The Kairaba

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The Gambia  |  Kololi

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A well-established, beachfront property with excellent facilities and spacious tranquil gardens. The appeal of The Kairaba lies in its serene atmosphere, yet with a prime location close to the thriving, popular resort of Kololi.

A long-established favourite, it’s hard to choose one particular feature of The Kairaba to describe its allure: it enjoys a prime position beside Kololi beach*, the tranquility of the spacious grounds with resident wildlife is enticing whilst the many bars and restaurants of Kololi, The Gambia’s largest and liveliest resort, are only a stone's throw away.

(*Despite ongoing beach erosion from the strong Atlantic currents outside the hotel, sunbeds are still available and there are a few steps down to the long sandy beach which can be accessed at low tide. It is hoped that replenishment work will commence during 2016.)

The Kairaba's bedrooms are situated in two-storey buildings within extensive bougainvillea-filled gardens; from your balcony or terrace you can enjoy the gentle sea breeze and views across the attractive lawns. Following client feedback we base our holidays on the Deluxe rooms; these are situated in two-storey Portuguese-style buildings overlooking the gardens and are superior in size, quality and location to the standard rooms featured by most tour operators. These are located close to the hotel entrance and are available at a discount. Other room options include Superior deluxe rooms with their large picture windows, and Premium suites with a separate double bedroom which always prove to be extremely popular.

This hotel is all about peace and relaxation, which is only interrupted by the vervet monkeys and birdlife visiting from the nearby forest. There are no pool games or loud music during the day to disturb guests, croquet is more in keeping with the tranquil tone of the hotel although there is the occasional local band or entertainment in the evening. A beauty salon offering massages along with manicures & pedicures opened in January 2016 for a spot of pampering and, for the more energetic, there is also a fitness room. Due to the quality and range of facilities within the hotel, The Kairaba is very popular with conferences, groups and private or evening functions for Gambian dignitaries and foreign Ministers of State.

When it comes to dining, you have everything from à la carte to an extensive buffet during winter. Breakfast and the half board buffet are served in the elevated Kingfisher restaurant, allowing you to start your day feasting on views over the gardens as well as on freshly cooked delights. The Malimbe poolside snack bar provides excellent lunches and Shikra, the hotel's à la carte restaurant (open November to March), provides an air of sophistication. Alternatively, there is an informal atmosphere in the outside Africana bistro, and Tropicana Bar.  During winter, half board can be taken in any of the restaurants and from April to October half board is served in the Africana Restaurant. If you prefer to sample the local cuisine you also have an excellent variety of fine restaurants on your doorstep just a few minutes’ walk away in Kololi - along with the hotel's very own coffee shop and ice cream parlour which also serves delicious pizza along with paninis and waffles.

If you like the idea of sumptuous buffets within the hotel, but also relish the opportunity to try the local cuisine, The Kairaba is offering a flexible half board package exclusively for our guests.  This 'Bon Appetit' package includes 4 buffet dinners per week, leaving you free to dine at your leisure for the remainder of your holiday. There is something to suit everyone at The Kairaba.

With its beachfront location in the heart of Kololi and wide range of facilities within a tranquil setting, this is a very popular choice of hotel throughout the year.

 

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Hotel Facilities

  • Feature pool with sun terraces
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ice-cream parlour / coffee shop
  • Beauty salon (manicure/pedicure/massage) & hairdressers with fitness room
  • Conference facilities
  • 2 bars
  • 3 restaurants (1 from April - October, offering a la carte / table d'hote menu)
  • 160 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Prices based on Deluxe rooms in gardens
  • Twin beds, bath with shower over (doubles in Premium Suites)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Minibar (stocked on request)
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • 2 pin sockets

Activities

  • Limited evening entertainment / daytime activities
  • Croquet lawn
  • Table tennis (payable locally)
  • Giant chess
  • Pool table (payable locally)

Cuisine Information

  • Malimbe poolside snack bar for lunches (plus occasional dinner buffets)
  • Extensive buffet breakfast and half board buffet served in the Kingfisher restaurant (November to April only)
  • Shikra international à la carte restaurant (November to March only)
  • Africana bistro (half board dinners April to October are served here)
  • Half board guests may choose to dine at any of the hotels restaurants (supplements may apply for selected dishes such as lobster or lamb)
  • Room Service: available at a charge

88% of customers rated this hotel as good or excellent. Based on 50 reviews.

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Rooms at The Kairaba

Standard Room

From £542pp

Sleeps up to 2 

   

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Deluxe Room

From £549pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

   

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Superior Deluxe Room

From £584pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)

   

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Premium Suite

From £598pp

Sleeps up to 4 (3 adults)

   

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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.

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Breakfast overlooking the gardens

Kingfisher Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch & dinner buffet restaurant

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Malimbe snack bar

Malimbe

Poolside snack lunch menu

OPEN YEAR ROUND
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Shikra à la carte restaurant

Shikra Restaurant

À la carte - Indian and international dishes

OPEN NOV - MARCH

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Africana bistro at The Kairaba

Africana Restaurant

African/international Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

Tao

Asian Cuisine

OPEN NOV - APR

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Kololi

The Vineyard restaurant near Kololi

Vineyard

Mediterranean Cuisine

OPEN MAY - OCT
(closed Wednesdays)

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Kololi

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Gaya Art Café

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

The Kora

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND
(Closed during Ramadam)

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Kololi

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Scala

International Cuisine

OPEN NOV - APR

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Kololi

Sea Shells

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

Al Rawshe

Lebanese Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

Cabana's Beach Bar & Restaurant

International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

Jewel of India

Indian Restaurant

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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Kololi

El Sol

Mexican & International Cuisine

OPEN YEAR ROUND

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About the Local Area (Kololi)

Kololi is by far the most established resort area. ‘The strip’ as it is known locally, consists of a number of bars and a couple of nightclubs, frequented by both locals and tourists.

Kololi could probably be called the heart of the tourist industry in The Gambia with a selection of different grade hotels and some of the country's best restaurants.

There are a large number of places to eat serving a variety of cuisine styles on the Kololi strip - you can get anything from an excellent curry, a Lebanese dish or a more traditional Gambian meal. There are two casinos on the strip not to mention a whole host of bars and clubs - all of which throb into the early hours, but may be quieter between May and October. The strip also boasts banks & exchange bureaus, internet cafes and shops. It is generally fairly relaxed in the day and really comes into its own during the evening and night.

Beaches

The beach outside the Senegambia and Kairaba hotels is suffering from erosion since the sand was replenished in 2003; currently there is a strip of sand plenty wide enough for sunbathing on, with sunbeds and parasols, just outside the hotels, however the beach then drops a level for access to the ocean with temporary steps provided outside The Kairaba Hotel. A further replenishment project is currently awaiting funding and is planned during 2016.