Set on 225 meters of pristine greensward with uninterrupted vistas over one of the most beautiful stretches of this legendary beach, The Sands is the inspiration of the celebrated local artist, Mario Scianna, who is already renowned for his work in creating two of the south coast’s most stylish bars, Marco’s and Mario’s, at the adjacent Leopard Beach Hotel.
A unique fusion of hand-carved polished mahogany, soaring sail-work, classic Venetian ‘stucco’ and traditional Swahili architecture, The Sands nestles in 25 acres of indigenous coastal forest, where silken-coated colobus monkeys swing. Centered upon a 5 meter-deep futuristic pool with central gazebo, the sinuously curved central reception area features an atmospheric lounge with a shaded al fresco Jacuzzi terrace, a Romanesque bar, an al fresco restaurant offering contemporary Thai cuisine, a boutique and global connectivity centre. Deep in the forest shade is a massage and nature treatments salon.
In keeping with the world-class style and innovative panache of the hotel’s conception, the accommodation comprises an individualistic selection of 18 comfortable rooms, 7 exclusive beach cottages and 12 luxurious suites, many with private Jacuzzis, panoramic terraces and spacious sitting rooms. All the rooms enjoy air-conditioning, integrated music and entertainment systems, private bars and 24-hour service, and all are individually interior designed and furnished with an inspired combination of Swahili objects d’art furniture and Mario’s finest mahogany woodwork.
Rooms are accommodated in the main reception building and enjoying views of forest or sea, the hotel offers 18 double rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each is equipped with: air-conditioning, minibar and satellite TV. The Sands also offers 7 unique beachfront thatched-roof cottages each with uninterrupted views across the sands and ocean. Each is equipped with: air-conditioning, minibar, satellite TV.
The resort offers also a delightful wave-lapped beach bar and restaurant incorporating Red Pepper serving contemporary Thai cuisine and an international dive school offering luxury launches, action sports and game fishing.
Suites includes: The ‘Wimbi’; ‘Roman’ and ‘Kaa’ Suites, these upstairs suites feature private Jacuzzi, luxurious bathroom, first floor terrace and spacious reception room a mere 20 meters from the Ocean’s edge with the most stunning views over the Indian Ocean.
The ‘Peponi Master Suite’, a magnificent first floor suite featuring a spectacular bathroom with a king-sized Jacuzzi opening on to a grassed garden terrace.
The ‘Mbuyu Grande Suite’, situated in its own private area of greensward and looking directly out to sea, this unique suite has been constructed in the traditional Swahili style, with a high thatched roof pierced by a dramatic waterfall that descends into a crystal pool below. Featuring a classic four-poster bed on a raised podium, a private verandah an elegant sitting room and a semi-open air bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, the suite offers the ultimate in secluded romance.
The 6 ‘Ocean View Suites’ enjoy glorious sea views. These suites have sweeping private verandahs and are available with either one or two bedrooms with en suite bathroom and are ideal for families or friends.
The ‘Mbega Suite’, situated within the central reception building this delightful suite enjoys both forest and sea views and has its own private verandah.
The ‘Forest Breeze’ centre offers Professional Massages and Facials, Pedicure and Manicure, Exotic Body Scrubs and personalised Natural treatments, plus a broad range of Beauty treatments. The guest relations desk can arrange exclusive marine safaris, visits to the nearby Shimba Hills National Park, cultural and botanical tours or visits to some of Kenya’s famous up-country National Parks.
The hotel enjoys immediate access to Diving the Crab, a world-class renowned PADI 5 STAR CENTER and SSI PLATINUM which offers dive courses, wreck explorations and whale shark spotting. The 5m-deep pool, the deepest at the Kenyan Coast, is ideal for diving courses.
Other water sports such as kite and windsurfing, kayaks, pedalos and deep-sea fishing are available in the hotel.
A selection of hand-made luxury motorboats and cabin cruisers are available for private marine safaris, exclusive beach BBQ’s and Indian Ocean excursions.
For conference needs, The Sands can be booked for private business functions and offers an air-conditioned lounge, media facilities and a wide selection of breakout areas and themed events.