Grape Bay Beach Hotel

The Grape Bay Beach Hotel has now closed. Have a look at some other hotels in the same area. Options include Coco Reef, Elbow Beach, and Dawkins Manor.

The Grape Bay Beach Hotel has now closed. It was opened by in 2003 by the Bermuda Resort Hotels group, a local hospitality company that also managed the Wharf Executive Suites, Surf Side Beach Club, and the Harmony Club. Prior to this the property was the White Sands Hotel. In 2009 Miami-based Tecton Hospitality took over the management of the Grape Bay Beach Hotel and the Surf Side Beach Club. The following year the property ceased to operate as a hotel and was leased to the Bermuda Hospitals Board as accommodation for nursing staff. We have kept this listing online as many of our readers are still searching for information about the hotel.

Formerly the White Sands, this secluded Bermuda retreat was recently resurrected as the Grape Bay Beach Hotel and is rapidly gaining rave reviews.

Two classes of rooms are available. The Deluxe Terrace Wing offers Garden View rooms with a balcony. These are available with king beds or 2 doubles. The Superior Rooms offer full views of the Atlantic and most have king sized beds.

Grape Bay is situated in a quiet upmarket residential area. A very secluded and relatively unknown beach is just a few minutes walk from the hotel making it a good choice for those who value their privacy. Buses can be caught on the South Road to both Hamilton and the Royal Naval Dockyard. It’s a bit of a walk to the stop but the hotel operates a shuttle service for those who don’t fancy renting a scooter from local liveries Eve’s Cycles or Oleander Cycles.

The recently redesigned Belmont Hills Golf Course is just a few minutes drive away, as is the immensely popular Elbow Beach. Other nearby attractions include Paget Marsh, the Railway Trail and the Bermuda Botanical Gardens.

The Grape Bay Beach Hotel is owned by Bermuda Resort Hotels who also run the Harmony Club, Surf Side Beach Club and the Wharf Executive Suites.

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  1. I was wondering what happened to White Sands. I lived with Kay and Horace Browne in the hotel and their homes when I was a child and continued going to the hotel when I was married and until it was sold. I was hoping the kids would take it over. In the 50’s it was small and the addition had not been built. We would have a wonderful cocktail hour with the guests. Kay and Horace always came. Good meals and very friendly. I miss my second home.

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  2. We got married on the island in 1979 September the 25th at the church of christ in pagent parish by a Scottish minister with the last same name
    We are going to enjoy our 40th university. We had a bungalow on the cliff. Will miss eating dinner with random guests. We are planning to go back. Maybe next year but on a cruise with children and grandchildren.

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  3. My wife & I have been to Bermuda three times since 1971. We stayed at The White Sands Hotel our last two visits in 1987 & 1991. We fell in love with White Sands because it was so captivating with its small hotel charms. It’s hibiscus lined road down to the private beach made us feel like we were the only people on the island. Then there was the great food, service and hospitality. We feel sad we can not return there again.

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  4. Went to the White Sands in 1984 with 5 other guys. We had a blast, so the other guests in the hotel and in Hamilton told us!! I wanted to take my wife there. Sad to see it is closed.
    Bermuda is sooooo much better than the 3rd world islands! Cleaner and much more civilized.

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  5. Spent honeymoon here in 1969 and returned in 1979, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, & 04. It was a wonderful place run by the same family and the wait staff all seemed to stay the same and never age. With a secluded beach nearby it was wonderful. They built a restaurant that never worked out and now seems like a hotel for itinerants. Beautiful location with a lot of memories, would be marvelous to see someone start it up again. Now stay at the Reefs which is nice but a lot pricier. The “old” Bermuda is just about gone. We really miss it.

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    • My X and I stayed there in 1987 for our honeymoon in Rm 222. It had a beautiful octagonal bay window overlooking the ocean. The full breakfasts on the pool deck in the morning with served on silver and china were refreshingly so British and the formal dinners were wonderful. I had tried to find it recently and didn’t realize it had changed names. It was a great experience and sad to see it go.

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    • We got married on the island in 1979 September the 25th at the church of christ in pagent parish by a Scottish minister with the last same name
      We are going to enjoy our 40th university. We had a bungalow on the cliff. Will miss eating dinner with random guests. We are planning to go back. Maybe next year but on a cruise with children and grandchildren.

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  6. Today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Twenty five years ago right now my new wife and I stayed in Room 229 on our Honeymoon. We promised each other that we would try to go back to the White Sands Hotel/Bermuda on our 25th. Can’t describe how disappointed we are to find the Whites Sand Hotel is no longer. Thank goodness we have a lot of pictures to recount those delightful honeymoon memories. We so remember running down the hibiscus lined pathway to the private rocky white sand beach to spend wonderful hours getting to know each other better. We will miss the White Sands Hotel, but thank you so much for being there when we needed you most.

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  7. My husband and I stayed at the White Sands for our honeymoon in July of 1982. Our bartenders were Stanford and Wellington and they made our trip! We are considering returning this year, but the reviews have left me uncertain

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    • I was 13 years old. At the time I went to bermuda with my parents. We stayed at the White Sands Hotel and our waiter was named Wellington Smith. Could he be the same Wellington?

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  8. I stayed at the White Sands as a kid also and had a great experience. Wanted to share it with my wife and daughter but it looks like that won’t be possible. Such a shame.

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    • Hey Jim, I stayed there when is was Grape Bay hotel, mardone another one bites the dust. Anyway, I ate nothing but grapes kinda ironic and still gained weight. That poor rental moped, anyway I`ll miss that nice place.

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  9. I visited White Sands four times as a young child and teenager back in the 70’s. It was a wonderful place! I remember Stanford and the Brownes and a wonderful restaurant that served breakfast, lunch, dinner and the best deserts! Would love to return someday with my family, but after reading all the above, it seems like I would be disappointed. I love Bermuda!

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  10. I worked at White sands from 3/76 to 3/77 as second chef. The atmosphere with the staff and owners was fantastic. It is such a shame to read of the Browne’s demise and hope Kelly gets her wish. Give my regards to your family and any others you may still have contact with.

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  11. I stayed at the White Sands in 1982 and a teenager at the time. I’ve always wondered what the place turned into and if it was the same as I remembered so long ago. Stanfield, a friendly bartender there always stands out in my mind. I’ve read these other reviews and it is sad that things have changed for the worse.

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  12. I stayed at White Sands for my honeymoon in 1985. It was a beautiful resort! Quite. The formal dining was delightful. My photos and memories will be with me forever.

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  13. All these reviews make me want to burst into tears.
    I am the granddaughter of Horace and Katherine Browne, the couple that built and owned the hotel. I practically grew up on the hotel grounds and the beautiful Grape Bay Beach nearby.
    They are both deceased now. It is very sad to see and hear what has become of White Sands Hotel or Grape Bay Hotel or whatever they are calling it these days.
    Unfortunately, it is not the only hotel to suffer a heart wrenching demise from the ailing tourism industry here in Bermuda.
    I am not even sure if it is open for business anymore.
    I do hope that those former guests that came to stay at White Sands Hotel can remember it in its former glory. It was wonderful in its prime!
    Unfortunately, I am afraid that a hotel of its former nature would be a difficult sell these days, however, I do have a few ideas that could potentially breathe life back into the hotel

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    • I stayed at White Sands many times in the 90’s. I remember the Browne family. I am so sorry to hear about its demise. It was a wonderful place and I’m sure still has a lot of potential.

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      • I’m sorry to see this too! I’ve never been but my parents stayed at the White Sands for their honeymoon in 1979 and we’re taking them back for their 40th anniversary this year! Does anyone have other recommendations and does anyone know what Stanfield is up to now? Thanks.

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    • Hi I would love to hear your ideas Pete

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  14. We recently stayed at the Grape Bay on our first visit to Bermuda. We were very disappointed. The place has the potential to be a great place but it’s not. The staff was not friendly, except for the young lady that was cleaning the rooms. No welcome when we came and no goodbye, we were glad to have you or anything. The description above is not true. No one to help you do anything but check in and out. Very hard to get a cab to come up there and pick you up. They just don’t show up. It is a long way down to the main road to catch a cab. The staff did not offer a ride of any kind. The rooms were clean and the beds and pillows were very good. There was only 2 other couples staying there. The pool was clean. The lobby could use some new upholstered furniture and rugs. Very old, faded and dirty looking. Didn’t look clean to sit on. The restaurant had such an odour we didn’t want to eat there. No one else was eating there either. It says it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s not. Dinner only. I can’t imagine the place will stay open if this is how things will remain. It is a shame because the place could be a great place. There are many wonderful places to stay in Bermuda but this isn’t one of them.

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  15. This is a good budget choice with beautiful views, but a lick of paint and a few touches here and there would not hurt. No complaints about the staff, who were friendly and accommodating, and if you only want somewhere to sleep after exploring all day then I guess it’s ok.

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  16. Can’t really fault the staff who were friendly and efficient, but the place is in need of a bit of an upgrade. Still, you get some great views, and it’s quite easy to get to Hamilton with its many shops and restaurants. Not a lot to do at the hotel, but if you only want to come back to sleep then it’s fine.

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  17. Nice ocean views and cheap for Bermuda, but you get what you pay for.

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  18. Ok for the price we paid, but the place could be so much better than it is. Still the room was spacious and clean and had a wonderful ocean view, and the whole place was quiet and relaxing. There’s a Mini Mart nearby and a fridge in the room to keep your drinks cold, so all in all it wasn’t that bad.

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  19. This place could do with a bit of TLC, but it is only a short walk from the beach and if you walk to the road there are buses to both Hamilton and the Royal Naval Dockyard; you can also get a bus to Elbow Beach (make sure you have the right change and no bills) The room was ok for the price I guess, but it needed a bit of work doing on it. Don’t expect too much and you’ll probably be ok.

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  20. Please bring back White Sands. It was a beautiful hotel in the 1970’s…was run by the Browne family. It has been destroyed by the current owners. It used to have wonderful dining in the dining room, now they have a restaurant called Sapori….Ugh!

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  21. My wife and I stayed at the White Sands after we were married. We decided to visit again after 20 years. Unfortunately, it has changed for the worse. It is now a run down version of the old White Sands. Garbage liters the path to the beach. Carpets are torn up. You’ll be handed a plunger if your toilet clogs with the message "have fun".
    When you come to Bermuda, don’t stay at the Grape Bay Beach Hotel.

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  22. I have stayed at the Grape Bay several times when it was the White Sands. Always friendly, spotless with terrific service and usually an official feline welcome committee of one which adds to the charm. A little distanced from the main road, but the walk isn’t bad during good weather and the beach, just a short stroll down the hill is grand. Regret it has changed ownership and hope the same ambience remains.

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  23. The Grape Bay has a very quiet setting, a fair walk from the main road. The beach is amazing, very quiet because I think its private. Rooms are quite simple, but spotlessly clean.
    It’s about a 10 minute walk to the main road, and there’s a supermarket here where you can stock up on essentials. The management do offer a ride to the main road, but we preferred the walk, which was very pleasant.

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