A long-established favourite, The Kairaba Hotel enjoys not only a superb position alongside Kololi Beach, but is also just a stone’s throw from the bars and restaurants of Kololi, The Gambia’s largest and liveliest resort. However, you needn’t worry about getting that much-needed dose of relaxation at this property – with well-kept, beautiful gardens covering much of The Kairaba Hotel's grounds and a large feature pool, it’s not hard to find a quiet spot in which to sunbathe or witness some of the incredible wildlife.
Recommended room types
The Kairaba deluxe rooms that we use primarily are situated in two-storey buildings within the gardens; from your balcony or terrace you can enjoy views across the attractive lawns. Following feedback over the years, we recommend the Deluxe rooms with other popular upgrade options available – these are situated in Portuguese-style buildings overlooking the gardens and are superior in size, quality and location to the standard rooms.
Achieve ultimate relaxation
This property 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, although there is the occasional local band or entertainment in the evening. Due to its quality and range of facilities, The Kairaba is very popular with conferences, groups and private or evening functions for Gambian dignitaries and foreign Ministers of State.
Spoilt for choice when dining
When it comes to dining, you have a choice of restaurants on offer during winter, along with a wide range of restaurants within walking distance. Breakfast is served in the elevated Kingfisher restaurant, and the Malimbe poolside snack bar provides excellent lunches with the occasional themed evening buffet. There is a more informal atmosphere in the Casa Fernando bistro, often with accompanying music; half board may be served in any of the hotel restaurants although it's generally in Casa Fernando. Shikra à la carte restaurant is closed in the summer months.
Official local hotel rating: 5 star