Little Dix Bay Reborn


For over half a century, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, has been one of the Caribbean’s most glamorous and storied resorts. For much of that time, it was a favorite winter retreat for Andrew Harper members. Set on 500 acres of pristine vegetation and facing a glorious crescent of white sand backed by calm sea ideal for swimming, the property is renowned for being self-contained, private and serene. The tranquility was shattered in 2017, however, by the apocalyptic arrival of Hurricane Irma, whose sustained 185 mph winds virtually erased the resort. Earlier this year, Little Dix reopened having been almost entirely rebuilt.

Those arriving at the airport on neighboring Tortola are now ferried to the resort aboard one of its new catamarans, a 20-minute cruise across the dividing channel to a new private dock. Although former guests will recognize the famous conical roofs of the principal structures, the interiors by New York-based design firm Meyer Davis will be entirely unfamiliar. The 42 guest rooms, 35 suites, two beach houses and the four-bedroom hilltop Villa Joy are now decorated chiefly in neutral tones of sand and boulder gray, with occasional splashes of color. All are “digital-free,” to promote a sense of separation from the world, and serviced by private butlers, who note the personal preferences of guests in order to customize their stays.

Restaurant options now comprise Reef House, for farm-to-table fine dining; Pavilion, serving contemporary international cuisine; and Sugar Mill, for Caribbean tapas and a raw bar. The Rum Room offers no fewer than 107 labels of aged and rare rums. New amenities at the resort include a spa with eight treatment rooms (each with an oceanview private terrace), a two-tier infinity pool and a yoga platform. Six new tennis courts feature a variety of surfaces from hard to artificial grass. Hiking trails have also been created under the supervision of a “hiking butler.” All in all, the 2020-21 winter season should see Little Dix Bay restored to its former splendor and preeminence.

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