I have just returned from 10 days at the Ocean Bay and in a way I'm relieved to be home.
I traveled with my husband and 14 year old daughter. We've traveled before to may countries and stayed in a variety of hotels, b&b's etc. I went with an open mind having read the reviews on trip advisor.
The hotel itself was good, staff were friendly although we did find that everything they do is for a reason ie. a tip, one cleaner put a pot of flowers on our balcony table and drew our attention to it, he wanted money! I heard a story from speaking to another guest that a member of staff had conned several guests by comming to their room and demanding they pay their bill by cash, the reception knew nothing about it and these people had to hand over £200. We stayed on a b&b basis which was fine. breakfast was really quite nice, a large selection of cooked breakfast, porridge, cereals, yogurts, fruits etc. couldn't fault it. As said by many reviewers, the room was big and clean but the shower unit left a lot to be desired with grout falling into the shower not so great. The electric supply was a bit sporadic and didn't always charge up my ipad. Around the pool was good, lots of sunbeds, fresh towels and the pool was clean.
Now for the bad bit! - If you go on the beach expect to be constantly hassled by the juice boys, fruit ladies and other sellers, they will persist and they don't seem to take no for an answer then when they've annoyed you they say oh you're not friendly! I found that after having fruit for a couple of days the fruit ladies think they own you, one of them even chased after me when I was going off for a swim.
Also if you go out the front of the hotel you can expect to be followed and harassed by the guides, they are supposed to be there to help you but they can end up being just as bad as the bumsters, we had a guy called Carl who claimed to be an official guide he was ok for a couple of days then he decided we were walking cash cows and approached my husband to ask for more money after we had paid him for his services he even thought it was ok to come into ourr hotel as we were waiting for the coach on the last day to ask for money. We went for dinner one night at 'One for the Road' when we came out it was dark and one guy came out from the side of the road at us, hands allover my husband and when we told him to go away he followed us, it was scary but we told the hotel about it and they informed the tourist police. My advice would be if you don't want hassle is go about your business with a sense of purpose and don't let them shake your hand and don't make eye contact.
Restaurants - I thought Surf & Turf was by far the best the others were just ok. On our last night we went to Red Croc the service was so terrible it was almost funny, after waiting 40 minutes for a starter we asked where it was, they made a mistake and hadn't taken the order down right, then two main courses came out and not my husbands it was a disaster! Try African Queen in Sunny Gambia that was lovely and very popular.
Be careful in the airport going back, again we were troubled by our trolley man wanting £15, some con man who was telling people he was short by £40 and needed to get home and don't go over weight on your luggage or you will pay a lot of money for it!
All in all I'm glad we went but I won't be returning to Gambia purely because I value a bit of peace on my holidays.
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Bay Hotel Bakau
- Ocean Bay Hotel And Resort
- Ocean Bay Resort
- Ocean Bay Bakau
- Ocean Bay Hotel Gambia
- Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort Gambia, Africa