Reviews of The Sands At Nomad
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6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited The Sands At Nomad and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"The Sands At Nomad review"
The pool was perfect for the kids with the extra deep end, plus being partially shaded. We went for the B&B option in order to enjoy dinner in some different locations, but unfortunately everywhere else we wanted to go was fully booked every night of our stay - so I advise booking additional restaurants in advance of your trip.
The service was slow at times and information about boat trips and tide times not always accurate, but staff were helpful with organising on-site covid testing prior to our journey home." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
"Relaxed beach holiday"
The beach along this part of Diani is exceptional, and you can swim at high tide, low tide and all points between. The beach restaurant is relaxed and friendly, and Willy made us excellent ginger tea in the mornings! Staff were flexible and helpful about sorting out a day room and other facilities for us on the last afternoon, which we very much appreciated.
Our only difficulty was with the transfer from Mombasa airport. No one was there to meet us, and it turned out they had they had got the time of our arrival wrong. Luckily, the driver was not far away when we rang, and was able to collect us without too much of a delay." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
"Relaxing stay at a beautiful beach"
Although we had booked an ocean view room, they were being renovated so we were upgraded to a beach cottage. We hadn't booked this as they looked a bit dark in the photos, but with high ceilings and windows on three sides, this wasn't a problem. The cottage was lovely and private, with a beautiful view to the beach from the bed, the veranda and the private sun-loungers. The bathroom was clean, light and well-equipped. The bed was beautiful, firm and comfortable (but be aware that it is very high, which could be tricky if you have mobility difficulties).
The food was very good and varied, and being able to pick from the al a carte menu on half board is a real bonus. The restaurant location right on the beach is lovely, and the fact that it is a destination in its own right (i.e., not just open to hotel residents) means they can offer a wider choice of menu and that there's a nice mixture of locals and tourists.
Management were very present and engaged, frequently checking in on how things were going.
The spa treatments were excellent, and Dorcas was welcoming and skilled." See all these reviews: 12n in Kenya
"The Sands At Nomad review"
The beach and pool were lovely, and the weather great. The half board option was great, and there was a lovely selection of food to choose from. We could decide whether we wanted lunch or dinner which was great as it meant we could go out for dinner nearby if we chose to.
Overall, a lovely stay." See all these reviews: 9n in Kenya
The rooms are dark and really need to be updated. They say their style is "Swahili" meaning dark, solid wood and it probably is, but the whole hotel would benefit from lighter colours, better cushions outside the rooms, new towels etc.. The bed was very comfortable.
Food was an absolute delight and the beautiful restaurant on the beach is just somewhere to sit and people watch. The menu is varied and whilst we were on full board, we could eat a sandwich or a chateaubriand - we didn't have to stay within a price bracket. Apparently there is an a la carte restaurant which we didn't even bother to visit as the beach restaurant was perfect for us.
The situation of this hotel is just beautiful. You can walk for miles on powder like sand and the sea felt safe as the reef protected the beach from the worst of the waves. If flights improved (BA arrive into Nairobi at 9pm so an overnight stay is needed, then a trip across town to Wilson the domestic airport to fly to Diani or you can fly Turkish via Istanbul but then to Mombassa) and you could get there easier, this would be an ideal spot for a beach holiday with or without safari.
Delightful staff!" See all these reviews: 17n in Kenya
"Overpriced and run down but good activities"
Thankfully we were moved upstairs, which didn't smell damp, however overall stilla run down room, e.g. stained curtains, rusty looking toilet, showergel that smelt and looked like toilet cleaner, scuffs around the place and generally feeling out-dated (and not due to it being of a Swahili design) - room needed a lot of TLC. Bed was like a rock - not nice, never slept on anything that hard ....except the ground.
Emailed the hotel manager - not the most beautiful customer service reply - essentially he replied saying he thought we were wrong....in my book that just proves a little more that we weren't.
Discussed upgrade to a cottage, stated our maximum budget, got taken round and then told a price above our budget - a pretty unfair experience - felt led on and disappointed.
Restaurant however is beautiful and pool is lovely. Beach is beautiful, lovely location.
Restaurant staff were very nice, hotel staff were OK but not particularly helpful (e.g. at arranging activities and regarding the room)." See all these reviews: 10n in Kenya
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