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“Totally relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Sands at Nomad

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The Sands at Nomad
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Waddington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Totally relaxing”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Just back from a week at the Sands and had an extremely relaxing break. The beach is just beautiful and the accommodation top notch!

The only real criticism I have is the restaurant and bar! Lacking lots of items off the food and drink menus, service very slow and the waiters tend to have a perplexed look on their faces most of the time and unfortunately when the food arrives it is not always what you ordered, particularly at breakfast. Such a shame as if they undertook some staff training I'm sure this would improve things and less mistakes would be made.

Room Tip: Ocean View Suite is perfect for a family of four.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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  • Cleanliness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Forgive me for appearing to be rather critical from how I have titled this review, but growing up knowing the sands at Nomads as being close to perfect- i was highly disappointed by what we experienced when my partner from Zimbabwe and myself visited in December.

They hardly had much available on their food menu for the few days we were there. Also, i was absolutely horrified at the overall drop in food and service standards. A sea food platter was hardly aesthetically appealing and the presentation was horrifying.

On the upside, the staff were friendly and this place offers fantastic views of the Indian Ocean.

Stayed December 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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182 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

We've just come back from Sands and enjoyed every minute of it. I was skeptical at first thinking this would be a resort-like experience but I found it to be quite the opposite a tastefully decorated (large) boutique hotel. I could hardly see more than 5 customers at any given time or place and I was told we were at one point 65 in the hotel. So privacy-wise this is great. My family stayed in the beach bungalow which was to die for in every sense of the word but I strongly recommend the standard room next to the reception which I initially thought was going to be a major hassle due to distance to the beach but it turned out to be a 45 second walk. The only disappointment really was the food at the restaurant which has commanding views over the indian ocean. Breakfast is flawless but the lunch/dinner menu is too extensive with every cuisine in the world on offer. The inevitable result: 3 different seafood starters followed by 3 different seafood mains and the quality of the 6 dishes, especially compared with nearby restaurants, is unfortunately only average. Soggy octopus, chewy calamari, overcooked fillet of fish and all the usual mishaps of sloppy seafood cooking. Having said that, this doesn't take away from the overall satisfaction from the hotel and we will definitely return.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Nakuru, Kenya
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is our favourite place to stay at Diani Beach. We went with our 8 week old baby for some sun, sea and sleep and had a marvellous time. We love the swimming pool and the boutique feel of the place. The food in the restaurant's great (try the massive, extremely tasty pizzas!) but being B and B means you can explore some other fantastic restaurants along that stretch (Sails is our favourite). We'd love to go back every year. See you again soon!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel is more than one special place to be . It's magic ! Just came back from and we say it was amazing as always ;))) thank you & see you next year !The weather the stuff even the rooms all that is fantastic . Also the breakfast and the dinner left nothing to dream ;) missing already .
Mila & Pippo

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

This is by far the best spot on the kenyan coast! Fantastic accommodation,great service, fab new menu, great food with lots of choices, and the BEST pinacoladas! We are regular visitors and we love this place! Never disappoints! The beach is stunning with a snorkelling site and sand bank not too far away. Great spa with loads of different treatments available, and a fitness centre offering yoga classes, Zumba and aerobics! Would not stay anywhere else!

Stayed November 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2013

Hello,

I have been to the Sands before and I loved it. The beach is really great. I would like to book another trip for end of May but cannot find a valid contact number. Can someone please let me know what it is.

Thank you,

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Sands at Nomad

Property: The Sands at Nomad
Address: Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#7 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sands at Nomad 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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