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
My husband and I hosted a wedding for our daughter in May. It was a 4 day event flawlessly executed by the entire staff of the resort. Working with the wedding coordinator, Donna Anderson, and her team was a pleasure! I couldn't count how many times Donna said "Don't worry mama! We've got this!" Julian, the food and beverage manager was also delightful to work with! His team of servers and bartenders treated us better than we could have asked for!! Every time I went up to the bar, my drink was ready and handed to me! The food was beyond compare and bountiful! The weekend started with a family style Italian dinner with delicious food and terrific service. What was supposed to be a quiet dinner with Steel Pan music escalated into an unplanned dance party in the living room of "The Great House" Furniture was quickly moved out to the way and everyone young and old danced the night away! Friday afternoon, our guests enjoyed a pool party and lunch at the Tiki Bar. Fish tacos to die for! The Rehearsal Dinner was a White Party at The Cove. It was an adventure beyond our wildest expectations! The dinner was a Caribbean Barbeque complete with whole roasted pig. As my husband and I sat at the head of the table of 40 on the lawn overlooking the water, I felt like I was in the movies! The wedding day was filled with fishing for the guys, primping for the girls (including a lunch of Stone Crab Claws and other caribbean delights) and our guests spending the day enjoying the many activities the island has to offer. Just walking down the beach is such a pleasure! The wedding took place on the Spa Pier and was dreamy and wonderful! Everyone then got into their golf cart to go to the cocktail party set up in the circle in front of The Great House. The staff valeted our golf carts and located them to where the night would end. The wedding dinner was served at a serpentine table under a grove of trees lit with white lanterns and sparkling lights. The dreamy music in the background completed the perfect wedding dinner! From there, our guests were escorted by Caribbean Junkanoo Dancers (worthy every penny!) to the dance floor by the beach and really got the party started! Wedding cake and desserts were served as everyone, once again, danced the night away! The evening was complete with bonfire on the beach, couches dug into the sand for relaxing and lighting of wish lanterns. Samson, tirelessly, made sure everyone was successful in the launching of their lanterns. Sunday's send off was an amazing brunch of Dim Sum on the porch of The Great House. The Dim Sum and Asian dishes sent our guests off full and happy! I can't find enough superlatives to describe how I feel about Donna and the staff and how they made everything so wonderful! When we met with Michael and he suggested the vision for the weekend, nothing prepared us for how perfect everything would be. His vision was personally executed flawlessly by him and his talented staff. Donna and Jerene magically appeared throughout the weekend making sure our needs were being met! I was happy to raise a glass of champagne with them and dance with them, it was time to celebrate all the effort that went into this fabulous weekend! Donna was right, I had nothing to worry about! Our guests were delighted beyond their wildest dreams! Everyone said they had NEVER been to a wedding like this! I also want to mention Leah Mather, guest services manager, who was alway ready with a smile to help me in any way she could! Our housekeepers, Nathalie, Shenique and Ureka made sure we were comfortable and had everything we could possibly want in our Villa. I knew I should have written down all the names of the wonderful people who made our weekend so great and I apologize to those I didn't personally mention. When we left the island, we felt like we were leaving our wonderful family. Kamalame Cay is not like your normal sterile, perfect resort. It is quirky and unique which makes it all the more special. We are so happy we chose to celebrate our daughter and son in law's love in paradise!
I recently stayed at the resort in a beach suite for 2 nights. The cottage was charming, but linens were rather worn and the shower/bath only had luke warm water.
I was there for a dear friend's wedding, and I will say that the meals were excellent . However, Kamalame's wedding planner was AWFUL! She stood around drinking champagne and eating the appetizers instead of doing anything! She left many items to the last minute despite the bride requesting information for months prior to the wedding. Very disappointing.
We spent a week here enjoying the white sands and beautiful water. There was not a lot for the children to do but, we enjoyed games and playing in the water. Except for breakfast all meals are served in one of two restaurants. The food was excellent and the staff could not have been nicer. The accommodations did have full kitchens but ordering food is very costly and limited. A morning fishing trip was lots of fun but not a child's activity. We all loved being visited by the owners pups......they were so friendly and fun to see each morning.