Whether you want to relax in the sun or explore a tropical paradise, The Gambia is your go-to destination. The mild year-round climate makes it perfect to visit at any time and you're sure to receive a warm welcome from locals. From beaches with pristine white sand to nature reserves filled with rhinos, giraffes and monkeys, you'll see the most incredible sights. So, here are our top hotel picks to truly make it the holiday of a lifetime.
Soak up the sunshine, enjoy the beach and taste the freshest tropical fruits at the Palma Rima. This high-quality hotel is set amongst spacious landscaped gardens with the beach just a few hundred metres away. The Palma Rima is home to one of the biggest pools in The Gambia. Surrounded by palm trees and a sun terrace, you can take advantage of the pool-based activities, or simply enjoy the sun and laid-back attitude while ordering drinks and snacks.
Enjoy a life of luxury at the tranquil Gambia Coral Beach Hotel and Spa. Whether you head to the beach for spectacular views and soft sand or prefer to stay poolside, there's something for everyone. Nestled among palm and baobab trees is the hotel's famous spa, where you can unwind completely. The all inclusive hotel has a full range of activities on offer, from water aerobics to darts and the restaurant specialises in both international and local dishes. Don't forget to enjoy the ocean-view bar as well.
Immerse yourself in African culture at the Senegambia Beach Hotel, with incredible décor and regular evening entertainment based around folklore and themed buffets. Set in a paradise of palm trees, exotic plants and sweet-smelling flowers, you'll see lizards, monkeys, butterflies and vultures. Whether you want to feed exotic birds, have a game of football, explore the surrounding bars and restaurants, or relax on the sands of Kololi Beach, there's always something to do.
Tucked away in a peaceful part of the wide, sandy Kololi Beach, the Holiday Beach Club is perfect for relaxing, simple holidays. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens and you'll find the long stretch of stunning coastline, but back at the resort, the calm atmosphere and indulgent massages will help you unwind and relax. The pool is surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers and parasols, as well as a small bar. When you get peckish, you can head to the hotel's restaurant or venture outside to the neighbouring diners.
This popular family-friendly resort is set on the waterfront at Kotu Beach. It's an idyllic location, with tropical gardens and trees, as well as an outdoor pool, tennis courts and gym. There's even a beauty salon offering a range of treatments. Next to the Kombo Beach Hotel is a craft market, selling souvenirs, handmade crafts and street food, but don't forget that the hotel has its own restaurants serving up a mix of local and international cuisine. In the evenings, you can watch traditional entertainment, such as African dance and music.
Ocean Bay is the ideal resort for relaxing, fun family holidays. Located in the northern tip of The Gambia, Ocean Bay sits directly on a beautiful sandy beach, surrounded by calm waters and wonderful views. Explore the resort's tropical gardens as you stroll around palm tree-lined paths, and head to the pool, which has a shallow children's area and its own whirlpool. The resort runs daily activities, including kids' clubs and evening entertainment and there's also two restaurants and three bars to experience.
For an unforgettable and unique experience, stay at the Footsteps Eco Lodge. The natural, eco-friendly sanctuary gives you the chance to get up close with local wildlife and fully immerse yourself in Gambian culture. Try a Gambian cooking class, go bird-watching, or relax with yoga and a massage. It's 1km to the beach and next to the protected Koofung Forest Park, so there's plenty to explore. The lodge has The Gambia's only fresh water plunge pool too.