Just returned from a week at The Royal Lodge and only have good / great things to say about the place. The transfer from Dakar takes three and half to four hours with the last hour on a dirt road - the transfer from the airport was in a Ford Transit which is not a particularly good off-road vehicle! whereas our return journey was in a 4 x 4 which soften the jolts and bumps big-time.
The standard of accommodation can not be faulted but would certainly recommend you pay that bit extra for a sea view rondavel. The standard of French influenced cuisine is excellent and the service is attentive without being intrusive.
The design of the pool area is both innovative and impressive and yes the photos on the website are a real reflection of the hotel.
In the week were there we did not see anybody swim in the sea as the shoreline is caked in seaweed.
In order to get the best out of this holiday you need to be willing to attempt to communicate en francais - it doesn't matter how bad your French is but showing willing goes a long way.
If you are looking for a relaxing five star break at a reasonable price Royal Lodge is an option well worth considering.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Le Royal Palmarin
- Hotel Le Royal Lodge Senegal/Palmarin