Corinthia Atlantic Hotel

The Corinthia Atlantic Hotel or Laico Atlantic Hotel is set right on the beachfront in the Banjul area of The Gambia. If it's a hotel-based holiday you are after with the added benefits of idyllic sandy beaches, turquoise seas and blue skies then look no further as the Corinthia Atlantic is set on one of The Gambia's biggest beaches.

The Corinthia Atlantic also has the advantage of being set apart from the majority of the other tourist hotels in the region so it makes a great escape for anyone who is looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday in the sun. All rooms are well furnished and have air conditioning, television, telephone, mini bar, safe and a hairdryer. For families there are some interconnecting rooms available and also in some rooms you can get full WiFi internet access.

The hotel also boasts a large swimming pool with two Jacuzzis, which makes it the perfect place to laze the hours away. Sports activities are organised by the hotel's entertainment team and you can join in on tennis, volleyball, croquet, squash and pool and snooker to name just a few. You will also be able to take advantage of the hotel's private bird garden that houses many different species of bird, some resident and some migratory. As The Gambia is famous for its bird life this is a great opportunity to experience bird watching without having to leave the comfort of your hotel.

You will also find a hairdressers, an internet cafe, a small gym, a gift shop and a games room within the hotel's grounds. This really is a great destination if you plan to spend your holiday on site. The Atlantic Corinthia is situated just ten minutes from the capital city of Banjul but Banjul is a tiny capital and there is not much in the way of nightlife and dining out. There is a great craft market in Banjul, however, where you can pick up all kinds of locally made handicrafts to take home as souvenirs. There is also the Banjul Museum in the city centre which holds interesting items that relate to the area's tribal traditions and culture.

There is a lot of variety when it comes to dining at the Corinthia Atlantic Hotel with the choice of three restaurants. The restaurants serve a range of dishes from traditional Gambian buffet to Italian and other western cuisine. If you prefer to eat out the neighbouring area of Kololi is just 20 minutes away by taxi and here you will find an abundance of restaurants. This is also the place to head to if you are after a more lively time as Kololi houses most of The Gambia's nightclubs, bars and casinos. The Corinthia Atlantic Hotel offers evening entertainment in the form of local music, traditional dancing and discos.

The best time to visit The Gambia is during the dry season, which is from November to April and it is easier to find regular flights during this season. Once there the best way to get around if you intend to travel is by taxi. Yellow taxis can be hired for the day or for short trips at a fixed price. Green taxis run along the lines of a bus service, operating fixed routes and picking up other travellers.

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