The Mechanic and I are not good at relaxing vacations. We’ve never taken a relaxing vacation together, instead preferring to run around exploring things we’ve never seen before. So when The Mechanic said he wanted a relaxing vacation for his early September birthday, and picked Bermuda as his destination, I did my best to not try to do too much research. The more I know about a place, the more I want to see, explore and learn.

We picked Grotto Bay Beach Resort because it was a well-priced package on Orbitz and it has grottoes! (Apparently the north/east end of Bermuda has more caves and grottoes, whereas the pink sand is predominately in the south/west part.) Specifically, it has a grotto where you can get massages! That sealed the deal, and the only trip prep I made was to schedule our couples’ massage in advance. I was determined to lay on the beach and do nothing if it killed me.

Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Grotto Bay Beach Resort

I’m a slow learner. We crashed early the day we arrived, having only slept for three hours the night before (we attended BikeArlington’s film premiere of Arlington Passages, the six short films by Modacity of people who bike in Arlington). The second day we were up early for our massages – and snorkeling in the bay! But the concierge was full of suggestions, ideas, cultural history (limestone roofs!), and more, filling our heads with ideas of things to see.

The view from our room. I couldn't stop staring at the water. It was just so beautiful!

The view from our room. I couldn’t stop staring at the water. It was just so beautiful!

Trying to relax before the massages.

Trying to relax before the massages. Don’t I look tense, despite the location?

This was seriously amazing, even though I kept worrying about the massage therapists falling into the water! Oh, and that platform floats, so the therapists' steps made it sway, which was sort of soothing.

This was seriously amazing, even though I kept worrying about the massage therapists falling into the water! Oh, and that platform floats, so the therapists’ steps made it sway.

There was so much to do on the resort and we bought bus tokens to venture into Hamilton and St. George’s (transportation will be a later topic). We walked to the original Swizzle Inn and nearby Crystal & Fantasy Caves. We attempted to swim in a grotto at Grotto Bay but the water was so cold, we gave that up! We also took a Sail-Snorkel-Sunset cruise on a catamaran that ended with champagne. The snorkeling on that excursion was wonderful, the water was clearer, more fish (some brave yellow and black stripe-y guys were chewing on The Mechanic’s swim shorts’ drawstring!), and well, that was three hours of pretty much not doing anything. We tried Rum Swizzles and Dark & Stormies, and decided we preferred the later over the former. We flexed our vegetarian diets to try local seafood, all of which was delicious.

Too cold when there was a lovely beach with warm water not far from here!

Too cold when there was a lovely beach with warm water not far from here!

Needle and Thread Alley in St. George's!

Needle and Thread Alley in St. George’s!

But by the end of the trip, all I wanted to do was either be in the water or sitting overlooking it. I couldn’t get enough of the view.

Relaxing on the beach post-swim, Rum Swizzles in hand

Relaxing on the beach post-swim, Rum Swizzles in hand

We can’t say enough about how wonderful this experience was. We loved the resort, it’s location, the fact that the crazy loud frogs were the loudest things there, how amazingly friendly everyone was, the food (we didn’t do the meal plan at the resort so we could eat out, and we are glad we made that decision), the warm, clear water with the sandy floor…. I can’t wait to go back!

The good-bye sunrise....

The sunrise….

Sunrise on our last day...

…on our last day…

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