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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.
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Free wifi in the business center
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Free breakfast
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Bicycles available
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Diving
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Susan B wrote a review Jul 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina28 contributions10 helpful votes
Our first time at this jewel was unforgettable. We stayed in a beach cottage at the north end of the cay and loved being so secluded. The restaurants, etc were only a short 8 min golf cart ride away. The food was incredible and imaginative- there was a great selection of fresh vegetables, salads and entrees (pork, vegetarian, chicken, beef, variety of shellfish and fish) for lunch and dinner. We never made it to breakfast and just noshed on coffee and the breakfast basket that came daily with fruit and pastries. The food wasn’t swimming in sauce, butter and olive oil as is typical when dining out at a resort. It was perfectly seasoned. My husband and I never had to wait for a table for lunch or dinner. Service was quick and attentive. Bartender made the BEST spicy skinny margarita on the rocks! The bungalow was impeccably decorated with thoughtful curation of glamorous coffee table and other books and games.(Scrabble and backgammon) The mini kitchen area was well stocked with a Nespresso machine, wine, liquor and a fridge full of mixers and bottled water. The fridge was big enough to hold our ice bucket, a bag of ice and 2 entree chicken Cobb salads that we ordered after lunch one day to have for dinner (so that we could spend that afternoon/early evening lounging and eating in). The daily cookie delivery was a highlight. Details like white fringed beach towels for the beach chaises, in-room bottle of bug spray, and fantastic toiletries made life easy and enjoyable. Bikes, paddle boards (we enjoyed a 2 hour self guided tour one day) and kayaks are readily available, gratis. The cocktail party at Michael & David’s chic beach house (our neighbors!) was swank with fab drinks and food. Don’t miss it! They were very inviting, super personable, and truly gracious hosts for the gaggle of strangers that descended upon their abode. Two staff standouts were Keith and Allison. Keith may be the unofficial mayor of Kamalame (according to me). He had a creative solve and answer for everything and I loved meeting him. I had a 90 minute massage with Allison (overlooking the ocean). Best massage I’ve ever had. She is gifted and my shoulders are finally in the correct place after her magic. Overall, everything in this place was lovingly curated and infused with meaning and flair. We are already planning a return trip next summer. XOXO
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nicholas J wrote a review Apr 2021
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This was our second time visiting and somehow, Kamalame got even better. I can't say how much I recommend adding Guest of House to your stay. The food is just amazing and so are the drinks. What makes this place will be and will always be the amazing staff. Michael & David do a fantastic job making everyone feel at home and that energy trickles down everywhere. We can't wait for our next visit!
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Date of stay: May 2020
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decarts wrote a review Apr 2021
New York30 contributions60 helpful votes
First, the good things. The beach is perfection. Miles of empty, gorgeous beach with shallow, warm water. Not a soul on it. The Cay itself is beautiful and really unspoiled. The accommodations can be beautiful. The food is certainly above average for the Caribbean. Most of the staff are very nice. The spa, while not fancy, is great. The minor issues: Getting there is a little complicated and the guidance from Guest Services is pretty vague. The service can be very slow and maddeningly disorganized. It's expensive. None of those things would be a big deal if it weren't for the following things. First, there is no wifi or phone anywhere on the Cay, except in the main building. They give you a cell phone when you arrive that is your hotspot and your only way to communicate with Guest Services, Food Services, Housekeeping, etc. The thing is, they don't give you a charger, so when the battery runs low, as it does every single day by about lunchtime, you have to bring it to the main desk and leave it there to be charged. Hours later when you go to collect it, it is never more than about 40% charged. So no hotspot and no way to communicate with anyone on the island for about 50% of the time. Which leads to issue number two- the golf carts. You need a golf cart to get around the island, particularly if you are in a Beach Cottage or a house far from the main buildings. Our cart broke down and had to be replaced three different times during our seven days. Two of those times, we had no phone to call anyone because it was charging at the desk. The accommodations: we started out in Blue Fields for our first two days. It was very nice in terms of location and beach, but it was a little Ikea. There were wardrobes in both rooms that tipped over when you tried to open the doors. The safe was just sitting on a shelf, not bolted to anything. The bathrooms had open showers that flooded the whole bathroom every time you showered. Our second house was Mahogany. It was beautiful, very comfortable and the location was great. There was, however almost no water pressure. Like really barely a trickle. Also, there were no door handles on the outside of the exterior doors. So if you left the house and someone was still inside, you either had to bolt them in from the outside or leave the door literally wide open because there is no latch. The biggest frustration of all though was the availability of drinking water. They instructed us not to drink the tap water, but they provided almost no potable water. Sometimes there was literally none and sometimes they would leave three small bottles for three people. I texted. I called. I went to the office. Nothing. Finally at 10pm one night when we come home from dinner and there was still no water, I went to the office and they gave me a case of 20 bottles. Once those were gone, it took another four texts and finally a visit to the office to get more. This was incredibly frustrating. If the water is not potable, then they should be providing unlimited drinking water without any issues. When we checked out there were $144 worth of "room reprovisioning" charges, which were apparently for water. I balked and they removed it from the bill. Last, general communication is very frustrating. When we were switching house, I texted the office three times the day before, asking what we needed to do to be ready to switch. They kept saying, "we will be in touch shortly with the details." I texted them again at 8am the day of the switch and they finally answered at 11:45am saying that we needed to be out of the room by noon (fifteen minutes later) and that we could "make ourselves comfortable at the Tiki Bar until our new room was ready after 3pm" (which turned out to be 4:30pm). If they had been organized and told us this the day before, we would have been packed up by the next morning and would have made a plan for the day. The place is so close to being really great, but at $3000+ a day before you put a bite of food in your mouth, the annoyances are enough to make me reluctant to try it again. I wish they would work out the kinks.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Traveler wrote a review Feb 2021
Barrington, Illinois98 contributions45 helpful votes
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We’ve just returned from 6 days of family play on Kamalame Cay. As a family, we love to snorkel, fish and dive. We were accompanied by our two adult kids, stayed in 2 beach bungalows next to each other and we had a fabulous time! PROS: The staff is exceptional. Anna and Joey, Wesley and Chad run the water activities with precision, expertise, and enthusiasm. The boats are in great shape and they are very knowledgeable, chatty, fun loving people. They truly made our stay incredible, because we snorkeled, scuba dived, or fished every day we were there. The restaurant service was also wonderful. Everything we asked for was answered with - ‘my pleasure’ and a smile. The food was also good, and being a vegetarian, they were happy to make a version of stir fried vegetables and rice every time I asked. Very accommodating and flexible. The setting here at Kamalame is also just breathtaking. The beach is pristine and completely deserted except for an occasional resort guest. The grounds are also impeccably kept up. The golf carts are a necessary - but fun - way to get around and see the island - as the resort is very spread out. CONS: It’s expensive. Very. For a 3 hour snorkel morning, it’s $580 plus gratuity. Cost prohibitive for lots of guests. A half day of fishing is $800 with the VAT and tax. We loved our excursions, but we wished they were a little more cost friendly. We’ve been to many other resorts that make a daily or 3X weekly 2 hour snorkel easy and affordable for all guests to participate. And we all thought that it would have been fun to join possibly 4-6 other guests for a ~$75/ea 90 min simple snorkel trip out to the reef. We thought Chad and Wesley would be great at taking this on. Just an idea. Even in a very quiet setting, people love having an affordable activity, it also builds community spirit and camaraderie with the guests. Also, the fishing equipment/process needs an update. For what they charge for ½ day of fishing, they should really have two flat line rods and two rigger rods available for trolling. (It would also make it easier to ‘feed’ the kitchen.) Their bait was great and they put out a seriously great effort with the equipment that they had, but it just needs an update. Lastly, our bungalow was in serious disrepair. They’ve just built and debuted on their website several brand new beach cottages, which unfortunately remained empty when we were there. In our opinion, it’s time to revamp the bungalows, as they were truly not up to the caliber of the resort. Oh, and although we’re not ‘beach sunning’ folk, we all thought that beach umbrellas of some sort would’ve been a nice thing to have. All in all, however, we had an unbelievably fun week at Kamalame. FINAL: This resort is truly a diamond in the rough. We smiled all the way home! :-)
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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theonoratos wrote a review Feb 2021
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My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Kamalame and are already planning our next. We have traveled to a number of Caribbean islands, and to other destinations in the Bahamas, and nothing compares to the location, accommodations, and the employees at Kamalame. The view from every angle or every location on the premises is breathtaking. The cottages are beautifully decorated, well appointed and sit right on the beach. And the golf carts (that is, sand chariots) and bicycles that are assigned to at check-in and are used to get around the Cay give an added boost of charm, whimsy and fun to an already spectacular place.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kamalame Cay
What are some of the property amenities at Kamalame Cay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Kamalame Cay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kamalame Cay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kamalame Cay have airport transportation?
Yes, Kamalame Cay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Kamalame Cay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kamalame Cay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.