We stayed at the Jerma Beach Hotel in one of the villas for a week in February 2011. The hotel was apparently built in 2006. It actually feels a bit older than that but that's irrelevant. It's a good hotel and the villa accommodation is fine. The kitchen is good - electric hob, big very cold fridge and sink. Not much in the way of cooking utensils - just a frying pan but basic cutlery, cups and plates were provided. So there are lots of empty cupboards! Everything worked fine and it was nice to be able to come back to a few cold beers. There are one and two bedroom villas available starting from ones next to the nice swimming pool to ones probably about fifty yards back which would be quieter.
The bathroom was fine with a shower over the bath and a big tank of hot water which was on all the time. Air conditioning was very effective and we didn't need it on all the time. There are insect screens over all the windows if you want to open them. We didn't bother. In fact we didn't see hardly any insects all the time we were there. Had been led to believe that mosquitoes would be major problem but I think we saw one the whole time we were there! still, best to take the tablets just in case!
The food at the hotel was really good - soups were great, mains were big and tasty and deserts filling. We had breakfast every day there and could not fault it. Very good.
The hotel itself is a little way from the madness of the 'Strip' where the Senegambia and Kairaba hotels are. This suited us just fine as it was quiet - in fact not that many people there at all so nice relaxing time by the pool. They have a music system playing from about 11.30 onwards by the pool which I thought would be a pain but actually the choice of music was pretty good - reggae/African mostly and was never too loud.
You can walk along the beach to the strip which is nice and only a bit hassly. Once you get used to it the 'bumsters' are not a problem but can just be a bit in your face if you wabnt a quiet stroll.
All the staff were great, very friendly, not in the way and could not do enough to be helpful. Excellent team. Our villa was cleaned spotlessly every day.
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- Also Known As:
- Jerma Beach Hotel And Resort
- Jerma Beach Hotel Kololi
- Jerma Beach Kololi
- SunSwing Beach Resort Gambia/Kololi