We chose The Reefs to celebrate our honeymoon from July 3-10, and couldn’t be happier with our choice. There is a magic about the place, and we knew within 48 hours that we definitely wanted to make a return visit. There are many things that make The Reefs wonderful, but I wanted to highlight those that made our stay so memorable.
The Rooms: We actually stayed in two different room categories during our visit. For 6 nights we were in a Horizon Jr. Suite (Room 342 – Crow’s Nest- outstanding!). Upon stepping into our room for the first time, we noticed that it is not very large…..however, it is tastefully decorated. The bathroom countertops are marble, and the sink is made of heavy frosted glass. When you turn on the bathroom lighting, the sink is lit underneath, which we thought had a very cool effect. Very! Then, there is the large, open shower…..it was huge, and could have easily accommodated 4- 6 people. (There were only two of us :) What was the greatest thing about the room, though was the VIEW. Absolutely incredible! When we sat outside on our private balcony, we were literally only about 30-40ft. above the waves, breaking into a little cove, right below us. We were out there constantly, sipping our morning coffee…..early evening watching the beach crew set up for the dinners on the beach. It was a wonderfully located room! I have never stayed in a room while on vacation and been so close to the ocean. Our last night, we had to switch rooms to a Deluxe Lanai. I need to explain that this was not in any way the fault of The Reefs. We needed to switch, in order to fully utilize our return trip home to the States using our Freq. Flyer Miles. The Deluxe Lanai, was also a very nice room. It had not been updated, and had the smaller bathroom, but we still felt it was a great room with again a fantastic view. Very. The balcony was twice as large as the Horizon Room, but we are not in as close proximity to the water. Still, another great room!
The Service: We felt the staff at the Reefs was extremely accommodating and hard-working. They ensured that their guests had the best stay possible.. We called up to the front desk several times with requests, (re: inquiries about Dine-Around, different excursions, etc.), and they always promptly got back to us. They were also extremely polite and helpful at all times. One night we had dinner reservations at Grill 56, and wanted to sit by the window. They couldn’t get us in right away so we went to the Lounge and placed a drink order at the bar. About 10 minutes later we were seated for our dinner. Afterwards, we went back to the lounge for drinks and the nightly entertainment. We had barely set down at the table, when we were brought 2 drinks (of the same type we had ordered 2 hrs. before). We were impressed, that they had remembered what we had ordered, and brought them to us so promptly (without asking). Great! Several folks made our stay memorable: Sherlon and Walter at Coconuts, Rowena at the Front Desk, Carol Anne at Ocean Terrace (what a hoot). the staff at La Serena Spa ….very professional, Dean the Bartender at almost everywhere..:) We also met Jennifer (Mr. Dodwell’s assistant) one night while we were sitting outside, and had a nice chat with her. She was very nice, and ended up taking our picture sitting outside by the entrance fountain. WE spoke about Mr Dodwell's other property on Nevis - well that's another story..
The Restaurants: We dined at Coconuts twice…..both in the restaurant and the private beach dinner. The food was very well presented and seasoned, but the real plus of Coconuts is its location! The restaurant is literally elevated right over the beach. However, on one occasion in particular, our fish was a little bit overcooked. What we learned and discovered (at least for us) was that its best to order your fish/meat one step down from the way you would normally have it prepared. (i.e. Medium – order it Med-Rare; Medium Rare - order it Rare ).
The private beach dinner was very romantic, and it was wonderful being able to look out and see the sunset, feel the sand between your toes, and then see the Tiki torches being lit. Our favorite meal at Coconuts was the Rack of Lamb. It was excellent! We also ate twice at Coconuts for lunch: delicious Lobster-Mango Salad, and Smoked Salmon Avacado Club.
We ate at Grill 56 on two occasions (one being the Friday night Seafood Buffet). This is extrmely popular, and gets quite crowded. We especially liked the shrimp cocktail, and the seafood pasta. We also ate at Grill 56 one evening off of their regular menu. It is very nice….casually elegant. I had a wonderful Rack of Veal, and my husband had a very good lobster. Note that the dress for Grill 56 is a little bit dressier than for Coconuts.
We never did eat at Ocean Echo for dinner….but went there every morning for breakfast. They have many different breakfast choices: eggs cooked to order, omelettes, eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, French toast, plus fresh fruits/pastries for the Breakfast Bar, and it is a la carte, not buffet.
Entertainment: In the lounge, right between Ocean Terrace and Grille 56, they have nightly entertainment. We heard a wonderful pianist, Tony, our first night there. He played my requests all night long…and on our next to last night, we went in there and they had Latin dancing, where they even encouraged audience participation. It was a good time!
The Beach: Wonderful private beach. It could get a little rough for swimming in the afternoon with the waves breaking and high-tide, but it is still a great stretch of beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling. The beach crew even comes up and down the beach to take your drink order. Snorkeling was great at The Reefs. My husband snorkeled one afternoon and actually saw a 4 1/2 ft barracuda, darting in and among some of the many reefs. Yes it's barracuda country, but they are docile as long as you don't wear sparkly jewelry... and you don't hyperventilate :) We didn’t get to kayak, but saw several people out there, and it looked like fun.
Outside of the Reefs, we did rent a scooter during our stay in Bermuda, and loved the freedom it provided us in being able to get out and about and explore the different sites. We scootered East island to West. We do ride a motorcycle at home (not much) and did see some folks who to us looked like they were pretty unconfortable on the scooters.... Do be careful.
We snorkeled Church Bay, and Tobacco Bay during our stay, (actually preferred Tobacco because the water was calmer and we saw a greater variety of coral and fish), went horseback riding along the beach, shopped in Hamilton and Dockyards, caught the Goombay (sp?) dancers during Harbour Nights.
All in all, our honeymoon was just incredible….so memorable, and we fell in love with The Reefs and the beautiful island of Bermuda. We’ll be back!
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