A small and friendly hotel in Kotu, Sunset Beach offers two new beachfront pools, a relaxed atmosphere and well-equipped rooms for this grade of property.
Our Expert Opinion
"The name really says it all. Located overlooking Kotu Beach with pool and restaurant areas all facing out to sea, it really is the perfect spot to enjoy a stunning Gambian sunset."
- Lydia, Reservations
What we love
- Its location close to Kotu Stream, making it an ideal base for birdwatchers.
Good to know
- Sunset Beach is open year round, operating as an all-inclusive hotel from November to April, with traditional bed and breakfast only during the summer months.
- The course of Kotu Stream can be erratic, so beach access may at times be affected, although work has been carried out to minimise the impact.
Following extensive renovation work during summer 2016, the charming Sunset Beach Hotel is sure to impress both new and repeat clients, as well as regular groups, who love the well-tended gardens and the friendly atmosphere at this hotel.
Situated between the beach and the neighbouring Kotu stream, there's a laid-back atmosphere here with only limited activities in the daytime, leaving lots of time to simply relax and enjoy the Gambian sunshine. Two attractive new swimming pools and sun terraces offer views over the ocean, with submerged sunbeds scattered around. The beach tends to vary in size depending on the course of Kotu stream so sunbeds are mainly within the hotel grounds, however there is a small, sandy terrace directly outside the hotel where you can relax with a drink. At low tide you will be able to access a long, sandy beach if you enjoy strolling along the shore.
The well-equipped rooms and apartments include air-conditioning as standard and are arranged in either single or two storey buildings within the tropical gardens. Self-catering apartments are also available with a separate living area and basic cooking facilities.
The bar and restaurant have been fully renovated and now offer fabulous views, being perfectly placed to enjoy an early evening drink and watch the sun set, with the beach on one side and the pools on the other. It is open all day for snacks, and evening meals are served buffet-style with live cooking, along with an à la carte menu. Varied buffet breakfasts are also served here. A new conference centre above provides ample space for groups to meet.
Entertainment-wise, there are regular African cultural shows in the evening during winter, although the hotel usually remains open year-round. The Fajara golf course is close by and a craft market, supermarket, beach bars, restaurants and other hotels are within easy walking distance in the Kotu area. The Gambia's liveliest resort, Kololi, is just a five minute taxi ride away and there is a taxi rank just outside the hotel.
The location of the hotel next to Kotu Stream makes it an ideal base for birdwatchers and the huge variety of birdlife in the area means that it is often visited by birding guides as well as Chris Packham when he guides tours in The Gambia. However, the hotel also offers a perfect getaway for couples and families with its good standard of accommodation and friendly service, and early booking is recommended due to the small number of rooms available.