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What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

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What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

We opted not to do the all inclusive and so we are looking at which restaurants we should eat at?

Also which method of transportation should we use? Public transit? Or cabs?

Does anyone know the costs on using public transit? Thanks so much for your help...leaving next week and excited!

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1. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

It doesn't really matter which of the two restaurants you dine at at GROTTO BAY BEACH RESORT--Hibiscus Room or Palm Court. Though the nebus will be slightly different, the food will be pretty much the sam...'..good..' but nothing especially memorable. The Hibiscus Room is slightly more 'formal' (table linens on the table). The one place where the food at GBBR excels is at special event dining--Barbeque Night and Surf 'n Turf Barbeque served down at the Rum House Bar dining space/pool bar. The special dining 'events' are the only time that the space is used for dining in the evenings.

The full-on breakfast Buffet, served in the Hibiscus Room each morning is excellent.

http://www.grottobay.com/dining.php

Bermuda's public transportation system--buses and ferries--is excellent...and will take you to-or near to--almost anywhere that you'll want to go while in Bermuda. It's clean (no live poultry on the iverhead racks or goats tethered to seatbacks, well maintained and make great '..raised platforms..' to see Bermuda incredible natural beauty as you go...from both landward and seaward perspectives.

You'll find that the public transportation connections from GBBR are excellent. There are four(4) different public bus routes (#1, #3, #10 & #11 Hamilton-Saint George's and two(2) sub-routes (#1 & #3 Hamilton-Grotto Bay) that stop or terminate at the end of GBBR's short entrance drive. With the purchase of a multi-day TRANSPORTATION PASS, you will have simple, convenient '..hop-on/hop-off..' access to all public buses and ferries.

Taxis tend to be expensive in Bermuda, with the price of gas running in the range of $7-$8 per gallon. As a general rule-of-thumb, you can figure on approx. $1 per minute for taxi fares in Bermuda.

Your alternative will be to rent a motor scooter for personal transport while in Bermuda. There is a WHEELS CYCLES-- http://www.wheelscycles.com/ --hs a rental shop immediately adjacent to the GBBR property.Though rental motor scooters are most definitely SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLES (and NOT 'amusement park rides) they are '..not for everyone..'. BUT...they are the best way to get 'round Bermuda on your own schedule, along your own routes, making whatever stops you like. Disregard irresponsibly blythe recommendaions like '..if you can ride a bicycle; you can ride a scooter..' and '..horror stories..' like "..you're gonna' die..' and make your own informed decision, predicated on your own personal '..comfort level..' and ability.

BERMUDA--Handy Reference Map--(Orientation, lay-out, relative locations)-

www.bermudatourism.com/Downloadable_Map.pdf

BERMUDA BUS INFO--(Routes, schedules, fares)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

BERMUDA FERRY INFO--(Routes, Schedules, etc)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

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2. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

I am looking for an excellent breakfast spot within walking distance of Grotto Bay.....does anyone have any recommendations? Affordable, also.

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>>>I am looking for an excellent breakfast spot within walking distance of Grotto Bay.....does anyone have any recommendations? Affordable, also<<<

AAAh.....This is easy. There are **NONE**..."...within walking distance of Grotto Bay..." "..affordable.." or otherwise.

The nearest breakfast spot will probably be ANGELINE'S COFFEE SHOP out along Water Street in downtown Saint George's...or...SPECIALTY INN ( bermudayp.com/searchresults/1/Specialty%20Inn ) along the #1 bus route in Smith's parish, on your way to downtown Hamilton.

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4. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

If you haven't signed up for a meal plan at GBBR...you should at least consider the excellent FULL buffet breakfast buffet--from 'sticks 'n twigs' granola and yogurt to a custom omelette station that they do every in the Hibiscus dining room every morning. Last time I checked it was $19 + 17% gratuity.

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5. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

thanks! This is really helpful. Did you have their dinners? I was thinking about signing up for the deal with the breakfast and dinner for $63..does that include tax?

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6. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

YES...ordinarily we prefer to try different dining alternatives when in Bermuda...but given that we were part of an extended family group, where '..convenience..' was a major consideration (and there aren't a lot of alternative dining alternatives in the vicinity of GBBR) we opted for the MAP meal plan.

The full, buffet breakfast at GBBR is excellent. Lunches (not included in MAP) are as you might expect. The Afternoon Tea (included in the MAP) was pathetic (tea & cookies) and dinners ran the range of '..good..', with the occasionally '..very good..' for SOME dishes. The '..special..' dining events at GBBR--BBQ Night and Saefoof BBQ Buffet (served down at the pool/bar/restaurant--were excellent....good enough that even groups/families of resident Bermudians would make these 'special' dining events a 'destination'.

There's no additional tax on meals but there will be a 17% Gratuity added to the daily MAP charge. So...at $63/per person per day + 17 % gratuity...it's a pretty good deal.

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7. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

my husband and I will be staying at the GBBR in late August, and having only breakfast and dinner plan. Does anyone know the price?

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8. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

Last time I checked, MAP (full buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner) at Grotto Bay Beach Resort was $72 per person/per day...butr it's easy enough to telephone the resort directly and confirm this for yourself--

1-800-582-3190

Edited: 16 August 2012, 15:22
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9. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

>>>Your alternative will be to rent a motor scooter for personal transport while in Bermuda. There is a WHEELS CYCLES-- http://www.wheelscycles.com/ --hs a rental shop immediately adjacent to the GBBR property.<<<

The WHEELS CYCLE has gone out of business--

royalgazette.com/article/…708159910

The motor scooter rental shop at GROTTO BAY BEACH RESORT has been taken over by OLEANDER CYCLES-- http://www.oleandercycles.bm

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10. Re: What restaurants to eat at Grotto Bay?

thanks

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