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“First Visit, but Not My Last”
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The Reefs
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

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!

Room Tip: All the rooms have water views, but things can get noisy in the main building, especially when there...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

My husband and I stayed in a two bedroom condo at The Reefs for a long weekend getaway. It was absolute heaven! We got lucky with the weather at this time of year (70 and sunny), but also we really could not have imagined a better place to stay. The two bedroom condo is exactly like the photos and floor plans on The Reefs website. The place is so nice that we ended up staying in and cooking for all of our dinners. The kitchen equipment is new and contains everything you need, including spices such as salt, pepper, parsley, cinnamon, and oregano. The fridge has a separate drawer for drinks, which we liked. The bathrooms (2.5) have L'Occitane toiletries, which smell lovely. We were in a ground floor condo, which I ended up preferring, because it made our patio area feel much bigger. We definitely plan on returning!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Merenneito06
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

The beach and the views of it from the rooms are fantastic. Plenty of recreational activities on site. A 20 minute bus ride (I mean a clean & safe ride) to shopping in Hamilton and a 30 minute ride to the dockyard (bus stops in both directions right out front of the hotel). Will go there again soon

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Beachesarethebest
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Excellent accomodations that make you feel like you are in a home with amenities and not a large hotel. This is a relatively small property that feels spacious because the number of rooms is low and the common area space is large, hence you do not feel crowded. An awesome staff, accomodations, pristine beach with service, complimentary snorkeling and kayak, and the food is gourmet and generally breakfast and dinner are included - you don't need more than that! They do not nickel and dime you and even if you order room service it is the same price as if you ordered it in the restaurant! Up front cost is high but after all is added up you will not spend any more money here than if you stayed somewhere else that is not as good. You will not be disappointed. All rooms face west with balconies and a great view. Our favorite place, we have been there twice.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms but we prefer not to have poolside.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank HEB986
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

The condos are open at the Reefs -- and are discounted while the hotel is closed for renovations and the restaurants are closed. We had the time of our life for one weekend. So beautiful - so wonderful. Not sure I could afford it though at regular prices! The weather happened to be fabulous too (late February). The fact that the hotel is closed means also that the place is almost empty (wonderful for us -- not so much for the owners, I guess). Service was wonderful too -- great people, with great suggestions on where to go and how to get there. Snap this place up while its still good value!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

we went to the reefs in february a few years ago. this hotels is perfection. if you can afford it, don't hesitate. the food was amazing , gourmet dining every night. bermuda is absolutely beautiful. beach at hotel small but beautiful. i can't say one bad thing about it, other than pricey but so WORTH it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We had a wonderful time. The room was magnificent...as was the view out the windows. Your staff was friendly and responsive. 
Love the Reefs. You also have a great reputation as we heard positive comments from everyone we mentioned to where we were staying.
Jim and Mary Ramerman

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Address: 56 South Shore Rd., SN 02, Bermuda
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Region: Caribbean > Bermuda > Southampton Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Southampton Parish
Price Range: C$389 - C$1,019 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reefs 4*
Number of rooms: 81
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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The Reefs Hotel Southampton
Reefs Hotel Southampton
Reefs Resort Southampton
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