My wife and I have been traveling the islands throughout the caribbean over the last 10 years. We love the small out of the way places that are light on Commercialization (hotels, clubs and people everywhere) and heavy on Personalization (small, private and unique). There are some great places out there we've truly enjoyed and have repeated to like Peter Island (BVI), Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent (The Grenadines), Anguilla, Nevis, and Ambergris Cay (Belize), but Kamalame Cay has a uniqueness to it like no place we have been before.
I like to think of it as having nearly everything to offer (at least what we look for) without many to share it with. It's truly 5 Star and why we haven't been anywhere else since first finding it several years back.
Lets start with the people. We are big on the people and the culture of an island and resort. We're from the South so we can go a lot of places where we can be yes sir'd and yes mam'd up and down but this is family here so it's all on a first name basis from day 1. Of course if that's not your thing they will treat you like British Royalty as well, but let's face it, if you're coming to relax and unwind in a caribbean castaway island resort you want that type of personalized touch. It starts with family here and it's quite literal. The owners built this place 20+ years ago, they live here, raised their children here and their family manages everything. It's not a few appearances from time to time, it's their passion and lifeblood and it shows.
Depends on maybe how you define activities when you're on an island vacation but Kamalame is not short on them. I'm a diver and my wife is a "beach-reader" and spa aficionado. The on-island dive shop caters to personal dive trips. This is the furthest thing from your traditional dive boat cattle call where you're on a boat with 10+ other divers and then anchor up next to 3 other boats at the site. It's just you (and your group) with the dive master. Mark will show you some amazing sites whether you are a snorkeler or are looking to get deeper. 3rd largest reef in the world sits right off shore and not many can claim the diversity and abundance of marine life that you see and experience off of Andros. Most will already know that Andros is the bonefishing capital of the world (if you didn't I just let you in on it). You're walking out your back door to catch bonefish here or have access to lifelong guides who will ensure you become a convicted bonefisher. If you don't like fly casting then the reef fishing is right off shore where it's like casting in a barrel and if you're looking for the big sportfish, the Tounge of the Ocean sits less than 2 miles off Kamalame where it drops to over 6,000 feet (Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, etc.) The overwater spa is fantastic and Avon is a hidden gem. My spa aficionado provides a pretty experienced endorsement.
Sometimes you go to the islands and you have to remind yourself that "you're in the islands so I guess this food is good..." That's really not the case here. The chef is a magician and the cuisine here is spot on. A lot of pride comes out of this kitchen. You will be impressed.
The island itself is about 3 miles long and in most places less than a football field wide. It's truly remote. The beach is what you look for in a 5-star beach. Beautiful and most of the time all to yourself. I think the best accommodations for a 2-some are the beachfront cottages. They are all individual octagonal cottages right on the beach with French doors across the entire beach side that can basically open them up entirely to the sea. If you're traveling with the littles (kids) or better yet with multiple couples, then they have some great options for larger beachfront accommodations. There are a couple 2BR villa suites in close proximity to the restaurant and tiki bar that are great. If you are looking for a truly private beach house experience with all of the accessible amenities of this 5-star resort, they have 3 privately-owned homes you can rent that are a little further up the island and truly private. Two 4-bedroom homes and a 3-bedroom home. We stayed in the newest home, Magnolia, that was just built this past year. It's a 4BR stunner with all of the latest luxuries and amenities. Highly recommended, especially if you want a little more space and a good value if you are splitting it with another family or a few of your favorite couples.
We have already scheduled our return trip to Kamalame and while we would love to keep this place all to ourselves, we look forward to sharing the "experience" with a few others. You won't have any regrets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located off the northeast coast of Andros, and accessible only by private ferry or seaplane, the secluded family-owned Bahamian island of Kamalame Cay caters to a comfortable group of guests at any given time. Idyllic and isolated, this oasis of breathtaking natural beauty wraps ocean adventure and island romance in the luxury of a private island experience.A quick flight from major hubs such as New York, Toronto and Miami, yet worlds away from Nassau’s trendy, resort-lined beaches, Kamalame’s utterly private accommodations are tucked into 96-acres of swaying palms and flowering tropical foliage. A lush oasis ringed by three miles of deserted, white-sand beach and colourful coral gardens, the warm, turquoise waters just off shore teem with manta ray, parrotfish and blue tangs.Kamalame Cay is an idyllic escape for those whose idea of paradise is a tropical hideaway where a sarong is all that’s required to be ‘dressed’ for dinner.Modern interpretations of classic Bahamian cuisine combined with sophisticated wines and spirits, comfortable elegant island décor, and one of the only overwater spas in the Caribbean underscore Kamalame’s gracious 'barefoot chic’ character.Traced by white sand pathways, the island’s beautifully landscaped jungle of sea grapes, palms and coco plums is banked by pristine mangrove fields and a pristine coast scattered with conch shells and starfish; the wide variety of birdlife ranges from sandpipers, herons and cranes to finches, pink ibis and pelicans.Sliced into the Silver Palms that embrace the island, the Great House serves as a welcoming social hub for dining and cocktails and is just a few steps from the heated, freshwater pool, sweeping ocean views and al fresco beach bar.With myriad diversions – from spa programs to world-class diving, snorkelling, fishing and sporting excursions – Kamalame takes pleasure in tailoring every guest’s experience to individual tastes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kamalame Cay Andros, Bahamas
- Kamalame Cay Hotel Andros