Fabulous holiday in The Gambia
The Bakotu Hotel in Kotu resort is in a superb setting, close to Kotu bridge with excellent birding opportunities. The hotel itself is quiet , well set out in a wonderful setting backing onto the mangroves. The rooms are comfortable and adequately furnished, a good nights sleep makes all the difference.
We were half board and ate at the hotel for the eleven nights, the food was well presented and of a high standard, could well recommend. For a small price extra you could order a different breakfast but to be honest it wasn't really necessary.
The staff throughout the hotel were very helpful and friendly, they helped to make the holiday a success sharing their knowledge and stories of Gambia. The Thomas Cook holiday Rep was very helpful and never too far away if you needed him.
The weather in march was perfect, lovely hot days and a cool wind in the evening, no need for air-conditioning which is a big bonus.
The bird guides around Kotu bridge were very helpful, our guide George Jadama was excellent we managed three trips with him and will be going further afield next time we hope. You certainly need a guide to get the best out of the holiday if you enjoy birdwatching.
A very enjoyable relaxing holiday in paradise.
March 30, 2011
What a relaxing holiday you'll have if you stay here! Quiet & peaceful around the pool, no loud music at all so rare to find peace and calm around the pool. Not really geared up for children (no kids club) but the 1 or 2 families that stayed their children had impeccable behaviour and they didn't trouble us at all. The rooms are fine as was the shower room with plenty hot water. Staff all very attentive and happy to please. At the height of the season when we visited there were no safety deposit boxes available but this was the only concern we had in our week's stay. Thoroughly recommend this for a very chilled break.
January 12, 2014
The perfect solution to British winter blues.
We visited at the end of February when the temperature is perfect.
The BAKOTU HOTEL is almost colonial, not too opulent, but cool and clean with friendly and polite staff , pleasant tree shaded accommodation, colourful tropical birds everywhere and simple but quite adequate rooms.
The magnificent beach is a minutes walk away through the local market and when the tide is in the cold beer can be drunk at one of the few café bars with your toes almost in the surf.
This is real Africa, the locals are not acting for the tourists, but these people are genuinely friendly and helpful whilst obviously trying to eke out a living in what is still a third world country.
March 7, 2013
GAMBIA NOV 11
The Bakuto hotel is ideal for couples looking for a quiet relaxing break. It is favoured by Bird Watchers and has lots of wildlife nearby. The food and drink at the hotel are reasonably priced and there is always a sun bed avaialble in the low season. Location was fantastic had the Kombo Beach Hotel opposite when we wanted some entertainment and the beach is great.
The Bumsters were okay and taxis were safe, Trips were expensive though
December 5, 2011
Gambia Bakotu hotel
Hotel was as advertised, rooms good decor, on suite rather basic but functional. Staff in hotel friendly and willing to help guests. Use Papis taxis - very reliable and safe!
Thomas Cook flight left much to be desired. Outbound pre booked and paid for seats had been issued to someone else - customer support could not help, just suggested we spoke to rep in resort. Flight then redirected via Lisbon to deliver part to disabled aircraft resulting in an early afternoon arrival becoming a 6pm arrival at hotel. Return flight seats had not been sorted, and in fact my seat was broken and had large DO NOT USE sticker. Steward told me to wait untill all seated and would find me a seat. No point in paying to pre book seats. No apology from TC, no refund of money paid, no contact from them at all apart from emails trying to get me to book again!!
May 4, 2011
Winter sun paradise
We had a wonderful time staying at the Bakotu. It was peaceful and relaxed, no TV, music or entertainment instead lots of monkeys a giant tortoise, bird spotting and the friendliest staff ever. We will be back
February 24, 2011
what good value
A week in the gambia, staying at Bakotu in Kotu.
The friendliest hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff were lovely people and nothing was a chore to them. The location was marvelous and so quiet, backing onto Kotu creek it was great for birdwatching. Big Monitor Lizards digging in the lush gardens and a large 50 year old Tortoise wandering around the paths.
Simon the rep was always happy and very obliging.
We sampled different food outlets every night and all were ok, The Captains Table in the hotel came out top.
My only critisism was the flight outbound from Manchester. We sat for two hours on the plane before take off. The captain announced there had been a problem with one of the engines the previous day, and with everyone on board he proceeded to test the engine, which failed. Why on earth was this not done prior to embarkation.
That apart the holiday was faultless, bumsters and all.
February 20, 2011
Climate in Jan/Feb is great. This hotel, though on of the older ones, suited us - apart from a crowd of rowdy Norwegians! Faciilities matched the price, fair value for money. Visits 'up country' were quite good, taking in the poorer areas. One bad point. We paid £12 each per day for half board. A mistake. At the 3 restaurants attached to the hotel, where we could eat, one allowed 3 courses, another 2, and the Captains Table, the only decent one, allowed us only 1 course. At none of them would the cost be more than £8 per person, so why were we charged £12 per day? Our Rep, Simon, did get us a refund of the full amount for the second week, which was appreciated, but we were still out of pocket to the tune of approx. £56 for the first week. VERY UNSATISFACTORY. We may not be travelling with Thos Cook again!
Although we can't blame Thos Cook, the luggage handling at Gatwick when we arrived home was pathetic! We waited nearly an hour, finally getting our cases after midnight!
Apart from the overcharging for the half board, it was an enjoyable holiday. Everyone should go there, as it is an eye-opener for travellers from the wealthier countries.
February 18, 2011