Nestled in one of Kenya’s first coastal “boutique” hotels, The Sands at Nomad is the perfect culinary destination during a break from long sunbed sessions, lazy walks along one of the most beautiful stretches of Diani Beach along the Kenyan South Coast, and for those with a classy palate.
Aside from the sweeping and uninterrupted view of the pristine white sand and aqua-coloured ocean, The Sands also has unique architecture to match. Hand-carved polished mahogany anchors the spacious al fresco room; towering sail-work above shields the airy dining space from the elements; and handmade driftwood sofas with vibrant coloured pillows line the palm-fringed beachfront.
The Sands offers contemporary cuisine from all over the world including Thai, Japanese, Swahili, Continental, Indian and Italian. Equipped with a wood-fire brick oven, the pizzeria serves up fresh ingredients on a perfect thin crust throughout the day. The freshly-made ice cream and gelato bar is also a refreshing destination for beachgoers, the ideal remedy for long sun-tanning sessions. Opened for lunch and dinner, The Sands serves a choice of buffet or à la carte menu.
Next to the rolling waves, it’s rather lovely to indulge in a Sushi and Sashimi platter – especially one that’s been prepared well. Made upon order, the fish tasted incredibly fresh and the vinegar-seasoned rice definitely received extra points – soft, supple and still firm. The Roast Chicken, a favourite amongst many, patiently grilled in a rotisserie with spices on the bone, was succulent and flavourful whilst the skin seared to an addictive crisp. Then there was the Cold Seafood Platter, a staple menu item at restaurants around these parts – the selection of calamari, prawns and fish were bland even with a dipping sauce. Finally, the sheer number of desserts from the buffet were dizzying. Spoilt with choice, those with sweet tooths will most likely spend more time enjoying their sweets than exploring the beach.
Aside from its superb location, The Sands boasts wonderful service that is both attentive and calming. With an average price of Kshs 2,500 per guest, the irresistible panoramic view should not be the only reason for a visit to The Sands. Don’t be afraid to linger throughout the day, and indulge in their gastronomic offerings – breakfast, lunch and dinner.