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Sand Island Beach Cottages

Tiwi Beach, Tiwi, Kenya
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Sand Island Beach Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Tiwi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brattleboro, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I stayed a week at Sand Island Cottages during our backpacking trip through East Africa this year. It was everything we needed after spending 5 weeks traveling through Ethiopia on long, hot, dusty bus rides. The beach is secluded and beautiful and the cottages are furnished with everything you could need. We swam everyday and read numerous... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

You certainly did choose the right place to come to relax after 'roughing' it in Ethiopia. Sand Island is so peaceful - no beach boys!! and the market vendors selling their kikoys and carvings, together with the fishermen, have learnt to wait for the guests to come to them rather than chase them on the beach which is so much... More

St Pauls Bristol
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I had read the reviews of Sand Island and was expecting it to be good. Somehow though none of the reviews or even the pictures prepare you for quite how lovely it is. It is so easy just to sit on the cottage verandah and stare out at the gorgeous beach and the turquoise ocean. The whole set up makes... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Isn't it always great when the location exceedes your expectations! Thank you so much for your review and the wonderful comments - we really do appreciate the time our guests take to review us and we know it is helpful to other travellers. The 'star fish' trip is always enjoyable and the snorkeling on the way back is getting better... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Two times, the first time in October 2013 and now for the second time (for our honeymoon), we have stayed at Sand Island Beach Cottages. What an amazingly beautiful place this is! Truly paradise, beautiful beaches, delicious fresh fish every day from the ocean, very nice cottages, the most friendly people and staff and best of all: the peace! This... More

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Our honeymoon couple - thank you so much for such a super review. We were thrilled when you chose to come back to Sand Island for your honeymoon and no better place, we think, to celebrate the start to your wedded life together - quality time to spend together! Always great to have a cook to prepare all your meals... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is a truly wonderful resort: small, friendly, intimate, beautiful and genuinely hassle-free. The position is idyllic, with a small but lovely coral reef and a small area that has an amazing proliferation of star fish. The urchins are plentiful so bring appropriate foot wear. It is 'self catering' but you can ask to hire a local cook at a... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

A super review and thank you so much for taking the time to write about us. Peaceful and unique it definitely is - away from the hustle and bustle of busy beaches and tourist attractions found in other locations. Fresh fish daily, cooked immediately - nothing can beat that taste and always in plentiful supply from the friendly fishermen. Star... More

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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34 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a perfect getaway. I am not into sandy beaches (prefer to jump into the sea from a cliff :-), but this place is lovely. Managed by lovely friendly people, cottages are simple and very tastefully done, view from the veranda is gorgeous, you can sit there for hours and just stare at the ocean. I didn't do any... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

It was lovely to have you and your brother to stay and thank you so much for taking the time to review us. The 'no beach boy' factor is wonderful for a truly relaxing and enjoyable beach experience and the fishermen have learnt that if you wait quietly the guests will come to you when they are ready and be... More

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I brought my family to Sand Island Beach Cottages and couldn't have been happier. The kids freely came and went to the beach all day without our supervision. The cottages were very comfortable. We hired a cook who knew how to make great seafood that was always available. Not once were we hassled by a beach boy. There was plenty... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Sand Island is a great place for children - safe swimming, great rock pools, snorkeling and the beach so close that parents can relax on the patio of their cottage whilst the kids enjoy the sand and the sea. It was wonderful meeting your whole family and thank you for embracing all the we have to offer - short trips... More

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Super-relaxing holiday, cottage was 20 metres from the beach, a simple place to stay, great place to get away and chill out. Great snorkelling, beautiful rockpools, and saw a giant turtle! You can buy fresh seafood and prawns on the beach and have them cooked in your cottage by a cook - heaven!

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Wonderful having you to stay and so pleased that you had a good time here in our little bit of unspoilt paradise on the Kenya South Coast. Seeing the turtle was so exciting - she (or another) came back last week, again got caught by the low tide and this time we had to shade her all morning to wait... More

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My fourth time in Sandisland Beach Cottages was absolutely paradise like as the last three times and even better. The self contained makuti roofed cottages, with inbuilt natural air conditioning, are as close to the beach as possible. The sea with a coral garden in swimming distance provides easy access to snorkeling, and provides the fresh seafood as one wishes...... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

A true 'Sand Islander' and we couldn't have written it better ourselves. It is very special for us, and I am sure for all the previous Managers, that this was now your fourth visit and you enjoyed it as much or perhaps even more as all the others. Our aim is to always make it clean and comfortable and upgrade... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Sand island is great if you are looking for a beautiful spot to unwind and relax. The beach is not quite the soft sand of Diani, but it is still a lovely setting.The cottages are simply furnished, clean and comfortable. Each has a sea view and terrace. Perhaps the biggest draw is the peace and quiet compared to other parts... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us; certainly seclusion is something we promote and our geography helps as at high tide we’re cut off from beaches to the north and south rendering us ‘private’. Diani does, indeed, offer the chance to walk a long white beach but the vendors can intrude a little on privacy. We... More

Australia
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16 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Sitting on the verandah of our little cottage overlooking the coral beach and ocean beyond while our lovely cook prepared our dinner in the evenings, we wondered how life could get any better! The cottages are rustic, designed to suit the climate and full of character. They are cleaned each day and you can have a cook if, and when,... More

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Amazing how you so captured and enjoyed the whole ethos of Sand Island and thank you for getting this across so well in your review. Beautiful, quiet, comfortable, old worldy and hassle free! One can do as much as or as little as one wants - swimming, snorkeling, eating, reading, sleeping - a truly wonderful holiday. We hope that you... More

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Address: Tiwi Beach, Tiwi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Tiwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Sand Island Beach Cottages Hotel Mombasa

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Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sand Island Beach is comprised of eight fully self contained cottages on a pristine piece of Kenya's south coast. It's geography offers guests something unique: a private beach within easy proximity of shops and restaurants. Set in acres of orchard and indigenous coastal forest and just meters from the beach, there is a real sense of space and peace. We will arrange airport transfers, assist with shopping and offer advice on local attractions and adventures. We pride ourselves on our hosting and our extraordinary location. ... more   less 
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