Activities Backgrounder

Whether one chooses to dive the depths of the crystal-clear sea, climb to the highest point on Virgin Gorda, or just about anything in between, Rosewood Little Dix Bay®, can keep even the most active travelers busy. The resort offers a vast array of leisure activities, both by land and sea. Relaxing on the beach is always an option, of course, but there are endless possibilities beyond…

BY SEA:

Beach Drops This is the most popular and unique activity offered at Rosewood Little Dix Bay (especially with Honeymooners). Guests are transported via Boston Whaler to one of 7 remote beaches around Virgin Gorda, where they can spend a few hours of their day exploring the sands and surf of the BVI. It's a neat way to see more of the destination, as the beaches and sea in the British Virgin Islands are indeed some of the most beautiful in the world. The resort is happy to extend this activity complimentary to all guests, and for an additional charge will prepare a picnic lunch for guests to bring along. This activity is offered with reservations everyday but Thursdays.

Waterskiing The calm waters surrounding Virgin Gorda are ideal for waterskiing. Guests are transported around the corner from resort to nearby Pond Bay for waterskiing in the resort's 19-foot Grady White boat. This activity is offered at an additional cost to guests.

Spring Bay Picnic Every Thursday morning, guests are transported via Boston Whaler to Spring Bay, adjacent to The Baths. There the resort's chefs prepare a gourmet barbecue lunch while guests enjoy a guided snorkel tour, or simply relax under umbrellas on the beach. A steel band and limbo contest complete the afternoon fun. This activity is included in the Classic Caribbean and Pure Romance packages and for guests on the Full American Plan. Others wishing to participate may do so at an additional charge.

Snorkeling The British Virgin Islands are renowned for their calm, clear waters and abundant marine life. Virgin Gorda is home to many spectacular snorkel sites, including The Baths. Snorkel equipment is provided to all guests complimentary for the duration of their stay. There is plentiful snorkeling right off the beach at Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Three times a week, guests may enjoy complimentary snorkel tours of nearby reefs. They may also visit Norman Island, home of The Caves and the reputed setting for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, on once-a-week excursions available at an additional charge. Trips to The Baths or any one of the numerous other snorkel beaches around the island are also offered.

Diving For an additional charge, scuba diving is available to guests right from Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Dive BVI offers beginners classes, single and double tank dives to nearby reefs, and a weekly trip to the Wreck of the Rhone. With easy sign-up at the resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an ideal diving spot for everyone from beginners to experts.

Sunfish Sailing & Kayaking Sunfish sailboats and single and double kayaks are available complimentary for all guests to use in the resort's bay. Instruction is available upon request, and sunfish sailing lessons are offered at guests' requests.

Trimaran Day Sail Rosewood Little Dix Bay's own trimaran, Pond Bay, takes guests on a leisurely sailing excursion through the BVI waters. Destinations vary according to the winds and guest's preferences, with North Sound, Cooper Island and Necker Island being the most common choices. The resort also can arrange day trips to Anegada, fishing charters, and day cruising on Pond Bay. At an additional cost, the resort will prepare a picnic lunch to enjoy on board after a customary stop for snorkeling. This activity is available to guests at an additional charge.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the resort's custom-built, 47-foot luxury catamaran, the Sandy Cay, takes guests on a romantic 90-minute cruise to enjoy the Caribbean sunset. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served onboard, and the resort's knowledgeable staff describes the points of interest as they pass.

BY LAND:

Fitness Center Situated adjacent to the tennis courts, the fitness facility offers an enticing environment in which to workout with high vaulted ceilings and exposed wood beams, windows that allow the sunlight to pour in and central air conditioning to keep guests cool and comfortable. State-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment by Precor includes Treadmills, Elliptical Cross Trainers, Recumbent and Upright Bikes and Stair Climber. Weight training equipment by Precor and Cybex and a complete set of free weights are also available. Personal training sessions can also be scheduled.

Fitness Classes Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers guests a variety of yoga classes including gentle yoga for beginners, power yoga for those more experienced yogis, couples yoga, and chair yoga for older guests who may not be as agile as they once were. The resort also offers traditional mat Pilates classes as well as Poolates, which is Pilates done in the resort's pool. Poolates eases the stress on one's joints while the water creates extra resistance for a great workout. Children are offered their own fitness classes in the form of Kid's Yoga, Kid's Adventure Hikes and Kid's Move n' Groove (an aerobic dance class) all appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Tennis Rosewood Little Dix Bay has four Laykold Cushion-Plus courts and three Australian Grass Club Pro Courts, two of which are lit for night play. The resort’s tennis program is under the direction of Peter Burwash International, and a resident pro is available year round. Weekly, a round-robin tournament is held, and every Monday there is a beginner's clinic. Stroke-of-the-day clinics are held and both private and semi-private lessons are available at all times. Use of the courts, racquets, balls, and ball machine are complimentary for all guests, as is participation in the round-robin and beginner's clinic.

Hiking There are two hiking trails on property. The Cow Hill Trail winds behind the spa on the west side of the resort, offering spectacular views over the bay and towards the Marina. (The hike takes approximately 40 minutes.) The Savannah Bay Trail starts at the far eastern end of the resort and offers a bit more rigorous and lengthy hiking. The 60-minute trek culminates at Savannah Bay, where weary hikers can enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean before returning home to Little Dix. Gorda Peak is the highest point on Virgin Gorda at 1,500-foot, and a trail that winds through the National Park is accessible from the island's north road, allowing hikers to start mid-way up the peak and reach the top in about 20 minutes. Guests can climb the lookout station, enjoy a bottle of champagne at sunset, and experience breathtaking views stretching as far as St. John to the south and Anegada to the northwest.

Sightseeing The most famous geological landmark in the British Virgin Islands is The Baths, situated on the southeastern tip of Virgin Gorda. Named after large volcanic boulders that have toppled over one another to form spectacular salt-water grottoes and pools, it is a picturesque site for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors can also take the 20-minute trail through the boulders and pools to the more secluded Devil's Bay.

Guests can also visit the Mineshaft Cafe for a great view of the sunset and to enjoy their signature cocktail, the "Cave In," or play a game of miniature golf on their 9-hole course. Scenic drives in a rented jeep or taxi take guests to the peak over the North Sound. Many guests have been known to stop in Leverick Bay for a "Pain Killer" at Pussers, a British style pub/store with a nautical theme, or to take the hotel shuttles from Gun Creek and visit the Bitter End Yacht Club or Biras Creek.

Just a 15-minute stroll from the resort, guests will find Spanish Town, the island's capital and home to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and shopping center. Visitors can shop for souvenirs and enjoy a cappuccino.

The Coppermine is on the southwest tip of Virgin Gorda was once mined by Cornish miners. The remains of the chimney, boiler house, cistern and mine shafts can be toured.

Fifteen miles to the northeast of Virgin Gorda lays the sparsely populated island of Anegada, a coral atoll known for miles of uninterrupted white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and fresh local "Anegada lobster" (frequently featured on the resort's dinner menu). The resort offers guests the chance to experience this unique island for a day-trip by boat or by sea plane.

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