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The Sands at Nomad

5.0 star property
5-star beachfront hotel with spa, near Diani Beach

9.0/10 Superb

80 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, 80401
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On a private beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Airport shuttle
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On a private beach
  • Diani Beach - 3 min walk
  • Nyali Beach - 48 min drive
  • Bamburi Beach - 129 min drive

Getting around

  • Ukunda (UKA) - 15 min drive
  • Mombasa (MBA-Moi Intl.) - 167 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

The Sands at Nomad

5-star luxury hotel
You can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, a roundtrip airport shuttle, and a poolside bar at The Sands at Nomad. This hotel is a great place to bask in the sun with a private beach, beachfront dining, and sun loungers. Indulge in a facial, a massage, and a manicure/pedicure at Forest Breeze, the onsite spa. The onsite Italian cuisine restaurant, Nomad Beach Bar and Resta, features brunch. Yoga classes are offered at the gym; other things to do include boat tours, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a terrace and a coffee shop/cafe.
Additional perks include:
  • An outdoor pool with sun loungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • An area shuttle, a TV in the lobby, and coffee/tea in the lobby
  • Concierge services, a front desk safe, and wedding services
  • Guest reviews speak well of the beach locale, pool, and helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at The Sands at Nomad boast comforts such as premium bedding and pillow menus, as well as amenities like free WiFi and air conditioning.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with bidets and free toiletries
  • Electric kettles, daily housekeeping, and phones


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 37 rooms


  • Check-in time from 12:30 PM - midnight
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Height restrictions apply for onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle (available on request)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service

Traveling with children

  • Children's menu

What to do

  • On a private beach
  • Yoga classes
  • Kayaking
  • Boat tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/body boarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Fitness center
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa


  • Wheelchairs available on site


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Pillow menu
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, Forest Breeze. Services include facials and manicures and pedicures.


Nomad Beach Bar and Resta - This beachfront restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.
Rivas Bar and Restaurant - Overlooking the pool, this bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open 24 hours. Open daily.
Rivas Coffee - Onsite bar. Open 24 hours. Open daily.

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


  • Parking height restrictions apply

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 9:00 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Sands Nomad Hotel Diani Beach
Sands Nomad Hotel
Sands Nomad
The Sands At Nomad Hotel Diani
Sands At Nomad Diani
Sands At Nomad Hotel Diani
The Sands at Nomad Hotel
The Sands at Nomad Diani Beach
The Sands at Nomad Hotel Diani Beach

Frequently asked questions

Does The Sands at Nomad offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Sands at Nomad does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Sands at Nomad?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 7 AM to 9:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at The Sands at Nomad?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
Is airport shuttle service offered by The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Sands at Nomad?
You can check in from 12:30 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
What is there to do at The Sands at Nomad and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, windsurfing, and fishing. Additional recreation onsite includes yoga. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. The Sands at Nomad also has a private beach and a fitness center, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, Nomad Beach Bar and Resta offers beachfront dining, Italian cuisine, and pool views. Nearby restaurants include Manyatta Green Club (15-min walk), Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant (2 mi), and Tiki Bar (2.1 mi).
What's the area around The Sands at Nomad like?
The Sands at Nomad is located a short 3-minute walk from Diani Beach. Travelers say this hotel is in a good location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

This place is amazing!
The hotel is set in the most wonderful location, you can expect to have the Indian Ocean lapping your feet, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. The staff will cater for your every need, be sure to do the 7am yoga sessions with Sam, it’ll set you up for the day, follow that with an ice cold madafu with breakfast at the Nomad bar. You must also indulge in the Sands Signature massage; 2 hours of pure bliss (as if you needed anymore!) a body scrub with followed by a massage, you will float out of the spa! The food is delicious both for lunch and dinner, we were lucky enough to be there for the full moon in March and captured some amazing photos. We are looking to return in January 2023…something tells me this could be my ‘go to place’ for some R&R and to escape the UK winter. Thank you to all the team at Sands at Nomad. You made our break so special and we can’t wait to return.
Sarvjit, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Xenia, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Would Return!
Fantastic stay, great property with helpful staff. Beach was clean and soft white sand
Scott, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

8-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I absolutely recommend staying at this hotel if you are visiting Diani beach. Upon check in we were greeted with coconut water and a flower necklace, nice little welcome touch. We were also upgraded free of charge to the junior suite which made our stay even more comfortable. They also gave us a free thirty minute massage. All staff were really nice, funny and always helpful to any request. Room was equip with all amenities needed. Scuba diving courses available everyday at 4pm were absolutely fantastic. Breakfast and dinner options were good, again all staff here were really great and attentative. The beach is a public beach and could do with a seaweed clean up however the waters are beautiful and warm. Recommend leaving items in the hotel vicinity (sunbed area) and going for a dip in the ocean. You will get people coming to haggle to take you snorkeling/boat ride but they are friendly and leave you alone if you are not interested. I would for sure come back to this hotel if I return to Diani beach.
5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The hotel accommodation is what is to be expected from a five star beach hotel; in every respect. The staff are well trained and friendly. But the beach is the big surprise. It is stunning. I had a great holiday.
5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amaing stay on an amazing beach
The Sands at Nomad provided a wonderful stay at one of the world's most beautiful beaches. The staff were amazing, providing friendly, courteous and professionalism at every step. The room was spacious, comfortable and had a great view of the ocean. The restaurant was good and a perfect spot for sunset drinks and dinner. The pool bar was my favorite with great drinks, food and service. The check-in/check-out processes were quick and efficient. Benson in Guest Relations was helpful with anything needed and in arranging transportation on the day of departure. You cannot go wrong with a stay here.
Clay, 3-night trip with friends
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