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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reviewed 23 March 2014

This is a perfect getaway. I am not into sandy beaches (prefer to jump into the sea from a cliff :-), but this place is lovely. Managed by lovely friendly people, cottages are simple and very tastefully done, view from the veranda is gorgeous, you can sit there for hours and just stare at the ocean. I didn't do any...

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

It was lovely to have you and your brother to stay and thank you so much for taking the time to review us. The 'no beach boy' factor is wonderful for a truly relaxing and enjoyable beach experience and the fishermen have learnt that if you wait quietly the guests will come to you when they are ready and be...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 10 March 2014

I brought my family to Sand Island Beach Cottages and couldn't have been happier. The kids freely came and went to the beach all day without our supervision. The cottages were very comfortable. We hired a cook who knew how to make great seafood that was always available. Not once were we hassled by a beach boy. There was plenty...

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

Sand Island is a great place for children - safe swimming, great rock pools, snorkeling and the beach so close that parents can relax on the patio of their cottage whilst the kids enjoy the sand and the sea. It was wonderful meeting your whole family and thank you for embracing all the we have to offer - short trips...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Super-relaxing holiday, cottage was 20 metres from the beach, a simple place to stay, great place to get away and chill out. Great snorkelling, beautiful rockpools, and saw a giant turtle! You can buy fresh seafood and prawns on the beach and have them cooked in your cottage by a cook - heaven!

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

Wonderful having you to stay and so pleased that you had a good time here in our little bit of unspoilt paradise on the Kenya South Coast. Seeing the turtle was so exciting - she (or another) came back last week, again got caught by the low tide and this time we had to shade her all morning to wait...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 27 January 2014

My fourth time in Sandisland Beach Cottages was absolutely paradise like as the last three times and even better. The self contained makuti roofed cottages, with inbuilt natural air conditioning, are as close to the beach as possible. The sea with a coral garden in swimming distance provides easy access to snorkeling, and provides the fresh seafood as one wishes......

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

A true 'Sand Islander' and we couldn't have written it better ourselves. It is very special for us, and I am sure for all the previous Managers, that this was now your fourth visit and you enjoyed it as much or perhaps even more as all the others. Our aim is to always make it clean and comfortable and upgrade...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 18 January 2014

Sand island is great if you are looking for a beautiful spot to unwind and relax. The beach is not quite the soft sand of Diani, but it is still a lovely setting.The cottages are simply furnished, clean and comfortable. Each has a sea view and terrace. Perhaps the biggest draw is the peace and quiet compared to other parts...

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us; certainly seclusion is something we promote and our geography helps as at high tide we’re cut off from beaches to the north and south rendering us ‘private’. Diani does, indeed, offer the chance to walk a long white beach but the vendors can intrude a little on privacy. We...

Australia
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Sitting on the verandah of our little cottage overlooking the coral beach and ocean beyond while our lovely cook prepared our dinner in the evenings, we wondered how life could get any better! The cottages are rustic, designed to suit the climate and full of character. They are cleaned each day and you can have a cook if, and when,...

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

Amazing how you so captured and enjoyed the whole ethos of Sand Island and thank you for getting this across so well in your review. Beautiful, quiet, comfortable, old worldy and hassle free! One can do as much as or as little as one wants - swimming, snorkeling, eating, reading, sleeping - a truly wonderful holiday. We hope that you...

Aarhus, Denmark
Reviewed 10 January 2014

This is just a peace of heaven - piece and quiet in fantastic surroundings. The position by the beach just doesn't get any better. The beach is great, with excellent snorkelling. And the cottages are just as they shall be, simple and yet fantastic. We spent a great last week of our 4 weeks in Kenya here. And Cheryl and...

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

It is always such a joy for us when guests come and enjoy this wonderful place called Sand Island. Snorkeling is good here when one adventures a little more near the reef towards the Star Fish Garden and although not abundant the variety is great. We loved meeting the whole family and do hope that you will be able to...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 5 January 2014

If you are looking for a fancy resort where you can drink umbrella drinks by the pool all day surrounded by throngs of other guests, you probably won't enjoy Sand Island. On the other hand, if what sounds good to you is having your own private cottage just 20 feet away from one of the most wildly beautiful and pristine...

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

It was indeed such a pleasure to meet you and your family and have you to stay here at Sand Island and thank you for taking the time to review us. It's hard to beat fish and seafood that comes straight out of the sea and on to your plate and the cooks really have got the art of preparing...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here in 2013 for a week (January), and loved it so much that we booked for new year 2013/14 before we left...and we weren't disappointed. A few improvements have been made since we were last there, including a bit of a convenience store on premises, which is very useful. Cheryl and Arty are as gracious as ever, and...

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

We love it when we get 'new' guests becoming 'old' guests coming back year after year and look forward to bringing in the New Year (2015) with you for the third time in a row. Wonderful comments and of course we agree that Sand Island is definitely a bit of paradise still to be found unchanged although improved on the...

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We have just returned from our second trip this year to Sand Island. We arrived early and our cottage wasn't quite ready so Cheryl and Arty gave us access to a bedroom in their own house, a cold drink and space on their verandah to chill out until we were able to take possession of our own space. This time...

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

Thank you so much for the review, we really do appreciate it very much when guests take the time out for this. We enjoy having you to stay just as much as you enjoy coming here as you really do embrace the Sand Island specialities - peace, relaxation, good books, good company, fresh fish and seafood daily and of course...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sand Island Beach is comprised of ten fully self contained cottages - which sleep between 2 and eight depending on which one you take - 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: $31 - $43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Sand Island Beach Cottages Hotel Mombasa
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