People often write off the Caribbean as a breeding ground for all-inclusive, cookie cutter resorts—and that can certainly be argued—but truly savvy travelers know about places like Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, the property first opened in 1964 with famed businessman and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller at the helm. The hotel has stood the test of time—just this year it celebrated its 50th anniversary. To honor the occasion, Rosewood Little Dix Bay rolled out the initial phase of a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation to enhance the already striking beachfront property. We caught up with the hotel’s Managing Director, Ed Linsley, to find out about the brand new suites.
The most requested room:
Since they debuted in January 2014, the Tree House Suites have remained the most requested rooms in the hotel.
What makes it so special:
Although they are the resort’s newest guestrooms, the Tree House Suites are also the most historic and renowned accommodations because they are the rebirth of the iconic stilted Tree House Cottages originally built by Laurance S. Rockefeller, Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s founder and designer. Rockefeller’s original design for the Tree House accommodations remains intact with their all-natural external structure. The 10 original Tree House Cottages underwent a full transformation into five luxurious and spacious standalone Tree House Suites. Just steps from the beach and clear-blue waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the new Suites feature expanded wraparound terraces with unobstructed panoramic beach views, shaded garden patios directly below and a luxurious outdoor shower.
Out of respect for guests’ privacy, Rosewood Little Dix Bay doesn’t release information on guests. However, it’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have frequented the resort.
Your personal favorite:
My favorite room is guest room #14, which is a Two-Bedroom Suite. This is the first room I stayed in when I visited the resort prior to joining the Rosewood Little Dix Bay team as managing director in June 2013.
The suite’s proximity to the beach—just 15 steps away—and the iconic Virgin Gorda stonework throughout make it my absolute favorite room in the resort. The suite also has an oversized bathroom with blissful indoor and outdoor showers and deep soaking tubs, the perfect way to start your day, cool down after the beach, or wind down for a relaxing night.
The property is located on the third largest island in the British Virgin Islands archipelago, Virgin Gorda, which was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. He saw in the island’s shape a portly woman lying on her back and thus named the island Virgin Gorda (which translates literally to Fat Virgin). Laurance S. Rockefeller, a third-generation member of the Rockefeller family, first visited Virgin Gorda when the island was home to a fairly desolate agricultural community. In 1958, the conservationist began buying up land on the island with the dream of establishing a resort in harmony with nature and the earth while still offering an escape from the ordinary. He achieved just that when the resort opened in 1964.