We spent a wonderful week with our 10 year old son at the Kairaba over Easter on a B&B basis. This was our 4th visit to the Gambia but the first to this hotel and we are so pleased that we did. Pay no attention to any of the negative comments made by other reviewers, this hotel has it all! The grounds are immaculate and having wildlife so close to you (monkeys, pheasants, birds, bats at dusk and lizards) makes a real difference! The hotel staff cannot do enough to make your stay an experience. Stopping and talking with them will enhance your stay.
The rooms are a little tired but are kept immaculately clean with plentiful replacements of soaps etc. Breakfast on the balcony is superb with a plentiful spread of both hot and cold. We ate dinner twice in the hotel at the pool themed buffet which was fab. The evening entertainment was good for the Gambia. For the other nights we ventured out onto the strip which was brill - vibrant and colourful. Great selection of restaurants. Scala is particularly impressive - we went twice including their Sunday night buffet - outstanding and great value for money.
The pool is great and there are no issue with availability of sunbeds. i had two 30 minute foot massages by the pool from the Spa team (£9 a time) which were out of this world.
It was of interest to note that the airport arrivals has really been sharpened up and is now less chaotic and frustrating making the first impressions of the Gambia much improved.
As on previous reviews I have made about the Gambia people must understand that this is a developing country and therefore you must put everything you see and do in that context. Being friendly, considerate and respectful goes a long way anywhere in the world but in the Gambia it will earn you wonderful smiles and lasting friendships. My last point is that the smallest of tips means such a lot to these people as their weekly wages are pitiful.
The Gambia is only 6 hours away with no time difference. The weather is fab, it is great value for money and you will always receive a smiling and warm welcome. A must and definitely the Kairaba!
- 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