Africa’s Leading Beach Destination Award Winner 2019

Need a little incentive to book the holiday of your dreams?

Kenya’s most sublime beach frontage has been handed another gong to add to its cluster of awards recognising its stunning beauty, dazzling white sands and pristine waters. Diani Beach has been crowned Africa’s Leading Beach Destination Award Winner 2019.

Congratulations to all stakeholders who work tirelessly to ensure our tropical paradise remains the ultimate beach getaway.

Marine Education Center: Community Outreach

The Marine Education Center at The Sands has been working to expand its community outreach programmes. To date, a total of 166 students and 27 teachers from local schools visited the center to learn all about Kenya’s incredible marine life and the importance of conservation.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities with the center’s resident marine biologist and education manager. Students have enjoyed a turtle fact finding mission and conducted a beach clean survey to collect data on the rubbish they removed from the beach. The data is then collated and used for a school project.

A fun degradation game requires students to consider how long they think it takes different objects, such as bottle tops, fishnets, cardboard, tyres and cloth, to degrade. A school visit is rounded off with a special documentary screening of the movie ‘Oceans’, which is a big hit with students who often do not know how many animals are in the ocean and who have never seen a fish swim.

Many of the students who walk through the marine center’s doors are visiting the beach for the first time.

The local Conservation Education Society and the Marine Education Centre have funded the trips to give this unique opportunity to local school students who would otherwise miss out on a fantastic, far-reaching educational experience.

Gold Travelife Sustainability in Tourism Award

The Sands at Nomad has led the way on all things green and environmentally conscious on Kenya’s south coast since 2005.

With a strong environmental ethos, whereby all decisions across the hotel take into consideration the local and natural environment, The Sands is Diani’s most environmentally conscious hotel. Our pioneering efforts have been recognised with the Gold Travelife Sustainability in Tourism Award. This is a fantastic achievement and we hope it will serve as an inspiration to others within the tourist industry as they now start or continue their sustainability journey!

2019 Travellers’ Choice Award

We’re thrilled to have made the Trip Advisor ‘Hall of Fame’ as a recipient of the 2019 Travellers’ Choice Award!

Thank you to all our wonderful guests!

Making a Difference: HIV/Aids Awareness

The Sands strives to make a positive difference to both our immediate and wider environments.

It was with this aim in mind that Nomad invited a representative from the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and Aids (KELIN), Esther Nelima, to give a series of special sensitisation training workshops to support and empower our staff.

HIV prevalence in Kwale County stands at 3.8% as per the 2018 HIV Estimate report, released in December 2018 by the National Aids Control Council (NACC), while stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV and Aids remains high, at 48% according to the national HIV and Aids summary report from the NACC.

The training took place over several days to allow all staff the opportunity to attend. It covered awareness on sexual health, STIs and HIV/Aids; signs, symptoms and methods of prevention; the importance of testing, early diagnoses and treatment as well as adherence and disclosure; and legal protection for people living with HIV and Aids through the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act (HAPCA).

Ms. Nelima reported afterwards that it was clear few people were aware of the realities of HIV transmission, prevention and treatment and that, handled correctly, diagnoses does not have to be devastating or life-limiting. It is hoped that this initial intervention – the first of its kind in Diani – will help KELIN to reach more people within the tourism industry, to ensure those who do not know their HIV status are tested and linked to care and support and to prevent further deaths from HIV related illnesses in the tourism industry.

Individual counseling sessions to encourage more people to talk openly and freely regarding issues related to HIV and Aids followed the training sessions, with further training planned for 2019.