This was our 2nd trip to Gambia this year. The first staying in the Kombo Beach Hotel and this current trip (last week) at Summer Grove Villa.
On the negative side the apartment we were in (No.5 front facing) we were unable to sit out on the balcony as opposite the apartment was the rear building of the local Clinic - which had a generator going most of the day and well into dusk. the constant throb of the generator while you're trying to have your morning tea was disturbing.
It was also noisy if you wanted to sit by the pool - as the complex also has a generator in full view of the pool - again constantly throbbing - hard to relax when you can hear the noise of a pneumatic drill going on.
The first apartment we had - the A/C did not work in one of the bedrooms, so we asked to be moved. The 2nd apartment had A/C in both rooms but only a ceiling fan in the lounge - which didn't work. In the evenings it was very hot in the lounge, you couldn't open the balcony door because a) Mozzie's and b) the Clinic generator. However, after some complaining, on the 3rd day we did manage to get a stand alone fan for the lounge.
each day the electric went off at 10.30am... this caused problems especially if we were in the middle of showering etc... As the season isn't in full swing until next week and we were the only guests staying at Summer Grove we felt that we were insignificant. Perhaps if the complex had been full more attention would be given to ensuring the comfort of the guests. After complaining again, the attitude of the main person in charge was as if we were being 'fobbed off'. After more complaining - again on the 3rd day the Management would switch on the generator when the electric went off at 10.30am...not only does the electric go off but also the water
It's a short walk to Serengambia (restaurant/club area) - but the path is rocky and full of pot holes with little light to guide you. A torch is a must and low heeled shoes.
Cockery/Cutlery is sparse - so if it's a family staying ensure you check what's in the cupboard and ask for additional equipment if you need it.
To get to the beach you need to cross the main road and walk for about 10 mins
There was no help/guidance from management. Most of the time there was nobody around.
No mirrors in the bedrooms or dressing table - ladies we know how important this is.
No breakfast or snacks were available as it said on the website - I think this is because there was only two of us in the complex, therefore we didn't warrant the attention. When we did ask for a snack we were told no.
On a positive note -
the apartments are spacious.
the cleaners are a delight and in fact gave us most of the information we needed.
the security men were also friendly and courteous at all time.
Would I stay here again - probably not
Would I recommend this place to friends - probably not
Would I return to Gambia - most definitely
when I return I will probably revert back to staying in a Hotel; Kololi, Kariabar are all good.
The Gambian people are extremely friendly and I have travelled to many part of Africa (N.S.E & W.). Yes Gambia comes with its annoyances like the 'bumsters' but if you're firm and polite they generally leave you alone. But it's all in the culture and if you embrace the culture I'm sure you will return to The Gambia