Little Dix Bay Resort (Little Dix Bay, 284/495-5555, U.S. toll-free 888/767-3966, fax 284/495-5661, www.littledixbay.com, $425–1,700 summer, $625–2,800 winter) was the first resort in the British Virgin Islands and continues to set the standard for barefoot elegance in the region. Opened by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, Little Dix offers comfortable accommodations in a spectacular setting. Rooms are tastefully decorated with exposed stone, wood finishes, and tile floors. The grounds are truly exquisite; they are maintained daily so that grass is perfectly trimmed, bushes are neatly pruned, and walkways swept clean. The result is the feeling that you’re in the midst of a botanic garden throughout.
Guests are treated to a free bottle of rum and mixers upon arrival, complimentary morning and afternoon coffee, and use of the resort’s snorkel gear, Sunfish boats, waterskiing equipment, fitness center, and tennis courts. There are three fine restaurants at Little Dix and a world-class spa where you can partake in the most up-to-date curative and restorative treatments. The resort prides itself on top-notch service, and with a guest-to-staff ratio of 3-to-1, you can count on individualized attention. All in all, Little Dix epitomizes class.
The resort is set on one of Virgin Gorda’s most lovely beaches. Nonguests may want to come just to stroll through the gardens, eat in top-notch restaurants, and dream of one day being able to afford a vacation here.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition