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Kamalame Cay
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Andros
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New York City, New York
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“Off the grid”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

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

Room Tip: - The Angler's Nest was perfectly comfortable but was a very short walk to the water. The walls...
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We arrived by seaplane which was quite convenient. The resort was very nice and well kept. We loved our little cottage -Casuarina. The bed was comfortable, and there was a lot of reading material. We really enjoyed the breakfast basket each morning. The view from the cottages are spectacular and you can't beat being right on the beach. The main house was lovely and we enjoyed most of our meals. Going all inclusive is the best option as ordering indivdually would be very expensive for folks stay 3+ days.

I would rate this resort a 4 star rather than a 5 star. There are small things that could have made the experience even better, but I guess the resort calling themselves "barefoot chic" gets them out of some luxury areas. The towels were stained and rough, and most of the time you did not even get a hand towel or washcloth which I thought was surprising since they clean your room daily. We arranged a half day fishing trip with the resort and that was booked incorrectly. This was the highlight of our trip and we got stuck going in the afternoon and the sea was really rough causing us to only stay out a couple of hours. This error was very frustrating as I had followed up with the resort twice about our fishing excursion before we got to the resort. They tried to rectify the issue, but going reef fishing in the afternoon when the seas were really rough was a huge disappointment and an expensive one as well.

I did go to the spa and it was very average or even below average. The selling point is the view I guess since it is over water. I had two services and they were meshed into one. Again, another expensive disappointment.

Although we had a couple of issues the resort is very nice and peaceful. The evenings are very quiet so bring your books. There are no t.v.'s in the rooms. We are used to other islands that have more restaurants, people to talk to, ect. so this place although lovely was too quiet for us. It is a great place to go for a long relaxing weekend, but I could not imagine being there for a week or more. Personal preference of course.

The staff was very nice, and like many other reviews Samson was our favorite staff member.

Room Tip: The cottages are wonderful.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Possibly one of the most perfect beach holidays of my life. Kamalame Cay is in a league of
its own.

The tranquil setting of the resort itself being its own private island already sets the stakes
quite high. The stripped back rustic feel of the luxurious villas, the 'open air' feel of
their layouts, the small personal touches of coral, conch shells and different books and
magazines scattered throughout really made you feel as if you were on your own private
holiday. 'Do not disturb' signs couldn't have been further from our minds. It was truly the
epitome of peace and quiet.

The hosts David and Michael made you feel like you were with old friends; they would
accompany you for a drink before dinner and just make you feel comfortable.

The 'Great Room' staff Patrice, Stephanie and Samson were absolutely fantastic. Their
service was impeccable.

The food was to die for and there were always enough options to choose from no matter
what time of day it was and no matter how you were feeling.

Spa time? Um. Yes. The treatments were NOT NORMAL, aka A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The
treatments took place in a small wooden room outset from the beach on a pier over the
reef. A massage from either Stacey or Avon whilst looking at the reef underneath you was
absolutely incredible.

Words really cannot describe how special this place is. If you want tranquility and beauty
then this is the place to go.

Room Tip: "Silver Top for the open spacious layout!"
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We've just returned from five nights and six days at Kamalame Cay and, believe it or not, it was better than Bora Bora! We stayed in a beach-front cottage called Wild Dilly and truly felt like we were in some kind of Hollywood movie because the setting was just that perfect. (Look at our pictures and I'm sure you'll agree.)

We were in Bora Bora a couple of years ago and think Kamalame is better for several reasons:
1) from the states it's much easier to get to!
2) air travel was about a quarter of the price (Ft. Lauderdale to Andros)
3) waking up to the amazing view and having our own private beach was better than the over water bungalow experience in Bora Bora,

We purchased a 5-night package from sparahrah and it was totally worth it. The package included a $100 credit at the spa, arrival cocktail and departure gift, drop off at a private island, and a bottle of bubbly [plus the usual afternoon cookies and breakfast basket].

The staff are very considerate, helpful and so friendly. They want to make your time at Kamalame as special as possible. IF you have a request they try their best to make it happen. (more closet hangers and a CD player were delivered to our room when we asked for them.) My husband is not big on fried seafood, which you will find in the Bahamas in general and at Kamalame. Chef Ricardo was more than happy to make sure my husband had the grilled & raw seafood he enjoys.

We did not get a "guest of house" package nor do we feel that is necessary. We spent less than half of what that package would have cost us (that includes the three spa treatments I had as well as alcoholic drinks, and food). Included at no additional cost on a daily basis is water/ice in your room (it was $10/bottle in Bora Bora) and a round of Gouda cheese and a sleeve of crackers each day. Laundry service was also included with the stay and my items were returned the same day, although it's usually 24-hour turn around.

We flew to Fort Lauderdale and took a private charter on Watermakers Air to Andros Island, Fresh Creek. To maximize our vacation, we took the 7am flight and were at Kamalame by 9AM. On our return we took the 4PM flight back to FLA which was about a 70 minute flight. (It was a 1 1/2 hour flight going down because of headwinds). There is NO way I would fly to Nassau and then go to Andros - it's a huge waste of your vacation time. It was SO quick and easy with Watermakers.

The weather was warm during our stay (75-80). It did rain one entire day and parts of several others but even that was enjoyable and romantic.

If you want exciting night life, partying, dancing and disco - look somewhere else because Kamalame is about unplugging, unwinding and kicking back. While it's true that my husband and I danced under the stars during dinner several nights, you need to make your own fun here. Enjoy the spa, kayaking through the mangroves, trips on the pink bikes, reading, soaking in the warmth and sun, playing tennis, time in the hammock and in the Adirondack chairs, etc.

Keep in mind that Kamalame accommodations are not to be compared to 5-star Ritz Carlton rooms. The cottages are full of charm created by time and the elements of the sea air and Bahama breezes. They have their quarks - remember you are on an island which is actually off another island! In 2012 the next generation of Hews was brought into the management of the Cay and they are making improvements which, I'm sure, will continue to position Kamalame as the go-to private-island experience for years to come.

Brian and Jennifer Hew, whose dream it was to create this paradise get away, were on property during our stay and we had the opportunity to talk with Brian several times. As I tried to find words to describe how magical the setting they have created is Brian said, "it's a dream" and that is exactly what Kamalame Cay was for us. We're so grateful that it's a dream they're sharing.

Room Tip: Use the bug spray in your room if you go off property. I have 50 mosquito bites from our lunch at a...
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Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

The most beautiful place we have ever been by far, seaplane landed us right outside our beach house , we were greeted by 2 staff with drinks and presented with our own super cool pink golf cart ,you drive along palm tree lined sandy avenues to get around, it's just the most amazing place. Anyone looking for complete getaway , sexy gorgeous private time this is the place! The staff are wonderful the food is perfect, we will return here next year without doubt!
Love it love it love it
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(I proposed here and she said YES)

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  • Stayed December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

The upside – just about everything. The downside – I can’t think of one thing worth mentioning.

Kamalame is THE perfect, private Bahamian vacation spot. The property is lovely – stretched out along three miles of beach. The large, beautiful accommodations (best described as beach chic) are so well spread out along the beach that you may not see another person until you make your way to the Great House for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You will feel like you have the island to yourself. Jump in your complimentary golf cart (ours was pink) or on one of many pink bicycles and explore the winding sandy roads along the mangroves. Find a clearing and make your way to the deserted beach littered with both habited and uninhabited conch shells.
When/if you want to join society again – hang out at the Great House for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During our stay it felt more like a communal living room – everyone meeting, greeting, drinking and eating. At the Great House – Patrice, Samson and the rest of the staff could not have been kinder and more accommodating. We chose, and would recommend, their ‘Guest of House’ option, which includes all meals, drinks, liquor etc. The food was wonderful – with two chefs rotating in the kitchen and a changing special addition to the menu each lunch and dinner. Highlights were the lobster club, hummus with caramelized onions, Bahamian fried chicken and conch sliders. Lots of fresh fish – lobster, sushi grade tuna, snapper, conch, but also fantastic steaks and ribs. Tho if there is something you want that is not on the menu – all you need do is ask. We requested bananas foster for dessert and a few nights later (thanks to Randia and her Google skills locating a recipe) viola! The little extras like a morning breakfast basket left at your door with fresh coffee, juice, fruit and pastries as well as the afternoon cookie delivery were an exceptionally nice touch.

The pool is small and positioned just off the beach and next to the Tiki Bar furnished with beautiful white lounging couches and fully stocked with every kind of top-shelf beverage you could want. Kalik is the local beer and my husband drank lots of it. The staff made sure our room, Great House bar and Tiki Bar were always well stocked – thank you all! You won’t find wait service on the beach or at the bar so you’re free to help yourself – BUT - if you prefer to be served all you have to do is ask.

The spa is built out over the ocean so if you go for services you can take in the ocean breezes. My husband had a massage that he was very pleased with. During our stay it was unusually windy and the seas were rough (remnants of Hurricane Sandy) so it wasn’t the best conditions for being out on the water – but Mark is the adventure guide and he can arrange any number of excursions – snorkeling, scuba, fishing, etc. On one of the calmer days he took my husband and his friend out for a snorkel trip that they both really enjoyed.

Lastly, David and Michael were genuinely warm and welcoming hosts. I was so impressed that they made a point to greet and chat with every guest. They will make you feel like family. I do believe they are passionate that everyone who steps onto their resort be made to feel this way.

Long story short and at the risk of blowing what feels like a best-kept secret - GO HERE – you will not be disappointed.

PS – Charter a flight with Ed Hanna at Dove Wings from Nassau to Andros (a 10-15 minute flight in his 5 seater prop plane). Ed is a first-class pilot and he took great care of us!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Wow, Wow, Wow! Is the only way I can describe Kamalame Cay. I had no idea what to expect but it surpassed anything I could have imagined, this is pure luxury in its natural simplistic form.
We stayed in Silver Top which was so spacious and open i could literally roll out of bed onto the beach! And I did!
Loved the Molton Brown products and everything was super clean. Every morning you wake up to a basket of pastry and coffee delivered to you along with Good Morning News to let you know what’s happening on the island, such a nice touch.

Then you get into your pink golf car to the Great Room where you are greeted by the wonderful staff Alison, Stephanie, Patrice and of course the amazing Samson, if you go you must ask him to make you a Samson special, they really make you feel like you are on holiday on a tropical Island!

Now the food was on another level so tasty! I loved the chef’s daily specials, good clean flavours with great use of local produce.

The spa was simply heaven and you could look down at the ocean through the glass bottom floor, at the while being massaged by the wonderful Avon or Stacey.

Last but not least David and Michael, where the perfect hosts making everyone feel welcome and creating such a warm and relaxing environment.

Kamalame cay is a place of pure tranquillity and the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature and yourself.

I can’t wait to go back

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Property: Kamalame Cay
Address: Staniard Creek, Andros
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 20
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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