The day is 12 February, 2020 and our anniversary (1 March) is fast approaching. I didn't know what to get her or what to do. That's when it hit me - I should be considering where to take her. I quickly looked for the cheapest flight out of Nassau to a Family Island and I stumbled upon the island of Andros. I haven't heard much about Andros and to take matters further, I've never visited, but I was determined on going!
Here's some quick facts about Andros: it has a larger land area than all islands in The Bahamas combined. Andros is home to tons of mangroves and blue holes. Interestingly enough, Andros is said to have one of the highest concentrations of blue holes in the world! Andros is home to the third largest coral reef in the world - the Barrier Reef.
How did I get there?
Let's start about how I got to Andros. Leair has direct daily service into a few settlements in Andros from Nassau. We flew into Fresh Creek, which, as I learned at the airport, is also known as Andros Town. Two roundtrip tickets from Nassau to Fresh Creek cost me exactly $275 inclusive taxes. I think that's a bit high considering the flight only lasted 12 minutes, but any-who I gave them my coins regardless.
Please be advised that the flight was the cheapest thing about this trip. Little did I know, I was embarking on a pricey and very posh adventure.
Where did we stay?
We stayed at Kamalame Cay - a hotel situate on a private island which gave us an overwhelming sense of exclusivity and privacy. It was about a 25 minute taxi drive from Fresh Creek International Airport. The taxi driver drove us to a dock, where we boarded a small barge that took us on the island. From there we did a quick check in process with Keith. Let me take this time to say Keith is the man. He made sure we had everything we needed - he really took care of us. Keith showed us to our complimentary 'Sand Chariot' (golf cart) that we used to get around the island. I'd like to also take this opportunity to shamelessly plug Miesha as she had the unlucky pleasure to serve us for almost all of our meals while we stayed on the island.
The rooms were expensive. The room for one night was $575, which when you add resort taxes, house staff gratuities & VAT totalled a whopping $759. I am the kind of person who loves (and needs) to see the value for what they have paid for. However, to my surprise, I was honesty quite pleased and satisfied with what we received. Outside of the adjoining french doors to the room were three miles of soft sand with a lovely beach to go a long with it.
What do you think of the room?
It had everything that you could and would expect from a hotel of this quality. It's also worthy to note that Kamalame Cay is entirely self sufficient except for the gas needed to heat up the water for showers.
This ties in with my only issue with the room. The water in the sink and in the inside shower never got warm despite leaving the water on for 10 minutes. The outside shower did work fine though!
What did we do?
After we checked into the room and settled down for a bit, before we went on a 'Castaway Picnic'. It's an excursion that the hotel offers (for a price of course) to an even more private island for a few hours. We were taken to the island, which we were informed is known as Pigeon Cay by John, Anna, and Marlene. They were all lovely people and did their very best to ensure that we enjoyed our trip. When I forgot the bottle of champagne I brought from home in my room, they politely ran to get some beers to put in a cooler for us. It was a nice touch that was very much appreciated. When I booked the trip, I filled out a form to select exactly what we wanted. We both got sandwiches which came in a nice basket. I selected a BLT for Whitney and a grilled chicken sandwich for myself. They were both very tasty.
The concept of being on an island by yourselves with no one in sight is an odd but comforting feeling. I don't think there is a better way for a couple to bond while they're on vacation. We both loved it.
We spent the rest of the trip driving around the 96 acres that the island had to offer. We went kayaking in the creeks, eating some good food at the Great House and getting a complimentary foot message (you know ya boy loves free tings).
The Only Over Water Spa in the Caribbean
As I stated earlier, we got a complimentary foot message courtesy of Keith. I told you guys he was looking out for us. I think it's also because I also told him that we came to celebrate our anniversary. Once again, it's little touches like this that make a stay that extra bit more comforting. I'm usually not a fan of people touching my feet but that was truly a great experience. Stacy and Allison made the entire experience worthwhile. They used a natural scrub that really left us both feeling like royalty.
The Best Sunset/Sunrise in The Bahamas?
I might go out on a ledge and say that the best sunset in The Bahamas may be in Andros. The sky from our bathroom window looked unreal and of course the pictures don't do it any justice.
The sunrise was also phenomenal. There's something special about watching the sunrise from your bed. It was as though we had our own front row seat to watch the sunrise. I think you've had enough of it from me - I'll let the pictures and videos do the talking.
All in all, this was an unforgettable experience. These are the kind of experiences that remind me how fortunate I am to be able to travel and see places like these. I'm happy that I have created the platform myself to be able to share this with you all and I hope to share my content like this with you all!
It may be a little while until I go anywhere after this last trip. I have financial goals that I set for myself and I'm determined to meet them. Notwithstanding that - stay tuned for my next adventure!
Me after this trip::