At the end i'll summon the pro's and con's up with + and -.
We enjoyed 10 days of rest and relaxation here.
If you want you don't have to come out of the hotel. (though 1 person we got to know got sick of a dinner meal)
I would recommend only the breakfast and not the all in. Better go for calypso and others for lunch or dinner. The breakfast felt limited. There are breads and spreads. An egg station, going through a doorway in the back. (you can easily miss this) You can get it poached, baked, scrambled, anything. Most of the time i took an omelet with everything (onion, ham, cheese, tomato & mushroom) and sided it with white beans in tomato sauce. Some fruit afterwards.
They also have porridges, sausages and bacon, though not the best. Sausages tasted flaky and the bacon was hardcrispy and not crispycrispy. You can get more but i like to eat warm in the morning.
The pool is clean and enough spaces around it. The beach is clean and enough spaces on it, though here you encounter a fruit lady or a salesman. Not too many and not too forced and if you need something or like some fruit that service is just excellent.
The entertainment is good. You can do aqua aerobics and they perform in the afternoon and evening. You can also get massages at the spa. We were tempted but we just didnt make the time for it.
The minibar is cheap enough but no sweets in it. Best place to restock is either the minimarket at the neighbouring hotel, cape point or the minimarket (cheaper) at the end of the street across the Chinese restaurant FangFang. (go outside ocean bay to the right and the first to the left to the end)
Internet is best accessed in the lobby next to the wireless router. It is very slow, since all these damn Europeans are on it. ;-) We had some connection at the pool and we could collect some mail on our iphone sometimes from the room. (302)
You CAN pay with mastercard but you need to give them a heads up a day before.
IF you need extra cash and only have mastercard you can get a taxi to the SeneGambia hotel where they call your bank and you can take money off your account. This had some costs to it but laughable since you get this great service for it. (maybe 5 euro for a pickup of 150 euro (in dalasi)1 We needed extra cash to get some rice and peanut oil for the family of our guide. (better domoda than at Mr.Bass :-))
Our room (302) was good for what we expected.
The shower can be hard to tune. Either you let it run a few minutes to get to the warm water or you get scalding hot water. Sometimes it turns from nice warm to scalding so always be wary for this.
The toilets you might have to flush a couple of times. The seat wasnt on properly but we managed it.
The minibar is restocked daily and you have to sign for it. It is priced okay in comparison to what European hotels dare to charge you. Maybe 40 dalasi for a julbrew and soda. 50 for bottled water.
You can get new towels every day. Leave them on the floor. Pretty standard.
If you run out of shampoo or soap you get a new one.
Airconditioning was working well.
The doorkey needs a manual. You pull the door closed then you insert the card for about 0.853 second and you pull it out. Then it's open or you have to try another 10 times. Get the timing right and pull the door closed enough and it works.
You can smoke on the porch.
Housekeeping cleans and leaves your stuff where it is. (ive experienced at other hotels they might fold your clothing)
Minisafe worked fine and is free. Don't put medicine in there since the power can fail and did a couple of times. Though there is a safe.. it is mounted to a board in top of the closet. If you drop the whole closet it will surely come out clean. Ah well.
+ sunbathing time practically from 0800 to 1800, can be cloudy
+ friendly staff
+ clean rooms
+ feels safe, no bumsters or sellers on the premises
+ not a lot of children so nice and quiet
+ can stay inside resort all the time (foxmoviechannel! :-))
+ not a lot of bugs in january
+- more old people and thirtiers than young couples
+- omelet station! but for me too little variation on the breakfast
+- can pay with mastercard, but needs a heads up of one day and no taking out cash on it
+- okay service, pool service might be a bit slow
+- cheapy minibar, no sweets though
+- warm water but can get cold or scalding
+- power loss a couple of times never takes long
- expensive excursions through travel company, better go with a local (Jimmy Fixit!)
- no water boiler in the room
- slooooow internet
- bad exchange rate (1 euro for 40 dalasi at the hotel but outside ocean bay to the right and on the block where also mr bass is you see Fixit, there we got 44 dalasi for 1 euro) (our guide also came from fixit (jimmy fixit/lamin colley, recommendable!))
- not on the premises but outside you see a lot of women with a gambian guy and the other way around, because of seeying this you get the vibe that everyone around you is a suspect swinger something
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