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Afro Garden Hotel: A Tranquil Oasis in Bijilo

My Magazine 2024/01
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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.

The shimmering cool turquoise waters of the swimming pool invite a rejuvenating dip and promise relaxation under the African sun. The gardens offer a serene escape and become an oasis for birds, monkeys, and even peacocks that grace the mornings with their majestic presence.

Hospitality takes precedence at Afro Garden Hotel, with a 24-hour front desk and airport transfers to ensure guests feel welcome at any hour. Free WiFi ensures guests stay connected effortlessly.

Accommodation at Afro Garden Hotel caters for various needs, ranging from a family house with two bedrooms to studios with or without kitchens and single rooms without kitchens. All rooms are thoughtfully equipped to provide comfort and convenience. Room rates can be tailored to include or exclude breakfast, offering flexibility for short-term and long-term stays.

The in-house restaurant, open daily from 8 am to 10 pm, features an innovative menu, catering to diverse palates and offering African, International, and European cuisine. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and halal options are readily available, making it a complete dining destination. The culinary experience is not limited to in-house guests; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are open to outsiders seeking a gastronomic adventure. The upcoming terrace restaurant promises panoramic views, adding an extra layer of charm to the dining experience. The Pool Bar opening times are -

  • 8 am-11 pm - Sunday to Thursday 
  • 8 am-01 am - Friday and Saturday

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. All guests are provided free drinking water, saving them the expense and hassle of going out to buy mineral water.

Other amenities provided by Afro Garden Hotel are:

  • Air conditioning
  • Closet
  • Fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Mosquito net
  • Refrigerator
  • TV [flat screen]
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Playground
  • Room service
  • Shuttle service
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry service

The hotel's commitment to local engagement goes beyond its infrastructure. Wooden furniture gracing the hotel is crafted by local carpenters, supporting the community economically. Similarly, art and hand-made crafts adorn the hotel, benefiting local artisans.

Community engagement extends beyond the hotel's walls. Afro Garden Hotel actively sensitizes neighbours about cleanliness, providing large trash cans to foster a clean environment. Cleaning drives are organized by the Gambian/Finnish owners, Ousman and Leena, to keep their neighbourhood clean. Leftover food is composted as manure to use in the garden.

The hotel's verdant landscape boasts flora, including vegetable and fruit trees, like guava, avocado, lemon, mango, baobab, tomato, bananas, mandarins, salads, and watermelons, creating a vibrant ecosystem. The abundance of produce is shared with neighbours, promoting unity.

Afro Garden Hotel embraces recycling initiatives, collecting tyres, plastic, cartons, batteries, and light bulbs for recycling or responsible disposal. Plastic water bottles are recycled as printers to grow herbs in a vertical garden at the hotel. The commitment extends to sourcing local bread, eggs, vegetables, and seafood from neighbouring vendors.

Cultural experiences enrich the stay at Afro Garden Hotel with yoga classes led by a professional Finnish yoga trainer. Drumming workshops and various other activities are on the horizon, which will provide guests with an opportunity to take home their unique experiences.

Afro Garden Hotel prides itself on its trained staff from the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institution, ensuring a high standard of service.

Beyond being a mere accommodation, Afro Garden Hotel embodies a commitment to nature, community and an immersive Gambian experience.

At The Afro Garden Hotel, comfort, style, and nature merge to create an unforgettable experience for every guest. Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the tranquillity and luxury it offers.




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