3 hours but a million miles away

If you want to escape the city to find an oasis of tranquility and beauty, Chale Island is a private island bliss. From Nairobi, Chale Island is just a short 3 hour hop away – including a one hour domestic flight from Nairobi to Ukunda, followed by a 30 – minute ride to Chale Island.

Also known as the ‘Eden of Kenya’, the island is nestled in nature, among colourful flora and fauna, including a teeming coral reef, resident colubus monkeys, rich bird life and a mangrove forest.

The resort boasts a private powder-white beach only accessible by the hotel guests.

In addition to all this natural beauty, Chale Island also offers a wide variety of activities to choose from:

  • try diving with Diving the Crab, the local dive center;
  • relax at the Spa, blended into the heart of the island and perfectly integrated with nature;
  • kayak or SUP through the mangrove forests.

With six different room types available, offering a spacious and comfortable stay, Chale Island is ‘3 hours but a million miles away’.

The Hotel

Specifically built with nature and the environment in mind, The Sands at Chale Island is one of the most low impact hotels in Kenya.

Spread out to offer the utmost in privacy and romance, even when at full capacity one has a tremendous feeling of peace, tranquility and seclusion.

The combination of white beach, tropical plants, laid back island flair and Kenyan hospitality is what dreams are made of.

Pools

There are three swimming pools on Chale Island.

Beside the reception is the main fresh water swimming pool, built with local stone and connected by a small waterfall to a sixteen seater Jacuzzi. Plentiful sun beds are scattered around the generous pool surround.

Located between the Standard Rooms is another swimming pool area with pool bar and sun beds. Enjoy the tranquility and relax with magnificent panorama views on the Indian Ocean.

On the other side of the Island by the SPA and fitness area is a salt-water swimming pool with steps leading directly into the sea at high tide offering a magical swim through the mangroves to the main jetty.

Environment

Every effort has been made to keep the natural vegetation of the Island intact.

All gardens and imported plants are carefully integrated into the Island’s original flora with an aim at increasing the indigenous wildlife.

Reception

The spacious circular reception area, with its lofty roof is where you will be welcomed by our friendly reception team.

Caressed by the gentle breeze from the Indian Ocean and with a stunning view of the beach, our welcome drink and laid back check-in will set the pace for the rest of your holiday.

Guest Services

In addition to all-standard hotel services our guest relation’s team can also arrange safaris to any of Kenya’s world class National parks.

What better way to crown your holiday than with a flying safari to the renowned Masai Mara to see the big five in their natural habitat.

Structures

Chale Island is a contemporary mix of Swahili structures, Italian stucco, Lamu furniture, objects of African art and varnished Mahogany.

Great care has been taken not only to preserve the natural environment of the island, but also to give a truly Kenyan feel by only using natural Kenyan products.

All buildings are constructed with locally quarried coral blocks and are roofed with high, palm leaf “Makuti” thatch. Internal walls are finished with Kenyan made Italian “stucco Venezziano” in hues of pale pink and blue.

The aim was and is “the buildings should be elegant but not luxurious, blending into the natural environment and reflecting the traditional architecture with a minimum four star standard”.