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“The Best Hotel in Bermuda by far.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Reefs

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The Reefs
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Weston, CT
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“The Best Hotel in Bermuda by far.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

We just stayed at The Reefs for the 7th or so time, this instance at The Reefs Club. The facities were fabulous, the staff always attentive and the overall experience was wonderful. We will be back again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Toronto, Ontario Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

My 'now' husband surprised me to a 3 day Birthday stay here in January 2005, we were in Bermuda for 2 weeks visiting a friend. Our room was on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and the view was stunning. We left the balcony doors open at night to listen to the waves and woke to little birds just inside the doors, it was a cute surprise. The infinity pool was nice and the hot tub was open late. We had the brunch one day and room service breakfast and dinner for 2 other meals, the food was good. Bermuda is an amazing island. If you visit I highly recommend renting a scooter and touring on your own. We did the "Dark and Stormy Trail" and some of the places we visited along the way that I would highly recommend (if they are still there) are Club Cairo, the Salt Rock grill, Hillies and the Swizzle Inn.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

We stayed at The Reefs in June 2011 and had a wonderful time. We booked a cliffside room, quite far out towards the end or the row (to your left facing the ocean) and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I believe these are the rooms that are being updated for 2012. Our room was definitely a little "tired", especially the bathroom as others have noted, but it was quite comfortable with L'Occitane products and we didn't spend much time in our room except for sleeping/changing/etc. I would avoid the rooms in the main building under the restaurants and those close to the pool as it seemed like they could be noisy. In addition to the cliffside rooms, the newer part of the resort where the spa is located (not sure if these units were originally intended to be condos??) looks amazing.

Food and drinks at The Reefs were quite good. We enjoyed dinner at all three restaurants at the resort, and one night we used the Dine Around service to go to Cambridge Beaches. It was nice to try a new place and check out a different resort, but all 3 restaurants at the Reefs were better than the one at C.B. Our best meal at The Reefs was at Roystons, and we thought breakfast each day outside on the terrace was good as well.

We found the service to be extremely hospitable. Murray was a particularly welcoming and wonderful host, and offered amazing drink recommendations. In addition, the front desk, housekeeping, and the staff at the spa were all lovely.

Overall, we really enjoyed our first trip to Bermuda. We took the bus and rented scooters from the location right across the street from The Reefs...both are good ways to get around the island. I liked the location of the resort, beautifully situated on its own over the beach, but close enough to explore some of the island's other resorts and get to the famous nearby Henry VIII and Swizzle Inn bars. We also met some really great people at The Reefs... its small size lends itself to seeing the same guests during your stay and the evening activities (music and drinks on the patio) are very lively and fun. We are not usually the types to "make friends" on vacation, but we did at The Reefs...because it is just that kind of place.

I don't know if we will make it back to the Bermuda, as my husband and I don't get to travel often and we like to explore new places, but if we go, we will definitely return to The Reefs!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

We have stayed in a number of hotels and B&Bs in Bermuda. Then we discovered The Reefs and haven’t strayed. We are not sure what category it fits into. It has the amenities of a large hotel but the intimacy of a small inn.

The setting is magnificent, high on a cliff overlooking the rhythmic ocean. The Cliffside rooms have private balconies, perfect for listening to the surf while watching the sun set over the ocean before dinner, glass of wine in hand. The large sliding doors opening onto the balcony flood the room with light. The rooms are well appointed and the complimentary can of ginger beer and small bottles of Goslings rum most welcome. The bathrooms on our last couple of stays were renovated with large soaker whirpool tubs and an open shower big enough to hold a crowd. There is now access to wireless internet in the guestrooms but, as it was just recently installed, there are a few minor glitches.

The food is the equal of any of the fanciest restaurants in which we have eaten. Fresh ingredients, imaginatively prepared and beautifully plated. The executive chef was even willing to divulge his recipe for Bermuda fish chowder. Our only complaint is that the portions of some of the mains are too large.

The staff is among the friendliest we have found anywhere and genuinely concerned about the quality of The Reefs and our stays in particular. Incidentally, it is an insult not to say good morning, even to strangers on the road, in Bermuda.

An intimate resort with all the amenities and the quality of a 5 star hotel with views as an added bonus.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

I recently was in Bermuda for the fourth time; all at The Reefs While it is not all glitz and glam like some of the larger hotels (such as the Fairmont Southampton Princess down the road), the hospitality, friendliness and personalized attention one receives is much more important,

For me, The Reefs is the perfect resort; all the pampering and luxury features one finds at a large hotel, but small enough to feel friendly and personal. The infinity pool, the wonderful beach and nearby reefs for snorkelling, the spa, fabulous food, all make for a great holiday. But it is the feeling of being part of something…the Reefs family…that makes it exceptional. That's why there are so many people (including myself and numerous friends) who go back time and again.

The food is out of this world, and the beds are absolutely luxurious. There isn't a bad view in the place; either the rooms look over the ocean and the sunset, or the infinity pool and out to the ocean.

It is hard to find something bad to say. One word of advice...if you're travelling in the off-season, don't expect the same kind of activity you'd find at a larger place (e.g. nightly entertainment, full operation of all restaurants etc).

All in all, if you're looking for relaxation and a chance to decompress, The Reefs is as close to perfect as a resort can get.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Property: The Reefs
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 (per night): $559 - $1,140
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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