off each treatment room is a private terrace providing direct ocean views to enjoy during or post-treatment. Restorative treatments and therapies leverage the island’s rich botanical resources, with highlights including Afri-Cure, a signature service that incorporates local Jumbie Tree leaves, Tamarind Tree leaves, lemongrass and harvested Salt Island sea salt. The elevated spa menu also includes experiential treatments that invite guests off property to explore the wonders of the destination, such as The Baths Journey that begins with a tour of and swim in the British Virgin Island’s famed Baths National Park followed by a warm body scrub and mask made with fresh ingredients cultivated from the resort’s gardens. Ideal for guests looking to unwind before or after treatments, the two-tiered Spa Infinity Pool, framed by lush tropical palms, colourful flowers and volcanic rocks, sits directly adjacent to Sense Spa and offers a calming and quiet atmosphere.

For the fitness enthusiast, a selection of indoor and outdoor activities provide ample opportunity to engage both the body and mind. Two hiking trails boasting expansive views of the island encourage exploration amongst guests, complete with a Hiking Butler whom assists with all hiking related activities such as providing necessary gear, guides and tips. The half-mile of crescent beach provides a setting for Island Bathing and allows guests meditate surrounded by nature with the soundtrack of the ocean. An outdoor yoga platform hosts a range of classes set amongst one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Further, a state-of-the-art fitness center is outfitted with the latest boxing and kickboxing equipment, strength and cardio machines and free weights, as well as a juice and smoothie bar, serving nourishing refreshments and light bites.

MD is Andreas Pade.


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