This was our 4th visit and it didn't disappoint! The rooms have been updated, new towels and bed linen. We had a problem with our toilet flushing but our wonderful cleaner immediately arranged for it to be sorted. We stayed in block 1 which has a rubbish view of the wall but we do not go on holiday to stay in our room so it wasn't a problem as such, just disapointing! Our children brought a bug with them from England and the care and kindness shown by the staff was fantastic. Everything was throughly cleaned and soiled items washed and returned (sorry may be too much info but our mosquito net took a hit but we were able to continue using it!) . Poolside, the parasols were a bit dangerous as they were too light.
Breakfast was a good as ever and the egg chef does a fantastic job taking everyones orders. We paid by cash as we went along which is what we prefer. We sometimes went out for lunch but generally had a drink by the beach bar for happy hour. Juice boys and fruit ladies provide things which are excellent value.
Outside the hotel we always speak to and use the guides for our trips. Our guide is G-boy, Lamin Jallow and he took us to the crocadile pool, monkey park, vulture feeding and the highlight the lazy day cruise. It cost us £90 for 6 people which included lunch, drinks and fishing rods...we caught about 40 fish and split them between us, the captain and our guide and the hungarian restaurant cooked them all for out dinner! The other trips cost us £15 for a taxi ride apart from the crocadile pool which you walk too. The tour companies try to tell you not to use the guides outside the hotels but these guides have to be registered with the government (they have to pay for the badges) and now hotels are all-inclusive fewer people are coming outside which is a huge shame. The average wage in the gambia is around £20 a month, the staff within the hotel will also try to take you on a trip, please try to speak to the guys outside the hotel and use them for trips, you won't regret it.
We eat dinner outside the hotel and really enjoyd all our meals, we like the new one for the road, the smiling coast, surf and turf, taj india, the chinese and bella's hungarian, all brilliant value. Dodgy wine at the new one for the road but you can always have a beer :-)
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- Ocean Bay Hotel Bakau
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- Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort Gambia/Bakau, Africa