Historical Traveler Reviews Old Elm Tree Inn Saint Charles
I've visited Kamalame Cay many times over the years and have watched the place develop beautifully over that time. If you are looking for a five star fishing lodge, this is it. The Hews treat their guests as old friends and will do what ever it takes to make sure that your stay is extraordinary. whether you go with your wife for a romantic retreat or with the guys for 10 hour days of fishing on the flats for bone fish, Kamalame is a special place. My last visit i dropped in by sea plane (about 8 minutes from nassau), fished two days and headed back to Nassau for some golf. Staffs incredible, food great, evenings usually become social time with various guests getting to know each other. Can't imagine there is a better place but if there is, let me know....I'll go.
Nice, but not worth the $$
After 5-6 days at Kamalame Cay, we came back relaxed, refreshed and with a nice tan. However, being world-wide travelers, we were a bit disappointed with a few things. The amount of money you spend is about the same as if you stayed at a Four Seasons or other boutique hotel, where the service, food, activities, and "little extras" are impeccable. We felt like, although it was "nice", it was not worth the money, maybe 1/2 or 3/4 at the most. This place could be amazing with proper management and/or an owner who was there more often. The new "spa" (5 room house) is on stilts above the water, a neat idea, but only one person works there & if she's scheduled, you have to wait for another opening. No manicures or pedicure facilities as of yet. There were no towels or toilet paper in the spa restrooms. It was vitually uninhabited and had an "unfinished" feeling. Also, since Kamalame doesn't offer too many activities (other than snorkeling, diving & fishing), a gym would be great, but they don't have one. The only form of excercise is swimming in the pool (beach too shallow) or running on the beach. The food was fresh and fairly good, but most fish was fried, and salad dressings a bit heavy. Most vegetables are coated in butter. It would be great if they had "heart healthy" options. Although we requested champagne (not included in the price), we didn't get it until the 3rd night (the 2nd night they forgot to chill it). They do offer fine selections of alcohol, wine and champagne & have coolers full of beverages in the great house as well as the cabana by the pool. The rooms are beautifully designed, and for the most part, very clean and well-stocked (towels, shampoo, fridge, snacks, etc.) however we had to ask to have our sheets changed on day 3 (could have been a "mishap"). Make sure your room has a flashlight in it, or you may not find your way to the the great house for dinner. Also, if the forecast shows rain or overcast, be sure to ask for a TV w/ a VCR (more choices than DVD's) when you get there, or they may be out when you want it. Beaches are nice, but they could stand to be cleaned, there were bottles and trash at the far end. Also, we had to ask for towels to be removed from the beach lounge chairs after several days. The office is okay, but needs to be more organized and dusted. Bring insect repellent, the gift shop does not have it. Overall, it is nice, and I have to say, the staff is very responsive. When you do ask for something, it generally shows up pretty quickly and they are very nice and accomodating, especially the staff in the kitchen. If they had an experienced, manager that came from a high end hotel, this place could be whipped into a world-class hotel. The seclusion, privacy, and the water, are great assets, the resort just need to raise the bar a bit.
We found this paradise on the internet and are still amazed at our good fortune! my husband and I were looking for somewhere very special to celebrate my 50th birthady and certainly succeded here. Everything was exactly as described and more. The staff were totally attentive and very welcoming and friendly. the food was fantastic, and our cottage suite was beautiful. At one time there were only 6 guests on the entire island! We cannot recommend this idyll enough, although it is very tempting to wish not to share this secret place with too many other travellers!
Pricey but worth the money
Recently returned from a 4-night, 5-day stay at Kamalame Cay. The weather was very hot (but to be expected in July). The transfer from the Andros Town airport is about 20 minutes to the hotel. After a long and hot day of traveling (3 connecting flights - last leg was from Ft. Lauderdale directly to Andros Town airport which was great), we arrived at the hotel just before 3:00pm local time, but our room was not ready yet. The staff was very attentive and made us sandwiches while we waited in the "Great Room" open air dining area . Just a short ride to our private cottage (yes, all guest cottages are given an electric golf cart to ride around in which was alot of fun!). The cottage was absolutely beautiful (and the air conditioning was on)! We immediately jumped into our swimming suits and headed for the beach - only steps from our cottage veranda. You do have to be careful of the flies during the late afternoon hours - they bite! The locals call them "doctor" flies because when they bite it's like an injection! Just be sure to bring some bug spray or sunscreen with bug-guard (Avon). What is amazing about this place is only a maximum of 75 people is allowed (I believe). During our week, only 8 other couples were there. If you are truly looking for solitude and don't need to be constantly entertained, this is the place to be. Friday night they have a barbeque and a "rake and scrape" band for entertainment (which we missed since we left on Friday am). The snorkeling was great - saw small fish, stingray, and barracuda. Breakfast was served approx 7:00 - 10:30am, lunch from 12:00 - 2:30pm and dinner from 7:30 - 10:00pm (I think that late). Breakfast was cold buffet of fruit, juices, cereal, breads, toast and the option to choose from eggs made to order, pancakes and french toast. Lunch and Dinner you had the choice of two different entrees. Meals are casual, due to the open air environment. Service was spectacular. Drinks are unlimited, however the only negatives that I would mention would be that the "Great Room" bar and the poolside tiki bar are both self-serve. It would have been nice to have a fully staffed bartender to make your specialty drinks for you (daquiries, margaritas, etc.). The only beer served is Kalik (local Bahamian beer) which is good. The hotel needs to have a bigger refrigerator in the Great Room self serve bar because many times the beer would run out. The same for the tiki self serve bar - they only stocked enough beer and pop in a large cooler for the daytime. By the time night came, the beer would be gone. Presentation of meals was excellent; however dinner portions are somewhat small for American eaters. It would also have been nice if there was a water spiget on the cottage veranda to wash the sand from your feet before entering your room. The hotel should install a hot tub in the pool area - that would be a nice addition. When booking, be sure to let the hotel know (at least 2 weeks in advance) of any special foods you absolutely must have to make your stay enjoyable. My husband and I requested our favorite brand of coffee creamer (we love our coffee!). They made sure to have some on hand in both our room refrigerator and available at breakfast in the dining room. The $770 per night rate is steep, but worth it for the great service and having a private cottage directly on the beach. This trip was for our 15th wedding anniversary - we will definitely go back - maybe in about five years - need to save our money for this one! :)
Heaven on Earth
My husband and I spent the weekend of my birthday at Kamalame, this was our second trip and was absolutely wonderful. Even though we only live a few miles away in North Andros it felt like we were in a different world.
Kamalame is the place to go if you want to get away from it all, relax and be spoilt rotten. The staff are fabulous, caring , attentive and friendly, food is excellent and the accommodation simply gorgeous. Imagine laying in bed at night with the doors open and nothing between you and the ocean, watching the stars and listening to the waves lappin on the beach.
It really is a little piece of heaven on earth.
Overpriced, not for beach lovers
We have just come back from a 2 night stay at Kamalame Cay and we have left the resort 3 days early for the bad beach condition and the windy and chilly weather. We are worldwide travelers and have stayed at the best caribbean resorts. This resort is definitely overpriced. We stayed at one of the cottages about 1.5 miles away from the main house where the beach was not clean, but full of cans, bottles and plastic trash especially when you walk further south. We don't know if this has been caused by the rough weather conditions or if the beach is just not what you expect from a remote location in the Bahamas. The sea was also too shallow to swim and the water murky. The cottage did not have a bath tub as published on their website and was rather simple. It did definitely not compare to the accomodation and lovely beaches we found at Parrot Cay, One&Only Ocean Club, Petit St. Vincent, Cap Juluca, Peter Island, K-Club, Little Dix Bay. I still give the resort two "balls" because the food was very good and the service always nice. This does, however not apply to the management. When we asked for a partial refund to leave early, the management turned us down. This is not what I expect from a high-end resort. If you are beach lovers and honeymooners I do not recommend to go there you can get much better at Parrot Cay in the Turks&Caicos for half of the price or K-Club, Barbuda at about the same price.
"just the paradise"!!!
Thank you very much for a so delicious stay among very nice and sweet people!!! More, we have had chance to live during 14 days in the house built by the owner for her mother, and we feel really "at home"; ... but each accomodation is really spacious, very lovely furnished and facing this incredible coloured bahamian sea .....
This very special bahamian hotel on its own little island seems out of the world ... it is really the best one we have seen all over our numerous travels ... : people were always very nice and smiling; service was absolutly perfect, even if you have a lot of requirements, food was exceptionaly good and various ... thank you to chef! the atmosphere was so relax and happy that each guest can make friends very easily (even if you come alone at Kamalame Cay= very happy diners with the activ and very friendly participation of the dining room supervisor, whose animation and discret conversation was a present for everybody!
My english is so bad that I can't tell you much more ... this island is the one of Robinson Crusoe ... so wild and wonderful, and even if you are not here for fishing activities ... you are in heaven...
My husband and me do love Bahamas, and we'll come back to Kamalame Cay ... sure!
Thank you to the owners for this lovely place ... thank you to Margaret and Delilah for there very nice welcome and precious help during our holidays at Kamalame Cay, and thank you to every people of this hotel, that permit us to have a pleasant moment at Andros Island, so far from our french worries ...;
See you very soon another time and "Mahogany for ever" !!!!!
Our trips to the Bahamas would not be complete without a 2-3 day stay at Kamalame Cay. The resort is relaxing, enjoyable, and so pristine that it is a real delight. We go several times a year and always with new guests, who enjoy Kamalame Cay as much as we do! The fishing is outstanding, the food and drink are abundant, and the living is easy!
Truly heaven on earth
Kamalamay Cay is a glorious private island where you can truly relax and enjoy the soft breezes, swaying palms, and the ocean just a few footsteps from your house. The beautiful rooms are open to the fresh island air and greenery. At Kamalama Cay you are pampered beyond belief and feel as if you are in a private, comforting world all your own. The staff are friendly and always helpful; the food heavenly, and the island music will have you on your feet and dancing the night away! There are no cars, no tv's, no radios...and you won't miss them. If there's anything you absolutely must have, such as a newspaper, the staff at Kamalame Cay will see that it is there for you every day. It is a wonderful, quiet, soothing place with the ocean at your doorstep and your needs courteously and quietly looked after. I would recommend Kamalame Cay to absolutely everyone!
Underappreciated Piece of Heaven
My wife and I spent a glorious 6 nights at Kamalame and wish we had extended for more.Known primarily as a luxury bone fishing lodge, the resort downplays its 3 miles of pristine beach, incredible food (anyway you want it), friendly staff,and enough activities to compete with any other "full service resort". We went to relax and just wished that we had taken advantage of doing more than the snorkeling and sunning. The other guests were primarily fishers but it made no difference, evening cocktails were a mixture of tall tales, and natural sightings. I have never stayed in such perfectly understated luxury. Not cheap, but well beyond worth it.
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... the skirt tails of both of them, attempting at belonging in both groups, petting all the animals I can find. Our cabana boy worked pretty hard today, charging drinks to the room and soaking in the sun. While partaking in the rapid river, I found out that I am not as Aqua-dynamic as Chloe and Kyle. I was almost left behind as few times on the Rapids so Chloe took one for the team and we double tubed ...
... in time zones but the hours of daylight difference is huge.
I landed at 4:30pm. (local time) sun gone down already (3:30 sunset). After dinner and chats with Dee and her sister and her boyfriend Marco it was around 12:30am before i slept. Slept till 11am (A monster sleep for me)
I had a much looked forward to, bacon breakfast and good coffee before venturing out to enjoy the low-slung sunshine outside. It was clear and sunny but the ...
... Ha. Inside joke.
A day to just relax and unwind was definitely needed. So we played for a good part of the day. Tony and Steve fished from the dinghy. Craig fished from the deck of Simunye and eventually all five of us went to the beach together.
... we are back to "normal", and we are now figuring out when to make our jump to Allen's Cay to go see the Iguanas!!! (Go ahead! Click on it!)
After Allen's Cay I'm really looking forward to the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. I just can't wait to explore both on land and underwater!
Another gorgeous sail from Alder Cay to Lyford Cay. We stayed here for a few nights, waiting out strong winds. It's sunny, and beautiful, except for the winds that are blowing at 20 knots. Here, there are big orange starfish hanging out under the boat!