Built around the ruins of a 1680 farmhouse at Christian Bay, Southampton, the Reefs opened its doors in 1947 and overlooks one of Bermuda's prettiest coves. Much modified, expanded, and renovated over the years, the hotel has distinctive white Bermudian roofs (Mark Twain called them "icing on the cake") and salmon-pink walls. The resort is family-owned and gets a lot of praise for its emphasis on personal service, which helps account for guests who return year after year, decade after decade. There's great fishing right off the rocks in front of the resort, and the kitchen will prepare whatever you catch. Exploring the grounds is a treat, as they've been built up over the years. Wander out to a deck on the point for views around this superb setting.
There’s no escaping the beautiful Atlantic here, and guests wouldn’t have it any other way. Rooms and suites have a simple motif, the better not to detract from the ocean views enjoyed by virtually every room. Recline on the terrace, sprawl on the divan, or forget to get out of bed. There’s nothing to detract from pure relaxation.
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Facing west, the resort catches some superb sunsets over the Atlantic. Otherwise, the neighborhood is dominated by the things that have people jetting back to Bermuda year after year: long pink beaches lined with loungers shaded by, yes, pink-striped umbrellas.
Need to Know
Rooms: 62 rooms and suites. From $350. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Reefs has three restaurants and a bar. Ocean Echo has broad views and seating indoors or on a terrace overlooking the ocean. Royston's is an intimate restaurant with a fireplace and open-air kitchen. Coconuts offers dining on the beach. Spa and gym details: There are two gyms and pools at the Reefs. The resort gym is complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, and weight and stretching stations. The resort’s two pools are both saltwater infinity pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Club Condo pool has lounge chairs sitting in foot-deep water for full aquatic effect.
Who's it for: Tradition-minded resort lovers. Our favorite rooms: Room 340 at the end of the point overlooks the rocks and coastline. One couple started staying in this room in the early 1950s; they returned to the Reefs an incredible 127 times. All-inclusive fun: The Reefs is the kind of full-service resort that offers morning orientations for guests. Between the many activities like kayaking in coves, water sports, hiking, golfing, and even the odd match of croquet, it's handy to have others literally hold your hand and guide you through the choices at this sprawling, Old World retreat.
West facing rooms with Atlantic Ocean views. Secluded pink sand beach. Complimentary beach chairs and towels.
On-beach food and beverage service offered at three restaurants.
Coconuts: Beachside dining for lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. Ocean Echo: Fine dining for breakfast and dinner. A more casual dinner experience is available on the Ocean Echo terrace. Royston's: Grill room dining with a brick pizza oven, show kitchen, and extensive wine list. Dinner only.
Babysitting services. Wedding and honeymoon packages available. Small group meeting rooms. Weekly events and activities.
Upper and lower level rooms overlooking the infinity edge swimming pool and ocean. Includes private patio or balcony, king bed, and seating area with pull-out couch.
Overlook the ocean with private patio or balcony, king bed, newly renovated bathroom, and seating area with pull-out couch.
King bed, bathroom with soaking tub, walk-in rainwater shower, seating area. Located along the cliffside with a large balcony with an unobstructed ocean view.
Above Coconuts Restaurant on the beach with living room with pull-out couch, king bed, bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, private patio, flat screen TV, and stereo for in-room entertainment.
Best views of the ocean, with 680 square feet. Includes king bed, sitting room, balcony, private hot tub, bathroom with Jacuzzi, and rainwater shower.
Two- and three-bedroom cottages have ocean views, separate living rooms, and private outdoor hot tubs. Short distance from the main hotel.