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Sand Island Beach Cottages

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This amazing little hideaway with self-catering cottages is one of the best places to just relax..... the atmosphere is second to none. With the most charming hosts, Cheryl & Arty, who are ready to attend to your every request. All the cottages are sea fronting, with views of the ocean to die for...... Very well recommended for a chilled out...

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Home from home and comfortably 'Rustic chic', right on the beach with no beachboys! That is Sand Island and so wonderful for families who brought their children here and now bringing their children's children and enjoying as much as in the good old days. Loved having the wedding here, meeting the new granddaughter and now looking forward to the next...

Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 25 October 2016

A heaven on the coast of Indian Ocean. Have been been here several times, always been enjoying the stay to the fullest. Kind staff, fresh seafood straight from the fishermen, great local cooks, peaceful setup on a beautiful scenery = perfect!

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

We think it's as close to perfect a location as you can get on the coast of Kenya and great that you think the same. Always enjoy our repeat guests who so often send on the new guests - word of mouth still the best marketing. Thank you for taking the time to review us and Karibuni Sana soon.

Tirano, Italy
Reviewed 25 September 2016

A riunion of 3 days to meet old school mates, was extended to a 2 week holiday. The cottages and the services given were excellent. The cook, Mr. Mohamed, kept us well nourished with fresh fish, bought daily from the beach, the ocean lies15-20 meters from the cottages!! A peacful corner of the world!! Arty and Cheryl, run the place...

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Thank you for taking the time to write this review we appreciate every single one. The reunion was great fun 15 guys and their wives who had all being in the same class at school in the 70's. They booked the whole place and we set up a bar and served meals from the Veranda of the managers house for...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I have been at Sand Island Beach in June for a week and it was wonderful! Warm host, cosy housing, beautiful beach, fresh fish to buy every morning and on request we got a great chef cooking for us every evening. If you are looking for an all-inclusive party holiday, this isn`t the right place for you. But if you...

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you review, we appreciate you taking the time to do something. Sand Island Beach definitely is not the place if you want a band on your wrist, all inclusive beverage brands and Limbo dancing.... but if you want to have a really relaxing, do what you want when you want, then I guess Sand Island...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Ukunda having been warned of blistering heat and humidity. As soon as we landed, however, it started raining (and rained every day at least once) and was wonderfully cool for the whole two weeks we were in Diani. Arriving at Sand Island in the pouring rain, we were excitedly told that green turtles were hatching, so we...

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. We were so luck this season over all we had 12 turtle nest hatch in September with the last one hatching early October. We look forward to the Mama coming back net season. We often get they laying in February. We are delighted the cook did you proud and that the staff...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Sand Island is the beat place to stay on Kenya's south coast. I have stayed at Sand Island about a million times since I was a small boy. Whatever seafood you want fresh off the beach every morning, excellent chefs to cook it how you want, easy access to Diani, privacy, good snorkeling, nice people, comfortable cottages.

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for such a heartfelt review. You are your family are great supporters of Sand Island and always a pleasure to have you spend so much time here. It really is your home away from home. Until next time, take care and go well.

Devon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We took a 6berth cottage: took guides out on the recovering reef, snorkelled amongst a myriad of species of urchins, fish, starfish and corals; watched turtle eggs be saved; swam in warm pools; hired a lovely cook via Arty; weren't hassled by aggressive vendors; strolled on the quiet shell filled beach and star gazed under just enough coconut palms! Magical:...

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Thank you for taking the time to review us and so delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. You have certainly captured and enjoyed the whole ethos of Sand Island and how exciting to see the turtle eggs being relocated to a safe place. We have had quite a few hatchings and even yesterday another turtle came to lay...

Reviewed 3 August 2016

We came back for the third time to Sand Island Beach and they keep impressing everyone from our family! We stayed in a nice accommodation, the design is amazing. The local staff and the Management Couple are very friendly. The friendly staff clean your house everyday; and good cooks are available on request. The area is spectacular and you have...

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Always wonderful having you and your family to stay and over all the visits, I think we have now possibly met the entire family? Sand Island is a beautiful place for a rest and family holiday and we never tire of looking at the sea, seeing the early morning sunrises and then the full moon rising out of the sea...

Reviewed 31 July 2016

We stayed at the simu cottage, the cottages all have sea views. We arrived and immediately went for a swim. Loved every second there, it is completely hidden and no beach boys. Went snorkelling and enjoyed every bit of it!!

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic review. One of the main treasures of Sand Island is that it is so private and we do not have the hassle of beach boys so guests are left to enjoy themselves, swimming, snorkeling, eating, reading - you name it. We look forward to welcoming you back again.

Mombasa, Kenya
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Firstly I loved the fact that my dog shelly was allowed which is one thing I found different about this peaceful place.Another was that it was like the most amazing places where my whole family could enjoy. As my dad really loves the reef and my mum and sis loves lying on the beach...And also my dog running around creating...

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SandIsland, General Manager at Sand Island Beach Cottages, responded to this review

Great review and good to have a young person's perspective of Sand Island. The kitchens in the cottages are well equipped and though cooks are available, with so much fresh fish and seafood available, people find it an inspiring place to cook themselves. Whilst we do not have a restaurant, we have been known to cater for special occasions and...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sand Island Beach is comprised of eight fully self contained cottages on a pristine piece of Kenya's south coast. It's geography offers guests something unique: a private beach within easy proximity of shops and restaurants. Set in acres of orchard and indigenous coastal forest and just meters from the beach, there is a real sense of space and peace. We will arrange airport transfers, assist with shopping and offer advice on local attractions and adventures. We pride ourselves on our hosting and our extraordinary location. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sand Island Beach Cottages

Address: Tiwi Beach, Tiwi, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Tiwi
Price Range: $34 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Sand Island Beach Cottages Hotel Mombasa
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