In an archipelago of over 700 isles, the Bahamas' largest landmass has been left untouched by high-rise hotel developers and passing cruise ships. Known as ''The Big Yard," Andros Island is the wild Bahamian backcountry—a place edged by gorgeous beaches, blanketed by thick primal forest, and intersected by a string of mysterious blue holes. Tiamo Resort sits on an unspoiled stretch of sand on the island’s south shore, its thatched-roof villas only accessible from the sea. And while you don't have to go beyond the lodge’s beaches to experience the uniqueness of this Bahamian hideaway, what lies beyond—both inland and off the coast—is truly remarkable.
Tiamo Resort was designed to blend into the natural environment of Andros, and the developers took great care to keep ecosystems intact. The construction process avoided the use of big machines and a man-made marina, and instead involved clearing vegetation by machete and shipping supplies in on small boats. These initial building phases, though more physically demanding and time-intensive, left a minimal impact on the island’s lush landscapes and had the added benefit of keeping a local work crew busy.
As the environmental, community, and economic benefits of these initial pursuits became evident, Tiamo implemented other sustainability initiatives—from a solar power system that generates the resort’s energy to reducing plastic waste. Tiamo also continues to embrace its local roots: as the majority of the staff hails from nearby communities, guests have the opportunity to explore the island with those who know it best—the people who have grown up here.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit on a National Geographic expedition. At Tiamo Resort, National Geographic guests venture through Andros Island’s pristine forests with an expert naturalist to learn about traditional bush medicine. Your destination is one of the island’s inland blue holes, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim.
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