The Sands at Nomad

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

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The Sands at Nomad

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Front of property
Beach cottage | Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, individually decorated
Double Room, Garden View (Sea Breeze) | Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, individually decorated
4 restaurants, breakfast served
Suite, Ocean View | Bathroom | Free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers, bidet

Overview of The Sands at Nomad

9.0 out of 10 Superb
9.0/10 Superb

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, 80401
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On a private beach
  • 4 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges
  • 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

Room options

Ocean View Family Suite

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Double Room, Garden View (Sea Breeze)

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Beach cottage

  • Beach view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Queen Bed

Suite, Ocean View

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • On a private beach
  • Diani Beach - 3 min walk
  • Nyali Beach - 90 min drive
  • Bamburi Beach - 96 min drive

Getting around

  • Ukunda (UKA) - 13 min drive
  • Mombasa (MBA-Moi Intl.) - 87 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant - 3 min drive
  • Nomad's Beach Bar And Restaurant - 5 min walk
  • Sails at Almanara - 5 min drive
  • Piri Pirie's - 5 min drive
  • African Pot - 6 min drive

About this property

The Sands at Nomad

The Sands at Nomad offers a private beach where you can enjoy the shade from a beach umbrella or relax in a sun lounger, plus you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Diani Beach. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, facials, and mani/pedis. Nomad Beach Bar and Resta, one of 4 restaurants, offers a beachfront location and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this luxurious hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a poolside bar, and a fitness center.


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

  • 29 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 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
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

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 pets or service animals allowed


  • 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
  • 4 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • 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
  • Stair-free path to entrance

Room amenities

Home comfort

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

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 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.
Rivas Bar - Overlooking the pool, this bar serves lunch only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
Teppanyaki - Onsite restaurant. Reservations are required. Open daily.
BBQ - This restaurant is located on the beach. Reservations are required. Open daily.
Indulge - Onsite fine-dining restaurant. Reservations are required. Open select days.

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 uses a grey water recycling system.
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.
How much does it cost to stay at The Sands at Nomad?
As of Sep 27, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Sands at Nomad on Oct 11, 2023 start from $380, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
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 and service animals aren't allowed.
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 2:00 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 2 bars, a private beach, and a fitness center, as well as spa services and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Sands at Nomad?
Yes, there are 4 onsite restaurants, featuring beachfront dining and ocean views.
What's the area around The Sands at Nomad like?
The Sands at Nomad is located a short 3-minute walk from Diani Beach.







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Property conditions & facilities




6/10 Good

Great but there is always a room for improvement.
Sands at Nomads is great overall, but there are little things that could be improved. One big one for improvement is the restaurant - both the food and service.The menu is hit-and-miss, there are some great dishes but many far from great. The restaurant service could also be improved. During our 4 days stay, our orders were confused more than once or twice or the restaurant staff did not actually know what the dishes are.
Magda, 4-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

A nice quiet small hotel with generally very friendly staff right on the wonderful Diani beach. Learner divers in the only pool could upset some people and there is a fair walk to the main restaurant.
EUAN, 6-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful location. Staff are very professional and friendly. Definitely a 5star rating
castro, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very nice boutique hotel in a very private area of Diani Beach. Has a private sunbathing area overlooking the beach and also a great private pool. The staff are extremely friendly and there are great dining options on the hotel grounds.
Shane, 4-night romance trip
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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
Verified Expedia guest review

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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