The Sand at Chale Island – Island Hotel in Kenya

25 March, 2024

The Sands at Chale Island is truly the perfect place for relaxation! Operated by the same group behind The Sands At Nomad, this intimate ’boutique resort’ offers a serene island getaway for guests looking to unwind in a tranquil environment with a touch of island charm. Swimming pools, a mystical spa and a well-equipped water sports center will fulfil every desire. The editors of Beloc have prepared a short tour around the island for you!

Unique nature

The Sand at Chale Island - Island Hotel in Kenya

Chale Island, on which the hotel is located, is a real paradise for lovers of nature and relaxation. Here you can enjoy the crystal clear sea of the Indian Ocean, white beaches and amazing sunsets. This is a luxurious option for relaxation after a busy trip to Kenya with AfricaBrut, when you have already been on a safari in Maasai Mara, went to Mount Kilimanjaro and now want to relax to the fullest!

The Island has a diverse flora and fauna, making it a great place for excursions and bird watching, admiring rare plants and even sea turtles. The island is also home to a rare population of colobus monkeys, one of the largest and most diverse species in the world. These monkeys are distinguished by their long black and white woolly toes, which make them unique from other monkey species.

The name colobus comes from the Greek word kolobos, which means mutilated, because colobus monkeys do not have thumbs. They are easy to recognize due to their clear black -and- white markings. Colobus monkeys live in packs of 5 to 10, are herbivores and are considered harmless, they can often be seen throughout the resort. They either jump up and down the branches or wander around. What makes Chale Island’s colobus monkey population unique is not only their appearance, but also their behaviour and social structure. Colobus monkeys live in large groups, where males play the dominant role and females raise their offspring.

Chale Island has become an important site for studying the behaviour and biology of colobus monkeys, as well as for conservation programs for this unique species. The biggest threats include: the loss of their habitat due to deforestation, reducing the monkeys’ habitat, and the the hunters appeal for their fur. Located on the mainland, the Colobus Conservation Center helps care for these primates, especially those who are injured or abused. Today, about 200 monkeys live on the island, which are under the protection and supervision of specialists.

Luxury Accommodation

The Sand at Chale Island - Island Hotel in Kenya

The design of the rooms are inspired by the traditions and culture of Swahili with great attention to detail and follows the philosophy of elegance merging with nature. The rooms are decorated with natural wood and traditional fabrics, giving each room a unique look. Each room has air conditioning and a private bathroom, all rooms have panoramic sea views.

The choice of accommodation is quite wide, from standard rooms to villas with a private pool on the seashore to cozy bungalows in a tropical garden. For example, the Overwater Suite, the first of its kind in Kenya, offers stunning views of the island, Ghazi Bay, the Shimba Hills and the waves of the Indian Ocean all around you. These suites are the perfect place to watch the tides ebb and flow.

For those looking to experience true escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further than the Cliff Suite. It is located on its own island, forged by the waves of the ocean, and is connected to the main island by a small stone bridge.

Various entertainment

The Sand at Chale Island - Island Hotel in Kenya

The Sands at Chale Island offers a wide range of activities for its guests. The island offers diving and snorkelling to explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. There are water sports available which include kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling. Tourists can also visit nearby attractions, nature reserves or cultural centers. For the more adventurous, there are island tours, jungle walks, bike safaris and fishing trips, a romantic sunset catamaran cruise or yacht trips around the island.

At guests’ disposal 3 outdoor pools and a spa with 9 outdoor treatment rooms and a gym.

The hotel’s main restaurant offers a menu of traditional Kenyan cuisine, as well as fine Italian and Oriental dishes. Samaki Sushi Bar specializes in seafood dishes for lovers of fresh and tasty treats while Baharini Restaurant offers a good wine selection. The bars have a variety of cocktails and soft drinks for guests to enjoy and relax after a busy day.

The Sands at Chale Island is not just a hotel, it is a unique place where you can experience an atmosphere of tranquillity, natural beauty and luxury. This resort is an ideal choice for those who want to spend an unforgettable vacation in privacy or a honeymoon in the harmony of nature.