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The perfect Honeymoon
Wow, what a great vacation. We went for our honeymoon, and it was absolutely what we wanted, and more. We arrived on a beautiful sunny day to Tiamo, via a terrific boat ride with captain Butter, a dreadlocked local who looked like something out of a movie. When we came to Tiamo, we were met by Petergay, and her daughter Bella at the dock, and the staff took our luggage right to our room. Check-in was as simple as can be, and we had the freedom here to do whatever we wanted. The best thing about Tiamo is the nature. My wife was a bit scared to go snorkelling out in the open water, but John and Justin, the two nature guides, were so helpful and supportive. Although we were on our honeymoon, we learned way more that I thought we would about the local ecology and environment from the guides, and although we were not expecting an educational vacation, we were pleasantly surprised to have had one. The bungalows were beautiful, and we could hear the waves on the beach from our bed. The place is deserted, it's like gilligan's island, except we got to the the best food imaginable. Chef Anna was the bomb! We loved the dinners and lunches (although the breakfasts were not quite at the level we were expecting for 600 dollars a night :( ). The only drawback was there was one rude bartender named Marcy, but all of the other staff were so kind, they made me feel like we were at home. Thank you Tiamo. We don't know when we will be able to come back, but we definitely will be coming soon!
Not what we expected
My wife and I went to Taimo for our 10 yr anniversary. It wasn't what we expected, it was a lot more!
We took a seaplane in from Nassau (Safari Seaplanes) which was amazing and well worth the money. We were fortunate enough to see a submarine during the trip. We pulled up to the beach and were met by one of the Tiamo owners. Our bags were taken to our bungalow and we were taken right to the main lodge for lunch. Activity at the resort revolves around the main lodge which includes seating for meals, a very nice bar area, a library, board games and a couple of sitting areas. We were received very warmly by all of the staff and several came to us during lunch and introduced themselves. It was the beginning of five perfect days.
Accommodations: There are ten bungalows that stretch along a very private beach. In fact, there is nothing else around the resort for miles. The bungalow looked exactly like the pictures on their website and can be described as rustic luxury. The bed was very comfortable and you can see and hear the water from your bed. There is no air conditioning, which is not needed since the breezes flow through the unit all day and night. The shower is in the back of the bungalow and is screened in/open but very private. Hot water is achieved through solar panels on the roof and in fact the entire resort is very eco-friendly. Make sure to take the tour.
Activities: Each morning at breakfast someone from the staff comes around and determines what everyone feels like doing that day. We went on a sea kayak trip once and snorkeling twice - which was great, we saw a shark, giant sting ray, barracuda, lobsters and lots of fish. They also have sail boats available to take out, which I did almost every day, and they claim you can't tip them over. One day we took a boat ride to the main town on the island and rented a car for $75 (the resort has to arrange this) and drove down the only road on the island. There isn't a lot to do along the way, but it was interesting enough. The resort also offers scuba diving and will arrange fishing trips.
Food: Amazing. Every meal was out of this world. Breakfast and lunch are available during certain hours and you sit at your own table. The menu for all meals is predetermined but they are flexible if you really don't want something. In between meals they have cookies and fruit for snacking. For dinner you walk from your bungalow along the beach under the stars and everyone meets in the main hall. Snacks are served and drinks are available at the bar (drinks are not included but are very reasonable). Chef Anna comes out at some point and announces what is for dinner and everyone takes a seat at one table. Although we were apprehensive about this at first, it turned out to be one of the best parts of our stay. Dinner is followed by dessert and then if you wish, you can sit at the bar for as long as you like - seriously. We did this several nights with the staff and the owner, Mike. It was very memorable. We discussed everything under the sun and laughed a lot.
Guests: Everyone who stayed there was friendly. There were honeymooners, fishermen, folks celebrating anniversaries and professional athletes. It is a small resort so you meet everyone, but privacy is also easy to come by. They have giant native iguanas that roam around and are fascinating to watch. There is also a dog that carries coconuts around in its mouth.
Staff: Mike and Petagay are the owners and very good at what they do. We had great conversations with them and they were very aware of their guests needs. Upon leaving, we gave each of them a hug. When we first arrived we were guests, when we left we were friends. (They even packed us a lunch for our trip home, but make sure you eat it before going through customs!) There are a few staff members, primarily from the States and Canada, who interact with the guests on a daily basis to plan and guide activities and help with anything you need. Many locals also work at the resort and are very friendly.
Misgivings: Leaving. There is no golf course and no spa (yet). Cookies weren't out for breakfast.
Tiamo is a five star resort in its own way. There are no phones in the room, televisions, plush carpeting, room service or valet parking. However, you will feel pampered and well taken care of. The stars at night will take your breath away and eating a five star dinner in your sandals will make you long for a simpler life. You might even relax! If you are considering going there, you should.
Perfection - except perhaps when it rains
Just got back from Tiamo (late July 2004) and had to write this review while the wonderful experience was still fresh in my mind. First, I would recommend splurging for the seaplane arrival with Safari Seaplanes. Captain Paul Harding was reliable and punctual and gave us a great ride....right up to the Tiamo beach. And what a beautiful beach - white sand, crystal clear calm warm water - perfect for landlubbers who are not completely comfortable in the ocean. They have all the usual aquatic activities (kayak, fishing, sail, snorkel, etc.), but it is the peace that the resort exudes that won us over. Perfect place to unwind, relax, read or simply do nothing. Our only exercise was a guided hike through the island's interesting topography. The bungalows are large and the king size beds are extremely comfortable. The fan was more than sufficient to keep us cool at night for easy sleeping (if you must have air conditioning, this place is not for you). The food was delicious, varied (lamb, chicken and fish for dinner) and the portions just right. There's an eclectic wine list and a well stocked bar (drinks are extra, but the prices are fair). The staff is helpful, friendly and eager to please. Breakfast and lunch are served at individual tables whenever you get up or hungry (within 2 hours time periods), while dinner is at a communal table around 7:30. The resort no doubt draws an interesting mix of guests and we enjoyed the company of tablemates. Owners Mike and Petagay are interesting people and we were sorry that they did not join us for dinner more often (Mike joined us once), but they are available during the day to answer questions or simply chat. Their eco-friendly policies are sound, both environmentally and financially. Fascinating stuff. All in all, a highly recommended destination. Perfection - except perhaps when it rains. Unfortunately, no one has yet found an environmentally responsible way to deal with mosquitos and, yes, you will get bitten often. Bring bug juice and long pants and sleeves if you want to reduce the itching. Or simply go in the dry season. Hey, what did you expect? Paradise? Tiamo comes close.
When we had to leave, we cried because we didn't want to go.. this is the most incredible place on the planet. You absolutely have to try the seaplane arrival & departure - it's amazing & 100% worth the extra $$$.
It's not paradise...it's Tiamo
"It's not paradise, it's Tiamo" were the only words my wife Jennifer could use to describe what she was feeling on our first day at this amazing resort. And that feeling only grew deeper as our week went on.
Tiamo is a very special place, created by people with a love and respect for their envirnoment, but with standards as high as the best luxury resort. I joked with Mike one night at dinner that I was not going to write one of these reviews, because I didn't want too many other people to know about this place. But, I can't help but share my views about this remarkable resort. Jennifer and I experienced blissful solitude, breathtaking snorkling, exciting sailing, invigorating kyaking, and spectacular dining. The guests are an ecclectic mix, and the staff are warm wonderful people. Kudos to Mike, Petagay, Chef Anna, Chef Jan (the intrepid captain), Susan, John (the biologist wannabe) and the rest of the staff. And, thanks for giving us the best vacation.
Most fantastic way to turn 40!!!
I could not give high enough reviews for Tiamo - This was a 40th birthday trip from my husband - I kept telling him I wanted to learn to fly fish for bonefish .Mike and Petagay (the owners/operators) were fabulous ,the staff was so kind and wonderful all locals so they were very interesting ,our fishing guide "Shine" made sure I caught bonefish EVERYDAY!!! If you ever want to get away and visit true paradise this is the place for you .The food was gourmet . They are taking care not to harm the enviroment .All you need to bring is beach clothes , flip flops ,sun glasses i.e. pack light you don't need much there just to relax and have a great time.Take the time to get out and meet the locals they are wonderful people (short boat ride to andros ) and Tiamo drivers will drive you anywhere.
Tiamo - Paradise Found!
Just returned from an 8 day stay at Tiamo and it was even better than the website. The setting is perfection, the bungalows couldn't be more beautiful, the food...well, I started my diet today. But what really sets this place apart is the staff who really do become your friends and the vision of Mike and Petagay - that you can have all the creature comforts without sacrificing the planet to get them. We didn't pick Tiamo because of the earth-friendly approach but to know that by staying here you are doing a small part to save this magical part of the planet makes the experience just that much better. We left Tiamo having loved every minute of our stay and we will definitely return.
Peaceful & Beautiful
My husband read an article about Tiamo in National Geographic Traveler Magazine and surprised me with a 4 day visit for an anniversary present. It is everything it is advertised to be. The beach is beautiful. The bungalows are great and the king size bed is soooo comfortable. If it weren't for the beauty of the island, you would want to stay in it all day. The staff are all very friendly and very accomodating. The chef was terrific and made me special meals as I am a vegetarian. It is a beautiful, serene place and we highly recommend it if you are looking to get away from it all. Tiamo is a great place if you want to lay on the beach, snorkel, sail, kayack or just relax. If you are looking for shopping or a busy nightlife go elsewhere.
Great place to escape
My husband & I spent part of our honeymoon at Tiamo and it was a wonderful experience. If you're the tiki bar, nightlight lovin', disco dancin', type this is NOT your spot. If you want to snorkel in crystal clear water and see multitudes of brightly colored fish, sail through teal colored water looking down at red starfish, kayak through mangrove coves, lounge in a hammock, sleep in a bungalow with the sound of the waves just feet away ....this is the place for you. On top of all the natural beauty; the staff is outstanding - informative, friendly, and professional. The food is creative and delicious and the bar is well stocked! Your cares will melt away and you will not want to leave.
Blissful nature experience
When I booked a trip to Tiamo Resort solely on the basis of their wonderful website, I was concerned that the reality might not live up to the website. What I found at Tiamo, though, was even better! Tiamo is a remote, quiet, relaxing place to spend a few days or a week. With individual bungalows nestled amongst the palms trees and vegetation along a private beach, you can't get much more serene than this. Throw in 3 tasty meals a day, including a gourmet dinner, and your taste buds will be happy too. The owners and staff were all very friendly and welcoming. As I was preparing to leave, the groundskeeper insisted on stopping what he was doing to find and cut up a coconut from the beach for me, since I mentioned I was disappointed I had forgotten to do that. Tiamo is an eco-resort, but they don't seem to throw that term around lightly. Composting toilets look just like the real thing, but use a pint of water and drain to tank for composting (and they're not stinky!). All power for the resort is solar (they do have a generator for backup, but rarely use it). They have motorboats for getting to the resort, fishing, travelling to the reefs and blue holes to snorkel, etc. Other than that, no power toys = blissful quiet! Sailboats, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and trips, and hikes are included in your stay and were incredible adventures. The reefs and blue holes had plenty of beautiful fish and other creatures easily visible while snorkeling. Even the snorkeling right in front of the beach was interesting - fish, rays, eels, starfish, etc right from the dock. There were bonefish on the flats a short walk or kayak from our Tiamo bungalow, which and boat for a day of flyfishing for bonefish (cost extra). Those looking for loud or flashy won't like Tiamo (which is fine with me!). There are no jetskis, no casinos, no shopping...so come prepared to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. Those looking for tranquility and beautiful marine surroundings will be well rewarded.
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