My daughter, her boyfriend, and I spent the first week of December 2011 at The Reefs. This was my ninth visit to Bermuda but my first at The Reefs (all previous stays were at Elbow Beach before they changed hands and went downhill), and I wasn't disappointed. Although small, especially at high tide, the private beach is lovely and sheltered. In addition to the beach, there's a good-size hot tub and a horizon pool near the main building. The grounds are filled with flowers and kept immaculately clean. The main building is elegantly "old school" Bermuda, and where else do you get served a complimentary rum swizzle while checking in?
We stayed in the two-bedroom Sandpiper Cottage, about 300 yards from the main building and on the other side of the condo section. The bedroom on the ocean side has a very comfortable king bed. The landside bedroom contains two twin beds that can be joined to create a king. Both bedrooms have separate access to the large, nicely appointed bathroom. The furniture in the large sitting area was comfortable, with satellite TV and a desk area with books. There's also a fireplace for cooler nights. The "kitchen" area at the other end of the cottage contained a minifridge, microwave, and Keurig coffeemaker with pods, plus complimentary Barritt's Ginger Beer and Gosling's Black Seal Rum for Dark 'n' Stormy cocktails.
The view of the property and the south shore from our back deck was spectacular, especially from our private hot tub. Because of the cottage's position, you can actually watch both sunrise and sunset from the deck.
We had dinner at both Royston's Steakhouse and the main Ocean Echo dining room. Royston's has a fixed menu; Ocean Echo's menu changes daily. The food was excellent at both, but the portions at Ocean Echo are larger. Royston's is very small and "clubby," but we found it a bit too crowded when all the tables were occupied. Breakfast at Ocean Echo was excellent, with menu choices plus fruit, yogurt, pastries, and such from a circular bar. The Coconuts restaurant down at the beach had just closed for the season (for dinner), and we weren't around for lunch, but I'd definitely give it a try next time.
Afternoon tea is served from 4 to 5 p.m. daily. Offerings varied but always included a couple types of finger sandwiches plus scones with jam and Devonshire cream, fresh-baked cookies/brownies, or banana bread in addition to a selection of gourmet tea and iced tea. We took our goodies out on the huge deck overlooking the ocean and shared with the local birds, some of which got so used to us that they ate from our hands.
Everyone we encountered at The Reefs was friendly and accommodating, the property is beautiful with a gorgeous view, the food was excellent, and there's an outlet of Oleander Cycles right across the street (as well as a bus stop for the less adventurous).
Bermuda, especially The Reefs, is not an inexpensive destination, but we feel that our stay at Sandpiper Cottage was worth every penny!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Widely recognized as the best hotel in Bermuda, this award-winning and intimate hotel offers spectacular ocean views from every room. Perched along limestone cliffs overlooking its own private beach you'll enjoy legendary Bermudian hospitality and gourmet dining at three different restaurants. The Reefs is one place where you will feel perfectly at ease. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Reefs Hotel Southampton
- Reefs Hotel Southampton
- Reefs Resort Southampton
- The Reefs Bermuda
- Reefs Bermuda