From its magnificent elevated setting, the magical Ngala Lodge combines individual character with highly personalised service in a relaxed and friendly environment. We believe its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is well deserved.
Award-winning Ngala Lodge celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. Situated between the resorts of Bakau and Fajara, it is a small, intimate hotel sold exclusively through us in the UK and has gained a well-deserved reputation with our guests over the years, so repeat business is high and early booking is therefore recommended. To meet demand, six new suites along with a small infinity pool with jet stream, will be completed by November 2014 (three of these will have their own private plunge pool on the terrace), adding additional luxury accommodation and shared gardens to this tranquil hideaway. As a child-free property, the tropical gardens remain peaceful throughout the day with ample space to find your own secluded spot in which to enjoy a relaxing drink and a quiet book. 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 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, some having 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 six new Macondo suites adjacent to Ngala Manor; these are named after the fictional town in the book ‘100 years of solitude’ by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of owner Peter's favourite books. Other upgrade options include the Penthouse with its private rooftop terrace with shower and skylight above the bed and the Manor encompassing four spacious suites with a separate bedroom, enjoying sea views and easy access to the main pool/beach and restaurant next door. We would recommend 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, switched on at your request. In total there are now twenty-four suites, the majority 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 relatively 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, are for the use of all Ngala guests as well as the Jacuzzi located in front of the Manor building and the new pool with its submerged seating areas.
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. 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, with a waiter on hand to take your drinks' order.
In the evening, the elevated restaurant not only serves excellent food with daily specials inspired by its English chef, Jonathan Groves, but also enjoys 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 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 and excellent, friendly service. It is a property that is extremely popular with returning guests and continues to score very highly on our customer questionnaires and with FEEFO, an independent review body. Despite the addition of new suites from late 2014, it is advisable to book early.
Ngala served as the wedding ceremony venue in April 2013 for a couple who hired the whole lodge for their wedding party and guests. The bride and groom quoted: "Ngala lodge was the perfect location for our wedding. The beautiful scenery, sunny weather, hospitable and friendly staff and the wonderful food and drink, all made for a magical and very special wedding in The Gambia. " Alternatively, why not consider this 'piece of paradise' as a honeymoon destination, maybe combining it with one of our unique properties?