The Space3 ensuite bedrooms (including one kid-friendly for 2), living & dining room, garden and roof terrace all to yourself.
- Airport pickup
- Laundry service included
- 1 full time housekeeper in charge of cleaning, cooking, shopping and laundry, 1 night keeper
- Dedicated 10 MB ADSL Wi-Fi (highest available locally, although in practice closer to 6 MB)
- Great location (see detail below), especially for business in Almadies area or vacation. 90 yards from the ocean.
- 2 double-bed rooms, 1 kids room with 2 bunk beds
- 860 sq. ft. living + dining room
- 1070 sq. ft. garden
- 2000 sq. ft. roof terrace with partial ocean view
- Powder room
- 40 inch plasma TV, CanalSat set-top box, Chromecast
- 40 watt bluetooth stereo
- Fridge, coffee machine, kettle, microwave
- Autonomous A/C units in bedrooms + living/dining room
- Solar + battery electricity back-up system Guest AccessThis is a house we bought when we lived in Senegal. We have now moved to Paris, and use it as a vacation home.
The housekeeper is a great cook, who has worked for families from all over the world, and can prepare your lunch at no extra cost for as long as you purchase, or give her money to purchase, the ingredients. Interaction with GuestsWe won't physically interact with guests (unless we run into each other in Paris where we live :) but our trusted housekeeper, house cleaner + night keeper will be fully available to help, and we will also be reachable via phone or email at any time. The NeighborhoodBefore we chose the house, we chose the neighborhood. It offers the calm and security you'd expect from one of Dakar's high end residential neighborhoods, but also has a low-keyness to it that is quite unique for the area.
5 min drive from Almadies business/embassy district, 10 min from airport (but no planes flying over: all you can hear is the ocean!), 30 min from downtown Dakar. Within walking distance of several beach restaurants/bars although my personal favorite are a 5-10 min drive away, on Corniche des Almadies. Getting AroundDakar is not known for its public transit, and most visitors usually get around by taxi or car rental. We are about a 3-5 minute walk from a road where you will easily find a taxi.
If you let me know your exact needs, I'll be happy to recommend a good taxi driver you can call up when you need or hire for daily excursions (ideal for relaxed tourism), as well as a reasonably priced car with driver rental service (more high end/business). Other Things to Note- While the house is near the ocean (90 yards), the ocean view on the terrace is sideways (on both sides), and not frontal, due to a house blocking the view. Still very pleasant, but I want to manage expectations :)
- While there is a small beach near the house, it is not ideal for swimming and, within walking distance, I recommend either the private beaches in the hotels/restaurants nearby, Ngor public beach, Virage beach or Ngor island.
- There can sometimes be power outages in Dakar (although fortunately it's become rare in our area), and while most expats go for diesel power generators, we invested in a solar panel + battery back-up system. It's a bit more expensive but has the advantage of being silent, odor-less, completely autonomous and, obviously, more environmentally friendly. The downside is that it cannot support water boiler or A/C, so there are back-up fans to be used in case of power outages during the hot season.
- In case you're allergic: when there are no guests, there is a dog on the premises (not allowed in main living areas).
- Staff are fantastic and have been with us for years, which is why we decided to keep them in this new configuration, but there is one downside: they do not really speak English (they speak French, the official language, and Wolof, the majority ethnic language): in the case of any issue an online translation tool can't fix, I'm only a phone call/email away :)