Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda is one of at least two major resorts in the British Virgin Islands slated to reopen next winter.
That is according to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who said his government has been in direct dialogue with the owners of the acclaimed resort.
In fact, recent reports coming out of Cabinet have said — subject to a further review by the Office of the Attorney General — government has entered into a redevelopment agreement with the owners and operators of the resort.
The extent of that agreement was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, Dr Smith said certain progress is also being made towards the restoration of other local tourist attractions.
He said the Virgin Gorda-based Bitter End Yacht Club, for example, will reopen its marina and restaurant in early 2019.
“Also on Virgin Gorda, I am pleased to report the Biras Creek Resort will rebuild to an even higher level with current plans calling for the first phase to be reopened by winter 2019/2020,” Dr Smith said while speaking in the House of Assembly last week.
Long Bay Resort expanding under new ownership
He continued: “Peter Island Resort is also quite advanced with the extensive rebuilding plans. Similarly, Long Bay Resort here on Tortola now has new owners and plans are moving at a feverish pace to commence rebuilding, expansion, and repositioning of that property. This will be a boom to the tourism product on Tortola,” he added.
Premier Smith, who is also Minister of Tourism, said work also continues at pace on Saba Rock and Mosquito Island.
All these properties sustained major damage during the onslaught of the September 2017 hurricanes. While the local tourism industry slowly rebuilds, government is also facilitating the process with new investments.
Just recently, government signed an agreement for a major development on Norman Island.
The development, which is projected to cost in the upwards of $200 million, will the see the construction of three potential 20 to 30-room hotels and will provide ownership opportunities for 75 to 100 residences. The development will also include the addition of another restaurant on the island, a floating pool, a beach bar, a water sports centre, as well as a spa, an observatory, and boat slips for day visitors and residents.