Tourism: 5 best luxury hotels in The Gambia

Best hotels in Gambia

Away from the busy and snowy European cities in winter, there are luxury 5 stars rated hotels in destination Gambia, where one can enjoy royal treatment services and an open natural-spa of year round sunshine.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site says Kairaba Beach Hotel, Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort, Kololi Beach Club, Ngala Lodge and Kombo Beach Hotel are Gambia`s best luxury hotels.

Located in Fajara, Ngala Lodge has the highest ratings on the TripAdvisor review website. The Lodge sets in tropical gardens, overlooking the ocean, it has 9 stylish suites, a unique penthouse, 4 elegant Manor suites, 4 breath-taking Atlantic suites and 6 stunning Macondo suites says its website.

Ngala Lodge Ocean Front Gardens: Credit @ Ngala Website

It`s very astonishing that 83% of those who reviewed the hotel gave it a maximum 5 star score, meaning ‘excellent’.

Ian S a reviewer said:

“Stayed here in the penthouse a while back under a special offer.

“It was a gorgeous hotel with an incredible view of the ocean.

“I’ve lived in The Gambia for a while prior to staying here for a night, and it just felt like I was in a different country.

“I can’t begin to describe how beautiful it was. It is certainly one of the premiere hotels in the country.

“Quiet peaceful and romantic. The breakfast brought to the room in the morning was a lovely touch.

“The restaurant is excellent and frequented by many expats for business lunches and dinners. It’s some of the best food I’ve had in the country.”

Second, is Kairaba Beach Hotel, situated on the magnificent golden beach of Kololi, the hotel offers a unique ambiance of relaxation and tranquillity to rest and unwind in complete comfort.

Kairaba is one of the oldest luxury hotel`s in The Gambia that has modern conference facilities. 46% of visitors said the hotel is excellent, while 41% gave it a very good score on the tripadvisor review website.

Bolong Bar @ Kairaba Beach Hotel Website

The hotel has rooms ranging from standard to presidential suites with several restaurants and bars.

A British visitor to Kairaba Hotel Jake Campbel said:

“Stayed here in December 2016 with work and absolutely loved the place. The staff are all so friendly and helpful and are always on hand.

“The gardens are stunning and well-kept and the pool area is just perfect, it was never loud or overly busy.

“The food here was also brilliant and had the best breakfast selection out of all the hotels I visited during my time in Gambia.

“The rooms are a little dated but the A/C was perfect the shower was brill, the beds were very comfortable and it was spotlessly clean too so can’t really complain.

“I would love to return one day – the hotel and the Gambia in general are just brilliant, if you’re considering this hotel/this destination, get in touch with your travel agent and book it now!!”

Third is Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort also offers a breath-taking view of the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent River Gambia with swaying palms and panoramic sunsets. The hotel is located in Gambia’s finest Beach District of Cape-Point Bakau.

30% 919 reviews the hotel got gave it an excellent 5 star score, while 51% gave it a very good score.

Ocean Bay Hotel: Credit @ Gambia Experience

The hotel features 195 spacious and comfortable rooms including 24 Premium suites, 120 deluxe rooms, 48 Standard Rooms, and 3 Executive Suites.

A reviewer Roudina M said:

“Amazing stay in a nice country,exceeded my expectations hotel was very clean with friendly staff nice ocean view, pool seemed nice but i didn’t try it , hotel in front of UN house and walking distance from crocodile pool.”

Fourth is Kombo Beach Hotel situated in Kotu with a superb beach front, free sun loungers and a fresh water swimming pool. The hotel has three restaurants to choose from, all with terraces overlooking the ocean, plus four bars, three of which are situated around the pool and another by the beach.

34% of the 1016 reviewers say the hotel is excellent and 48% gave it a very good score.

Kombo Beach Hotel: Credit @ Gambia Experience

Donna H a guest to Kombo Beach Hotel said:

“Go with an open mind, this place is worth every penny as it was our 1st time to the Gambia and cert not our last.

“Anybody who travels to the Gambia and writes a bad review should not be allowed back to visit this beautiful country, thanks to a wonderful country, we will be coming back very soon!!!!!”

Fifth is Kololi Beach Club, the hotel has been operating for 23 years as a luxury accommodation in The Gambia. The hotel`s luxury villas has amazing balconies with modern features.

It offers peaceful relaxation for guests as each villa has daily maid services which can be upgraded to include personal valet, laundry and room waiter/service says its website.

Kololi Beach Club Villas: Credit @ TripAdvisor

56% of the 154 reviewers gave it ‘excellent’ score and 34% gave it a very good score.

Lady Lambretta a guest said:

“Great resort it’s paradise right on the beach front with two swimming pools ,the gardens and ground are beautiful it’s peaceful and quiet and very relaxing.

I”f it’s winter sun you’re looking for and not too far to fly, this is the place to stay with a golf course on the resort it’s perfect,

“All the staffs are wonderful friendly. Its great if you want to chill out and relax this is the place to stay.”

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