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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 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 have immediate water access - our part of this special island is on a reef and therefore has an iron shore - the public beach is a 10 min. drive away (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.

Please note - the home sleeps a maximum of 6 adults and 2 children. Exceptions will be made, but need to be discussed with owner prior to booking.

For more details on this home, please visit our website -

More Details

Melissa Wood
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 Brac

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.


Cayman Brac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Maximum of 6 adults & 2 children, as the Family & Kids rooms share a bathroom (no door in b/w), & beds in Kids room are suitable for children only.
  • Cancellation rules: 1) $100 admin. fee on all cancellations; 2) cancellations between 30 & 60 days receive a 50% refund only if house can be rebooked
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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
  • 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 (kids room) 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
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: Diving: We highly recommend Brac Scuba Shack, who offer excellent, relaxed and personalized service in smaller boats. Day/Night Dives, private charters. Website: Rock Climbing nearby - our neighbour across the road has established lots of sites. See his website: A new operation has also just opened, see their website:


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Stylish & Relaxed, Original Oceanfront Beach House - "The Bach"
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Perfect, ideal, heaven, wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Okay folks, if you are looking for the perfect place to stay on Cayman Brac, this is it! Awesome stay from start to finish. Very clean, meticulously maintained! The beds and pillows are so fantastic you won't want to get out of bed---perfect place to enjoy the sunrise! We got to enjoy a couple of thunderstorms from the comfort of the porch---great way to watch a storm approach. I have to say that this was the best-equipped home I have ever stayed in. Many times over the course of the week, the statement was made I wonder if and sure enough what we needed was there! Van, our on island contact person, was never more than a quick call away if we needed anything or an answer to a question. The home is beautifully decorated with a costal atmosphere - the pictures portray the home exactly! The pool is definitely a plus --- enjoy the beauty of the sea while floating in the deck side pool! There is a great fire pit area---was pretty windy the night we wanted to use it so we didn't risk possibly burning the house down! I strongly recommend choosing this property if you plan to be visit Cayman Brac! You won't be disappointed! If you do decide to stay here don't miss out on having a moonlight massage. Kelly will come to the house and set up on the deck....perfect! We had a full moon for was fact we booked two separate nights! Definitely will stay here again! And certainly last but not least, corresponding with Melissa, the owner of the property, could not be better. Melissa is wonderful, so pleasant and responsive---certainly makes you feel like a friend. Always quick to respond with answers to my many questions! Informative about the island and of course how to get my hands on those wonderful mattresses and pillows! LOL! Thanks Melissa! I can't say enough about what a joy you were, and are, to work with! Looking forward to being back on Brac next year!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristie, it was a pleasure working with you too, and thanks for all the fab comments! So glad you enjoyed the house as much as we do, and for being patient with some of the issues we had during your stay ... your sense of humour in dealing with those was greatly appreciated! We'll welcome you back with open arms for your next visit! Cheers, Melissa & Michael
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Peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

I'm having a hard time finding the exact words to describe and relay the feeling of contentment both my husband and I felt from the moment we walked through the front door. Such a beautiful and clean beach house with tasteful and gorgeous decor . We arrived on a Sunday and if you've been to the Brac you know the markets are closed on Sunday. My husband and I always bring our own meats and non produce food items. We were both pleasantly surprised on how well the kitchen was stocked with necessities . Simply replace what you use. The bed was comfortable. We used the grill outback on several occasions and even had a fire going in the fire pit on a few nights. Being on the south side we enjoyed the sea breeze and how quiet that end of the island is. We rode the bikes down to the end and checked out the cave and blow holes on the shore. Loved the bike!!!! It had a basket and a cup holder...what fun! The Brac is a very special place whose people are no nice and respectful. On calmer days we went to Buccaneers slip and Scott's dock to do some snorkeling and would return to the house to enjoy the beautiful pool. We found ourselves in it everyday, water temp never went below 82 degrees. This is truly a beautiful property and both my husband and I would not hesitate to return here. Our property manager Van was very attentive when we called with a few questions. I have to mention the big french doors that open out to the deck absolute stunning view! we also enjoyed the apple tv we watched a few movies and binged watched a Netflix show, it's just something we don't get to do in our busy lives here at home. Thank you Melissa for sharing your home with us...we absolutely loved it! I miss it already.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house on Cayman Brac

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful week at "Bach on Brac". This delightful, well kept house is right on the ocean and we were lulled to sleep each evening by the sound of the waves. The house has lots of spaces, both in sun and shade to comfortably read and enjoy this beautiful island. The kitchen is well equipped and there were plenty of towels and toiletries in each bathroom as well books and boardgames if not using the fast speed wifi. There are not a lot of sandy beaches on Cayman Brac, but having the private pool just outside the door solves that dilemma. We explored the nature trails on Cayman Brac and often saw the rare Cayman Brac parrots while visiting the parrot reserve. Cayman Brac specializes in diving and snorkeling, but if you are looking for a quiet, friendly island, "Bach on Brac" will meet every expectation!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

An amazing property with everything you could possibly need for your vacation. A fully equipped kitchen, towels, beach gear, games, books and so much more. A beautiful secluded location on the ocean with a pool. Recommended for both couples or family get away.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Much needed, and much appreciated!

  • 5 of 5

We had a ideal time at the Bach at Brac! Just returned from a trip at the end of December, beginning of January during which time we celebrated a grad school graduation and a belated 25th wedding anniversary.

The house is well outfitted- we've stayed in many VRBO houses and the Bach is by far the best equipped. Melissa has left a binder with an exhaustive amount of information which was enormously helpful. The house was spotless, and if we needed help with anything around the house, the house manager was quick to respond.

Perhaps my personal favorite space in the house is the deck out back and the pool. Each night we'd grab our cocktail and watch the sun set from our own deck.

If you are looking for off-the-grid comfort and luxury, I can't recommend the Bach highly enough!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful, tranquil paradise

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay at the Bach! What a beautiful location! The house has a lovely layout that made us feel one with the sea. The sounds of the waves, the sunrises and sunsets, the color of the water… ahhhh, we soaked it all up and felt so rested and rejuvenated when we left. We’re big fans of the deck, which we spent a lot of time on. And the well equipped kitchen. An extra bonus was seeing so many birds during the day thanks to being close to the bluff and taking in the stars at night while relaxing at the fire pit. Our kind of paradise! Melissa was wonderful to work with and we could feel how loved the house is. We love it too and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Margaret, you have captured in words the way we feel about the Bach also, as it is a definitely a well-loved home that welcomes us with open arms (doors/windows) when we are there - which is as often as possible. So glad it welcomed you in the same way! Cheers, Melissa
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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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.0%

Max. of 6 adults, 2 children or 4 adults, 4 children.
Rates above for 2017 are introductory, & from Winter 2017, reflect the upgrade of a pool to the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.