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Balafon Beach Resort

Djeliba Street Plaza, Kololi, Serekunda Gambia
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#6 of 17 hotels in Kololi
Balafon Beach Resort is an adults only hotel offering a unqiue blend of traditional and modern architecture: Traditional styled African huts with thatched roofs which at the same time offer a modern appeal.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Sun umbrellas
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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Alice291 wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions18 helpful votes
Came here off season booked into a private pool room. Sadly no one had thought to check our room before our arrival so the first several hours were spent asking for the room to be cleaned, waiting for pool to be cleaned etc and even after that the room had a funny smell, different things were broken and no tea and coffee were supplied ‘because it’s off season.’ Yes it’s a gorgeous location and beautifully designed hotel, but holidays aren’t relaxing if you have to fight for the staff to do their jobs which should have been done before we arrived.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Royal J wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom139 contributions28 helpful votes
The Gambia is a place I would definitely call home. I feel at peace on every trip. I feel welcome. I feel reconnected with my roots. I will live there one day Asé. However, this is my 3rd time staying at the property chain (Djembe, Djeliba, Balafon) group. I've only stayed in Djembe however. You can walk through the other hotel grounds. However Balafon is adults only and a mini paradise in Kololi. I had such a fantastic stay I couldn't complain. The staff were so friendly. Many are historical friends, many remember me from previous trips. Many are now new associates. My Room was amazing! Spacious & Clean! I love Balafon!! Would I stay again: Absolutely without hesitation Next stop Tamale another of the chains hotels which looks amazing omg! Recommendations: House Keeping to be trained to put petals on bed (couples), designing towels into various things as many hotels of this standard internationally would do.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from ClaireJ2119, Guest Relations Manager at Balafon Beach Resort
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Hi Mr & Mrs Jones. Thank you so much for your continuing support of our hotels. We are so happy to hear that you loved Balafon. We also love it lots too! You will not be disappointed in Tamala if you try there and also we have another new one just opened called Kalimba Beach Resort. Please pop and say hello to us next time you are in The Gambia. All the best :-)
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MoeMoe wrote a review Feb 2020
29 contributions32 helpful votes
Moemoe United States of America 10 Reviewed: February 17, 2020 African Americans first time in the Gambia Liked · I really enjoy all the personal attention provided by the staff. Every morning we enjoyed delicious omelettes and crapes freshly prepared by two wonderful young ladies and as we consumed Our meals we had the pleasure of Adam and MoeMoe with the rest of the staff keeping us laughing and smiling nonstop. Samba and nema made all our personal business transactions very easy and run smoothly from checking in to checking out. Disliked · I think that the Internet service could’ve been better but I also understand that they are doing a lot of renovations and expansion and I was in a newer unit far away from everything Stayed in: Bungalow with Garden View February 2020
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from ClaireJ2119, Guest Relations Manager at Balafon Beach Resort
Responded Feb 18, 2020
Thank you so much for coming all the way to visit us from the United States. We hope very much to have other visitors to come and visit from America in the future. We are working hard to ensure that the wifi reaches all parts of the hotel once the expansions are finished. Thank you for the personal notes to some of our staff. We encourage all staff to read trip advisor so we are sure they will be happy to see their names mentioned. We hope you will come and visit us again one day.
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Mr Smith wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Best thing: Location Worst thing: Facilities Balafon hotel sits right on the shore of a beautiful beach, it has a good selection of pools and seating areas and is a great spot to get away from it all. Outside of that thin veil however, the hotel has little to offer. The beach and facilities are readily available to the public walking by, the food at breakfast and a la carte has limited options poorly executed. There is NO internet unless you go to the hotel next door, there is no privacy with staff constantly walking by looking I to your room and hotel staff are really hit and miss in their skills, training and attitude. This is a hotel that could be much better significantly misses the mark in the most basic of areas.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from ClaireJ2119, Guest Relations Manager at Balafon Beach Resort
Responded Dec 27, 2019
Thank you for your recent review. We would point out that although we are unable to stop outside guests passing the hotel on the beach side that they are not permitted to enter the hotel unless coming to dine at the restaurant. We have very strict policies in place regarding outside visitors to ensure the safety of our guests. With regards to the internet this does occasionally drop in and out but this is the case in the whole of Gambia. We will be sure to note your comments to management and thank you for choosing our hotel for your Gambian vacation.
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LinusBjorkman wrote a review Nov 2019
Stockholm, Sweden233 contributions79 helpful votes
Balafon beach resort is a lovely hotel and great for a relaxing holiday. The rooms are very good, spacious and tasteful. We stayed in one of the beach view rooms and could not have been happier. The hotel area is very well looked after and the pool is great. The beach is amazing and it’s such a great idea to have a no kids hotel. The breakfast at the hotel is fine, could do with a bit of variation from day to day. Location is great if you like being a little bit away from the busy tourist street. There are a few restaurants near the hotel. If you want a bit more noise you’re within walking distance to the tourist street in Senegambia. Finally I must say that the staff at this hotel was great. Very friendly and always helpful. I can truly recommend this hotel, especially for those looking for some peace and quite.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from ClaireJ2119, Manager at Balafon Beach Resort
Responded Nov 13, 2019
Thank you so much for recommending our hotel to other travellers trying to decide on which hotel to choose in the Gambia. It's great to hear that you could not have been happier with your stay and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet of Balafon.
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GambiaBanjul DivisionSerekundaKololi
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balafon Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Balafon Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include TOP-SHOP Gambia (0.2 miles), Senegambia Craft Market (0.4 miles), and Kololi Casino (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Balafon Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Balafon Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Balafon Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Balafon Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gaya Art Cafe - The Gambia, Scala Restaurant, and Sea Shells Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Balafon Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Balafon Beach Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Balafon Beach Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Balafon Beach Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting National Museum (9.9 miles).