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“Wonderful Honeymoon”
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Tiamo Resort
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Honeymoon”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

My wife and I took our honeymoon here last year and loved Tiamo. For us on our honeymoon it was the perfect place to stay; that said I wouldn't recommend the hotel for a family getaway with children (not much to keep them entertained) or to people looking for an active nightlife scene.

The magic of Tiamo begins almost immediately as your taxi from the airport takes you to a private boat for a ride across a turquise bay to Tiamo. As you speed across the water you'll probably pass over coral, schools of fish, blue holes, star fish and, maybe even a shark (we saw several!). We were met at the dock by the hotel manager, who asked if we'd like to go deep sea fishing to catch dinner! I admit we were a little taken aback, but how could we refuse? This is the nature of the resort, it's super friendly, laid back and ready to cater to your whims. Throughout the week whenever we wanted to go sailing, kayaking, or snorkeling we just asked one of the staff members and they made it happen immediately.

I think the food must be mentioned because it is delicious. Everyday you have breakfast, lunch and dinner on a beautiful deck overlooking the "bight" (a narrow channel of water seperating the islands of Andros and South Andros). The menu is limited to several options, but each meal is always new (nothing was ever repeated) and the food was extremely fresh. My favorite? Curried snapper.

All in all it was a dream vacation made possible by a beautiful location and an extremely welcoming staff!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We took a weekend 'getaway' to Tiamo because it was remote and we were looking for a peaceful and romantic location. It was remote (we took the WesternAir flight from nassau to get there) and quiet in that very few guests were there when we were, but they were doing construction during our visit (which they did not tell us about) so we did have to listen to the sound of construction throughout the day instead of the sound of waves on the shore. The location is generally very beautiful with great snorkeling that's easy to get to. We didn't fish but lots of other guests enjoyed the fishing and had good success.

The staff is real friendly (Colyn, the manager and 'Sam' the bartender are especially fantastic) and they seemed eager to make us happy. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was probably the best resort food we're ever had. The cottages were charming and we generally enjoyed our time there. There are a few things though, that Tiamo could do to align the experience with the price tag.

First, due to a design flaw, the bathrooms flood terribly when you shower and remain soaked until the room is serviced. If they were to put a small ledge between the shower and the toilet, it would contain the flooding. OR if they provided a long squeegee in the bathroom, guests could manage the flooding on their own after their showers.

Secondly, they told us that they were going to refresh our room refrigerator daily - including the milk . Though during our stay, they never did that and the milk in our refrigerator just got more and more rancid over the course of 4 days. I'm sure they would have refreshed it if we had asked, but there's no way to ask them without going up to the club house and we never remembered to ask when we went up there for dinner.

The 'spa' is nothing more than a single small room and the massage I received was not very good.

They advertise their 'walking trails' as one of the resort features but they are so overgrown as to be barely passable (and you have to walk past the resort garbage dump on your way to 'nature').

We enjoyed the non-motorized water sports but it was hard to get any assistance with them since it was frequently difficult to find any staff around.

So yes, romantic and charming with a lovely staff and we did have a nice time. But we also found it expensive for the experience and we feel that with a little bit of effort, they could make it more worthy of the price tag.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tuscaloosa, Ala
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Everything others have said about this resort is true. Leave your computers at home and just enjoy the wonderful setting, the wonderful staff who all treat you like family, the water activities and the terrific food. I just thought I'd try to add some points not generally covered in most of the other reviews.

Food -- There is a full continental breakfast each morning including some fresh fruit, lox with cream cheese, orange juice, coffee and breads. In addition you can get eggs as well and a different hot breakfast special each morning, such as lobster eggs benedict or cocunut french toast. Lunch and dinner includes two different entree choices each day with dinner selections always including one meat and one fish/seafood selection. They will also create a special vegetarian selection upon request. The chef is very creative. His soups are particularly outstanding and his presentation skills are also first class. If I were to recommend anything I'd say generally lean to the local fish/seafood selections, although I had a steak one night that was absolutely outstanding with a wonderful sauce. My wife had veal one night and it was the only thing we had the whole 5 days that was not up to par. I'm not sure how often the menus are rotated but we had no repeats at all in the 5 days we were there.

Dress -- Tee shirts, shorts, swim suits and flip flops are typical during the day. Most wear collared shirts/blouses and either shorts or casual slacks/capri pants for dinner, but there were some tee shirts as well. Don't bother with dress shoes as sandals/flip flops are standard for dinner as well.

Accommodations -- The small extra cost for a room with A/C is certainly worth it. The rooms are all the same except the pool room which has a jacuzzi tub on a deck outside your room. The rooms are not huge but certainly spacious enough to be very comfortable. We were upgraded to the pool room for the first 4 nights of our stay and one review mentioned that the pool didn't hold water well and they did not use it for that reason. That problem seems to have been corrected as the staff checked the water level each day and we saw them adding water if necessary to top it off. We agree with those who said the beds/mattresses are top quality and extremely comfortable. The last night we stayed in Cottage 1 which is the closest cottage to the main "great room" area. The bathroom area in this cottage leaves something to be desired in the way of privacy and I'd avoid this one. All of the bathroom areas are in the back of the cottage and you walk outside on a screened porch to get back to the bathroom. Each room has two nice bath robes so that was not a problem at all. The bathroom area is configured so that when you walk in the first little section has a double sink, mirror and counter space. The second section is a small john room and then you have a lovely walk in tile shower. In the pool cottage there is a door as you enter the first double sink section so the whole bathroom area is private.
However, in Cottage 1 the door separates the john room and shower from the sink area and there is no door to make the sink area private. Therefore, when you come out of the shower into the sink area you must put clothes or the robe on before you enter the sink area. They could solve this problem by moving the door and perhaps they will do that but right now it is a minor irritant.

Bugs -- They definitely have some bugs but we did not find that to be a serious problem. The cottages all have full screens so only an occasional bug gets into them. The do have bug repellent in each room and you may find a need for it outside during the day. It was quite windy almost every day we were there so we noticed few bugs and they didn't seem to be a problem at all during dinner. We didn't seem to encounter the small sand fleas but we did get bitten a few times by the larger biting flies I used to call "deer flies". However, the strange thing for me was that as soon as I felt them biting and swatted them, the bite didn't produce a welt on me or even itch. My wife said the same thing initially but then she had some that produced welts the next day that did itch. I don't know what to conclude except that they seem to affect some more than others. I would recommend if you have any long thin pants you might want to bring a pair of them to wear if you go fishing, particularly on days when there is no wind. I had a pair of extremely thin safari pants from our trip to Africa and they worked perfectly.

Water shoes -- The beach and water area right around the dock are fine for bare feet. However, if you plan to do wade the area to fish I'd recommend a pair of water shoes as you'll encounter some rough areas where bare feet would not be comfortable. If you like fishing at all you will definitely want to try this. Tiamo has very nice fully equipped fishing rods so it is not necessary to bring your own fishing equipment to enjoy some fishing on your own.

Getting there -- If you are depending on one of the small regularly scheduled little flights from Nassau to Andros, you may have to be very persistent to get through to them and make your reservation. Most only have a couple flights a day so their telephones are not even manned much of the day and you may have difficulty making the connection. Don't hesitate to contact Tiamo and ask for their help. We did that and they made the reservations for us.

Tiamo is really a unique experience. It is a place you will enjoy most if you are one of those who either are content to just kick back and relax for a good portion of each day or are an avid fisherman who spends the better part of every day fishing.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great small island retreat . Fantastic staff. Brilliant chef - food excellent. Don't wait in Nassau get a small aircraft to take you to Androsvthen a 10 minute boat ride to island

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2012

A secluded paradise! The ultimate of peaceful, relaxing, fabulous food, massage, facial, beach... leave all technology at home.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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HoHoKus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Last week was our first visit to Tiamo Resort. It could not have been better....The people, ambiance, food, service and beauty were all breathtaking. If you like to fish, this is an over the top fishing lodge!!!! This fishing is wonderful in addition to all the other amenities. We wanted for nothing.....three fabulous meals a day and anything else in between was served in a moments notice. The beauty and serenity of the resort is unbelievable....the sunsets fantastic. We loved it all and can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The rooms/ cabins all are on the beach and are all similar except some have air condition and others...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Buffalo, NY
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300 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2012

This was our third trip to Tiamo Resort in the Bahama's and it is very likely that we will return in the future. The resort is one of our favorites because the location is perfect, the food is wonderful and the people and service are world class. In a past review I said that the this resort is primarily a place for world class bone fishing. But the place is under new management and opportunities for doing other water-related activities has been significantly improved and increased. The resort has added several new boats for diving and off shore fishing, kayaks (including two with transparent bottoms), stand up paddle boards, small sail boats and other water craft. With all that said, our main reason for choosing Tiamo is the bonefishing and it is still great. The average fish are around 5 lb, and there many 6, 7 and 10+ fish roaming the flats. Our guide, Capt. Greene, helped to put us on a lot of fish and also helped us to refine our fly casting. The resort's food is 5-star and beautifully presented. The staff is always very friendly and helpful and great fun to speak with.

Room Tip: all rooms are the same and beautiful. If you go during the warmer months you may want to request a...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tiamo Resort
Address: Tiamo Beach | South Andros Islan, 33309, Andros
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > Andros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Andros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tiamo Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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