Excellent week in the sun, very relaxing as planned ,
we have been to Gambia previously and found the Kombo the best so far lovely staff all round who liked to help at all times,
I contacted the hotel before arriving and asked for a quite-ish area top floor with good sea views and that is exactly what we got in room 466 unhindered veiws right down the beach over the little river/outlet into the sea and about 10m from the beach with beautiful sunsets every evening from our balcony on both sides the complete length of living /bedroom area and not overlooked by anyone at all we did not draw the curtains the whole stay and slept with the balcony doors open to listen to the sea/waves throughout the night,
Hotel and grounds were kept very clean and tidy and our room boy was excellent (Baks...???spelling), We were only on B&B and must say the choice was just the best weve had in Gambia by far, regular low key entertainment at night , 2-1 cocktail deals were excellent from Victor in the LIV bar each evening,
NOTE; We used a recomended Taxi driver called "RATTI" (see pics) who was very honest and trustworthy with us and a few others we pointed in his direction ( he is the only trusted driver from outside the hotel that is allowed into the hotel to be used by holidaymakers which is very rare indeed) he will help you with money change always getting us a good rate and has a great knowledge of the area and anything going on locally you may be interested in, we also used him for our aiport transfer / trips to Senegambia strip / visits to recently visited hotel areas and he was always on time with a big smile (contact Ratti on 00220 7728895 or look out for him in around the LIV bar early evening time if your looking for a genuine trustworthy Driver whilst here),
All in all a great experience at Kombo and would definitely return again, many excellent walks along the beach in both directions sometimes helping the local fishermen drag their nets in and frequenting the many bars for beers and snacks especially the garlic king prawns (see pics) at Jaffrehs / John Raymonds (ask for "Doh" the waiter he can walk you back to hotel showing you some interesting sites along the way?),
we also used "the weatherman" for fresh squezed fruit juices, and the fruit lady "Kombeh" (see pics) for fresh fruit platters on the beach which were delicious she is a lovely lady happy to just have a chat and a laugh and not pushy like some i seen,
We used the restaurants outside the hotel locally and would say enjoyed Ninki Nankas the best closely followed by the Indian in the craft market area Sailors (see pics) and Dominoes which had excellent entertainment /beach parties etc , we tried the Captains table once and were not impressed at all,
Do not miss the cookery lessons done by a young girl whos name i cannot recall (see pics) and all cooked on a cars wheel rim ????....you can also help her out cooking and buy/try the cooked food for about £3 a helping which was delicious,
Ask Ratti to drive you down to "the strip" for drinks/meal he will let you know where to go for the best meal in town (and wait to take you back).
No complaints at all just remember where you are?
well done Kombo we will see you again,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the beautiful wide sandy beach of Kotu is Kombo Beach Hotel, a popular and lively hotel with a desirable range of facilities, excellent cuisine, entertainment and true Gambian hospitality. Offering 5 different room types: standard, superior, premium, studio and suites, all with excellent amenities which makes this hotel also the perfect choice for the business traveler. During 2011 and 2012 the standard & premium rooms, studios and suites were refurbished. With a choice of facilities like pool with separate children's pool, gym, internet cafe, mini market, massage & beauty saloon, laundry service, daytime and evening entertainment, clinic, lush tropical gardens, beach front setting and friendly staff this is an ideal hotel for either a relaxing or an active holiday. On site there are 3 restaurants and 4 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kombo Beach
- Kombo Beach Banjul
- Kombo Beach Hotel Gambia/Kotu