For the past few months, on my daily commute to work, I’ve been staring at picturesque advertisements of Grotto Bay Beach Resort & SPA. These dreamy ads of Bermuda’s tropical pink sand beaches, turquoise waters and shady palm trees made me long for a relaxing escape in the Atlantic. I’ve also been daydreaming about hiking Gros Piton in St. Lucia, but that’s an entirely different story!
I must have talked about wanting to visit Bermuda for so long that when I asked my mom if she wanted to join me on this trip, she said “Yes!” before I could even finish the sentence.
Every year my mom books last-minute cruise deals to the Caribbean. Bermuda is one of her favorite destinations and now mines too!
Although she has cruised to Bermuda several times, this vacation was different because we spent three days on land exploring the gorgeous Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa.
Our first “adult” mother-daughter trip!
Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa is the only all-inclusive resort (optional) on the island. This luxuriant 21-acre resort sits on a hilly estate right on the edge of Bailey’s Bay in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Grotto Bay Beach Resort has 11 brightly colored Bermuda-style cottages with 201 rooms. The coral, pink and yellow hues contrasted beautifully with the deep blue ocean, the manicured green gardens and the lush woodland preserves of the surrounding area.
Why Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Besides the stunning grounds, Grotto Bay Beach Resort had many on-site amenities. There were three restaurants serving Bermudian and European cuisine, three private beaches and a mid-size pool with a swim-up bar.
If you don’t feel like leaving the resort, you don’t have to!”
Grotto Bay Beach Resort was also nearby to major attractions including Swizzle Inn, Blue Hole Park, Crystal Caves and the historic town of St. George.
There were also natural grottos on the property! One of the caves is Natura Spa which offers private massages on a raised pagoda overlooking a small cove – talk about romantic!
Arriving at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Manicured lawns and palm trees at the Great House.
After catching a cab at L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda (BDA), we arrived at Grotto Bay Beach Resort in less than 10 minutes. Our cab driver dropped us off at the Great House where a cheerful bellman took our luggage and reminded us to relax and have a great time on the island.
At check-in, we received a welcome package which included two room keys and a map of the property. We were also encouraged to call the reception desk at any time or go to the concierge desk for cool activities happening on the resort and island.
Elegant yellow and blue decor inside the seating area of the Great House.
Excited to explore the property, we first toured the Great House.
With dark wood floors, decorative candles, cozy fireplaces, tropical paintings, and plants, the Great House’s ambiance was elegant.
At the Great House, you could mingle with other guests at the Rum House Bar, or dine at Hibiscus Dining and Palm Court Dining Room.
The Palm Court served complimentary afternoon tea and a casual dinner menu in the evenings. Most nights, mom and I enjoyed grooving out to the live band while eating dinner. By the end of the night, the African drum and guitar had the entire dining room cheering and dancing.
Hibiscus Dining served a full breakfast buffet every morning for $26 USD per person (for non-inclusive guests) including coffee service and an omelet and waffle station. Fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, bagels, croissants, pancakes and french toast were available.
In the evenings, Hibiscus Dining offered a formal dining experience.
For more on how much I spent dining at Grotto Bay Beach Resort, check out my Bermuda budget breakdown.
Hibiscus Dining Room serving traditional European and Bermudian cuisine.
One of my favorite views from Grotto Bay Beach Resort was from the back of the Great House.
The terrace and surrounding patios had expansive views of the resort and ocean.
Right outside the Great House.
Located on the hillside, our oceanview superior room was on the 2nd floor.
Our room was pretty standard and had two double beds, a private en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, a balcony and a safe for our valuables. Every morning housekeeping cleaned our room and the staff was very courteous and accommodating.
Balcony views from my room.
Things To Do at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
There were so many things to do on the resort that I still feel like I barely scratched the surface. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorite highlights.
Relaxed tropical vibes at Palm Court Dining.
Every afternoon, mom and I enjoyed complimentary afternoon tea from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Palm Court Dining Room. Tea, coffee, pastries, cakes, and scones satisfied our sweet tooth and this was a great bonding activity. During afternoon tea we laughed, made plans and caught up on all the things we did that day.
Don’t miss this unique swimming experience.
Exploring the Cathedral Cave at Grotto Bay Beach Resort was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience. Admission to the underground lake was free and the dramatic limestone stalactites and stalagmites were breathtaking.
Marvel at the natural beauty or take a dip in the lake. For safety, I would only suggest strong swimmers give this a try.
The water was ice-cold, so brace yourself for the thrill!
Head over to the East End of the resort and stop in at Blue Hole Water Sports to enjoy a fun day out on the water. Rent a kayak, snorkel gear or paddle boards.
I rented a single kayak for an hour adventure through Bailey’s Bay. The water was a beautiful shade of turquoise blue and during my tour, I got to see colorful Bermudian homes, cliffs, and rock formations. Unfortunately, since it was windy, I couldn’t take a kayak trip to Whalebone Bay or Walsingham Nature Reserve.
Only 1.25 miles away from the resort – I just can’t get over this view!
For a total beach day, consider visiting one of the best beaches in Bermuda. There are 34 official beaches to choose from!
Only 2 hours away from New York City and most east coast cities in the U.S., Bermuda is one of the most convenient international island destinations to visit in the Caribbean. Mom and I had a wonderful 3-day mother-daughter stay at Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa and came back home feeling refreshed and super tan.
Since there were so many things to do on the resort, I only left the property a few times. Yet I still feel like there were a ton of things that I did not get to experience including a game of tennis on the tennis court, going on a sunset cruise, lounging in the jacuzzi or spoiling myself at the Natura Spa.
The possibilities for a memorable vacation in Bermuda are endless and I can’t wait to head back soon!
Book your stay at Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Hamilton, Bermuda!
Thanks again Grotto Bay Beach Resort for hosting my stay and welcoming me to Bermuda!
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