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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Sandele is well-run, well located, and well designed. The round rooms are massive, the bathrooms wonderful, the beach a short walk away. The food was largely very good, and we were able to rent bikes to cycle to Senegal (not far away but involving putting the bikes into a dug out canoe to cross the river). The staff, and everyone...

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

The yoga retreat at Sandele was rejuvenating and lovely! Fabulous place, fantastic people and beautiful surroundings! It was a pleasure to attend Debbie's two daily classes. Could not have started the new year in a better way. Thanks to Geri Maurice and their friendly and helpful staff for contributing to a truly wonderful time. I long to return...

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We went here with a group of 6th formers who had raised funds to help out at local schools. We were blown away by Gerry's generosity of spirit and the warm friendliness of her staff. Truly an inspirational story behind this brave and successful project and I'm waiting for the book Gerry!

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Tavistock, Devon
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Just returned from a 10 day stay at Sandele. The Lodges are magnificent, true luxury making us feel very spoilt. The owners and staff made us feel very welcome and couldn't do enough to make our holiday special. The local people are justifiably proud of their village and craft produce and it was a privilege to watch them work and...

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We have just returned from 3 weeks travelling in The Gambia and Senegal , Sandele Eco retreat was the cream on the cake of our amazing trip . Like so many others we have no doubts in highly recommending this special and unique hotel for the discerning traveller . The service , food , accommodation and setting were second to...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Wow! What a magical place! This truly is one of the most unbelievable places I have been to! This beach is untapped. It was our private beach for miles and miles, day after day! It's definitely a hidden gem! I was here for 11 days for a yoga retreat and had an excellent time! Geri, Maurice, Mattar, and the rest...

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Halesworth
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This place has it all - a beautiful, almost deserted sandy bay, largely unspoilt coastal forest, birds galore, a stunning river and a chance to meet 'real' gambians, who want you to enjoy their special bit of Africa. Sandele Eco-Retreat is very special. It treads lightly on the African earth but is deeply rooted in the Gambian community. The nearby...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 12, 2013

I rarely go back to places as the world is for exploring to the full, however I have just been to this fantastic hotel for the second time. Miles of empty beach, one of the warmest welcomes in the country with some of the best ethical and community credentials, not to mention great local food of a quality not often...

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We went to Sandele for the Xmas week. We were looking for somewhere warm with an element of seclusion. We wanted a nice beach with a welcoming sea, lively waves and without the hassle of bumsters. We wanted to feel the sun on our backs and read. We looked for a spacious, private and comfortable place to stay. We hoped...

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We have just come home from The Gambia having had the last week here. Before we left the UK we were worried as Maurice emailed to say they were overbooked even though we had booked 10 months before!Sadly for others there were a number of overbookings and some very upset people.Maurice however is a lovely man and can be forgiven...

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Maurice P, Owner at Sandele Eco-Retreat, responded to this review

Response to Droopy Drawers It is good that you intend to return to see us again and you will be sure of a welcome when you arrive. We are truly sorry about contacting you beforehand about the possible booking problem. We wanted you to be fully in the picture if there was to be a problem. However, we were relieved...

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sandele is an award winning ecolodge located on a stunning deserted beach in Southern Gambia. We offer accommodation in luxury lodges, nestled in the bush a hundred metres from the beach. The Retreat is operated in conjunction with the local community of Kartong, who benefit from the development and running of the resort and who will assume complete responsibility in twenty-five years time. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sandele Eco-Retreat

Address: Kartong Village, Kartong, Gambia
Location: Gambia > West Coast Division > Kartong
Price Range: $73 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandele Eco-Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
Sandele Eco-Retreat Hotel Kartong
Sandele Eco-Retreat Gambia/Kartong
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“Book any of the round buildings with plunge pool. Their design is wonderful, spacious and different.”
 of 5 bubbles 398jank, Mar 12, 2016 | Read review
“Lodges are very large and private; guest rooms are also spacious and located nearer to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles sundogg99, Dec 21, 2015 | Read review
“If you want a sea view - choose a room. For extra comfort with a partner, a lodge.”
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“The lodges are just gorgeous, but if you don't want to spend the extra money, then the standard rooms are lovely too - there's something magical about sleeping in a handmade bed under a net with the sounds of the ocean lulling you to sleep...”
 of 5 bubbles shonaw153, Apr 21, 2014 | Read review
“Guest rooms are amazing but try to get a lodge if you re travelling with your other half ;-)”
 of 5 bubbles Laetitiayogini, Apr 20, 2014 | Read review
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