I really wrestled with whether to write a review since the owners of Tiamo have clearly endeavored to create a very different resort and I respect their hard work and goals. I do, however believe really strongly in the power of Trip Advisor so I decided I had an obligation to post my experience so that others can make an informed decision. My wife and I planned to stay there Saturday-Saturday starting in the end of May. The second day there I was in the main lodge going through Frommers to get to a different destination. We travel all throughout the Carribean so are infinitely used to the idiosyncrasies of the various islands, but you need to know that great pains have purposely been taken to nudge this little resort into basically a mangrove swamp. The plan was to make this as eco-friendly as possible and I think they've achieved that, but I think there are downsides to this plan if you are planning to go to a carribean destination for total relaxation and to be maybe pampered a bit at the same time (and isn't that why most of us go?) Like I said, we've been to many different islands and have sailed all around the Carribean as well on charters and have never encountered bugs quite like the ones on Tiamo. Even with the highest concentrate of Deet, the combinations of no-seeums, mosquitos and horseflies are brutal.
Ok, the Pros: It's a completely laid-back setting and not the ordinary small resort. Their website is great and somehow 99% of the reviews make this sound like the most amazing place in the Carribean. It was interesting that at dinner virtually everyone I spoke to all found the resort on the internet and were impressed by the reviews. It's expensive, but not at all on the high end of some of the other places we've stayed or that I was looking at for this trip. I have now made the conclusion that if you want the kind of trip we do (great food, a liitle to do but not much, a great beach, good snorkeling, good amenities and a little pampering, like maybe one or two massages), you need to budget easily $700 per night. I will say the kitchen does a decent job here.
The Cons: This really is like camping for adults. The little bungalows offer total privacy, but are very rustic with basically a bedroom in the middle of a four-sided densely screened porch surround. The bathroom is in the back portion and has all exposed copper piping for plumbing with the little faucet handles you see to turn on your garden hose back home. We literally had to hang a washcloth on them because that's the only way you could get enough grip to turn the water on. For camping, this place was fine, but rustic should not get in the way of inconvenient or basic which the bathroom and shower certainly are. The composting toilet wasn't a big deal, but made us feel more like we were boating. Dinner is served at one big long table in the main lodge which is OK I guess, but we really just wanted to vedge and weren't interested in making small talk (or at least having that be such a focus of the dinner setting). I understand you could make arrangements early in the day to have separate seating, but the place is small enough, that would have appeared very awkward to the other guests. One big con is that the menu is set every night which I don't think is represented on the website. I want to have choices on vacation and not be forced to have duck when that's what they're serving that night. The beach is not at all impressive as this resort is on an inlet, not the coast of the ocean. This probably also contributes to the bug problem as there isn't much of a breeze to circulate things. The bugs are abominable and my wife particularly was bitten at least 75 times in a day with pretty sizable welts. Lastly, when we decided to jump islands to stay at Pink Sands on Harbor Island (where we had been before and I knew would maybe salvage the trip), we were only offered a credit for the third night that we could apply to a future stay. Given the actual physical bug-bite issues my wife was trying to endure, I thought this was a poor gesture and there has been no follow up from the owners (who were on a different island when we had to make all the arragnements to leave) since. I think if I went back and added up all the money that we threw at this problem to make it go away and the added travel that made us essentially waste most of one whole day getting to another place, this was probably the most expensive trip we've taken and left me feeling not completely rested and recharged.
There...that's our candid experience unfortunately...
- 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