Things to do during your stay
Balafon Beach Resort is perfectly situated for guests wanting to get out and about and find out what the 'real Gambia' has to offer.
The hotel sits directly on the beach, just a 2 minute stroll down the beach to Djeliba Plaza strip where you will find a many great local beach bars and restaurants offering live music and a variety of local and international cuisines
If you want a bigger selection of restaurants, shops and nightlife then the taxis outside the hotel are ready to take you to the bustling central hub of Senegambia, just 2km away (also known locally as 'the Strip'). In Senegambia you will also find a traditional and colourful market which is a great spot to pick up local handcrafted souvenirs and gifts to take home.
In cooperation with the African Adventure Tours, we have a wide range of excursions and round trips you can choose from.
We also create custom made tours that are interesting, educational and fun, and for sure will meet your interest, your budget and your time.
If you are looking for car/bus hire, we are also the people to talk to as we do our work with love and a passion for this beautiful country.
Let us take care of you and everything to ensure you that your experience is fee of hassle, so you will enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
Bantaba Bar & Restaurant
The restaurant at Balafon is called ‘Bantaba’ meaning ‘Meeting Place’ in the local Mandika language.
With that in mind it was positioned in the best spot at the resort, close to the swimming pools and next to the beach, making it the perfect place to eat and drink.
If you prefer just to relax and read a book, or watch beach life go by, then the sun terrace at Bantaba is the ideal location.
Food & Beverage
Breakfast at Balafon is served buffet style, with eggs cooked to your liking and limitless tea and coffee served to you while you enjoy the warm morning’s sea breeze.
At lunch we offer a beach snack style menu and for dinner the menu is a la carte with options of both traditional and Continental cuisine. Various themed music , BBQs and dining nights take place throughout the week.
Whilst our menu offerings change according to season and locally available produce, please download a sample menu to see some of the delicious types of dishes on offer at Balafon Beach Resort.
Private Dining, Events, Parties & Weddings
Are you celebrating something special during your stay with us? Get in touch to find out how we can tailor private dining to suit your celebration.
Above the Bantaba Restaurant is a bright airy space perfect for small intimate parties if you are celebrating a special occasion.
Conference and banqueting facilities for up to 800 guests are also available for business and international travelers in our adjoining sister hotel, Djembe Resort, which is only a two minute walk away through beautiful well kept native paths and gardens.
Poco Loco Beach Bar & Restaurant
Take a leisurely afternoon stroll down the beach towards Kololi and you will find yourself drawn to the funky beachside vibe of Poco Loco, voted Gambia's No. 1 beach bar and restaurant.
Poco Loco's restaurant is renowned in the area for great tasting popular dishes and their homemade pizzas are super tasty!
This is a great place to wile away a few hours and watch the world go by. If you stay on or visit them in the evening you will see the place transform, as live bands tune up and the DJs get ready to spin tunes and entertain guests until late into the evening.
Mandala Wellness SPA
Relax and unwind ...
At the Mandala Wellness Spa, located in our sister hotel next door at Djeliba, we offer a wide range of beauty and massage treatments to help you relax and unwind during your stay with us.
Choose a Bach Flower or Hot Stone Massage or opt for the popular traditional Turkish Hammam massage using steam followed by a full body scrub and oil massage. We offer facials to give you cleaner, healthier, more radiant-looking skin and manicures and pedicures to brighten up your nails.