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 to 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 travel destinations and now it’s mine too!
Although my mom has cruised to Bermuda several times, this vacation was different because we spent three days exploring the gorgeous Grotto Bay Beach Resort all inclusive. If you’re looking for recommendations for where to stay in Bermuda, I highly recommend staying at Grotto Bay.
Although there are plenty of Bermuda hotels to choose from, Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa is the only Bermuda 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 Bermuda 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 woodlands.
Why Stay at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Besides the stunning grounds, Grotto Bay Beach Resort has many on-site amenities. There are 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, good news, you don’t have to!
Grotto Bay is also nearby to major attractions including Swizzle Inn, Blue Hole Park, Crystal Caves and the historic town of St. George’s. There are 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 & Spa
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 to find cool activities happening on the resort.
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 Restaurant or the Palm Court Restaurant.
Here is one of my favorite views from Grotto Bay Beach Resort. This photos was taken at the back of the Great House. The terrace and surrounding patios had expansive views of the resort and Atlantic Ocean.
The Palm Court Restaurant served complimentary afternoon tea and has 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 Restaurant serves a full breakfast buffet every morning for $26 USD per person (for non-inclusive guests). This includes coffee service and an omelet and waffle station. Fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, bagels, croissants, pancakes and french toast were available.
In the evenings, Hibiscus Dining offers a formal dining experience.
For more on how much I spent dining at Grotto Bay Beach Resort, check out my Bermuda vacation cost breakdown.
Our Oceanview Superior Room
Located on the hillside, our oceanview superior room was on the 2nd floor.
Our room was pretty standard. It 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. The staff was courteous and accommodating.
Things to Do at Grotto Bay Beach Resort
There were so many things to do on the resort that I feel like I barely scratched the surface. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorite things to do on the resort.
Every afternoon, mom and I enjoyed complimentary afternoon tea from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Palm Court Restaurant. Tea, coffee, pastries, cakes, and scones satisfied our sweet tooth. During afternoon tea we laughed, made plans and caught up on all the things we did that day. This was a great mother-daughter bonding activity for us.
Exploring the Cathedral Cave at Grotto Bay Beach Resort was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience. Admission to the underground lake is 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 is ice-cold, so brace yourself.
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.
For a total beach day, consider visiting one of the best beaches in Bermuda. There are 34 official beaches to choose from!
Read More: Biking the Bermuda Railway Trail
Overall Grotto Bay Beach Resort Review
Only 2 hours away from New York City and most east coast cities, Bermuda is one of the most convenient international island destinations to visit for its exclusive resorts and vacation clubs.
Mom and I had a wonderful mother-daughter stay at Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa and we came back home feeling rested.
Honestly, 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 and pampering myself at the Natura Spa.
The possibilities for a memorable vacation in Bermuda are endless and I can’t wait to head back soon!
Thanks again Grotto Bay Beach Resort for hosting my stay and welcoming me to Bermuda!
Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 5x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here.