Laico Atlantic Beach

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The Gambia  |  Banjul

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A good choice for a hotel-based, all-inclusive holiday, the Laico Atlantic Beach attracts many repeat guests, with its excellent beach and extensive facilities.

If it’s a hotel-based beach holiday you prefer, Laico Atlantic Beach could be for you with our pricing based on all-inclusive from November to April each year.  However, for our regular guests and business travellers, and during summer months, bed and breakfast and half board options are still available for maximum flexibility. With its enviable beach location, lively activity programme and friendly atmosphere, this hotel is ideally suited for half board or all-inclusive holidays.

Set directly on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach - one of the biggest in The Gambia - this hotel is located away from the majority of tourist hotels but attracts many repeat customers. The reception area and public rooms are spacious and comfortable including an inside lounge area built around a huge tree which grows high above the roof. The rooms are serviced by two lifts, and all are fully equipped with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, television, hairdryer and telephone. A limited number of sea/pool view rooms are available as an upgrade and are very popular; with the option of interconnecting rooms, it's an ideal choice for families too. Full Wi-Fi internet connection is available in reception and the internet cafe for a local charge.

Away from the beach, guests can choose to simply relax by the large pool where two Jacuzzis offer the perfect place to unwind after a day in the sun. During the winter there is a wide range of sports facilities and organised activities throughout the day including tennis, squash, table tennis, croquet, basketball, volleyball, pool and snooker. A varied entertainment programme is provided in the evening (winter only).  A particular feature of the hotel is the interesting bird garden which is home to many different species, both resident and migratory, and is popular with all guests, not just birdwatchers.

Our all-inclusive package includes 3 buffet meals each day, with the option to choose from the a la carte poolside menu at lunchtime, plus unlimited local/unbranded spirits and beer, house wines and soft drinks between 11am and 11pm (excludes Premium brands, mini bar and room service), a selection of ice creams and some sporting facilities.  If you prefer to stay on a bed and breakfast basis there is plenty of choice for dining, with three restaurants serving a range of traditional buffet dishes, poolside hot & cold snacks and a la carte dining.

Evening entertainment including shows and cultural entertainment is provided on a regular basis during winter, so you’ll probably be happy to relax at the hotel, however a slection of bars and restaurants can be found in the Cape Point area which can be reached in approximately 10-15 minutes by taxi, or the lively resort of Kololi is situated 20 kilometers away. There is also a massage centre, (20% discount on these services for all-inclusive guests), plus hairdressing, a gift shop, games room and disco. There is also a cash-free system in operation within the hotel with payment to be made at the end of your stay.

Situated about ten minutes' walk from the centre of Banjul, which has a few restaurants for lunch but little to offer by way of nightlife, this hotel really caters for guests wishing to stay in during the evening and it offers a full winter entertainment programme. The location does provide an ideal base for those wishing to explore the capital, or shop at Albert Market, and tourist guides and taxis can be hired from the hotel's reception. Our full excursion programme is also available, bookable through your representative.


Hotel Facilities

  • Large sandy beach
  • Pool and sun terraces
  • Children's pool
  • Two Jacuzzis
  • 2 bars
  • Massage centre
  • Hotel shop
  • Hairdresser
  • Disco
  • Internet café
  • Wi-Fi in reception (payable locally)
  • They hotel will only accept Visa credit cards (5% charge) cash and Travellers Cheques (with a charge)
  • 204 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Twin or double beds
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Minibar (not included for all-inclusive or other guests)
  • Safety deposit box
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Television
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • UK 3 pin sockets


  • Varied entertainment programme (winter only)
  • Children's activity programme (winter only, subject to minimum numbers)
  • Entertainment - African style
  • Tennis courts (payable locally if not on all-inclusive)
  • Table tennis
  • Croquet, crazy golf
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Pool and snooker (payable locally)

Cuisine Information

  • Bantaba restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner
  • Riverside outdoor restaurant serving poolside snacks and a table d'hote menu
  • Dunda à la carte restaurant (small half board / all-inclusive credit provided)
  • 24 hour room service - room service menu

The Laico Atlantic Hotel is offering an All-Inclusive package from November to April, which includes:

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet (may be table d'hote on occasion to add variety)
  • You can choose from the à la carte menu at the poolside Riverside Restaurant daily between 12 and 3pm, a lighter snack menu is then available until 6pm
  • Complimentary ice cream selection throughout the day (11am - 11pm)
  • Complimentary bar from 11am to 11pm including a selection of local beverages (mineral water, soft drinks, draught beer, local spirits, coffee, tea and a selection of red, white and rose wine)
  • All games and sport facilities are free of charge
  • 20% discount on massages 

All other items which are not mentioned above such as Room Service, the minibar in your room etc. are not included in the All-Inclusive package. Timings are subject to change and excursions are not included.

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Rooms at Laico Atlantic Beach


Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Standard Room

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Pool/Sea View Room

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Hotel & Local Restaurants

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Buffet restaurant at Laico Atlantic Beach Hotel

Bantaba Restaurant

Buffet Meals


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Lunch in the Riverside restaurant

Riverside Snack Bar & Restaurant

Snacks & table d'hôte


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Dunda à la carte restaurant

Dunda à la Carte

À la Carte


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About the Local Area (Banjul)

Banjul is one of the smallest capitals in Africa and given it is located on an island, St Mary’s Island - a sandbank at the south of the River Gambia, there is little room for expansion.

It is a strange mixture of colonial buildings, shanty buildings and modern offices and is the main administrative centre for the country. Bathurst (as Banjul was originally called) was founded in the early 19th century by the British Army and Royal Navy as a military base to prevent the continuation of the slave trade along the River Gambia. The name was changed to Banjul shortly after The Gambia received its independence from Britain in 1965.

Banjul is relatively easy to navigate as the roads are laid out in a grid. The main heart of the city is 22 July Square and Albert Market where you can buy anything from spices to shoes. This is where most local residents do their daily shopping, whilst the small tourist and craft market behind offers a good selection of local crafts and some more unusual pieces from neighbouring countries such as Mali and Guinea Bissau. Although Banjul has little specifically aimed at tourists, it is an interesting place and a hive of activity with plenty of hustle and bustle. Banjul Museum, situated in the centre of Banjul, has many items of interest relating to tribal traditions, music, agriculture and the British Colonial years, right up to the present day.