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Boutique Hotel - Kenya

The Sands at Chale Island


  • Located directly on the beach of an isolated island

  • Forget about reality and reconnect with your self

  • One of the most environment-friendly hotels in Kenya

  • A white-sand beach and the turquoise ocean make all of your island getaway dreams come true

  • The interior design complements the traditional architecture


Burrowed in the bay of the quaint Chale Island lies The Sands at Chale Island. With the white-sand beach on its doorstep, the resort invites you to forget about reality on this tropical island getaway.

The island divides into two parts: the resort and “Kaya,” the sacred forest. Walk along the shore’s powdery coral sand and immerse yourself in the peaceful isolation of Kenya’s private beach.



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The boutique hotel is 12 kilometers south of Diani Beach, 600 meters from the mainland, and nestled in the middle of a 60,000 m² forest area. When you take a boat over to the island hotel, the journey itself will take your breath away. Notice the crystal clear waters and its colorful coral reefs. And in the distance, you will begin to see the lush forest that you will call home for the next few nights. The hotel is a perfect combination of elegance, romance, and beautiful nature.

Built specifically from natural building materials, it’s one of the most environment-friendly hotels in Kenya.

Since nature and the environment are of utmost importance, The Sands at Chale Island integrates its facilities with its beautiful surroundings. That’s why it’s one of Kenya’s lowest impact hotels. Discover serenity and the tranquility of nature through the hotel’s perfect combination of the white beach, tropical plants, laid back island flair, and the famous Kenyan hospitality. Right next to the reception is a refreshing freshwater pool which directly links to the jacuzzi via a small waterfall. There is also a spa, fitness area, and a saltwater pool with direct access to the sea. Other facilities include an internet cafe, a boutique, and a laundry service.

The 60 rooms, Bandas (Swahili: small house), and suites feature Swahili-style furnishings and elegant design with African art objects. Mahogany wood and antique furniture define the accommodation’s character.

Standard Room - The 28 spacious semi-circular en-suite rooms have a private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, and a breezy veranda that faces the ocean.

Chale Bandas - These ground-level bungalows have thatched roofs and a veranda and private garden overlooking the glistening ocean. You can choose between Chale Beach Bandas and Chale Lagoon Bandas. The Chale Beach Bandas offers a magnificent view over the Chale Bay, while the Chale Lagoon Bandas provides a fascinating view of the Chale Channel.

Penthouse - Enjoy the upper-level 270-degree panoramic view over the ocean and island. They also feature a separate living room, veranda, and an upstairs grotto with a jacuzzi on the roof facing the sunset.

Overwater Suite - Wake up to the water literally at your doorstep. They offer stunning views of Bird Island, Gazi Bay, and, in the distant sunset, the Shimba Hills. The suites feature a large bedroom with a bathroom complemented by an additional living room. A ladder leads you into the sea.

Suite on the Rocks - The separate islet suite connects to the main island via a stone bridge. These gorgeous rooms feature a thatched roof that plunges in the middle allowing rainwater to fall directly into a mini garden in the center of the room. A stone staircase leads to an upstairs lounge. Unwind in your jacuzzi on your private veranda that faces the rugged cliffs.

Snuggled in the center of the island is the “Maisha Poa” (Swahili: good life) Spa and wellness center. The natural surroundings provide the perfect ambience to relax. Pamper yourself in one of the nine open-air treatment rooms.

Next to the spa, you will find the fitness room that overlooks the saltwater pool. “Diving The Crab” is a world-renowned PADI center and also offers a daily watersports program. Choose between snorkeling trips, kayaking, windsurfing, diving (PAD/SSI), and other exciting activities!

You can look forward to every meal at the hotel’s main restaurant. From Kenyan flavors to a healthy twist of Italian zest, and a touch of Orient inspiration, all of the cuisine will have your mouth watering. The main bar and Galana pool bar serve refreshing cocktails perfect for the warm temperatures.

  • You can find information about the current COVID-19 hygiene protocols on the property’s website and on-site.

Closest city: Mombasa

Closest airport: Mombasa Moi International Airport

Number of rooms: 60

Included in the room rate

  • 1 night including half board in a standard room

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 15.04. - 30.06.21

Our recommendation

  • 7 nights including half board in a Standard Room
  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 15.04. - 30.06.21


  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips
  • Insurance
  • Visa, if required

Services & Notes

  • Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 10:00

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