Address & Bookings:
P.O. Box 390 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 446 2940 / 1 / 2
446 2944 (Reception)
| The Kairaba Beach Hotel,
in Senegambia, is a
grand, full-service 4 star accommodation on the tourist
|Hotel Room Facilities & Services:
Standard: Two beds twinned with
spare sofa bed
En-suite WC & shower with complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe and drawers
Coffee & tea making facilities
Private balcony or terrace
2 pin socket
Writing desk and chair
|General Facilities & Services:
| 4 Restaurants
Large swimming pool
WiFi Internet access
Children's play area
In-house medical clinic
Conference centre & 6 meeting rooms
Beauty salon & massage parlour
Large tropical landscaped gardens
Local excursions arranged
24 hour manned reception desk
The Kairaba Hotel is sleek and attentive but a little
self-important. It is perhaps the most urbane of The
Gambia's establishments. Spaciously self-contained
in 15 acres of lawned slopes. The suave buff complex
completed in 1990 by its
Swedish architects and designers.
It has the country's best known conference facilities
and it has perforce to cater for numerous official
functions. This - plus previously erratically efficient
management, never-ending renovations and frequent
breakdowns of communication between
the reception and reservations office - were the causes
of its previous overbookings. Since 2004 however,
this has considerably changed since it was acquired
by M.A. Kharafi and Sons who introduced their own
style and upgraded accommodation operations.
The Kairaba is greatly insulated from the 'Senegambia
Strip' outside by uniformed security-staff in a guardhouse
beneath a grand portal. This was a new fixture added
in 1999 to enclose a guarded car park and row of shops.
From a second line of defence of Tropical Boutique,
and Casa Fernando fish diner, the drive and covered
walkway are lined by the cheaper, shower-only 'Avenue
Rooms' and the colonnaded office blocks and the 6,460
square foot 'Jaama Hall' centre.
The drive drops between the main buildings: the reception
lounge large and chill to the right; the restaurants,
bar and meeting areas to your left. Here the Monsoon
Bar and the main Kingfisher share a terrace that bright
birds appreciate too. The Kingfisher shares its French
chef with the á la carte Shikra adjoining, a plush
place where holidaymakers hobnob with the distinguished
The neatly manicured lawns enclose 12 staggered room
blocks. Two-storeyed and in a beige coloured wall
are occupied by the presidential Mansa Suite, 2 executive
suites also with kitchenette, and over 100 single
or double premium, standard and downstairs studio
all with mod cons.
Outside the gardens slope down past the croquet to
the rather shapely, figure-of-eight pool, a central
bridge demarcating the toddlers from the deep end.
Nearby, the Malimbe is more casual than the main block's,
and the circular thatched Bolong Bar is backed by
gardens and tamarisk-hedged lawns that border the
Kairaba Beach Hotel's 300 metres of beach.
Vitala Studio beneath the foyer is a German-run, the
adjoining 'Health Care Studio' a lightly equipped
gymnasium. The Observatory is more singularly impressive.
It was installed in 1994 and is West Africa's largest
telescope, a computerized 10" Meade programmed
for 10,000 stars.
There are a wide range of different accommodation
suites to cater for all tastes. All the rooms at the
Kairaba Hotel offer an exceptionally high standard
of comfort and offers rooms with sea views.
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