Hotel Highlights

  • Utter privacy: the chances of running into other guests are slim
  • There are panoramic ocean views from almost everywhere
  • Top-notch menu of fish from surrounding waters

Overview

Bright Balinese-style bungalows open up to quiet ocean overlooks at the Kamalame Cay hotel in the Bahamas. With its chic cottages scattered over the entirety of Andros Island, this hideaway offers you perfect privacy among the swaying palms and unspoilt sea shore.

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Here's what you get for booking Kamalame Cay with us:

A bottle of sparkling wine, plus a $50 spa credit.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

19, including 17 suites.

Check–out

Midday. Later check-out is possible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $407.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.

More details

Rates include a continental breakfast basket delivered to your room daily, fresh-baked cookies served every afternoon and a departing gift.

Also

Some of the most delicious ingredients in the Bahamas appear on the spa menu. Massages and scrubs use scrumptious ingredients including wild mango, avocado, lemongrass, basil and coconut.

At the hotel

Spa, tennis court, pool, WiFi around the reception area. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are private and have direct access to the beach with two chairs set among palm trees. Of all of them, the one-bedroom Island Villa Suite, Pigeon Plum, is spacious, secluded and ideal for a couple’s getaway. The suite's wraparound veranda is the best place on the island for a sunset cocktail.

Poolside

Surrounded by cushioned loungers, Kamalame Cay’s heated beachfront freshwater pool is next to the self-serve tiki bar.

Packing tips

Pack your scuba certification for exploring the vertical ocean caves. Mobile phones don’t work here, so bring plenty of old-world entertainment.

Also

Float with the fish during your spa treatment. Plunked at the end of a long dock over the ocean, the spa sets its massage beds over glass floors so guests can look down at the kaleidoscopic swirls of ocean life during treatments.

Children

Welcome. Rollaway beds or baby cots are available at no additional fee. Babysitting can be arranged with hotel staff for $15 an hour. The restaurant has a children's menu.

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Eco‐friendly

The property champions solar power. The staff also work with a Bahamian eco group to preserve the reef, and serve only mature, in-season fish. The hotel also works with local fishermen to capture the invasive lionfish – which preys on indigenous fish and disrupts the local ecosystem – to serve as a delicious entrée at the restaurant.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The casual and communal Great House serves a contemporary Caribbean menu with typical dishes such as a lobster club sandwich with wasabi mayonnaise, mango-and-lobster summer rolls and Southern-style lionfish with grits. The chef exchanges one dish each night, so the menu is completely different by the weekend. Private beach dinners can be arranged.

Hotel Bar

The resort has two honesty bars. The one in the Great House is best for aperitifs; outside, an ocean-facing Balinese hut has a stash of tropical mixers for amateur mixologists’ Bahamian rum punches.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 6am and 11.30am. Lunch is available 12pm–3:30pm; dinner is offered from 6pm until the last guests order.

Room service

The full menu is available, but only while the kitchen’s open. Snacks are provided at other times.

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Dress code

Billowing boho maxi dresses and linen trousers for nights when the windows and doors are open to sea breezes.

Top table

Start the evening with drinks on the pink Adirondack chairs beside the Great House, then nab the dining room’s centre table for the clearest ocean view‬. Tables line the doors of the house, so guests are guaranteed a panorama anytime, anywhere.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The hotel restaurant is your only option on the island. There are no alternatives on nearby Andros, either. The best dining choices are on Harbour Island and in Nassau.

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Soft sand, shady palms

Kamalame Cay

Staniard Creek, Andros Island, Andros

Kamalame Cay is a private Caribbean island set apart from the larger Andros Island.

Planes

Andros Town International Airport is the main gateway. It has service from Fort Lauderdale with Watermakers Air or via LeAir Charters from Nassau. Alternatively, for US$800 you can take a 15-minute helicopter ride from Nassau and land directly on Kamalame Cay.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Bahamas and unpacked their batik wraps and seashells, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Kamalame Cay…

The b...

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Kamalame Cay

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Bahamas and unpacked their batik wraps and seashells, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Kamalame Cay…

The beaches of Kamalame Cay aren’t the immaculate sandy stretches that adorn travel calendars. Rather, they are lush, wild garden-beach hybrids, where rocking hammocks hang between jutting palms and tall, tropical bushes shoot out of the sand to create private canopies for sunbathers. Privacy is written into this resort’s ethos: there are only 19 rooms, spread across the 96-acre Bahamas island (enough to warrant each couple getting a golf cart to cross the grounds) and the staff try not to intrude on the relaxation. A lavish basket of breakfast goods arrives on the doorstep each morning, and biscuits are delivered each afternoon to ward off hunger between meals or bring along as snacks during island exploration.

The wild surroundings extend into the sea. Beyond gentle waves, the world’s third-largest barrier reef is home to bright fish that dart through twisting coral. Like a scene from Finding Nemo, manta rays, electric-bright parrotfish and blue tang meander around, curious enough to swim up to snorkelers and accompany them on the exploration. Should snorkelling seem too exhausting, the same prime views exist at the over-water spa, where tables are set over glass-bottom floors for soothing sea close-ups that no aquarium could emulate.

Kamalame Cay tames its surroundings with a perfectly civilised main lodge, the Great House, where cocktails abound and bright Liberty of London prints mimic the vivid palette outside. The chef prepares local fish, including lobster and conch, brightened with Bahamian flourishes of coconut, mango and pineapple.

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