Another trip purchased through Rue La La. My husband and I are avid bone-fishermen. We've been to Christmas Island many times (AstroTurf for carpet in the army barrack style rooms and purple sheets for drapes), Los Roques in Venezuela (where i caught Malaria), Alphonse Island in the Seychelles (coconut spiders the size of a large man's hand) and many of the Bahamian islands multiple times. Sadly, we have not been on a salt water fly fishing trip in 7 years. I've always wanted to visit Kamalame Cay, but it seemed pricey in comparison to other lodges and I'm used to being the only woman fishing at the bare bones lodges we typically visit. Kamalame was always on my to-do list as it has more of a resort quality. So, when I saw a 5 night stay offered on the fashion site Rue La La, I snagged it quickly. Just FYI...there is an issue with American Express in the Bahamas right now. That's probably not a big deal for most, but Amex is all I carry.
We flew from Nassau to Andros Island on Le Air. They did not have our reservation that had been booked thru Kamalame, but the women at the departure desk were wonderful and got us on the plane. A taxi was waiting for us to take us to Kamalame Cay. On arrival, a ferry picked us up with a welcome cocktail...short boat ride to the resort. We booked a cottage suite. The Sopadilla...named after an indigenous tree. I kept calling it the Sopapilla...the Mexican dessert. It was lovely. The bed was incredibly comfortable. A cold front had blown in the night before, so we were able to sleep with the French doors open, listening to the surf just walking distance from our cottage. It was incredible. How I've missed the Bahamas! Only a couple of glitches with the room. No hot water upon arrival, but it was rectified within 36 hours. Michael is wonderful. He had it fixed as soon as possible. Hot water is bliss when you've been traveling for 12 hours. The drinking water dispenser provided in the room leaked. I placed a towel under it, but I had stupidly placed our suitcases underneath the shelving in the closet where the water was stored...so they were soaked thru. My fault. I wish there had been more of a vanity area to apply makeup. The cottage is large enough. I'm an interior designer, so I tend to refurnish everything in my mind. Other than that, the rooms and the resort were decorated just beautifully. Decorated in such a way, that it felt like a home. Not a commercial resort.
The staff were absolutely incredible. Sampson, Jessica, Linda...I wish I had known all of the their names. I was cranky the first night we had arrived. My plane reservation had been lost and no shower after travel will do that to me. There were many children and I inquired if we should arrive a little later every night for dinner to avoid the families. Mind you, we were here for romance and fishing... The next night, a dinner table had been set up in the Tiki Bar area. Just for us. It was incredibly touching, romantic and I'll never forget it. Jessica set up her phone to play music for us and she was just an incredibly attentive waitress. It was the night the resort held a BBQ with entertainment by Unity...a Junkanoo Band. They were fantastic.
As far as the bone-fishing...our guide was Fleming and he was fantastic. Tireless, great eyes, excellent poling skills. And, as I said, the cold front brought incredible winds and I had not bonefished for 7 years. The fish were very spooky due to the low pressure. I've got to give the man credit! He never laughed at my miserable attempts at casting directly into gale force winds. We caught two bones and one mutton snapper. Sad, I know. But, you can't control the weather. I'm well aware of that. Our last day fishing was filled with rain and more wind. After trying to keep my footing on the front of the boat and deciding my 45 year old self was most likely going to fall in...we went back to the lodge and spent the day roaming the island on our personal golf cart. Casting under the pier at the over water Spa. We each caught mutton snapper there and several other fish. Beware...a giant Barracuda resides under the spa. Massive! Speaking of the spa, we had a couples massage one day. The massage beds are set over a plexiglass window so that you can watch the fish while getting your massage. The massages are pricey. $200 per person for 90 minutes, but I'm spoiled living in El Paso directly across from Mexico. A couples massage in Mexico costs around $60 for two.
The food was fantastic. All meals are served in the Great House. The drive from your cottage to the Great House is very cool. We called it the Hall of Palms. Beware the Tractor Monster...kind of like the Smoke Monster from Lost. I would recommend the Fish of the Day. Mahi Mahi is thick and luscious. The Gratin Potatoes are just decadent. For lunch try the Lobster Club Sandwich. As Ina would say..."what's not to like?!". The bars are incredibly well stocked. I was really impressed and was coveting in a big way. Ambiance was fantastic. Excellent music at every meal. Conch Pink Adirondack chairs outside to enjoy your drinks and watch the sky change colors. And again...I just can't give enough credit to the restaurant staff. OH! And the bread!
We probably won't return, only because I have many other places on my list to visit. Word of advice...on your return home, when you arrive in Nassau and if you have a long layover (ours was 7 hours) check into Graycliff Airport Lounge. It's free if you have Priority Pass or $10 per person if you don't. It made the wait much more tolerable.
- 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