Near the northern end of Andros Island, less than 15 minutes by air from Nassau, Kamalame Cay is worth visiting just for its remoteness from busy everyday life. But this 96-acre private island has other attractions, too: a scattering of 34 rustic-chic rooms and suites, all within steps of a white-sand beach, a central Great House where guests (at least those who haven’t opted for secluded, candlelit, private dining somewhere along the three miles of beach) come together to sip wine before dinner and tell tales after. A wide range of in-the-sea and on-the-beach activities keep everyone from the kids to the newlyweds happy. There’s a freshwater swimming pool, an over-water spa, nearby fishing that people come from all over the world for, occasional entertainment by local “rake & scrape” bands, and even sporadic celebrity sightings. And for those who live in fear of being unplugged, relax. Kamalame Cay offers hotspots around the island for full cell service (if you want it), and Wi-Fi in the reception area.
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Designed for isolated privacy, Kamalame is the neighborhood. But it’s a neighborhood offering plenty to do, as explorers in the island’s flamingo-pink “sand chariots” (aka golf carts), can discover. Angling enthusiasts pursue the bonefish, and snorkelers and scuba divers take advantage of 100-foot visibility (which is about as clear as the water gets). Robinson Crusoe wannabes can wade the shore, kayak among the mangroves, or perhaps find someone to be marooned with on one of the outer islets with nothing but a picnic basket and bottle of wine. For birders and serious hikers, nearby Andros, the biggest and among the least populated of the Bahamian islands, is minutes away.
Need to Know
Rooms: 34 rooms, including 17 suites, cottages, and villas. From $250, including breakfast. Closed September 8–October 31. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Although breakfast and afternoon cookies are delivered,most meals are taken in the communal Great House and consist of a daily-changing menu emphasizing local seafood. In-room and private beach dining is also available. For guests with island fever, it is possible to take the private Kamalame Ferry the few minutes to Andros, where a taxi driver can suggest one of the very few and very basic local restaurants. Or, for guests with island fever and deep pockets, there is Nassau by air. Spa and gym details: Kamalame’s Overwater Spa, with its glass floors, is at the end of the resort’s pier, where, under the circumstances, nothing will seem more natural than a seaweed wrap. With advance notice, it is possible to arrange yoga and Pilates instructors, and personal trainers.
Who’s it for: Rooms and villas are spread out enough so that celebs, families, and newlyweds seeking a hideaway will feel they have found it. Also, diehard fishermen who like luxury. Our favorite rooms:Although the smallest rooms work well for anglers whose only interest is in getting a line in the water, Kamalame is ideal for family gatherings, such as wedding groups that buy out the entire resort, making the large four- and six-bedroom villas a sensible choice. The newest, Magnolia, has an open-design layout just right for hosting family evenings. Fishing lessons:Opportunities for expert instruction in going after bonefish, one of the wiliest and most dramatically combative sport fish, don’t come along that often, so why not take it? Four hours of instruction costs about $450.