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Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bakau
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Relaxing and quiet holiday. The hotel is not luxurious but it is clean and comfortable. The staff are friendly and keen to ensure you have a good holiday. This is the second time at the hotel and we have loved it both times and intend to return again. We stayed for 7 days, this is not quite long enough to completely unwind and next time we will do 10 days. We hired a guide for an afternoon and had a very interesting insight into the local area and were not bothered by the locas at all. The pool is fabulous as is the beach, the sea however can be a bit rough so care is needed if you intend to swin.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, there are some that look out to sea so you can request this.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

just returned from 1 week at the Ocean Bay and had a lovely time. Nice hotel, friendly staff, excellent service from everyone. Rooms cleaned every day and cleaned very well. We stayed bed and breakfast,which was great (plenty of choice), had lunch at the hotel which was also very good and reasonably priced. We ate out every night, which is a must. You must go out and experience these places and the food is excellent. As you walk out the hotel the offical guides are there, we met a lovely man called Bob, he showed us around. You have to go out with them to experience the real 'The Gambia'. The weather was excellent, both pool and the beach area were keep tidy. Try the fruit from the ladies on the beach, number 12 is very nice and friendly (they all are) and also the juice guys. Just remember where you are and you will have a lovely time, already looking to go back later in the year. This was our first time in The Gambia.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bud034
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Having stayed here before, we were not disappointed to stay here again.
This hotel has the best breakfast in The Gambia, with traditional local teas (mbor mbor), local juices (baobab & wonjo) and local jams (cherry & baobab, pineapple & ginger, etc). Of course there is also the typical cooked breakfast and continental options too.
Their speciality is their lemon grass cocktails, simply delightful and refreshing! The staff are incredibly well presented and polite and extremely helpful without being pushy!
We will definitely go back and stay here again!

Room Tip: Suites are rooms in the 800's, 900's,1000's and 2000's. Room 101 is best for disab...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank MMullers
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Location - a few minutes walk from several local restaurants and right on the beach. Taxi ride away from the main tourist 'strip' for night life and more restaurants.

Rooms - not brand new/ five star but clean and confortable.

Grounds - nice setting, trees, flowers and pool area.

Breakfast - excellent choice, eggs made to order, waffles, bacon, fruit, pastries etc etc.

Staff - genuinely very helpful and friendly.

I would recommend not going for all inclusive as there are some great local places to eat - we tried Sunshine bar, Calypso, Mr Bass, Smiling Coast and Surf and Turf. All were excellent. Staying in hotel for a whole week eating a buffet wouldn't have been nearly as fun as getting out to eat in different places! Also, you may wish to avoid the evening entertainment at the hotel! There is a pizza oven pool side which is handy for a lunchtime snack.

You do get approached by the official guides who operate outside of the hotel every time you step out the door but this is part of the course in Gambia! There are all friendly and not intimidating but can be a bit annoying! We decided to use one guide to show us around Bakau and he did an excellent job. We were pleased we did as they really try to make sure you enjoy yourself and its nice to spend money outside of the hotel.

You don't get any hassle whilst using the hotels sunbeds on the beach as there are supervisors around to prevent this.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank EmMcDermid
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

the hotel ,can not be faulted ,this is our 2nd trip to the hotel food is lovely ,we had breakfast every day and lunch on a few occassions ,staff are all very helpful ,with regards to reviews of staff bein rude and unhelpful we never witnessed this at all (treat people the way you want to be treated) recommend getting out and about dont stay in hotel ,we used local guide falilu of which he is opposite the hotel ,not as many bumsters this yr and was a very relaxing stay,we went on a day trip out which we arranged through goal for gambia ,and also to a local nursery that they are helping and had a fantastic day ,and met our child that we sponsor to go to school this is the real gambia ,if you want to see the real gambia then contact me and ill put you intouch with the charity the hotel trips are rubbish and over priced ,one down side is the goverment tax that is put on all your food and drink in hotel this can work out very expensive

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

My husband and stayed at the Ocean Bay on October 2012 and we were not disappointed by our visit. The hotel was of a very high standard and our room was lovely, well air conditioned and cleaned each day. The pool and facilities were great, excellent sunbeds, happy hour and a gorgeous beach - you can even borrow books :0) The breakfast buffet was ok but personally I would not pay for any more than bed and breakfast as the lunch and dinner buffets looked as if they were quite similar and I think you would soon get bored and also compared to the price of eating out the cost is pretty high. Saying that the pizzas are excellent value and some of the other food is really lovely so we ate in a few times.

The staff were really friendly and if you go here make sure you say hello to Lowe who looks after the pool area, he is a lovely guy and will make sure you have a fantastic stay (If you do see him please say hello from Jo and Martin) the entertainment was fun and although Cape Point is a little quieter than some of the other resorts the beach is beautiful and if you find yourself a friendly taxi driver it really does not cost a lot to get anywhere.

Top tip when you are in the Gambia contact Sandy at www.goal4gambia.org she is amazing and she runs a small charity looking after some of the poorer schools in the area. She will arrange an amazing trip to a local school for you (just you and the children - miles away from the bustling tour operator trips) it is a very personal and wonderful experience and I reccomend if you have any room in your luggage to take along some goodies (anything but sweets) for the children as the joy they have in receiving even a pencil is truly overwhelming. Please stay away from the organised tours! They are expensive and do not benefit those in need instead please contact somehwere like Goal for Gambia or a smaller charity as they will make your day truly memorable

I highly reccomend this hotel and the Gambia in general, if you embarace Gambia and make some local friends you will have such an amazing time.

Enjoy

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean View!
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Josephine_Cambridge
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

I stayed here on a business trip. We chose this place due to its location rather than the facilities. The hotel is fairly basic and the primary clientele is the package tour sun-seekers from Europe with all that entails. There is entertainment every night, which thankfully stops at 10pm sharp. The pool looked OK, and the gardens around the compund give the place a pleaseant ambience.

The food is just ok. The breakfast is acceptable, however as I stayed at the peak period for tourists, the service at breakfast was parlous. There were way too few staff to cope with the volume of guests. I would probably stay there again as I think the hotel is a reasonable standard for the Gambia.

Outside of the hotel is a different story - many bumsters offering tours, a chat and just about are wearing.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank BonBin
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Address: Kofi Annan Street, Cape Point, Bakau, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Bakau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Bakau
Price Range: £62 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 195
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