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Kingfishers Apartments

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#1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Bijilo
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Kingfishers Self Catering Holiday Apartments, Bijilo, The Gambia, is run by an English couple who are based on site, assisted by a small but very experienced and well established team. Located in a quiet residential area with local bars and restaurants within walking distance. We’re ideally situated for the discerning traveler – not just another hotel bound tourist. A short walk past Bijilo Forest will take you to the beach , a wonderfully unspoiled stretch of sand, giving you a chance to spot monkeys and exotic birds on the way. The main tourist area of Senegambia is just over a mile and here you will find supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Taxis run frequently from the top of the road.
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chedge2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bedford, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our eighth visit to Kingfishers and it didn’t disappoint. Kingfishers makes a lovely relaxing base in a quiet location but within easy reach of the main tourist areas. The team provide friendly and efficient service and a genuinely warm welcome. Thanks to all for another great holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 18, 2020
So glad that you continue to enjoy your holiday here with us at Kingfishers. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Always a warm welcome here for you both. Until next time. Thanks again.
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Stephen C wrote a review Feb 2020
Maidstone, United Kingdom24 contributions32 helpful votes
A haven for holidaying couples in a small oasis of 4 self catering apartments. Here you can be entirely self-sufficient or engage with the dedicated ever helpful staff and owners to whatever extent suits you. The apartments are well equipped (we experienced two of them), comfortable and in accommodation terms 4*. They were both spotlessly clean and serviced each day. Roomy without being excessively large. Excellent value too. What sets this apart is the environment Charlie and Clinton (C&C) create making their guests feel at home, valued and C&C go the extra mile. We (optionally) engaged in the environment they and fellow guests create; meals, ready beer & wine, bread delivered to the door, safe currency exchange etc. If guests wish, C&C host sing-a-long (karaoke with no pressure), chatting in the homely reception area, listening to music etc. We just had to play the 3 times a week "play your cards right" - an outbreak of fun. They offer safe guides for trips, provide sagely advice for guests to do their own thing etc. C&C's years of experience in customer service shines through. I enjoy reading the bad reviews. Kingfishers don't have any (despite the many years this has run) and now I understand why. Downsides? None that would be fair. It is not right on the beach (but only 7 leisurely minutes walk), it doesn't have children staying, but I found these things advantages. We left genuinely feeling privileged to have stayed at Kingfishers. Take the chance yourself if you can!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Feb 10, 2020
Thank you very much for your comments. We are sure that folks considering a stay at Kingfishers will find your review extremely useful. We are especially happy that your first taste of The Gambia was spent here with us,at Kingfishers. Your review gives other first timers the confidence to try smaller independent places. Thank you for taking the chance yourself and the privilege was all ours. Thanks again from the Kingfishers team.
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daniver wrote a review Feb 2020
94 contributions27 helpful votes
Amazing hosts, amazing staff, amazing place. Err, that’s it! Just four very comfortable self-catering apartments, each with their own veranda and outside table and chairs, surrounding a plunge pool and small courtyard area with its own outside seating and tables. There is a small swimming pool with sunbeds and shaded relaxing chairs accessible via a side path and a communal seating area at the front of the property. The whole property is surrounded by some well-tended plants, shrubs and flowers. It really does seem like a green oasis in a sea of dry dust and sand outside in the rest of Gambia. Although Kingfishers is self-catering, Charlie and Clinton, the English couple hosts, offer a small selection of cooked breakfasts and “eat what Charlie and Clinton eat” two or three times a week in the evening. Fresh bread can be delivered daily to your room and there are a few hotels and restaurants in easy walking distance where you could drop in and eat; or jump in a cheap taxi and then restaurant and hotel selection for places to eat increases dramatically. For example, the Senegambia Hotel, about a 40 minute walk or 10 minutes by taxi, offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet breakfast for D400 per person (just over £6 as of Jan 2020). The overall impression of Kingfishers is feeling part of a family rather than just a paying guest – they really go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and included. Guest entertainment in the form of party games, occasional Karaoke evenings and lazy day boat trips are put on; join in if you want to or do your own thing if you don’t – there’s no pressure. Finally, a small Gambian team working with the Charlie and Clinton completes the perfect setup. Already booked my next stay; you should too!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded Feb 8, 2020
Thank you so much for making time to write this very comprehensive review. We hope that it will encourage others to try smaller, independent establishments. The Kingfishers team/family look forward to welcoming you and doing it all again next time. Thanks again.
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chrisdavies77 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bath, United Kingdom19 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a great welcome and were invited to a New Years party which was really good fun. It's well worth eating there as the food is really yummy. Only a short walk away from the local beach with is really nice.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from CharlieandClinton, Owner at Kingfishers Apartments
Responded Jan 11, 2020
Your stay with us was short but very sweet. Thank you for your company and thank you for adding some extra fun to our New Year celebrations. So glad you enjoyed. You are both always welcome here at Kingfishers. Thanks again.
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keithbolam wrote a review Jan 2020
Preston, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
We keep coming back, which says a lot. A lovely setting with a friendly and welcoming greeting from Charlie, Clinton and their staff. Nothing is too much trouble for Charlie and Clinton. They can organise delivery of shopping, taxis and even days out in their company. There are 4 apartments which are all well presented and maintained. Guests have use of a plunge pool and small swimming pool in a secluded sun trap within the grounds. Clinton offers a cooked breakfast and many opportunities to share an evening meal either in the company of Charlie and Clinton and other guests or on your own verandah. Bijilo is within easy travel distance of bars and restaurants. Real value for money. Will be returning soon.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from CharlieandClinton, Owner at Kingfishers Apartments
Responded Jan 11, 2020
So glad you keep coming back. Seems like you are part of the Kingfishers family now. Always welcome and always a pleasure. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
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PRICE RANGE
$53 - $56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GambiaWest Coast DivisionBijilo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kingfishers Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Kingfishers Apartments?
Nearby attractions include Kotu Beach (3.1 miles), Bijilo Forest Park (0.7 miles), and TOP-SHOP Gambia (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kingfishers Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kingfishers Apartments?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kingfishers Apartments?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kingfishers Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cassy's Cafe & Restaurant, Butcher's Shop, and Ngala Lodge Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kingfishers Apartments?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kingfishers Apartments have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kingfishers Apartments offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Kingfishers Apartments located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Bijilo.