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Balafon - An affordable African-inspired Ocean-front Hotel

My Magazine 2023/11
2 min
Escape to paradise at Balafon Beach Resort, an exclusive adult-only (16+) hotel perched on the sandy shores of Kololi, a charming coastal town in the beautiful Gambia. This hidden gem is the ultimate destination for couples or friends seeking a tranquil and luxurious retreat.

Established in 2016, the hotel's design perfectly blends traditional African decor and contemporary modern twists, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere. Each room is designed to provide a comfortable sanctuary for unwinding and rejuvenating after a day of adventure or leisure.

All rooms at Balafon have been carefully positioned within the resort to offer guests a premium choice of sea view, private swim-up pool entry, a direct pool-side view or a more relaxed garden experience. The sound of the crashing waves and the gentle ocean breeze create an ambience that instantly transports you to a state of relaxation and bliss.

The two large pools at Balafon have been designed with the environment in mind. The water is kept to a comfortable temperature using a modern solar heating system and an energy-efficient heat pump. Fountains have been installed to add to the aesthetics of these beautiful pools, and at night, LED-coloured lights enhance their ambience.

A sunbathing deck with specially designed in-pool sunbeds around the edge of the main pool allows you to relax and stay cool at the same time.

Two large freshwater swimming pools and a mock lazy river meander through tropical gardens to a plunge-style jacuzzi pool, which uses the same modern energy-efficient technology to heat the water to 33 degrees if required.

Head towards the ocean and find Balafon's on-site beachside bar and restaurant.

The resort boasts a beachfront restaurant and bar, where you can indulge in a delectable fusion of local and international cuisine - from freshly caught seafood to tantalizing dishes inspired by traditional Gambian and International flavours.

Breakfast at Balafon is buffet-style, with live cooking stations and the aroma of fried eggs, omelettes, teas and coffees mixing with the Atlantic sea breeze to whip up your appetite. For many guests, breakfast on the beach is one of the most unique and breathtaking experiences you will have while staying at Balafon.

At lunch, we offer A La Carte, and for dinner, the menu is a la carte plus Italian Buffet every Friday night.

Open all year round, Balafon Beach Resort is the idyllic destination for a truly memorable vacation.

Coming to The Gambia? Why not try Balafon Beach Resort?



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