My Week Off: Virgin Gorda

January 5th, 2010 by Vanilla Ice


Welcome to: Where I Spent My Week Off —by a NYC Restaurant "Insider"

So, what do you do in the industry?
I was a General Manager/Maitre d’ for an [popular] restaurant in Tribeca, but I left there about a month ago. I also used to be a managing partner for a Midtown restaurant several years ago. I’m currently on hiatus until the end of January.


And you have how many weeks off a year, generally?
I generally take about 4 weeks off a year, but not in succession.

What made you choose Virgin Gorda for this vacation?
We weren’t able to book the trip that far in advance, so I guess our first priority was finding something that was available, nice and not too expensive considering the such late notice. I do have a travel agent and she recommended it according to my needs. We also didn’t want to travel too far and have a very long flight or a lot of connections. However, it still took almost 12 hours overall, because we had one connection and a boat ride.

And where did you stay?
At Little Dix Bay, which I think was originally built by the Rockefeller family. I did hear of Little Dix Bay prior to this; I know it was a super hotspot maybe 20 years ago. A friend of mine told me he visited there briefly around that time— he was sailing the Caribbean with friends and they dropped in there for a drink, and he loved it.

How was the ambience/service/amenities etc?
Not bad. However, the resort does seem to be a little worse for wear and could use some sprucing up here and there, especially the rooms. Also, it was a lot more family-oriented than we were led to believe, but that could also have been exacerbated because of the holiday. The beach was lovely, though.

Any major glitches and/or disappointments?
Our first meal upon arrival was at the more casual restaurant near the dock, and that was awful. The service was incredibly apathetic considering the cost of the resort as a whole. The food was pretty terrible, too. We decided to just avoid that place for the rest of the trip which affected our overall spending, because it was the least expensive dining spot. Also, if you chose not to partake in the very very expensive (!) all-you-can-eat/drink New Years Eve buffet, there were no other options for dining than room service. There must have been some kind of lesser surcharge for the buffet upon booking, because I find it very hard to believe a lot of those families (of 6 or 8+ people) paid that astonishingly exorbitant price per person for the experience. We could eat at Per Se for that kind of money.

Like I said, I also thought the room was shoddier than advertised. There were cracks in the walls and bathroom tile, for example, and the linens were cheap and worn out. There’s no TV and no dock for playing music, so late at night if we weren’t tired, we had to resort to watching movies (which we had with us) on my laptop.
Even the beach experience was somewhat strained, as these families get very territorial and downright rude about "their" little area with "their" lounge chairs and tables. So in that sense, the resort should have been better prepared for the upswing in holiday traffic and provided ample accommodations for everybody.

Any great standout experiences?
The water is the clearest and most beautiful I have ever seen in my life. It was the one thing (aside from my companion) that salvaged the trip and made it all truly worthwhile. I’m an avid swimmer, so being able to swim in the sea that was as warm, clean and placid as a pool was wonderful. The prevalent stingrays are a little scary though, but thankfully, there were no bad incidents.
Also, the complimentary daily afternoon "tea" was a nice welcomed touch. Perfect for the sunset after a day on the beach, right before freshening up for dinner.

How much did you blow all week?
The airline tickets were about $700 each. And the room was about $650 per night. Food/drinks every day were probably about $150 per day (but breakfast is included with the cost of the room).




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