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The Sands At Chale Island
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
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Losone, Switzerland
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“a dream place for a rest after safari”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

one of my favourite places in kenya, good for short trips, after a safari, the beach is not the best, great food and service. a small resort to rest and be safe from mass tourism.
not so good for families or single, perfect for couples or friends.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

The Sands at Chale Island is an ideal location if you are looking for sun, sand and quiet. It has the benefit of being away from the 'busy'ness of Diani which means no beach boys or hawkers. The bandas facing the ocean are lovely and there is a constant breeze so even if the sun becomes too much, there is always a gentle breeze. The white sand beach is gorgeous - although small. At high tide, the ocean is wonderful for dipping and at low tide is good for checking out the tide pools.

The service by the staff was excellent in the restaurant and on the beach. The free 30 minute massage was lovely and the location of the spa is wonderful... each 'room' is a little hut set in the mangroves. The pools were well maintained and designed.

The food was fine (buffet meals) - nothing to write home about but nothing to really complain about. The fresh fish at lunch and dinner was good and the fruit was plentiful. The pasta was good (after all, this is an Italian property.) It would get a bit boring after a few days I imagine. We did try the seafood restaurant (an additional charge) and while the ambiance and the starters were good, the main entrees (crab and lobster) were not well-seasoned or cooked. It was nice to have plenty of water on the table.

My friend went scuba diving and found the divemaster to be excellent and the prices much more reasonable than on Diani.

All in all, a very relaxing location - a great getaway from Nairobi. Not sure there is enough to do if you are coming to be very active.

Room Tip: Bandas 17 - 30 face the open ocean. (These are the best). Bandas 1 - 13 face an inlet. You defini...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

While the location is out of this world, the basics are very very poor. An all inclusive (full board) booking will give you some of the worst meals you ever experience. The waffle maker does not know how the appliance opperates, breakfast runs out of Bacon, Coffee is stale, beef scallops are so tough it is impossible to cut, the cook fries merilly on the calamari untill it is grade a rubber!! This place needs a good food and bev manager and fast, for the price of staying at Chale the food is shocking !!! The rest is surreal, the beach is perfect, the rooms are great, servcie in general is not bad, I think the manager or owner or both have become so complacent that they think the island by itself is enough of an attraction, wake up !!

Room Tip: The rooms on the water is something spectacular
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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edinburgh
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Chale island is a small coral island located about 12km south of Diani Beach.

Although such a small distance it is a world away from the usual mass tourism.

It has a wealth of animal and bird life,naturalsprings and salt lakes in the interior and we went there for the day for the guided tour walk etc.

Chale island is a nature reserve and one third of which is dedicated to the hotel complex.

On the bay with the beautiful white sandy beach is the open air restaurant serving a rich variety of Africanand international dishes and there is a thatched roofed bar for cool drinks.

If the tide is out you are taken by tractor to the island.

Chale island is fully furnished with antiques not only in the public areas but in the guest rooms.

When we arrived we were greeted with a welcome cocktail and then started the island guided walk which takes around one and a half hours.

You will need good walking shoes as rocky and stumps of trees coming from nowhere!!

We were then ready for an excellent lunch which is buffet and we chose seafood which was excellent and plenty of local fruits plus free drinks and tea or coffee.

After lunch we took a boat trip which leads you through the mangroove forest of Gazi Bay.

We then returned in time for afternoon tea and a laze ont he beach and then time to go back.

A lovely day out.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We just loved it at Chale....it was a brilliant time we had as a couple after getting married....loved the nice above the water bandas......was just an awesome experience......the lovely sunsets and the jaccuzi overlooking the ocean......loved the food, the bar and the barman....who made our evenings into relaxing and carefree world....

Room Tip: make sure the jaccuzi works....
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 8, 2011

Chale Island is a realy special place. The only hotel on the island. rest of the island is a natural reserve. very quiet. Beach only for you. Food realy good.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

chale is a beautiful island! but i had some mixed opinions about various aspects as per my review below...

beach - beautiful white powdery - shells and rocks are more apparent off the main beach.
(seaweed is forked away by workers daily)

gardens - stunning array of tropial plants with water lily pools, and various trees including the mangrove forest ...colobus monkeys swing around and lots of butterflies and birds...bouganvillia bushes splash alot of colour everywhere.

rooms - standard banda was large and comfortable although there was no dressing table stool/chair ?
bed - large and good mattress.
windows - tinted and do not open; sound proof so once you close them, you don't hear much of the ocean which i personally love to hear!
bathroom - remember no hot showers during the day! well you can keep the heater on all night and use sparingly
airconditioning - setting just blew warm air around; so you will need to adjust it properly although it was so windy we fortunately didn't need it.

veranda - very nice with a bed and little table and seat...view was interrupted by scanty trees but still very pretty and private

staff - all pleasant and helpful
service - very efficient

food - well prepared and a good buffet daily (sunday night was a pool dinner with a live band - v good...delicious jumbo king prawns and lobsters - divine!!!)

scenaries - all round lovely - don't miss the sunsets from the water villas or the sea water pool deck!

dining area - this was where i had major issues!
the chairs were most uncomfortable - more like out-dated lounge chairs - hard to sit on and eat ; and when you sat back you were too far from the table!
buffet area was small so you did have to wait for long intervals to serve (i ended up always going late for meals when there were no other guests)
they only give one bottle of water per meal time and prices of drinks is very high so be prepared!
music - they had piped music in dining area, tea/coffee area and the bar and it was awful - i know music is subjective but in the beauty of such ambience to play r&b pop is just so misplaced.
it spoilt the entire atmosphere and made meal times rather unpleasant....

i also could not understand why they did not serve coffee at tea time! but had a variety of over 10 types of herbal teas...

it was a treat to visit as the beauty of the island was apparent ...but with the few not so enjoyable aspects, and for the price paid...i am not sure if i would visit again...

nevertheless....
as a delightful parting shot...
there was a sea turtle who had laid her eggs just outside the veranda under the rock and it was priceless to see her come in the dead of night to check on her nest!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Sands At Chale Island
Address: P.O. Box 5546 | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sands At Chale Island 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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 
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