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Pool Pass Guide to The Gambia!

My Magazine 2024/06
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As temperatures begin to rise and summer beckons, there's no better way to beat the heat than taking a refreshing dip in a sparkling pool. For those seeking a slice of aquatic bliss without checking in, we've drawn up a list of hotels offering pool passes to non-guests, catering to every preference and budget.

Some establishments offer comprehensive packages that include delectable food and refreshing drinks alongside pool access, ensuring a truly indulgent experience. Imagine lounging by the poolside, savouring delicious bites and sipping your favourite beverages while basking in the sun's warm embrace.

Alternatively, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, several hotels provide pool passes without additional amenities.

Whether you're seeking a luxurious escape or a laid-back day of relaxation, our Pool Pass Guide(in alphabetical order) has something for everyone. So, gather your friends and family, pick your favourite spot from our selection, and prepare to immerse yourself in a day of aquatic bliss. With these enticing pool pass options, you're guaranteed to stay cool and refreshed as you soak up the sun's rays and make unforgettable memories by the poolside.

1) African Princess Beach Hotel

Located on Kotu Beach, the African Princess Beach Hotel stands out like a gem against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Painted in a striking deep coral, the hotel exudes warmth and elegance, inviting guests into a world of luxury and relaxation. It is also a haven for business travellers seeking the perfect blend of elegance, impeccable service, and a peaceful, quiet environment.

Pool Pass with Food

GMD 1000 - 12 years and over only (includes a Margherita pizza)

Contact Details

Location: Kotu
T:+220 733 3354
M: info@africanprincesshotel.com

2) Afro Garden Hotel

Tucked away in the heart of Bijilo, just 1.2 km from the beautiful Bijilo Beach, lies the Afro Garden Hotel - a tranquil retreat blending comfort with nature. Sustainability lies at the core of Afro Garden Hotel's ethos. A generator, five solar panels, a borehole, and a water filtration machine at the bar prove its commitment to eco-friendly practices.

GMD 300/person

Contact Details

Location: Bijilo
T:+220 755 5200/+220 529 3370
M: info@afrogardenhotel.com

3) Bakadaji Hotel

Bakadaji Hotel is a trendy, environmentally friendly four-star hospitality outfit. It is ideally located along the main Bertil Harding Highway and is a stone's throw from the famous Senegambia Strip. Feel the comfort in the African-infused elegance and sophisticated and contemporary architecture.

The Rates for Pool Pass and Lunch are -

GMD 1500 - Adults and kids over 12 years 
GMD 900 -  5 yrs to 12 yrs 
GMD 450 - 3 yrs to 5 yrs  
Free -  0 to 2 yrs 

GMD 750 - adult or kid (without food)

Contact Details

Location: Bertil Harding Highway, Kololi.
T:+220 228 0234
M: info@bakadajihotel.gm

4) Balafon Beach Resort

Balafon is an exclusive adult-only (16+) hotel perched on the sandy shores of Kololi. However, during the Green Season, Balafon opens its doors to families with little kids so they can also enjoy this tranquil and luxurious retreat. The hotel's design blends traditional African decor and contemporary modern twists, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere.

Pool Pass with Food

GMD 1250 - Adults & Children (includes a meal from Pool Pass Menu, a soft drink and a towel)

Contact Details

Location: Kololi
T:+220 202 6200
M: info@balafonresort.com

5) Bojang River Lodge

Located in Cape Point on the mouth of the River Gambia, Bojang River Lodge is truly a sight to behold. Five circular buildings in flamboyant colours stand proudly amidst well-manicured gardens against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Peaceful and serene, this is the perfect place to escape the daily hustle and bustle - be it tourists or residents.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 300 - 10 years and above
GMD 150 - 2 yrs to 10 yrs

Contact Details

Location: Cape Point
T:+220 202 2988
M: bookings@bojangriverlodge.com

6) Calabash Residence

Calabash Residence, a haven of tranquillity in The Gambia, is not just a collection of apartments; it's a symphony of culture, hospitality, and personal warmth guided by the vision of its owner, Mr Abdul Aziz Khan. Sustainability is at the core of Calabash's operations. It celebrates Gambian warmth and hospitality and embodies Mr Aziz's vision for a tranquil retreat with a touch of local charm and an authentic Gambian experience.

Pool Pass with Food

GMD 750 -  Adult( includes a meal)
GMD 400 - Kids(includes  a meal)

Contact Details

Location: Kololi
T:+220 777 6600
M: info@calabash2022@gmail.com

7) Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

Coco Ocean Resort & Spa is the only 5-star hotel in The Gambia with truly Moroccan architecture - the Moorish arched doorways, high domes, rich colours, arabesque motifs and extraordinarily ornate and complex geometric designs.  Sandy beaches spill into the green with intimate cabanas, nine pools with character, and rooms dazzling and unique, each flavoured with Morrocan taste within West African style. 

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 1000/person

Contact Details

Location: Bijilo
T:+220 776 0072
M: info@cocoocean.com

8) Dunas Boutique Hotel 

Dunas is a 4-star boutique hotel offering luxurious rooms with privileged views of the Atlantic Ocean or beautiful gardens.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 500/person

Contact Details

Location: Kololi
T:+220 266 9902
M: info@dunasboutiquehotel.com

9) Kasumai Beach Resort

Kasumai Beach Resort is committed to providing its guests with the best African hospitality. Featuring stunning views of the ocean, modern furnishings, and luxurious amenities, Kasumai is a perfect retreat after a day of sun and sand.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 200/person

Contact Details

Location: Bijilo
T:+220 701 0020
M: info@kasumaibeach.com

10) Kololi Beach Resort

Standing on acres of lush greenery with a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean, Kololi Beach Resort offers a unique blend of fauna, flora and warm hospitality. The Kololi Beach Resort collection includes stunning, spacious properties; from a 2-person studio style accommodation to a private villa for self-catering holidays.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 500/person (includes a towel)

Contact Details

Location: Kololi
T:+220 713 4203
M: bookings@kololi.com

11) Kombo Beach Resort 

Kombo Beach Resort exudes warmth, comfort, and boundless fun. Sitting proudly along the pristine coastline, this luxurious resort opened its doors in January 2024 to provide the ultimate family getaway experience in West Africa. However, it also caters to couples, groups, business travellers and other guests, ensuring everyone finds paradise amidst its tranquil surroundings.

Pool Pass with Food (includes a lunch buffet if you arrive around midday or snacks if you come later - drinks are excluded)

 GMD 1800 - Adults
GMD 900 - Kids
Free - 0 to 2 years

Contact Details

Location: Kotu
T:+220 545 7777
M: info@kombobeachhotel.gm

12) Majula Boutique Hotel

An enchanting 5-star hotel in Fajara along the coastline of West Africa offering an authentic Gambian experience combined with world-class hospitality and breathtaking ocean views.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 1000 - Adults
GMD 800 - Children
(includes a towel)

Contact Details

Location: Fajara
T:+220 224 4400
M: reservations@majulaboutiquehotel.com

13) Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort

Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort is a top five-star luxury hotel offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent River Gambia with swaying palms and panoramic sunsets.

Pool Pass with Food, Water and Juice

GMD 1000 (Day Pass – 12 years and above)
GMD 500.00 (Day Pass – 7 years – 12 years)
GMD 4,000 (Monthly Pool Pass for a Single Person)
GMD 8,000 (Monthly Pool Pass for Family (maximum 4 persons)
GMD 16,000 (Six months Pool Pass for a Single person)
GMD 24,000 (Six months Pool Pass for a family of 4 persons)

Contact Details

Location: Cape Point
T:+220 202 2504
M: info@oceanbayhotel.com

14) Ocean Villa Heights

Ocean Villa Heights is a small boutique hotel on the clifftops enjoying a panoramic view over a serene beach. So if you're looking for business or pleasure, catching up with friends and family, exploring or just an opportunity to relax and unwind, Ocean Villa Heights is another great option.

Pool Pass with Food

GMD 600 - Adults (can be used for food)
GMD 300 - Kids (must be accompanied by an adult)

Contact Details

Location: Brufut Heights
T:+220 248 7430
M: info@oceanvillaheights.com

15) Senegambia Beach Hotel

Senegambia Beach Hotel is also located along the coastline, at the heart of the Senegambia Strip, which is famous for its many bars, restaurants and craft market. It has various pool options to take in the sunshine of the smiling coast.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 500 - 12 years +
GMD 250 - 2 yrs to 12 yrs 

Contact Details

Location: Senegambia
T:+220 200 0342
M: info@senegambiahotel.com

16) Tamala Beach Resort 

Located on the picturesque shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Tamala Beach Resort beckons travellers with its promise of an unparalleled African getaway. This exclusive resort, reserved for adults aged 16 and above, offers a blend of natural beauty and luxurious amenities that define the essence of a dream holiday. However, like Balafon Beach Resort, Tamala is open to families with little ones during the Green Season.

Pool Pass with Food (Choose any meal worth GMD 500)

GMD 1,500/person

Contact Details

Location: Kotu
T:+220 732 7777
M: info@tamalaresort.com

17) The Fajara Club & Golf Course

Established in 1954, The Fajara Club Golf Course is the oldest members' social club in The Gambia. Being a member of The Club allows you and your family to use a wide choice of services and facilities such as an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash, yoga, snooker and table tennis.

Pool Pass without Food

GMD 700/person for the entire day

Contact Details

Location: Fajara
T:+220 745 8905
M: fajaraclub@yahoo.com

 

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