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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Pleasant welcoming staff and reasonable food but the hotel looks a little tired and could do with some refurbishment. Very pleasant grounds and access to the beach. The roar from the Atlantic doesn't make for an easy night's sleep

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Eton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I briefly visited Sandele this month. Far from finding the expected primitive conditions (the - to me - offputting composting toilets I'd read of) it was a complete eye-opener. The brown architectural-brick buildings (think Engineering bricks) moulded on site and a varied type of almost art-deco architecture laid out amongst the densest jungle I've seen in TG and discoverable one...

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

What a truly amazing experience, everyone was so friendly and the place is just amazing! So peaceful and relaxing!! The compost toilet was also much better than expected. Thank you! Would definitely stay again!

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 October 2016

What a gem of a location this is. The deserted beach is almost the bonus as the relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff have always made this a fantastic hotel to visit. I have been several times over the years and the feeling of being out of the way, yet just off a main road; secluded yet with interesting people around...

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1Thank SavernakeBreese
Maurice P, Owner at Sandele Eco-Retreat, responded to this review

We are always happy to receive a good review and this one, in a few sentences, captures the essence of Sandele. Thank you very much, happy reviewer, for this contribution.

Alicante, Spain
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This lodge is located in a corner of paradise with beautiful deserted beaches, wonderful gardens and charming accommodation. Mealtimes were a pleasure with good food and good company and the bird-watching trip organised by the lodge was inspirational. We will go back to partake in the 'Turtle Watch' to protect newly hatched eggs. Time slows down in Sandele and attention...

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England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Thank you Geri and Maurice for a fantastic stay. As a student coming out to teach science to the children of Kartong, Sandele has been a great place to come back and relax peacefully with my fellow peers. I also really enjoyed the tour you gave us around Sandele, introducing all of us to the great work you do for...

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2Thank milliesearl
Maurice P, General Manager at Sandele Eco-Retreat, responded to this review

Hello Millie, Thank you so much for your lovely review. Geri and I were so pleased to welcome you and your 13 fellow students and we are very pleased that you had a fulfilling and relaxing time. you were part of a fantastic group from Ardingly college and we would love to welcome groups like yours from other schools and...

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 March 2016

The environment is natural, cheerful staff and excellent honest food. If you care about sensitive tourism and sustainability then this is the place to go. Maurice and Gerrie gave us a warm welcome and we soon felt part of their journey. We felt very very sad to leave. Compost loos, innovative building techniques and great commitment to community development. The...

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1Thank jan k
Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 March 2016

This is one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited. We spent time on the beach as the sun set and it was bliss. They do truly wonderful work in The Gambia and it's inspiring to witness their positive impact on the environment and on the people. Also, their food is great.

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2Thank JustGracie
Reviewed 3 March 2016

We stayed just one night at the end of a week spent up country in The Gambia and I wished we could have stayed longer. The beach is sandy, beautiful and we had it to ourselves. The lodge rooms are large and the beds comfortable. The wall lights in the rooms are not bright and the room is therefore quite...

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2Thank John D
Cornwall
Reviewed 22 February 2016

We have just returned from 18 days in The Gambia, the final three were spent at Sandele. We stayed in one of the luxury suites. The suite was well designed, spacious, cool and furnished with locally made furniture, the bed was so very comfortable and the linen and towels were of superior quality. We stayed on a half board basis...

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sandele is an award winning ecolodge located on a stunning deserted beach in Southern Gambia. We offer accommodation in luxury lodges, nestled in the bush a hundred metres from the beach. The Retreat is operated in conjunction with the local community of Kartong, who benefit from the development and running of the resort and who will assume complete responsibility in twenty-five years time. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sandele Eco-Retreat

Address: Kartong Village, Kartong, Gambia
Region: Gambia > West Coast Division > Kartong
Price Range: RM325 - RM352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandele Eco-Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Book any of the round buildings with plunge pool. Their design is wonderful, spacious and different.”
 of 5 bubbles 398jank, 12 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Lodges are very large and private; guest rooms are also spacious and located nearer to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles sundogg99, 21 Dec 2015 | Read review
“If you want a sea view - choose a room. For extra comfort with a partner, a lodge.”
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 of 5 bubbles 522veeb, 23 Apr 2014 | Read review
“The lodges are just gorgeous, but if you don't want to spend the extra money, then the standard rooms are lovely too - there's something magical about sleeping in a handmade bed under a net with the sounds of the ocean lulling you to sleep...”
 of 5 bubbles shonaw153, 21 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Guest rooms are amazing but try to get a lodge if you re travelling with your other half ;-)”
 of 5 bubbles Laetitiayogini, 20 Apr 2014 | Read review
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