March 15th, 2019
For all the fans of Little Dix Bay information about what is happening with the rebuild and when the resort be operational has been limited. Here are six things we know or have heard to date:
1 – Little Dix Bay Closes for a Major Renovation: In a January, 2016 news article in the Caribbean Journal they reported that the landmark resort whould be closing for a major renovation and transformation. “Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands will be launching the most substantial renovation of the property since it was founded by Laurence Rockefeller more than half a century ago,” the article stated. The article went on to say that the property will begin the renovation on May 1, 2016 and the hotel will be closing for approximately 18 months. In addition, the move was expected to affect nearly 300 staff members, a development that BVI Premier Orlando Smith said would impact the entire territory.
2 – Hurricane Irma Devastates the Resort: On December 18, 2017 Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda posted the following update on their Facebook page. They said, “With the holiday season approaching and many people’s minds on the Caribbean, the team at Rosewood Little Dix Bay wanted to share an update on our beloved island of Virgin Gorda. Although the resort was closed and under renovation, unfortunately the property did sustain damage and therefore will not re-open in 2017 as originally planned. At this time, we are still assessing the effects that the storm had on our resort. We now anticipate a late 2018 re-opening, although currently the resort remains closed for all future reservations.”
3 – BVI Government Reveals Delayed Opening Date: According to a December 24, 2018 article in the BVI News Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda is set to re-enter the market for the 2019/2020 tourist season. The article stated, “That is according to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who said his government has been in direct dialogue with the owners of the acclaimed resort.”
4 – Little Dix Bay Confirms a Late 2019 Opening Date: A January 29, 2019 news post on the Little Dix Bay website provided the following update. It reported, “Rosewood Little Dix Bay is currently closed for a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation, which will be the most substantial beautification project since the resort was founded by Laurance S. Rockefeller over 50 years ago. The restoration will include the complete redesign of guest rooms and suites, new dining concepts for the resorts three outdoor restaurants, and an enhanced arrival experience. Great care will be taken to preserve the uniquely balanced setting of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, with luxurious accommodations set unobtrusively amidst the tranquil gardens of the resort. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the resort in late 2019, to experience the next chapter in Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s legacy.”
5 – Photos of the Resort: While there are no readily available photos of the current state of the renovations, artist renderings from the lead architect on the project, OMBI, have been posted on Little Dix Bay’s Facebook page. See photo above.
6 – The Good News: In case you wanted to see what Little Dix Bay looked like immediately after the hurricane, we found the photo below that was taken on September 14, 2017 and shows the storm damage to the Little Dix Bay Resort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Based on the artists renderings, when completed, the resort will have certainly come along way since then.
BVI Traveller will continue to keep you updated as more news becomes available, but for now this is all great news for those who know and love Little Dix Bay and Virgin Gorda!
Rosewood Little Dix Bay: +1 214-880-4320 | [email protected]
Top photo: Courtesy Little Dix Bay via Facebook
Bottom photo: Courtesy Guillermo Houwer via AP