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The Reefs, Bermuda


by Steve Hartridge | February 2014

"If Bermuda means ‘beach’ then you will want to keep returning to The Reefs. During our stay a US couple checked in for their 128th visit! We loved the genteel afternoon high teas and personal touches like posting the names of guests due to arrive that day."

THE BACKGROUND: Owned by David Dodwell, Sr, the first chair of the new Bermuda Tourism Authority (who also owns Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis), The Reefs is a mix of cottages, suites and Club Condos.

THE LOCATION: The resort enjoys a great location set above cliffs on the southern shore. There are no rental cars in Bermuda: a taxi from L.F. Wade International Airport costs around $30.

THE ROOM: We stayed in one of the newly-converted spacious Junior Suites. They feature a very comfortable king-size bed and a sunken lounge area with sofa, table and TV. There’s a private patio with two sun-loungers and never-grow-tired views of the beach and sea. The large bathroom has a rain-shower for two, jet-spa bath, and L’Occitane amenities. The in-room Wi-Fi was fast and reliable. On arrival guests receive a complimentary in-room rum & ginger beer: a ‘dark 'n stormy’ welcome to Bermuda. A nice touch!

KEY FACILITIES: The private crescent-shaped pink-sand beach is great for swimming and enjoying water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling in usually gentle waters. There are plenty of beach chairs and sunbeds and attentive staff ensure your glass doesn’t fall empty of generous mixed cocktails. Or head higher up the resort to the freshwater infinity pool. La Serena Spa offers treatments like an Elemis aroma stones therapy and a warm bamboo massage.

THE RESTAURANTS/BARS: There are three. Coconuts is set among natural rock just metres from the sea. The subdued lighting at night creates a magical quality and the meals we enjoyed here – particularly the Thai fish curry – were not bettered anywhere in Bermuda. Roystons does gourmet burgers and wood-fired pizzas and more upmarket items such as grilled Bermuda rock fish. The slightly more formal Ocean Echo offers an excellent à la carte selection. The same restaurant serves a generous breakfast buffet.

THE HIGHLIGHT: The very attentive (but not obtrusive), efficient and hospitable staff impressed us, but the abiding memory is those wondrous views from our balcony and drifting asleep each evening to the natural sounds of waves rolling over the rocks below.

RATES: Daily B&B rates start from $925 for two (May 1-October 31 2014). Or see operators such as Prestige and Purely Bermuda.

THE DETAILS: A: 56 South Shore Road, Southampton SN02, Bermuda; T: +1 441.238-0222; E:; W:

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