Gambia – Accommodation

THE KAIRABA

kariba“Beautiful hotel well planned and built with a slightly exclusive atmosphere.”
One of the most luxurious hotels in The Gambia by far. The excellently furnished rooms are arranged on two storeys in a portuguese style, with shaded balconies or terraces. The ambience of this hotel will appeal to the discerning client and offers a perfect atmosphere in which to relax and unwind.
The ‘Kingfisher’ Restaurant has a magnificent view over the gardens towards the ocean. Clients have the choice of sitting in the air-conditioned restaurant or outside on the adjacent terrace area.
The hotel has just opened a brand new a la carte restaurant ‘Shikra’ which offers an extensive menu. In keeping with the tranquil atmosphere there are no pool games.
This is the most exclusive beach hotel that The Gambia has to offer.
Electrical Sockets: 2 pin round & 3 pin UK type.
No of Rooms in Hotel: 142.
Note: Due to effects of coastal erosion, work replacing sandbags to maintain the beach may be necessary from time to time.

FACILITIES

Set on beach, Feature pool with sun terraces and pool bar, Landscaped gardens, leading to beach, Local craft market a short stroll away, Extensive conference facilities, Safety deposit boxes – free of charge

CUISINE

Extensive buffet breakfast, Poolside snack bar for lunches, Kingfisher restaurant – open most evenings, Shikra A La Carte.

ACTIVITIES

Occasional evening entertainment, Observatory, Croquet lawn. Guests have access to sports facilities of the adjacent hotel Senegambia

KOMBO BEACH

komboThe Kombo Beach is a popular and lively hotel with good facilities, benefiting from a superb beachfront setting.
Its excellent amenities mean this hotel is ideal for either a relaxing or active beach holiday. With a full time entertainment team on hand, sporting activities include tennis, aerobics, pool games and volleyball. However, with its choice beachfront setting and lush tropical gardens, it is not difficult to find a quiet retreat away from the lively pool games and entertainment.
All of the rooms now have individual air-conditioning units, operated by remote control, as well as telephones and radios. They are furnished to give a light and airy feel, enhanced by the large picture windows with either a private balcony or patio from where the gentle lapping sound of the ocean can be heard. Superior rooms and Suites are located on both the first and second floors and Premium rooms on the ground floor; all upgraded rooms are furnished to a higher standard and have hairdryers, televisions and fridges.
The hotel is known within The Gambia for offering excellent cuisine. There are four restaurants and three bars in the hotel serving a wide variety of food, each with a very different atmosphere. Breakfast and buffet dinner are served in the Kudula Restaurant under a canopy. Rive Gauche is the impressive à la carte, while a slightly more relaxed atmosphere can be found in The Brasserie, where evening meals or drinks are taken overlooking the ocean whilst listening to live music. Gecko’s, the snack bar and ice-cream parlour is open throughout the day and evening.
Evening entertainment comprises of live local music, theme dinners and dancing or simply relaxing on the pool side terrace or beach bar.
Although there are some areas that are still being enhanced, from November we are increasing our rating of the Kombo Beach to a 4 bird due to the improvements within the rooms, the number of upgraded room iptions and the range of facilities and restaurants on offer.

NGALA LODGE

nagalaFrom its magnificent elevated setting, Ngala Lodge combines individual character with a highly personalized service in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The emphasis here is very much on individual service, for example, guests can choose to enjoy breakfast on their private balcony or in the restaurant that benefits from outstanding views. The restaurant is owned and managed by Peter who is being joined by his brother, a renowned Chef in Belgium and although it already enjoys a well-established reputation with the public for excellence in service and cuisine, this is set to increase further.
The main building of Ngala Lodge was originally a colonial mansion and houses the ten standard suites. Each is unique, however all are extremely comfortable and spacious with many individual features and little touches designed to make guests feel very much at home. For something a little bit special we can offer two types of upgraded suite located in either the Manor or in the new Atlantic suites. Both are larger in size with superior standards and levels of service; the top floor of the Manor is occupied by a 2-bedroom suite whilst the ground floor comprises two 1-bedroom suites. The Manor suites are located in their own gardens with hot tubs and the Atlantic suites are more modern in style with their own private Jacuzzi. In total, with the new addition, there are seventeen suites and all are air-conditioned and equipped with fans and mosquito nets.
Ngala enjoys a magnificent setting looking out from its cliff-top position across the swimming pool and gardens to the ocean beyond. The secluded beach is accessible via steep steps and it would be wise to take advice on local conditions before swimming.
Ngala Lodge is a property that is extremely popular with returning guests and with such a small number of suites it is advisable to book early.
Please note Ngala Lodge does not accept children under 16 years old unless the whole property is taken for a group or family.

OCEAN BAY

outsideThe Ocean Bay provides a high level of accommodation and facilities in a beautiful beachfront setting. Popular with families.
Following a complete refurbishment, the Ocean Bay Hotel opened a couple of years ago and now provides a high standard of accommodation in a fabulous beachfront setting. Formerly the Mariatou, one of the main attractions of the hotel is the spacious and well-maintained gardens which lead down to the large sandy Cape Point beach.
With extensive facilities, the Ocean Bay is a great choice for families or couples wanting a more active holiday or those looking to simply relax and enjoy the Gambian sunshine. The large swimming pool is the focal point of the hotel where daytime games are arranged whilst volleyball, pool, darts and table tennis are also available. For families there is a children’s pool and playground; babysitting can be arranged.
The rooms are furnished in dark wood and are of a good standard, arranged in two storey buildings within the grounds and equipped with telephone, television with video channel, hairdyer, mini-bar, safe, air-conditioning and balcony or terrace.
Occasional evening entertainment includes live music and African dance groups. Within the hotel there is a choice of two restaurants, one serving buffet style breakfast and dinner and the Ocean Clipper à la carte, which is in an unrivalled position next to the ocean. Drinks are also available from the pool bar, elegant lounge bar or beach bar.
The area immediately outside the hotel is increasing in popularity with a couple more hotels, a few bars, restaurants, shops and a craft market all within easy reach.
Due to the quality on offer at this hotel, we will be increasing our grading to 4 ½ birds for this winter.

SENEGAMBIA

senegambiaThe Gambia’s largest and best known hotel, the Senegambia is a lively family-friendly hotel set in twenty acres of tropical gardens beside a sandy beach in the busy resort of Kololi.
New for this winter is a second swimming pool close to the beach which will become the lively area and main focus for daytime activities including water polo, volleyball and tennis. Mini golf, organised games plus a daily vulture feeding display add to the plentiful and varied activities on offer at this popular hotel.
If you want peace and quiet, the gardens attract an amazing plethora of birdlife and are spacious enough to find seclusion. The hotel’s resident ornithologist is on hand to provide tours within the grounds. The pool terrace provides snacks and cool refreshing drinks and with no music or activities in this pool, it will be an ideal area for relaxation. For a livelier lunch, head for the beach bar.
All rooms are equipped with a ceiling fan, air conditioning, telephone, televisions, mini-fridges and large patio windows leading onto a terrace or balcony. All our rooms are located in two storey buildings throughout the gardens.
Evening entertainment is both varied and lively, including stage shows by the resident animation team, African folklore nights and themed buffet evenings in the Domordula, the hotel’s main dining room and a weekly poolside barbecue. The large gardens are also used for private evening functions, weddings and live concerts. The comfortable air-conditioned Safari lounge bar is popular for a drink to round off the day. The Gambia Experience resort office is located within this hotel.
Please note the hotel offers a cash-free policy in its bars and restaurants; guests can sign for food and drink and settle their bill at reception.