Grotto Bay Beach Resort - Bermuda
I had the opportunity to stay at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Bermuda for 3 nights. At first, I was a bit disappointed to hear we were staying at Grotto Bay since I never considered it one of the top hotels in Bermuda but after we stayed there, I can honestly say I would return without hesitation to Grotto Bay and I would send the right clients there in a minute.The hotel is located very close to the airport. In fact, you can see planes landing from the pool and beach area. I was never once disturbed by the noise; the 5 minute cab ride from the airport makes it very easy and, inexpensive, to get to Grotto Bay.
The first thing I noticed about the resort was the truly friendly staff. I wasn’t allowed to touch my suitcase once it was removed from the van. It was made very clear we are guests and we are going to be treated as such during our stay. We left our luggage at the front of the hotel until our rooms were ready and we immediately started on a tour of the resort guided by Anthony, the food and beverage manager.
This hotel is not huge, which really adds to the beauty of it. It is on over 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds but it is relatively easy to navigate. When I say relatively easy to navigate I mean all beachfront hotels in Bermuda are built on higher grounds; In order to get to the beach and some of the beach front rooms, you are going to be walking up and down some pretty steep hills and steps. For those with difficulty walking, you will want to request rooms closer to the lobby. There is always someone to drive you around the property if needed.
One of the unique features of Grotto Bay is that they have their own crystal caves where they hold weddings and private dinners for two, story telling for the kids and swimming in the ice cold waters.
The beach is private and lovely; not huge, but certainly large enough for the hotel guests. Honeymoon Beach is an ideal spot for a wedding. It is set off a bit from the main beach for privacy. There is an area of the beach that features non-motorized water sports, and a boat launch for fishing excursions, etc. There is a nice pool and Jacuzzi as well.
Grotto Bay is one of a few resorts in Bermuda offering an all inclusive plan which makes it very affordable. Unlike most all inclusive resorts, you don’t need a bracelet to indicate that you are on the all inclusive plan. You can order off the regular menu and there are no buffets for dinner. The food was very good. We had dinner at the resort a couple of nights and we ordered from the same menu as the rest of the restaurant patrons. I had steak one night and fish the next, with appetizers, salad and dessert. You could have rolled us out of there. The raisin bread was to die for. The chocolate dessert (can’t remember the name) was heavenly. The wait staff was efficient and friendly. The all inclusive plan offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and unlimited alcoholic beverages. Another nice feature is the plan also includes unlimited Bermuda transportation passes. This is definitely a plus for an island where dining tends to run a bit high.
Several enhancements are planned for Grotto Bay:
The all inclusive menu will be changing frequently for those who want more variety. The resort will soon be adding a spa! Right now, massages can be arranged but there is no actual spa on site. There is a small fitness center but I really didn’t look at it since I got enough exercise walking back and forth from our rooms. Wireless internet access will also be available throughout the entire resort.
Our room was a newly renovated deluxe beach front. The bed was super comfortable. A mini fridge and coffee maker was a nice touch. There was no tea in the room so I took some from the afternoon tea and brought it back with me. The bathroom amenities were very nice. My only suggestion was that I would have liked some more hooks or towel racks and the newly renovated bath could have used more storage shelves. The view was sensational. Even though it was mid March, I sat out on the balcony to relax and enjoy the view.
Internet service was spotty at best and currently only available in the main lobby or by the pool. One of my associates could never log on so her internet fee was refunded. I can’t remember the rates completely but I think it was $6 per hour or $30 for 4 days. I took that plan since it seemed to make more sense. The upcoming WiFi will be a welcome addition!
I was truly impressed with Grotto Bay Beach Resort and would have no hesitation recommending it to clients who want a nice beachfront resort in Bermuda that offers good value and great service. Although Grotto Bay is not listed as a deluxe hotel, this is a very good moderate to superior property.
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