Bair’s is a bright and airy beachfront lodge surrounded by palm trees and offering deluxe accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned, spacious and well-appointed, and they feature terracotta tile floors, two full-size beds with white cotton sheets, tropical-weight duvets and down pillows, plus private, full baths. The large, comfortable living room with satellite TV (for those who wouldn’t want to miss a big game), covered veranda and additional outdoor seating are ideal gathering spots to mingle with fellow guests and enjoy cocktails, appetizers and the ocean view. The food is superb, and the complimentary, self-serve bar is well stocked and remains open 24/7. Strategically-placed racks let anglers keep their fly rods outside, where they get rinsed daily by lodge staff and can easily and safely be transported to the boats every morning. A fire pit with Adirondack chairs around it lets guests enjoy a glass of wine, cocktail or cigar at the water’s edge during cool fall and winter evenings.
At Bair’s Lodge, anglers start the day with a hearty breakfast, and lunches are packed into their boat cooler before they go out on the water. Refreshing cocktails and appetizers are served on the veranda upon anglers’ return from fishing. And for dinner, Chef Valentino Adderley delights guests with a variety of international dishes and refined versions of Bahamian specialties. Local seafood, from mahi, tuna, snapper and grouper to lobster and conch, are frequently on the menu, which also includes fresh vegetables and fruits, pastas, chicken, pork and other meats.
The main courses are always accompanied by delicious side dishes and topped off with amazing desserts, ranging from cheesecake to key lime parfaits and homemade ice cream. And wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, Argentina and other renowned wine regions, are served with dinner.
For every meal, guests get to pick from two or more choices, and Valentino and his staff are also happy to accommodate special requests, be it for dietary requirements or just personal preference.
The self-serve bar is always open, equipped with a blender for mixing cocktails and kept stocked with cold beers, spirits, mixers, soft drinks and ice.
Cell service in south Andros is spotty, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. The lodge has a phone and also provides free Wi-Fi, plus there’s a satellite phone for emergencies.