The Sands at Nomad is a beautiful boutique hotel, but as we discovered it is much more than just sun and sandy beaches; it is leading the local community towards a more sustainable future since 2017.
Upon sitting down with the Green Team Sustainability Department Manager Arty Pye, it became very clear that the Sands at Nomad is committed to the conservation of the environment through sustainable management practices. A highly knowledgeable individual, Arty speaks passionately about the environment and the unique structures in place to preserve what is enjoyed now not only for the tourists who flock the Oceanside town, but also for thousands in the communities that inhabit Diani and its environs. Winning several awards including the Gold Eco-rated Eco Tourism award for the sustainability practices, The Sands at Nomad is leading the charge towards a more sustainable hospitality industry on the Kenyan coast.
In an interview, he noted that the impact of the hospitality industry has had some negative effects of the environment. However, through sustainable practices there is hope. The hotel has three major schemes that are vital to its sustainability work in the area based on its Thinking Green philosophy.
Natural forest, and its inhabitants
It has been working to restore and maintain the local rag forest that is the habitat for local endemic species including Blacked Rhufus Sengi, squirrels and birds. Working with the Colombus Conservation Trust, the management is driven to ensure the protection of these beautiful creatures.
Sea turtle conservation
For those interested in ocean conservation efforts, the marine education center at the hotel is working on increasing the local turtle population. Working in partnership with Turtle Watch Diani, the local turtle hatchery offers information to the community and visitors alike.
Nomad Organic Farm
Currently, they run a self-sufficient organic farm minutes away from the hotel. The farm to table approach to the food offered to guests ensures that meals incorporate fresh ingredients, sourced locally and grown organically. Speaking about the organic farm, Arty mentioned he works closely with more than 10 individuals from the community who learn how to make the most of the seemingly difficult farmland in the coastal region. With a different perspective on agriculture, armed with distinct techniques such as aquaponics and perma-culture, the Green Team aims to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables in excess.
The management has also adopted regenerative farming activities making use of kitchen waste for farm compost, meat offcuts and waste for dog food and much more. Adopting the circular economy structure, they make use of old glass bottles to create glasses used in the restaurant, and an innovative trial home made from glass bottles.
Keen on keeping the environment clean, and recycling materials the hotel looks at waste with a fresh set of eyes, and proves that there are endless opportunities in creating a sustainable future.
To learn more about The Sands at Nomad at its sustainability efforts visit their website.