The team at The Sands at Chale are now fully vaccinated

As part of our ongoing commitment to offer you both outstanding service and a safe as possible vacation option, we’re delighted to announce that 100% of the team here at the Sands at Chale Island have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19.

As the only individual island resort in Kenya, The Sands at Chale Island is a unique destination that offers fantastic holiday opportunities on Kenya’s South Coast. With a private spa, fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities available on the surrounding coral reefs, great white sand beaches, and a beautiful mangrove forest to explore, visitors to The Sands at Chale will always find something new to do or discover…or they can simply relax by the pool with a cocktail and enjoy the stunning views!

We will continue to follow the guidance and safety advice from the Ministry of Health, and to follow the COVID protocols we have in the resort, that allow for safe distancing, an increase in the number of handwash stations available, and for our team to continue to wear masks, that have so far proven to be very effective in keeping both our guests and team members safe over these difficult months.

Along with the team at the resort, our partners at The Sands at Nomad,  Nomad Beach Bar, Diving The Crab, Lazy Days Private Beach House and the Thinking Green project have all also been fully vaccinated.

Kenyan Mini-Breaks at Chale Island

Everyone needs a holiday from time to time, a chance to unwind, switch off and reset, and a mini-break to the coast is the perfect solution for those who need a holiday but don’t have the time for a long escape.

The Sands at Chale Island is Kenya’s only individual resort island, guaranteeing your privacy and peace and quiet. It is the perfect place for couples, families and single travellers who want to simply stop, relax and enjoy the incredible beauty of Kenya’s South Coast.

Surrounded by Kenya’s coral reefs and the mangrove forests, Chale Island is located just off Diani Beach, recognised as one of the top beach destinations in Africa.

The resort, with its in-house spa, water sports centre and restaurants provides everything you need on the island, so all you need to worry about is how best to relax!

Those feeling the need to explore can join excursions to local villages, snorkel trips to discover the beautiful reefs that surround the island, or take the plunge and go diving with the team from Diving The Crab.

If you would like to find out more about staying at Chale Island, or our latest offers, contact the team here.

Chale Island Recognised by Holiday Check 2021

We’re delighted to announce that Chale Island has been recognised by Holiday Check, receiving a 5.6/6 rating on the guest review site. Holiday Check, an independent travel site popular amongst German speaking travellers, rates hotels and resorts based on reviews and feedback of the public who visit them.

We’re delighted that so many of our guests not only took the time to review their stay with us but also had such incredible experiences on our island hideaway off the Kenyan Coast that they choose to share with others.

Chale island offers a perfect retreat for those looking to enjoy a Kenyan Beach Holiday, or perhaps to add a relaxing mini-break to the end of a safari inland. Surrounded by beautiful coral seas, guests can relax on the white sand beaches, enjoy the spa, or simply sip cocktails by the pool under the sun.

Weddings at Chale Island

Surrounded by the beautiful blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Chale Island off Kenya’s South Coast is the perfect destination for those planning an amazing destination wedding. Open year-round, Chale island offers a romantic escape for those wanting to make their special day even more memorable.

The 60-room boutique resort can accommodate your wedding party and Chale’s experienced wedding planner can help work with you, or your own team, to create the perfect occasion for your celebration. Helping you choose the perfect location on the island for your ceremony, planning your wedding breakfast, arranging for photographers, florists and makeup artists (if needed), and providing recommendations for local entertainment so you and your loved one can dance the night away after surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

Chale island can be reached by a short flight from Nairobi or Mombasa to Ukunda, followed by a boat trip from the southern end of Diani beach to the private island. Our team is happy to help you coordinate all your transfers and put together bespoke wedding packages for you and your party, that cater to your specific needs.

Social distancing is in our DNA

At The Sands at Chale Island, we don’t have to enforce social distancing… it comes effortlessly. After months of lockdown and uncertainty it’s time for a much needed holiday in a destination where you can feel comfortable and safe, and where social distancing is available.

Privileged and remote location
Nestled in nature, The Sands at Chale Island has a privileged location, offering guests complete privacy and escapism. Despite its seemingly remote location, the island is just 30-minutes away from Ukunda Airport, making it easily accessible.

Secluded white sandy beach
Guests can enjoy a private white sandy beach in the secluded bay of the island – the only beach in Kenya that can truly be called private!

Spacious and comfortable rooms
The resort provides every guest ample space. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, all with their own private deck. For even more privacy, stay in an Overwater Suite, and enjoy stunning views of the Ocean and marvel at the sunset from your private deck.

Social distancing is natural and not a new trend at The Sands at Chale Island, it has always been this way – it’s in our DNA!

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’.

Uncover the secret world of an ancient mangrove forest

Chale Island is full of hidden gems and memory making turns, just waiting for you to explore.

Chief among these is the island’s famed saltwater forest, also known as the Gazi Mangrove Reserve. A place of mystery and intrigue, the reserve is accessible by a motorized canoe which ferries you at high tide to the lagoon mouth where five different types of impressive mangroves stand tall and steadfast in the water to form an intricate ecosystem.

Fed by the Mukurumji River, these fascinating trees survive from brackish water and play host to a myriad of fish, mollusks, crustaceans and birds.

A high tide trip takes you into the heart of the forest where a number of sea birds can be spotted, including African Fish Eagles, Palm Nut Vultures, Herons, Storks and Ibis.

Don’t miss the chance to uncover the secret world of Chale’s ancient mangrove forest.

Top 3 spa treatments

Your island spa journey will take you from the frantic pace of every day life to a place of calm and tranquility, leaving you rejuvenated, recharged and awakened.

Here’s our pick of the top 3 spa treatments at Chale Island:

  1. The Sands Signature Journey, a revitalising spa therapy to revive and awaken the senses. Beginning with a welcome tea, followed by a bath soak and body scrub, moving to a body mask and appetizer facial before indulging in a full body massage.
  2. Chai Massage, an uplifting spa therapy based on the healing benefits of Kenyan green tea, hibiscus and liquorice with a welcome tea, foot ritual, body scrub and Swedish massage.
  3. Aromatherapy Massage, an holistic treatment based on the psychological and physical benefits of essential oils, designed to relax the body.

Support and Empowerment: HIV/Aids Awareness

The Sands has long strived to make a positive difference to both our immediate and wider environments.

This approach led The Sands at Chale Island to invite a representative from the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and Aids (KELIN), Esther Nelima, to give a special sensitisation training workshops to support and empower our staff.

Locally, HIV prevalence stands at 3.8% as per the 2018 HIV Estimate report, released in December 2018 by the National Aids Control Council (NACC), while stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by it remains high, at 48% according to the national HIV and Aids summary report from the NACC.

All staff were given the opportunity to attend training which covered awareness on sexual health, STIs and HIV/Aids; signs, symptoms and methods of prevention; the importance of testing, early diagnoses and treatment as well as adherence and disclosure; and legal protection for people living with HIV and Aids through the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act (HAPCA).

It became clear to Ms. Nelima that few people were aware of the realities of HIV transmission, prevention and treatment and that diagnoses does not have to be devastating or a life-limiting. It is hoped that this initial intervention will help KELIN to reach more people within the tourism industry, to ensure those who do not know their HIV status are tested and linked to care and support and to prevent further deaths from HIV related illnesses in the tourism industry.

Individual counseling sessions to encourage more people to talk openly and freely regarding issues related to HIV and Aids followed the training sessions, with further training planned for 2019.