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Finding right accommodation in Bermuda could be challenging, primarily because it is an expensive country. Before making a decision, I wanted to make sure that I got the best combination of factors like price, location, facilities, and special features meeting my individual needs. For my visit to Bermuda, I selected Grotto Bay Beach Resort.
Normally when planning my trips, I would spend hours trying to put a free vacation together using credit cards points,miles, or cash back. My trip to Bermuda was different. For the first time in a long time, I was not restricted by my credit card earning. This trip was a present and my choices were wide open. I have to admit, it was a welcomed change. There were a lot of choice, but without major deliberation, I decided on Grotto Bay Beach Resort.
What Works for Families at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Typically, my number one criteria when choosing a hotel is its view. I reserved a waterfront room with a large balcony. It was exactly I was looking for. Majority of hotels rooms at Grotto Bay Beach Resort are facing the water. Those that do not, overlook beautifully landscaped grounds.
The beach is rather small but nice. It is sheltered and safe for children to swim. There is also large inflatable floating playground for those who need more than just a relaxing time on the beach. Towels and umbrellas are available with no charge.
Right next to the main beach, there is a beautiful crystal little bay where you can swim with the fish. It is a picturesque place perfect for a private swim or just relaxing time in beautiful surroundings.
I loved the pool. It is large, crystal clean, and overlooks the bay. I have to admit, its main feature for me was a swim-up bar. The pool is open 24/7 which almost unheard of in the USA. Close to the pool there is large secluded and inviting hot tub.
There are two grottoes at the hotel. One is available only for guests who pay for their relaxing massage, and the other one is free for hotel’s guests. Without hesitation, I skipped the $300 massage and went to explore the free one. I was blown away with its beauty.
Swimming in the grotto was the highlight of my trip. For the most part I was alone there. I enjoyed the silence and the serenity of the place. Floating in this surreal scenery was purifying and relaxing beyond description.
A variety of dining options are available at the hotel, from formal to a beach bar. I enjoyed the outside dining where prices were more reasonable.
The hotel’s grounds are beautiful and well manicured. It feels like a tropical oasis there. Because of the hilly terrain, you can enjoy the views of the bay from almost any outside areas.
I loved waterfront view from a private large balcony. Taking under consideration the high prices on the islands, I liked having a refrigerator. I kept some basic food and drinks on hand there for convenience and saving. The bathroom looked like it was recently renovated – nice and spotless.
Convenient location to a public bus
There are no car rentasl in Bermuda. Even locals are only allowed one car per household so public transportation is a good alternative to expensive taxis or scooter rentals. Buses are clean, air-conditioned, and run frequently until late hours.
Walking distance to Bermuda’s major attractions
Attractions like beautiful Crystal Caves and Swizzle Inn – famous for swizzle, a signature drink of Bermuda – are within walking distance. Also very interesting nature preserve can be reaches on foot.
What Does Not Work for Families at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Staying at Grotto Bay Beach is Expensive
Just like the entire country of Bermuda, Grotto Bay is expensive. Costs for not only accommodation but also food are surprisingly high. There is no other choice for breakfast than the $26 buffet. Drinks are also overpriced.
Rooms not up to today’s standards
Room are clean but not very inviting. Furniture is a bit dated and overall there is no beachy feel you would expect in Bermuda. Also, there is no designated office area.
In today’s world of electronics, the number of outlets is very important. I had to unplug a coffee maker and a few lamps to charge my cameras, laptop, and phone. Internet connection was good in my room and very spotty in common areas.
Not safe for small children and handicapped
Because of the very hilly terrain and the number of steps throughout the resort, Grotto Bay could be challenging for small children and people with movement disabilities.
Distance to Bermuda’s famous beaches
The hotel resort is nowhere near Bermuda’s most beautiful beaches. It requires a taxi or a bus ride to reach them.
Other suggested destinations for a beach vacations: