The Sands at Chale Island

Reviews of The Sands at Chale Island

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Below are independent comments from 1 of our travellers who have visited The Sands at Chale Island, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss G. from Newark
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Sands at Chale Island review

The island is beautiful. It's great fun taking the boat or the tractor on the very short ride from the mainland to the island. We were booked to stay in the overwater suite which was amazing. Out of the 6 places we stayed in Kenya this room was the best. It was massive with a large walk in wardrobe, a living room with mini bar and the bedroom had air conditioning. It was all open plan with loads of windows from which you could see the sea and the mangroves. The decking was nice with a day bed and sun loungers and steps down into the sea.

The only draw back on the overwater suite is that it is situated on the other side of the island from the main resort and is a little isolated. The walk at night to the restaurant is quite dark although there are some lights our torch came in handy. As we were celebrating our honeymoon the gave us a complimentary upgrade to all inclusive, two free spa treatments and a bottle of wine in the room which was very kind and appreciated.

It is a big resort so the main buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be quite busy. The food was good and there was a wide variety of choice.  We also tried the a la carte restaurant which was practically empty the whole time. The food was nice but the menu small.  All the staff were very friendly and helpful.

The beach was very pretty and the pools good. We used the saltwater pool a lot as it's the closest to the overwater suite. We loved the daily activities around the island that they provide like the mangrove tours. If we had been staying for longer we would have taken more advantage of them. The phone app they have is really handy as it has a map of the island and details of what activities are on for the next few days.

I had read reviews online that Chale had a different time zone and it seemed to be causing a lot of confusion, luckily they seem to have done away with it. The spa was beautiful. The rooms are open-air dotted around the mangroves. We tried 4 treatments in total and really enjoyed all of them. The beauticians were really good.

The only thing that would have enhanced our stay would have been if they hadn't removed the plunge pool from our decking. On their website they have youtube videos of all the rooms and ours showed a plunge pool. It would have been handy to take a dip when the tide is out to save you walking up to the pool if you are sun bathing in the room. Put it back please for the next time we stay.

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