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…

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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.

BVI Sea Turtle Programme

Join the Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) on a mission to help protect the sea turtles that graze and seek shelter in Little Dix Bay, while exploring the waters of the BVI.  Each excursion begins with an informative session at the Dive BVI shop adjacent to our dock, during which guests will learn about the current efforts to track and preserve the local turtle population. Guests will then venture out on a Dive BVI vessel to snorkel and explore local waters searching for the sea turtles. Once untagged turtles are found, guests will work together to bring them aboard to take measurements, check overall health, and with the help of a conservationist, tag the turtle for future tracking purposes before releasing the animals back into the water. Turtles found to be tagged will be measured and have their records updated, before being released back into the water. This systematic program of tracking the turtles helps to preserve their population while offering insight into their life patterns. Guests will receive a gift bag with keepsakes and further information on conservation efforts within the BVI.

Water-skiing 

The calm waters surrounding Virgin Gorda are ideal for water-skiing. Guests are transported around the corner from resort to nearby Pond Bay for water-skiing with the resort's 19-foot Mako speed boat. This activity is offered at an additional cost to guests.  Additional water sports including kite-boarding, wake-boarding, water-skiing, and sailing lessons are available at the Bitter End Yacht-Club.

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 Pure Romance package and for guests on the Full American Meal 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 

Scuba diving is available to guests with Dive BVI.  Offering 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 from the Dive BVI shop adjacent to the resort dock, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an ideal diving spot for everyone from beginners to experts.

Sunfish Sailing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddle boards 

Sunfish sailboats, single and double sea kayaks, and Stand up paddle boards 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.

Day Trips and Island Hopping 

Guests of Rosewood Little Dix Bay may choose to explore more of the BVIs on a unique island hopping experience.  The North Sound of Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island and Norman Island offer excellent snorkeling, delicious local fare, and unique bars such as the famed Soggy Dollar Bar, or Willy T's Floating Bar.  The resort can also arrange day trips to Anegada, fishing charters, and day sails on various sailing and power yachts.  At an additional cost, the resort will prepare a picnic lunch to enjoy on any of these activities.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise 

On Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the resort's custom-built, 47-foot luxury catamaran, the Sandy Cay, takes guests on a romantic cruise to enjoy the Caribbean sunset. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served onboard, as the resort's knowledgeable staff describes the unique points of interest along Virgin Gorda’s coast and the North Sound.

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Fitness Center 

The resort’s fitness center is handsomely outfitted with cardiovascular machines including treadmills, Stairmaster and Lifecycles with cardio-theatre personal viewing flat-screen TVs showing cable programming and movies. The fitness center also offers Precor and Cybex training equipment and a complete set of free weights and kettle bells. Chilled drinking water, towels and fresh fruit are provided to assure enjoyable workouts. The Fitness Center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fitness Classes 

Aligning a holistic wellness philosophy with Laurance S. Rockefeller's vision of harmony in nature, FranklyFitness® brings a truly complete approach to wellness at Rosewood Little Dix Bay. The program is designed to incorporate the disciplines of strength and conditioning training, nutrition, meditation and lifestyle consultation. The FranklyFitness® program is the perfect complement to the resort's 2,500 square foot fitness facility, and award-winning spa. The resident FranklyFitness® Pro offers guests of the resort access to excellent personal coaching, wellness knowledge and an array of fitness activity including yoga, meditation, and traditional strength and conditioning training. Wellness classes take full opportunity of the tranquil setting of Virgin Gorda to decrease stress, and maximize focus on development during training. Classes are generally smaller and more personal, however personal training and consultation can be arranged with the FranklyFitness® pro.​

Tennis 

The Rosewood Little Dix Bay tennis center features five artificial grass courts and two hard courts each with a beautiful mountainous view.  Two floodlit artificial grass courts allow guests to play after sunset. 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 Wednesday there is a complimentary “Drop-In” clinic. Other clinics focusing on skill development, and fitness improvement are offered on a weekly basis, 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 drop-in 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 (hike takes approximately 45 minutes). The Savannah Bay Trail starts at the far eastern end of the resort and offers a bit more rigorous and lengthy hiking. The 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.

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 Pusser’s, 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 the unique Saba Rock boutique hotel and bar.

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 at the outdoor café overlooking the picturesque harbor.

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.  From this vantage point during the sunset hour (seasonally between 4:30pm and 6pm), guests may take in amazing western sunset views, and even catch a glimpse of the local roosters and chickens that make their unorthodox nest high above the ground in a tree overlooking the valley.

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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