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“A magical stay and double wedding at Grape Bay Cottages” 5 of 5 stars
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Grape Bay Cottages
Grape Bay Drive, Bermuda   |  
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Perth, Australia
1 review
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“A magical stay and double wedding at Grape Bay Cottages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We had a fabulous time at the cottages, they were perfect! Waking up to the bermudaful view each morning, over looking the beach and ocean. So relaxing and comfortable. Maria and Doug were awesome, anything we needed they helped us out. Our double wedding on Sunday 15th April was perfect! A truly magical experience, we couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you both for making our stay and weddings so perfect! We will be back! x

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We stayed at Beach Home for the 2nd year in a row in September. This visit was just as wonderful as the first! The Beach Home cottage is such a gem -- fantastic location and very comfortable accomodations. But what makes vacations at Grape Bay so special is the warm hospitality and friendship that Maria and Doug extend to their guests. Maria called and came by to say hi a few times during our visit - just to check that we were enjoying our stay and make sure that there wasn't anything else that we needed. (Which there wasn't -- they've pretty much thought of everything!) Maria made us a cake for anniversary and birthday celebration - above and beyond what we'd expect from renting a cottage!

We rented scooters again this year, which for us are the best way to be able to explore on our own. Since we don't drive the scooters at night, we relied on Cal's taxi service to get back and forth to dinner. Cal is friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable about the island.

When I'm having a rough day at work, I just think about relaxing on the porch at Beach Home with a rum swizzle in my hand! We made sure to leave our deposit for next year's trip before we even left the island - can't wait to go back to Bermuda and especially to Grape Bay!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

Grape Bay Cottages is the perfect destination in Bermuda. It was relaxing, private, romantic and perfect for our week vacationin Bermuda. Maria was so kind and even took us grocery shopping as we had a little one in our group so it was difficult for us to get to the store. Maria goes above and beyond and wants you to feel relaxed, happy, and safe. The cottages are just what we wanted. I'm very happy we got the top cottage as the view and patio were amazing. I hope to be able to go back some day! Oh, and I cant forget to mention how private the beach is... it really is like your own private paradise. At the most, we saw maybe 6 other people on the beach... it was pure heaven!

Room Tip: Pick Beach Crest if it's available... it's more private because it's above Beach Home...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clearwater
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We couldn't have made a better decision of where to stay in Bermuda. We always stayed at the large resorts and haven't been back for over 20 years. This time we wanted something more personal, more private. After reading the great reviews about Grape Bay Cottages, we knew this would be the perfect place and booked the Beach Crest Home. We can't express enough the sheer delight and awe we experienced when we arrived there. The view was breathtaking, to say the least, and the cottage was so cute and comfortable! Even with all the beautiful pictures we saw on the Internet, nothing gives it more justice than experiencing it in person.

As beautiful as Grape Bay Cottages and the beach are, Maria was key to making it a perfect place to stay. She was extremely helpful and thoughtful. We had many questions before booking the trip, since we had not been there for so long, and she responded quickly and was always so kind. Maria set us up with the most terrific cab service -- Calvalette with C&C Cab Services. Even after arriving three hours late at the airport, Calvalette was there ready for us and even brought us to the local market to pick up some groceries on the way to the cottage. Maria checked in on us as soon as we arrived to make sure we had everything we needed. She knew we were there for a special birthday celebration and even came over and surprised us with a little birthday cake that she baked! These are just a few examples of the helpfulness you will come to experience when you stay at Grape Bay Cottages.

The home has everything that you'll need for your stay -- even beach chairs and umbrella. Having a little breakfast on the patio and watching the beautiful birds and sun coming up over the ocean was a perfect way to start our day. We thoroughly enjoyed ending each day by relaxing on the patio again, listening to the surf and the sound of our favorite -- the Bermuda tree frogs.

We highly recommend making this your Bermuda vacation home. We consider Grape Bay Cottages our home away from home. We can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Sister's family and mine rented both cottages. Most comfortable accommodations and both with porches overlooking the ocean. In a residential area with private access to the South Shore beach. Full kitchen so ate in for breakfast and lunch - when not wandering Bermuda - and out in the evening. About ten minutes away from waterfront restaurants in Hamilton. Past trips in other rentals and Southhampton Princess, but this first choice henceforth.

n.b., Rented scooters, but found buses and ferrys to be most convenient, and taxis readily available and relatively inexpensive.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

This was our fourth trip to Bermuda. We have stayed in bed and breakfasts, housekeeping units and a major resort. Without question, Grape Bay surpassed ALL of these. The cottage is well stocked and completely comfy, Maria is a "people person" who genuinely enjoys visitors, and the location is good both for life's necessities (most of which can be found at the near-by Modern Mart) and for the local attractions. The real attraction here, however, is visible from your porch - its the AMAZING access to the ocean. Bring snorkel gear, and a swim suit, and enjoy the way your day slips by in a happy haze of surf, a myriad of sea creatures, and the gentle rythm of beach life. For our family of 4, it was perfect and worth every penny. Our teens were never bored, we loved overlooking the beach for every meal, and we lived in our swim suits. The cottage is big enough to allow 4 people some privacy, yet cosy enough to encourage togetherness. We knew that Maria was only a call away when we needed anything, and even when we didn't, she dropped by with homemade muffins. A truly memorable holiday. We will be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Friendswood, Texas
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

I happened upon Grape Bay Cottages through Trip Advisor and it proved to be the best vacation find yet. The website, although excellent, does not do justice to the beauty of the setting. If you want complete relaxation where you never feel compelled to leave the cottage or adjoining beach, Grape Bay Cottages is the place.
We (my wife, two daughters ages 18 and 15, and I) stayed in the Beach Home cottage during the first week of June. Getting there from the airport was a breeze, Maria Firth (owner along with her husband Doug) arranged for the taxi which was waiting for us when we exited from customs. It was a short 30 minute drive. We were all floored when we arrived by the view and the lovely cottage. The porch and master bedrooom overlook the beach and at night the only noise is the surf and tree frogs. The beach is almost private with only a few other homes along it's approximately 1 km length. I don't think there were more than ten other people on the beach at any time during our stay (except a wedding party having photographs one afternoon), and usually only one or two. The sand was wonderfully soft and clean, and the water an amazing blue. My daughter and I snorkled daily. There are coral formations within 10 meters of the beach going all the way to the main reef about 150 meters out. The variety of fish was great and large parrot fish could usually be seen in the shore break.
The local grocery is about a 15-20 minute walk along residential roads (I recommend the route around the currently closed Grape Bay Hotel ... it avoids the large hill on Grape Bay Road) and stocks pretty much anything you'll need. We ate all our meals at the cottage except for one dinner in Hamilton on Wharf Night (a block party on Wednesday night during the summer). Hamilton is about a 30-45 minute walk. Traffic can be a bit unnerving during the middle portion of the walk so I suggest doing it during non-rush hour periods and certainly not during the hours of darkness. Otherwise, a cab ride takes about 10 minutes and is around $10 plus tip. We used the bus and ferry system for island sightseeing. We purchased the tickets at the post office (about a 20 minute walk ... near the Modern Mart grocery) and had no problem using the system.
Maria and Doug are amazing hosts. Maria could not have been more helpful. Based on the availability calendar for summer 2012, the secret of Grape Bay is out so make sure you book early.
If you looking for a relaxing get away, romantic, family, or friends, this is the place.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grape Bay Cottages

Address: Grape Bay Drive, Bermuda
Location: Caribbean > Bermuda > Paget Parish
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty lodging in Paget Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in Paget, these two, two-bedroom beach cottages are a great escape for anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Both have a fully equipped kitchen, TV and wireless internet. A 10-15 minute walk from main bus routes and grocery store or 10 minute taxi ride into the City of Hamilton. Each cottage sleeps 4 adults comfortably. Monthly winter rates available. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Grape Bay Cottages Hotel Paget
Grape Bay Cottages Bermuda/Paget Parish

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