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Tiamo Resort
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Certificate of Excellence
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 June 2006

Tiamo is a wonderful place to spend some peaceful and romantic time with your partner. In our case we had a wonderful honeymoon at Tiamo. It started a little rough with the seaplane being broke down but we didn’t let that ruin our honeymoon realizing that things like that are bound to happen. We were met by the owner, Mike. This was a bonus which made us feel very welcome. The resort was wonderful with its one sign that says “Tiamo”. All of the buildings were hidden behind the trees which made it very secluded. This was just what we were looking for. We stayed in bungalow #6. Everything was beautiful and just like the pictures on the website. The outdoor feeling was very refreshing to our bodies. We were never bored. Everyday, there was something to do. We went snorkeling, diving, swimming, hiking, and kayaking during our stay. (Never do this if your husband is not a “team player”…just drop him on the beach and make him walk) If we wanted it, we got it. There were not many decision-making opportunities, which is what we wanted. The staff members at Tiamo are the absolute best! They were there every time we needed anything. (Thanks Adam for the World Cup scores!)

If you like the outdoors and you want to be eco-friendly; this is the place for you. The bugs are bad this time of season, but don’t worry, Mike and Petagay keep you stocked with spray. After a day, it becomes normal to put on the spray before you leave, then you have nothing to worry about. This is the only thing that was a bit of a downfall but it is nothing. NATURE! There are bugs…we are all telling you before you go, so you have nothing to complain about. If you want a big resort with a lot of people and parties; this is not the place for you. Enjoy the finer things at Tiamo. No worries, no decisions, no shoes! Lay back and relax!
(Tamara...I am looking for some nice spray-on sunblock for you...miss you!)

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 22 June 2006

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...

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 19 June 2006

So, I was really excited about going up until we started experiencing issues with the resort's staff and our reservations. Turns out we weren't the only ones. I'm glad we had the experience, but the overall trip was pretty disappointing and the cost is WAY too overpriced for what you get. The local staff was very pleasant but the others really do not 'get it'. After reading the reviews I thought I was going to paradise. This place is NOT on an ocean, more like a lake, not exactly swimmable. The bugs were AWFUL (especially the large black flies). The accomodations were interesting but VERY unpleasantly hot (no a/c and not really a good ventilation system). I guess I would have had a better experience if I thought that the (non)local staff cared about making the experience a good one, but maybe we caught these guys on an off week!

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 22 May 2006

Everyone seems to love this place, and I can see that it would be appealing since it seems like you're doing something different than just the normal Caribbean thing, or that you've found something sort of obscure, your own little gem, that sort of thing. But because of that, I think the guests give it more credit than it deserves, and the whole place seems to rest on its reputation, except we didn't really ever manage to figure out why it was great. It's not bad by any means, but nothing about it is amazing. The snorkelling trips were interesting, but not spectacular. the interns there seemed more in awe about the fact that they were working there than really sharing anything of interest to us. We weren't interested in bone fishing, so maybe that was a major setback because a lot of people were there specifically for that. The beach was disappointing--not good for swimming and rocky. Is it eco-unfriendly to step on that rock/coral? We kayaked out and found a better one, but it was very mangrove-y all around. The food was good. Dinner with everyone was not our cup of tea--the friendliness seemed a bit forced somehow. I think largely the problem was that everyone was really staunch about how much they loved the place, and we just thought it wasn't as great as we had thought it would be. Eco-friendliness shouldn't mean sacrificing luxury and rustic shouldn't mean sacrificing service.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Arlington, TX
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Reviewed 5 May 2006

My husband and I stayed at Tiamo January 7-12th 2006. We even got married there!! Sometimes the thought of a Destination Wedding is more like a nightmare...but not at Tiamo. Tiamo exceeded our expectations and made us the happiest newlyweds in the world. I could not have wished for anything more, they made a little girl's life long dream come true. Everything was taken care of ahead of time and everything from arrival, to the ceremony and honeymoon, to departure was a breeze!! The food was excellent, service was great and the atmosphere.....Well.... you have to be there to understand how truly unique, relaxing, and beautiful it is. The only, and I do mean only, negative thing I could possibly say is...sand fleas. They bite, and if you forgot your Deep Woods Deet (only brand that works) you'll be itching. BUT, I think those kinds of things come with the territory. I also think the efforts and values that Tiamo stands for are great. Their eco-friendly style was something I have never experienced and it was wonderful. We are planning to return in a few years for a wedding anniversay. See you all soon.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 May 2006

My girlfriend and I stayed at Tiamo in April 2006 and the only bad thing was that it was only for 4 days!
Wow, what a place - what an experience!
The service was amazing and the entire staff was friendly and willing to meet our every need. The food and the "eco" way that the resort is run made for a totally awesome vacation.
The bungalows are well appointed, luxurious and nicely arranged.
The manner in which the resort conducts itself was a good fit for what we were seeking. Their rates inlcude all meals and all activities but not alcohol, which was known upfront and which is why my girlfirend brought a couple of bottles - although the selection at Tiamo is excellent and reasonably priced keeping in mind that this is such an out of the way place to schlep everything into.
The "family style" dinner is a highlight at Tiamo and the hosts and servers welcome all guest very warmly. Each night a different delicious meal is served with the accent on fish while we were there - but the chef will honor all dietary and food requests. But don't worry you'll love it! The atmosphere at dinner is very friendly and even if the resort is fully booked (22 guests) you will find the experience fun and intimate.
Go, splurge and cherish the memories of a great and relaxing trip for the rest of your life!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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New York
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Reviewed 14 March 2006

Tiamo is an amazing achievement. Mike and Petagay have created an exceptional resort that perfectly blends comfort and relaxation with the unspoiled natural beauty of Andros Island. I had visited Andros several times for fishing, but never considered bringing my wife based on the rough accommodations and that travel to Andros was difficult and unpredictable.

Not any more. NY to Ft. Lauderdale, then Lynx Air, a new service, right into Congo Town. I got a kick out of going through customs at the tiny airport with my 6 fellow travelers. A 5 minute taxi ride to the South Bight, and a short and beautiful boat ride to Tiamo.

I had excellent bonefishing with local guide Marvin Miller, who took me to the west side of Andros to places that have never been fished. He really knew his stuff. Tiamo works with several guides like Marvin, with nice new flats skiffs. There is also snorkeling at several blue holes or hiking inland trails with Tiamo's knowledgeable nature staff.

At dinner, Mike would toast returning couples with champagne. This happened every night the week we stayed at Tiamo. I can see why. We will be back too.

Stayed: February 2006
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Address: Tiamo Beach | South Andros Islan, 33309, Andros
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range: £630 - £1,366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tiamo Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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