My husband & I returned from Kombo beach 2 days ago & we're already missing our old friends & the new ones we've made on this visit. It's our 4th visit to The Gambia & our 3rd to Kombo. We had initially booked for The Dunes as we fancied somewhere smaller for a change but it is closed at the moment. Unfortunately our treatment from Thomas Cook was appalling & took an awful lot of emails & lengthy waits on the telephone to arrange a room at Kombo as TC had not notified us of the change of accommodation & had taken it upon themselves to choose somewhere else without ANY prior contact. By the time we got everything sorted all of the suites were taken which is what we usually book but did get a superior room which I would advise. But Thomas Cook were quite insistent initially that we had to pay an upgrade, I don't think so! It's the staff that make Kombo such a lovely place to return to & lovely to see local people who have long term employment & also a group of trainees beginning their placements. The hotel is impeccably clean although as frequently mentioned it does need the rooms sprucing up but saying that we'd jump at the chance to return tomorrow. We only visit on a B&B basis & there is a nice choice of breakfast products & even if you attend breakfast quite late as we do, always plenty on offer. There are several places to eat close by but we're biased & spend much of our time at Dominos just along the beach as we simply love it & the people there. Bax who owns/runs it keeps a very tight reign on his staff, Moses the chef is a lovely guy & his benechin, domada & fresh fish dishes are to die for. The waiting staff are all polite & when there's music playing at night great to have a dance with, as bad a mover as I am! We last visited The Gambia 2 years ago, yet we met British & Dutch people who were there the last time which makes it even more special. Almost like "family" You do hear the moaners & groaners making extremely rude & derogatory comments about the place & the people; our advice...do your travel homework better, go back to Benididorm & get your heads out of your bottoms, THIS IS WEST AFRICA! People need to get out and about when you're there & see the areas beyond the hotel and please, please, please support the local people & communities & buy their products, eat their fruit, drink their juices, buy their jewelry & carvings & have some traditional clothes hand made for you as we have done this time. Take a risk, let go of your hard earned cash, trust the people & allow them to make an experience you'll never forget. A seamstress I met on the beach 3 years ago, Ayisha, saw me this time & I decided to have a dress & tablecloth made. I visited her shop, got measured, picked my materials & gave her my money up front, something I'd never do at home. 2 days later she visited the hotel bang on time & delivered the most beautiful outfit that fits perfectly & shirt my husband had made. We visited a school we found the last time in Serre Kunda to take educational texts etc out there, another big thankyou to Thomas Cook for insisting upon charging us for the extra baggage despite my emailing copies of emails with the school's headteacher proving what the extra weight was for. It's so heartening that big companies care so much about people who have literally nothing. Sarcastsic...yes. Disappointed, absolutely. They simply lied to me by saying there was no capacity in the hold but if I paid extra it could be accommodated, I don't quite understand the correlation myself & they couldn't explain it either.
We will continue to travel to The Gambia & Kombo Beach but will certainly be looking at booking independently away from Thomas Cook but as we've found before, easier said than done.
- 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