Spanish hotel chain RIU has expanded its footprint in the African continent with the opening of the Riu Baobab in Senegal.

The property is just 100km from Dakar and 48km from the airport.

Located in Pointe Sarène, the five-star property features 522 rooms and other comprehensive facilities.

The property boasts five dining venues including the main international buffet restaurant, Yassa, an Italian restaurant Veneto, an Asian restaurant Dorayaki, as well as a grill restaurant catering barbecue food, and the grill buffet Pepe’s Food.

In addition, Riu Baobab features four bars including the Sorouba, the Bar Plaza, the pool bar Dunun, and the lobby bar Safari.

Other guest amenities include outdoor areas with three large pools, a medium-sized pool with a swim-up bar, as well as children’s pool.

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The hotel also offers various activities, such as the RiuLand children’s club, the Splash Water World water park, live shows and the “Aduna” nightclub.

These are situated in the main four-storey building and two two-storey annex buildings, which feature five rooms for MICE events and meetings.

RIU’s other properties in Africa include six hotels in Morocco, two in Tanzania and six in Cape Verde. The new addition takes its total number of properties in the continent to 15.

The chain, which currently has 100 hotels in 20 countries, welcomed 4.2 million guests last year. It provided employment for a total of 28,004 people.