Indulge your senses on Virgin Gorda

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Before the frost sets in, relax in the most breathtaking destination in the British Virgin Islands.


With crystal clear water and breathtaking rock formations, the beauty of the thermal baths does not disappoint. / Photo by cdwheatley / Getty images

There is a reason the British Virgin Islands have been known as “billionaires’ playground” since before billionaires cost a dime a dozen. The 50-something group of islands and cays enjoy a mild climate that stays pretty much the same year-round, with some of the most interesting topographies and pristine beaches in the Caribbean. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus named Virgin Gorda, but no matter who decided that the island looked like a reclining, stout woman, its rolling, volcanic outlines give it the kind of dramatic landscape that vacation dreams are made of.

By far the most famous attraction on the island is the baths, a set of giant rock formations tumbling down from a picturesque hill into the water. At the entrance to the national park, follow the path through the otherworldly sculpture garden of granite boulders to a perfect beach. A well-marked trail with rope handrails and ladders leads through an aquatic maze to Devil’s Bay, which offers one of the most heavenly snorkeling spots on the planet.

After whetting your appetite, stop at the unpretentious Top of the thermal baths restaurant for fish ‘n’ chips and a spiked milkshake. Two other must-see restaurants on the island are Coco maya—A latino / sushi fusion joint with toes in the sand — and Pig paradise, which serves top-notch barbecue. Do you prefer something a little more upscale? Back at Rosewood Little Dix Bay you’ll find some of the island’s best restaurants, from comfort food to Flag To Reef housefrom farm to table by the water.

Of course, that’s no problem if you decide to never leave the resort. In addition to a sybaritic sand half-moon served by friendly, attentive staff and all the usual beachside distractions, Little Dix offers amenities such as yacht rentals, deep sea fishing, and shore excursions. during which a boat will beach you for a few hours, with an exquisite picnic, on a desert island. The resort’s spa, meanwhile, is perched atop a breathtaking cliff with euphoric-inducing views. In fact, there is very little about this lotus-eating land that doesn’t delight all the senses, whether you’re a billionaire or just acting like one on vacation.

The Reef House restaurant in Rosewood Little Dix Bay. / Photo by Ken Hayden Photography / Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Getting There

From San Juan or St. Thomas, take a Cape Air flight to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in the British Virgin Islands. The 20-minute ferry ride to Virgin Gorda costs $ 30 per person round trip, or in the spring for the direct transfer to Little Dix Bay Rosewood on the resort’s private catamaran. It’s $ 115 per person round trip, but the door-to-door service is well worth it.

Stay here

Little Dix Bay opened in 1964 as one of Laurance Rockefeller’s first RockResorts. A well-kept secret among connoisseurs, it recently underwent a four-year “reimagining” by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.


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