5 reasons to stay at Ngala Lodge this summer

Updated on Jul 11, 2019 by Katie Mallalieu

Blog > 5 reasons to stay at Ngala Lodge this summer

Beat the crowds flocking to the Mediterranean this summer and relax at Ngala Lodge, an award-winning hotel in The Gambia.

For many, The Gambia is the perfect holiday spot when looking for warm, winter sun. However, the west coast of Africa is more of a year-round destination than you had first thought. With temperatures ranging from the late 20s to early 30 degrees throughout July and August, this makes a fantastic spot for a summer getaway.

Away from the main resorts, nestled on a secluded cliff top with outstanding views, we would thoroughly recommend staying at Ngala Lodge during your summer break to The Gambia. This adult-only, boutique hotel brings magic like nowhere else and once discovered, is impossible to forget. With a first-class restaurant, breath-taking infinity pool and private beach, we’ve pulled together five reasons why this slice of paradise should be on your list for summer.

The views

Poised high above a small cove and with cliff top views across the Atlantic ocean, you will never be far from a stunning view at Ngala Lodge. Soak up the scenes of crystal clear waters and sandy beaches from the comfort of your sunlounger or relax with a cold drink in hand and watch the sunset in the evening.

The rooms

Each of the suites at Ngala Lodge brings a whole new meaning to the word boutique. You’ll soon discover that each suite at Ngala is unique, cool and spacious, with several impressive room options available - most of which boast a superb view across the hotel’s picturesque grounds. 

The main building of Ngala Lodge was formerly a colonial mansion and houses the 10 original suites over two floors, some having their own private garden area. Gradually a variety of different suites have been added (such as the Macondo suites pictured below) to provide holidaymakers with even more choice and luxury, however retaining the sense of space and intimacy. Each room has many individual features, such as a small library of reading material, designed to make guests feel very much at home. 

The grounds

The hotel’s grounds offer a truly tranquil setting, perfect for a relaxing holiday. It’s difficult not to fall in love with this remarkable oasis of serenity and beauty, especially with the exquisite features and gardens that are just waiting to be discovered. 

As a child-free hotel, the palm-filled tropical gardens remain peaceful throughout the entire day, with ample space for you to secure a secluded spot to enjoy a drink and your favourite book. Further to the stunning gardens, Ngala Lodge will no doubt entice you with its two inviting swimming pools, one of which is an infinity pool that seems to effortlessly merge with the blue waters of the Atlantic ocean. Heaven!

The food

Prepare to enter dining heaven when visiting the hotel’s elevated restaurant. Arguably one of the most enticing features of staying at Ngala Lodge, the restaurant offers exceptional dishes from their à la carte menu, served up by their passionate chef team, headed by English chef, Jonathan Groves. With daily specials and an extensive wine list, dining at the renowned restaurant offers a sublime mix of locally sourced ingredients and international cuisine. 

If your mouth is already watering, read more about the Ngala Lodge restaurant here.


The beach

Make the most of the private beach: another reason why staying at Ngala Lodge is a cut above the rest. The tidal coastline is an attractive, sandy cove which can be reached by steps down from the hotel and provides an ideal spot for fishing or a romantic stroll. Here you will discover a raised wooden terrace area, complete with sunloungers and shaded cabanas, allowing you to enjoy a beachfront location from above! Soak up the warm African sunshine whilst enjoying the sounds of the waves hitting the golden sand around you. What's more, the terrace remains open to allow for evening drinks and to watch the sunset - the perfect setting. 

What's more, this summer we are offering a complimentary Romantic Package with all bookings, including a dinner for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and two 30-minute massages - perfect for that special occasion! Call our team of experts to add this package to your booking.


Feeling excited about a holiday to The Gambia? Stay this summer from £599pp, including flights, luggage allowance and airport transfers. You can view all of our latest offers here


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