We were looking for a relaxing vacation over spring break, and did not want to head to a 'party island'. We selected Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Bermuda and were very pleased with our decision. The beach and outdoor areas were pristine and beautiful, the staff was very friendly and helpful, and we were especially pleased with the underground caverns which allowed the opportunity for underground swimming. Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Grotto Bay and would consider going back.
Booked a last minute trip through cheapcarribean.com to the Grotto Bay Beach Resort. It's not warm in early April in Bermuda, so it was fairly inexpensive (and you can't beat the two hour plane ride!!). The resort was 2 minutes from the airport, which was nice. Once there, the staff was incredibly friendly. Everyone said hello and went out of their way to help. We went with the no-food package because we do not drink alcohol. However, once there, we found the food to be SOOO expensive that we ate very little and it probably would have still paid off to get the all-inclusive. For dinner in the non-fancy dining room, for 2 adults and 2 kids eating off the kids menu, it was over $120 (with NO drinks). Yikes. In addition, there were all of these little charges for everything--$30 for 4 days of internet PER DEVICE. That meant that for each of us to use our phone to check our email with wifi, we had to pay twice. No internet access was available in our rooms, so we had to walk up the huge hill to check (not the end of the world, but for my husband who has to check in multiple times a day, especially before bed, it was a pain). Also, lunch is only available for anyone at the bar. That got old FAST. Also, the hotel is big, but the pool is really small. The beach front is nice, but small. And you really cannot walk anywhere off the property, as the sidewalk ends about a quarter mile away. So we felt fairly isolated. On to the good...the room was great. AMAZING view of the water. Very comfortable, nice bathroom. The concierge was very helpful with planning activities. The bus stop is literally out front and you can get anywhere on the island by bus. They also have a moped rental right around the corner for anyone brave enough. We also did a snorkeling trip through the Triangle Dive Shop that is conveniently located on the property (although not part of the property). What a BLAST!!! We had a great time, saw an amazing coral reef and a ship wreck, AND learned soooo much about the history of Bermuda. That was an amazing day. Booking through cheapcarribean.com was so easy--I will definitely do it again. No hassles, everything was taken care of. Would definitely take this trip again.
Overall very happy with our vacation to Grotto Bay in Bermuda. The hotel is a little bit outdated but is clearly in the midst of some updating (new bathrooms in all the rooms etc., rebuilding spa). Unfortunately, we were not informed that many things are closed until April 1 (all across the island, but also at Grotto Bay such as diving and the poolside bar). The service was fantastic, food was generally very good, right on bus route so easy to get to hamilton etc., and very close to airport, though not so much so that it was a bother.
Early April was the perfect time to be at the Grotto. The beach is on a bay and tends to be warmer and less windy than the ocean beaches. There is a wreck to snorkel around that had some fish and lots of small fish in smaller Cove. The pool was heated and comfortable even on cool days-towels provided and a whirlpool hot tub. The food was good and there was a popular restaurant bar and ice cream palor, right next door for a change. The buses were frequent and convenient. The caves on site made this resort something special. It was also centrally located and not close to cruise ship docks so we missed all the crowds. The place was clean, bright and well spaced out-comfortable not crowded.
It's an older resort with some up to date features and other features such as older furniture, rusty door knobs and hinges. Plan on walking a lot and climbing a lot of steps. The steps are annoying if you need to go from the main office, dining, bus stops etc and the pool and beach. I didn't take advantage of the all inclusive but think I would in the future as the prices are very high. It will cost you $8 per person for round trip to the city of Hamilton or St George. You can't have a decent lunch for under $50 for 2, and dinner will not be under $100 for 2 people.
We have been to other islands and never loved any as much as Bermuda! The Grotto Bay Resort was our first Bermuda impression and we were not dissappointed! The lobby is gorgeous and everyone is so friendly. We were informed that we had been upgraded and come to find out, not only did they upgrade us (without us asking) but to the absolute best room on property. They take the time to review the resort with you which is nice and the concierge is just around the corner. Our 3rd floor corner room in the first building on the beach was huge with a big flat screen TV and modern bathroom. Our King bed was a little squeaky but comfortable. The room was clean and the view is perfect. Our luggage was delivered quickly to our room and any request for towels etc.. was met. The taxi ride to the hotel was $12 with tip and took about 5 minutes. You do not hear noise from the airport at the resort. There are a lot of stairs here, and I could see how it could be difficult to stay here if you are not in decent physical health. We were always out of breath after walking up to the main building. The concrete stairs are steep but it's not really that far to walk. There is also a paved path as an alternate route for some of the climb. The roosters are running around (the whole island) all the time and they do make some noise but unless you are a super light sleeper they shouldn't bother you. They are kind of like the squirrels in the US, they keep to themselves. The stray cats around the resort are SO sweet. We loved them and always hoped to see them walking back to our room. The caves on property are amazing, you just have to see it to believe it and the from the Gazebo on the water you can see all kinds of tropical fish. The whole place is like one Big postcard! The Swizzle Inn is up the street and fun to visit and Bailey's Icecream across from Swizzle was one of our favorite places. It's not a long walk but it's not a stone's throw either. The food is good at the resort but pricey, as is all of Bermuda. Plan a big food budget. My only complaint was the times of service in the resort restaurants. Ex. No lunch until noon. No dinner till 6:30 and at certain short time periods no food at all is available at the resort. I would have like to see longer hours at all the restaurants there. The food itself was worth the wait though. The beach is not huge but not tiny either and the sparkling crystal clear blue water is beautiful. The water is also calmer since it is a bay. There are plenty of chairs, and towels are available near the pool. The hot tub was way too hot! I thought it was plenty big for a private resort beach. They have lots of activities scheduled but my husband and I joked that it is on a Bermuda time schedule (leisurely) so don't expect things to happen exactly on time. The water sports dock is right at the beach and you can also book activities there. A word of caution: if you are a chicken like me, do not take the Boston whaler boat and go into Castle Harbor, it was very choppy and scary to me. Instead ask for the instuctions to go up Ferry Reach to St. George. It's much calmer and a more enjoyable ride. Lesson learned the hard way. The buses are easy transportation and the front desk can get you whatever tokens or passes you need each day. Go anywhere you want, we never felt unsafe or lost anywhere in Bermuda. I highly recommend Tobacco Bay as a day trip. We took a bus to St. George and then a taxi to Tobacco Bay for about $10 because we were tired of walking. The resort gift shop is small-ish but has lots of great choices and we found many gifts there to take home. We also exchanged 2 American Dollars for a $2 Bermuda Bill as a souviner for our little daughter and she loves it. Everything in Bermuda is pretty, even the money! Overall, we had the perfect vacation and would absolutely stay at Grotto Bay again. We planned our itinerary around day trips but next time we will plan more time at the resort. So many quiet and beautiful spots to sit and relax and not enough time in the day. We cannot wait for our next trip here. Bermuda is my new favorite place!
The all inclusive option was the best feature of this family friendly resort. Located just minutes from the airport, it features four distinct living accomodations...our walk-out patio beach FRONT rooms were perfect in every way. The convenience of the HAMILITON lodge was a great choice. All wait staff and service people were wonderful to us and our 13 month old baby! Cheers to Alfonso, Cristian, Nikki, and Mr. Jones, and especially to Dwane for his talented bartending skills. Four night stay, was just enough...and traveling thru Bermuda using the efficient bus and ferry system was easy and fun. This resort has the most calm beach, and water activities. There's also the opportunity to swim in the 'Grotto' cave, for a new experience. Rooster awakings, and thin walled units reminded us to not sleep the day away, since the beautiful weather was perfect. Shopping in Hamiliton was available and peaceful. Vacationing at Grotto Bay was peaceful, and perfect!!
Property & service was amazing....having the only caves in Bermuda you are allowed to swim in was quite a treat! Unless you are comfortable taking the buses, I would recommend renting a scooter as soon as you get there, because the cabs are VERY expensive! I would also recommend eating at the Black Horse Tavern....it's a local spot, casual, but the greatest lobster you'll ever taste!
This was our first trip to Bermuda and I was beyond satisified! Having been to Mexico, the Carribean, Domincan Republic, etc..I just assumed it would be similar. Boy was I wrong!!...in a good way! Bermuda took my breath away! I felt so safe the entire trip even when off the resort unlike some islands of the carribean. I read tons of reviews on the Grotto Bay Beach Resort before going..some good, some bad...especially regarding the food and the all inculisve package. I must say I was very impressed with the food and would definately recommend all inclusive because otherwise the food and drink is very pricey. Never had a bad meal and the breakfast was the best! We rented scooters and beach hopped daily and it was the most relaxing, breath taking, insanely beautiful place I have ever visited. We returned home two weeks ago and I think I am in a post-Bermuda vacation depression. Already trying to figure out when we can return!! Would recommend Bermuda and Grotto Bay Beach Resort to anyone!
From the time we landed until the time we checked out, we had a great experience. The shuttle service was easy and accessible and the staff were great, but if you stay at Grotto Bay, it is so close to the airport it is less expensive to just use one of the many taxis waiting when you walk out of the airport. The Check-In staff directed us to the pool, beach, bar and restaurant since we were all inclusive since we arrived about noon and our room wasn't ready until 3:00 pm. The room was clean and we had a beautiful view. I highly recommend the all inclusive as everything in Bermuda is expensive. The staff there were phenomenal from check-in, wait staff, bartenders, entertainment, concierge and our favorite, E. Michael. We enjoyed the comedy show with Bootsie and even got his CD. I was so pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Everything we ate was excellent. We rented a scooter to get around the island but used the pass to take the scooter to the Dockyard and back to St. George. Can't possibly say enough great things about Grotto Bay and can't wait to go back.