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The Sands at Chale Island

Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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#8 of 40 hotels in Diani Beach
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Owned and managed by the same team of sister resort The Sands At Nomad, this small, personal "boutique" resort is the perfect island getaway for those seeking the ultimate in relaxation, tranquility and Island flair. The resort was completely renovated in 2006 and has been built with a very strong focus on the envirnmental beauty of the Island. Two swimming pools, a mystical SPA and a well equiped watersports facility fullfil every wish.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Tyler J wrote a review 13 Sep
Australian Capital Territory, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Myself and my wife vacationed from the US to the Sands at Chale island for our honeymoon for 4 nights in September of 2021. Overall, we loved the resort and thought it was a great experience. We stayed in a “Lagoon Banda” which faces out over the lagoon between the island and mainland that goes from ~11 ft of water to a few inches of water as the tide changes requiring trips to mainland to alternate between tractor and boat. We would recommend a banda over the other options as they are more private and plenty large for two people. We enjoyed being on the lagoon side as we didn’t have any people from the beach being able to see into our room. All rooms are very close to the reception/restaurant/bar so there are no issues with proximity. We got the full board (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner) and would recommend this option. The food was great and there was plenty of variety. Being there for 4 nights, we never got bored with either the food or the resort itself. There is no reason to leave the island unless maybe you were there for a longer period and wanted to explore beyond the island. We had to pay for alcohol (which gets charged to the room) as we consumed it. We are fairly big drinkers and still were better off buying the drinks individually rather than going the “all-inclusive” route. The drinks are fairly priced and well made. One of the less desirable aspects of the experience is the constant question of who we are expected to tip and how much. This is not unique to this particular resort, just would be nice if it were somehow avoidable. As far as group activities, we went snorkeling, went on the guided island walk, and watched the acrobatic show. Snorkeling was pretty good and the island walk was great and informative. We most enjoyed walking around the island by ourselves during low tide. The eastern side of the island is awesome and filled with volcanic caves and crabs and also home to “secret beach” which is a nice little beach you can walk to from the main beach in only a few minutes. The southern end is where the best mangroves are. We even found some secret tunnels to crawl through. The western side has a lot of mud that makes it tricky to traverse but altogether the walk around the island is very worthwhile. The beach is beautiful and we had no problem finding our own chairs or a space to play in the massive waves during high tide. There is seaweed that the workers rake and remove each day. It makes the water a little less desirable but not too bad. The three pools on the island were very nice and we had no trouble finding time to use them when nobody what else was in them. As for Covid precautions, the resort was very well adjusted. All staff wore masks and guests were required to when in the restaurants. There were sanitizing stations and sinks set up to allow guests to wash before entering the food areas. The staff overall was excellent. There was no shortage of people trying their best to make us comfortable at all times. If they saw us on the beach we were offered chairs, towels, etc. We were immediately offered drinks when we were near a bar/restaurant. Never annoying, just very aware of us. We flew into Ukunda and took a taxi 30 mins to the island. We recommend you book a taxi through Chale as they were cheaper and actually showed up when needed. It cost us Ksh 3000 per ride ($30).
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Lagoon Banda was great
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Sylvester G wrote a review 12 Sep
Athi River, Kenya42 contributions6 helpful votes
We took a school holiday vacation to Sands in Chale resort. For a better experience we took a train from Nairobi to Mombasa and a shuttle to Chale. The tides were high so took a boat from their private pier to the island. The welcome party at the pier, boat and the receptions were simply amazing. The suites were great and tastefully done. The food was fresh and good. The staff were extremely nice and professional. We enjoyed every minute of our stay.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Bert wrote a review 6 Sep
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Our stay at Sands at Chale Island was very enjoyable. The staff was diligent and helpful, the room was spacious, and the hotel grounds and island itself were beautiful. We had a couple minor issues during our stay, and the staff and owner quickly made sure we were taken care of. Both the beach and the pool were gorgeous places to spend a day. If you're looking to visit the beach in East Kenya, we recommend the Sands at Chale Island. One thing to note - getting to/from other places, like Diani Beach, takes a while because you have to take a boat or tractor across the channel to get off the island and then a taxi from there. If you are looking to spend time in Diani Beach itself, this may not be the best option, but for anyone content to stay on Chale island and enjoy everything it has to offer, this is a wonderful choice! If we were to return, we would probably not do half board and would instead eat at the a la cart restaurant. Many people enjoyed the buffet, but we found the a la cart restaurant delicious and chose to eat many of our meals there. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Nikunj S wrote a review Aug 2021
19 contributions3 helpful votes
Amazing Island Retreat. Always wanted to go to The Sands - BUT Nomads - Got a chance to visit The Sands Chale. Amazing experience. Great Staff - Hassan, Tom, David ... The beach, pool, bar, lobby = enjoyed all the facilities. Our kids had a blast too. We all chilled and had a relaxing holiday together.
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Date of stay: August 2021
John J wrote a review Aug 2021
Germantown, Tennessee7 contributions
Chale is everything a private person ever wished for.the exclusiveness is way out of this world.one hotel in a whole island..the have lots of water activities and my best one was the mangroove tour and jet skies
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
US$199 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sands at Chale Island
Which popular attractions are close to The Sands at Chale Island?
Nearby attractions include Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest (5.5 km) and Bora Bora Widlife Park (7.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sands at Chale Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Sands at Chale Island?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sands at Chale Island?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Sands at Chale Island have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Sands at Chale Island offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sands at Chale Island?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sands at Chale Island?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Does The Sands at Chale Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.