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.
- 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. We respect our guests privacy, therefore, viewing is by appointment only. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grape Bay Cottages Hotel Paget
- Grape Bay Cottages Bermuda/Paget Parish