The Best Hotels to Book on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

Enjoy the best of island life with a stay at a hotel in Virgin Gorda
Enjoy the best of island life with a stay at a hotel in Virgin Gorda | Courtesy of Rosewood Little Dix Bay / Expedia
Suzy Pope

White sand beaches, secret grottos and reefs teeming with tropical sea life – Virgin Gorda has everything you want from a Caribbean escape. Follow a snorkelling session with farm-to-table dining, or relax after kayaking with a barbecue on your private terrace. Self-catering apartments, budget rooms with balconies and no-holds-barred luxury are all on offer on this small island. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Virgin Gorda, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, for a luxury village vibe

Luxury, Spa Hotel

Three loungers by an outside pool at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, with open water not far behind
Courtesy of Rosewood Little Dix Bay / Expedia

When this resort first opened in the 1960s, the idea was to create a place with a traditional fishing village feel. Even with the addition of a few modern luxuries, the vibe hasn’t strayed far from that vision. Cast out on Little Dix Bay, thatch-roof bars and huts are set amid lush, tropical greenery and crystal waters. It’s all about seclusion and nature here, with non-motorised watersports ensuring that the only sounds are waves and birdsong. A snorkelling session might see you follow a family of hawksbill turtles over the teeming reef, while you can also take advantage of daily boat services to the other beaches and bays of the island (the concierge can even organise a picnic). Bicycles and buggies are provided to get from beach-cottage-style rooms and treehouse suites to the hilltop spa, the beach, or vast swimming pools. Dinner options embrace the slow food movement, with Caribbean tapas in the Sugar Mill restaurant, and organic farm-to-table fare at Reef House.

2. Bayview Vacation Apartments, for elevated self-catering

Apartment

Indoor living area at Bayview Vacation Apartments, with various soft seating and a TV, plus doors to a terrace
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A five-minute stroll from the beach, Bayview Vacation Apartments are full of homely touches that make them a prime place to stay in Virgin Gorda. The price tag is pleasingly low, yet there’s no compromise on comfort and service. Apartments are hidden between palm-filled tropical gardens, which you can take in from your balcony or veranda. One- and two-bedroom apartments bear an island charm, with timber-beamed ceilings, granite-topped kitchens and a barbecue for warm nights on the terrace. It’s all self-catered, but the location in Spanish Town means beach bars, casual grill restaurants and breakfast cafes are all on your doorstep.

3. Mango Bay Resort, for watersports and beach living

Boutique Hotel

A double bed and a sofa in a Mango Bay Resort room, with open water just beyond the window
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Right on the pristine shore of Mahoe Bay, this west coast Virgin Gorda hotel is a haven for watersports and diving. The long sweep of sandy beach is protected by a reef, teeming with sea life you can see during a day of snorkelling or diving. Kayaks are provided for a peaceful paddle on the calm water; those that prefer land-based activities can hike and spot birds on the trails around the hotel. In-room spa services are available, while beachfront villas and rooms come with hammocks strung between palms. Private, covered verandas sit right on the sand, where you can while away the days on a lounger.

4. Gordian Terrace, for hilltop views

Boutique Hotel

A double bed and a soft chair in a Gordian Terrace room, with open water visible through the window
Courtesy of Gordian Terrace / Expedia

Gordian Terrace overlooks Dog Bay from its hilltop location; the sandy beach is just a seven-minute walk away. One- or two-bedroom condos are decked out in coffee and cream colours, each with kitchenettes. Every condo has a balcony or a private terrace furnished with sofas and a spot for al fresco dining. The hotel also has its own bike rental service, so get out and explore the beach bars, restaurants and watersports on offer in the area.

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