Set in acres of coastal forest, on Kenya’s best beach, surrounded by swaying palms and ancient baobab trees, and just a few kilometres from the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest. The Sands at Nomad is a perfect blend of traditional style, contemporary luxury and perfect tranquility. Moments from the white sand beach of Diani, there are coral reefs to explore, warm turquoise waters to swim in, and forests full of exotic bird life. This is surely castaway chic at its finest.
A fusion of soaring sailwork, classic Venetian stucco, and traditional Swahili architecture, The Sands at Nomad offer 18 rooms, seven beach cottages and 12 suites. All are individually designed, with fine hand-polished mahogany woodwork, many with private whirlpools, panoramic terraces and spacious sitting rooms. Décor is definitively Colonial, with a palette of earthy tones and neutrals, while four-posted beds draped in mosquito nets. Bathrooms have beautiful timber finishes and quarry tiled floors. Water babies should go for the Ocean View rooms, which are as close to the sea as possible without being immersed in it. The Beach Cottages have traditional makuti-thatched roofs and are set right on the beachfront lawn for the ultimate, private romantic setting. Can’t make up your mind? The Suite Mbega offers unique views of the forest, with monkeys and birds chattering in the trees from one side and the beach and ocean through the palm trees from the other. The magnificent Peponi
massagers, as well as facials, pedicures, manicures and all manner of beauty treatments, as well as yoga with a qualified trainer. The free-form futuristic pool is tiled with local Galana stone and plunges to depths of five metres with a central gazebo. If you can tear yourself away there are all kinds of watersports including diving at the world-renowned PADI centre – expl;ore the coral reefs and maybe spot whale sharks…
With its reliable side-shore trade winds and warm waters, Diani beach is also ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing, as well as kayaking, pedalos, and deep sea fishing excursions and snorkelling,. There are all kinds of safari tours on offer, including flying safaris over the Masai Mara where you can spot the big five in their natural habitat . And for golf aficionados, the 18-hole Championship Golf Course is only a few minutes away - where you can practise your swing through the palm, cashew and casuarinas pine trees. The resort also has its own boutiwue with a
The sands at Nomad has a great array of restaurants and bars – start the day with a delicious tropical breakfast buffet at the main restaurant which also serves lunch and a la carte dinner. There is sushi and sashimi on offer at the Japanese restaurant, while a wood-fired brick oven produces great wafer-thin and crispy pizzas on the beach, and the Beach Bar offers cocktails and cold drinks, freshly made juices and ice creams and a daily snack menu. Rivas Bar & Fine Dine offers an intimate setting with a good wine list for dining under the forest canopy with views of the pool and the ocean.