What We Love
- Its hyper exclusivity: a 96-acre private island that welcomes just 70 guests
- The only overwater spa in the Bahamas
- Direct beach access from all 19 rooms
- The self-serve tiki bar next to the resort’s beachfront freshwater pool
What To Know
- A continental breakfast basket, afternoon cookie delivery, and departing gift are included in the rate
- Each room includes a golf cart and bicycles for daily use
- The all-inclusive Guest of House rate (an additional $200 per person) includes all meals, drinks—alcoholic and non-alcoholic—and an array of aquatic adventures
Beachcombers and fishing enthusiasts will find their bliss on this dreamy, remote Caribbean refuge, named after the shaggy red trees that dot the private island’s powder-soft sands. Limestone cottages are kitted out with stylish wood and host plenty of repeat guests – a testament to the resort’s unmatched warmth, thanks to the Hew family who has owned the atoll since 1994. The ever-ready front desk staff can swiftly arrange a host of customized experiences, including candlelit dinners by the ocean, snorkeling picnics, or sunset cruises. Three miles of private beach offer a range of rather lazier lounging options, from hammocks to covered palapas. For the ultimate taste of barefoot luxury, the juniper-and-cypress oil massage at the resort’s overwater spa (where you can spy sea life through the clear glass floor) is a must.
All 27 rooms and suites have bougainvillea-laden exteriors and are spread across cottages, bungalows, and Balinese-style beach houses. If you’re honeymooning, consider the one-bedroom Cottage Suite (there are four on the property) with its 17-foot ceilings, sea-view soaking tubs, and expansive wrap-around balconies.
The Great House is the only full-service restaurant on the property, but it’s a fine one, with a Bahamian menu that’s chock-full of dishes featuring freshly caught seafood and locally sourced tropical fruit (for a bit of both, try the conch salad spiked with pineapple and mint or the grilled-to-perfection snapper drizzled with mango chutney). The resort also hosts a nightly torch-lit barbecue at the Tiki Bar & Beach Grill next to the freshwater pool.
This heavenly retreat is a mere mile from the world’s third-largest coral reef, teeming with angelfish, stingrays, and nurse sharks. To get here, take a zippy 15-minute flight from Nassau to Andros Island and follow it up with a 20-minute drive to Kamalame Cay.
How to Get There
We came to Kamalame as a newly married couple 10 years ago and the place blew our minds. Back again last week with our small children and again we were in paradise. The location, the safety, the staff, the hospitality is unparalleled. I have never felt so alone and relaxed in my life. For 2 full-time working parents I can think of no better way than to spend our hard earned money than to be in nature, being pampered, with our family.
If you have kids, I brought sand toys etc. Otherwise, all is available.
You don't need to pack much...a swim suit, cover up, and a few things for dinner...otherwise you are so alone you could be naked on the beach of that's your thing :)
Thank you to the staff and owners; you're brilliant. We will be back. Side note; we flew Le Air from Nassau both times and it was great; no issues.
My wife and I just returned to Toronto after a magical 5 night trip to Kamalame. This was her 2nd visit and my 4th. There is simply no other destination like it where the husband can fish and the wife can relax by the ocean with a spa and private Yoga sessions! A big shout out to Garret, Natherio, Sarah, Zania, Samson, Marlane, Ron and Margaret for incredible hospitality. We will be back soon!
We had an incredible time celebrating my husband's birthday at Kamalame Cay. We brought 40 people from Nassau to Kamalame Cay for a party brunch on the beach.
Everything from the planning process to execution was smooth. The team I worked with in the planning phase was responsive and helpful. They were able to recommend additional vendors such as DJ and photographer that were also wonderful for our event. And when the weather didn't cooperate for us to come out in boats, they helped me find a plane two days before that we could all fly in on together.
The actual brunch party was like a dream! They had a tremendous bar set up in a large tiki hut that looked out over the ocean. The decor in the tiki hut was so luxurious it should be shot for Architectual Digest. The bar tenders and servers were very attentive and made sure no one's glass was ever empty. They set up our seated 5 course meal on the beach under a palm leaf canopy. The place settings were gorgeous with real china and citrus centerpieces. And the food...out of this world! Gazpacho soup served in cocunuts, Tuna 3-ways, Summertime Salad all were so fresh. And the pork ribs and pork belly...finger-licking good. I'm still dreaming about it.
We did not stay the night but we can't wait to get back there for a vacation. The beach is gorgeous and judging by our brunch experience, I'm sure the accommodations are lovely. This is seriously a hidden gem and my only fear with writing this review is that too many people find out about it and I'll never be able to get a reservation!
My husband and I got married in June and decided to go on a delayed honeymoon. We spent a week on Kamalame and it was absolutely perfect!
The whole property was clean, they took great care to ensure that everything was perfect! It was truly a dream place to unplug and relax.
The food was delicious, from the breakfast baskets and picnic lunches to all the meals in the tiki bar and great house. The options were great, especially for my husband who has a shellfish allergy.
The resort managers, Margaret and Ron were the sweetest people! We saw them everyday either in the great house or while we were checking our email in the Pineapple house. They always made it a point to chat and see how our stay was. The whole staff was amazing as well! Everyone was friendly and always waved when they passed by you on the road.
We just got back and can't wait to go back again!
I just returned from 5 nights at Kamalame and am already planning my return. What an amazing destination! The island, the staff, the decor and the food and drinks and ambiance were incredible from start to finish. I stayed in a Beach Bungalow which was perfect for 1-2 guests and next time plan to return to one of the Villas with my family. We did yoga, ran on the beach, snorkeled, rode beach cruisers all day and drove outnumber Sand Chariots after sunset. The overwater spa is so lovely, and the Tiki Bar a dream. The owners style is impeccable and makes me want to redecorate my home ! It is such a peaceful place, and quite quick of a trip from New York (2.5 hours to Nassau) followed by a puddle jumper flight to Andros and a quick taxi to the Cay. The “Guest of House” program which includes a fully stocked mini fridge plus breakfast lunch and dinner and drinks was more than worth the cost, plus you also get daily breakfast baskets delivered at 8am if you just want to lounge in your room and beach. The afternoon cookies were deliciously dangerous to consume daily. I can’t wait to return!