Lying next to one of the world's greatest barrier reefs, accessible only by private ferry or seaplane, lies an island in the Bahamas where relaxed, impromptu luxury creates a haven for those who really do want to get away from it all

Off the north-east coast of the Bahamas' island of Andros lies the secluded family-owned island resort of Kamalame Cay. Only a short flight away from New York and Miami, it is yet worlds away from city life—and from resort-lined beaches elsewhere. Idyllic, peaceful and isolated, it is a coral island of breathtaking natural beauty lying beside one of the largest living barrier reefs in the world—a private island that has not yet been manicured into mega-hotel-chain regularity. It offers a quite unusual blend of relaxed, impromptu luxury—a quality increasingly difficult to find in these commercialised times—making it a haven for those who really do want to get away from it all, as well as for sporting flyfishers, as these waters offer the finest bonefishing in the Bahamas.


All of this means that Kamalame Cay is a truly natural, laid-back experience, perfection if you are happy for a short time to exchange the trappings of modern life—wall-to-wall mobile phones, TVs and Wifi—for natural pleasures, the sun, the sea, the sport and the wildlife, without losing the obvious benefits of delicious food and private cottages with turquoise ocean panoramas, where you can relax all day, a fresh drink and a book to hand, and feel the tropical breezes waft over you.

The resort is designed around a central Great House and 17 private, bougainvillea-covered, Balinese-style sea-view cottages, set far apart within the 96 acres of grassy lawns, palm trees and tropical shrubs and flowers (far enough to warrant each couple using a pink golf cart to zip about in). These cottages have artistic furnishings, CD players and iPod docks, and soaking tubs with views of the generally deserted white-sand beach and the ocean, just a few steps away between the coconut palms.

Kamalame Cay has three miles of beach, lined by casuarinas and hibiscus, punctuated by driftwood and lapped by those warm, turquoise Caribbean waters. Just offshore are bright coral gardens and vast shoals of fish, from manta rays to parrot fish, barracuda and bonefish (about which, more later).

The island is a haven for wild life. Flitting about the beaches, cottages and trees are the many species of birds, from sandpipers, herons and cranes to finches, pink ibis and pelicans—and, something of which the family owners are very proud, the largest known migratory populations of the endangered piping plover, recognised by the National Audubon Society. Mangroves fringe some of the beaches, rich habitat for wildlife. The owners never forget that this is a barrier island, and they are constantly working with Nature to maintain the quality of the beaches, the reefs and waters surrounding the island.

Kamalame Cay is an idyll for those whose idea of paradise is a wholly natural tropical island where there is no need to answer the phone or email. And, speaking of dinner, the food is excellent: classic Bahamian cuisine focusing on fresh fish and shellfish, including lobster and conch, cooked with spices and sweet Bahamian coconut, mango and pineapple, all complemented by good wines and spirits.

The Great House is the social hub for cocktails and entertainment, for meeting fellow guests and for enjoying the food. It is a short stroll from the heated freshwater pool, with its ocean views and al fresco beach bar. Breakfast arrives at your door each morning in baskets filled with new-baked Bahamian breads and cakes, fresh orange juice and coffee. Refrigerators are filled with your preferred drinks.

Although Kamalame Cay is designed for gentle, coral-island relaxation, the sport is world class, starting with snorkelling and diving. The coral reef—more than 120 miles long—scintillates with colour and life, from gently swaying sea anemones tucked in the brilliant corals, to tiny seahorses riding the current, and small bright reef fish darting in and out. Rainbow-coloured parrotfish and animated puffer fish, huge grouper and spotted eagle rays drift along the edge of the dramatic coral wall that plunges 6,000ft to the ocean floor.

As to fishing, the bonefish off Kamalame Cay offer extraordinary sport and although experienced trout and salmon fishers have heard tales about the quality of bonefish sport they are always taken aback by the strength, speed and sheer thrill which these fish provide. Bonefish are certainly challenging—but with a good guide and a dropping sun, catching 5-15lb bonefish is paradise fishing, and Andros is renowned for the largest bonefish in the Bahamas. Big game fishers also home-in on these tropical waters, the fabled Tongue of the Ocean is where some of the best game fish in the world are found—white and blue marlin, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, barracuda, king fish, wahoo and bonito.

If fishing and diving are too strenuous, prime views of the sea life can also be seen while you do nothing more vigorous than drifting over the coral with snorkel and mask—or luxuriating with a massage in the over-water spa at the end of a 60-metre pier on the edge of the lagoon.

All in all, Kamalame Cay is an exercise in serenity from which we would all benefit—and if being without Wifi is really too much for you, then you can find it in the Great House, free of charge.

When to go

The resort closes each year for annual refurbishments from August until October: this year it reopens for the new season on October 5. From March to May, and in November and December it is drier and less humid than in the summer months, with temperatures averaging 27°C. There is plenty of sunshine year-round—it is said that the Bahamas has three seasons: last summer, this summer and next summer—but there can be tropical storms at any time between June and November (August and September particularly susceptible, hence Kamalame Cay closes at that time).

How to get there

This paradise island is not as far away from the UK as it seems. Flights from London to Nassau take about nine hours (usually travelling via Miami or New York) and currently cost from about £590 return, depending on season. Flights from Nassau to Andros take 15 minutes (either charter or scheduled), followed by a 20-minute drive and five-minute private ferry to Kamalame Cay.

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