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.
Distance to city centre 18km
On the beach
Distance to airport 2km
Address: +002204462940, Pmb Serrekunda, Serrekunda, Gambia
Kololi, Serrekunda, Gambia
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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
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.
There are lots of reviews about the Kairaba and how it is not 5 Stars so I don't intend to get into that, other than saying that yes the rooms are a bit "tired" and yes you have to ask to get a few jobs done in them if required, but most people seem to just complain. This is The Gambia!
We had a wonderful week, sat by the pool, swam in the sea ( but only got whistled at once when in the sea on a Red Flag when out what they considered to be a little too far .. )
This is our third trip to the Kairaba, and it is only the clientele that seem to change. Much less English and more Germans this time, the Dutch were also there as usual.
They are currently trying All-Inclusive, talking to "the management", this is not going too well for them, but does explain the clientele change as the Germans like All-Inclusive apparently. The expectation is that this will not continue which is great as it supports the local community by people going out to eat / drink etc. All Inclusive just makes for inward looking clientele.
We were on Bed and Breakfast and in the Garden Rooms (these are standard with Gambian Experience as was the luggage allowance).
The pool area had the addition of a few four-poster beds - strange concept but you could pay D500 and get a bed and a bottle of wine and fruit - we didn't bother but you have to try things!
We ate out every evening on "The Strip" and just had Breakfast in the hotel, this was much busier than previous years but again this was possibly due to the attraction of the All Inclusive tag.
It made me laugh that people complain about the Bacon and Sausages - er .. this is an 80% Muslim country - bacon and pork do not feature in their culture so it's hardly a surprise.
If you like Eggs then the Chef's at the egg station will sort them out, boiled / poached/fried or as omelettes in double quick time, but get your toast first .. toast machine is still VERY slow and you have to put it through twice to get any colour on it!
There is a good selection of cold meats and on a couple of days there was smoked salmon but you generally have to be early as it goes quickly as those All Inclusive types pile their plates.
You can also try a Gambian Breakfast - Black eyed bean etc. not my thing really at that time, but interesting concept.
The people at the Kiaraba are delightful, always happy, smiling and willing to help, don't be afraid to give them a tip if they help, this is a part of the Culture and a few Delasi will grease a lot of wheels. ( All-Inclusive don't tip apparently ) .. but one thing to be aware of, at the pool bar if you get a beer or two and pay with D200 notes, most of the time you will not get any change ! .. best policy if to have another until you are a few short of the rounded-up amount!
The hotel overall is quiet and peaceful and makes a great contract to the Strip which although quieter than we have seen previously, is still fun.
Finally ... WiFi was rubbish everywhere apart from outside the Lobby ... this has to be improved!