There are no room keys at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, though your assigned butler can summon a set if you’re somehow not immediately in the island hideaway mindset. No TVs, either, but why would you want one when a plunge pool is just outside your door and a lounger reserved for you on the white-sand beach is only a few steps farther?

This legendary British Virgin Islands resort, one of the original high-end hotels in the Caribbean, has been drawing guests with a promise of laid-back luxury since the 1960s. After a recent four-year renovation, it reopened as a beachside escape balancing nostalgia with modern comfort.

“There are no cars. There’s no honking. There’s no sound really,” says Andreas Pade, Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s managing director. “You arrive on holiday and you’re a million miles away – you’re truly disconnecting from that other life you had before you arrived.”

The Little Dix Bay story starts 60 years ago when conservationist Laurance Rockefeller spotted a secluded half-mile stretch of sand curved around a bay on Virgin Gorda’s coast. Being a Rockefeller, he bought the beach and the 500 acres beyond it and built an upscale resort – part of his eco-friendly RockResorts – that attracted the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. It became part of the Rosewood group in 1993.

In 2016, Rosewood Little Dix Bay closed for a refresh. Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017, devastating the property just ahead of its planned reopening. Finally, in January 2020, four years after it initially closed its doors, the hotel reopened.

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