I just returned from a 5 day stay at the Coco Reef Hotel. It was a very quaint beach hotel. If you dont want a huge resort feeling place to stay than this is the place to go. The beach location cannot be beat. We had room #203 and had a beautiful view with the beach just steps away. I found everyone at the hotel extremely nice and accomodating. They were always there to help, they called us a taxi, made reservations for dinner at other resturants, answered all our questions.
The rooms were very dated but really how much time do you spend in there with the beach just outside? Apparently there was $10million renovation recently but not sure they touched the rooms with that. After seeing the prices of things in Bermuda I can see that $10million won't get you that far. The rooms could really use some updating but are not inhabitable.
The breakfast served its purpose in the morning and I had no complaints with it. We did not eat at the resturant in the hotel. The menu seemed a bit limited so we chose to go elsewhere. We went down to Elbow Beach Resort just a short walk down the beach for both lunch and dinner at Mickey's on beach. It was very good as well. We were glad that we did not stay there since we had originally tried but they were sold out. At Elbow Beach the hotel is all the way at the top while the beach is down below. It is a long walk and there is shuttle if you don't want to walk. Also the beach seemed very croweded.
At Coco Reef, our beach was much less croweded and had more of a secluded feel than Elbow Beach. There was always a chair and an umbrella. The water and sand were gorgeous. It was a bit rougher than I had expected and very difficult for me at least to try and snorkel around all the reefs in the water right off the beach but still beautiful. The pool was quiet all the times we went in and very relaxing. Afternoon tea was provided also at the hotel for free and it was a great treat to come for tea and cookies in the afternoon.
Bermuda is by far one of the most beautiful islands I have visited and the people are so friendly. Every taxi driver we had did something out of his or her way for us. Even picking a aloe plant off the road for my mom's sunburned foot! A good tip that one taxi driver told us was that you can share taxi's in Bermuda. I saw alot of people complain about the prices of taxis on this site but the drivers are not allowed to offer sharing. The customer has to ask. So if you see someone going near or where you want to go ask to share and it will save you about half the cost.
In terms of dining. I recommend going to the Hog Penny in Hamilton. It is great pub and the fish and chips are to die for! We also ate at Coconuts at the Reefs Hotel. They have a $68 price fix 4 course meal. Great meal and the location was beautiful over looking the water and beach. It feels like you are in a treehouse. One of the most gorgeous places I have ever eaten. We also ate at Aqua, at the Ariel Sands. It was also on the beach and very good but I liked Coconuts better.
I recommend going to Warwick Long Bay Park and taking the trails down to the beach and following the beaches and coves to Horseshoe Bay Beach. It is really a beautiful walk, hike, and climb and the sights you will see are just beautiful. So many coves and secluded beaches often times with no one on them. We took a taxi to Long Bay Park and walked the rest of the way along the water to Horseshoe Bay Beach we left in the morning and got there at lunch time which was perfect timing since we stopped and ate lunch at the beach cafe and had a great $5 cheeseburger! There are taxi's right there to take back to the hotel if you dont want to take the walk all the way back.
Overall the Coco Reef served its purpose and I would stay there again. It would be really great if they updated the rooms. But mostly all the people we talked to at the hotel said the location was the best and they liked the feel and preferred staying there rather than any of the bigger hotels.
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- Serene Beachfront Hotel located on Bermuda's magnificent South Shore, just steps from the beautiful pink sand beach and only 10 minutes from Hamilton.Coco Reef "Bermuda's Best Beach Resort". ... more less
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