Little Dix Bay A Rosewood Resort Hotel, Virgin Gorda
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Classy and lovely but not super luxuriousfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A little background about ourselves. We're a couple in the mid 20s. First time to the Caribbean, but moreless well travelled otherwise. We've stayed at luxury resort as well as high end but not quite luxurious hotels. We werent looking for something super romantic but something pretty and resort like, and we would be bored to just laze around on the beach for days on end.
Using our US Airways mileage, we flew Boston - Philly - St. Thomas - Virgin Gorda. St. Thomas - Virgin Gorda flight was on a Cessna, took about 15 minutes, and was arranged with the resort (round trip was $200/person). After we arrived in St. Thomas, we had to wait about 60 minutes for other passengers. The pilot who was supposed to meet us at Gate 11 was missing for the first 30 minutes, but a quick call to Little Dix confirmed that everything was in order. The ride wasnt pleasant. Very hot and bumpy, but only 15 minutes. Upon arrival at tiny Virgin Gorda airport, we cleared immigration and customs. Then LDB staff greeted us with a welcome cold towel and gave us our room information. We were then shuttled in a van direct to our room.
Room 59 was located closer to the Savannah Bay Trail, a little past the Childrens Grove and Fitness Center but we never heard any screaming children. The room was a spacious 18' * 18' (including bathroom and closet, excluding terrace). Not luxurious, but cozy. 2 oversized wicker chairs, a desk, mini fridge. Bed was very comfortable with soft sheets. Bathroom was too dark. Generous amenities of soap, conditioner, shampoo, lotion, walking stick, umbrella, flashlight, insect repellant, and candle. Bose CD with new age cd in it. we also got complimentary fruit platter, 1 bottle of rum, 1 bottle of champagne, 1 bottled water, and some cokes. Towels, beach towels, bathrobe, plenty of hangers. A/C and fan working fine. Terrace had 1 chaise, 2 chairs, 1 ottoman. Also, a usefule hanging rack for swimsuits. Georgous view of the beach/ocean from the terrace. From our terrace, it took about 20 steps to the beach right in front of us.
The beach is pretty. Very soft sand (sand on the west side closer to Cow Hill was noticeably rougher). Know in advance that the beach is not white sand variety, but more like beige colored. Thatced huts with chaises abound, as well as floating loungers. Water extremely clear. The bottom has soft sands and a little seaweed. shallow depth great for kids and wading. Sitting at the beach, looking at the view was great. At night, we would sit by the beach, look at the stars and listen to the ocean.
We spent the days snorkelling and just wading around. We did a boat drop at Mountain Trunk. Decent snorkelling, lots of jellyfish. and turned out that there was some housing development up the hill. People said Long Bay was also great. we also rented a car (there is a rental car agency on the resort grounds), and drove to Coppermine, the Baths, and Savannah Bay. Coppermine was breathtaking. you stood high above crashing waves. The Baths was very crowded. But it was beautiful. If you can, go closer to the Spring Bay side. Less crowded, and also better snorkelling. Savannay Bay beach was gorgeous. White super soft sand, clear water, clean sand in the bottom, and shallow snorkelling so you can see the fishies up close (my husband spotted a turtle). We only drove up to Gorda Point and didnt reach the North sound because the road was pretty bad.
Snorkelling around the resort was decent. We kayaked to the west side and did some snorkelling there. Saw fishes and a school of baby squids. We also saw a baby sand shark while walking along the beach.
Breakfast buffet at Pavillion was good. Egg and smoothie stations, cold plate (meat and salmon), pastries, cereals, waffle, sausage, bacon, etc. The view from the restaurant was gorgeous. The restaurant's up on a hill, and we overlooked the beach, the bay with its many shades of blue and the other small islands. we only did 1 lunch (the complimentary one from American Express), and that was a buffet. The flank steak was excellent, but do pass on the ribs. We had just 1 dinner in the resort, on our first night because we were too lazy to go out. Buffet for $70/person. Fresh lobsters, fish, and lots of other stuff. Lamb, sushi, and tons of dessert. Price a bit steep, but the meal was delicious. we ate dinners outside the resort because we thought the meals were overpriced and the menu didnt look creative.
Outside the resort, we had lunch at Top of the Baths and Turtle & Bath, both just decent food. But the view from Top of the Baths was another gorgeous one. We had dinners at Chez Bamboo and The Rock. Both had great ambiance, but we preferred the Rock. Food is also better at the Rock.
We were happy with the level of service. Everyone was helpful and sweet, but some are slower than what we're used to. Housekeeping was twice a day. and always had fresh towels. The resort grounds were well kept and quite beautiful. Do call for a cart if you live at the edges, since walking under the blazing sun can be strenuous. The guests were mostly couples, young and old, and some couples with little kids. All guests looked well heeled but not snotty. Pretty international. We heard German, Italian, French, and British accent spoken. Frommer said some people might find LDB stuffy. But I disagree. Sure, the guests kept to themselves, but we prefer it that way.
A note of caution:
-LDB is not that romantic, so honeymooners be warned. Sure, the beach is pretty and setting lovely, but you will not be secluded. The beach is never crowded, but there are usually 6-10 peopl on the beach. Also, the accomodations are more rustic than luxurious. And there were kids present, and you may hear occasional shrieks during dinner. And my biggest beef is that i can slightly hear my neighbors when they're talking.
-I learned from one of LDB staff that it's holiday season in Puerto Rico. My observation was that while other guests usually traveled in couples or with 1-2 kids, the Puerto Rican guests usually traveled in extexded families (grandparents, parents, kids) and as such made more noise than other guests. This is true for LDB and throughout the island. I have nothing against this, but just want to put it as FYI.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at LDB. It's a very classy resort with a lovely setting. I like that it's quiet and both staff and guests were unintrusive. Because this was our first time to Caribbean, i dont think our next trip will be to LDB. We want to see what else is out there. Perhaps next time we'll try CuisinArt, which my brother really enjoyed.
Amazing Honeymoonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I only have a few negative things to say which may only apply to us. The price (our season was mid range) was very high. If this was not our honeymoon we probably would not have shelled out this much cash. I think the price is mainly for the location. We were paying $300-400 a night. If you have the money or if this is a very special trip you are planning go for it. We could not afford to do the meal plan as well. We mainly ordered room service (bar type food) and brought our own wine. We went to the restaurant at the resort only twice. One night we were shocked that the buffet was $80 per person. We are not used to that. The food that we did enjoy was delicious and first rate. We ate off the island twice and took an inexpensive cab there (very easy). I highly recommend "The Rock", a gorgeous place and decent prices. Also, if you are really into night life, this is not the place for you.
We highly recommend LDB for a honeymoon or another special trip or if you have the money and can afford it. It truly was a paradise.
Great Wedding!from A TripAdvisor Member
Wedding at Little Dixfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Though our wedding was great, we did have a few complaints about the resort: it was not very private-it seemed like people were everywhere, there were a lot of families there thus it may not be an ideal honeymoon spot for some, and the food was average at best.
However we did feel that the customer service was great. The spa treatments were incredible (we had a couple's massage, manicure, pedicure, and facial). Overall our stay was pleasant and our wedding will be something everyone will remember, it could not have been better!
Our favorite vacation spotfrom A TripAdvisor Member
amazing honeymoon! Love LDBfrom TaliaUSC12
Our Honeymoon at Little Dix was perfect!from PinaColadacravings
Seclusion and service in paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The spa should not be missed. I had a massage the first afternoon we were there and it was in a room that overlooked the ocean from the cliff. It was truly paradise. I will return.
a gem!from lovethebeachbaby
Top Local Tips for Virgin Gorda
Not just by sea. There is an airstrip on the other side of the hill, though you never hear or see any planes. You can fly from St. Thomas on regularly scheduled flights, or hire a charter. Quick, and the views are magnificent.
go to the baths take a trip down to the end of virgin gorda to the baths - amazing snorkeling
Dining on Virgin Gorda The dining on Virgin Gorda is fine. We are "foodies" and were a little disappointed with the dining options on Virgin Gorda. The restaurants are fine...not bad, just not stellar. If you don't really care about fine dining and wine, then by all means, Virgin Gorda is excellent. But if you are more into it, then maybe look at another island more known for dining.
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- Address: The Valley - Virgin Gorda - Virgin Islands British
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