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The Sands at Nomad
is located in Diani Beach
on the South Coast
This stunning 15km stretch of white-sand beach has acted as a magnet to visitors from the very earliest days of tourism in Kenya. These days it is very much a major centre for mass-market packaged tourism, but its not quite so heavily developed as one might imagine. Although the inland town of Ukunda, with its airport hub, is something of an urban sprawl, the network of roads that runs closer to the ocean are generally more relaxed, with a sprinkling of modern infrastructure, including, shops, restaurants, shopping malls and even a golf course.
Along the ocean itself, large sections of the beach are backed with low density private plots dotted with palm trees and modest houses, small hotels and the occasional resort. Only in a couple of core areas are there serious clusters of very big and often quite downmarket resorts, many of which are either on their last legs or long since closed down.
Situated on a relatively busy stretch of beach around 5km south of the main airstrip, The Sands at Nomad is a medium sized property on a large and relaxed forested plot. The main reception building leads through to a bar and modest swimming pool area. Guests accommodation is in 37 simple but pleasant rooms, some of which are detached bungalows, others contained in attractive two storey blocks. Above the stunning white sand beach there is a very substantial and reasonably pleasant lounge, bar and restaurant.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, body-boarding, sailing, kite-surfing, wind-surfing and kayaking. plus golf, sky-diving and other facilities in the greater Diani area. Day trips further afield are available for excellent diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins in the Kisite Marine Reserve to the south.
The main potential downsides are the busy nature of the Diani area, the hustle that one can encounter when out on the beach or around town, the fact that there are big resorts lined up either side and the relative simplicity of the place as a whole, notably the swimming pool area.