We’re almost at the end of our Brac scuba trip and decided to write about how great it is now rather than wait until it’s over and we’re depressed that we have to go home. We have been staying at Jeff and Shawn Marsteller’s bungalow, Escape from Reality. This is the kind of sweet little place we wanted exactly – perfect size for two, perfect location – minutes away from grocery, restaurants and our dive shop, but there really isn’t a crowded part of the island and when we drive the 5 or 6 minutes home, it’s quiet and private. Jeff and Shawn have gone out of their way to make sure we’ve been taken care of and have added some amenities they wanted for themselves – like free calling to and from the US (as well as a local phone for Island calls), filtered water, and wifi as well as Netflix, Roku and streaming TV. I can’t tell you how much having those phone services built in makes our stay easier. There are two houses on this property. The bigger one is right on the ocean and will be great when we come back with friends. But our bungalow is positioned so we can see and hear the ocean. Last night I slept on the patio with the perfect Caribbean breezes and the music of ocean waves. Doesn’t get much better than that.
They had their property manager help us rent and pick up a car at the airport and lead us to the house since it was dark, and they even offered to have her pick us up some grocery staples when we came in on Saturday night since all the grocery stores are closed on Sundays. This is a small small island and except for a couple of restaurants, the island is closed on Sunday! Bed is comfortable, kitchen is nicely stocked, plenty of beach and house towels, washer and dryer behind the house, porch swing is a perfect place for a sunset and a tropical drink, AC and fans keep the house as cool as you want without having to freeze yourself out. If you are looking for a ‘dive and relax’ vacation, this is a fabulous choice.
We stayed in both places on the property, first the cottage and then the main house. Patty (property manager) was very friendly and met us at the airport to show us to the property and how to use the phones, etc. We decided the cottage was too small for us so Shawn the owner allowed us to upgrade to the main house and made sure we had everything we needed. The house is great! Tons of room with a fantastic view of the ocean. I laid in the hammock every morning drinking my coffee wishing I could stay forever. Both houses are located close to the stores, dive shops, and airport. I would definitely recommend this property and will stay there again if we return to the Brac.
Absolutely wonderful quiet retreat on the beach, not far from public beach. Quiet and private yet close to anywhere you need to go! Cottage is comfy and clean, all amenities included. Had a wonderful stay, great friends and friend locals. Would stay here in a heart beat again!
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