This superb beachfront property with its professional spa and wide choice of room upgrades offers an oasis of luxury for a truly memorable holiday.
Whitewashed Moorish architecture frames by the colourful pink bougainvillea sweep down towards a golden sandy beach - welcome to Coco Ocean Resort & Spa
As one of the most luxurious hotels in The Gambia, and arguably the most striking, Coco Ocean has established itself as the place to stay for visiting dignitaries and discerning holiday-makers looking for elegance and exquisite surroundings. It is perfect for any special occasion.
While for many guests the main attraction of Coco Ocean is the fantastic spa facility, its stunning location on an unspoilt stretch of beach just 2.5 km from the lively resort of Kololi, and the high levels of service and cuisine make this much more than simply a spa hotel. The Moroccan-inspired architecture and décor, featuring high ceilings and domes, have been created to keep the buildings cool as well as producing an elegant design and maximise the use of natural light.
You will find sunbeds in tranquil spots around the garden and private seating areas close to the hotel's main tiered swimming pool; down on the beach there are individual cabanas providing welcome shade, however the canopies can peel back if you wish to relax in the sunshine. The grounds slope towards the sea, enhancing the views, although golf buggies are available helping those who may wish to avoid the many steps. Visiting Heads of State, dignitaries and businessmen often hold functions in the the stunning gardens and take advantage of the impressive Presidential suite. Coco Ocean would be a perfect choice for a honeymoon or anyone celebrating a special occasion, and several weddings have already taken place here.
Set within lush tropical gardens, all of the open-plan suites and villas are light and airy, but for added comfort we recommend one of the sumptuous room upgrades. There are four Royal Suites each with its own private plunge pool, with Royal penthouses above (a Royal suite and penthouse can be booked together for larger groups but are self-contained units). The 14 Club villas sit in two rows, with impressive private outside relaxation areas; but for the best location in the hotel try one of the three Beach houses, which are extremely spacious and sit directly on the beachfront. These, along with Club villas and Royal suites, have use of the exclusive second pool which is flanked by cabanas for added comfort. Please note that private VIP guests at the property may also have use of this pool. All suites include bathrobes and slippers and complimentary maid service to unpack and iron any essential item on arrival and all have double basins in the ample bathroom.
Within the hotel there is a choice of restaurants and menus, with international chefs producing dishes from Morocco, Thailand and Lebanon, as well as European cuisine. In addition, there are specialties of the day featuring cuisine from around the world. Fresh ingredients are used wherever possible, many from the hotel’s own gardens. The main restaurant offers formal dining or you can eat al fresco in the courtyard with illuminated fountains by night; this is also the perfect place to start the day with a relaxing a la carte breakfast. Coco Beach, serving lunchtime grills, has possibly the best views of any restaurant in The Gambia -by night it is transformed into Coco Mama, an African-themed restaurant offering traditional cuisine. Half board is a popular option as guests have the choice of dining a la carte in any of these restaurants (lobster and seafood platters may be at an extra charge, subject to availability)
A place where you can completely relax and rejuvenate, Coco Ocean's impressive 1800sq metre adult-only spa boasts a serene and calming atmosphere throughout, where subtle scents of aromatherapy linger in the air.The spa itself is a beautiful spectacle, with high ceilings, decorative stained glass and elaborate features, and its here that you will discover the Thalassotherapy pool, which boasts superb views if the golden sand and ocean. A steam room, sauna, fitness room and ice plunge pool are also available for guests to use at your leisure, or you can choose to indulge further in the variety of treatments on offer, which take place on one of the nine ocean view treatment rooms. Manicures, pedicures and massages are just the beginning of what this spa has to offer. Guests can pamper themselves in the traditional Moroccan Hammam or with body wraps, scrubs and exfoliation, along with anti-stress treatments to help you achieve what you came away for - total relaxation. Gambia Experience guests receive a 10% discount on all full priced individual treatments.
The Coco Ocean occupies an enviable position on a wide stretch of unspoilt beach, next to Bijilo Forest Park Nature Reserve, famous for its green vervet and red colobus monkeys, and the Bijilo Beach Hotel. Although there is little activity directly outside the hotel to spoil the peace and tranquillity, a 20-minute walk along the sandy beach, or a short taxi ride, will bring you to the resort of Kololi with its wide selection of bars and restaurants.
Coco Ocean is open throughout the year, and its prime beachside location combined with the luxurious facilities and personal touches evident throughout assures it of high levels of repeat clients, therefore early booking is strongly recommended.