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The Sands at Chale Island

Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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#7 of 38 hotels in Diani Beach
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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.
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Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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ma_rogers81 wrote a review 22 Jun
Hong kong9 contributions4 helpful votes
I visited Sands @ Chale with my wife and two young boys (4 and 1). We stayed for 8 nights on a full board basis. We had a great time relaxing, as much as you can with two young kids. The beach Banda was great, very spacious for all of us and lots of space outside too, having direct access to the beach was very handy. We enjoyed spending time at 2 out of 3 of the pools they have. Every staff member was superb and were happy to help any request. The island is so beautiful and it was a bonus to see so many colobus monkeys, which are usually hard to see. We even fed Bobbi the bush baby after dinner, the boys loved this! The food was really good, especially the pasta and fresh fish station at dinner. We would definitely come back to stay again and will be recommending it to our friends.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Go full board for sure. You are on an island, so getting off and going into Diani is harder than...
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dtlb850 wrote a review 06 Jun
Panacea, Florida7 contributions
I can’t even begin to explain how spectacular our trip was! I travel all over the world and this might be my new favorite! Please take a minute to check out the beautiful photos… they don’t even begin to do the beauty of this place justice! Pools? Perfect! Beach? Perfect! Food? Yummy! Wildlife? Amazing! Spa? TALENTED AND PEACEFUL! Hospitality? Impeccable! I’m still here, checking out tomorrow and I couldn’t even wait to write this! The spa makes my top three in the world and I’ve five-star spa’ed in almost every state in the US, all across Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and Central/South America. Let me also explain that we are from Florida and while we are used to heat and humidity, we are spoiled by strong AC all the time. The first night in our bungalow was warmer than we like it and management promptly resolved the issue and brought us a fan. They did absolutely everything to make our stay absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to come back again and bring my friends!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
pearldrop22 wrote a review May 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
We recently stayed at Sands at Chale for 5 nights. The check in was smooth and we were shown to our penthouse which was beautiful. However as there was only ourselves and 2 other couples, the hotel seemed to be cutting corners to save costs. Both me and my partner had a reaction to the water that was probably not been treated correctly. On one of the days we had been at the pool and then just as we left we realised my partner had left his shades at the poolside. We went back straight away and the shades were not there. My partner then asked to speak to the manager as obviously it is not right that his shades went missing like this. We were told the manager is not available even though we could see he was just sitting there with his family. So my partner then insisted he wanted to see the manager, on which the manager Andreas came and instead of checking what the matter is and being polite to his guests( the ones giving him the most business staying in the penthouse ) he decides to be rude and shout and say this is my house etc. Not the way to treat your guests. After this surprise surprise the shades miraculously appeared back where we had checked already by the pool. The manager Andreas was seen every day just sitting around, not doing much. The hotel is beautiful and most of the staff were amazing but unfortunately the manager needs to be aware of how to treat guests.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Chale Island, Other at The Sands at Chale Island
Responded 08 May 2021
Good morning from Chale island, we are really disappointed to read all this, instead of writing to us an apology the way you tried in a very embarrassing fashion during your stay, you post something like this…? wow, especially avoiding to say that the only miracle was that during that scene both of you could still stand on your own feet, walking around all days with your alcoholic beverage that you brought with you more than once even puking around the hotel public area??? You misplace your shades (found exactly where you were) and scream at the reception that the amazing staff of the hotel, as you call them, were all thieves and of course the manager tried to protect our own house and the rest of the few guests who were in-house during the same period, shocked about your non sober behavior, loud own music walking around with you in a very embarrassing manner. About business, yes we really need in this particular period. BUT your type and way does not match at all with our environment
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Mrbillone wrote a review Mar 2021
Montana76 contributions10 helpful votes
I cannot begin to say enough about this resort, island, staff and stay. It's all amazing. The ambiance and atmosphere are just the beginning. The staff are as friends and family. The food is outstanding. Every dish made to spec... in taste and appearance not to mention the vast selection. FYI- I now have 10 lbs to take back off! :o) We stayed a week before going to Zanzibar and immediately realized Zanzibar was a waste and headed back to Chale for another week stay. I can't begin to tell you how much I miss this place since returning to Montana, USA. I hope to be back very soon!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Tower rooms in my opinion are best.
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Response from Chale Island, Other at The Sands at Chale Island
Responded 13 May 2021
Hello, Immense regards from the entire Chale Island team, we must say that we derived tremendous joy from hosting you in our resort. Thank you for taking your time to share your unforgettable experience in Chale. We are glad your stay with us was such a success and we are waiting with abated breath for your return so that we can commence from whence we ceased. Thank you once more and see you soon.
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AppleNick wrote a review Mar 2021
Munich, Germany26 contributions11 helpful votes
My family and i finally made it to Chale Island. Wanted to go for almost one year - then corona came. We spontaneously rebooked our trip and came to this magic place. First arriving at the island by boat was simply stunning. Really like paradise. The landscape, plants and of course the sea. Just stunning and breathtaking. We had booked a beach banda for the entire stay. This house was really right at the beach. You couldn’t be any closer. The beach is just gorgeous. White and fine sand, turquoise sea, comfortable beds. What could you want more? The food was always fresh, nicely prepared and very tasty. Especially the pasta. I am absolutely picky with pasta - it must be absolutely al dente. They offered italian pasta - my kids and i loved it. I highly recommend this island. It was definitely a dream vacation. Also the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The general manager is a very lovely and helpful person and is really interested in making everyone’s stay as perfect as possible.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Chale Island, Other at The Sands at Chale Island
Responded 13 May 2021
Hey, We would like to begin by expressing our gratitude towards you for granting us an opportunity to be at your service. We appreciate that you squeezed time out of your schedule to put in a word of recommendation for us and eventually we are glad that your vacation at our establishment was a success. It is our hope to host you again during your next holiday.
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US$199 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sands at Chale Island
Which popular attractions are close to The Sands at Chale Island?
Nearby attractions include Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest (5.5 km) and Bora Bora Widlife Park (7.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sands at Chale Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Sands at Chale Island?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sands at Chale Island?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Sands at Chale Island have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Sands at Chale Island offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sands at Chale Island?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sands at Chale Island?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Does The Sands at Chale Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.