Kamalame Cay was an extremely relaxing, low key trip. Despite it being Christmas week, we mostly did not see other guests of the hotel except during meals. It was incredibly quiet both during the day and at night and very refreshing.
We stayed in both an Angler's Nest and a Beach Suite.
- The Angler's Nest was perfectly comfortable but was a very short walk to the water. The walls were a bit thin, so we could hear the gentlemen in the next room sneeze, but other than that it was fine. The bathroom wasn't what you'd expect from a hotel this expensive and did not have a bathtub.
- The Beach Suite was located on the water, with a porch, an outdoor shower, a massive bathtub and a quick walk out the door to the water.
- Neither of the rooms had the plush feel you expect when spending ~$1,000 a night, but they were very comfortable and went with the relaxed island vibe.
- In both cases there was a wide assortment of alcohol and soda in the room at all times.
- Rooms do not have phones, internet or television
Things we loved:
- It was very romantic
- We loved the atmosphere, the beach was very soft and the water was beautifully clear.
- The small number of rooms along a large stretch of beach was great, as it was very quiet and private
- We did not do many of the activities, but highly recommend the "island dropoff," which is a boat ride to a tiny little island with no development or people. We were dropped off for a few hours with a picnic basket and it was a highlight of the trip.
- In the morning they leave a breakfast basket on your porch with pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. Delightful way to start the morning
- Rather than flagging down a bartender, there are several full bars that you can just walk up to and have whatever. It was nice to have the option to have something immediately.
- We took Safari Seaplane when we left the island for Nassau, which was quite fun and much more pleasant than our Le Air flight in (see below)
- The activities guy Mark was great
Things we didn't love:
- There were some mix-ups with reservations (which were handled satisfactorily by management), so would recommend carefully reviewing your confirmations to make sure it's what you think you've booked
- There is an element of 'island time' on the part of some of the staff that is a bit irritating - the worst offenders by far were in the office (except Leah, she was very helpful)
- There is only one place to eat, and by the end of the week we got a bit sick of the options. They were generally accommodating of off-menu requests, however. Lunch was the weakest meal of the day
- We made the mistake of taking the Le Air scheduled flight from Nassau to Andros, which required a few hours wait at the Nassau airport; it's worth it to charter a plane
- There was some irritating gardening/maintenance going on (imagine a machete hitting a concrete patio every 5 seconds), but they stopped when asked
- 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