The Grotto Bay Beach Resort appeals to those wanting a resort vacation in Bermuda at a reasonable price. It’s set in 21 acres of landscaped gardens in Hamilton Parish and consistently receives good reviews for its high standards and value for money.
Accommodation comprises 201 rooms, situated in 11 low-rise buildings. All rooms are virtually identical in terms of size, around 250 square feet, and amenities. Ocean Front rooms are located close to the water while Ocean View rooms on the hillside. Superior rooms are located on the first floor while Deluxe Rooms are located on the second or third floor. Ocean Front Deluxe rooms are the most expensive category and Ocean View Superior the cheapest. All rooms are within easy walking distance of the beach, restaurants, swimming pool etc. and were refurbished at the start of 2013.
Standard in-room amenities include an en-suite bathroom, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, cable TV, safe, and telephone. All rooms have a private balcony or patio with at least a partial view of Castle Harbour, a natural harbour separating Hamilton Parish and St George’s Parish. Wireless internet access is available for a fee and charged per device.
Grotto Bay has a good range of leisure facilities. There’s a private beach on Castle Harbour with plenty of loungers. The hotel’s dock lies at the eastern end of the beach and is home to two water sports concessions. Blue Hole Water Sports rents motor boats, windsurfing boards, kayaks, rafts, and snorkel gear, while Triangle Diving offers scuba diving trips and courses. A free-form swimming pool overlooks the beach and boasts swim-up bar and a deck with additional loungers. The hotel also boasts 4 tennis courts and a small gym with a weights machine and treadmills.
A unique feature of the hotel is the caves located in the grounds. Prospero’s Cave is one of the most unique settings for any spa in the world, never mind Bermuda. At the Natura Spa you enjoy a variety of spa treatments surrounded by stalagmites, stalagmites, and a crystal-clear underground lake. It’s a truly unforgettable experience. Guests of the hotel can also take a dip in the waters of Cathedral Cave.
The caves at Grotto Bay are not the only ones in the area. Hamilton Parish is riddled with them. The Crystal Caves are perhaps the most spectacular, though you have to pay to see these. Caves can also be seen just across the road from the resort at Blue Hole Park (free entrance).
Grotto Bay has a good selection of restaurants and bars. Palm Tree Court offers casual dining and a relaxed atmosphere. Afternoon tea is served here daily. The Hibiscus Room is more formal. The Bayside Bar & Grill serves hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. For a change of scenery and menu you can walk to the Swizzle Inn. The pub offers live entertainment nightly and is famous throughout the world as the home of the rum swizzle. It also has free WiFi. Bailey’s Ice Cream is just across the road and sells a huge selection of homemade ice creams, yoghurts, and sorbets.
Grotto Bay offers room only and all-inclusive rates. All-inclusive rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, tennis, and non-motorised water sports. It’s not the same type of package you’d get at say a Sandals resort (where an all-inclusive package would include say golf and scuba diving etc.) but it’s as close as you’ll get in Bermuda.
Grotto Bay is on bus routes 1, 3, 10, and 11. All these services run between Hamilton and St George but take different routes. You’ll be surprised how many of Bermuda’s best tourist attractions can be reached by bus. Catch bus number 1 to Hamilton and you could visit John Smith’s Bay, Spittal Pond, Palm Grove Gardens and the Botanical Gardens on the way. For the Bermuda Aquarium or Shelly Bay catch bus 10 or bus 11. From the Central Terminal in Hamilton you can catch buses to all areas of the island including Dockyard and the beaches of South Shore Park (Warwick Long Bay, Horseshoe Bay etc.). For a good overview see our guide to the island’s bus routes. If you’re planning on doing a lot of travel on public transport you can save a bit of money by purchasing a bus and ferry pass from the front desk.
The historic town of St George is just 4 miles from Grotto Bay. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with interesting attractions such as the Bermuda Perfumery, St Peter’s Church, the State House, the Deliverance, the Bermuda National Trust Museum, the Unfinished Church, and the Tucker House Museum. In the summer months you can catch a ferry from here to Dockyard. Tobacco Bay is just north of the town and is one of the best beaches in Bermuda for snorkelling.
LF Wade International Airport is only 1 mile from Grotto Bay. Guests staying here enjoy the cheapest and quickest taxi ride on the island. You’ll certainly appreciate the location after a long flight. Although all the buses noted previously stop at the airport, guests should note that local transport regulations don’t allow passengers to board with large suitcases. Don’t worry about being disturbed by the noise from planes during your stay though. There are only a few flights to Bermuda each day and the resort isn’t on their flight path (click on the interactive map below to see the orientation of the runway).