The team at The Sands at Nomad are now fully vaccinated

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing you with both a fabulous and safe holiday experience here on Diani Beach, we’re delighted to announce that 100% of the team here at the Sands at Nomad have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19.

Offering the perfect beach retreat, The Sands at Nomad is the ideal spot for those looking for a relaxing getaway on one of Africa’s top-rated beaches. With plenty to do, from diving on Kenya’s coral reefs, to relaxing in the spa or dining at Indulge Fine Dining Restaurant, Nomad offers a holiday experience that encapsulates the best of the South Coast.

We will continue to follow the guidance and safety advice from the Ministry of Health, and to follow the COVID protocols we have in the resort, that allow for safe distancing, an increase in the number of handwash stations available, and for our team to continue to wear masks, that have so far proven to be very effective in keeping both our guests and team members safe over these difficult months.

Along with the team at the resort, our partners at Nomad Beach Bar, Diving the Crab, the Sands at Chale, Lazy Days Private Beach House and the Thinking Green project have all also been fully vaccinated.

Teppanyaki at Nomad

The traditional Japanese style of cooking known as teppanyaki transforms dinner into an occasion. Combining simple ingredients to create fantastic flavours that entice the senses, teppanyaki is cooked on a large hot plate, at the diners’ table.

The new teppanyaki station at Riva’s, allows our chefs to prepare your dishes in front of you, where they can show off their flair and you get to enjoy the freshest flavors straight from the traditional grill. Teppanyaki is the perfect addition to the fabulous dining options available at Nomad, along with Nomad Beach Bar, Indulge Fine Dining, and the traditional Riva’s menu.

The menu offers diners the freedom to choose and create their own perfect dishes, as you can choose between fresh locally caught fish, beef, chicken, and a wide range of fresh vegetables from our very own farm.

An evening of teppanyaki is an evening of entertainment, as well as great food, and should be on your must-do list for your next visit to The Sands at Nomad.

Kenya Kite Cup 2020

Join us for the Kenya Kite Cup by Nomad

With miles of glorious beach, turquoise waters with stunning coral reefs and tropical forest just inland, Diani Beach is the perfect location for those wanting a break from city life and to enjoy the more relaxed vibe of Kenya’s top beach destination, and at the end of this month there is even more incentive to visit, as Diani hosts the annual Kenya Kite Cup.

The Kenya Kite Cup by Nomad is always one of the highlights of the year, with kite surfers from all across the region competing in a 2-day freestyle comp at Diani Beach. Across Friday the 22nd of January and Saturday the 23rd, this fantastic event is always very popular with local residents and visitors alike, who love watching the big airs and amazing flips of the top athletes.

Along with the kite surfing, many local artists and craftsmen will be visiting for the crafts fair as well as charity raffles going on across the 2 days as part of the event hosted by Nomad Beach bar.

The Sands at Nomad current special offer, where you can stay for 4 nights, but pay only for 3, is perfect for those looking to come down for the weekend and enjoy the kite comp, along with some sun, sea and sand. Valid until January 31st, this is ideal for those looking for somewhere ot stay during the Kenya Kite Cup.

Christmas celebrations at the Sands at Nomad

We hope that your festive season was filled with joy and laughter and that you were able to spend it with your loved ones.

For those of you who have been dreaming about Diani Beach during the coldest time of the year, we thought you would like to know how we have been spending this merry time.

Our team made sure that guests had the chance to experience the most wonderful time of the year with all the festive treats they could imagine! From the gospel choir and sand sculpture building to a lavish Christmas dinner plus a special visit from Santa Claus, our guests and team spent a wonderful few days on Diani Beach. The icing on the cake was the live music events, starring Mokua Rabai, Brian Luvasi, DJ Evan Rhodes and Scott the Violinist, RegGee Jones, Steve’s Duet and Jazz Trio!

Here is how we celebrated Christmas time:



Whilst the festive season is over, there are still more events and surprises to come in January for all of our guests coming to Diani Beach. Stay tuned!

Nomad Christmas Craft Fair 2020

The perfect pre-Christmas weekend away

Looking for a beach break before the Christmas festivities? Pack your flips flops and head to the Sands at Nomad for the Jamhuri Day weekend, December 12-13.

Take advantage of our ‘Stay 4 nights, pay 3 nights’ offer to enjoy fantastic experiences and events at the Sands at Nomad.

Arrive on Thursday and treat yourself to a relaxing complimentary Spa massage, included in the above offer!

The Nomad Sessions
The weekend kicks off on Friday afternoon, with the Nomad Sessions, rapidly becoming Diani Beach’ go-to event at Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant from 3 pm until 8 pm. Enjoy the themed pop-up bar with a fabulous selection of drinks while chilling to the live set with DJ Evan Rhodes.

On the Saturday, enjoy a relaxing morning sunbathing at the beach or kayaking to the sandbank.

Christmas Craft Fair
From Saturday 1 pm until Sunday 6 pm, get ready to shop at our annual Christmas Craft Fair on the beach. With a wide selection of jewelry, arts, crafts, handmade toys, clothing, glassware and more, you will find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Before going home, unwind one more time at the Spa free of charge, thanks to the unlimited massages included in our special offer!

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Extra curricular activities on Kenyan south coast

Extracurricular activities at the Coast

If you are eager to learn more about the marine environment and the wildlife while having fun, our dedicated team have put together half-day activities combining leisure with knowledge!
Here are our half-day packages that you can book on your chosen days during your stay.

Snorkel along untouched coral reefs
We are lucky to have beautiful hard and soft coral reefs with an amazing array of fish and invertebrates that can be sighted when snorkelling. Choose between a shore or boat snorkel on Chale Island, or visit Diani’s sandbank!


Glide through mangrove forests
Hop on a boat to visit the mangrove forests of Gazi Bay and learn how these unique plants can withstand life in such a salty and muddy environment. We will explore these ecosystems on foot or by boat to find out which species make up these forests and the huge number of animals that they support, both above and below the surface!


Discover the weird and wonderful rock pool inhabitants
Did you know that some species can withstand the extreme environment of rock pools? Changing temperatures and salinity, along with crashing waves and the need to hide from predators make this a unique ecosystem to study. We will look at the amazing adaptations of these species to survive here!


Learn all about sea turtles
Two of the seven species of sea turtle are commonly sighted around our resorts. We will visit any current sea turtle nests and hear about the work of Diani Turtle Watch, and try our hand at identifying sea turtles as individuals with the Olive Ridley Project sea turtle database!


Find out how to fight marine pollution
After a fun and interactive presentation about marine pollution, get ready to roll up your sleeves and grab a bag to go to the beach and remove any trash, then segregate our collection and then play the trash degradation game. We will also visit the onsite Trash to Treasure workshop with plastic and glass upcycling machines!


Private guided tour of our Marine Education Center
The visit of our Marine Education Centre and all its exhibits will be followed by a fun and interactive presentation on a topic of your choice from sea turtles, whale sharks, and cetaceans, to the importance of our oceans or the threats they face, accompanied by exciting worksheets.


Meet the cute Colobus monkeys
Look up in the branches and you will probably spot Colobus monkeys, as this is where they like to spend their days. Easily recognizable by the white fur surrounding their face and their long white tail. They are an endangered species, due to rapid habitat loss and poaching.


Encounter a rich wildlife during a forest walk
Around our resorts, we are lucky to have not only an incredible ecosystem in the ocean but also on land. Join our forest walk to encounter a rich wildlife.

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    Boutique Hotel private garden facing Diani Beach

    It’s a good time to travel to Diani Beach

    The Sands at Nomad is fully open and operational, comfortably compliant with Kenyan government Covid-19 requirements and ready to welcome guests again!

    The well-being and safety of our guests and employees are our prime precedence.

    The Sands at Nomad is ready to offer you, your loved ones and family the chance to enjoy the boutique hotel and its first class dining facilities, with one of Africa’s best beaches right on the door step.

    To enhance guests’ stay with us, we can confirm the following:

    • Increased frequency of our already rigorous hygiene procedures;
    • Added hand sanitizer stations in public areas;
    • Fantastic in-room dining menu is available;
    • Private transfers from Ukunda and Mombasa airports are available on request;
    • Beachfront bandas are comfortably spaced with private gardens;
    • Dining at the expansive Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant with its ample floor space and seating provides a spacious and relaxed atmosphere;
    • Private Dining in the Owner’s Wine cellar available on request;
    • The expansive Diani Beach is free from the usual crowds;
    • Selected private excursions allow you and your family to enjoy the area further.

    From farm to plate

    It doesn’t come fresher than this. Our Nomad farm provides the kitchen of Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant with fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, while we source other key ingredients, including our fresh seafood from local, sustainable suppliers.

    For our Chef Andrea, it is an amazing opportunity to work with fresh produce: « Fresh produce is easy to cook, and its great for creativity, as I seek inspiration for the special dish of the day with what I receive from the farm. The result is a delicious meal, and a great way to support our local producers – our fruits and vegetables come from our Nomad farm, and the fish comes from our local fishermen! ».

    Among our sustainable dishes not to be missed, you can taste our well known detox tuna fillet with crunchy ginger, multi-coloured vegetables and a sweet sesame dressing, or our home-made tortelloni with organic green beans and dill sauce.

    Coastal flavours are also an integral part of our menu. Among the locally inspired dishes, there is the Chicken Korma served with spicy masala chips and the Spicy Prawn Curry.

    If these dishes have made your mouth water, come and taste them at Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant!

    Wellness weekend at The Sands at Nomad

    To unwind after an exhausting week at work, or just because you deserve it, indulge in a perfectly relaxing weekend at Sands at Nomad. Recharge with our spa treatments, yoga classes, healthy food and drinks…

    To release your tight spots, start with a massage at the Forest Breeze Spa and Wellness Center, a great wellness haven nestled in the Nomad forest.

    Personal yoga sessions, available on request, are held in a peaceful and beautiful surrounding – that will help to decrease your stress levels, promote relaxation and help with anxiety. Yoga is well known to positively impact on both your physical and mental health.

    Do not miss our healthy food and drinks served at the Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant. Daily, the restaurant receives fresh and organic produce from the Nomad farm.

    To unwind and relax, indulge in a wellness weekend at Sands at Nomad…

    Free unlimited massages
    As part of our reopening offer, you can enjoy free unlimited massages for stays of 3 nights or more before 31 October 2020.

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    A Home Away From Home

    At The Sands at Nomad we have 9 boutique types of accommodation. If you are travelling with children, family members or with a small group of friends, we have the ideal getaway for you: the new Family Beach Cottage.

    The cottage is a private beach house, ideally located and offers space and privacy for its residents. Two recently renovated comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms are split over two floors. The outdoor space includes a private veranda and lawn leading directly to the white sandy beach. Private sunbeds are available for relaxing during the day or star gazing at night.

    Your privacy is fully respected thanks to the luxuriant vegetation around the deck area, making you feel tucked away from the outside world!

    Private dining options are available on the deck helping to create a fantastic beach getaway for the group.

    The icing on the cake is that the cottage benefits from all the services of the resort, including Rivas Restaurant and Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant and a wide range of activities, such as scuba diving, snorkelling and watersports, camel riding and excursions with a local boat to the stunningly beautiful sandbank.

    For your holiday on Kenya’s South Coast, the Family Beach Cottage is the perfect home away from home, with all the comfort of the services offered by a resort!