Boasting superb views across bougainvillea and palm-filled tropical gardens down to the ocean, Lemon Creek Hotel has a distinct quiet charm about it. Its fantastic location along the Bijilo Beach make it a superb choice for beach-lovers, where you can take a stroll or relax on the sunloungers whilst listening to the waves.
Within the grounds, a pool can be found hidden amongst towering coconut palms, which offers a wonderful sense of seclusion, and multiple pockets of sunlight and shade. It’s safe to say, you’ll find relaxation easy to come by at Lemon Creek Hotel.
Sea views and spacious rooms
Lemon Creek’s standard and studio guest rooms are arranged in blocks which are dotted around the grounds, with double beds (some four poster), simple kitchenettes (studio only this winter) and a terrace or balcony, so you can make the most of the beautiful garden and sea views. The standard rooms are simple and spacious and all have their own balcony, while you can also choose from larger superior rooms, some with sea views available on the ground floor with their own terraces.
Lemon Creek aims to minimise its impact on the environment through management of energy, water and waste materials with recycling and other initiatives. This means that energy conservation is a priority, so air-conditioning is not included as standard in the rooms. However, it is available for purchase at a supplement.
Lay back and indulge as the sun sets
If you’re excited by the culinary offerings of The Gambia, the hotel’s restaurant offers simple yet tasty food, utilising homegrown produce where possible, and is the perfect setting to enjoy a peaceful meal with friendly service, all whilst watching the orange and pink hues of the sunset. Occasionally, guests will also enjoy a visit from one of the local drumming troupes during dinner, but generally speaking, the emphasis is on relaxation.
A short taxi ride will take you to Kololi which offers a wide range of bars and restaurants. Open year-round, Lemon Creek offers a great value option for a beachfront holiday during the summer months, when the Mediterranean resorts become crowded – a problem that won’t be experienced on the vast stretches of sand outside this tranquil property.
Official local hotel rating: 3 star