Meredith: Virgin Gorda, Little Dix Bay


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Within the British Virgin Islands, on the island of Virgin Gorda, lies a real jewel…Little Dix Resort, where I escaped one November.

Like the pirates who once explored the area, I, too, was enchanted by its riches, but not the monetary kind. The crystal blue seas, the balmy air, the huge granite rock formations that create scenic grottoes on the southern end of the island – Virgin Gorda is Mother Nature at her best. In fact, it was designated “the number 1 island in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas” in the Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.

Legend has it that Christopher Columbus named the island “the fat Virgin” because the land resembles a plump woman lying on her side. If so, Little Dix is located somewhere between the curve of her hip and her toes. The resort, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is known for having luxurious accommodations that exist in harmony with the landscape.

I felt the serenity the moment I entered my room, where mood music played softly on my Bose speakers, and fresh neutral furnishings in linen provided a calming backdrop to the vivid colors of sea and sky seen from the window. And there was an outdoor shower! While I didn’t want to leave my room, of course I did venture out to fully experience Little Dix.

Guests have a choice of three incredible dining options: one fine; one mid-range with themed dinners; and a beach grill with delicious fish, burgers, and salads. All were great, so great that my next stop was the huge fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes, and a personal trainer. If in-door exercise at a tropical paradise doesn’t appeal, guests can always play tennis or enjoy water sports and yoga classes outside.

Or even better, hike up to the spa, located high above the resort on the cliff’s edge, and reward yourself with the intoxicating view followed by a massage.   It’s an indulgent experience with a personal touch.   Just before leaving, I was given a small card on which was written a word, something that I was supposedly seeking – something like peace or courage or patience. I won’t tell what my word was, but at that moment, in that beautiful place, it should have reflected what I felt: bliss.

Caroline Travels the World…And So Can You.

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