Our first visit to The Gambia,we had researched hotels and as we didn't want a large impersonal hotel but to be amongst nature, settled on Palm Beach which was perfect for us.The grounds are beautiful,peaceful,full of exotic plants and wildlife with the ever helpful gardeners on hand to find particular individuals,the monitor and giant tortoise as well as the monkeys and birds.My favorite were the fruit bats.We visited all the other local hotels which served to prove what a good choice we had made.The breakfast was perfectly adequate for us and we enjoyed our drinks in the bar before heading out in the evenings for dinner and returning for night walks around the hotel with the night guards to spot nocturnal residents!
We used Aziz the bird man for major trips to Roots, Lamin Lodge Crocodile Pool and Monkey Park.He was lovely, hard to pay,a complete delight,can be found around the hotel.Tip to booked Aziz is email@example.com .The local restaurants are good,we liked Kunta Kinteh on the beach , Tandoor good, Ali Babbas ok.The beach is beautiful,an afternoon at Kotu point beach bar is recommended,the walk along the beach is an experience in itself,we ended up pulling the fishing nets in en route!Special mention goes to Abdoulie the cleaner at the hotel,what a personality,you cannot help but smile in her presence ,He is a huge asset to The Palm Beach.We would love to return to Palm Beach as we felt it was very special.Gambia is definitely what you are willing to put into it, the local beach boys were befriended by a family we met at the hotel and some of our lasting memories will be the day they shopped at the market and cooked for us on the beach, organizing entertainment, these are the chaps most tourists try their best to avoid,what a revelation,we found all the boys extremely trustworthy and will do our best to stay in contact.
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Beach Hotel
- Palm Beach Kotu
- Hotel Palm Beach Gambia/Kotu