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Rosewood Little Dix Bay- Brief trip report- So this is one of the best in Caribbean??

Rosewood Little Dix Bay- Brief trip report- So this is one of the best in Caribbean??

Old Jun 10, 14, 7:07 pm
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Rosewood Little Dix Bay- Brief trip report- So this is one of the best in Caribbean??

Please forgive me but this thread should be sub-titled- the Caribbean is a sad substitute for Hawaii.

But more on that in a minute.

We flew a chartered small plane from St Thomas directly into Virgin Gorda airport. After we went through the small but official BVI customs we were greeted by LDB representatives who were very sweet. We waited for the van to return and made the short trip to LDB. We would be staying in one of the private four bedroom villas on a hill overlooking the bay.

The Good:
- Views are stunning and the bay itself is beautiful
- Water is beautiful and there is good (but not great) snorkeling right off the beach
- Water temp is of course wonderful
- I am a diver and there is good diving very easily accessible
- Mature (but unkept) tropical landscaping
- the on site dive operation is courteous and well run (how ironic it is an out sourced company)

The OK:
- The resort is very secluded but it is clear the hard product throughout is definitely dated and in dire need of some TLC
- for example most of the paddles for the SUP were broken and no one seem to care- it is clear the beach attendants just leave them in a pile each day and leave

The bad/not so good:
-It is clear LDB is resting on their laurels and their history.
-They have one of the most stunning natural bays in the world and this apparently gives them little motivation to try hard
- The food is absolutely average and the fish was consistently disappointing. Every fish dish was either over cooked or fried! To add insult to injury the fish was ALL very fishy tasting - indicating it was not fresh- I have had fresh Mahi Mahi in Mexico, Hawaii and other locations and it should NEVER taste fishy.
- The service only ranges from indifferent to down right rude. For example the main restaurant is pavilion. At dinner time they keep all the tables under the peaked rooks where it is hot and stuffy while the patio area (closer to the sea mind you) is left unused. When we asked if we could move our table out just a bit to catch a breeze, we were given all kinds of resistance.

All of this is at prices that are equal to the Four Seasons Hualalai.(we live in Arizona so the travel time was another negative)

As my wife stated - "I always wondered why we meet so many families from the east cost in Hawaii when it is so far to travel". Now we know why- who wants to fly to the Caribbean- to stay at a dated property, be treated with indifference and eat horrible fish!!

To my East Coast friends who are suffering through the Caribbean each year- make a break for Hawaii or even Punta Mita Mexico- also superior in almost every way.

In conclusion - I am shocked that LDB is referenced as one of the best choices in the Caribbean- I shudder to think what the other options are like.
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Old Jun 11, 14, 10:07 am
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Similar experience during the glory days at Parrot Cay. Mediocre food and service. I think it's the Caribbean in general, although I'm sure there are exceptions.
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Old Jun 11, 14, 2:44 pm
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The funny thing is I went in with low expectations
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Old Jun 12, 14, 1:59 am
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I stayed at LBD a few times prior to its Rosewood management and it was pretty much the same back then. The beach is almost unbeatable and the peace and quiet are worth paying for. But the food was always iffy and the rooms locked in a 70s time warp. But that's the Caribbean for you. I have to say, though, that I'd rather have the Caribbean LBD-style than anything in Hawaii which is a sort of hotel hell.
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Old Jun 12, 14, 5:02 am
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I researched the caribbean Rosewoods for a trip this fall and decided that Jumby Bay looked better than Little Dix. Is that correct?
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Old Jun 12, 14, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by Pausanias View Post
I stayed at LBD a few times prior to its Rosewood management and it was pretty much the same back then. The beach is almost unbeatable and the peace and quiet are worth paying for. But the food was always iffy and the rooms locked in a 70s time warp. But that's the Caribbean for you. I have to say, though, that I'd rather have the Caribbean LBD-style than anything in Hawaii which is a sort of hotel hell.
FS hualalai beats LDB by a wide margin
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Old Jun 12, 14, 8:38 am
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I researched the caribbean Rosewoods for a trip this fall and decided that Jumby Bay looked better than Little Dix. Is that correct?
I would pick one of the nicer resorts in playa del Carmen over the two rosewoods.

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Old Jun 12, 14, 9:51 am
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I'm a regular BVI visitor, and the mediocre food situation there is territory-wide. It's bad enough that when we fly there, we bring most of our food from Puerto Rico. The only things we buy locally in any major quantity are juices, drinking water, liquor, and bread.
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Originally Posted by off2rome View Post
I would pick one of the nicer resorts in playa del Carmen over the two rosewoods.
For the close to home possibilities, we had narrowed to Rosewood Mayakoba, the Maroma Resort, and the FS Cost Rica. So I guess we are in line with your thinking. For us, it was about animals and culture. We were also considering our 3 year old son.

Turns out, we are going to Amanruya and the FS Sultanahmet but these close to home options are likely to come up again in our future. I'd like to do them all.
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Old Jun 12, 14, 10:19 am
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For us, it was about animals and culture. We were also considering our 3 year old son.
Jumby is very child friendly and safe.... being a private island and all. And they have sheep & turtles on the island! My 4 year old still talks about them.
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The food situation on Virgin Gorda is generally mediocre, but there a few new restaurants that have opened recently that have improved the situation. CocoMaya is a very good Japanese/Latin American fusion restaurant and there is a good barbeque place now as well (Hog Heaven).

I couldn't imagine going to VG and not renting a car.
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Erika - how easy is it for you to get to St Lucia? The Sugar Beach resort there would be perfect for your little one. They have a kids club and during the British school holidays at least there are other children there but for the times when you don't want to mix all the villas etc have their own plunge pools. All the staff there love children (good with adults too). The setting is absolutely stunning and there's snorkelling and diving right off the beach in a Marine Reserve. Unfortunately that does mean that you get boats coming in with day trippers from other hotels and cruises but at those times you could be on your own terrace and you wouldn't hear a thing - apart from the tree frogs!

Food was good - excellent a la carte breakfasts and two restaurants for dinner - one more casual on the beach and the other more fine dining in the Plantation building. There were well behaved kids there earlier in the evening.

Oh and turtles on the beach!

The other place that's popular with - shall we say well off British families is Carlisle Bay in Antigua. We haven't stayed but friends have. It's got a barefoot luxury vibe - lovely beach and the rooms look nice.
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FS hualalai beats LDB by a wide margin
We've debated this hotel quite a lot but for me it's too big, too corporate-looking and there's no proper beach. Why pay those rates when you can go to somewhere like Tikehau for half the price and ten times the beauty?

If I were going back to the Caribbean this year (and I am) I'd wait until Malihouana on Anguilla gets going again because that might be a game changer.
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We stayed in Nizuc over President's weekend and thought it was terrific.

Originally Posted by Ericka View Post
For the close to home possibilities, we had narrowed to Rosewood Mayakoba, the Maroma Resort, and the FS Cost Rica. So I guess we are in line with your thinking. For us, it was about animals and culture. We were also considering our 3 year old son.

Turns out, we are going to Amanruya and the FS Sultanahmet but these close to home options are likely to come up again in our future. I'd like to do them all.
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Old Jun 12, 14, 3:49 pm
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The food situation on Virgin Gorda is generally mediocre, but there a few new restaurants that have opened recently that have improved the situation. CocoMaya is a very good Japanese/Latin American fusion restaurant and there is a good barbeque place now as well (Hog Heaven).

I couldn't imagine going to VG and not renting a car.
I failed to mention chez bamboo - it was the one dining bright spot
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