Coco Reef is a charming, small, quiet beach front hotel on an island where 'beach front' is rare...many of the beach access hotels are across the street from the beach or nearby. This is a quiet small-ish hotel. Not the place to come if you are looking for entertainment or crowds. We had a beach front room which was exactly as promised; directly on the beach with a perfect view of the turquoise water and pink sands. The walk from our room to the beach (at our slow vacation pace) was 2 minutes. The hotel has breakfast (pricey and merely so so- suggest walking to the market 5 minutes away and picking up some morning essentials to keep in the room fridge)...and also offers an upscale lunch and dinner. Both were excellent, but pricey (as is much of Bermuda).
Directly next store to the hotel is the Elbow Beach Resort, which has some fun restaurants...one right on the beach, which we found perfect for lunch and one steps above the beach offering tapas and sushi, which we found fun for late night lighter dinners. The Elbow Beach hotel also has rentals for snorkels (as does Coco Reef) and other beach toys, which are available to rent even for non-guests.
Coco Reef, unlike Elbow Beach, is NOT a full-service resort. For example, there are plenty of beach lounges and umbrellas on the beach, but be prepared to use the provided shovel to dig a hole and set up your own umbrella. At Elbow Beach they do this for you and provide fresh towels throughout the day -- at Coco Reef you must go to the front desk for towels. There is also no drink or food service at the beach (there is next door; in fact, we were often visited on the beach by the Elbow Beach waitstaff asking if we wanted to order a drink -- nice). So I write this so that there is no surprise for those of you seeking that sort of service -- but it comes with a HEFTY price tag. My room at Coco Reef - ocean front and steps from the water was $349 (plus service charges, etc.) whereas a similar room (ocean front) next door at the same time was $832 (plus service charges, etc.). That's alot to pay for someone to bring you fresh towels and set up your umbrella!
There is also no workout room or center, no spa and no room service. We knew this going in and made our choice with this in mind as the price was much too good to pass up.
At Coco Reef -- for the price, you get the best of both worlds. The calm and quiet of a small resort with the availability of some of the ease of the full-service resort right next door.
Finally - the rooms were spacious and clean. Housekeeping did an excellent job keeping everything fresh in the damp humidity. Ken (the GM) was charming and greeted us daily.
I agree with previous writers - skip the motor bike rentals (remember Bermuda drives on the LEFT - and the roads are narrow with many turns. Taxis are in abundance and the bus system is incredibly easy to navigate, though they stop running at about 9:00 pm so we often took taxis' back from dinner in Hamilton (only about $10).
All in all this was a perfect place to stay on probably the most beautiful beach in Bermuda (and we did check out others). I highly recommend it.
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- Serene Beachfront Hotel located on Bermuda's magnificent South Shore, just steps from the beautiful pink sand beach and only 10 minutes from Hamilton.Coco Reef "Bermuda's Best Beach Resort". ... more less
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