What We Think
Ngala Lodge, situated between the resorts of Bakau and Fajara, is a small, intimate hotel which is very popular with repeat guests so early booking is recommended. As a child-free property, the tropical gardens remain peaceful throughout the day with ample space to find your own secluded spot. It is a fantastic choice for a romantic break and with one of the best restaurants in The Gambia, you’ll find it hard to leave.
The atmosphere at Ngala Lodge is extremely relaxed and friendly with very individual service; to help you unwind you can enjoy a massage or manicure either in your suite or in the Manor gardens, or choose to have breakfast on your private balcony or terrace - nothing is too much trouble. The main building of Ngala Lodge was formally a colonial mansion and houses the 10 original suites over 2 floors, including the recently renovated Penthouse, and some with their own private garden area. Each is unique, extremely comfortable and spacious with many individual features and little touches, such as a small library of reading material in each suite, designed to make guests feel very much at home.
For something a little bit special we can offer a variety of upgraded suites including the Penthouse with its private rooftop terrace with shower and skylight above the bed. The Manor encompasses four spacious 1-bedroom suites with sea views, and has its own gardens adjacent to the main Lodge with shared Jacuzzi. Access from here is very easy to the pool/beach and restaurant next door. We would recomment the Atlantic Suites for those looking for something truly special; these are amongst the most stunning rooms in The Gambia and each has its own private Jacuzzi on the balcony or terrace. In total there are eighteen suites, all facing the ocean; all are air-conditioned and have fans and mosquito nets.
The attractive gardens ensure a high degree of privacy with only a small number of guests in residence at any one time and make the most of the enviable location of Ngala, which enjoys a magnificent setting with stunning views looking out from its cliff-top position towards the ocean. The tropical gardens, which really come to life during the 'green' summer season, provide plenty of space for sunbathing with sunbeds dotted throughout, or for you to enjoy a relaxing drink and a quiet book.
As well as having its own swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip, the tidal beach is an attractive, sandy cove which can be reached via steep steps – a great spot for fishing or for enjoying a romantic stroll at low tide. The addition in early 2012 of an attractive wooden raised decking area, complete with sunbeds and parasols, allows guests to enjoy the beachfront location at high tide as never before - ideal for soaking up the sun and enjoying the sound of the waves hitting the golden sand. A waiter is also on hand to take your drinks orders.
In the evening, the elevated restaurant not only serves excellent food with daily specials inspired by its English chef, Jonathan Groves, but it also has wonderful views of the ocean at sunset. A la carte dining with an extensive menu is also available and low key entertainment, along with a weekly African night with dancers, create an inviting atmosphere. Due to the quality of food on offer, a high proportion of our clients choose to stay on a half board basis, which is a table d'hôte menu with the option to also eat à la carte (a small number of unique dishes will be at a supplement).
Ngala Lodge continues to deserve its well-established reputation with the public for high standards in service and cuisine with many expatriates choosing to dine there. It is a property that is extremely popular with returning guests and received the highest customer feedback scores of any Luxury Collection property once again in Winter 2011/12. With such a small number of suites, it is advisable to book early.
Ngala Lodge, was recently voted one of the most romantic hotels in Africa by Trip Advisor. For stays in Summer 2013 we are pleased to offer our Romantic Package...
- Extra legroom seats on aircraft
- Private transfer from/to airport
- Champagne/flowers in room on arrival
- 30 minute massage
- Private meal for 2 in a hotel location of your choice, for example in the gardens or on your balcony
- Selling price normally £390 per couple - FREE in June and September and only £190 per couple in July and August
Please note Ngala Lodge is for adults only and ideal for a romantic break. Due to the number of suites, requests for specific suites cannot be guaranteed. Ngala Lodge does not accept children under 16 years old unless the whole property is taken for a group or family.