Just returned from a trip to Tiamo with my wife. Booked many months in advance after it was recommended by my fishing travel agency. I am an avid fly angler, and have always wanted to go bonefishing. Trouble is, my wife has not taken to angling as I have, and when I finally had the chance to book a trip - I wanted to make sure it would be to a place she would find enjoyable as a non-angler. I was worried about the trade-offs between the quality of the fishing, and the quality of the experience for the non-angler.
I am pleased to report that Tiamo surpassed our expectations on all fronts.
First, the fishing was fantastic! Location on the South Bight has bonefish, barracuda, jacks, and snapper, right at your doorstep. With the help of the wonderful fishing guide staff, my wife and I were on the fish from day one. Had bonefish on the fly from the water in front of the lodge, all the way out to the West Side of Andros. I caught bonefish from the flats boat and wading. A great experience sight casting to lots of singles, doubles and even a few large schools. Saw some large tarpon near the West Side porposing, but we didn't have time to cast to them. The guides were excellent at teaching, and our guide was able to instruct my wife how to sight, cast, hook and land 3 bonefish (this was only her 3rd time fishing). She enjoyed it so much that she is now looking forward to our next fishing trip together. A highlight of the vacation was a casual evening trip that the lodge owner got together at the last minute (after I had already been out for a full day of guided bonefishing). I joined him, along with the lodge's naturalist, on the lodge's flats boat, out into the bight towards the ocean, trolling for barracuda. After hooking and jumping 2-3 barracudas, one quite large, we finally managed to get one to the boat. What a way to end the day! My only fishing regret was not having another day to try out the deep sea fishing experience the lodge offers.
The accomodations were lovely, and our cottage was private, beautifuly furnished and luxurious. The nights there were quiet, the sunsets gorgeous and the night sky star-filled. The meals, prepared by chef Keith, were spectacular. The lodge staff had arranged a trip to a local homecoming festival on neighboring Mangrove Cay, and while there, we ate fresh conch salad and fritters. However, I missed the opportunity to try the 'cracked conch.' When I related the story to one of the lodge staff, she notified chef Keith, who proceeded to prepare an exquisite rendition of cracked conch, from the freshest conch pulled right from the waters at the end of the dock! For our last meal at the lodge, the staff put together a private dining table next to the fully lit infinity pool. A great thing for us, was the ability to fish the morning, be back at the lodge for a gourmet lunch, drop my wife off at the lodge, and I could be back out with the guide for the afternoon bonefish bite.
The staff were solicitious, and very friendly and welcoming. The owners made us feel right at home. Couldn't have asked for a better combination of a bonefishing experience and superb food, accomodations and service. Would certainly go back in an instant.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tiamo Hotel Andros
- Tiamo Resort Andros, Bahamas