We stayed here in april 2014 and booked on a B&B basis which was the best option as it allowed us to get out and about and try the many restaurants on the strip which is just outside the hotel, The breakfast was very good indeed with a mix of continental, hot english breakfasts with pancakes and eggs cooked to order, Plenty of fresh fruit and fruit juices with the choice of dining out on the terrace or inside the restaurant,
We booked our stay with Thomas Cook which was for a standard room near to the carpark and reception with limited views .After advice from TA members we contacted the hotel prior to our arrival to request a room upgrade and were allocated a delux room which was in the garden area with views of the garden and sea. The up grade cost us £20 per room per night so £280 for the whole stay which was worth the additional cost, We stayed in room 722 which had been refurbished and offered a good standard of comfort, great views, free safe, tea and coffee making facilities, bath robes, flat screen tv, a fridge that actually kept things cold and it was kept spotlessly clean by the maid
We were in the Gambia for the birding and what a great hotel to stay as we recorded 60 species in and around the hotel which is bird friendly providing water pots all around the hotel and food in the form of flowering plants and fruiting trees. Birds viewed from our room were fantastic with egret, starlings, sun birds, robin chats 4 spices of pigeon along with hooded and palm nut vultures and yellow billed kites.
We spent a couple of rest days at the pool which was fine and has a policy of not allowing anyone to reserve sunbeds by placing towels on the beds and also doesn't play any loud music. The pool also provided another great birding site with Rollers, Bee eaters and swallows hawking over the pool. The pool has a restaurant which serves lunch in the form of a snack menu of sandwiches, salads, pizza and pasta. It also serves a buffet evening meal of persons on half board we had a look at the buffet and it looked very good for the price.
The Hotel has another couple of restaurants the Casa Fernando's which we had 2 evening meals in and the food was good with local entertainment also the fine dining restaurant the Shikra which we ate in a couple of times and experienced the best meals and service we had anywhere in the Gambia, This was fine dining at its best and the cost was very good at around £25 per head for soup, starter, main and desert, The outstanding dish was the Lobster broth served with seafood sausage which was rich and full of flavour. Unfortunately we didn't dine in this restaurant until nearly the end of the holiday, next time we will be using it more often.
The outstanding feature of the hotel is its gardens which are maintained by a team of 15 gardeners who take so much pride and care in its upkeep. The hotel also has a small gym and spar along with a money exchange facility.
During our stay we spent most of our days out bird watching with Modou Colley who is the President of the Gambia bird guides association who treated us to some excellent bird sightings and i would highly recommend his services he made the holiday and can be contacted at email@example.com.
This was our first visit to The Gambia and will not by our last
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This premier 5-star hotel in The Gambia is not one to sit on its laurels but has continued to build on its reputation over the years. Located on the idyllic, sprawling golden sandy coastline of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kairaba Beach
- Kairaba Beach Serekunda
- Kairaba Beach Hotel Gambia