The Sands at Chale Island: Our full report
The Sands at Chale Island is a stylish and private beach resort located on the 900m by 300m Chale Island.Situated just a stone's throw off Kenya's mainland, the resort occupies the north of the island, while the southern part is covered by indigenous forest and is actually a Mijikenda kaya – one of this people's ancestral village sites that are scattered along the Kenyan coast. The Sands at Chale has been designed to blend in perfectly with the island's natural environment and the lodge emphasises low-impact, sustainable tourism.
We haven't yet visited The Sands at Chale but we know its sister hotel on Diani Beach, The Sands at Nomad, and we would expect a similar level of comfort and service on Chale Island.
Meanwhile, here's what we know about the hotel:
The Sands at Chale has 60 rooms with six different room types:
The hotel has three swimming pools: the main pool by reception; a second pool with a pool bar, near standard rooms; and a third, saltwater pool is a pool on the other side of the island next to the spa. The Maishoa Poa Spa and wellness centre has nine open-air treatment rooms and the fitness room is equipped with a range of cardio machines and weights.
The hotel's private beach is protected by a coral reef and has white sand and usually very clear sea.
The hotel's two restaurants serve Kenyan, Italian and Asian dishes. The main bar, situated between the reception and the main restaurant, is open all day and also does coffee.
If you're looking for some alternatives to idle relaxation, there are plenty of activities on offer: beach or boat snorkelling, kayaking, game fishing and glass bottom boat or catamaran sailing trips. The on-site PADI and SSI dive centre will take guests to exceptional dive sites. And you can easily arrange excursions to the shops and restaurants at Diani Beach, the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park (a little further south) and to a local fishing village.
We think the Sands at Chale is a good spot if you're looking for a secluded beach stay on the Kenyan coast. We get the impression they offer plenty of options for planning your stay individually. Please note, however, that with 60 rooms this is one of the larger properties we feature on the coast. We will post more details as soon as we have them, and meanwhile please call us for the latest information.
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