Not what we expected A review of Tiamo
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.