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Kairaba Hotel
Kololi Resort
P.O. Box 390 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel: +220 446 2940 / 1 / 2

Fax:         446 2947

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The Kairaba Beach Hotel, in Senegambia, is a grand, full-service 4 star accommodation on the tourist strip.
Hotel Room Facilities & Services:
156 rooms

Standard: 2 beds twinned with spare sofa bed

Baby cot on request

En-suite WC & shower with complimentary toiletries

Wardrobe and drawers

Air conditioning


Coffee & tea making facilities


Hair dryer

Satellite TV

Private balcony or terrace

2 pin socket

Writing desk and chair
General Facilities & Services:
4 Restaurants

5 bars

Large swimming pool

WiFi Internet access

Children's play area

Shopping centre

Nightly entertainment

In-house medical clinic

Wheelchair access

Sports activities

Conference centre & 6 meeting rooms

Evening entertainment

Beauty salon & massage parlour

Large tropical landscaped gardens

Local excursions arranged


24 hour manned reception desk

The Kairaba Hotel is sleek and attentive but a little self-important. It is perhaps the most urbane of The Gambia's establishments. Spaciously self-contained in 15 acres of lawned slopes. The suave buff complex completed in 1990 by its Swedish architects and designers.

It has the country's best known conference facilities and it has perforce to cater for numerous official functions.

This - plus previously erratically efficient management, never-ending renovations and frequent breakdowns of communication between the reception and reservations office - were the causes of its previous overbookings. Since 2004 however, this has considerably changed since it was acquired by M.A. Kharafi and Sons who introduced their own management style and upgraded accommodation operations.

The Kairaba is greatly insulated from the 'Senegambia Strip' outside by uniformed security-staff in a guardhouse beneath a grand portal. This was a new fixture added in 1999 to enclose a guarded car park and row of shops. From a second line of defence of Tropical Boutique, and Casa Fernando fish diner, the drive and covered walkway are lined by the cheaper, shower-only 'Avenue Rooms' and the colonnaded office blocks and the 6,460 square foot 'Jaama Hall' centre.

The drive drops between the main buildings: the reception lounge large and chill to the right; the restaurants, bar and meeting areas to your left. Here the Monsoon Bar and the main Kingfisher share a terrace that bright birds appreciate too. The Kingfisher shares its French chef with the la carte Shikra adjoining, a plush place where holidaymakers hobnob with the distinguished guests attending.

The neatly manicured lawns enclose 12 staggered room blocks. Two-storeyed and in a beige coloured wall are occupied by the presidential Mansa Suite, 2 executive suites also with kitchenette, and over 100 single or double premium, standard and downstairs studio all with mod cons.

Outside the gardens slope down past the croquet to the rather shapely, figure-of-eight pool, a central bridge demarcating the toddlers from the deep end. Nearby, the Malimbe is more casual than the main block's, and the circular thatched Bolong Bar is backed by gardens and tamarisk-hedged lawns that border the Kairaba Beach Hotel's 300 metres of beach.

A Vitala Studio beneath the foyer is a German-run, the adjoining 'Health Care Studio' a lightly equipped gymnasium. The Observatory is more singularly impressive. It was installed in 1994 and is West Africa's largest telescope, a computerized 10" Meade programmed for 10,000 stars.

There are a wide range of different accommodation suites to cater for all tastes. All the rooms at the Kairaba Hotel offer an exceptionally high standard of comfort and offers rooms with sea views from this beach hotel in Gambia.
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