The Sands has long been committed to making a positive difference to both our immediate and wider environments, starting with our own community.

A representative of the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and Aids (KELIN), Esther Nelima, was recently invited to Nomad to give a special sensitisation training workshops to help educate, support and empower our staff.

HIV prevalence in the local community stands at 3.8% according to the 2018 HIV Estimate report, released in December 2018 by the National Aids Control Council (NACC). Stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV also remains high, at 48%.

All staff were given the opportunity to attend the training sessions over the course of 5 days. The training covered awareness on sexual health, STIs and HIV/Aids; signs, symptoms and methods of prevention; the importance of testing, early diagnoses and treatment as well as adherence and disclosure; and legal protection for people living with HIV and Aids through the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act (HAPCA).

Initial feedback from the sessions revealed that few of those in attendance were aware of the realities of HIV transmission, prevention and treatment and that diagnoses does not have to be devastating or a life-limiting. It is hoped that this intervention – the first of its kind in Diani – will help KELIN to reach more people within the tourism industry, to ensure those who do not know their HIV status are tested and linked to care and support and to prevent further deaths from HIV related illnesses in the tourism industry.

Individual counseling sessions to encourage more people to talk openly and freely regarding issues related to HIV and Aids followed the training sessions, with further training planned for 2019.

Kenya Kite surf Cup

Diani’s action-packed, 3-day long, freestyle kite surfing competition is back! Organised by H20 Extreme and hosted by Nomad, it is the perfect way to help beat the January Blues.

Professional and amateur competitors will perform freestyle movements before a panel of judges who will allocate points based on difficulty, fluidity, style of trick and kite position before the final manoeuvre. If you’d rather sit this one out, why not indulge in a relaxed weekend, watching colourful kite surfing scenes unfold on Africa’s number 1 beach? You can also browse through a range of craft stalls selling locally made products, including clothes and jewellery, and hit the dance floor at a Hawaiian-themed after-party.

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the chance to win some fantastic prizes in support of the local Diani Turtle Watch.

Check out the planned schedule for 2018 (all wind dependent):

Friday, 18th January 2018
10am-11am: Kiters’ Registration (Ksh2,500 registration fees)
11am-12pm: Kiters’ Briefing and drawing of the heats
12pm-5pm: Craft stalls
1pm – 5pm: Heats, men followed by women

All day: Sales of raffle tickets in aid of Diani Turtle Watch

Saturday, 20th January 2018
12pm – 5pm: Craft stalls
1pm – 3pm: Semi-finals and finals, men followed by women
From 8pm: Hawaiian after party on the sundeck at the Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant. Dress-up/theme party with prize for best costume.

All day: Sales of raffle tickets in aid of Diani Turtle Watch

Sunday, 20th January 2018
11pm – 3pm: Sales of raffle tickets
12pm – 5pm: Craft stalls
1pm – 2.30pm: Auctioning of Relay teams and Relay downwind race
2.30pm: Prize giving to winners of the men and women’s freestyle competition
3pm: Auctioning of prizes and drawing of raffle tickets

Nomad is not called the ‘best spot on the beach’ for nothing. Looking out at endless blue skies, crystal-clear water and miles of powdery white sand our outdoor terrace is the perfect place to watch the world go by.

Chef Andrea and his team create delicious dishes using only the freshest, finest local ingredients, including herbs and vegetables grown on the Nomad Farm. Our extensive a la carte menu features a sizzling range of international cuisine from Italian pizza cooked in our wood-fired oven to fresh-caught seafood, sushi, Swahili dishes, Indian curries and more. Our daily menu offers specially crafted highlights from the Nomad kitchen.

Put on your competitive hat and head down to the beach for a fun-filled family day out at the Nomad Sand Sculpture Competition. We’ve got a host of fantastic prizes up for grabs!

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with an evening rendition of traditional Christmas carols from a local choir?

Not content with doing the rounds on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas will be arriving at Nomad on Christmas Day before making his journey back to the North Pole.

If you’d like your child to receive an extra special gift from Father Christmas, please drop a wrapped present, clearly marked with your child’s name on it, off at the reception desk at the Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant by 4pm on Friday, 21st December.

See out the old and ring in the new at Diani’s most stylish New Year’s event. Enjoy a lavish feast set to the soulful sounds of jazz from the superb Iris Duo and Janike followed by electrifying tunes from DJ Caboos as the countdown to Midnight begins.

Leave the New Year’s resolutions till later and start the year as you’d like to go on an afternoon of indulgence, relaxation and music from the Hakuna Matata Band.

Nomad Christmas Craft Fair Diani Beach Kenya

The 2018 Nomad Christmas Craft Fair was a hot and beautiful day. With 70 stalls on the terrace and on the beach, camels riding past, sand sculptures being made and a lively raffle and auction, it was a superb day of fun, laughter and Christmas shopping.

Thank you to all the guests and exhibitors for your support in aid of Diani Turtle Watch and its tireless efforts to protect endangered turtles.

Till this time next year, here’s a round up of images from the 2018 Nomad Christmas Craft Fair.

Christmas Craft Fair Gallery

It was a poor Chardonnay experience that catapulted Geoffrey Kariuki into the extraordinary world of wine!

It was not a path typically laid out for a young boy growing up in a small village in Dagoretti on what was once the troubled outskirts of Nairobi, in a class of 66 students competing for the attention of a single teacher. However, Geoffrey’s own story is a striking tale of hope, hard work, talent and the right elements aligning at the right time.


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When Geoffrey began working as a waiter at the trendy Artcaffe in 2009, the wine list presented a minefield of confusion and mispronunciations. Geoffrey did not know what a chardonnay was and was found on one particular day in a situation where he could not help his customer. So, in the style of a man driven to learn, Geoffrey went on a journey of discovery, studying the intricacies of wine.

When the manager of the upcoming Sankara Hotel dined at Artcaffe he was impressed by Geoffrey’s level of service, and offered him a job in the hotel’s new wine cellar. From 2010 to 2013, Geoffrey immersed himself in the world of wine, which soon emerged as a defining, life-altering passion.

He travelled to Stellenbosch, South Africa, to sit his wine master exams with the Wines and Spirit Education Trust and visited over 200 vineyards from the Cape to KwaZulu Natal.

In 2016, Geoffrey was a finalist in the Wines of South Africa International Cup awards, representing both Kenya and the African continent and forming part of an elite group of sommeliers from 8 countries around the world.

Within the space of a few short years, Geoffrey had risen through the ranks of the burgeoning wine industry in Kenya to become the country’s youngest, most renowned sommelier and to win internationally recognised plaudits and approval. He also began training other up-and-coming sommeliers.

A yearlong stint as a sommelier and restaurant manager at a top hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2017, gave Geoffrey additional opportunities to develop his skills for international clients. But Kenya needed him more. He returned to his beloved home country to consult for Nairobi’s prestigious Fairmont Hotel and developed the wine list and a training programme for Five Senses Restaurant , at Yaya Centre.

With a firm belief in expanding his experiences and passing his knowledge and skills onto others, so that they may benefit from his success and go onto charter their own, Geoffrey welcomed the chance to join The Sands at Nomad as our resident sommelier.

We are proud and excited to have Geoffrey as part of our great team. Geoffrey can be found in his element in our stylish wine cellar, training team members, hosting private tastings and helping our diners explore the depth and variety of fine wine.

Diani Beach has once again been crowned Africa’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards. It marks the fifth year in a row that our beautiful Diani Beach has won this prestigious award.

Come and see, or even revisit, the secret delights of Kenya’s stunning south coast.

Kenana Knitters at Nomad Boutique

Looking for an ideal gift for the little ones in your life? Pop into our beachside boutique and browse through our gorgeous selection of hand-knitted toys from Kenana Knitters.

Founded in 1998 in the agricultural area of Njoro, on the western rim of Kenya’s stunning Rift Valley, Kenana Knitters was designed to empower Kenyan women living in rural farming villages by helping them to derive a much needed source of income using their spinning and knitting skills. Kenana Knitters was founded on the premise of ‘changing lives stitch by stitch.’

Today, Kenana Knitters employs 500 Kenyan women to knit and spin and make a brighter future for themselves and their families. Knitting is ideal for women who are juggling multiple roles and responsibilities within the home, out in the fields and in the community – often for little or no pay – as it requires minimal equipment and can be done in small chunks of time whilst carrying out other daily activities.

We are proud to support the work of the Kenana Knitters and the company’s commitment to paying fair wages and creating high quality, organic products using AZO free dyes and natural plant dyes from locally grown plants for vibrancy and colour. Each unique design is a handcrafted creation, telling the individual stories of rural Kenyan women and bearing the name of the woman who made it.

Thinking Green Nomad Beach Bar

The five-acre Nomad farm, also known as The Sands Shamba, uses the guiding principles of permaculture farming, combined with waste recycling and up-cycling, to produce fresh, organic fruit and vegetables for the restaurant.

Permaculture farming is the development of sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystems, which uses rather than harms the natural environment so that crops continue to grow over time.

Raised growing beds resting on shallow soil and coral have been created using homemade organic compost from restaurant waste and other organic material. Highly nutritious vegetable waste is also used to feed the farm’s 100 free-range chickens, thus lowering our impact on the environment. It is one of the chickens’ primary functions other than laying eggs.

The farm has so far produced tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, yellow guavas, passion fruits, herbs, spices, mangoes and lettuces – and more!

Step into the cool and temperate climate of our temperature-controlled, modern wine cellar where you can dine in style and sample the delights of our superb selection of Old and New World wines.

Our experienced sommelier is on hand to recommend a wine to complement your palette and choice of fine dining cuisine. Specially crafted menus can be arranged for private functions including family occasions, a party of friends and ladies who lunch.

Wine connoisseurs will also enjoy our delectable tasting menu featuring chocolate, cheese, Swahili and seafood options. Premier wines from around the world sit in glass cabinets while a beautifully crafted oak table provides the centrepiece of the cellar’s stunning ambience.

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