Kairaba Beach Hotel

Kairaba Beach Hotel is on the west coast of The Gambia, close to the mouth of the River Gambie. It's steps from the hotel's private beach and from the Senegambia Strip. The hotel is in a popular area where you can go shopping or visit the seafront during the day, and go for drinks and dinner at night. Outside the hotel there's a swimming pool and a separate children's pool, as well as a 40-acre tropical garden where you can sunbathe on the grass surrounded by trees. If you want to stay active there are fitness classes you can join, or you can play squash or work out in the hotel's gym. When it's time to relax you can visit the spa for some massage therapy or one of the beauty and wellness treatments available. The hotel has two bars and four restaurants as well as a cafe. You can order drinks by the poolside with the pool waiter service, or get drinks delivered to your spot on the sand with the beach waiter service. After dinner you can enjoy some live entertainment which usually includes a band and a pianist. You can also play a few games of darts, table tennis or pool.

Kairaba Beach is on a private beach which has soft sand and a choice of beachfront bars. It's also on the lively Senegambia Strip in Kololi. The Senegambia Strip is the centre of nightlife in the area, with lots of bars, clubs and restaurants. You can also visit the Senegambia Craft Market which is popular with visitors who come to buy locally made gifts and food. Alternatively you could head to the quieter Kololi village to see The Village art gallery where you can buy artwork or take part in workshops.

Kairaba Beach has a pool bar and a sports bar. There are two buffet and two a la carte restaurants. An international buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, an international a la carte restaurant for lunch, and there are two international a la carte restaurants open for dinner. There's also a 24 hour cafe.

Kairaba Beach is close to attractions including Bijilo National Park, Fajara Golf Club, and two craft markets, as well as the Independence Stadium.

Rooms at Kairaba Beach have individually controlled air conditioning to keep you cool. There's also a fridge, and there are branded toiletries in the bathroom.

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7 Nights Bed & Breakfast

from £922 per person

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Bed & Breakfast

from £87 per person per night

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Kololi, Serrekunda, Gambia

Address: 390, Pmb Serrekunda, Serrekunda, Gambia

Phone: +002204462940


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1032 reviews

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Such a shame

Jan 2022 | Cross1961
We have stayed at The Kairaba Beach Hotel for many years. We have seen it at it's best and now seen it at it's worst. Covid has a lot to answer for. It is so sad to see this Grand hotel so empty this year. Our first thought was to move hotels, but we have made many friends here at the hotel and feel at home here when we arrive. We decided to stay and even though the hotel is practically empty and working on a skeleton staff we felt obliged to stay and support. As usual the staff can't do enough for us. The management decided to allow local people to use the pool at a fee, and this has been taken up by them especially on the weekend. It gets very busy with lots of families n children most of whom can't swim. Which in turn is hard for the one pool attendent to manage as there can be up to 30 to 40 people in the pool. I understand that the management needs to bring in revenue but an extra pool attendent should be employed at the weekend. We need Whalley back at the pool❤️❤️ Breakfast is poor n not what we are used to, but on saying that we haven't gone hungry, it is once again so sad to see so few people in the hotel thus not a great selection and no buzz from it at breakfast from not being busy with guests. On the up side if we request something it is there the next day. On the whole yes it is quiet, we are under the impression that they no longer have a contract with Tui at the moment n can only be found on Gambia Experience which is expensive for the quality of the hotel at the moment. Personally I think that the hotel wasn't ready to accept guest in time for the winter holidays and with this, and what seems poor management from an higher level this once booming grand hotel has slipped into a sorry state. Hopefully with the support of regular guests that still belive in her and a higher better management plan the Grand old lady will get back to how she use to be once again in this fantastic location. We will always support as long as we are able thank you to all the stay you are doing an amazing job under the circumstances ❤️❤️

Fantastic hotel

Mar 2020 | Sauceytraveller157
Went to this hotel 3rd march till 13th march it was fantastic beautiful hotel weather hot prob hotter than normal and the entertainment people was great especially pierre who done the aquarobics everyday i enjoyed it they were very friendly sorry took so long to do this review but what with the coronviris epidemic i forgot to be honest but my husband and i are so happy that we actually got to have this holiday we are very thankful and we will definitely go back again

No longer 5 star

Mar 2020 | somersettravellers
We have just returned from visiting the Kairaba hotel in The Gambia for the 11th time in 12 years and always remained loyal to this hotel having given it good reviews in the past. Sadly, I now find it increasingly difficult to do this as do other loyal returning guests that I spoke to during our two week stay. The bathrooms in particular are looking really tired and shabby, new TVs have been put in the rooms but the reception is poor with no football on anymore and only the poor BBC world news available in English ( if the BBC wish to save money then they should stop this programme !), air conditioning not working properly with 5 nights out of 14 not able to use without water dripping constantly all over the floor. On the day before we left we were told that it was a blocked pipe and we would have to empty the wardrobe and drawers to enable the maintenance team to solve the problem. Something which had been said to other guests and seemed to be a common problem after speaking to others. Perhaps a plan should be drawn up to regularly check these pipes for blockages. WiFi connections are very poor in the rooms regularly dropping in and out which makes it very frustrating. Perhaps they should state that internet is only available in the lobby and then if you are lucky enough to get it in the room it wouldn’t be so frustrating. Lots of other little things as well, such as no afternoon tea and coffee served any more, no managers cocktail party where you have the opportunity to meet some of the management and things like the deterioration in the quality of things such as very poor tissue thin napkins at breakfast instead of cloth napkins as used before. People will say that this is Africa and should expect this sort of thing but We’ve visited 13 countries on the continent and even in some of the remotest places you can get WiFi, decent bathrooms and good quality napkins etc etc. Perhaps the biggest thing that would stop us returning to the Kairaba is the attitude of the General manager to his guests and to his staff. Only wanting to talk to guests on his terms is not right as is shouting at very good, loyal staff in front of guests. The staff are frightened of him but obviously would never say this as they worry about losing their jobs. Not a great place to stay under these circumstances. On the plus side, the weather is always good outside of the rainy season ( never stayed at that time of the year but I believe even that’s not too bad ). It’s only a short flight straight down from the UK so no jet lag, the gardens, grounds, birds and monkeys are delightful but most of all the staff are fantastic and do not deserve to be treated the in the way they are. Sort the management problem out and I could probably put up with the rest and go back.