Introducing our new monthly feature — Wanderlust — showcasing wonderfully special destinations around the world. We hope you’ll enjoy!

Rated #1 by Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “The Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas,” Kamalame Cay hits all the marks.  “Praised for its relaxed chic, natural charm, and authentic island lifestyle, Kamalame remains the very antithesis of the corporate luxury hotel. Here, a bikini and sarong count as dressed for dinner, every guest is treated as family, and the atmosphere is as much gracious vibe (and chilled Rose…) as spectacular setting.”

You really can’t describe it better than on their website: 

Just off the Andros Great Barrier Reef in the transparent waters of The Bahamas, an intimate, family-run private island welcomes just 70 guests into bougainvillea draped beach houses scattered across 96 acres of flowering jungle, coconut palm groves, and deserted white sand beach. Blending barefoot luxury and laidback charm with untouched tropical beauty, Kamalame Cay’s individually appointed cottages, bungalows and villas—oceanfront and utterly secluded—are enhanced with tennis courts, a freshwater pool, the only overwater spa in The Bahamas, an excellent international wine list, and the region’s finest cuisine.

I was immediately sold after reading that description, but then I clicked to the next page and it got even better, as I learned the resort is only a few hundred feet offshore of the world’s third-largest coral reef harbors with an astounding array of marine life (angelfish, stingrays, nurse sharks etc).  And to top it off (for all you avid scuba divers)….the region’s rare tidal —first featured in National Geographic Magazine when Jacques Cousteau led a 1970 expedition team to explore them—are unique to the Bahamas and most abundant off Andros Island.

Kamalame Cay is officially on my travel wish list! Have you been? Let us know of any other wonderful destinations you’ve been to!

-loren