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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 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 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.


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!


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 ...
  • 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 24 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 Relaxation at The Bach!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our 5-night stay at The Bach over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. We could not have asked for a better house and location to call home for the week! Melissa was incredibly helpful during our booking and preparing us for our stay. Our flight into Grand was delayed by a few hours so we didn't make it to the Brac until late in the evening, but the property manager Van was very accommodating and happily greeted us at the airport. The home was perfect for us and our three children; very private, clean, spacious and stocked with all sorts of amenities. Melissa thought of everything! Our children enjoyed playing in the lovely pool and exploring the rocky coastline. The view and sunsets are exquisite and it was so enjoyable relaxing by the firepit watching the starlit sky. Upon our return to the Brac we will look nowhere else but The Bach!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you & the family enjoyed your stay Ryan, and thanks for the lovely review. We were just down there again this past weekend - windy but gorgeous as usual! Hope we can host you again sometime! Cheers, Melissa & Michael
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Amazing week at the Bach in the Brac

  • 5 of 5

This is an awesome place! Melissa was wonderful to work with before and during our stay. The house has everything anyone needs to make your trip enjoyable with beautiful views of the sunrise and the sea. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tad, glad we could make your last minute trip changes work, and that you had a good stay. Look forward to hosting you again sometime. Cheers, Melissa
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The Little Things

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time my husband and I have traveled internationally. With the help of Melissa from the very beginning, she made sure our trip went smoothly. She made sure we selected the correct airport to arrive at, and made helpful suggestions like who to rent a vehicle from. The house was clean and inviting, and did little things like leaving a beach bag in each bedroom. We went to celebrate our 25th anniversary and renewed our vows on the back deck looking out over the ocean. This location is so beautiful! Thank you Melissa for making our memories unforgettable!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Am so happy you had such a lovely anniversary at our little beach home Angela - it certainly is a magical place, and a good one to celebrate such a special occasion. You traveled a long way to get to it, so I'm very pleased it met your expectations! Cheers, Melissa
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Relaxation Exemplified!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic home for a relaxing getaway on a sleepy quiet island. Melissa was great to deal with offering lots of information and recommendations for rental car and dive shop. Three days of diving with Brac Scuba Shack was incredible. The house ticks all the boxes for privacy, well equipped, clean and comfortable. The outdoor living space and pool was perfect for relaxing, cooling off and having dinners under the most incredible stars you will ever see!

We look forward to another trip soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the fab review Scott - glad you enjoyed your stay! We are looking forward to doing some star gazing there ourselves this coming weekend....yay! Appreciate your patience with the hot water issue, and we look forward to having you back. Cheers, Melissa & Michael
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Bach. The house has that real "beach" feel and the views of the ocean are stunning. It is fully equipped with everything you might need and very spacious and comfortable. Everything was clean and spotless - very well maintained. We especially enjoyed the pool overlooking the ocean and we used the grill every night. Watching the sunrise from the deck is a must! I would highly recommend The Bach and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janine! Look forward to having you & Pierre here again sometime soon. Cheers, Melissa
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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.