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“Absolutely Gorgeous”

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Sand Island Beach Cottages
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Tiwi
Certificate of Excellence
Milan, Italy
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely Gorgeous”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you are looking for paradise this is THE place.
So many excellent reviews and some friends coming made us chose Sand Island.
Experience went beyond expectations.
It is a lovely, isolated, beautiful place where times flows away watching at the stars at night, walking on the beach, swimming when the tide is up and walking on the incredible island (the sand island) when the tide is down.
All you need is there, fresh fish, fruit and vegetable, the best samosas, and the important adds in the office.
But on top of all what makes the difference in the place are people.
Being in the need to visit the hospital, nothing serious fortunately, we found ourselves asking to be dismissed in the evening because we wanted to go "home". And home was our cottage, still waiting for us despite our due check out in the morning.
The hospitality we had from Art and Cheryl was above the line, pure generosity.
We will never forget this holiday and we strongly recomend Sand Island.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay here with us so much and especially that your son recovered so quickly. We try to make Sand Island feel as much like 'home' as possible so really pleased that you felt this and we had the pleasure of hosting you and your family for an extra night. For our part we enjoyed meeting you all and miss going past the cottage and not seeing the lovely decorations made by your daughter and you never know, we may very well be visiting you someday soon. Thank you for taking the time to review us - always very much appreciated.
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The website and reviews do not lie........... its perfect for relaxing as long as you don't need any night life! It felt the safest place we stayed in 3 weeks in E Africa. Booking was straightforward. Take snorkel and mask if you have them and shoes to protect feet from rocks and sea urchins. Pre-booked driver ( Chideri) collected us from Mombasa airport, and took us to supermarket on the way. You do not need bottled water as there is a drinking water tap in kitchens at Sand Island. Do plan your shopping list as there are no shops near Sand Island. However Cheryl and Arty (managers) have a small range of basics for sale in the office. Do try the grapefruit grown on site! Our cottage ( Simu) was clean and airy with good mosquito netting around the double bed and an additional fan available. Cooker and fridge have seen better days but work. We shared a cook with relatives in another cottage. Fresh fish, prawns, crab etc available daily and were the base for delicious meals. We had a bag of flour and she made fresh bread for us too. Samosas available daily from visiting vendor....... both meat and veggie ones were tasty. Fresh fruit also sold on beach daily. The fire at Nairobi airport on the day we were to leave Sand Island meant we were stuck at the beach with no accommodation. We were able to use the office computer and phone to make essential contact with airlines, insurers etc. Arty arranged for us to view Hill Park ( next door) and we moved there, but kept popping back to Sand Island as Cheryl and Arty were such good hosts. Pizza at Hill Park was freshly prepared and cooked and delicious, but not quick. Check out the night askari at Sand Island and see his bow and arrows. They are quite enough to put off any intruders! We hope to return one day.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank dodoUk
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Obviously you finally made it home and hope that your accommodation in Zurich was good. It was such a pleasure to have you to stay although sorry we couldn't help for the last few days. Good to hear about the Pizza as helpful to pass on to other guests and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Our stay at Sand Island was simply perfect and we could not find a single fault with this idyllic location. The owners Art and Cheryl went out of their way to ensure we had everything we could possibly need and were able to provide us with endless information to ensure our 8 days were well spent. Our cook Mohamed treated us to daily cuisines making the most the fresh fish bought from the friendly local beach boys. We thought after a few days at Sand Island we would be keen to explore other areas but after only a few hours in Diani we were missing our normal routine!

Thank you Art and Cheryl for your fantastic hospitality, we will without a doubt come back to visit you again, hopefully soon!

Best Wishes

Louise and Matt Hills

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
It was wonderful to have you stay with us for your belated honeymoon and to share the first bottle of bubbles together. Having a cook is always a great option as it allows you to enjoy the fresh fish and seafood without the hassle of making it and you then get more time to spend on the beach, in the sea or the national sport of Sand Island - 'chilling with a book'. Come back to visit soon.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

My stay here was just superb, the owners were so welcoming and delightful. Planning the trip was extremely easy with prompt email replies and in-depth descriptions of anything I questioned about. It is so peaceful and calming here and you are able to chill out at the beach without being bothered by beach boys. The owners are so friendly and when I went to buy noodles for my dinner I was offered prawns, garlic and ginger to go with it, delivered personally to my cottage. Then when there was the fire at the Nairobi International Airport they were so helpful in making sure everyone staying had somewhere to go, even if they were meant to check out, going so far as to offer space in their home. The cottages are clean, cool and have everything you need. Staying here is just so easy and like the a more comfortable home away from home.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank ExcitedtoExplore
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you for a super review and we were very disappointed that you could not stay on the extra night. Your comment 'like a more comfortable home away from home' is very much appreciated as this is and has been our aim and good to know we are getting there. We hope we will have the chance to welcome you back sometime soon when you can spend more time in our little paradise.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

my partner and I stayed here back in April..and only life got in the way of me writing this review..to be honest, based on the reviews, we knew it'd be great..but I was slightly worried about the complete self catering aspect (even though that was really what also attracted us), as we were told there really was pretty much nothing other than a basket of fruit and veggies which could be provided.
Upon arrival to mombasa, after a long and tiresome journey, we were stopped at the supermarket, which annoyed my tired, hence grumpy partner who complained grocery shopping was not how he usually likes to start his holiday...anyway, the whole journey was tiring and i was starting to question my decision...worth to note we came from a rough terrain and had a long flight..
and then you arrive. and all and any doubt, negative feeling, tension just instantly disappears. the place is nothing short of a paradise. the cottage we had was gorgeous, the weather perfect, the fruits and veggies delicious, the fish delectable...i cant stop raving about it. it has become our bar by which we judge all other places... "lets find something like what we had in mombasa...is it like what we had in mombasa?...do u think its as nice as what we had in mombasa?".... the beach was good for snorkelling, although the rocks are hard on the feet, so bring water sandals..
being a globe trotter ive stayed in far too many places...and i can still safely say that is one of the most wonderful places ive been to. and the managers are the cherry on the cake, pure honey.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
It may have taken you a bit of time to write your revue but we do not appreciate it any less for that. Thank you and we are delighted and privileged to be used as your benchmark. The journey here can be very tiresome but it really is always well worth the effort. The least stressful way to get here from Nairobi is to fly into Ukunda, Diani, which is only 20 minutes from us with no ferry. The flight is just over an hour and the airlines are Safarilink, Air Kenya and Fly 540. Great supermarkets in Diani for your shopping and we always have cold beer and wine waiting in our fridge once you get here. For three days a couple of weeks ago we had whales playing off the beach - now that was the cherry on the cake!
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is a spectacular place of relaxation and tranquility! Beautiful ocean views and a friendly atmosphere that welcomes you like an old friend. The cottages are perfect and we enjoyed fresh seafood everyday prepared by our wonderful cook. We also did two of the trips: starfish colony and the Africa pools and both were fantastic! Our guide (Amos) was friendly, attentive and very knowledgable. It was truly an eye opening experience. I would highly recommend both of these little excursions (they are about two hours each in length). As well, if you are planning a trip into Mombasa, we would highly recommend our taxi driver Chideri who is professional and fair. He arranged a walking tour of Old Town with a local guide named Shariff. Chideri made sure we got a fair price for the tour and Shariff was awesome! He knew all sorts of interesting facts and knew pretty much every local we passed. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review us and also a special thank you for the help with the iPad - amazing when one knows how and now works a treat! It was super to meet you all and will pass on the positive comments to the fishermen who arrange the small trips here at Sand Island as we work very hard with them and encourage them to be 'knowledgeable, friendly guides' rather than 'irritating touts' one encounters on other beaches. I know it is a long way to come but do hope that we will see you all back at Sand Island one day.
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Perpignan, France
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Four days was not NEARLY enough to savour all that this extraordinarily unique corner of paradise offers - the biggest mistake we made was not leaving behind the garlic press (!!) but cancelling one day of our booking before we even got to Sand Island! Even though our wonderful hosts managed to find us space for another day we had so sadly already made other arrangements for that cancelled day. The lovely features of this place are almost too numerous to list but from the minute you arrive - even in the dark, feeling tired and travel battled you are welcomed warmly by the night watchman as if he had been waiting all day just for you! As you enter into the cottage you feel you are entering into a world free from worries, anxieties, pressures or demands. Everything you need is on hand (matches, fresh fish, samosas, wine!) and if you suddenly realise you have no tomatoes or milk, whatever time of day, then a visit to the office or a text message to Arty and quick as a flash along come the tomatoes and milk! All the reviews about Sand Island - the cottages, Cheryl and Arty - are all absolutely true - it is hard to say more than has already been said. Sand Island will leave its magical mark on anyone who stays there - it will get under your skin, it will draw you back, it will remain forever as a taste of heaven for anyone of any age, it is beckoning me back as I type...............

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
'Wow!' Thank you so much for this very kind review. We loved meeting you and having you to stay and so sorry you couldn't squeeze in the extra night. That being said, you have had the appetizer and so you have the main and the desert to look forward to. Sand Island really is a magical place where stress is an alien concept and like Kenya, it does get 'under your skin'. Good luck with the future prospects here in Kenya and if it all works out for you, we will be delighted to welcome you back on a regular basis.
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Property: Sand Island Beach Cottages
Address: Tiwi Beach, Tiwi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Tiwi
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Tiwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Sand Island Beach Cottages Hotel Mombasa

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