The Sands at Chale Island – Kenya

Found within an indigenous ancient forest, the Sands at Chale Island resort is a romantic oasis for nature lovers seeking a quiet escape. Here guests will find gardens, a white sand beach and a colorful and healthy coral reef to explore. Guests will also find 60 rooms spread out throughout the resort, 2 of which reside over the water. These two rooms are luxurious in both size and amenities, crafting the perfect stay.

In addition to the resort's rooms, guests will find various ocean activities, lots of nearby land excursions, dining and drinking options and a fitness center and resort spa. Those who love an all-inclusive resort will find that there are all-inclusive options available as well. Reviews are strong, detailing the many guests who love this resort.


The Sands at Chale Island resort is located within 15 acres of ancient forest on an island 600 meters off the south coast of Kenya.


 2 Luxury overwater bungalows

  • Beds: 1 Kingsize bed
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Room service: Yes (limited hours)

Special room features

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate sitting room
  • View of Bird Island
  • View of Gazi Bay
  • View of Shimba Hills
  • Direct lagoon access
  • Outside sitting area
  • Inside sitting area
  • Tiled flooring
  • Private deck
  • Wrap around patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hair dryer


  • Low season online specials from US$684 per night
  • High season online specials from US$778 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Main Restaurant
  • The Galana pool bar
  • Main Bar

Resort features

  • 3 swimming pools
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Private beach
  • Fitness center
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Free self parking
  • Free breakfast
  • All inclusive options
  • Smoking areas
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Gift shop
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Sun beds by pools
  • Sixteen seater jacuzzi
  • Gardens with imported plants
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Kayaking
  • Local catamaran sailing


The Naisha Poa spa offers guests 10 different treatment rooms as well as facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and massages.

Nearby activities

  • Diani-Chale Marine National Park and Reserve
  • Tiwi Beach and Mombasa Marine National Park
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve
  • For Jesus
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Fishing

What the reviews say

With positive reviews all around, this resort proves itself as one well worth the visit. Some high marks include the food, rooms and plentiful amount of activities to partake in and enjoy. Though some guests state that the resort is a bit far out of the way and difficult to reach, nearly all of them agree that in the end, the location doesn't matter as the resort makes up for it 10 fold. It is stated a few times however, that this resort caters to nature lovers who find interest in the sea and it's creatures. If you're not an ocean lover, then you may want to look elsewhere as there isn't much else to do outside of water activities and land hikes.

Getting there

To reach the Sands at Chale Island resort, you'll first fly into Nairobi and then take the Nairobi – Mombases highway for 4 and 1/2 hours to Chale Island.

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