TiamoSouth Andros Island / Bahamas
From its pale sandy beaches fringed by palm groves to the life-giving coral reef that sits a mile off its coast, the South Andros Island of The Bahamas is a true tropical idyll, and Tiamo strives to keep it that way. Built and sustained using innovative green initiatives, this resort’s warm and welcoming properties give guests the opportunity to experience all the diving, sailing and beach-dwelling they can handle while knowing that they’re leaving a minimal footprint.
What to love
- Tiamo runs with a sustainable message at its heart, from its solar water heaters to the ecological amenities in all of its bathrooms.
- The restaurant’s Michelin-trained chef hosts a menu packed with Caribbean and fusion flavours, made using only fresh and local ingredients.
- With the world’s third-largest coral reef located just a mile from shore, the resort is a favourite with divers and snorkelers.
What to know
- The larger Bird’s Nest villa is ideal for families, while the Star-Light villa offers a more secluded accommodation option.
- After a hard, long day lounging on the beach, guests can up the relaxation levels with an all-over massage at Tiamo’s spa.
- Consisting of only 11 villas, Tiamo offers its guests a genuinely private-island experience.
Home to crystal clear waters perfect for paddling and long stretches of pure-white sand, the scenic Tiamo in The Bahamas is reachable only by boat or seaplane, adding to the remote castaway feel of this tropical dreamland. The fact that Tiamo is made up of just 11 villas and houses about 20 guests at any one time means that those visiting will truly feel as though they’ve arrived at their own private island.
The resort was founded with a willingness to protect this nature hotspot and be accommodating towards ecologically conscious tourists. Subsequently, it has taken important steps such as drawing all of its power from solar panels, using only energy efficient LED light bulbs throughout its properties, and using natural or locally sourced ingredients in its kitchen and bathroom toiletries. Keen to support the people that live here, it also hires its entire staff from local communities.
The traditionally Caribbean-styled villas have also been designed with sustainability in mind. Built from recycled pinewood, these cozy lodges are elevated on stilts to provide natural cooling and ventilation, while thatched roofs help with insulation. All of Tiamo’s luxurious accommodation rolls right out on to the beach and feature a private wrap-around wooden patio. Larger groups or families should consider the Bird’s Nest villa, which has three bedrooms, while the Star-Light villa, situated a little further down the beach, is best suited for those seeking heightened privacy.
In truth, though, most of your time here will be spent outdoors. Tiamo has a serene infinity pool area, which is adjacent to the Great Room and restaurant, which serves up traditional Caribbean and European cooking. These islands are renowned for their incredible sea-life, thanks in part to clear waters and the third-largest barrier reef being situated just off the coast. The PADI centre offers diving instruction for all levels, while there are plenty of other ways to explore the water, including snorkeling, sailing, deep-sea fishing or boat trip.
When To Travel
Temperatures are beautifully warm throughout the year. Hurricane season is officially June 1st to November 30th although the peak is approximately mid-August to mid-October.
Tiamo is beautifully secluded on the East coast of South Andros Island in the Bahamas. There is no road to the resort so access is by road/boat (approx 30 mins) if coming via Congo Town International Airport or sea plane is coming from Nassau or Mangrove Cay airports.
Families are most welcome at Tiamo. The resort is so secluded that you would feel totally safe in separate accommodations but the larger villas can accommodate families quite easily. Needless to say, the main draw for families will be the idyllic nature all around, whilst there is plenty of water sports to do - snorkelling, scuba, SUP, Hobie cats, Kayaking etc...