I hovered between 4 and 5 stars on my rating - a couple of niggles on service brought it down but it could almost claim the top rating.
We had a "casa plage" - which is quite set back from the beach which is probably a good thing in light of the busy beach. Very nicely deocrated, comfortable bed and good hot water bathroom. The toilet is a bit "open" if you like your privacy! And then in front of our little house a little table and chairs a hammock and a couple of transits. And then the beach. Lovely. Daily cleaning. Aircon if you have to - we used the ceiling fan which was fine. Mosquito net - use it!
The food was really good. Choices for starters, mains and deserts. All good - take the half board option. You can add oysters or lobster for a supplement. Marvellous. Staff were really friendly and sweet, but they seemed incapable of coping if there were more than two tables to serve - breakfast on one morning was torturously slow.
The beach is wonderful, a real West African Atlantic ocean beach. The locals use it as a place to play, sit about, play football and do their workouts (loads of guys hopping, stretching, push ups, situps - an impressive display of muscle for the ladies!). There are also dogs, goats and horses. The sand is lovely, although there is rubbish when you move away from the hotel front (as is the case EVERYWHERE in Senegal) which the hotel clears, there are waves (this is the ocean) and also seaweed which they are no longer clearing as it protects the beach from erosion. You get some hassle from the local hawkers - selling their wares or trips into Mbour - you either go with it and haggle with them, or tell them politely no and they go away. The hotel has a security guy to help if ever they are too persistant although we never found this to be necessary.
We spent four nights here, very happy with our choice compared to some of the more seemingly soulless options in Saly which we walked past on our afternoon promenades. Lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart on Senegal’s “Petite Cote” (the Small Coast), between Mbour’s fishing port and the seaside resort of Saly, the Tama Lodge preserves authenticity. The cabins are made of local materials, built on the sand of one of most beautiful beaches in the country, in a nest of greenery. In every one of the nine rooms, inspired from colours of Africa, with simplicity and elegance, you will find pieces of traditional handcraft : Kuba fabric from Congo, bed covers made of Mali’s bogolan, Touareg tent stakes, mortars and pestles… The whole lodge is full of charms of Africa, and offers, in its original setting, an exotic, mild and relaxing break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tama Lodge Senegal/Mbour