Hotels in Kotu, Gambia

by Joanne Thomas

The beach town of Kotu is one of Gambia's main resort areas. A variety of lodging options for tourists are offered in Kotu, including self-catering apartments, guest houses, basic motels and western-standard hotels. The most luxurious hotels in Kotu occupy beachfront spots and offer resort-style amenities like large outdoor swimming pools, numerous restaurants and bars and various on-site activities suitable for guests of all ages.

Bakotu Hotel

Steps from Kotu Beach and surrounded by decades-old botanical gardens, Bakotu Hotel is a picturesque property with grounds frequented by monkeys and birds. This small, quiet hotel is located next door to a craft market and an 18-hole golf course. Its guest rooms all feature a private furnished patio or terrace, and are available with or without air conditioning. More spacious, self-catering apartments are offered in a separate annex. The hotel features two on-site restaurants: Baobab Restaurant with set menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Captain's Table, which offers international cuisine and a romantic atmosphere, along with live musical entertainment and after-dinner fire-eating and dance performances. Guests have access to a freshwater swimming pool surrounded by sun terraces furnished with loungers, as well as a poolside bar. An additional terrace overlooking the adjacent golf course is shaded by teak and palm trees.

Dunes Resort

Dunes Resort, a beachfront property in the heart of Kotu, features Mediterranean-style architecture with whitewashed walls, red tile roofs and ornate iron balconies. The resort offers 14 light and airy guest rooms and suites with contemporary art work and elegant furnishings. Standard rates include a daily breakfast, and half-board and full-board packages are also available. On-site facilities include a casino, a restaurant with a shaded al fresco dining room, and an outdoor swimming pool flanked by sun loungers on a brick terrace. Guests have direct access to the beach and ocean via a wooden boardwalk. Useful services provided for guests include an airport shuttle, currency exchange and laundry services. The front desk staff can also arrange safari tours.

Kombo Beach Hotel

Every room at the Kombo Beach Hotel offers a private balcony or patio with views of the ocean or the hotel's lush tropical gardens filled with bird life. The rooms and suites are decorated with brightly colored fabrics and modern furnishings. Each has a refrigerator and large picture windows and most include a sofa bed for additional guests. The suites feature separate lounge areas, bathrobes and premium ocean views. Connecting rooms are available to accommodate families and groups. The hotel's comprehensive recreational facilities include tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, a giant outdoor chess board and an outdoor pool that is used for regular water polo and aqua-aerobics sessions. A range of cultural activities includes lessons in cooking Gambian specialties and playing traditional musical instruments. Kombo Beach Hotel boasts four restaurants and three bars.

Palm Beach Hotel

The 150-room Palm Beach Hotel sits directly on the beachfront at Kotu. Its guest rooms, which are housed in two-story units surrounded by tropical gardens and palms, feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a private veranda or balcony. Many rooms offer views of the ocean. The property includes an outdoor pool with a special children's section and a poolside bar, as well as the Eldorado Beach Bar and a piano bar with a pool table in the main hotel building. The main restaurant offers a buffet of seafood, Italian and barbecue dishes, and there is also a Chinese restaurant on-site. Live entertainment provided in the evenings may include Gambian music and dancing, or performances by local fula acrobats. Other facilities at the hotel include a mini-market that sells souvenirs and sundries, a quiet terrace in the gardens, an Internet cafe and a massage studio.

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