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“Absolutely Wonderful Experiance” 5 of 5 stars
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Grape Bay Drive, Bermuda   |  
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Reading, Massachusetts
1 review
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“Absolutely Wonderful Experiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My fiancé and I stayed in the Beach Home for a week in June. The Beach Home is a beautiful, pristine, spacious cottage with a simply breath taking view of the ocean and just steps away from a gorgeous private beach. The cottage is centrally located on the island but isolated enough so that the only thing you hear at night are the waves and the Bermuda equivalent of crickets. We loved it.

Maria and Doug are outstanding hosts. They patiently helped us through a problem of our own making before the trip. They arranged taxis to pick us up and drop us off at the airport. Our ride from the airport was from a delightfully nice woman, Cal, who took us to a grocery store along the way and gave us a delicious bottle of rum swizzle when we arrived. While were there, Maria and Doug frequently checked in on us and even stopped by a couple of time. Early one afternoon, we asked if they had snorkeling equipment; they dropped some of before night fall. They were very attentive and social and friendly in doing so. When we learned we left an important personal item behind, we called only to find out they already found it and were in the process of shipping it home to us.

There is a reason for all these glowing reviews. My fiancé and I go on a big vacation every year. We have been to great places but never been to the same place twice; there are so many places we have not yet seen. That being said, we already have plans to Bermuda's Grape Bay Cottages next year. It is just that good.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stayed in BEACH CREST for 5 nights and had the most magical time. We are so glad we chose Grape Bay Cottages rather than a beach resort. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Bermuda. The cottage really allows you to immerse yourself into the breathtaking surroundings in a more intimate way. Even though the 2 cottages are next to one another, the gorgeous landscaping provides for the perfect amount of seclusion. It was out own piece of heaven right here on earth.

Maria and Doug are very thoughtful and caring hosts. They truly want the best experience for their guests. The cottage was well appointed, and very clean, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. We picked up groceries on the way to the cottage from the airport and got everything we needed for the week. We barely left once we set eyes on the space and the waters right out front...

If you're travelling to Bermuda and are eager to stay in a more comfortable, private and serene setting, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

read all the reviews and you will know that Grape Bay cottages are something special in Bermuda. As a Bermudian, I can tell you that this is as close to as you can get to experiencing true island life. this not a fancy resort surrounded by other vacationers, but an oasis for the mind.wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the surf, listen to the sparrows and kisskadee's sing, go for walks on your own private beach ( only local residences) watch parrot fish swim by your feet. We rented both cottages for family and friends...cooked fresh fish on the grill and relaxed..took our friends to all the "best" beaches, but they loved grape bay the best!! ask for Calvalette to taxi you to and from the airport, lovely person and her rum swizzles are excellent! Maria and Doug are wonderful people, We've been staying here for over 12 years book early!!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Thank you Maria for a great two weeks in Beach Home. The villa was clean and tidy, plenty of towels and a very comfortable large bed overlooking that amazing beach. Indeed all mod cons. Thanks also for helping with our first big shop and all the tips about getting around the island and arranging out taxis to and from the airport. Our weather could have been better for February but it could also have been far worse! We shall miss our lively conversations, the odd drink or two and the friendliness of all those we encountered. Watch out for my paintings of the sea from the villa!

Room Tip: The bedroom overlooking the beach is perfect if you like to hear the surf when dozing off to sleep
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Moore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

This is a special piece of paradise! Maria and Doug are perfect hosts. You feel like they're old friends who take good care of you - from the yummy rum cake to their advice on things to do in Bermuda. We felt at home in Beach Home. I'm so glad they make this perfect beach cottage available to those of us who don't have such a treasure in the family. It has everything you could ever need - from books and games to comfortable beds and a patio that has the most wonderful view and sounds of the ocean waves.
Cal, Calvin, and the other taxi drivers that Maria can connect you with were absolutely wonderful. They know and love their island - and share that knowledge with you. (As well as Calvin's terrific rum swizzle!) They made our early 50th anniversary visit so very memorable. We loved all their stories as they drove us from one end of the island to the other.
Bermuda is a special place with lots of history and intermingled cultures and food - and beauty beyond description. Bermuda, Beach Home, Maria and Doug, and Cal and her crew made our trip one of the best we've had.
I can recommend this place without reservation! I feel we experienced the real Bermuda - much more than if we'd spent the time in a hotel.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you are looking for a tranquil vacation by the sea, look no further. These efficiency cottages are just steps from a pristine and very private beach. The beds are comfortable. The kitchen works. The patio on the upper cottage is a great place to grill a wahoo steak and enjoy your morning coffee. Maria is a great host. What's not to like?

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My fiance and I just got back from our second annual stay at Maria and Doug's amazing cottages.** The location is right on a totally gorgeous pinkish sand beach, which has very few people on it, so you have it practically to yourself. With the soft air and sound of the surf, the porch is my favorite place to read anywhere in the world. We had cocktail hour every evening looking at the ocean. In January when we've gone the highs are around 70 -- extremely pleasant but not hot -- and we were able to go swimming a couple times.

In addition to the place itself being great, Maria is an incredible host. She emails ahead of time to ask what basic food provisions you'd like to have there when you arrive (milk, coffee, yogurt, wine -- the basics), and she arranges to have Cal, the world's most reliable and friendliest cab driver, meet you at the airport. You feel a little like royalty. Both times we've been Maria has also left a small rum cake, which is one of the more extraordinary things I've ever tasted.

This last trip we went for a long weekend and ended up getting stranded (okay, "stranded") there for two extra days because a snow storm in New York canceled our flight. We were scrambling, looking up places to stay on hotels.com, but Maria and her husband Doug let us stay for two additional nights and days -- and didn't even want to charge us (we insisted on paying for one of the two nights). Talk about hospitality! It turned what could have been a frustrating, inconvenient experience into a vacation extension. The wireless internet meant we didn't miss work, and we still took walks on the beach at the end of the day.

Grape Bay Cottages are a peaceful slice of paradise. It's a very short trip from New York. That was actually why we went the first year, though now we're hooked. The flight is 1 hour and 45 minutes in the air, which meant we were literally door to door in under 6 hours, and it would have been 5 if we hadn't gotten to the airport so early.

I've never left a TripAdvisor review before, this is my first one. Grape Bay Cottages inspired me to do it. :)

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** There are two cottages, one above the other, and we've now stayed in each. They are somehow close together yet each is completely private from the other. One is closer the ocean, but both have *amazing* views of the beach and the upper cottage has a view of the beautiful white limestone roof of the lower one. (Roofs in Bermuda are all white, which creates a lovely tropical feel, and they're all used for water collection.) We enjoyed both equally -- like choosing between your two favorite ice cream flavors.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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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): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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