After being on a safari for 6 days, it was nice to relax by the ocean for a few days before the end of our trip. If you're looking for a place that is more or less isolated with not much customer service then Sand Island Cottages is the place for you.
The beach was clean and not very crowded. I spent the first morning on the beach and met several of the local people. They were very nice and happy to tell me what the area has to offer. It's a fun experience to order fish from the fishermen on the beach. Then in the evening Ali and his assistant prepared a wonderful meal. It was the best food of the whole trip. Before you go to the grocery store, make a list of everything you'll need because it's a long taxi ride to the store. The workers in the store were very helpful in assisting us with our 3 carts of groceries!
It would have been a more pleasant stay if a few things could have been done. In the evening, there is a nice breeze close to the ocean. However, there was no breeze in the cottages or when sitting on the porch. Sleeping would have been much more comfortable if they would have ceiling fans in the cottages. I found out later you could have requested a fan from the office. This would have been nice if they could have informed us of that at the beginning of our stay. They really need to buy new sheets and towels! They may have been clean but they looked worn out and had a few spots. Not sure how clean the sheets were since I never needed to get under them because it was so hot in the room. The bathrooms need to be remodeled. There wasn't much room to put anything down and I really didn't want any of my things to touch the floor. There was a trail of ants on the wall in the kitchen. And if you do stay there, I would make sure all your food is put away. The first night there we saw a rat on a bag of bread we left on the counter. I realize for the cost of the cottages I wasn't expecting 5-star treatment, but I think more effort in explaining their services and new towels and sheets wouldn't be too much to ask for and because of this I don't think I would return to Sand Island Cottages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sand Island Beach is comprised of ten fully self contained cottages - which sleep between 2 and eight depending on which one you take - 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
- Also Known As:
- Sand Island Beach Cottages Hotel Mombasa