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Fodor's Expert Review The Reefs

56 South Shore Rd., Southampton, SN 02, Bermuda See on Map

This sophisticated boutique property is a popular wedding, honeymoon, and luxurious vacation getaway located on Bermuda's South Shore. Cliff-side rooms have ocean or pool views, but not all are created equal: the ultra high-end suites have full kitchens, walk-in showers for two and large balconies with private hot tubs. From complimentary watersports to wine tastings, this resort has it all.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This property is quite literally perched atop a cliff and getting around means navigating lots of stairs. Be sure to request a room close to the lobby if you'd prefer to avoid a hike.


Westward-facing rooms overlook an infinity pool, a private pink sand beach and the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Upgrade to a balcony room for ocean breezes and uninterrupted sunsets every night.

Suites and multi-bedroom cottages offer the ultimate in oceanfront luxury, privacy, and romance. Call for more info, just make sure you're sitting down--these otherworldly accommodations come at an otherworldly price!


Bathrooms range from sleek and well-appointed to over-the-top luxurious. More expensive rooms come with double vanities, rainwater showers, and Jacuzzi tubs.


There's no reason to linger in this hotel's modest reception area; drop your bags and head outside where the real magic awaits.


The baby blue sky, peachy pastel buildings, and crystal clear infinity pool are enough to make anyone stop and stare in awe, momentarily. Enjoy an afternoon of weightlessness as you gaze off into the horizon. Afterward, hit the lounge and terrace for colorful cocktails, live entertainment, and laid-back island fun.

Complimentary beach chairs, snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available should you decide to explore the private beach and turquoise waters below.


The Reefs’ La Serena Spa is one of the finest on the island, offering an ocean-view relaxation room, a healthy in-spa lunch menu, and treatment products from world-renowned brands including Elemis and Shankara.


The simple gym is a bit on the cramped side but does the job if you don't feel like swimming laps in the ocean or going for a jog along the beach.


Casual to intimate, bird's-eye to on-the-beach, there's a dining option for every occasion, all served with a side of scenic ocean views. Reserve a table right on the sand at Coconuts Restaurant for one of Bermuda's most romantic culinary experiences. Relaxing afternoon tea and an award-winning Sunday brunch are also on offer.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Although the views are picture-perfect year-round, the alfresco dining options are only open seasonally, April to November.


Choose between a number of different watering holes, including the clifftop Bar Lounge & Terrace and the beachfront Sand Bar. There's also a bar in the main dining room so you never have to worry about reaching the bottom of your glass.

Inquire about nighttime activities before taxiing into Hamilton in search of excitement. Weekly BBQs and live entertainment transform the often reserved, quiet beachfront into a lively happy hour destination.


Getting Around

Rent a one- or two-person scooter from Oleander Cycles, located right across the street from the hotel, for easy, breezy island-wide transportation. Otherwise, you'll need to call a taxi, catch a bus, or prepare for a long, sweaty walk to get to popular landmarks and beaches nearby.


Should you care for a change of scenery, Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub (2-minute drive) offers relaxed alfresco dining, live music, and an extensive Sunday brunch that's popular with the locals. For a cozy and romantic dinner for two, venture up to The Dining Room (3-minute drive) at the base of Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. The panoramic views are a must-see.


Take a taxi to the classy Jasmine Lounge (5-minute drive), located in one of Bermuda's most famous hotels, the Fairmont Southampton. Or, don your swimsuit and pull up a chair in the shade at Rum Bum Beach Bar (7-minute drive). The casual patio right on Horseshoe Bay Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy an icy cold beverage with a splash of the good stuff.


Prepare to be blown away by the expansive ocean views of this remote getaway. Escape from reality with world-class spa days, endless onsite dining variety, and your very own private beach. It's hard to imagine a more complete resort experience.


On the beach


Phones: 441-238–0222; 800-742–2008 - in U.S. and Canada

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