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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Families Get 50% Off Second Room at Little Dix Bay

In the British Virgin Islands, Tortola's Rosewood Little Dix Bay is offering 50% off a second room for the summer season, a good savings for families. Also, kids ages 5 - 11 receive 50 percent off their meal plans when joining their parents' meal plan and kids 4 and under eat free.

Dates: The offer is valid May 1 - December 19, 2008.

Especially for Kids: The Children's Grove features 2,500 square feet of interior space devoted to creative play with distinct island features: a miniature Caribbean chattel house, dress-up parlor, arts & crafts center, "monkey lounge," shipwreck and outside play area. On arrival, children aged five - 12 are greeted with a welcome letter and basket of sand toys, games, books and puzzles from The Children's Grove counselors, inviting them to join the fun.

The program is led by experienced staff who take children on nature walks, shell collecting expeditions and treasure hunts. Many of the program's activities feature the island's history and culture, including mocko jumbie performances, stone painting, Caribbean folk art and literature and West Indian musical instrument crafts.

The full-day program is complimentary and includes two snacks, one of which is the afternoon's "Tea Time in the Children's Grove". Every evening, kids can drop in for theme nights with dinner, including a Pirate Party, Pizza Night and Pajama Party Night. There is a nominal charge for dinner.

The youngest travelers are welcomes with in-room cribs with gender-specific bedding, Lady Primrose baby amenities, a liter bottle of Gerber baby water and a baby tub placed in the bathroom. The hotel can also provide bed rails, baby monitors and bottle warmers and arrange nanny service on request.

For older kids, the resort offers a Teen Room featuring a pool table and a lending library stocked with CDs, DVDs, books and board games. There's also free Internet access from 9 am to 9:30 pm. On the beach, teens have access to complimentary snorkeling gear, Sunfish sailboats and kayaks. They can also hike on two on-property trails, and enjoy complimentary beginners‚ tennis clinics and use of the resort's tennis courts and fitness center.

A children's menu is available at each of the resort's restaurants.

For More Information:
• call 1-888-ROSEWOOD or the resort directly at 1.284.495.5555
• visit www.littledixbay.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Spa Director for Rosewood Little Dix Bay

On Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay was one of the first resorts we visited in the Caribbean and it's still a family favorite. An excellent (and complimentary) kids' program makes it a top choice for many families; we wanted to pass along news about the spa and its new director:


GLEN ROSS, SPA DIRECTOR
SPA AT LITTLE DIX BAY

Accomplished spa manager and respected consultant Glen Ross has been tapped to oversee the operation of the luxurious new Spa at Little Dix Bay. An idyllic retreat, it is perched high on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the lush tropical gardens of legendary resort on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Ross was most recently Spa Director at another renowned Caribbean resort, Sandy Lane in Barbados.

Ross’s experience extends well beyond the islands, however. Martein van Wagenberg, Managing Director, calls Ross’s appointment “a perfect match” for Little Dix Bay. “Hands-down, spas have emerged as the number-one guest amenity and Glen’s diverse Asian and Caribbean blend of experiences will be invaluable as we establish Sense among the region’s most sought-after spas,” he says.

With 14 years of experience ranging from spa conceptualization and design to day-to-day operation, Ross is considered one of the industry’s most adept managers. “At Little Dix Bay, we are focusing on treatments that really take guests back to a place of peacefulness and calm. We’ll be adding more indigenous treatments using local products and creating additional spa facilities that take full advantage of the resort’s inspiring oceanside location. With spectacular views of Sir Drake Channel and the islands, sailboats drifting by and soothing breezes off the ocean, can you imagine a more serene setting?,” Ross says.

Prior to arriving on Caribbean shores, Ross was Group Director of Spa for Langham Hotels International in Hong Kong (2004 – 2006), where he formulated the direction and implementation of the company’s Chuan spa brand, which paired modern Chinese design and architecture with treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine. In this position, Ross was responsible for the overall spa performance across all Langham resorts, as well as the development of new spas in London, Boston, Auckland and Hong Kong.

From 2001 to 2004, he was Resort Director for Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Macau resort, tasked with the operation of the spa, health club and innovative corporate team-building facility. Prior to this, Ross helped open the five-star Kanuhura Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives, serving as Director of Spa & Recreation and Acting General Manager (1999 – 2000) charged with development of the spa’s concept, design and philosophy. A spa and leisure consultant both independently and for US-based Collier & Collier Spa Consultancy, Ross’s lifelong interest in Asia inspired his move to Phuket, Thailand in 1994 where, as Group Spa Operations Manager for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, he opened five Banyan Tree spas over a three-year period.

An avid endurance athlete, Ross recently moved on from triathlons to long distance running. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Environmental Studies and a Masters degree in Leisure Management at Sheffield University in Sheffield, England.

Spa at Little Dix Bay
A postcard Caribbean seaside setting distinguishes the new Spa. The latest addition to renowned Little Dix Bay, the spa features 360-degree views of the sea. Charming stone footpaths meander through three acres of lush tropical gardens, guiding the way to the spa’s separate cliff-side beach, two-tiered infinity pool, outdoor Yoga platform, and nine treatments cottages (including a couple’s suite) and spa suite which has an ocean-facing terrace.

About Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Located on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers discerning clientele an arms-length respite from day-to-day stresses amidst lush foliage, a half-mile crescent-shaped beach, a colorful barrier reef, and beautiful walking trails. Guests can choose from a wealth of elegant villas and guest rooms with recently renovated bathrooms and outdoor rain showers, including hexagonal cottages and two- and three-bedroom villas nestled along gorgeous gardens and shaded footpaths. The timeless resort's three dining venues specialize in fresh Caribbean cuisine, including the open-air Pavilion, the intimate Sugar Mill, and the Beach Grill, which serves light-fare on the white sands. The Spa at Little Dix Bay offers the finest in beauty and recuperative programs in a dramatic setting, with treatments that utilize indigenous botanicals plucked right from the resort grounds. New friends and experiences await kids at the Children's Grove. Complimentary services include a wide array of watersports, use of the on-site fitness center and tennis courts, and more.

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