I am not an expert on beach hotels but this one defines heaven on earth. Although it’s a long drive from the airport, the view on the roadside is amazing.
Of all the hotels I have been to, this one has the most unique setting. The warmth of the colour used, bold accessories and rich earthy tones, all make you feel like you have stepped onto the Savannah in person. The statues, wooden masks, tribal drums and spears, large leafy plants and animal related ornaments, gives the hotel an African feel.
They welcome you with a refreshment and a cold brown towel to cool down the heat. The rooms look like hats, very spacious with fresh flowers and beautiful bathrooms with ample free toiletries.
Most rooms face the swimming pool and ocean while others face the garden. There is a lagoon pool which is normally warmed up during the cold season and a private beach with huts in thatched roofs, wooden deckchairs and beds.
The hydro pool was a whole therapy session. This is the only hotel I have been to that has its own circus, oriental dance classes and African cooking classes. They have a buffet every Sunday with a live orchestra. The hotel also has an artisanal market with lots of handicrafts to purchase.
There is also a cyber corner with a bar, billiard, business centre and game area. There are many land and water activities like fishing, water sports and excursions. Although most of their staff speak french, they are very professional and friendly.
Tips if you do visit the place:
1. Don’t throw away the map given when checking in. Trust you are going toget lost if you do. Psst! I always did. Lol.
2. The Wi-Fi is unstable. This might be a setback for those who are always online but it also gives you more time to enjoy the facilities in the hotel.
3. The hottest month in Dakar is October and the coldest month February. It’s good to pack according to the weather especially because it gets quite cold and windy at night.
4. Check your bathroom shower before settling in. Some rooms have cold showers.
5. Leave the hotel early so as not to miss your flight. Sometimes there is unexpected traffic that may delay you.