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“WONDERFUL experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Grape Bay Cottages
Grape Bay Drive, Bermuda   |  
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Orange, VA
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“WONDERFUL experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Accompanied by our adult daughter, my husband and I visited "Beach Home" for several days in March. The view is spectacular, the house is great and hosts Maria and Doug are wonderful. Maria is extremely gracious and was very helpful in making arrangements, such as our cab ride from the airport with 'Cal' from C&C Cab. Cal gave us great suggestions about what to see during our visit. Cal's dad, Calvin also drives for C&C and took us back to the airport. He is extremely funny and has wonderful stories to tell. :-)

Modern Mart grocery store is a pleasant 15 minute walk. We decided not to rent scooters (too scary for us!), but did use both the ferry and the bus, which have convenient schedules to get you most places. We walked a LOT and spent a good deal of time on the old railway trail, which is very interesting. Sleep with the windows open at night - the sound of the ocean is AMAZING!

If you're looking for privacy combined with proximity, this is it...and the heavenly view is the icing on the cake. We will definitely be back! Thank you, Maria and Doug!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

View cannot be matched, the beach (despite seaweed) was lovely, the cottage was homey and had everything we needed. Store was easy walking distance, and C+C Cab Services made getting anywhere else a breeze. Maria went out of her way to make sure our stay was the best it could be.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Shawville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I decided to finally visit Bermuda on my 40th bday...after a lifetime of travel. That was 3 years ago, and since then, I've been back 4 times. I've stayed at the Reefs and both of the Fairmonts but this visit was my favourite by far!! The cottage at Beach Crest was perfect for my family of 6. Maria and Doug were amazing hosts. They met us upon our arrival, picked up our groceries, checked in regularly, and even drove my mother-in-law to search for her lost bifocals. Their preferred drivers, Calvelette and Calvin, were equally welcoming and warm. Calvelette's husband even cooked us supper on the first night and it was the most delicious roast beef ever! The rum swizzle that Calvin supplied was equally appreciated. Do yourself a big favour and stay at one of Maria and Doug's cottages...you won't regret it!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I've often said that when I die please forget heaven, just let me spend eternity at Grape Bay. We just returned from two weeks sitting on our porch at Beach Home, our third visit. Each visit I marvel that it could be true. So private, so near the beautiful beach, our own little Eden. Maria and Doug are the most gracious, helpful, generous hosts and, may I say, friends, anyone could imagine. The cottage is very well equipped, spacious, charmingly decorated, cosy and virtually on the beach. We have stayed in both cottages and each have their own charm. After 30 years of visiting Bermuda we have seen most of this fabulous island and now we enjoy settling in at Grape Bay and visiting just a few of our old favorite places. My most treasured hope is that we will be able to return to Grape Bay year after year. Thank you Doug and Maria!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

My wife and I have been to many vacation destinations but we never experienced such a warm and genuine welcome like we received from Maria and Doug. They made us both feel like family as they stopped in several times to check on us as while were in the midst of tropical storm Leslie. Maria surprised us with a homemade rum cake that was to die for while Doug gave pointers and ideas for us including local history as well as recommending restaurant spots etc. as Doug is a native Bermudian with much insight and knowledge on the islands best attributes. The beach home is truly the gem of the entire island with private access to a private beach. The gorgeous view from the porch is unequalled as we enjoyed many meals from there.
It was a magical trip that we expect to repeat in the future.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

My mother invited my sisters family and mine to Bermuda. She rented Maria and Dougs two lovely cottages over Easter 2012. As Norwegians we looked forward to warm days in the sun and beach life, but also to cooking and eating together. The place was perfect! We built sand castles, went exploring the Island, hung out on the porch in the sun. Doug and Maria provided relevant tourist information and contact with what has to be Bermudas coolest taxi service. The Cottages were well equipped and we lacked nothing.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We are staying in the upper cottage, Beach Crest. The cottage is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with everything that you would need to cook with and serve dinner with in the kitchen, not that we used it for that purpose, too many good restaurants within a reasonable taxi or bus trip.
The location is very private, and you practically have your own beach and reefs to explore. Thanks to tropical storm/depression Debby, we have had limited opportunity to snorkel the reefs. The surf has just been too rough.
If you plan on using public transportation, it is a hike to get to the closest bus stops, Maria doesn't to try to hide this fact, and there are hills involved. We found the easiest way was to cut across the beach and go through the Grape Bay Hotel parking lot. I wouldn't recommend doing this late at night, as the hotel is closed and there might be some vagrants living in the hotel, so I would grab a taxi for the late night return to the cottage. The public transportation is great, and you get a local perspective of things by talking with the other bus riders. Buses and ferry services run all day and can be used with the daily or multi day passes. We used them to get to Grotto Bay (took an hour), and used the ferry service a couple of times to get to St. George's and to the Dockyard. We found that if you are returning from Hamilton after dinner of cocktails, it's worth the ~$10 taxi fare.
Maria has a favorite taxi partner, and they have done a great job for us. As a matter of fact, they just called to arrange our departure time for tomorrow. We have had to use some other taxi services (hailed on the streets of downtown Hamilton) with mixed results. Not every driver knows where the cottages are, so if you can't tell them exactly where you want to go, you might end up at the Grape Bay Hotel, as we did one night. Another perk to using her recommended taxi service is the welcome bottle of swizzle that Calvin makes up for you (he's been making these for over 50 years, great recipe). If you run out, I believe that he can help you out with more. Calvin and his daughter are wonderful, and full of Island knowledge.
Maria has checked in with us, and stopped by for a visit. She's a wonderful person, with a great personality. She brought us a wonderful rum cake during her visit yesterday. We look forward to her visit tomorrow when we depart.
Glad that we found this place. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Grape Bay Cottages Hotel
Grape Bay Cottages Hotel Paget
Grape Bay Cottages Bermuda/Paget Parish
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 

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