SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- What do honeymooners want? Luxurious
accommodations, a romantic setting and plenty of privacy are
typical answers. But finding a destination and a resort that offer
all of that can be challenging.
Bermuda, with its pink-sand beaches and sculptured shoreline, is
a perennially popular choice. And the Reefs, one of the island's
small, cottage-style resorts, has been polishing its reputation for
romance by offering a honeymoon package that includes a gourmet
candlelight dinner for two at the property's secluded beach on the
The Reefs' setting alone seems designed to weaken the knees. The
salmon-pink cottages perch on the cliffs above Christian Bay,
offering views of the rugged, windswept coast and of the resort's
private beach below.
The rooms are just as attractive, with king-size beds, plush
bathrobes and views of the Atlantic. Some suites have Jacuzzi tubs
as well as outside patios with hot tubs.
Service is attentive, and the staff seasoned -- many have worked
at the resort for more than 20 years.
"Our staff really goes that extra step to make a couple feel
welcome," said the Reefs' general manager, Neal Stephens, who was
named Bermuda's Hotelier of the Year in 2003.
"We're a small resort -- only 65 suites, rooms and cottages --
so the staff is able to give more attention to guests than a larger
property can," Stephens said.
The Reefs Beach Club, as it was first called, opened in 1947 in
Southampton Parish as the first cabana-style beach resort in
The resort has been expanded and renovated over the years, but
it has maintained its historical Bermudian charm while adding the
modern features today's visitors to the island expect.
The resort goes all out for honeymooners. The special treats
begin as soon as the couple arrives: A bottle of champagne is
chilling in their room so they can celebrate the beginning of their
romantic escape in private. A special gift bag also is
In addition, on a night of the couple's choice, the resort
arranges the gourmet dinner for two on a secluded area of the
The Reefs' honeymoon package also features a private, four-hour
excursion in a Boston Whaler vessel to explore the island's
secluded inlets and coves. Guests can bring along a chef-prepared
Honeymooners can enjoy the resort's many amenities. In addition to
its private beach, the Reefs has a freshwater infinity pool, two
all-weather tennis courts, a fitness center and a spa that offers
Thai massages among its treatments.
The Reefs is nearly as well-known for its food as for its
accommodations. The property's restaurants have been voted among
the best in the Carib-bean, Bahamas and Bermuda by readers of
Travel + Leisure magazine.
The island's only small resort hotel with three dining venues
during high season, the Reefs' Clubhouse restaurant offers classic
fare with a twist, such as rack of lamb crusted with sundried
A sensual beachfront location and spicy Caribbean food have
earned Coconuts the Best Place to Fall in Love award in the annual
"Best of Bermuda" contests. At the Ocean Echo Terrace Grill,
southwestern cuisine is served under the stars.
The resort also has two bars, the Clubhouse Lounge (where tea is
served daily) and the Sand Bar on the beach.
Guests can spend an afternoon wandering the grounds, but more
adventurous pursuits are available for those inclined to leave the
Three golf courses are located within five minutes of the Reefs.
Guests also can go scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing and
boating. Mopeds and bikes can be rented for around-the-island
Honeymoon packages include daily breakfast, afternoon tea and
gourmet dinners in one of the resort's restaurants.
Per-couple rates for the six-night honeymoon package (available
May 1 to Oct. 25) range from $3,500 for poolside rooms to $4,000
for premium rooms. Prices for suites range from $5,190 for the
Atlantic Suite to $6,090 for the Point Suite. The Ocean Front
Cottage is $5,600 for six nights.
Additional nights are available upon request. The package must
be booked 21 days prior to arrival. Roundtrip airport transfers are
included. Agent commission is 10%.
For more information, call (800) 742-2008 or visit www.thereefs.com.
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