Rosewood Little Dix Bay, The Valley, Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 5555
Concierge.com's insider take:
Laurance Rockefeller's knack for channeling the future of high-end vacation travel (Mauna Kea, Hawaii; Costa Smeralda, Sardinia) is perfectly illustrated by this divine, beachy, eco-sensitive resort he founded in 1964. Now under Rosewood's umbrella (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas; Caneel Bay, St. Thomas), it's set on an ideal half-mile, white-sand crescent bordered by palms, sea grapes, and lush gardens on one side and a coral reef on the other. A five-year renovation, completed in December 2006, refreshed the 100 rooms (including new bathrooms) and public areas, and added three-or-four-bedroom villas with private pools. Rooms have various permutations of patios and porches, outdoor showers, oversize bathrooms with soaking tubs; all have AC and sea views. A granite seaside pool is a kind of mini-Virgin Gorda Baths. Dining at Little Dix is all open-air, with contemporary Caribbean cuisine at the fancy Pavilion and Sugar Mill restaurants, and casual lunches served surfside at the Beach Grill. Much is made of the spa, which uses local plants, salts, and methods in its clifftop "treatment cottages."