Little Dix Bay and The Baths – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Lesser Antilles (British West Indies)

Superb Style, Splendid Isolation, and Some Really Big Boulders

For decades, word of mouth celebrated the 500-acre resort of Little Dix Bay and the exquisite location it commanded on a perfect half-mile crescent of white-sand beach on Virgin Gorda, the “Fat Virgin.”

Together with its sister property, Caneel Bay, Little Dix was created by Laurance Rockefeller in the 1960s for his blue-blood circle of old-money friends and family. Despite a change in ownership, it remains a classic, still known for its laid-back luxury, relaxed pampering, and a low-key, unpretentious ambience.

The native stone and hardwood cottages nestle amid the lush but impeccably manicured grounds, a veritable Garden of Eden maintained by no less than twenty full-time gardeners. Even breakfast is romantic in the dining area—four intercon­nected, open-sided, thatch-roofed pavilions sitting right on the hotel’s marvelous beach. Dinners are both genial and exciting, the work of an ambitious and sophisticated kitchen the Rockefellers would have been proud of.

About a mile south is the island’s most noted natural site, The Baths, where huge, time-sculpted granite boulders—some as big as small houses—create spellbinding pools, shallow coves, and interconnected grottoes that are heaven for snorkelers, swimmers, and those who merely appreciate natural beauty.

Stacked along the beach in jumbled piles, these prehistoric rocks are most impressive when approached by sea. The site is on every visitor’s list, so to avoid the boatloads of in-and-out tourists and cruise ship passengers, come early or late, or wander along the less-visited coastline on either side, where the massive boulders continue.

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