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A classic Caribbean resort on Virgin Gorda’s Beach Coast, Rosewood Little Dix Bay fills a picture-postcard cove on the Sir Francis Drake Channel with a beautiful beach behind its own reef and a pastoral valley ashore surrounded by small mountains.

littledixbaybedroomIcon.jpg (6138 bytes)Earning its five stars, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers personalized service for its guests, from the airport greeting to picnic lunches and its many activities.

The resort has all the dining establishments, activities and facilities in a self-contained setting, yet is close enough for quick taxi ride or a 15-20 minute walk to The Valley for those seeking more diverse island life.

Built with the romantic notion of the vacationing guest enjoying the "idle pleasures of the beachcomber," the original design by Lawrence Rockefeller blended architecture with the natural beauty of the islands. Gifted stonemasons and other artisans incorporated stone and woods such as purple heart, mahogany and ash into the structures.

Guests arriving by water through a cut in the reef will not notice any obtrusive buildings, only white sand with Bohio sunshades. The rooms, cottages and suites are scattered along the breath and length of the cove, some grouped from two to eight to a building and secluded from the beach by a grove of coconut palms and sea grapes.

The Tree House Cottages are most desirable, built in beachside pairs of nicely-styled, somewhat larger, hexagonal room shapes that feature fieldstone walls, peaked roofs and exposed wood beams. And with more spacious bathrooms.

LittleDixBayDeluxeCottagewBoulders2.jpg (9373 bytes)The Beach Front Cottages, also hexagonal, are on stilts nestled in the sea grapes a few yards from the beach, with expansive downstairs patio with hammock and upper sun deck.

All rooms have been tastefully redecorated and have air-conditioning, separate sitting area, desk and a small refrigerator as well as private balconies or patios.

Also, the suites feature separate living and sleeping areas, a spacious bathroom with a deep, oversized bathtub and a separate shower and direct access to the beach from its patios.

The emphasis is on naturalistic landscaping, in keeping with Laurence Rockefeller’s original concept of an eco-friendly resort.

Strolling the grounds of Little Dix Bay is a favorite activity–and like touring a succession of small gardens. Mahogany and calabash trees add to the canopy of palms and seagrapes. The terrain is broken by an occasional group of granite boulders. Amid the profusion of bougainvillea, flamboyant and the intensely fragrant frangipani, unusual plants such as silk oak blend with the tropical flora.

Complementary activities include snorkeling gear and lessons, sunfish sailing with lessons, kayaking, hiking trails across the full 500 acre area, tennis racquets, ball machine and clinics, bicycling and water taxis to nearby beaches. Reserve the popular trip to a secluded cove a day or two ahead and make sure to take enough drinks.

And of course there is Little Dix Bay’s famous Rose Buds™ for Children program.

Every conceivable activity can be arranged by the staff at an extra cost, from diving, jeep rentals and island tours, fishing, water-skiing, glass-bottom boat tours, day sails, sunset cocktail cruises, and massage therapy.