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The Sands At Chale Island

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Province of Almeria, Spain
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were only here for two nights on a trip from our mainland hotel,but loved every minute of it,a true desert island. The food was great,staff were very helpful,and had a trip around the island on a Dow. Fabulous if you want to get away from it all.

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hi, Carnder Thank you for dropping by and having a glimpse of what Chale Island has to offer. we invite you to stay in Chale for a Longer period so that together we can devour the beauty of Chale Island paradise. Karibu tena

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a long weekend from our home up country. The bandas are so relaxing and private you feel you are the only ones here. At low tide you can walk around the island ( you need dive boots or rubber shoes) and see the amazing ecosystems which we really enjoyed. There is also good birding and the colobus monkeys...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for finding time to express your experience with us. we are glad to learn that you really enjoyed your stay at Chale paradise. we are apologetic for any inconvenience caused during this period. we will employ stern measures to ensure that the next time you visit us, your vacation will be even better. Thanks once more...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Resort is marvelous. We had bungalow with ocean view, with direct access to the beach, althougt there was a patio, in front of the room, with sunbeds as well. Food was ok, but it was almost the same choise od food every day. Stuff is very friendly. Transfer from mainland to island was very efficient, by both or by tractor...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hello Tamara, it is refreshing for us to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your experience was worth it apart from a few hiccups you mentioned. The main reason as to why there is power rationing during the day is because our resort is remotely located such that even the government's program of rural electrification has...

Mombasa, Kenya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've always wanted to go to sands at chale ever since I can remember. We had a slight mix up with the waiter as he told us to fill our plates because they were ready to close the Buffett. We arrived slightly before they closed the lunch Buffett but I don't still think we ought to have been rushed. Since...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hey Njenga, we appreciate that you dropped by to have a sneak peak at our beautiful Chale Island. we apologize for the slight mix up you had with the waiter and stern measures have been taken to avert a re-occurrence of the same. we urge to pay us a visit only that this time we want you to stay a...

Zug, Switzerland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived full of optimism for a luxury, romantic getaway. Unfortunately, we took away a little more than we bargained for. Undoubtedly, this is a unique location. I hesitate to say beautiful because when one is on the island, one cannot truly appreciate it. Having started our holiday with an unscheduled stop at Mombasa Hospital, we decided on arrival to...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hi Anna we appreciate that you squeezed time in your schedule to comment on your stay at Chale island. With respect to the electricity issue, we would like to let you know that We are located in a very remote area that even the Kenyan government Plan of rural electrification has not arrived at our door steps, consequently we are...

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a week in November 16 on Chale Island in order to celebrate my birthday! And it was absolutely great! We had a nice Banda with direct access to the beach, the staff is very friendly, always in a good mood and very helpful. The little island doesn't offer a lot of possibilities for excursions, but to stay and...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hey, Thanks a a lot we are so glad that your time At Chale Island was worthwhile. we derived much pleasure in hosting you in our facility and that is why we take this opportunity to invite you back in case you long for that peace and tranquility only Chale can offer. Karibu tena

Silver Spring, Maryland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all: It is indeed a beautiful place. White sand, fantastic nature, quite and relaxing.Simply a dream. The owners had a great idea when setting up this place. Unfortunately, if you run an expensive hotel, you cannot just rely on what nature provides. And this management fails unfortunately in too many regards. As a result, we cannot recommend this...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Hello Christoph we thank you for finding time to express your Views with regard to your experience at Chale Island. our receptionist referred you to The Spa because at Our Spa we have a reception desk there which is manned by Highly-qualified personnel who is in a proper Position to give detailed and accurate answers to any queries concerning the...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food and service. Comfortable rooms Well looked after by super staff. Great pools and beach and wonderful sunset views towards the mainland. Thank you everyone for looking after us. Would love to come back

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Thanks a lot Kara we would love to host you again in our Resort. we are so glad we made your stay with us a memorable one. Thank you for all the compliments, we are honored. Thanks once more and see you soon

Hoedspruit, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WE had 2 rooms banda style with magnificent views of the mangrove inlet. Colobus monkeys all-round.Had granny with us and she enjoyed so much she did not want to leave.Beaches are idyllic and beautiful with ample snorkeling opportunities off the beach.Pools are plenty and a great way to relax in the afternoon heat.Hotel management and team are very attentive.What sets...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Wow! what an amazing review from you. Our hearts at Chale island are overwhelming with happiness.It is beautiful comments like yours that compels us to give our best in delivering services to our clients. Our Morale has really been boosted by your awesome description of your stay at Chale Island. It is our prayer that you will definitely revisit us...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful place, from the views, ocean walks, fresh sea food. Watch out for the rocks on the beach. Kayaking was a jolly good time, the massage parlor was absolutely great. Service was exceptional. The penthouse suite complete with Jacuzzi on the roof top was more than we could have wished for. The boat ride/tractor ride to cross the ocean was...

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TheSands-Kenya, Front Office Manager at The Sands At Chale Island, responded to this review

Our hearts are filled with satisfaction to learn that we exceeded your expectations. we are extremely happy that your holiday with us was a success. it is just overwhelming to know that you liked everything about us. we appreciate that you find time to positively comment on our facility. Thank you and we hope to see you soon. Karibu

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sands At Chale Island

Address: P.O. Box 5546 | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Price Range: $143 - $567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sands At Chale Island 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
The Sands At Chale Island Hotel Diani
Sands At Chale Island Ukunda
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
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“A Banda is a good choice!”
 of 5 bubbles hennipuh, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“beach view banda”
  • Mosquito breeding ground in the bathroom....not cool
  • sun bed....disgusting, getiing it covered (not replaced took an entire day
 of 5 bubbles Christoph2708, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“Standard rooms were good. Upper rooms better views.”
 of 5 bubbles kara934, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“Rooms either face the inlet or the sea both are equally as nice as the other.”
 of 5 bubbles johnnymittan2017, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“Penthouse Suite is THE place to be”
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