VIRGIN GORDA Travel Guide
Dreaming of lounging by a pool at a Caribbean resort this winter? We'd recommend the Rosewood Little Dix Bay, a British Virgin Islands resort with breezy cabins and no locks on the doors ("there are no keys in paradise!"). If you like luxury without pretense, this is your place.
But that whole "popular with families" thing? It almost ruined the poolside afternoon we planned for ourselves on a recent visit. As soon as we saw the large group of kids playing "Marco Polo" and splashing about, we knew we needed a Plan B.
And we found it--up the hill at Sense, a Rosewood Spa. But instead of a candle-lit relaxation room, this spa is open-air, set atop a cliff overlooking insanely blue ocean. There's a two-tier infinity pool and a little jacuzzi tucked away behind palm fronds.
Sometimes billionaire nerds are the worst hotel wedding crashers. This Saturday, Google co-founder Larry Page will tie the know with his fiancee on Necker Island, the private Caribbean island owned by Virgin's Richard Branson.
Necker Island is pretty extravagant place that can house 26 of your closest friends. But Page obviously has more than 26 "friends" so he has rented the nearby island of Virgin Gorda for his wedding guests, including the entire Little Dix Bay Resort:
No one except Page's guests is staying at Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda "so that Page's wedding could be completely private," said an insider. "They rented all of Virgin Gorda. They took over the island."
The source also said "boats and ferries for hundreds of guests were ordered to ship them from Little Dix Bay to the ceremony."
Page is also flying guests in from all over the world on private planes. Expected to be in attendance are Bono, and other millionaires and billionaires.
· Google Wedding Seizes Island [Page Six]
Mogul Laurance S. Rockefeller didn't mind that Columbus named a small piece of Caribbean paradise after a "Fat Virgin." Rockefeller's Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda is the epitome of a sleek supermodel who's anything but a virgin.
As hot as it is, however, Rosewood Resorts' Little Dix Bay is undergoing a bit of a nip/tuck that will soon reveal brand new guest rooms, junior suites and villas. According to a Rosewood rep, "It's a complete transformation in keeping with Laurance Rockefeller's vision of earth in balance when he founded the resort in the 1960s."
Although Rockefeller died in 2004, his vision also lives on in his former cottage at the Rosewood Resort's swank St. John stay, Caneel Bay, also undergoing a facelift, in which Rockefeller's former residence, Cottage 7, was recently revamped and 89 of the resort's 166 guestrooms are being transformed and ready for its close up sometime this fall.
As much as Rockefeller loved his hotels, which once were under the umbrella of his company Rockresorts, he also had a fascination with UFOs and the study of crop circles, neither of which have been spotted at any of his former resorts.
· Little Dix Bay reviews [TripAdvisor]