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Hibiscus House
     
Location: Brufut village centre, 1.5km to coast
Rooms: 7 Swimming Pool
En-suite, Fan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi ✔ Car Rental
7 custom designed luxury guest bedrooms, each with double bed, private shower, wash-hand basin, WC, running hot water & seating.
 
Leo's Beach Hotel
     
Location: On Brufut Heights beach
Rooms: 6 Swimming Pool
En-suite, A/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
Free Wi-Fi ✔  
 Review: Leo's is an avant-garde, beautifully simplistic structure within The Gambia's coastal hospitality sector - you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Miami! It's a well thought out accommodation block of 5 double bedrooms & 1 suite with 2 guest bedrooms & all with ocean facing sea views from private verandas. All have air-conditioning, wireless broadband internet connection, a private shower, flush toilet, sink, satellite TV, ceiling fan, veranda, sea views, minibar & security safe. There is an elegant, stylish drinks bar where you can mingle with other guests & entertain friends.

In case of power failure the building has a back-up generator & it utilizes solar panels to produce the running hot water for the bathrooms & the diner's kitchen. Water is not a problem either as Leo's has its own borehole & is connected to the mains supply. *Airport transfers.
Mandina Lodges 5 star
     
Location: Makasutu Culture Forest
Rooms: 8 Swimming Pool
En-suite, Fans Bar & Restaurant ✔
 Review: Mandina is a wilderness based 5 star eco-lodge with lodges sleeping either 2 or 3 guests. Each suite (Stilted, Jungle or 'Floating') has an open-air shower (with solar heated hot water), hand-bowl & toilet, ceiling fan, sunbathing terrace & a four-poster bed with mosquito net draping.

Built in amongst the mangroves & tropical forest it literally does give you a feeling of being close to nature. So close in fact that you may occasionally spot the odd Colobus or Vervet monkey nearby. The whole of this luxury accommodation is set within its own private land of riverine, mangrove creek, savanna, palm & hardwood-forest, & salt-flat eco-systems covering 1,000 acres.
Ngala Lodge 5 star
     
Location: On Fajara beachfront cliff
Rooms: 24 Swimming Pool
En-suite ✔ A/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi ✔  
 Review: Ngala Lodge, formerly a converted colonial mansion, is a sumptuous 5 star boutique hotel on the beach. The cliff-top location gives it's visitors an almost unmatched swathe of oceanic scenery such as the precariously hanging coastal rhun palms, the Atlantic Ocean's horizon and Kotu's sweeping sandy bay to your left. The lodge has stairs leading down to the often narrow shore.

Ngala has 17 air-conditioned bedrooms of varying sizes, sleeping 2 people each. Suites come in groups of varying sizes & levels of homely comforts, & each has a private bathroom with hot tap water, & WC, plus a private terrace, balcony or garden, while some with ocean views.
Ocean Villa Heights
     
Location: On Brufut Heights seafront
Rooms: 7 Swimming Pool
En-suite, A/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi ✔  
Private Taxi  
 Review: As you enter the sea facing holiday villa you are welcomed by a two storey high ceiling and gleaming marble tiled lobby with two marble clad sweeping flights of stairs that meet on the second floor.

Of its 7 air-conditioned bedrooms, 6 have sea views, 6 have a double bed & en-suite shower. One room has air-conditioning, 2 double beds & large en-suite bathroom (suitable for some families). All the suites enjoy the convenience of an electronic safe, a satellite TV, ceiling fans, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer & daily maid cleaning.

The shared general facilities are a 60 x 30 metre seaward facing garden, a shower by the pool, sun loungers, massage service, 24 hour back-up generator, solar powered hot water, disabled access & more. *Airport transfers.
Omakan Hotel
     
Location: Sukuta
Rooms: 13 Swimming Pool
En-suiteA/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant 
Wi-Fi ✔  
 Review: A most fine, deluxe boutique hotel tucked between the Sukuta and Bakoteh conurbation. Spacious & deluxe are two words that best describe the bedroom suites, bathrooms, halls & dreamy pool. A man-made tropical paradise best describes the paved complex grounds with its well-appointed palms, tiled, raised walkways & large, beautifully decorated plant pots.

Among the room comforts & conveniences are a split-unit air-conditioner, satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer, & an in-room security safe. There is also a lounge bar, salon & massage parlour for relaxing all-over-body treatments.
Roc Heights Lodge
     
Location: In Cape Point, 5 mins to beach
Rooms: 14 Swimming Pool
En-suiteA/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
 Review: Roc Heights was conceived as primarily a business lodge catering to the needs of business persons, conference attendees, and other working people. It also welcomes vacationing travellers.

There are 14 luxury suites, apartments & one penthouse apartment (with sea views from a distance) in a single, multi-storey accommodation building on a quiet, exclusive residential road. Each suite is fully air-conditioned & has its own private bathroom (bathtub or shower), with hot running tap water, flush toilet bowl, fridge, tea / coffee making facility, private balcony / garden terrace, satellite TV, a sofa set & internet access.

The property also benefits from a back-up generator of 75 kva, reserve water tank, an exercise gym, emergency lights & fire escape stairs at the back of the block.
Sandele Bay Eco-Retreat 4 Star
     
Location: In Kartong, 100m to beach
Rooms: 14 Swimming Pool
En-suite, Fan Bar & Restaurant ✔
Car Rental  
 Review: Sandele Bay is a deluxe beach based eco-retreat in south west Gambia, & some distance from the regular tourist haunts of Kololi & Kotu. Each bedroom & suite has a double or twin bed, ceiling fan, maid room cleaning, private shower, wash basin, composting toilet, private roof terrace or ground porch.

The goal of the lodge is to create a centre of excellence with regards to responsible tourism, sustainability, luxury & tranquillity; where quality, top-notch service & excellent cuisine is offered in a way that maximizes benefits to the community of Kartong village. The lodge utilizes solar to heat water & provide electricity; & was built using environmentally friendly building methods.

Among the retreat's activities & services are body massages, meditation, Yoga, bird watching, ocean or river fishing, village excursions, bush treks & local volunteering. *Airport pick-up & drop-off.
Seafront Residence
     
Location: On Bijilo beachfront, near rd.
Rooms: 20 Swimming Pool
En-suiteA/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi ✔ Self-catering ✔
Car Rental ✔  
 Review: Seafront Residence offers superior self-catering suites and apartments on the beachfront in very spacious surroundings. Choose from 1 or 2 bedroom luxury apartment villas, each with en-suite private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, fully equipped kitchen, full air-conditioning, sittting room, king size bed, satellite TV, high speed internet access, digital electronic safe, bureau desk, dressing table, and patio.

The place also has a pool with children's section, a concierge service, car parking, dry cleaning & a beach Cabana bar.
Wavecrest Hotel
     
Location: In Kotu, near Bertil Harding Highwy.
Rooms: 4 Swimming Pool
En-suiteA/C ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
Wi-Fi Zone Self-catering ✔
 Review: Wavecrest is a rather smart boutique hotel with airy, neat, fully air-conditioned apartments, each with a large double bed, a well equipped, good sized kitchen with modern conveniences, private power shower, sink, WC, satellite TV, dining table, lounge with sofas, balcony and regular maid cleaning of the apartments. There is also 24/7 security, a concierge & laundry service.

Wavecrest's partially covered rooftop restaurant & bar has superb vistas of the immediate residential area & further towards the coast. *Airport transfers.
White Horse Residence
     
Location: On Batokunku beach, south of Tanji
Rooms: 8 Swimming Pool
En-suite Fan ✔ Bar & Restaurant ✔
 Review: This is a superb beach lodge, which used to be a private winter home until 2004. The very intimate retreat offers princely comforts and personalised levels of service unmatched in this section of the coast.

There are 7 double rooms in individual roundhouses & 1 double bedroom in the main guest house. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, European appliances, satellite TV, dressing table, wardrobe, chair & private porch. In an effort towards water conservation the guest house uses saltwater to fill up the 12 metre swimming pool.

Get your alcoholic or soft-drink refreshments from the well-appointed 'Red Pool Bar' while enjoying the scenic ocean views of the Atlantic. Dine in style under stylish parasols while taking in views of the sea & palm fringed shoreline of Batokunku. Get a relaxing massage on your sunbed by the pool or in your room.

If you want a break from relaxation you can engage in various activities such as day trips to various tourist attractions, bird watching, angling, sailing, cycling, kite surfing & beach barbecue.

 
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