LITTLE DIX BAY
Take a plane. Take another plane. Take a car. Then take a boat. No one said seclusion was easy to find, but once you do reach Little Dix Bay, there is no reason to leave. For decades the oasis that Laurance Rockfeller opened to the public in 1964, called honeymooners, families and many A-list celebrities (John Travolta among others) for vacation.
Rockefeller dubbed his hideaway “wilderness beach,” a half-mile of white sands with ocean cottages hidden by palm and sea grape trees sprinkled throughout the property. Seasoned travelers consider this to be the “low-key luxury” Mecca, a resort with all the lavish amenities (fine linens, wi-fi, over-sized bathrooms) but without the stuffiness. At this five-star shabby-chic resort, no jacket or tie is required for dinner and women don’t parade around with Chanel sunglasses and stilettos as they do in the South of France.
Guests come for quiet, and the resort makes this a priority. Want a private beach? They’ll shuttle you by boat with a freshly made picnic basket and a bottle of wine to a secluded beach around the Virgin Islands. Don’t feel like eating in the main pavilion restaurant? Staff are more than happy to set up a candlelight dinner on the beach or on the patio. It’s this type of service and attention to detail that has beckoned guests back year after year. During my stay, I met a women who has been annually for 25 years and wears gold pendant of the resort’s palm tree and fish logo. Now that the property is under Rosewood’s management and has recently completed a $25 million refurbishment, Little Dix Bay is becoming the hotspot it once was in the ’80s and ’90s.
I often found quiet on surprisingly the many hiking trails the resort has. In particular there are two main paths: one leads to the top of Cow Hill which rewards climbers with a dramatic vista of the British Virgin Islands or Savannah Bay trail that leads down to a private beach. Other guests enjoy sea kayaking, champagne sunset cruise on a 47-foot catamaran the Sandy Cay, or snorkeling right on the coral reef located just off the beach. Most can be found in the picturesque spa that boasts private treatment rooms and views of the Caribbean Sea.
If you can venture out of the resort, it’s well worth a trip to BVI’s famed Baths, gigantic boulders scattered that butt up to each other to form breathtaking grottos along the beach. For $3 you can swim and climb through these massive granite stones which are only found there and in the Seychelles.
Best Room: Any of the 16 Rosewood Junior Suites.
Don’t Miss: Taking home a bottle of their signature distilled rum to remember your vacation.
FYI: Service can be spotty at times. I ordered ice cream from room service and after an hour wait they delivered it melted and without a spoon.
Virgin Gorda, B.V.I; 888-495-5555; www.rosewoodhotels.com; rates from in season start at $775 a night.