The hotel is beautiful, very relaxed and serene. So peaceful, lots of space & sunbeds for all the guests, and with around 2 staff members to every guest you really do get the special treatment. The Gambian staff do run on 'Gambia' time which means nothing is done in any great rush, but that fits with the ambience of the place. Having said that we never had to wait for the stunning food made freshly to order so the chef's muct run on normal rest-of-world time!
The thai restaurant was fabulous, dinner next to the beach listening to the sound of the ocean, bliss! The owners & managers are also very hands on as they are always around & very happy to help should you have any issues. The front desk manager Hadi was particularly good & always there with a smile ready to help.
If you venture out, the guide books do recommend you find a guide to show you around & look after you, it is difficult to know who is legit but we very luckily found a particularly good guide who has a tourist business out there now called Checkpoint Charlie. Anywhere we wanted to go, he picked us up at the hotel in a green tourist taxi & stopped us getting hassle while we were out. As 2 females alone we were particuarly prone to getting hassle from the locals but he made us feel really safe & sent any trouble off with a flea in his ear! He has a price list of trips that he can do which include the Roots trip, the crocodile pool, Tanji fishing village, craft markets & plenty more and will also meet you at the airport free of charge - I would recommend contacting him if you want a very knowledgeable and articulate local to guide you round. His name is Mamadi or Mams (or he's happy with Checkpoint Charlie!) phone +2207049758 or 9802472 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
The spa was lovely, not quite central London prices, more the suburbs but who would complain about a £25 massage?!
We were B&B but found that breakfast (cooked freshly made to order) was filling enough that we didn't tend to need lunch. Overall, I was expecting the hotel bill to be more, but actually the prices in the complex are reasonable for the quality, service & atmosphere.
I will definitely be going back & can't wait. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Coco Ocean Hotel Bijilo
- Coco Ocean Resort And Spa Gambia/Bijilo