My wife and I just spent our honeymoon at Tiamo. We were looking for a quiet place that was secluded and isolated where we could kick back on the beach and do very, very little. We got all that and then some.
The location on Andros is really unique. Andros is one of the largest islands in the Bahamas but also one of the least populated. Getting to Tiamo sounds painful. From New York, you fly into Nassau, then take a 15 min ride on a puddle jumper to one of two airports on Andros, then take a 10 minute cab to the doc, and then Tiamo picks you up at the doc for a 10 minute ferry to the resort. If you add the total travel time up though, it is pretty short (our 3 hour layover in the less than wonderful Nassau airport would have been nice to avoid though). But there is a reason you have to jump through these hoops to get to Tiamo. The resort is totally isolated, and with no roads going to the resort, boat is the only way to get there.
The other amazing thing about the location is the nature around you. Not only do you see a ton of wild life (lizards, fish, sharks, sting rays), but you also get the sense that that wild life really is wild. You are coming across animals that have likely never interacted with people. I had never felt that way about a hotel.
We originally booked a "Cool Villa" (although I think this is the new name, as we were told upon booking that these did not have A/C, but that it would be added later this year). Because it was the off season, only 3 of the 10 main villas were occupied when we got there, and thus they were nice enough to upgrade us to a "Pool Villa." The Villa was perfect, and given the humidity outside, we were really grateful for the A/C upgrade! Our villa was exactly what we needed: small living area with a large, comfy king bed (do you really need that much indoor space here???), an awesome deck with our own private pool, a nice bathroom with a quasi-open air shower (there are walls, but the walls of the shower are open at the top), and relative seclusion. Although you can see the parts of the 2 villas on either side of you, there is enough forest between you that you do feel very secluded.
The beach itself is wonderful and extends as far as the eye can see in either direction, and it is totally private. Because of the geography of the island, the water is very shallow in what is called the "bite" between South Andros and Mangrove Kay, which is what the beach faces. This is a plus and a minus. It means that the wildlife, including anemoneas, rocks, coral and urchins, extend pretty close to the waters edge. So swimming can be challenging.
The dining area/bar is mostly outdoors (wonderful), and it surrounds a bigger outdoor pool. Everything is simply and tastefully done and meant to accentuate the beautiful setting around you. There is also a small gym and a room with a TV. We didn't use either, and were happy not to.
Wifi extends around the entire property. It is strong enough to get emails on an iPhone, but don't expect too much more out of it. Again, you are on vacation. Do you really need fast upload speeds?
Here is where Tiamo really shines. This is a tiny resort where every staff member will introduce you by name, and tell you theirs as well. Numerous times, a staff member went out of their way to make our stay a little more special. If something is not perfect, there will be multiple staff members there to make it so. One night we were upgraded on a bottle of wine, without telling us, at no extra charge. Another night, we were given a side of lion fish that had been caught that day by staff (a delicacy that also happens to be a destructive pest around the Bahamas). Another night, we were serenaded at dinner by a staff member with an amazing voice. Kudos to the management for not only hiring people with a service mentality, but also for letting them express their personalities and interact with guests the way they do.
Here is the one place where I will leave some minor negative feedback. The food, soft drinks and juice are all included in the cost of the room. To me, when I see that, I lower my expectations a bit. However, when we got there, the food was fantastic. Chef Keith not only seems to be a really talented and creative chef, but he is also a local and when we met him one evening, I overheard him talking to another table about something they were asking for that he knew he could get from a friend's bakery on Nassau. We later learned that he gets a lot of the fish from guys he know who catch them live near the resort. For the first 2 nights, the food massively exceeded our expectations.
However, after that, Chef Keith took a short vacation. When he left, we noticed a decline in the creativity and quality of the cooking. It went from massively exceeding expectations to just being good. There were some inconsistencies in simple things like the doneness of eggs and pasta, and some of the other dishes were overcooked.
Other reviews will probably have more to say on this subject than we did, because as I said, we didn't do much. What we did do was awesome though. We took a short snorkel trip in the afternoon, and the guides that took us out were really friendly and knowledgeable and great at spotting things (sharks, barracudas, sting rays, even a 6 foot eagle ray on one trip!). On shore, my wife and I went kayaking and paddle boarding a bunch. The scenery made those short kayak and paddle boarding trips amazing.
All in, we had an amazing time. We like to experience different places when we travel, but Tiamo was so wonderful and unique that we will be coming back the next time we need some relaxation. This is a truly special place, and it was exactly what we were hoping to get from our honeymoon!
- 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