Pierre de Lisse Beach Hotel
The nicest close beach getaway from Dakar. Website easily google-able, phone number more reliable for reservations than email.
Less than an hour south of Dakar. Take the toll road (peage) out of Dakar until it ends. Currently this is about 10 minutes (two tollbooths; 1000CFA then 400CFA) down the road. Directions will change when construction is complete. Take the exit, go through the roundabout, turn LEFT at the T intersection, when you see fruit stalls the road will fork, take the RIGHT fork, then turn RIGHT on the first paved road you see, marked by a large baobab tree. Follow this road, marked by occasional small Pierre de Lisse signs. It will turn into a dirt road. Follow it until you get to Pierre de Lisse, marked by an unmissably large sign.
Cabin rooms on a shady compound with trees full chattering weaver birds, who sleep at night, thank God. Doubles or family suites. Family suite with a double bed and two twins, AC and hot shower was 37500CFA per adult, breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Towels, sheets, pillows and blankets provided. Check the mosquito nets for holes and interlopers before turning out the lights.
Lunch and dinner set menu with appetizer (1-2 choices), main course (2-3 choices), and dessert. Food was well-prepared, varied, and tasty. Chicken, fish, shrimp, squid, cooked vegetables, fresh salads, rice, fries. Service can be a little slow if the restaurant is full. Drinks are extra. Breakfast is a typical continental affair, with a plate of admittedly tasty carbs, two juices, hot beverages, and fruit salad, but cooked eggs can be ordered.
Beautiful pool, small lap lanes, kiddie pool, large clean empty beach, waves not enough for surfing, but good enough for boogie boards depending on the tide. We saw kite-surfing as well. Two resident crested cranes stalk the grounds. Probably not to be messed with. Sometimes music and dancing in the evening, but not intrusive, and no frenetic animators to be seen.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway from Dakar, even a day trip (access and lunch for 14500CFA each), you would be hard-pressed to find a better combination of proximity and quality than Pierre de Lisse.