The Sands at Nomad

The Sands at Nomad

Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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4.5
#9 of 40 hotels in Diani Beach
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.6
Value
4.3
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The Hotel is set amid 25 acres of indigenous forest fronted by 225 meters of Kenyas most unspoilt stretches of white sand and aquamarine sea. All rooms with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, individual air condition. Minibar, Safe, Satelite TV, Telephone and Internet access, 24 hour room service.The restaurant offers a wide selection of international cuisine, pastas, pizzas & Japanese dishes.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Spa
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Snorkeling
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
Concierge
Currency exchange
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Boutique
Romantic
Languages Spoken
German

Location

Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 41 out of 100
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Ukunda Airport
Moi Intl Airport
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Nikhil_Advani wrote a review Feb 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia770 contributions185 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Back here after a year and everything was amazing as always. Very friendly staff, great rooms, never felt like it was crowded even though all rooms were full, good food, and entertainment from the resident monkeys. Even small touches like being so generous with the drinking water in the room makes a huge difference. They were also very helpful with accommodating our check out request.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Sep 6, 2022
Dear Nikhil_Advani Thank you very much for the wonderful review! It was an honour hosting at The Sands at Nomad. We appreciate that you chose to stay at Nomad again after 10 years. Your comments has brought us renewed energy and motivation to continue to offer the best in Hospitality. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Warmest regards,
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wanderlust872 wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York31 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely loved our stay at this hotel. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted very warmly by the Management team with fresh flowers, fruits and a cocktail - even though it was late at night. We stayed at Sands at Nomads for one week and had an excellent experience.

The Boutique Hotel is spacious and you don´t really feel that there are many other guest. It has been delightfully quiet. The estate is very beautiful with wonderful trees and plants.
In addition, the staff was very courteous, friendly and professional.

The interior design is very well chosen and a lot of local & natural materials (like the wooden beach loungers) have been used. Each detail of the spotless room / hut, even soaps & shampoo, are selected with love. The approach of the hotel is trying to be as sustainable as possible.

The food at the restaurant was extremely delicious and the wine menu has been very good as well.

There are monkeys popping around through the day so ensure you keep your balcony doors shut.
Bush babies are fed every night which is an absolute treat.

Unfortunately, also here, the Beach is full of annoying Beach Boys like everywhere in Kenya...

Still, I can highly recommend this place - especially for couples or honeymooners. It´s very romantic and we had a fantastic time. I hope I can return one day.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Sep 5, 2022
Dear wanderlust872, Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing your feedback and your recommendation, following your recent stay at The Sands at Nomad. The Team and I are pleased that you appreciated the excellent customer service and that you loved your stay with us. I have shared your comments with the team and they are equally pleased. I am glad that you took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Indian Ocean, the nature, the food & wine. I agree that the beach boys can be annoying. It’s a public beach, there’s only a little we can do about this but we work closely with the community to try and solve the issue. It will be our pleasure to host you again! Kindest regards,
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Twiga98 wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has a great vibe. It’s centre is the beach facing bar and restaurant. Appropriately this is a wi-fi free zone. This stretch of beach is clean and one is rarely harassed by vendors. Nomads does a great job of being environmentally aware. It grows much of its own produce and recycles glass bottles. It supports a Marine Centre and Turtle project.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Richard Glaser, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Mar 20, 2020
Thank you very much for your review! Its good to hear, that you have taken note of a lot of our sustainability and thinking green efforts! Hope to see you again soon!!
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M&S Travels wrote a review May 2022
Harrow, United Kingdom139 contributions62 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had ice cream here. The double chocolate and straciatella tasted good. The pistachio tasted too much of essence.

The lady who served was considerate that we had a child and gave us a plastic bowl for the child.

The location is good.

The restaurant staff seemed uninformed and didn’t even know the price of water. A bit disappointed in this.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Sep 5, 2022
Dear GrandTour645131, Much appreciation for your feedback. Am very glad you enjoyed the chocolate and straciatella ice cream. Every now and then we have new staff. It is possible that you were served by staff members who were still getting to know the menu. We are also taking steps to ensure that each staff at the restaurant is informed to a greater extent. Thanks again for the comments and we welcome you to visit us again. Best regards,
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Sgmk wrote a review Feb 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Took me so long to write this review because of how bad of a taste the hotel left in my mouth.I’m a Kenyan lady and I chose the hotel for a quaint, solo travel. The service on the phone started out great as the hotel extended to me a deal which had expired a couple days prior. Getting to the hotel was also ok, however I realized upon entering the room that it was dark, stuffy, and very outdated. It felt like an eco lodge but not with eco-lodge prices. The lights in the room have to stay on the whole day otherwise the room is completely dark. There is such little light coming from the balcony windows. The room slippers were so worn out I could literally see someone else’s foot prints on them.

While going to the swim and at the beach, I kindly asked an attendant for an extra towel because my hair was was wet and my one towel was already soaked. He got so angry and made a big deal about how he had to go take the towel from another room just to give it to me. I never forced him to get that towel in the first place!! He could’ve said no if it was that big a deal

The worst part of this stay was later that night. I came back from the restaurant at around 8pm and was in the bathroom fully unclothed with my headphones on. As I was coming out of the bathroom (still fully unclothed), I meet face to face with a random male room attendant who had accessed my room. This was apparently for a turn down service of which I had never requested and was never informed about. Keeping in mind this was 8pm!!!! I felt so violated. Once he left the room I could barely process what was happening. I complained to the reception and they said that he entered the room because I didn’t respond to his initial knocks (I had headphones in). In which universe is it ok to enter a private room when not hearing a response at 8pm?!
I complained to the staff and housekeeping but all they did was say that those are the housekeeping policies. I felt gaslighted because it felt like I was the one to blame for not hearing the knocks. I hated my stay after that moment and never felt safe in my room again. Would not recommend this place at all. I like the restaurant and beachfront but that’s about it.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Lifeguard22 wrote a review Apr 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom132 contributions61 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A boutique hotel with a relaxed and classy atmosphere.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, approachable and happy to help with anything you may need.
We are in the low season but that suites us. The hotel has few guests and so is delightfully quiet.

The food is delicious, with menus to select from at each meal.
The rooms are spotless with a boutique feel. Soaps and shampoo is supplied with everything being as sustainable as possible.

Nelly, Hamedi and Fridah have given exceptional customer service, along with Stellah at the restaurant. 

There are monkeys popping around through the day so ensure you keep your balcony doors shut.
Bush babies are fed at 6.45pm each evening which is an absolute treat.

A great place to relax with an ethos of being sustainable and eco friendly
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Keep balcony doors closed Bring bug spray Do the forest walk in the grounds
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded May 6, 2022
Dear OLDHAM, Thank you so much for taking the time to post the review of your stay at The Sands at Nomad! We really appreciate all the nice comments about the room and the service. We are happy that you had a great time and appreciated your kind remarks about the staff. Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us for your vacation in Diani, we are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind Regards,
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Nancy N wrote a review Jan 2023
10 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has heavenly views. From the moment you branch off from Beach road, you encounter greenery that leaves you wondering if you are in Masai mara. And then the blue ocean and the very white sandy beaches appear and take your breath away

You can sit at the beach bar and stare the whole view away for the day. The furniture that is also white and blue blends in so well with the ocean and beach. It’s anazing

What😊
1. The view, serenity, privacy..
2. The service.At the beach bar, Purity made breakfast so lively. For dinner, Ngala did it for us. The rest of the staff were ok.
3. Food was ok..
4. Our family suite was literally on the beach. We had very good views from our bed. The rooms are well maintained, well stocked with everything including sunscreens, repellents etc and are also very clean.
5. Security is top notch

What😕
1. While the rooms had beautiful views and extremely nice furniture, they were very tiny. It would have been nice to have a bit more space. Depending on the age of your children, just know all the doors have no locks except the outer doors.So the children can definitely walk in on you any minute unannounced. That was unnerving
2. While the food was ok at the beach bar, the menu was pretty limiting on main meals.
3. The grill bar and self cooking restaurant with a chef are definitely overpriced and not value for money. We did not even attempt

Overall, we had a fantastic holiday, would definitely return for the views and already recommending it to family and friends
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Mar 27, 2023
Thank you very much for your comments. We very much appreciate to hear both positive and negative feedback to help us achieve continuous improvement. The Beach bar restaurant has more than 70 dishes in the menu from Seafood, Italian food, Sushi and international option. Furthermore our guests can access the Teppanyaki and the Grill restaurant on the Hotel side. We are happy to know that you had a fantastic stay, in spite of the above three points that were a miss! My management team and I will definitely, review these points in aim to provide even better experience for our guests. Wishing you the best and hoping that you will see you and your family again in the future. Warm regards,
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Chris from Switzerland wrote a review Mar 2021
Lucerne, Switzerland34 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Can‘t tell you where to start: The location is wonderful, the food is excellent, the service extremly friendly. The rooms are very clean.
They also have their own five-star diving center/school. So we did our PADI and about 10 dives.
The place is run by a young italian couple… the espresso machine comes from italy, the food is italian and japanese — just excellent.
The internet was good enough to have video conference calls, business meetings while staying in the hotel. Both around the pool, in the room and at the sunbeds close to the beach the internet was working perfectly… for us that was very important so we could work from the hotel instead of flying back home to Switzerland.
Tomorrow we are leaving.. I‘d love to stay and we certainly will come back!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Giulia Camurri, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded May 6, 2021
Dear Gustl_Chris, Thank you for the fantastic review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and appreciated your kind remarks about the food, the service and the cleanness of the rooms. We are also very glad to hear that internet was working perfectly. Thank you once again for choosing The Sands at Nomad for your stay in Diani, We are looking forward to welcoming you back! Kind Regards, Giulia Camurri Operation Manager
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Discerning_Cus2mer wrote a review Mar 2020
Truro40 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at The Sands at Nomad for five nights. We arrived on a Friday which was the day of the “welcome” cocktail party, stayed over the weekend with live music in the restaurant all of which was excellent. Our last couple of days with some of the managers having their day’s off were not so good. We did mention this at the time to the dutymanagement who did apologise and did make good the original lack of service the next day.. It’s a shame it happened in the first place as it did spoil our last evening.
We had a Forrest view room which was excellent and we were able to keep the air conditioning on when we were not in the room which was a huge bonus. We could not see the sea but the cleanliness, bed, and space were absolutely fine. The pool with the 5m deep section and beach area during the day were excellent. Do try the restaurant by the pool. Limited menu but much more relaxed than the main restaurant.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Richard Glaser, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you very much for submitting your review regarding your stay with us at The Sands at Nomad. It is good to hear that you have enjoyed your stay. I am sorry to hear, that you have not been taken care by my team, as you have expected it. We shall make sure this is not happening again! Thank you for your comments!! We always have to try to give the Best service to all our guests!
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Daniela wrote a review Sep 2023
Zurich, Switzerland22 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 6 nights at The Sands and had an amazing stay. After a safari in the Mara, we were really looking forward to some relaxing days at the beach and we weren't disappointed. Nomad beach is very beautiful and we couldn't get enough of the view and the calm and private atmosphere at the hotel. We never used the pool since we enjoyed the beach so much and the cottage came with private sunbeds. There were some people selling stuff at the beach but that didn't bother us at all.

The hotel staff is simply great, ever so friendly and helpful. Really good service all around. So thanks again to all who made out stay so comfortable!!

We can also recommend the restaurant which can get quite busy on the weekend. We tried other restaurants in Diani and can say that the Nomad provides great food at a good price. Breakfast has a good selection of different options, sweet and savory. We also had a massage which was superb too.

We wanted to go snorkeling near the sand bank but the boat trip fell through because of misorganisation on the side of the private operator which wasn't the hotel's fault. Nevertheless, it would be better for the hotel to be able to recommend a reliable service for boat tours to avoid disappointment.

We will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gary T asked a question Jan 2022
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi Please does anyone know if the hotel supply irons in the rooms ? Thanks
Gary T asked a question Sep 2021
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi Please can you wear dress shorts in the main restaurant? Many thanks
Gary T asked a question Apr 2021
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi please could anyone inform me if this hotel is near a town many thanks
sonxL asked a question Nov 2019
Nuneaton, United Kingdom5 contributions
Has anyone booked through africabookings? Thanks
Answer from MichellePlymouth
Plymouth39 contributions18 helpful votes
We always put the holiday together ourselves
Helen G wrote a tip Apr 2024
Nottingham, United Kingdom36 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember to book the Bar B Que and Japanese restaurant early as they only take a few people each night. "
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bery p wrote a tip Jan 2024
Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia6 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"food disaster,for me was total disapointment never go back,there are so many interesting restaurants,definitelly will visit again"
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loisvt wrote a tip Jan 2024
Lausanne, Switzerland234 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Please take time to enjoy, pole pole as they say! Dont be in any rush, dont be afraid of monkeys that pop out of the trees Dont buy shells"
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Glad wrote a tip May 2023
Paris, France8 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Abound the pool if you can’t swim period"
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LindaC478 wrote a tip May 2023
Frankfurt, Germany73 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"April is rainny season , keep in mind ."
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PRICE RANGE
$285 - $384 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sands at Nomad
Which popular attractions are close to The Sands at Nomad?
Nearby attractions include Diani Beach (3.4 miles), Colobus Conservation (1.2 miles), and Almasi Art Agency (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sands at Nomad?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Sands at Nomad?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Sands at Nomad?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sands at Nomad?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Tangezi Restaurant, Asha Bistro, and Anchor Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Sands at Nomad have airport transportation?
Yes, The Sands at Nomad offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Sands at Nomad have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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