Savor the Flavors
JEZ checks into The Reefs Hotel & Club, and
experiences top-notch accommodations,
amazing culinary creations, serenity in the
spa and lots of fun in the sun.
hose of you who have traveled to Bermuda know what makes the island special–pure
pink, soft sand beaches, azure Caribbean seas, top-tier hospitality, award-winning restau-
rants, friendly locals, well-traveled visitors and a quaint downtown. For those of you who
have not yet experienced beautiful Bermuda, this coveted island–just a hop, skip and jet set
away from Atlanta–is waiting to make your eager acquaintance.
Bermuda is pristine. From perfectly paved roads and beautiful pastel residences to scenic
landscapes and amazing beaches, this well-kept island has attracted the world’s savviest travel-
ers for decades. Pleasing the most discerning island guests is The Reefs Hotel and its newest
addition, The Club. In operation for more than 60 years, The Reefs always has been an extraor-
dinary place, but even more so now due to the appointment of Atlanta’s own Philippe Haddad,
who this past year was named the resort’s director of food and beverage and its executive chef.
If the name is familiar, that is because you have no doubt sampled Haddad’s fare at his name-
sake Belgian restaurant in Buckhead, Philippe’s Bistro, or at Atlanta’s highly regarded Country
Club of the South, where he was also executive chef.
Since moving to Bermuda last summer to oversee culinary operations at The Reefs,
Haddad has garnered a reputation as one of the island’s very best chefs. Locals and visitors
flock to the resort’s three different restaurants, all helmed by Haddad, making it a chef-driven
hotel. This trio of culinary hot spots has newly created menus conceived by Haddad, raising
The Reefs’ already prominent stature even higher. In fact, the resort won Condé Nast Traveler’s
Best of the Atlantic Caribbean for 2010, a huge honor for a locally owned and operated resort,
but just one of its many accomplishments in its storied history.
The Reefs first opened in the 1950s. In 1981, David Dodwell, the resort’s hotel manager,
purchased the property along with investors who just happened to also be long-time visitors of
the property. Dodwell has been presiding over the resort ever since, ensuring that guests have
a memorable stay each and every time they visit–not surprisingly, they always do. Considering
that 50 percent of resort guests return annually, I’d say that Dodwell is doing something right,
and something very different than other resorts.
After experiencing The Reefs firsthand, it’s obvious why the guest return rate is so steady–and
so high. Just 65 rooms and suites, including seven cottages with Jacuzzis and 19 recently opened
Club residences, comprise the perfectly sized resort. The Reefs also just happens to be the only
Bermuda hotel situated right on its own secluded beach, providing guests easy, direct access to the
island’s sandy shores. This is no ordinary beach, mind you. The sand is pure, clean and pink, and
the water shimmers with shades of Caribbean blue–one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen (and I have
seen a lot). Comfortable chaise lounges line the shore for lazy days of beachcombing. Adventurous The Reefs Hotel & Club is the only
Bermuda hotel situated right on
guests will find kayaks for complimentary use, while sunbathers will no doubt appreciate the quality its own secluded beach, providing
attention they receive from beach attendants, there to serve food and drinks. Infinity-edge pools–one guests easy, direct access to the
island’s pink sandy shores.
for the main resort and another for the Club–also provide an enticing diversion on a sunny day.
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When it comes time to be in your room, you’ll be hard-pressed
to find reason to leave it, even when the beach beckons. Forty-
five guest rooms–seven poolside, nine superior, 17 deluxe and 12
premier–comprise accommodations at the main hotel, all of which
are styled in classic Caribbean décor and boast partial to full ocean
views. The resort’s three Point Suites feature luxurious bathrooms
with large Jacuzzis, separate rainwater showers, double sinks and
step-down sitting areas facing private ocean-view balconies with
Club residences, all with surreal beach and ocean views, outdoor Jacuzzis. Its eight Junior Suites, also with step-down sit-
are abundantly spacious with 2,143 to 2,556 square feet ting areas facing private ocean-view balconies, offer beautiful
of indoor/outdoor living spaces and floor-to-ceiling glass
doors that open onto a large, wrap-around terrace. bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in rainwater showers. The
lone Longtail Suite has a separate sitting room, ocean-view balcony
and elite bathroom with Jacuzzi, while seven one- to four-bedroom
ocean-view cottages are located in the gardens of The Reefs,
equipped with additional amenities that include free long-distance
access, a toaster, microwave and private patio with outdoor Jacuzzi.
Yes, a variety of guest accommodations is available at The
Reefs, but one word of advice: reserve the most prized rooms
available, The Club residences, which are available to book or for
fractional purchase. Non-Bermuda residents are not able to wholly
own property by law, so fractional ownership is your best option in
this pink paradise. With the market down, now is the perfect time
to purchase a prime piece of Caribbean real estate with nothing but
The luxe bathroom inside a Club upside, including flexible and generous use. Owners may vacation
residence is a spa experience in itself. at The Reefs Club as often as they wish, subject to Club reservation
policies. Owners receive a 10 percent discount to The Reefs’ three
Club residences come with two master bed- fine dining restaurants and new La Serena Spa, which are shared
room suites, each equipped with a flat-screen by both properties. Another added bonus of ownership, The Reefs
TV, Wi-Fi and an amazingly comfortable bed.
Club is also a member of the Elite Alliance, a vacation exchange
program for owners at a select, growing family of luxury residence
Club residences, all with surreal beach and ocean views, are
abundantly spacious with 2,143 to 2,556 square feet of indoor/out-
door living spaces and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto
a large terrace that wraps around from one master bedroom to the
other with a living room in between. A private Jacuzzi makes an
ideal spot to share late-night cocktails while waves crash beneath
you and stars glitter above. With exact same styles, Club residences
Choose to dine in your Club residence,
and have a chef cook in your kitchen
just for you and your guests.
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Executive Chef Philippe Haddad
Chef Talk with Philippe Haddad, at Bermuda’s Wadson’s Farm,
where he buys local produce.
The Reefs’ director of food and
beverage and executive chef
What do you enjoy most about having your kitchen in
Having access to fresh game fish caught off Bermuda
Which fish are found locally in Bermuda waters that you
offer at the restaurants?
Tuna, bonito, wahoo, mahi mahi, Bermudian rock fish and
Which style of cuisine do you enjoy creating most?
A variety of seasonal cuisine using the freshest produce
available. I most enjoy preparing dishes that are European
with an Asian influence; the two marry very well together.
For instance, at Coconuts guests are raving about the new
menu, which features Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine
with an Asian flair.
When you are not dining in your restaurants at The
Reefs, where are your favorite places to dine?
Bermuda has many great options. When I do dine out, I
enjoy The Dining Room at the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse; it’s
quaint and has very good cuisine and service. Blu located
right off the Belmont Hills Golf Course has amazing views,
great sushi as well as entrées and good service. Little
Venice located in Hamilton offers great Italian food and
a varied wine list, and Newstead Belmont Hills for fine
French cuisine, superb views and its wine list.
In addition to The Reefs, where do you recommend for
good evening libations on the island?
Outside of the hotel, the sophisticated “going out” spots
are mainly located in Hamilton, such as Opus Cafe and
Lounge, Ferrari Bar, and the Pickled Onion. I also like The
Cellar at the Fairmont, Southhampton, which is close by.
What about happy hour?
Harbor Front has an amazing outdoor patio right on the
water overlooking Hamilton. Newstead Belmont Hills also
has a huge patio and offers a shuttle every 20 minutes on
Friday nights back and forth to Hamilton, where the Fair-
mont Princess has a very popular happy hour. And I have
to throw in Thursday happy hour at The Reefs. It draws a
classy crowd of hotel guests and locals alike. We feature
Grey Goose cocktails, which I know Atlantans enjoy!
What do you miss most about living in Atlanta?
Seeing all my regular customers and friends. Come visit
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Blackened yellow fin tuna and seared diver Pan-seared rockfish filet with
scallops with wild forest mushrooms, aspar- crushed buttered lobster Warm chocolate cake with
agus stir-fry, calamari salad with Szechwan potatoes, grape tomatoes and soft running chocolate
tamarind glaze and truffle whipped potato mango cilantro salsa inside and mixed berries
The menu at Ocean Echo boasts continental cuisine
sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
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are available with two or three bedrooms (one-tenth ownership of
a two-bedroom residence starts at $350,000; a three-bedroom resi-
dence starts at $410,000). Residences come equipped with com-
plimentary Wi-Fi. Both main bedrooms are masters and feature
king-sized beds dressed in fine linens and huge bathrooms with
stand-alone tubs, partially glass-enclosed, rain-head showers, and
luxe L’Occitane amenities. Closets are also large and boast custom-
built interiors. Pre-stocking your refrigerator and pantries to your
specifications is a nice option available to guests. State-of-the-art
kitchens make dining in a breeze, but a better option is to book a
chef’s dinner with Haddad, who will cater a specially created meal
The wine room at Royston’s
just for you and your guests. is perfect for private dinners.
If staying in for a special chef’s dinner, that’s one thing; but if
not, head to Coconuts, the resort’s award-winning beachfront res-
taurant–it simply does not get any better. Perched perfectly atop a
coastal bluff, this satiating eatery offers to-die-for views to comple-
ment its selection of top-notch Mediterranean-style Caribbean-
inspired cuisine and cocktails. If romance is what you’re after,
this is the place. For the ultimate dining experience, book one of
six private tables on the beach enveloped by the starry glow of tiki
torches, soft sand underfoot and the best view imaginable with
the ocean only 30 feet away. Each beachside dinner comes with
a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne Brut, perfect for celebrating
the good life. These tables book up fast, so do yourself a favor and
make your reservation way ahead of time.
Favorites at Coconuts include the seared yellow fin tuna, a
must-try starter, followed by the South Shore Bermuda fish chow-
der and pan-seared rockfish filet and Thai barbecue seared salmon Royston’s menu is filled with top-notch steaks, chops,
braised meats, and amazing starters and side items.
entrées. But no matter how tempted you are to lick your plate
clean, leave room for dessert; it’s well worth the calories (trust me).
Ocean Echo and Royston’s are Coconuts’ fabulous sister eater- STAy, FISh And dIne Executive Chef Philippe Haddad with
a fresh-caught yellow fin tuna
ies. Ocean Echo, boasting a décor reminiscent of a luxe ocean-liner pAckAgeS By OveR-
dining room, offers awesome views and, weather permitting, ter- pROOF
race dining. The delectable menu is filled with Continental-style
cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Favorite selections include One-day deep-sea or inshore
fly and light tackle fishing
Blue Point oysters with tuna carpaccio and flat bread with Emmen-
charter–rates vary depend-
taler cheese, for starters, followed by entrées such as the seared
ing on length and type of
Atlantic grouper and herb-crusted rack of lamb.
trip. Executive Chef Philippe
Feel like dressing up? Reserve a table in the “jacket required”
Haddad will cook your catch.
Royston’s. Open only for dinner, the New York steak house-
inspired restaurant prides itself on its top-quality steak cuts, chops Two-day inshore or offshore
and braised meats, as well as an array of delectable side-item fishing charters (combination
delights. Must-tries include the chopped salad with smoked duck trips are available)–$100 off
breast and the duo of seared sea scallops and crab cake starters, for The Reefs guests. Exec-
followed by the 8-ounce center-cut beef tenderloin, coriander utive Chef Philippe Haddad
and smoked paprika-rubbed grilled all-natural pork chop, or the will cook your catch.
16-ounce Aussie braised lamb shank with blue cheese risotto. The
Transport to and from boat
food is seriously to die for and worth the trip alone.
arranged, and a boxed lunch
With a farm-to-table dining philosophy, Haddad buys as
provided by The Reefs.
much local produce from Bermuda’s Wadson’s Farms as is
available and has fresh fish delivered right to his kitchen by
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OverProof Fishing. And new for the season is Haddad’s fresh lovely terrace with cushy lounges for your smoking pleasure. If
catch program, which he created in partnership with OverProof you are staying at The Club, stop into the exclusive Club room with
Fishing. This unique program provides guests with the ability lounge, honor bar and pool table for a nightcap.
to go out on the boat to catch their very own “catch of the day,” After indulging in fine fare and good libations, enjoy a morn-
which the good chef will then cook to guests’ specifications upon ing fat-blasting workout at the resort’s gym (a private facility is
their return. Initiatives like these continue to elevate The Reefs’ offered for Club residents), or sign up for a yoga or Pilates class.
already amazing culinary profile. Follow up your workout with a horseback ride on the beach, a
I’d be remiss not to mention the over-the-top, award-winning game of tennis and an afternoon stroll down the quaint streets of
brunch that is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. From an inno- downtown Hamilton. Shop at local fave Calypso or at brand giants
vative Asian station with super fresh, just-rolled sushi and sashimi Cartier, Louis Vuitton, French Connection and Benneton. Shop-
to made-to-order omelets, mixed-to-order pasta, and delectable ping is tax-free, so you just may want to purchase that watch or bag
entrées like rack of lamb and stuffed pork loin, the array of culi- you’ve been coveting for years.
nary creations at this vast brunch buffet is impressive. Oh, and Extend leisure time at La Serena Spa (“Serena” as in serene).
let’s not forget the dessert table with yummy bites, including the Ranked No. 5 on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Resort Spas 2010 Top
resort’s famous bread pudding, chocolate fondue fountain, a pleth- Spas List for the Caribbean and Atlantic, La Serena Spa at The
ora of cakes and pies, and some fruit for those observing calorie- Reefs melts away stress in no time. And it starts the moment you
restricted diets. No matter which restaurant in which you choose step into the spa’s relaxation room, with its unparalleled panoramic
to dine, you’ll receive superb service from the waitstaff, many of views of the ocean. Customizable treatments utilize the Elemis
whom have been there for decades. of London line, which are made from natural and organic extracts
When it comes to nighttime entertainment, there’s plenty of and smell amazing. La Serena Spa offers an array of premium spa
it right at The Reefs. Unique is Thursday night Caribbean nights services–from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures–
at Coconuts, where guests enjoy the sounds of a local steel band that are provided in eight treatment rooms, including a couples’ spa
along with grilled fish, lobster and steaks, all grilled right in front suite. Massages are also offered beachside.
of them by a Reefs chef. The Reefs also features live music in Gourmet fare, elegant accommodations and a refined atmo-
its lobby lounge every night of the week in season, from jazz to sphere on a spectacular destination island are just some of what
steel bands and deejays. For cigar aficionados, you’ll be thrilled make The Reefs Hotel & Club a must for Caribbean travelers.
to know that The Reefs has an amazing Cuban cigar menu and a –B eth Weitzman
Horseback riding on the sandy Kayaking right off the beach at The Reefs Hotel & Club
shores of Bermuda through is complimentary for guests.
Spicelands Riding Center
Bermuda offers breathtaking
snorkeling and scuba diving.
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Need to Know
Catch a two-and-a-half-hour direct
flight on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta to
Rates: Visit thereefs.com for specials
and packages. Daily rates are based
on MAP, which includes daily full
breakfast, afternoon tea and gourmet
Summer rates range from $615–$699
for poolside to premier guest rooms,
$925–$949 for junior suites, $995–
$1,069 for speciality suites and $615–
$1,785 for cottages. Summer rates for
The Club residences are $1,419 for a
two-bedroom (for up to four people)
and $1,935 for a three-bedroom (for
up to six people). A service charge of
10 percent and occupancy tax of 7.25
percent is added to these rates.
phone: For vacation information and
reservations, call 800.742.2008. For
ownership information and questions,
contact The Club at 866.399.9568.
The Reefs Hotel & Club offers custom-
ized packages for small groups and
weddings (the setting doesn’t get
better than this for a destination wed-
ding!). Call 441.239.0196 for more The infinity-edge pool at the Club
residences at The Reefs Hotel & Club.
The Reefs Hotel & Club provides
the ultimate setting for romance. Photography by John Russo
Photography assistance and re-touching by Gus Dering
Modeling by Jason McAlister/Chosen Management and Kimberly
Hair and makeup by Laly Zambrana using Ko Gen Do makeup
Clothing provided by:
Calypso, 45 Front St., Hamilton, calypso.bm
Sisley, 7 Front Street, Hamilton, sisley.com
United Colors of Benetton, 24 Reid St., Hamilton, benetton.com
French Connection, 15 Reid St., Hamilton, frenchconnection.com
Horse and equipment provided by:
Spicelands Riding Center
50 Middle Road, Warwick, Bermuda
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