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The Reefs Bermuda Celebrates Christmas Island Style Free on Dec 25

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Christmas at The Reefs is a family affair, with two generations of Dodwells managing and longtime staff welcoming repeat guests back for another holiday to remember. This year is extra special as The Reefs will give Christmas free to its guests who stay five nights or more and are at the resort December 25.

The festivities commence Christmas Eve with the resort’s tree trimming. Guests are asked to bring an ornament from home to adorn the tree and sign the ornament book while enjoying mulled wine and hors d’oeuvres. A lively sing along of favorite Christmas carols caps the event.

Each night divine dining will enhance the holiday at The Reefs’ two new restaurants, Ocean Echo and Royston’s. The chef will delight guests with holiday culinary creations, and nightly entertainment will feature live music.

Christmas Day hails with homemade egg nog and presents at Coconuts with Managing Director Ben Tutt, followed by brunch at Ocean Echo and Royston’s.

Scheduled activities throughout the holiday include:

* Guided kayaking trips along The Reefs shoreline
* Guided nature walks
* Golf on the beach
* Cooking demonstrations
* Bonfire on the beach with cocoa and smores
* Sailing and guided sightseeing boat trip

On New Year’s Eve an early morning refreshing dip in the sparkling Atlantic with the “Cool Dip Club,” including Mr. Tutt, followed by a brandy and coffee will start the New Year celebration off right. Revelers at The Reefs can usher in the New Year together in the lounge with live entertainment. A little New Year cheer the morning of January 1 on the Ocean Echo terrace provides the perfect complement to the evening’s festivities with Bull Pups and Bloody Marys and a visit from the ever-gregarious Warwick Gombeys.

For reservations (800) 742-2008. www.thereefs.com

About The Reefs

Widely recognized as Bermuda’s best hotel, The Reefs has been welcoming guests since 1947 with the traditional hospitality for which the island has long been famous. Crowning a cliff and overlooking its own pink sand beach and the turquoise waters that surround Bermuda, The Reefs is in the Southampton parish on the South Shore of the island. Lush tropical flowers — hibiscus, oleander and bougainvillea — cascade down the salmon pink-and-white property.

An intimate resort with only 65 guest rooms and suites (including eight cottages with outdoor Jacuzzis), the resort boasts an infinity pool and an award-winning spa. The relaxing atmosphere is one of the resort’s most notable features, and a reason guests return year after year is its dedicated staff. Famous for its cuisine, The Reefs’ attracts visitors and Bermudians alike to dine in at the island’s only small resort with three dining venues during the season. Couples can also opt for a romantic dinner served on the beach.

The Reefs consistently receives accolades, including:

# 3 in the 2008 “World’s Best in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas” category of the Travel + Leisure Readers Survey

Past awards include:

# 1 “World’s Best Hotel Value” “World’s Best Service” Readers Survey

Travel + Leisure

§ Gold List of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” since 1997

Condé Nast Traveler

§ Coconuts as “Best Place to Fall in Love,” Ocean Echo as “Best Al Fresco Dining,” “Best Sunday Brunch,” and La Serena as “Best Day Spa”

The Bermudian

The Reefs Club www.ReefsClub.com is a new private residence club being built right next door to The Reefs. The Club, which will be completed in May 2009, consists of nineteen fractionally priced two- and three-bedroom residences with spectacular ocean vistas. The Reefs Club offers owners the best of all possible worlds — the amenities, service and hospitality of Bermuda’s best hotel — plus the rare opportunity to own Bermuda real estate at a fraction of the cost of a traditional beachfront home.

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