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Sand Island Beach Cottages

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Tiwi Beach, Tiwi, Kenya
Sand Island Beach Cottages
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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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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet another amazing stay at Sand Island Cottages with Arti and his team. This is our second time back. My fiancee and I stayed here last Christmas and have vowed to return every time we go to the Kenyan south coast. This secluded beach in Tiwi is absolutely ideal. No beach boys. The cottages are just perfect, comfy beds with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my stay at Sand Island. The cottage was so nice with the veranda where you have the most amazing view over the ocean. The staff was so nice and helpful, and buying fresh fish and having a cook prepare it for you in the evening was a true highlight. You are so close to the ocean, and it... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming to Sand Island for over 11 years and we returned this April after a four year break - and were delighted to find that it was even better than before. Cheryl and Arty have made excellent improvements to the cottages to provide more shade, larger terraces with wonderful lounging areas and of course, ceiling fans, which... More 

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stayed here from the UK with our three children (4,8,11) over Easter & had a fantastic time. Very friendly staff, great location & very peaceful. Recommend the fresh fish, snorkeling and take a book. Thank you!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We have been to sand island 3 times, and look forward to more. The cottages are basic, but have everything you would need: nets, fans, lots of lounging areas, simple kitchen. The best part is that they are literally on the beach! The owners/managers are lovely, attentive, and will work hard to make special arrangements.

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

Love welcoming back our guests and watching the children grow each time they come - makes it even more special for us. Thank you for your kind words and more especially for coming back again and again! Our little piece of paradise is here for sharing and this way our guests become more of a family than visitors. Karibuni sana... More 

Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Nope don't think so! A perfect combination of peace and tranquility...no Beach Boys what so ever to contend with, buying fresh fish and lobster directly from the local fishermen when we wished and a lovely stretch of very lightly used beach! Loved lazing away the days on the comfy cushioned shady porch, cooled by a soft breeze off the Indian... More 

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

Super review - thank you so much and more especially as you braved the Travel Advisories and still came to visit us! We have always loved and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Sand Island and it is so rewarding when our guests do as well. A little bit of 'Old Kenya' simplicity at it's most comfortable and as you... More 

Mombasa, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Our recent weekend at Sand Island was superb. The hosts, Arty and Cheryl, were quick to respond to our initial inquiry, flexible (they allowed our pet dog to come along), and very friendly and helpful. The well-priced cottages are clean, completely self-sufficient (with electricity, appliances and hot/cold running water), ideally located on the beach, and the fishermen and vendors have... More 

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

How wonderful that after all this time of driving past the sign to Sand Island on your way to Funzi and back, you finally managed to visit us with your family! We loved meeting you all and especially Shelley who also seemed to enjoy the sea and beach and I know our dogs enjoyed her company. It is a wonderful... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We spent 5 nights at Sand Island on the recommendation of a family friend. Those days slipped by so easily as we learnt to go with the rhythm of the place. We spent hours on the veranda of our little cottage reading and dozing, noticing the birds and watching how the gardener carefully raked around the beautiful blossoms that had... 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 and so delighted you enjoyed your stay here. Great place for relaxing and charging the batteries as so peaceful with super views,gentle breeze, warm water, cold drinks and fresh food and only sounds are the birds and the sea and gentle chatter of the staff. Chideri will be thrilled... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The beach isn't the white strip of blinding white sand stretching away like at Diani, but that's part of the charm: more sloped, and more shaded with trees, the coast here is more interesting - wild but not rough, and further away from the more crowded tourist areas. Extremely family friendly, the 8 cottages line the beach front, 15-20 yards... More 

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

Wow, what a great review, thank you! We are obviously over the moon that you captured all the ethos of Sand Island and enjoyed your stay here with us. We do try to ensure that you have as relaxing and hassle free time here as possible and it is great when we get it right before you come - thank... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It felt like a real treat to spend two nights here - the cottages are very well-equipped and extremely comfortable both inside and out, with luxurious touches aplenty. Arty and Cheryl were very hospitable and welcoming and helped out with travel arrangements etc. The beach is metres from your cottage and the view is idyllic. The only slight problem is... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time tor review us - always very much appreciated! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay but sorry that you seem to have missed the high tide which is then much better swimming for adults. Reef shoes are a good idea and if you don't bring your own we have quite a good selection... More 

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