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Stylish & Relaxed, Original Oceanfront Beach House - "The Bach"

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
3
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, separate living/dining areas, oceanfront

Welcome to our lovingly restored, rustic and relaxing Caribbean beach house. At home in New Zealand, we call this a 'bach' (pronounced 'batch'). Located on the South East Side of Cayman Brac, this unique home will provide the sanctuary you need after a day of diving, snorkelling, walking or exploring ... or will simply be a relaxing place to unwind with a good book and a cocktail.

This property is a TRUE beach house - open living, a large outdoor deck with swimming pool; your choice of sun or shade, a landscaped beachfront, & separate areas that deliver privacy, as well as lots of good collective space. And whilst we don't currently have immediate water access - our part of this special island is on a reef and therefore has an iron shore - the nearest entry point is a short 5 min. drive away. The public beach is a 10 min. drive, and usually empty, and the local "Buccaneers" rock pool for safe & easy swimming & snorkelling is only 15 mins. away ... well worth the effort.

Cayman Brac is stunning, in a laid-back way, and our home, with it's open plan living, simple yet modern furniture and clean lines, will welcome travellers from far and wide to it's unique beauty.

For more details on this home, please visit our website - www.abfabescapes.com

More Details

Owner
Melissa Wood
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Melissa Wood

Michael & I first came to the Caymans in November 2014 to experience what we knew was some of the best diving in the world. As an ex-travel agent, I have been 'selling' the Cayman Islands for years, and was keen to see them for myself. We fell in love with Cayman Brac because it's so relaxed, with fabulous sunrises & sunsets, friendly people, and we feel all our worries slip away from us as we arrive....

We currently live in New York City, and also own and take vacation rentals for our home in Colorado (HA Listing 258968). With our personal travel experience (we've lived and worked on 3 continents in 8 countries), we feel we know what other discerning travelers are looking for in a vacation rental and we have custom designed this house with those points in mind.

Melissa Wood purchased this house in 2015

Why Melissa Wood chose Cayman Islands

Cayman Brac is a relatively small island, where everything is within easy reach, and we liked it's simplicity.

What makes this house unique

The sunrises & sunsets are both lovely times of the day, and it's fun to decide which space on the deck or the beachfront we'll enjoy them from. Cocktail hour is always a pleasure, watching the ocean with the cooling breezes, and drifting off to sleep to the sound of the waves is immensely soothing.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Stylish & Relaxed, Original Oceanfront Beach House - "The Bach"
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

The Bach @ Brac

  • 5 of 5

Melissa arranged to have someone meet us at the airport. After a quick stop at the grocery store our escort took us to the house which exceeded our expectations. All of our questions were answered in a timely fashion before we arrived on the island by Melissa and she even gave us a print out of everything we needed to know about the island. More information was provided upon arrival. We didn't think it was possible to need more information because she was so though. The view from the house was spectacular . The islanders were very friendly. The island is very easy to navigate and we felt extremely safe compared to some of the places we have visited. Helpful hint, weather and holidays affects how the grocery stores are stocked and when they are opened. We made friends while on the island that were also visiting and they visited Bach @ Brac and they said they will be staying there the next time they come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kevin & Deb, always lovely to get such great feedback, thanks so much, and look forward to hosting you again, also your friends!! Cheers, Melissa
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5

Perfect for a quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this great property on our way back from a crazy 20 day trip in South America, specifically to " chill out " before going back to our regular lives. The attention to detail was very nice to have, including pretty much everything you need, down to plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent" not needed". We had Kelly (from bracbeachspa.com) come in every day for massage on the deck, she was great, and you can't beat the sound of the ocean while getting your stress worked out ..... Thanks Melissa for being so responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mark, so glad you enjoyed your stay, it was a pleasure hosting you!
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5

Far beyond our expectation, a perfect esacpe!

  • 5 of 5

We were a bit nervous to stray from Grand Cayman into Cayman Brac. As soon as we walked in to this property, we didn’t even think about it once again. Best decision we’ve made. I can’t speak for the other properties on the island, but we missed absolutely nothing and gained everything. No loud families or hustle and bustle or crowded resorts - just the perfect breeze right off the ocean on the amazing deck, sound nights of sleep, gorgeous night time stars that stretched the curvature of the earth’s end, and a level of relaxation that even distant islands in French Polynesia didn’t match for us. There’s something truly special about this property. It’s unassuming from the curb as you walk in, but once we saw the views of the ocean from every room, listened to the lapping waves, everything from day to day life seemed to melt off. The pictures don't come close to doing it justice.

THE ISLAND – Cayman Brac is small, quiet, and the perfect level of seclusion for a NYer. If you’re looking for nightlife or the latest Iron Chef’s restaurant, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for the dream of seeing very few other people - but so many views and experiences you will never forget, then you’ve found Shangri-la. Particularly if you’re a person who loves the water, good hikes, and relaxation. But even moreso if you love the sights, sounds, feeling, and relaxation that comes with the beautiful emerald and deep blue expansive ocean right outside your door – this is the island, and THIS is the property to stay at.

THE PROPERTY – It far exceeded our expectations. The views from every room. The comfort. The location. We didn’t want to leave the deck which comfortably lounged 4 of us, and easily could’ve accommodated more. We ate every meal outside looking right out on the water. We took many walks along the ocean. The bedrooms are beyond comfortable and decorated with style, and we had we had everything we needed to have an unforgettable day. The location is a quick saunter to a gorgeous beach, the local market for food for our lunch and dinner deck barbecues, and the local restaurants and watering holes. The owner is a lovely woman, who went out of her way to make every part of the stay far beyond what we expected. Property had a comprehensive guide and the owner mentioned they're installing a pool - that just takes it from 5 stars to 6.

We will be back to this property again and again. We've found the best kept secret in all the Caribbean islands.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ryan, thanks so much for the fab review - very happy you enjoyed your stay at our unique little beach home. It is, indeed, a magical place. Look forward to your next visit! Melissa
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5

This property is truly a hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

My stay at this beautiful home was one to remember, it made venturing out to the town seem like a task due to how comfortable it was. I intend to stay at the Bach everytime I visit the brac as there is absolutely no other home which compares.

Not to mention how helpful Melissa was with ensuring that our booking and arrival went smoothly!!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Shamique, happy you all enjoyed your brief stay, hope to host you again sometime soon! Cheers, Melissa
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5

Absolutely Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time at 'The Bach': the location is simply perfect, absolutely stunning view with the sound of waves soothing you to sleep and greeting you in the morning, an enormous front deck with both shade and sun so you can tan or not as you please, and furnishings and furniture well above the norm for a rental property. Melissa was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the island, and this was one of those rare vacation where everything exceeded expectations and just worked. Highly recommend to others, especially divers, and I know we'll be back soon

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Simon, always a pleasure having such appreciative guests in the house, do hope to host you again soon! Cheers, Melissa
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5

A tiny bit of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin?! I was worried about leaving my 3 year old daughter behind as I ventured out for a girl's week on Cayman Brac. Once I knew she was fine and having a wonderful time with her grandparents I was able to enjoy every ounce of peace and serenity "The Bach" had to offer. I arrived at night and was welcomed to a beautiful beach house right on the water. The house was beautifully and tastefully decorated, clean, and had all the amenities you could want for a stay at the beach. The kitchen was very well stocked. There were beach towels, magazines, books, and games. There was a television, although we did not find any use for it! I stayed in the large private room off the back deck. The bed was very comfortable and I slept amazingly well after a long day of travel. Every room in the house has air conditioning. I chose to sleep with the windows open so I could here the sound of the waves. I awoke to the most amazing view! The deck is huge with chaise lounges, a table and chairs, and Adirondack chairs. We blew up an inflatable pool and the water stayed cool for several days. We enjoyed bonfires in the fire pit on the beach. The rock pools are great for spying sea urchins, fish, and chiton. The public sand beach is just 10 km down the road. The sand is gorgeous and the water is awesome for snorkeling. Cayman Brac is a sleepy little island perfect for getting away and forgetting your busy life for a while. Michael and Melissa's Bach is beautiful, inviting, and just perfect for lazy days in the sun. I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann, thanks so much for the lovely review - we treasure this home and the weird and wonderful island of Cayman Brac, and are glad you enjoyed it as much as we do! You are most welcome to return anytime!! Melissa
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Charles Kirkconnell International Airport
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
South Side Rd West Public Beach
Car: necessary

Cayman Brac is renowned for it's diving and snorkelling, but it's also one of the most relaxing, and laid-back places on the planet. Rock-climbers also most welcome!

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Rates & Availability

Sister Islands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter 2016/2017
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$150
From
$200
Fri,Sat
$950
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$125
From
$175
Fri,Sat
$850
$3,250
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2017/2018
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,550
$5,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2018/2019
May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
$5,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Housekeeping $50
Tax Rate 13.0%

Max. of 6 adults, 2 children, or 8 adults.
The house is currently unavailable due to POOL construction, which will be completed by 15 December, 2016. Rates above for 2017 are introductory & from Winter 2017, reflect this upgrade to the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sister Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Family Room Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Beachside Bathroom - toilet , shower , Walkin shower, no tub
    Deck Room Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Living Room - toilet , 1/2 bath just off living room
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family Bedroom - 1 queen
    Deck Bedroom - 1 double
    Annex (Kids / TV Room) - 2 twin/ single , Trundle beds, suitable for kids only
    Beachside Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The Family Bedroom + Annex is designed with a family in mind - there is no partition or door into the Annex Room, just two steps down. This is basically a kids / TV room, with twin trundle beds - suitable for kids only - as you see in the photo. Also suitable as a daybed or TV sofa but not really designed for adults sleeping. The Family Bedroom and Annex room share the main bathroom inside the room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • caves
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Massage: We work closely with Kelly from the Beach Spa, who will come to the house for all services. See her website for further details, bookings necessary. Website: www.bracbeachspa.com. Diving: We highly recommend Brac Scuba Shack, who offer excellent, relaxed and personalized service in smaller boats. Day/Night Dives, private charters. Website: www.bracscubashack.com Rock Climbing nearby. We also have an inflatable child's pool for guest use as/when required, with an electric pump to inflate.

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