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By Alex Martin | January 10 2020
Rosewood Little Dix Bay is once again welcoming guests after a four-year closure and is promising even higher levels of modern luxury to the British Virgin Islands following a multi-million-dollar renovation.
The luxury hotel, located on Virgin Gorda, was the passion project of conservationist Laurance Rockefeller and originally opened in 1964. It quickly became known as one of the world’s greatest getaways and as a trail-blazer of eco-tourism.
Although refurbishments began in 2016, the resort suffered significant damage when Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the archipelago in 2017. Naturally, the transformation took longer to complete than anticipated and only now is it in a position to reopen its doors. It does, however, appear to have been worth the wait.
Spread across 500 acres of pristine private beach, the reimagined resort has been designed by the renowned New York-based Meyer Davis. It has been completely modernized whilst stays true to Rockefeller’s original vision of eco-friendliness and sustainability.
“We are excited to welcome a new wave of ultra-luxury travelers as well as our adoring legacy guests to the reimagined Rosewood Little Dix Bay,” said Andreas Pade, managing director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay.
“Over the last four years, an expert team of environmentalists, architects and designers has worked tirelessly to honor the resort’s storied past while incorporating modern amenities and comforts, creating a truly one-of-a-kind offering in the British Virgin Islands that will delight discerning travelers for generations to come.”
The elevated experience begins as soon as guests step off the airplane in Tortola. The 20-minute sail to Virgin Gorda is undertaken on one of Rosewood’s brand new, luxury catamarans. Personal butlers greet guests upon arrival and check them into one of the resort’s 80 accommodations. The 42 guestrooms, 35 suites, two beach houses and one hillside villa have been designed with privacy and relaxation in mind.
Many of the rooms and suites are digital-free sanctuaries, without televisions, to encourage guests to focus on connecting with each other. Besides, who needs a TV when each room comes with unobstructed views of the sea?
Along with new rooms and suites, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has also revealed four new dining concepts exclusive to the island. Together, the four restaurants offer an eclectic selection to satisfy all tastes. The signature restaurant is the Reef House, an al fresco setting offering a true ‘farm-to-fork’ menu. Fresh provisions and ingredients are sourced daily from the property’s on-site garden. The Sugar Mill offers tapas-style small plates and Pavilion provides international cuisine. Rum Room, offering 107 different labels of aged and rare rum, is the perfect setting for a sunset tipple.
The signature Sense, A Rosewood Spa is set against the stunning Sir Francis Drake Channel and offers dramatic cliffside views of the bay below. It is the perfect ambiance for ultimate relaxation. As well as a wide range of treatments, spa users can the two-tiered Spa Infinity Pool, framed by lush tropical palms, colorful flowers and volcanic rocks.
For the active, two hiking trails guide you to expansive views of the island. Guests can call on the Hiking Butler to assist with all hiking related activities such as providing necessary gear, guides and tips. For those just wishing to stay fit, there is a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor yoga platform.