Ocean Clipper Restaurant

The Ocean Clipper and Hacienda Restaurants can both be found as part of the Ocean Bay Hotel, which is situated right in the middle of the Cape Point beach district in the Bakau region of The Gambia, an area boasting some of the most stunning beaches and the most breath-taking natural forests on the planet. Visitors also enjoy absolutely incredible views of the River Gambia and the Atlantic Ocean, as the area sits right at the inlet of the massive river.

The Ocean Bay Hotel and Resort really stand out in the area because it is one of the most recently opened five star hotels in the whole of The Gambia. The sandy white beach, which is the setting of this top quality resort, stretches down the coastline for miles and offers many activities. Whether you would prefer to simply lounge on the beach topping up your tan or engage in some thrill-seeking, with adrenaline pumping water sports, you will find something to occupy you. Other activities which can be enjoyed in close proximity to the Ocean Bay Hotel include sailing, volleyball and tennis. However, the beach is not where local activities stop. Visitors can also indulge in visits to national parks, eco-tourism expeditions and safaris close to the restaurants and resort.

This enormous hotel features an amazing 195 impeccable guest rooms, which all come at different standards, including everything from Standard and Deluxe rooms all the way up to Executive Maisonette Suites which include express check-out, as well as a butler service.

Dining at the Ocean Bay Hotel and Resort really is in a class of its own, with a total of five different eateries and bars available to suit every mood and situation. The 'Beach Bar' is perfectly situated by the golden sand for amazing views over the ocean and serves freshly squeezed juices and tropical drinks to quench the thirst worked up by all that lounging around in the hot sunshine, as well as exotic cocktails which will get things going once the sun begins to set. For a light snack to keep you going until the next meal, visit the 'Pool Bar' by the hotel's outdoor swimming pool. Alternatively, if you want to escape all the hustle and bustle that can be found around the beach and swimming pool, head to the 'Lobby Lounge and Bar'; this offers a sophisticated atmosphere for visitors to relax and unwind with a well-deserved nightcap after a busy day.

However, the Ocean Bay Hotel and Resort's dining experience really comes into its own with the two centrepieces of its eatery scene: the 'Ocean Clipper Restaurant' and 'Hacienda'. Eating at the Hacienda is a unique, al-fresco experience which can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It features a delicious breakfast buffet, which has the added advantage of being all you can eat, great for setting you up for the long day's sightseeing ahead. Lunches can be enjoyed at the Hacienda at a leisurely pace to complement the relaxed holiday vibe that the resort exudes. In the the evening visitors can indulge in exotic dishes accompanied by live music and in a candlelit atmosphere, perfect for romantic couples.

Aesthetically, the Hacienda restaurant really is idyllic, as the tables are shaded under tall palm trees which act as shade, without blocking out the sunshine completely. The outdoor dining area can seat around forty people at full capacity, which is an incredible achievement for an al-fresco seating area. The furniture follows a traditional and rustic theme, with the black metal chairs blending in well with the surroundings and being ideally placed to make the most of the live entertainment, which occurs on a raised platform in full view of all tables.

For a more sophisticated dining experience, the 'Ocean Clipper Restaurant' will not fail to satisfy. This is truly the epitome of fine dining, set in a spectacular location right by the sea, so that the ocean view acts as an incredible backdrop to your meal. The food itself is a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, which work together brilliantly to create a unique and sumptuous selection of dishes. The menu is a-la-carte and the restaurant has been designed in a sophisticated yet individual manner. The decor is striking yet unimposing, with coral pink and shades of cream complementing the polished wood on the floor and furniture which gives the restaurant a rustic and upmarket feel. The highlight of the 'Ocean Clipper Restaurant' is certainly, however, the food, which is known among many as some of the best in the country.


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