Grotto Bay Beach Resort Bermuda Review
When we visited Bermuda we decided to stay at two hotels on different sides of the island. Mostly because you can’t rent cars in Bermuda and we wanted to see as much of the island as possible whilst we were there.
Bermuda is an amazing place to visit with so many beautiful beaches and colorful towns, you will want to see it all!! We were able to do this with netflights.com who were able to offer the best deal!
Our second hotel was Grotto Beach resort. We had heard wonderful things about this hotel and had high expectations, those expectations didn’t disappoint. Continue reading to find out how we got on at The Grotto Bay.
About Grotto Bay
Grotto Bay is located just 5 minutes from the airport making it a very easy transition either by taxi or local buses which are easy to use as well as being cost effective.
Situated in the north west of Bermuda, Grotto bay rests on 21 aches of tropical perfection with something special and unique to entice visitors…. stunning underground caves with fresh cold crystal-clear mineral water to swim in!
My son loved exploring these caves and we got to have a sneaky peak at the breathtaking 500,000-year-old spa cave! Sadly with 2 kids we didn’t get to utilize the spa. Maybe next time!
This is the perfect family hotel to consider when you are looking at Bermuda as they offer all-inclusive at fantastic rates and I have to say the food is outstanding, but we will get to that later.
There are 11 brightly colored cottages consisting of 201 rooms at Grotto Bay overlooking 2 pink sand beaches and the most turquoise sea you will ever see as well as a great sized heated pool and jacuzzi!
This hotel has so much to offer every traveler! Just off the shore is a ship wreck you can snorkel to and explore, paddle boarding is on offer as well as fishing and sunset cruises, Grotto Bay really does have it all!!
As soon as we arrived at Grotto Bay I fell in love, everything was so beautiful. The reception area is bright and airy with some gorgeous statement pieces of furniture. The dark wood floors, cozy fireplace along with elegant candles and local art work made the whole feel warm and welcoming.
We got such a lovely welcome from the staff and as we were early for check in, we went and had a cup of tea in the bar area where they put on a free afternoon tea each day which I just loved as being British there’s nothing quite like a cuppa when away from home!
We were kindly let into our room earlier and were given two key cards and a map of the grounds along with a bag of crumbs for the fish near the gazebo. The boys loved feeding the fish here as there was so many.
When we first arrived at Grotto Bay, we loved how bright and colorful everything was and this stayed the same when we entered our room. Our room was located not to far from the hotel reception making it easy with the kids to get back and too.
Our room was tastefully decorated in bright orange and white, which may sound very in your face, but it was so fitting for the hotel and we loved it! We had two king sized beds and a separate bathroom with bath and shower.
I’m always so happy to see a bath in my room as I just can’t live without a nice hot bath each night!!
The best thing about the rooms are the breathtaking views out to the water! When I say the water is turquoise, I really mean turquoise! It’s unreal!!
All rooms are the same at Grotto beach the only difference being the location. We did have an interconnecting room which was locked obviously as we only needed one room but if your family was bigger this would be a great option.
I love that all the rooms get a great view of the water and no crazy extra costs for it! Our balcony doors open right up and had a little table and chairs to relax on. We loved sitting out of an evening and watching the planes take off and land, my son thought this was absolutely fantastic bless him!
The pool at the Grotto Bay is a great size with access to the bar from the water if you fancy a refreshing cocktail or cold drink in the blistering heat. There are plenty of comfortable beach loungers around the pool where we loved to relax, when I say relax, I mean lie down and try and entertain a 6-month-old!! The pool is heated so if the weather is on the cooler side you can still go for a dip.
There is also a lovely secluded jacuzzi built into the ground and surrounded by lush greenery. My son loved the jacuzzi he kept asking to go for a relax in the jacuzzi, he would just sit there and stay still, my son is 5, he never stays still so it was nice for him to have a little relax after letting some steam off on the beach.
The Beach and Activities
The beach at the Grotto way is quite small and narrow but a lovely calm place to sit and relax. Located down a few steps from the pool and pool bar it is a great place to spend the day especially if you fancy doing a few water sports.
There is an abundance of activities to keep you busy at Grotto Bay and some that are unique and definitely worth a visit. You can hire equipment from the Blue hole water sports center at the beach.
There is a ship wreck just off the shore which makes for an interesting snorkel excursion or why not take a motorboat our for the day to explore.
There is also a diving center offering PADI courses and refresher courses. We decided to relax in the beach a build sand castles in the pink sand instead but if the boys had been older we definitely would have gone to see the ship wreck, find it fascinating!
If you’re looking to relax then the 500,000-year-old cave spa is a must! It’s so relaxing down there and it will probably be the most unique place you will ever have a massage! Yoga classes are on offer also.
We loved the little over water veranda where the excursion team gave us some bread to feed the fish. This was such a lovely way to spend the afternoon with the boys. The amount of fish in the water was amazing and my son was so happy feeding all the little fish!
Grotto Bay has one of the most unique and breathtaking spas in the whole world as it is located in one of their stunning underground caves. You can relax under the stalactites and peer down into the ice cold mineral water.
They also offer treatments around the resort in intimate spots including their pink sandy beach or overlooking the crystal clear waters filled with tropical fish. They really know how to make you relax.
I would have loved to indulge in a spa treatment but with two little ones i just didnt get a chance, ill just have to retun one day and enjoy relaxing in the untouched caves listening to the trickling water, i couldnt think of anything more relaxing.
We didn’t actually book all-inclusive as we tend to go out most days and wouldn’t have made the most of it so we booked half board (breakfast and dinner) which I thought would be a buffet style dinner, wow was I wrong!
We were told we could either eat in the Palm Court which offers a relaxed casual dining experience in a gorgeous tropical themed restaurant or Hibiscus which is a bit more elegant and fine dining.
With kids I always go for the more casual theme, so we don’t disturb other diners, but this just wasn’t an issue at the Grotto Bay where staff encouraged us to try both restaurants, so we did.
You get 3 courses from an extensive menu including steaks which blew me away! The food was simply outstanding, I just can’t praise it enough! The steak béarnaise was simply to die for! As someone-with a lot of food intolerances it was so nice to be able to eat a good home cooked meal each night!
The kid’s menu was fantastic too, my son tried different things each night and enjoyed everything, this was great for us as he can be a fussy eater. I loved that the kid’s menu was also a coloring sheet to keep him entertained! Big thumbs up Grotto Bay.
We saw the attentive waiters regularly topping up the drinks of the all-inclusive guests. If you drink and are going to be at the hotel most of the time, then I’d definitely go for the all-inclusive option.
The breakfasts were just as impressive! My son is just a mini me when it comes to his taste in food. He loves pancakes and waffles with Nutella for breakfast something I would always have when travelling but can’t now due to my wheat allergies.
Grotto Bay make all of this fresh and it looked so good, my sons’ clear plate each morning verified this. They have a fresh egg and omelets station which I attended each morning as well as every other breakfast option you could think of from pastries to fresh fruit and cereals. There’s something for everyone.
As I mentioned earlier, they have an afternoon tea every day at 3pm where they serve fresh coffee and tea as well as biscuits and treats. Lovey little touch.
One thing I will always remember about the staff at Grotto bay was how attentive and helpful they were. The lovely lady in the excursion and information desk was beyond helpful and helped us to plan many of our days. She was always so friendly and would stop us each day to see how we were getting on.
Our room was always made up lovely and was completely spotless with fresh towels and amenities daily. Grotto bay have got it spot on with their staff.
There is a fully equipped gym overlooking the turquoise waters for guests to enjoy, i must we never used the gym as we were always out and about, walking was my exercise on this trip! The gym is open 24 hours a day and is accessed by your room key card.
A personal trainer is avaliable and classes can be arranged by appointment.
We travelled to Bermuda during October Half Term with netflights.com (who were hands down the best deal) and it cost us £3,365 for 2 adults and 2 children (one under 1). The cost included the following:
- 4 nights at The Fairmont Southampton Continental B&B
- 5 nights at Grotto Bay Beach Resort on a half board basis.
- Return Flights Direct from London Gatwick with BA
Things to do near Grotto Bay
- Cathedral Cave
- Blue hole park
- Baileys ice cream parlor
- Crystal caves
- Swizzel inn
Bermuda Travel Tips
- For cheaper rates travel in October, the weather is still hot, sunny and a great month to visit
- Take the bus outside the resort to St George for the day.
- Book all inclusive to make the most of the resort.
- take a dive to see the ship wreck located not too far the shore of the beach
- Make use of the free afternnon tea in the lobby they have lovely cakes and hot tea and coffee.
We absolutely loved our stay at Grotto Bay, the hotel is very welcoming and has a homely feel. It’s the perfect place to enjoy special family time together and the fact they do all inclusive really helps even though we only did half board we felt this was enough for us as we are not big drinkers.
The food was outstanding, and I loved that it was a sit-down meal where you could choose off the menu every evening. The close proximity to St George was a bonus for me as I love exploring little colourful towns and this one didn’t disappoint.
Bermuda is an island I think everyone should see, it’s not somewhere a lot of people visit from the UK, well not that I hear off, but I think it should be. It’s a great family destination and I promise it won’t disappoint.
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