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Les Paletuviers Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Toubakouta
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

Back to basic. The domaine is loacted in the heart of a small African village. When you pass the wicker entrance you are in the "real Africa;" the locals are everywhere (they invited me and my friends to play a game of soccesrat a plain in the village and they want to sell you almost everything. But the people are very friendly and there's no crime) The cabins are very basis (but I guess that's logic in this part of the world) We had two beds, no furnutire, a toilet and a small shower in our cabin. The airco worked but made a lot of noise) The pool is ok and i can guarantee you that you are goingf to like it afer an excursion. The meals are very monotonous. A lot of fish. (because there is a lot of fish available in the Siné Saloum). Breakfast was also monotonous. The serve pancakes and toast. You can order a la carte, but overall...the meals are not that great.
The excursions were fine. i enjoyed making a trip on a bicycle trough the area with a local guide and vistiting the surronding villages I wouldn't recommand the trip to "the plage d' or" -this is really primitive and there are a lot of bugs irritating you.
Sometimes the's no electricity. Don't come here expecting luxury, but when you want to make contact with the real Africa and when you want to meet local people and hear their stories..this is the right place. be aware of the mosquitoes. Especially in the rainseason (july, august) there are plenty of them and they spread malaria. Take precautions

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2008

A pleasant hotel in quiet surroundings, basic but clean and tidy, they even have mosquito netting! stayed one night only having booked a trip to Senegal through the Corinthia Atlantic hotel Gambia. If you want a peaceful holiday the Paletuviers hotel will fit the bill. Situated within walled surroundings, the hotel is very relaxing, we would rather stay there than return to the Corinthia Atlantic hotel in Gambia again!

  • Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

This is a delayed review of a delightful Christmas 2006 stay.

We stayed at the relatively remote Les Paletuviers for three days as an add-on to a Gambia vacation and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This won't qualify as "luxury", nor does it purport to be, but it is quite excellent given its location.

It has a nice camplike atmosphere with well maintained grounds and air-conditioned bungalows which are basic but completely adequate, clean and well serviced.

There is a nice pool and restaurant which serves an OK breakfast and lunch. Dinner was most appealing.

A variety of excursions are available and we signed up for several, all of which were extremely interesting, informative and enjoyable.

There was a nice comfort level wandering on our own in the adjacent village where sales efforts, if at all, are refreshingly low key.

The Les Palutivier staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were especially impressed with Karin, the Manager, who arrange a special transfer to and from Dakar and just generally "made things happen" for us

Finally, a special mention of the dance entertainment. We have viewed traditional dance performances in literally scores of countries and this was perhaps the very best. A plus is that the neighboring villagers are invited to watch the performance and, if they wish, participate. One or two of the locals were every bit as talented as the troop members.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2007

My husband and I stayed here for four days over Christmas as part of an overall package to Gambia. We eventually arrived after a hot and sticky journey involving the "interesting" river crossing and the terrible Gambian Roads to a very pleasant welcome from Karien the Manager and a cool refreshing drink. The location of the hotel is beautiful and the gardens are pretty. The overall impression of the hotel is somewhat down at heel and in need of a large injection of cash to spruce it up a little. Our room was reasonably comfortable and generally clean and the shower was excellent. The swimming pool was large and rather cold with no shallow end. There was a children's pool next to it. It was a pleasant place to sit and sunbathe and watch the birdlife and the lizards. In fact I have never seen such large lizards in the wild. It was also fun to discover the fruit bats roosting in the trees and watch them swoop down over the pool in the evening for a drink.

However, the food in this hotel is atrocious. It is supposed to be French cooking but during the entire stay we could hardly eat anything we were presented with. The fish dishes were inedible, the soups like dishwater and the meat of dubious origin. The only thing that was edible on our Christmas Gala Dinner was the imported French cheeses. The restaurant staff were generally surly and unhelpful whether you spoke French or English. Breakfast was generally a disappointment. If you could track down the egg man he generally tried to deliberately not understand you and not give you want you wanted. The bar staff were often as surly and as unhelpful as the restaurant staff but they did manage to produce a half decent cheese omelette.

Although we didn't eat there, the little bar across from the hotel looked OK when we had a drink there. It is well frequented by Belgian ex-pats - always a good sign.

We went on a trip to the market which was fascinating. However, travelling 20km in the back of an open top pick up was rather too much for some of the group and it was particularly cold first thing in the morning. The trip to the market was the best part of the trip. The walk around the village was interesting but rather slow. In general the excursions were particularly expensive. We had to pay 20 Euros each for the trip to the market which we thought was rather expensive for the trip in the pick up with five other people.

All in all though, we did enjoy the trip to Senegal. It was an interesting experience and one I'm glad I didn't miss even if the food left a little to be desired.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank chessiepops
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Reviewed May 22, 2006

We went two times to Les Paletuviers in Toubacouta.
The first time was very impressive because of the close relationship with the village and it's people. When you are planning a trip from Europe to Africa and when you have no experience with 'black Africa' this is a very good place to start. It's only a 6 hour flight from Brussels to Dakar with, after arrival, another 6 hours 'bumping' trip to Toubacouta.
You could easily spend 10 days or longer in Toubacouta by exploring the villages, take the 'bus' to other parts of the region, to visit the markets, to rent a bike, to see some wrestling, to help in the community, to sit and relax at the pool, to stay in bed after a enteritis, to take the boat to the Gambia...
And of course, it's not a 5 star hotel and the food is not like the Hilton. And yes, the people in the village know that you are a white with money (toubab), but overall they are very polite and I have never seen any agression.
So if you go with an open mind, you will have the time of your life.
If you think getting the comfort and the luxury of home or the classical 5star hotels, stay away. If you cannot bare the way of living of the poor backs, don't go.
Enjoy the foto's.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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5  Thank bruno.bemelmans
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Reviewed March 19, 2006

We did the same trip at the start of March. Whilst some of the comments about confusion over currency and the tours organised as part of the trip ring true and these comments still need to be taken on board by the tour operator, I disagree with the incredibly negative view of the hotel.

We found Domaine Les Paletuviers quite pleasant. The rooms were fine - clean and spacious. The A/C was effective.

I am a veggie, but they managed to cope with providing me with reasonable food (sandwiches, pasta). Breakfast was also fine. The welcome drink was appreciated and the French / Belgian feel is evident in the drinks menu and even the bread (quite French).

The hotel doesn't provide 5* luxury and coming off the coast to go inland it felt incredibly hot without any breeze. I think a week spent here would be too much, but it was an enjoyable outing from The Gambia. The tour company should probably forget the village tours and just leave people to enjoy the (lovely) pool and local town.

Note that there are more obviously mozzies here and also some flying ants that I didn't like the look of, although they didn't come that near.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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1  Thank ruthless22
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Reviewed February 4, 2006

We visited Gambia for the 4th time in Feb this year and decided to do something different. We chose the Senegal Adventure (overnight) at a price of £70 per person. We were told we could use sterling and Dalasi in Senegal at Domaine les Paletuvies and that the only extra money needed was for Park entrance, drink and souvenirs. £30 each would be enough. When we got off the ferry at Barra our guide told us we had to change our money in Gambia and that we would need to change approx £50 each. He took us into a tiny exchange shed and he told us if we gave him our money he would get us 800 senegalese francs to the pound. (when we got to the hotel where you would expect to get less, it was 830) who was ripping who off!
We got to the border with Senegal where our guide asked us for Dalasi to buy food for the village that was supposed to be included in our trip. (our rep on our return said he had never heared of this before). If we didnt give him some money, we would not be able to visit the village.
After bumping around for hours without a drink or toilet stop we eventually arrived at Domaine les Paletuviers. Well, what a disappointment. The room we had looked as though the walls would collapse, the door wouldnt open properly, the double bed was tiny, the bedding had seen much better days and the air-con made a horrendous noise. Never mind, its only for 1 night maybe the food would make up for the rooms. NO!
Our lunch was literally a snack. (we had been on the road since 7.30am and this was at 2.30pm. Evening dinner was not until 8.30pm. The drinks were about the same price as Gambia but they had no glasses to put it in. In the afternoon we had a 3hr boat trip to Sipo Island (which was actually only 2hrs). I personally would rather have stayed round the pool.
For our evening meal (set) we had Quiche Lorraine - this was for the vegetarians also - some had huge bits, others had a sliver, no salad or decoration. Main course was beef ragou (yuck and sloppy, 1 piece of carrot, 1 of mushroom and some indiscribable sauce) and mashed potato that was so watery it ran all over the plate. There were 2 vegetarians in our party so 1 was given fish kebab and the other one had been forgotten so they made her a bowl of plain spaghetti with a knob of butter on. Dessert was egg custard (quiche lorraine without the lorraine) with no dressing. How the hotel expected anyone to eat the food was beyond me especially when you realise that it is full of Germans and Belgians who normally can't get enough to eat.
The evening entertainment was unwatchable due to what appeared to be the whole village and their begging children in attendance. Most of us just went to bed. After we had had our meal they turned all the lights off around the grounds and this was really dangerous.
Well breakfast was dreadful. Bread, no butter, if you could find the egg man you may get an egg, fruit juice and jam. They did have cornflakes but they couldn't find a bowl and anyway the milk was off. Lunch was some awful concoction they said was local cuisine with rice and cous-cous. Most of us had the rice and cous-cous. We were gald to leave.
We did tell our rep about this trip and then found out that the group who went there 3 days later were so disgusted they demanded their guide took them back to Gambia rather then finish their trip.
We could never reccommend this place to anyone and have suggested to The Gambia Experience and West Africa Tours that they use a different hotel or get this place to pull its socks up PDQ

  • Stayed: February 2006
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10  Thank jas1
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Address: Delta Boulevard, Toubakouta, Senegal
Location: Senegal > Fatick Region > Toubakouta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Toubakouta
Price Range: $139 - $355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Les Paletuviers Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a world heritage site. Les Palétuviers is an oasis of luxury and refinement at the heart of the Sine Saloum delta, one of Africa’s most beautiful bays. If you're looking for the perfect mix between the comfort of a luxury lodge and the experience of surprising excursions, cultural encounters and adventure, then you found your haven! As a guest at Les Palétuviers, you participate in a transformative social project. Les Palétuviers works closely with inhabitants of the neighboring village of Toubacouta to allow you to feel part of a family and encourage a fair development of the region. Live an incomparable experience. Our design is both luxurious and creative for a unique stay. Enjoy a 7 meter-high suite on top of a tree with inimitable view, a floating room with private dock, a hut located right in the middle of millenary baobabs or a villa by a gorgeous pool. Les Palétuviers is an experience where custom-made wishes happen in harmony with its surrounding environment. ... more   less 
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