Tiamo is a very nice vacation spot and I see why so many people really love it. But: I relied heavily on the reviews here in deciding to stay there for my honeymoon, and I feel like there are some distinctly weird/rough edges that are not represented here that I wish I had known about in advance. So consider this a public service announcement, not a massive gripe. The main issues we had:
-Privacy. While the island itself is very remote, the cabins are only about 10 yards apart. Some have foliage in between but others (mine!) have nothing but scrub. This leaves you exposed as the walls of your room are all glass doors (that don't lock!) AND the showers/toilets are outdoors and have NO shutters, drapes etc. This is a bizarre and obvious issue as, at least in our room, the walls weren't so high that people can't see your bits if they pass at an inopportune moment. (My bits, for instance, were surprised by the groundsmen fumigating behind the cabin and the French dad showering next door until I finally persuaded the hotel manager to cover up the windows with boards, which took a lot of insisting, as though I was crazy for not wanting French Dad witnessing my ablutions for the next six days.)
-Bugs. That leave insane, painful welts all over your body and are impervious to consumer-strength bug spray, despite the hotel's best efforts to protect you. Like, one lady had to go to a clinic to get cortisone shots. If I were to go back it would be with DEET-caliber insect repellent.
-Expensive, sometimes tricky, markups on drinks at the restaurant. Bringing duty free provisions recommended.
-Spa. Is a joke, and is rarely open anyway. Avoid.
-Unresponsive staff (mainly management/reception -- the guides/waiters are great).It was difficult to get follow-through with easy questions/requests (like: we want to know when the scuba trip leaves, where can we get some first aid supplies...nothing taxing) and overall reluctance to fix more serious problems (like the aforementioned "people can see my boobs when I shower" situation). There is an occasional tinge of combativeness and inflexibility with some of the staff that I found very, very off-putting -- at the very least it is not the easy, uber-professional graciousness you expect from an actual luxury hotel, even boutique.
That said: all of the good things about the reported elsewhere are true. It's nice - just not as "perfect" as I was anticipating based on reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No so long ago, the Bahamas were a destination for privateers, pirates and freebooters. The name Bahamas come from the Spanish expression, Baja Mar, which means low sea and if you have ever flown in a plane over Andros, where our lovely resort is located, you will understand why the name was given. Apart from the beautiful beaches, the ocean and the nature Bahamas still surprise each visitor, did you know that Alexander Selkirki, the real Robinson Crusoe, actually was in the Bahamas and survived on of our 700 islands till he was rescued 5 years later? Came On the island of South Andros Island, a small corner of paradise in the middle of the Caribbean, in the heart of lush tropical vegetation Imagine you are Robinson Crusoe...............a Luxury Adventure at Tiamo Resort Tiamo resort consists of ten exclusives houses. Staying at Tiamo means being close to the nature and adopting to the easy way of living in uncompromised exclusive house. . The hotel blends into the décor of white sand and turquoise crystal clear water and the desire to respect the environment and ecotourism is felt. These villas are built in a style Bahamian, they retain all the spirit of the Bahamas and environmentally friendly, you can even contemplate many animals who take refuge in the heart of the property. The villas are hidden in the Mangroves which stretches along our natural beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tiamo Hotel Andros
- Tiamo Resort Andros, Bahamas