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The Restoration of a Caribbean Legend w/ Rosewood Little Dix

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When Little Dix Bay Resort opened in January 1964, its founder, Laurance S. Rockefeller had a single vision in mind – provide a beautiful place to stay in balance with nature. His vision was certainly realised and he created a legacy that has stood the test of time.

Over 50 years later, the time has arrived not for wholesale change but for rejuvenation. The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay is currently closed for a comprehensive, multi-million-dollar restoration, which will be the most substantial beautification project since the resort was opened.

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The restoration will include the complete redesign of the resort’s guestrooms and suites, its three restaurants, and overall enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping. New York City-based Meyer Davis Studio will lead the restoration, working alongside local architectural firm OBMI, who have been leading the way in luxury resort and residential design for some 30 years in the BVI and throughout the Caribbean. Together, these agencies will honour Laurance S. Rockefeller’s unique vision of a luxurious hideaway set amid the pristine backdrop of Virgin Gorda.

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The renewal will bring about a new level of sophistication in keeping with the natural setting, whilst introducing brand new signature suites for the ultimate in relaxation and style. A rebuilt Beach Grill will offer a one-of-a-kind beach dining experience, while the iconic Pavilion and Sugar Mill buildings will remain intact, but will feature extended indoor/outdoor dining areas.

Guests will also enjoy an elevated arrival experience and the resort’s vibrant tropical gardens will be enhanced with new lighting, signage, and improved access to Little Dix Bay beach. The renovation will also bring the addition of new restaurant concepts for The Pavilion, Beach Grill, and Sugar Mill, new world-class amenities, elevated service standards, and an increased focus on sustainability.

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Upon reopening towards the end of 2017, Rosewood Little Dix Bay will reaffirm its legacy as the Caribbean’s leading luxury resort.

OBMI’s chairman Tim Peck offered his perspective on the renovation: “We are very excited to be part of the team revitalising the wonderful Little Dix Bay Resort. We are all very conscious of building on the Rockefeller legacy, with the upgrade adding a layer of contemporary comfort and luxury repositioning and revitalising one of the Caribbean’s classic resorts. The design palette uses a blend of natural materials throughout, with the architecture offering exciting new guest amenities adding to the unique personality of the resort.”

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So, what better time to invest in real estate within this iconic estate?

A limited number of prime, freehold waterfront lots are available at this time. Purchase now and with a fair wind and some efficient planning, you could be receiving the keys to your luxury island oasis in time to enjoy all the benefits of a newly opened, fully refreshed Little Dix Bay Resort.

A choice of experienced architects, project managers, and contractors is on hand to help make your dream a reality. If the thought of building a home from a few thousand miles away makes you break out in a cold sweat then perhaps consider a completed, ‘move in ready’ villa as a better fit.

Either way, your family, friends, and guests will have the run of the newly refurbished resort once it reopens. You will value owner privileges that will apply to any hotel in the Rosewood Group, including substantial discounts on dining, spa treatments, room rates and upgrades, with no check in or check out time, and VIP courtesies at any Rosewood property.

Little Dix Bay was Virgin Gorda’s original upscale resort and remains unmatched by any of the recently built resorts on this beautiful island. It has endured the test of time and holds true to Laurance Rockefeller’s original ethos and vision. Now is the time to create your own legacy by owning a piece of Little Dix Bay to be enjoyed by your family for generations to come.

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Lot 6 – $5.5m

Lot 6 is close to 3 acres and arguably the prime waterfront home-site currently available for sale on Virgin Gorda. It provides everything you could wish for in a Caribbean home-site…stunning sunset, ocean and island views, walking distance to the breath-taking half-moon beach and spa at Little Dix Bay, complete privacy, a relatively flat building envelope, a high standard of completed infrastructure, full use of all the beach, spa, restaurants and other facilities at Little Dix Bay and the security of the Rosewood brand.

Lots 1A, B, C and D – $995k

At just over an acre for just under $1m, lots 1A, B, C and D represent incomparable value for money. Waterfront in Virgin Gorda is becoming more and more difficult to find. At this price point, we all but guarantee you won’t find it. If a dock is required, then Little Dix are willing to lead the charge in seeking the necessary permissions. Sunset views are sensational from each lot. Access for construction is simple and utilities are on the boundaries.

Lots 3A and B – $1.495m

Whilst the dream is often waterfront, the reality of life in the islands can be slightly different. Once you have lived in the BVI for a while you will appreciate the benefits of an elevated lot which provides more expansive views and more exposure to the cooling trade winds. Lots 3A and B offer a choice of equally excellent ocean and island views.

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Premium Villas – from $2.3m to $3.6m

Choose between 3 and 4 bedroom, fully furnished, turnkey villas with private pools and stunning views, nestled on the hillside above the resort. Full property management services and an entirely optional rental programme are available. They’re top notch as one would expect from a company of Rosewood’s stature in the luxury resort industry.

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Villa Katsura – $40m      Unashamedly Extraordinary

Coldwell Banker BVI is delighted to present Villa Katsura, a 23,500 square foot home on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, far surpassing any property currently on the market in the BVI. Set in almost 3 acres of manicured gardens, this peaceful hideaway offers the ultimate in luxurious island living and full access to the amenities of Little Dix Bay Resort.

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Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI, Sky Vision VI, and courtesy of Little Dix Bay Resort

Chris Smith
Chris arrived in the BVI in 1992 to work for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island. After several great years on Necker, Chris moved to Virgin Gorda and became involved in real estate sales and development, and vacation villa rentals and management as managing broker of Coldwell Banker.
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