Little Dix Bay A Rosewood Resort Hotel

, Virgin Gorda, Virgin Islands British
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Little Dix Bay A Rosewood Resort Hotel

, Virgin Gorda
The Valley - Virgin Gorda - Virgin Islands British 284 495-5555
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Classy and lovely but not super luxurious

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Little Dix Bay (LDB) July 26 - 30, 2004. We booked Ocean View Room for $295/night. But since we booked through American Express Platinum Travel Service, we got a complimentary upgrade to Premium Room (Room 59, listed at $450/night), complimentary breakfast buffet everyday, and 1 complimentary lunch for two at Pavillion, the main restaurant. I checked earlier with American Express, and they said the resort was pretty empty, so I kept my fingers crossed that we would be upgraded.

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.

Fantastic!

from JJDallas
I had to leave a review after reading others' before our trip. It was fantastic! Rooms average, but comfy bed! The service and amenities is what sets this resort apart from others. There was nothing the staff wouldn't do for you. We did the dinner on the beach - they brought a cd player so we could listen to our music. Also the snorkel trip to Norman island was great - if you get a good captin, he took us to the floating bar after snorkeling - great time! We opted to not do the meal plan, so we could eat outside the resort. This probably saved us money - meals were good but a little overpriced. It was cheaper for some meals to order to your room (breakfast). Next time we will definitley eat differently to decrease the expense. The picnic lunches to go on excursions was good - and reasonable $40 for 2. If you drink a lot - best bet is to buy liquor at beef island airport (cheap!!! we payed $20 for two bottles of premium liq.) and then get mixers from the hotel - saved us alot! Spa was amazing - I go to spas everywhere and this was def. in my top three experiences. The outside stone shower overlooking the water was amazing! Did the baths - a must do. Music at night, on weekends was good at chez bamboo, however this is not a short easy walk-unless you are a hiker take a cab- only $6!! Worth it! I was worried about going in the summer, but it was great! Need at least the OV room and I unless you like seclusion, rec. not getting a room on either ends of the resort - long commutes, however staff will pick you up at any time anywhere. We were in the middle by the beach club - decent spot. We will definitley go back.

Amazing Honeymoon

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went to Little Dix Bay (LDB) Resort for our honeymoon late April 2004. It was incredible! From the moment we arrived at the airport we were greeted and wisked away to a private waiting room. We needed to wait for our catamaran to take us to the island. On final arrival to the island we were mesmerized. It was gorgeous! The little huts on the white sand, the bluest waters ever, the cool breeze, and the perfectly maintained grounds. Our room smelled of coconuts and was beautifully decorated. They had a BOISE cd player and it was playing a meditation CD. We also brought our own CD's. The room had top of the line, unique furniture, high ceilings, a large bathroom, and cool bath products. There was a bottle of champagne and special fruits too. Our room was upgraded, there was a special at the time, to oceanfront. Our window, patio was right on the beach! We spent the week sleeping late, sitting on the beach, rafting in the waters (the resort puts cute rafts out along the shore for its guests), taking the complimentary boat trips to the baths and other local beaches for 1/2 day of snorkeling. You are given all towels and snorkeling equipment. We hiked, kayaked, and sailed too. The culmination of our honeymmon was a couples massage overlooking the cliffs. If you go YOU MUST GO TO THE SPA. It is unbelievable. The only extra trip (non-complimentary) that we took was the sunset cruise and it was worth it.
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
Stayed at Little Dix June 29th thru July 6th. We got married on the 2nd. It was just the two of us for our wedding. It was perfect for us. We found the most perfect spot for our ceremony. Everything went just as planned. Pat, the wedding coordinator is excellent. Our dinner on the beach was great. Overall the food is o.k. For the prices I've had much better. Be ready for $10 mixed drinks, $4 sodas and coffee, $15 hamburgers and $60 steaks. Overall service was great. Very friendly and accomodating staff. I would agree there were too many children. It seemed we saw more families than couples. The meal plan is a must if you plan to eat at the resort everyday. Overall a great experience! Can't wait until we return.

Wedding at Little Dix

from A TripAdvisor Member
After months of searching for a place to have our wedding in the BVI, we chose Little Dix. What a great choice! Pat handled everything for us and our wedding was beautiful. If we had to do it all over again we'd still choose Little Dix.

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 spot

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our 5th visit to LDB. It was just a wonderful as always - the food was fabulous - the room perfect (understated) - the snorkeling was great. Staff was attentive but not intrusive. The new spa is visually amazing. Our only complaint is that children are present. When we go on this very romantic vacation, we don't want to hear or see children - we have that when we're at home. Putting that one complaint aside, I'd recommend this very beautiful spot to any couple looking for peace and quiet with nothing to do other than enjoy each other and the beauty of LDB.

amazing honeymoon! Love LDB

from TaliaUSC12
All I can say is that LDB is amazing. My husband and I loved every minute of our 8 day stay. The service is the best I've ever experienced in the Caribbean. The staff knew as by name by the 3rd day. The spa was simply spectacular—the view is breathtaking. The food was wonderful (very fresh) with a lot of variety--everyone will find something that they like. The fresh fruit was divine. The resort is so clean, the beach beautiful and the landscaping is stunning. We participated in a lot of beach activities, the day sail is marvelous. This is a wonderful place that I hope to return to one day. The torch lit dinner on the beach was splendid. A great place to get away from it all.

Our Honeymoon at Little Dix was perfect!

from PinaColadacravings
Little Dix was the perfect Honeymoon. We loved the staff, the location, and everything else. Virgin Gorda is very beautiful and not commercial. The residents were extremely friendly and helpful. It is an adult camp. They had a list of all the hotel activities in your morning paper. The Spring Bay Picnic was fun. They will pack a picnic and drop you off at a private beach. There is not a big town or many other resorts on the island. It is remote, quite, and calm. It won’t be for everyone but if you like to nap, eat, drink, swim, and snorkel this is the place for you. No TV was refreshing. The rooms were very tasteful, clean, and nice. Ours was raised so you had a sitting area and hammock below the room which was a treat. The bed was extremely comfortable. The service was incredible. They drive you to your room so you don’t have to go to the front desk and you don’t lift a finger for check in and check out. The beach is great. The resort provides little sail boats, kayaks, and snorking gear for guests to use complimentary. The beach is very natural with great marine life -Sea turtles and tons of fish. The spa is amazing. It has spectacular views of the ocean and the treatment rooms are great. We did the sunset couples massage which was an awesome experience. The food is good but expensive. The meal plan only saves us about $100. They provided a lot of live entertainment at night. Go to Chez Bamboo for the curry lobster it was the best meal! You must do a torch lit beach dinner. The chef sat down with me to plan a vegetarian meal for my husband. It was a perfect setting and meal. Overall we loved Little Dix and had a blast!

Seclusion and service in paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
My sister and her husband were married this month at Little Dix Bay and I cannot imagine a better place for her to get married. Though it took a long time to get to Virgin Gorda from Denver, once we arrived at the island, we knew we had arrived at someplace special. A driver from the resort picked us up at the ferry dock (we did not come into the Little Dix Bay dock like the rest of my family because we came in from St Thomas and took the public ferry to the island). The resort is beautiful and meticulously cared for, but like all amazing hotels, the service and maintenance happens unobtrusively. The staff was very friendly and learned all of our names and went out of their way to make us welcome. The bay is beautiful, the waters are calm and clear, and the sand is wonderfully fine. We spent every day on the beach and playing in the water with the complimentary sea kayaks, floating lounges, and snorkelling equipment.

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
Stayed at LDB May 17-21 and found it to be a gem. We've traveled throughout the Caribbean and can say for the first time that we've found a place that exceeded our expectations. The service and amenities at LDB are first rate. The staff is attentive without being intrusive, and they are genuine, welcoming, and well-trained. The resort itself is lovely, blending beautifully with it's surroundings. The spa is the best we've ever experienced- the services done in private casitas situated high on a cliff with French doors open to and overlooking the ocean. We ventured off the property for dinner every night (our favorite was Chez Bamboo, a 10 minute walk from the front gates of LDB), but breakfast at LDB's Pavillion Restaurant was great- smoothie station, omlette bar, every fresh fruit you can imagine, and much more- we looked forward to it every morning. This is a terrific place. It combines the charm of a privately owned resort with the service of a Four Seasons. The only criticism we could share is that the rooms are very nice, but not extraordinary (we had a premium ocean view room). We had better accomodations at Turks and Caicos Club and the Pink Sands for a comparable price, but the overall experience at Little Dix Bay is above and beyond anything we've experienced anywhere else in the Caribbean.

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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