The Cottages then, 1945

The Cottages then, 1945

The Cottages now, 2017

The Cottages now, 2017

If you’re after a holiday with room service, regimented meal times, organized entertainment, mini-bars and beach volley ball, Sand Island isn’t for you.

But if you’re after an unfettered beach break sublime in its pace and views and sounds, we'd love you to come and experience this special place.

And stay in a cottage.  There are ten, of varying shapes and sizes, most named after the Kiswahili word for a different fish found off this coast: Pweza, Tewa, Tafi, Papa, Badu, Futa, Kasa, Simu and Pono, and then there's big old family home, the main house.  Depending on which one you choose, it will sleep between two and eight; they're all completely self-contained. Right down to bed linen and towels, fans and mosquito nets, cork-screws and wine glasses..

Desert Rose, Sand Island gardens

Desert Rose, Sand Island gardens

The Cottages, nightfall

The Cottages, nightfall