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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We loved our eight night stay at The Sands. Diani Beach isn't the obvious choice for a beach holiday but more of an add on to a safari but it's a destination in itself.

The beach cottages are a few steps from the beach and close to the main restaurant. The staff and food are delightful and we didn't even leave the hotel.

The beach boys are fine and not a problem. We always smiled and said hello and there was never a problem.

Don't miss out - book now!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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dianibeachboy, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Thank you very much for your positive comment! We are looking forward to welcome you again!!

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

I made the reservation in April 2017 while I was in Abu Dhabi and the communication Admin Manager Rosaria and Susan in Marketing were efficient and professional.

When I arrived, everything was already set as per my requests. Check-in was quick. I was told everything I needed to know about laundry, dining, room service among other things and was left alone to enjoy my stay.

Yes there will be requests to buy things when you step on the beach. They can be persistent but are harmless and no one is going to force you to respond or do anything you don’t want to do.

Let us remember that we are not just guests of the hotel, we are also guests in the country and the people we are calling hawkers and beach boys are citizens. They live there, whereas we are just visiting.

The only thing you have to be careful about is the Beach Cottage, because once you have stayed in the Beach Cottage you will always want the Beach Cottage. The privacy, the location and the fact that when you walk out the first thing you see is beach..this is what I imagined and this was what I got.

Room Tip: Beach Cottage. The privacy, the location and the fact that when you walk out the first thing you see is beach.
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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dianibeachboy, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for taking your time to comment about your stay in The Sands at Nomad ! I cant agree more with you and your review! Please let us know when you wish to return!!
Until then we wish you all the Best!!

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We spent a beautiful three week family vacation of five living in a wonderful beach cottage and one forest view room. The Sands at Nomad is located at the center of Diani beach the most beautiful beach of east Africa. Rainforest plants and century old Baobab trees suround the hotel in all directions. There is a spirit of environmental protection and care( we witnessed a green sea turtle hatching!!!) directly in front of the hotel. The casualy stylish Nomad restaurant features a high quality menu witch ranges from kenyan to pizza, sushi and catch of the day seafood.
The combination of attention to detail and spirit of kindeness of the entire staff made this vacation an unforgettable experience.
The Sands has a place in our heart and we will be certain to come back.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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dianibeachboy, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for this great review! We are always very pleased when our guests have enjoyed their holidays! Looking forward to welcome you back!!

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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

The Sands at Nomad provided us with a great stay in Diani beach.
The swimming pool was the perfect size, the outside area was super confortable and relaxed, the staff was incredibly nice and caring, the beach was just beautiful (apart from all the harassing sellers) and the monkeys were hilarious.
Breakfast was very good and food was fresh, though I will say they should habe more options available regarding types of milk (the only available was cow's).
What made the difference was all the details: a small bottle of water in the toilet for us to brush our teeth (tap water is not great), the coasters were made from recycled wet suits, someone would come every night and put our mosquito nets down, the common area with games and books for the guests, ...
To wrap it all up, when we were checking out, we were offered a book from the common area that we had asked to buy from the hotel, even though it was part of their small library for all the guests. It was a lovely gesture.
Thanks for a wonderful stay!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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dianibeachboy, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for mentioning all our small details! We are very happy, that you have enjoiyed your stay with us! Hopefully you will return soon!! Best regards

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

This a beautiful boutique hotel. Food was generally excellent (I recommend booking with half board option, which is well worth even if drinks are not included - not even filtered water). We had mixed experiences with the hotel staff. In restaurants, everyone was just great. At the reception everything fine except for the last day, when we were denied a late checkout despite the hotel feeling half empty. Our welcome was particularly unpleasant as we had to wait 30 minutes until the guest relationships manager finished to tell us about the hotel and the possibilities of purchasing excursions, activities, etc. This wasn't very elegant and quite annoying after having travelled for so long. It would be much better if the hotel invested in updating the information package at the room with all these activities along with their prices and who to contact to arrange them. Lastly, the worse part was the gorgeous white sand beach, which unfortunately was infested with salesmen who were literally following us until the water to try to sell us staff (this is despite insisting several times on the same day that we wanted to be quiet). Not my idea of a quiet holidays: the hotel would vastly improve if only they stopped partnering with these salesmen.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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dianibeachboy, General Manager at The Sands at Nomad, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you for your review and your generally positive comments! In our Half or Full Board meal plan clients have a a la carte choice of all our food offerings in both restaurants! Drinks are not included in this meal plan. Our guest relation manager gives our new arrived guest important information on hotel and room operation. We do have an App- called The Sands at Nomad- which replaces the room folder and has many informations for our guests. Normally the introduction of the guest relation manager does not take longer than 5-7 Minutes- I appologies if this has taken longer then necessary. The Beach is a public area and the salesman there are licensed by the County goverment. The hotel and the respective group of beach operators have signed a Code of Conduct, which should exclude annoying activities as you have described! We will take your comments serious and call for a meeting with the concerned operators. Than k you very much and hope to welcome you again one day!!

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