Whitewashed Moorish architecture framed by colourful pink bougainvillea sweep down towards a golden sandy beach – welcome to Coco Ocean Resort & Spa. This impressive hotel offers a tranquil oasis where you can enjoy beautiful green lawns, a three-tiered swimming pool and a superb spa. While for many guests, the main attraction of Coco Ocean is the fantastic spa facilities, the hotel’s stunning location on an unspoilt stretch of beach just 2.5 km from the lively resort of Kololi, as well as its extensive choice of unique suites, make this far more than just a spa hotel.
Comfort and rejuvenation await
A popular choice for repeat customers and visiting dignitaries, a sophisticated sense of luxury can be found throughout Coco Ocean, with its ornate interiors, imaginative use of colour and light and elegant variety of guest rooms, all of which boast excellent facilities. Every little feature has been thought out extensively, from the grandeur of the Moroccan-inspired architecture to the subtle positioning of sunloungers.
Set within lush tropical gardens, all 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 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, beachfront second pool which is flanked by cabanas.
The ultimate in relaxation
A place where you can completely relax and rejuvenate, Coco Ocean's impressive 1,800sq metre adult-only spa boasts a serene and calming atmosphere throughout, where subtle scents of aromatherapy linger in the air. A steam room, sauna, fitness room and ice plunge pool are also available for you to use at your leisure, and it’s here that you will discover the Thalassotherapy pool. Remember, Gambia Experience guests receive a 15% discount on all full-priced individual treatments, so don’t miss out!
Guests can enjoy a choice of restaurants on-site, and the resort of Kololi offers further options only a five-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Tempting menus featuring Thai, international and traditional African cuisine can be sampled in either the Courtyard/Safran or Coco Beach restaurants, one offering à la carte breakfasts and al fresco or covered dining with a backdrop of illuminated fountains and soft music, the other providing beachfront lunches with a Thai menu by night. Fresh ingredients are used wherever possible, many from the hotel’s own gardens.
Official local hotel rating: 5 star