With winter holidays just around the corner, see if anything here inspires you to visit The Gambia this season.
If you’re contemplating where to spend a week away from home to escape the cold and wet here in the UK, have you considered a winter holiday in The Gambia? We’ve got some fantastic accommodation options, from boutique and unique through to budget or luxury, beach breaks and wildlife escapes – and we’re offering some great discounts if you’re looking to book for the upcoming winter season.
White Horse Residence – homely and peaceful
Best described as intimate, peaceful and homely, White Horse Residence is the perfect choice for couples who want to enjoy personal service and most of all, peace and quiet. This property was once in fact a beautiful, self-designed home, and the owner - who still lives there - is an attentive host to his guests. The pool has stunning views down to the beach, perfect for soaking up the sunshine. Save up to £100pp on winter holidays.
Sunbeach Hotel – an all-inclusive beach lover’s paradise
A hotel which is reopening for winter 2016/17 after substantial refurbishment, Sunbeach is perfect for families, friends and couples alike seeking a fabulous beach holiday. Right next to Cape Point beach (one of The Gambia’s best), there’s ample space to lay down your beach towels on the golden sand and enjoy all the perks of all-inclusive board. Winter holiday offers start from £799pp.
Kombo Beach - a vibrant and lively beach hotel
A place where you can experience vibrant and exciting African drumming and dancers, along with great food and a wonderful beachfront setting, Kombo Beach is a laid-back hotel, perfect for both couples and families alike. And, new for the upcoming winter season all Superior Rooms will have been refurbished. Winter offers start from £565pp.
Bakotu – a birdwatcher’s paradise
Continuing with the wildlife theme, birdwatchers will be in their element at this unassuming hotel in Kotu. Wander past the pool and Bakotu’s charming village-style guestrooms to find an impressive elevated viewpoint over the creek, the perfect spot to watch the local birdlife through a set of binoculars. This hotel is a popular choice for BBC presenter Chris Packham, who runs part of his birdwatching tour from here. Save up to £260pp on winter holidays.
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Coco Ocean Resort & Spa - luxurious and tranquil
Fresh, white buildings between palm trees and the ocean is the tranquil and luxurious 5* property that is Coco Ocean Resort & Spa. A tiered pool leading down to the beach, blue stained glass windows and private beach cabanas all combine to provide an unforgettable holiday to The Gambia. Each and every guestroom is stylish, and features African inspired ornaments, and the renowned spa offers you the opportunity to completely unwind and pamper yourself. Winter offers start from £1,043pp.
Ocean Bay - perfect for families
A popular 4.5* property located along the golden sands of Cape Point, Ocean Bay is a fantastic choice for families - where parents can relax and soak up the sunshine and the children can play. With a large pool, a children's play area and the beautiful beach with volley ball net, there's plenty for the kids to do, whereas parents can indulge in a spa treatment or two, enjoy a refreshing drink in the bar or relax on the sand. Winter offers start from £599pp.
Ngala Lodge – quirky in style with wonderful cuisine
Boasting glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean from the infinity pool and grounds, Ngala Lodge has unique character which you won’t find anywhere else in The Gambia. Positioned on the cliffs above a quiet sandy cove, you can spend your days relaxing on the beach or by one of the two pools, and the evenings enjoying the second to none cuisine prepared by British chef, Jonathan Groves. Winter offers start from £999pp.
Ideal for three night add on stays...
Mandina Lodges – unique in every way
Offering an exclusive, back to nature and wildlife theme, Mandina Lodges is a peaceful haven buried in the Makasutu Forest. Whether you fancy staying in a floating lodge upon a tributary of the River Gambia, or a jungle lodge nestled in the trees, one thing’s for sure – you will achieve total relaxation in a place surrounded by beautiful birds, cheeky monkeys and fantastic views of The Gambia’s unspoilt nature. Three night add on prices start from £349pp.
Hopping over the border to Senegal…
Why not add a few extra days to your winter escape by hopping across the border to neighbouring Senegal? This will give you even more opportunity to experience the real Africa, most notably for its unique wildlife.
Fathala Wildlife Reserve – all about the animals!
For a fantastic wildlife experience where you can stay in the heart of a nature reserve, spend your time watching monkeys, spotting giraffes, photographing rhinos and more. Staying at Fathala Wildlife Reserve sees you sleeping in luxury safari tents (equipped with air-conditioning and open air shower), enjoying great food and relaxing by a plunge pool with views of a man-made watering hole - which the monkeys love to pay a visit to! Three night add on prices start from £475pp.
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