We booked a Christmas break in Bermuda after researching what was available via Trip Advisor. We were unsure as to whether an establishment could really have had 33 ‘excellent’ reviews but we need not have worried as, incredibly, they were all true! The level of service provided by Maria, the owner, was simply brilliant. At the end of our stay when Maria asked us if we could think of anything missing during our time at Beach Home, all we could think of was ‘egg cups’!
Here then is our experience of this accommodation:
The cottages have a superb beach-side position and are at the end of a long and somewhat hilly and exclusive drive. This is the closest to the beach that we have ever stayed! Grape Bay is a beautiful stretch of white Bermudan sand. The beach is good for a stiff walk but not quite long enough for an extended morning run. There are mesmerising views out to the reef surrounding the island, just a little way off-shore. We experienced great surf due to a very windy and - for Bermuda - rather cool December. We went ‘boogie-boarding’ in the sea on a sunny Christmas Day which was truly special. The sea remained a lovely shade of turquoise blue even in cloudy weather.
The cottage was comfortable, homely and well equipped without being luxurious. There are views to die for from the front bedroom; sitting up in bed is a real attraction here. The cottages have wide American double beds plus reverse AC, i.e. central heating, which was needed as we were there in the coolest December on record! The living space is large, spacious and light; the kitchen well equipped with a large American fridge, a big cooker but a very small sink! There is a microwave, a coffee machine and a good teapot for UK visitors. Maria provides loads of towels including plenty of towels for the beach. The cottage was really quiet at night - apart from the sound of the wind and the surf - so sleeping was a pleasure.
Maria, the owner
Maria was so helpful and went out of her way (sometimes quite literally) for us; she arranged the airport pick-up, bought food for our first morning and collected us from the store after we’d bought our groceries locally. She also made reservations at a local restaurant for Christmas Day brunch (The Reefs) and arranged transport for us and the occupants of the other cottage. On Christmas Day, she dropped off the most delicious Bermudan rum cake we’d ever tasted – chock full of rum! Maria managed to achieve that delicate balance of good customer care and respect for our personal space and time. The booking was efficient and well handled, although sending the deposit via the USA proved to be expensive. She sent us maps, emails and even called us the week before to check on the heavy snow we were having in England!
Trips and visits
We had five nights in Bermuda and we got around mostly by walking – which could be a problem in seasons of high humidity. We walked from the cottage to the Botanical Gardens and participated in their excellent daily 10.30am walking tour of the Gardens. The railway trail looked good for walking but we used it mainly to get back and forth to the food store. We used the buses (straightforward even during Christmas-time). Maria bought the bus tickets for us and we then reimbursed her. The bus stops are 20mins or so uphill from the cottages. Note - the stop for St George’s was further away; just outside Charities House on the hospital road. We visited both ends of the island by bus; West to the Royal Naval Dockyard complex (well worth visiting) and East to St George’s. This proved to be a mistake and most disappointing, we would certainly not return there. How can a World Heritage Site shut down completely over a Holiday period? Crazy! We should have gone to the capital, Hamilton instead but we ran out of time – so what a great reason to have to return!
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