|The Overwater Spa sets the tone for a private island vacation at Kamalame Cay.|
This family-owned private island resort should beon your list of “wow”-worthy escapes.
Looking for peerless barefoot luxury? We say Kamalame Cay, a private island in The Bahamas, is your ticket.
Your VIPs will feel most at home in The Cove villa (think private chef, hostess, housekeeper and gardener). Want privacy? This four-bed abode sits on its own four acres and accesses all the amenities of the Cay via private ferry. Nice Touch: The Cove has two beaches and a private pool and is the only accommodation with Wi-Fi.
|Narya stranger or other passersby will interrupt your private island retreat.|
Note: All other cottage suites have direct sea views and are perched above the ocean. Other premium accommodations include the Cottage Suites and one-bedroom Villa. Families and other groups love the four-bedroom Silvertop suite, while couples cozy up in the Pigeon Plum one-bedroom villa. This 1,200-square-foot space has 17-foot ceilings, a bedroom and living room with a wraparound veranda facing the coast. Good to know: The Anglers’ Nests rooms are the only rooms without water vistas.
A highlight at Kamalame is The Overwater Spa, which sits out over the lagoon. It offers four treatment rooms (two can be combined to create a couples massage room). Cool touch: The massage and treatment rooms have “windows” to the sea below so guests can watch the fish below while experiencing their treatment.
For a killer massage, we hear Stacy is the therapist to book. If you client is looking for a truly divine (and delectable) experience, we recommend the Coconut Body Polish, which uses freshly shredded coconut and brown sugar to create a scrub. A moisturizing Madagascan Vanilla lotion is applied afterward. Note: Book spa treatments at the time when making the reservation to avoid disappointment.
|Silvertop has four bedrooms, ideal for those A-listers with an entourage of nannies, private butlers and lots and lots of lovely kids.|
Bridal parties should inquire about champagne and mimosas during spa treatments. Other wedding options include everything from simply arranging a license to planning and executing a five-day all-island celebration complete with five-course dinners, live entertainment, bonfires and fireworks. For wedding coordination contact Donna Anderson. (800-790-7971; [email protected])
We hear the cuisine at Kamalame is sinfully good. Tip: Try the Snapper Ceviche or Seafood-stuffed Lobster Tail. Guests have the option of dining inside or out on the terrace of the Great House, but we are told that couples should opt for the Private Dining on the beach, which is a four-course experience with a bottle of champagne and a personal waiter.
Note: In the name of true relaxation, the property does not have telephones or TVs.
Golf enthusiasts will have to head to Nassau to play a round. The staff at Kamalame can arrange for guests to have a day trip via sea-plane or private charter for an additional fee.
Kamalame is a fisherman’s paradise, with world-class bonefishing and the resort has its own PADI certified Dive Center right on the Marina dock, as well.
Getting there: If arriving by fixed wing, we recommend using Andros Town International Airport, which is 20 minutes from the Kamalame dock. Want to arrive in style? A seaplane will pull up right on to the island. A three-passenger sea-plane is available year-round, while a larger eight-passenger plane is used from December through May. The nearest airport for jets to take fuel is Nassau International. The resort can arrange for guests to transfer by local taxi at the airport. Elite guests (high-profile celebs and dignitaries) are entitled to transfers with the Hew family cars. VIPs arriving by helicopter can land directly on the island but customs will have to be cleared first at Andros Town International. However, the staff is happy to enquire with officials about clearing Bahamas Customs & Immigration on Kamalame.
Note: The busiest season is late February to early May. Bookings are advised at least three months out. Christmas and New Year stays should be reserved four months in advance. The property shuts down from late August to early October, as well.