Hopefully this report will help someone arriving in the next few weeks. I've split it up into topics to change it up a a bit
The Weather: quite simply, don't dwell on the weather report from Bermuda weather service. Before we went I remember checking it a few times, and it always had very dire predictions of rain, and cloudy. When we got there, the weather was quite nice. Sure it rained in certain parts of the island, and was sunny in others, but overall we had 5 straight days of pretty nice weather
The Reefs: it grows on you. When we first arrived I remember not being immediately "wowed". Sure it was nice, but it's a smallish hotel, and its charm just takes a day or so to sink in. The staff are all great and it's a nice contrast in a small hotel seeing the same faces each day (especially the Reef's bartender Dean - make sure to ask for the Dean special, rather than the standard tourist Dark and Stormy). My only complaint, if you call it that, was the rooms. They are definitely old and the Reefs tries hard to spruce them up without a doing a full-scale room renovation, but don't expect to be overly impressed with the rooms (good news - you won't be in them too often). Also we noticed that the Reefs during our stay was definitely weighted towards an older crowd (say, over 55-60?). That was offset by the 22-25 year old honeymooners. There wasn't alot of thirysomethings (we are 36) during our stay, so not sure if this is typical, but we found it interesting
The Food (at the Reefs). The Reefs food was relatively good resort food, but I would strongly suggest if you're staying there to also do dine around (and select Cambridge Beaches, over Pompano). The Reefs food does begin to get repetitive even for a short stay (mainly a rotation between steak, lamb and rockfish) Also get breakfast delivered to your room for a few days. It's nice addition to just wake up and have a full breakfast delivered.
Man of war: I figured to spice it up a bit, I would give you a dedicated topic breakout on the Man Of War. When we arrived, it was crazy. There were 25-30 of these suckers right in the water off the Reef's. They seemed to gravitate towards the right part of beach away from the rocky area, and so a few of us brave souls swam. And on the second day, they were all gone. Must be the currents or something, but it definitely made the swimming more interesting (good news they are very easy to spot on the top of the water- they float like a small blue football)
Things to Do. Okay, this section is going to be really weak, because we didn't do much. Stayed on the property (the Reefs) most of the time, with 3 notable exceptions:
Exception 1 - Mopeds - loved them, but they are a bit dangerous. I believe they had 8 deaths this year, but don't quote me. Just be careful and don't look behind too much. Also I personally found Middle road to be the most difficult (hair-raising) road to moped on
Exception 2 - snorkeing/cat trip. Although we had fantastic weather the snorkeling was okay at best. Rough seas that week made snorkeling a bit challenging, and kept the visibility low. The cat trip (Fantasea) was fun for a 3 hour excursion, but probably not that much diff than any of these trips in any other Caribbean islands/etc. We probably overall had the best snorkeling experience right outside the Reefs.
Exception 3 - day trip to Hamilton. We enjoyed Hamilton - although we were only there for about 4-5 hours. It's a nice town, relatively clean, and nice shopping. I would highly suggest doing a quick trip there
Overall Bermuda was a great trip for us - hopefully your will be/was as great.