Sunset Beach Hotel

   Classic Collection

The Gambia  |  Kotu

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Tue 24 Sep 2019

£609(from/pp) SAVE £205pp

Book This  7 nights | based on 2 sharing
All inclusive

A small and friendly hotel in Kotu, Sunset Beach offers two 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 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 friendly atmosphere at this hotel.

Situated between the beach and Kotu stream, there's a laid-back atmosphere here with only limited activities in the daytime, leaving lots of time to relax and enjoy the Gambian sunshine. Two attractive 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 sunset, with the beach on one side and the pools on the other. It's 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.

Giving you every reason to completely relax, the hotel will be offering free yoga and meditation classes for beginners during winter. 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.


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Hotel Facilities

  • Two swimming pools
  • Sun terraces
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Gift shop
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • 97 rooms
  • A cash-free system operates within the hotel

Room Facilities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Twin or double beds
  • Fridge
  • Television
  • Safe facilities (payable locally)


  • African cultural shows in the evening
  • Table tennis, darts, water aerobics, French boules
  • Birdwatching along Kotu stream
  • The Fajara Golf Course is nearby
  • Free wellness activities such as yoga and meditation classes for beginners (from October onwards)

Cuisine Information

  • Sunset Café serving hot and cold buffet breakfast, lunch and half board dinners (half board in summer only)
  • Room Service: Available

All Inclusive Information (winter only)

Sunset Beach is available on an all-inclusive basis in the winter only (Nov - April) The following information outlines what is available through the all-inclusive package (not 24 hours).

General Overview

  • International buffet breakfast (07.00 - 10.00)
  • Continental breakfast (10.00 – 12.00)
  • Buffet lunch (13.00 - 15.00)
  • Afternoon tea time with fresh fruits and cakes / cookies (15.00 - 17.00)
  • Buffet dinner (19.00 - 22.00)
  • The all inclusive Bar is open from 10.00 hrs to 23.00 (after 23.00 guests pay for all drinks)
  • Includes house wine, local draught beer, selected local / imported spirits, selected soft drinks, tea / coffee and water dispenser in the restaurant
  • Organised daytime activities – water aerobics, table tennis, darts etc
  • Evening entertainment programme
  • Free pool towel upon arrival (GMD50 charge for changing your pool towel)
  • Bottled water for late arrivals past 11pm

Not included

  • Full bottles, premium brands, fresh fruit juices, certain imported spirits and drinks + bottled water – these will be subject to an additional charge
  • International à la carte menu is available from 10am until 10pm (at an additional charge)
  • Drinks marked with a green star on menu are chargeable to guests.
  • The Lobby Mini Bar is open from 11.00 pm to 7.00 am at an extra charge.
  • Room service is chargeable (food and drinks to be consumed in restaurant/pool bar area
  • Wines other than house wines
  • Bottled water
  • Espresso / cappuccino
  • Cocktails not on the all inclusive menu
  • All ice creams (other than served on the buffet) 

NB Timings are subject to change


  • Beach: Beachfront
  • Restaurants: Resort of Kotu
  • Transfers: 45 minutes

Rooms at Sunset Beach Hotel

Standard AC Room

From £609pp

Sleeps up to 3 


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AC Apartment

From £686pp

Sleeps up to 4 


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Sunset Café

Sunset Café

International Cuisine Buffet


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Sunset Grill

Sunset Grill

International Cuisine


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One of the restaurants at Bakotu Hotel

Boss Lady

Gambian Restaurant/Café


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Captain's Table a la carte restaurant, Hotel Bakotu

Captain's Table

International Cuisine


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South Kotu


Italian Cuisine


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South Kotu


Lebanese Cuisine

(excluding Sundays)

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About the Local Area (Kotu)

This is a resort area that has developed over the past few years with some new bars and restaurants now open in winter, in addition to hotel restaurants which are open to the public.

Kotu boasts some popular hotels, with Kombo Beach dominating the beachfront. There is also the quieter charm of Bakotu and the beautiful gardens of Bungalow Beach Aparthotel. The area also has a busy and boisterous craft market in which you can find batiks and all manner of superb wood carvings. Kotu has a number of good restaurants including the excellent Sailor's local restaurant which is along the beach. There is also a golf course nearby.


A wide, sandy beach which is fairly flat and ideal for families, although not a very deep beach in terms of distance to the ocean. The area outside the Sunset Beach can change quite dramatically depending on the direction of the Kotu stream.