Hidden gem of the Bahamas

Bureau16-03-2016, 04:15 AM

An exclusive treasure just off Andros’ mainland, Kamalame Cay sparkles in all its blue-hued Bahamian beauty. Whispering the promise of laidback hospitality to captivated first-time visitors and long time guests, this treasured 96-acre private island retreat charms with a singular blend of luxurious accommodations, deserted beaches and the kind of gracious warmth and hospitality that can only be achieved through a labour of love that spans decades.

Named for the trees that flourish there, Kamalame Cay is where the Hew family casts its wide and welcoming net, creating a perfect home base for exploring the laid-back beauty of the Bahamas’ largest and least developed island. From world-class bone fishing flats and the world’s third largest barrier reef to peerless sunsets, miles of private beach, fresh and imaginative cuisine and the only overwater spa in the Bahamas, this graceful, off-the-grid glamorous private island hideaway is a favourite among beachcombers, barefoot wanderers and many a happy bone fisherman.

The Bahamas’ only overwater spa, The Spa at Kamalame Cay is the perfect refuge from the fast-paced, high stress world of today - a place to concentrate on restoring and rejuvenating body, mind and soul.

For exercise enthusiasts who want to take their fitness programme up a notch, Kamalame Cay teams with Elite Island Professionals to provide expert sports and fitness instruction in yoga, pilates, yogalates, tennis and personal training.

Kamalame offers an amazing diverse marine life in an abundant healthy coral in the transparent, turquoise waters that surround the island. Explore on your own or let our experienced guides show you their favourite coral gardens, coves, and islets along the world’s third largest barrier reef. Snorkel equipment is available at Kamalame’s Dive Centre, and delicious picnic lunches can be arranged on request for guests making afternoon or all-day excursions.

An afternoon trip to Rat Cay Blue Hole (so named, as it resembles the figure of a rat) can be coordinated with a picnic lunch on Saddleback Cay, an isolated isle scattered with hermit crabs and starfish. A definite highlight of the Bahamian underwater world, this unique site is banked by a salt-water blue hole and a wide array of colourful reef creatures from French grunts, blue tangs, queen angelfish, rock beauty, and Spanish hogfish.

Low tide at Kamalame reveals a spectacular ‘circle of coral’ as breakers crash over the reef at Staniard Rock. Easily some of the most remarkable snorkelling in the Bahamas, this exceptional garden of Elkhorn coral is also popular with turtles, nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, and a variety of colourful tropical fish.

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