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The Sands at Chale Island

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Private beach, white sand, sun loungers, beach umbrellas
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
In-room safe, desk, free cribs/infant beds, rollaway beds

Overview of The Sands at Chale Island

The Sands at Chale Island

4 out of 5

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationChale Beach1 min drive
  • Popular LocationKaya Kinondo Sacred Forest19 min drive
  • Popular LocationDiani Beach22 min drive
  • AirportMombasa (MBA-Moi Intl.)68 min drive

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About this area

Chale Island

Located in Chale Island, The Sands at Chale Island is on a private beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Diani - Chale Marine National Park and Reserve and Diani Beach.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Chale Beach - 1 min drive
  • Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest - 19 min drive
  • Diani Beach - 22 min drive
  • Tiwi Beach - 32 min drive
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve - 56 min drive

Getting around

  • Mombasa (MBA-Moi Intl.) - 68 min drive


  • Chapateria — 1 min walk
  • Chale Island — 1 min walk
  • Jolly Bar Restaurant Diani — 15 min drive
  • Jahazi Beach Bar — 15 min drive
  • Bidi Badu Beach Restaurant — 18 min drive

About this property

The Sands at Chale Island

4-star lodge with pools, private beach, full-service spa
Catch some rays on The Sands at Chale Island's private white sand beach or spend the day relaxing at the full-service spa. Then enjoy a meal at one of the lodge's 2 restaurants. All 60 rooms offer room service, free bottled water, and hair dryers. Other amenities available to guests include safes, desks, and free toiletries.
The Sands at Chale Island offers 60 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary bottled water and hair dryers. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes. Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are also available. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.
3 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a private beach and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Naisha Poa has 10 treatment rooms. Services include facials, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures.

All inclusive details

All-inclusive room rates at The Sands at Chale Island are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Taxes are included.

Food and beverages

All buffet meals, snacks, and local non-alcoholic beverages included

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • All buffet meals, snacks, and local non-alcoholic beverages included
  • 2 restaurants and 1 coffee shop/café
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Fitness center
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Motor boating
  • Motorized watercraft
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling

Family friendly

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Private beachfront location
  • Terrace


  • 10 treatment rooms
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massages
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in stairways


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Safe
  • Turndown service

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Check-in from noon - 6:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance to arrange check-in.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 210.0 per day
Free cribs (infant beds)

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 210.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No onsite parking is available
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

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Rating 5 - Excellent. 65 out of 89 reviews
5 - Excellent 73%
Rating 4 - Good. 22 out of 89 reviews
4 - Good 25%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 89 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Amazing once in a lifetime...Until you return again! 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!
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
A one of a kind -amazing place! We liked it so well we extended our stay in Kenya to return for another week. The location, property, food, staff and atmosphere make this place a once in a lifetime experience- well at least until you return again. The beaches and reefs are perfect for exploring, snorkeling etc. The rooms- bungalows are very clean, private and well kept with amazing views. The staff is extremely friendly and I can’t begin to tell you about the quality and assortment of food offered throughout the day. I am so glad to have found Sands of Chale! It clearly is now on my top list of places to stay again future. Thank you!
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great location ideal for couples!
It’s a great island resort and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff are understanding and ready to help. They even went so far as to do something special for my birthday! Very nice personal touch, which is much appreciated! Just one thing to remember is that they shut off the electricity (which could be good for a holiday without devices!) between 10-5 everyday, except in the penthouse and the suite on the rocks (please correct me if I missed any others). So, bear this in mind when you book.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The staff made us feel like we were at home. And went out of there way to accommodate us in every way. Will definitely be returning.
Stayed 7 nights in Feb 2020

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Good, but not $225 a night good.
Overall, this was an okay place. For an average of $225 per night, I would have expected much more. Service was above average. Food was about what I would expect on a cruise ship. Pretty good, but nothing that will blow your socks off. It is a buffet, and how many buffets have you been to that you've said "this is one of the best meals I have had!"... likely none. On the island, it is beautiful. That said, there isn't that much to do beyond beaching, handing by the pool. Which is if it your thing that works, yet it is rather limited. The rooms are again, just okay. For $225 I would have expected much more. They had a musty smell to them and with no air conditioning for 10 am - 5 pm, it leaves little place to escape the heat during the day. The bathroom isn't fully sealed to the outside, which leaves room for bugs, and you will get them. Hot water didn't work for us, we followed the instructions and left the red switch on for 15 minutes, and got nothing. For $225 a night: I would expect a flawless memorable experience. I would expect a super spectacular greeting with coconut drinks, red carpet rolled out, all the amenities, and best in class meals. Unfortunately you aren't going to get that here. I would recommend finding a property on Diani beach for half the price, and opening yourself up to other beach options and restaurants of your choosing.
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2019