Photo by Kamalame Cay
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.
By Bob Payne, AFAR Contributor
Chic. Beach. Luxury. Perfection.
The helicopter depositing you directly on the beach is just the beginning. The stunning Hew Family along with devastatingly handsome Michael King have the unsurpassed knack for creating the most opulent surroundings that magically feel like your most comfortable silk sarong. (They also own Kanopi in Portland Jamaica. GO) Rustic chic and luxurious rooms, with private beach, fresh squeezed oj, coffee and pastries delivered each morn to get you going before you dip into main house for the kind of food you don't often get in the Bahamas, (or anywhere). True, global cuisine. Scuba dive one of the worlds best reefs, drink and lounge in the gloriously decorated main house, The overstocked bar overflowing with exotic liqueurs, fruits dripping over the table ready to add sweet juices to each concoction. Swim in the huge empty pool with a view of ocean. They do ultra fabulous Sunday champagne brunches that just teeter on the right kind of louche with a jet set party feel. Be alone. Be together. Do whatever you want in the most idyllic private setting. It's essentially heaven. Good luck leaving.