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The Sands at Chale Island

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The Sands at Chale Island is a small private island located on the south coast of Kenya, about 10 kilometers south of Diani Beach. The island is part of the Chale Marine National Park and is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.

The island is home to several luxury resorts and hotels, which offer a range of accommodation options from luxury villas to beachfront cottages. Visitors to Chale Island can enjoy a range of activities including water sports, beach walks, bird watching, and cultural visits to nearby villages.

The Sands at Chale Island is also known for its beautiful beaches, including the famous Chale Beach which stretches for over 10 kilometers. The island is a great place to relax and unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

To get to Chale Island, visitors can fly into Moi International Airport in Mombasa and then take a taxi or shuttle to the island. Alternatively, visitors can take a domestic flight from Nairobi to Ukunda airstrip, which is about 15 kilometers from Chale Island, and then take a taxi or shuttle to the island.

Chale Island is a small romantic island situated 600 meters off the mainland. 10 km south of Diani, 1,2 km long and 0,8 km wide, with a general north/south orientation. The Island is divided into two parts; resort and sacred forest or “kaya”. The resort lies in 15 acres of indigenous ancient forest, with a stunning 10,000 square meter white sand bay which is protected by a vibrant coral reef.
With an explosion of colorful flora and fauna the island is truly magical and if that is not enough, also features a mystical inland tidal mangrove lake.

Coral seas abundant with fish life, coastal forests and mangrove swamps teaming with bird and insect life, snow white beaches offering safe warm bathing, and of course Kenya’s world famous safari parks.

Kenya’s beaches rank in the top ten worldwide and Chale Island’s coral sand bay counts as one of the best that Kenya has to offer. The secluded bay is covered with snow-white powder fine coral sand and due to the remoteness of the Island is the only beach in Kenya that can truly be called private.
Due to the lack of seaweed pile-ups, turtles frequently lay eggs in the bay adding to the charm of this magical Island.

The Sands at Chale Island, a magical fusion of nature and comfort with elegance and romance. A stunning white beach fringed by coral reefs and a tidal saltwater lake surrounded by a mangrove forest. A diverse mixture of indigenous and tropical flora that attracts a wide variety of fascinating insect and primate life.
All this combined with the loving care of our Kenyan staff will make your holiday intriguing, relaxing and warmly memorable.

The Sands at Chale Island is laid-back island resort on the sandy Diani beach. It is surrounded by indigenous forest is 16 km from the famous Diani Beach. It’s also 30 km from Shimba Hills National Reserve.

What says peace and relaxation more than your very own private island right off the coast of the world-famous Diani Beach? Make your dreams a reality at The Sands at Chale Island. This is a luxury beach hotel that will never fail to offer new surprises.

The Crystal clear water with brilliant coral will surround you at all hours of the day and a natural mangrove forest. Feel as though you are at one with nature, even while an attentive staff is there to wait on you hand and foot. Located 200 meters off the mainland, the island holds 15 acres of ancient indigenous forest, as well as a tidal mangrove lake.

You will marvel at the traditional architecture and carved wooden furniture in your private room. You can choose the overwater suite puts you in the middle of the calm, soothing waves. Long walks in the sacred kaya forest on Chale Island or beach are yours for the taking, offering endless opportunities to experience the local wildlife surrounding Mombasa, Kenya.

Chale Island. the beach is one of the main attractions, though it provides an ideal location to soak up the sun and take a dip in the warm Diani waters.

Choose from standard rooms, penthouse suites, traditional bandas, or other custom options that will bring you closer to nature than you ever thought possible. With full air conditioning in each room, you will always feel comfortable.

Amenities include a restaurant and 2 bars, plus 3 outdoor pools, 1 of which has an entrance into the ocean. There are a hot tub, a spa, and a gym, plus a diving center and 2 shops.

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  • Private Island Experience
  • Stunning Beachfront Location
  • Pools, Sport & Recreation
  • Watersport activities
  • Spa and Fitness Center

What are the 2024 Prices for Chale Island Hotel?

Here are Chale Island Hotel Resident Rates:

Chale Island Hotel Prices

Half Board (PPS)
Min Stay: 2 Nights
Ocean View
20th Jan 2024 – 30th Apr 2024 KES 16,500/- PPS KES 19,800/- PPS KES 25,900/- PPS
1st May 2024 – 15th Jun 2024 closed closed closed
16th Jun 2024 – 31st Oct 2024 [-] KES 19,800/- PPS KES 25,900/- PPS

Chale Island Hotel Prices are in KES, Per Person Sharing (Half Board), Per Night
The Sands at Chale Island Half Board Meal is included at the Main Restaurant Only
Single Room Occupancy: PPS + 40% (Jan 2024 – Oct 2024)
Check-in: 2.00 pm and check-out: 10.00 am

*Festive Season – 25th December – 5th January
One adult and one child sharing at full room cost
Minimum stay: 7 Nights

Chale Island Hotel Children Policy/Rates:
0 – 2.9 years: FREE
3 – 11 years Sharing with 2 Adults: KES 6,500/- Per Child (Jan – Oct 2024)

Chale Island Hotel Meal Prices(Supplements):

Eat-All-Around: KES 4,500/- Per Adult, Per Night, available in all Food Outlet
Eat-All-Around Children(4-12 years): KES 1,800/- Per Night
All-Inclusive: KES 7,500/- Per Person, Per Night, available in all Food & Beverage Outlet

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What Hotel Facilities are available at Chale Island?

The Resort 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.

The three separate swimming pools are made of local stone and are connected by a miniature waterfall to the party-sized Jacuzzi. Hiking paths are built to let you explore every corner of the island, and plenty of opportunities for lounging in the shade can be easily found. If you plan on taking home a piece of Chale Island for yourself, visit each of the two boutiques that feature locally-made African jewelry and clothing, as well as custom-made wood carvings. The Maisha Poa spa offers a full menu of relaxation options designed to put you in the lap of luxury for your entire trip.

Chale Island offers a range of facilities to cater to the needs of visitors, including:

  1. Accommodation: There are several luxury resorts and hotels on the island that offer a range of accommodation options, including villas, cottages, and suites.
  2. Restaurants: The island has several restaurants that serve a range of local and international cuisine, including seafood, Swahili dishes, and European dishes.
  3. Bars: There are several bars on the island where visitors can enjoy cocktails, beers, and other drinks while enjoying the stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
  4. Spa and wellness center: Chale Island has a spa and wellness center where visitors can enjoy a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps.
  5. Swimming pool: Many of the resorts on the island have swimming pools where visitors can relax and enjoy a swim.
  6. Water sports: The island offers a range of water sports, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and windsurfing.
  7. Beaches: Chale Island has several beautiful beaches where visitors can relax, swim, sunbathe, and enjoy the stunning views.
  8. Conference facilities: Many of the resorts on the island have conference facilities that are ideal for meetings, conferences, and other events.
  9. Gift shops: There are several gift shops on the island where visitors can buy souvenirs, local handicrafts, and other items.

Which Rooms Types are in Chale Island?

Chale Island Overwater Suite

A first of their kind in Kenya, the Chale Island Water Bandas are located on the northwest of the island with stunning views of Bird Island, Gazi Bay and, in the distant sunset, the Shimba Hills. The suite has a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom which looks out over the channel and a separate sitting room.

Chale Island Penthouse Suites

Featuring a separate sitting room, a veranda with a stunning 270 degree view of the ocean and an upstairs grotto with a Jacuzzi on the roof facing the sunset, the Chale Island penthouse suites will give you the ultimate all round island view.

Chale Island Bandas

All Chale Island Bandas have high, palm thatch roofs with views either out to sea, over the beach, or panoramas encompassing lagoon, channel, mangroves and the setting sun over the Shimba Hills. Sun beds set on private front lawns and large verandas with Swahili day beds give relaxing views.

Chale Island Standard Rooms

Carefully set into the natural environment, the Chale Island main buildings with 28 spacious semi-circular en-suite rooms and Swahili day beds set on breezy verandas facing the ocean ensure all comforts are taken care of.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Chale Island?

What could be better than a blend of traditional Kenyan cuisine combined with the flavors of Italy and the orient? Chale Island’s first-class chefs have experience catering to international palettes while drawing from all of the flavors of the sea. A well-stocked wine cellar will offer the perfect pairing to any of your choices, and a live grilling station will mean only the freshest meals prepared right in front of you.

When it comes to beverages, you can choose from fresh-pressed espresso, cold fruity drinks, cocktails, or wine. However, if you want a real taste of local tradition, partake in the daily tea serving, which will allow you to truly take in your surroundings.

A blend of traditional Kenyan cuisine with a healthy twist of Italian panache and a hint of the Orient ensure that each meal is an event to be looked forwards to and enjoyed. This, coupled to an extensive international beverage menu with a local taste of the exotic, and a well stocked wine cellar will complete your dream holiday. With a selection of bars and a restaurant to choose from, let us indulge you to the full.

Main Restaurant

With steps leading straight down to the center of the beach, the main restaurant is ideally situated to give the true Island feeling. A strong emphasis on seafood, the live
grilling station and Pasta corner ensure that your meal cannot be any fresher. Traditional Kenyan cuisine, mixed with both Italian and Oriental dishes, will not leave you
wanting in any aspect.


Enjoy our finest dining selection a la carte at Chapateria, an intimate corner next to the Main Restaurant. During day time our Chapateria serves a variety of snacks, salads, main courses and pizzas.

The Bars

Nestled between the Reception and the Restaurant is the Main Bar. Always open, our friendly staff are at hand to serve espressos, cold drinks, cocktails and a wide variety of wines and spirits.

The Galana pool bar is tucked between palm trees surrounded by the Galana pool and offers beers, soft drinks and cocktails.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Chale Island?

Unlike most other island destinations, Chale Island has something to offer everyone.
Normal island activities available include a magical SPA, a well equipped watersports center and a selection of boat excursions.

From Chale Island we can also offer you trips to Diani Beach Shopping Center and the famous Nomad Beach Bar, or for the more adventurous a wide range of safaris.


Based on the island with its own fleet of boats, “Diving The Crab” is a world-renowned PADI and SSI center. Daily one or two tank dive excursions go to a selection of dive sites both to the north and south of the island.
Shallow coral reefs dropping to depths of 30 meters abound with marine life and the added highlight of frequent Whale shark sightings from November to February make this a diver’s paradise.

Spa and Fitness

The “Maisha Poa” (Swahili: good life) Spa and wellness center is built over the heart of the Island where the energies of the ancient mangroves, the tidal lake, the coral caves and the gentle breeze all cumulate to provide the perfect ambient in which to relax.

Nine open-air treatment rooms situated over the lake offer a wide range of treatments to pamper and re-energize you. The fitness room is situated next to the Spa overlooking
the saltwater pool. This open sided room is equipped with cardio machines and weights.


Two small but well stocked boutiques offer a wide selection of clothing, souvenirs, African art, jewellery, swimwear and toiletries.

Chale Island’s diving center has always been a major selling point to first-timers, allowing you to get up close and personal with rare and exotic sea creatures in ways in which you would never have dreamed. Of course, the beachfront offers every type of watersport imaginable, from beach snorkeling and boat snorkeling to kayaking, glass-bottom boating, catamaran sailing, and full-day game fishing. If you plan on taking a trip into town, take advantage of the daily shopping trips that will let you experience the best Mombasa has to offer. Otherwise, going on safari can be an unexpectedly exciting way to spend a day.

Other Activities at Chale Island

  1. Snorkeling and diving: The island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs that offer excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.
  2. Water sports: Visitors can enjoy a range of water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding.
  3. Beach walks: Chale Island has several beautiful beaches where visitors can take leisurely walks and enjoy the stunning views.
  4. Bird watching: The island is home to a range of bird species, including African fish eagles, kingfishers, and pelicans.
  5. Cultural visits: Visitors can take cultural visits to nearby villages to learn about the local culture and way of life.
  6. Spa treatments: The island has a spa and wellness center where visitors can enjoy a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps.
  7. Sunset cruises: Visitors can enjoy sunset cruises around the island and enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
  8. Fishing: Visitors can enjoy fishing trips to catch a range of fish species, including sailfish, marlin, and tuna.
  9. Yoga and meditation: Many of the resorts on the island offer yoga and meditation classes, providing a peaceful and relaxing way to start or end the day.

Overall, Chale Island offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy, catering to a variety of interests and preferences.

Weddings and Honeymoons at Chale Island

Weddings at Chale Island:

The Sands at Chale Island offers a range of wedding packages designed to cater to the needs and budgets of different couples. The packages include venue hire, décor, catering, and accommodation for the wedding party. The resort has a dedicated events team that can assist with all aspects of planning and executing a memorable wedding celebration.

Couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony on the beach or in the resort’s lush tropical gardens. The beach setting is especially popular, with the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean providing a stunning backdrop for the exchange of vows. The resort can also provide a range of extras such as a DJ, live music, and fireworks to add to the festivities.

Honeymoons at Chale Island:

Chale Island is the perfect destination for a romantic and relaxing honeymoon. The resort offers luxurious accommodation options, including beachfront suites and villas, all designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and privacy.

Couples can spend their days lounging on the pristine white sands of Diani Beach, enjoying water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing, or exploring the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve. The resort also has a world-class spa where couples can indulge in a range of treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and mind.

In the evenings, couples can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners on the beach or in the resort’s gourmet restaurant, which serves a fusion of international and local cuisine. The resort also has a variety of bars and lounges where couples can enjoy cocktails and live music.

Chale Island is a luxurious and idyllic destination for weddings and honeymoons. Its beautiful location, exceptional service, and range of amenities make it the perfect place for couples to celebrate their love and create unforgettable memories.

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