It is not quite accurate to say that this 13-room beachfront property, on sparsely populated South Andros Island, is off the beaten path. True, no one can arrive by road, because there isn’t one. And the only neighbors are the wild denizens of the 125-acre nature preserve that surrounds it. But a seaplane flight from Nassau will have guests wading ashore in 15 minutes, and the trip doesn’t take much longer by scheduled aircraft and a short boat ride. Once settled into their thatch-roofed, private villas, guests gravitate toward the Great Room for drinks, meals, and tale swapping, or they wander off down the beach, which after a few steps they'll have to themselves. The vibe at Tiamo is eco-luxe, which means an appreciation for nature, sustainable building materials, and air-conditioning. And while there is every kind of watery diversion, from bonefishing to scuba diving—and nature tours, too—it’s the kind of place where a major activity is simply relaxing, and where privacy is so valued that beach butlers won’t intrude unless, in one of the older nautical traditions, they see the flag raised that indicates “I require food and drink.”
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Tiamo is a neighborhood where people don’t drive, because there are no roads. So most of the action—snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing—takes place on the sea, or below it. Andros is the bonefishing capital of the world, and the numerous bonefish flats near the resort are hardly touched. And while bonefish are purely for sport, and not the table, many of the other fish that guests can go after will often end up on their plates at meal times. With the help of the resort’s nature concierge, dry-land explorers can head for the interior of Andros, on the lookout for the 20 varieties of orchids, or, for the truly ambitious, 330 species of birds.
Need to Know
Rooms: 2 rooms; 11 villas, from one to three bedrooms. From $540 for two people, including meals. Closed September and October. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Meals, which are included, are prepared by a Michelin-trained chef and are usually served in the beachside Great Room. Or opt for an alfresco dinner for two beneath the night sky. The menu is European-inspired fusion and Caribbean fare. Spa and gym details:Set back among the palms, the Spa offers a range of treatments, from a revitalizing facial to a body wrap. The air-conditioned gym looks out on the Caribbean.
Who’s it for: Travelers who appreciate nature, and air conditioning, seclusion, and easy access to flights. Except for families who have rented the three-bedroom Birds Nest villa, children must be at least 12 years old. Our favorite rooms:If being beyond the reach of roads is not enough, the newest villa, Star Light, at the far end of the property, offers the most seclusion, allowing guests to dress, or not, how they want for the private pool and private stretch of beach. At 1,400 square feet, it's big enough for families to get lost in. Getting there: Skip the Nassau connection and fly one and a half hours directly from Fort Lauderdale to the nearby Congo Town Airport, followed by a short boat ride to the resort.