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Say Hello To The Hews

Born and raised in post-colonial Jamaica, Brian and Jennifer Hew came of age in an era when the island nation was a jewel of the Commonwealth; its sultry, tropical ambiance steeped in British and Caribbean heritage. The children of generations-old local families; they met in grade school when Brian would save his allowance to buy Jennifer sweets. They’ve been together ever since.

History

Amid the shifting political climate of the 70s, the newlyweds left Jamaica and moved to Florida to open a nursery and start a family. They regularly sailed to The Bahamas with toddlers in tow where, a decade later, they’d discover the untouched Andros atoll that would become their home. The only way they could convince the government to sell the isolated, 96-acre slip of sand was to build a hotel in the middle of nowhere. Unfazed, they purchased it in 1994, named it for its red bark trees, and set about bringing electricity, plumbing, and water over from Andros. Jennifer designed beach houses while Brian oversaw building crews. They imported limestone and wood for construction, introduced thousands of palm trees, and layered the setting with hibiscus, bougainvillea, and frangipani. Their newly christened Kamalame Cay was transformed from scrub grass and sand into a flowering tropical jungle scattered with a collection of classic West Indies cottages, villas, and bungalows.

A lush private island sanctuary that evoked their treasured island heritage, the Hews created an extraordinary environment far beyond the bustle of the modern world, where they could enjoy and share the idyllic tropical lifestyle they’d grown up with. Kamalame, which launched in 1996 with just three beach houses and the Great House, is now in its third decade, with Kimberley Hew running reservations while brother David, and his husband Michael King, handling operations - all bringing their own remarkable, next generation, flair to Kamalame.

Pooling their panache, they’ve reimagined the island’s cuilinary program, enhanced the wine and spirits lists, refreshed décor, guided fresh directions in interiors and architecture, and introduced social and culinary events that draw a stylish crowd over from Nassau. 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.

A dose of Tulum bohemia, a dash of Harbor Island flair, Kamalame is a dreamy island retreat and an incredibly personal testament to one family’s love for the Bahamas.
— INDAGARE