Unique and small properties to enjoy in The Gambia

Updated on Dec 14, 2023 by Ella Brundle

Blog > Unique and small properties to enjoy in The Gambia

The Gambia is home to a fantastic and diverse range of properties, many of which are large, beachfront hotels, but there are some charming unique and small properties available to try too…

Our team handpick each of the hotels within our collection, ensuring they will meet customer expectations and many have won a Gambia Experience 2023 Hotel Award. We are proud of our diverse range of properties, which include some lovely unique, small properties, that are perfect for a relaxing getaway and exclusive to us.

Leo’s Beach Hotel

Leo’s Beach Hotel is a truly unique property in the Brufut region. A family-run hotel that offers quality service in a contemporary style. You will be able to indulge in the exclusive feel of this property as a guest of just one of six rooms, the service and tranquillity this provides are second-to-none. The à la carte restaurant comes with a glowing reputation, serving dishes created by the owner and chef, Luis, adding a personal touch to your stay. The hotel’s contemporary style can be seen throughout and you will feel at home straight away. Each standard room boasts a pool view down onto the gardens beyond, all rooms benefit from balconies, providing an alternative space to unwind.

As you make your way outside, you are greeted with a large pool with a Jacuzzi corner and ample room for a day’s sunbathing. The hotel’s grounds are quiet and peaceful with tropical gardens winding down past a massage area to the cliff top. From here you can access, via a series of steps, the secluded beach below where you can wander on the golden sands, with just a handful of beach bars available to provide refreshments.

Leo’s is an adult-only hotel and is perfect for a romantic retreat for those seeking a quieter holiday away from the busy tourist areas – with only six rooms early booking is recommended.

View Leo's Beach Hotel further here.

View from the rooms at Leo's.

White Horse Residence

This small and friendly property has been recently renovated, adding a second storey to maximise the fabulous views, and provides just 12 rooms. Rooms are either bungalows situated in lush green gardens, a haven for relaxation, or in the main building overlooking the pool area. The on-site restaurant is perfect for informal, relaxed dining, offering freshly prepared dishes using local ingredients, the fresh fish caught in Tanji is a real treat!
The hotel’s position away from the main resorts is an attraction for those seeking the utmost peace and tranquillity during their stay.

The beautiful, unspoilt beach is just a 5-minute walk away, you will find a beach bar and very little else! Guests love the quiet beach days here, with no disruption to your relaxation, other than the odd fisherman or flash of birdlife.

Excursions can be arranged with the hotel staff if you wish to get out and about explore all that The Gambia has to offer and there is a massage room on site for a spot of pampering.

Take a look at White Horse Residence here.

Sunset over the pool area at White Horse Residence.

Ngala Lodge

A delightful property with a high level of repeat guests, here you will find luxury meets quirkiness. The art and décor dotted throughout the hotel will bring a smile to your face and not to mention the service and cuisine, an asset to the hotel.

Choose from a range of room types, all of which are finished to a high standard, some with a private pool or Jacuzzi. The hotel grounds with their two swimming pools are lush and manicured, with a focal view of the Atlantic Ocean below as the lawn gently slopes down the cliffs. As you reach the cliff edge, a staircase leads down to the decking area, where the waves lap around you; here are sunbeds and cabanas, the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a good read with a drink in hand.

Ngala’s restaurant is a treat for those who dine here. The fantastic menu curated by the whole team provides daily specials served in a wonderful setting with the sea below. The cocktail bar offers an added elegance and the low-key entertainment creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic meal.

Adult-only Ngala Lodge is renowned for its unrivalled service and the ability to make guests feel at home as soon as they arrive. Booking early is advised, due to its popularity for couples seeking peace and quiet. Ngala is well suited for a honeymoon or other special occasion and can be easily combined with other properties in our collection for a twin-centre holiday.

Infinity pool with sea views at Ngala Lodge.

Take a look at Ngala Lodge here.

Mandina Lodge

A charming property in the heart of the Makasutu Forest and on the river bank of the River Gambia. Choose from a stay in a floating lodge, a jungle lodge or maybe a garden or mangrove lodge and enjoy the tranquillity of being far away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort areas.

Enjoy meals under the canopy, river tours for birdwatching, guided forest walks and the beautiful free form pool. The Mandina guides have extensive knowledge to provide you with plenty of information about the birds and animals around you.

Guests love the rustic luxury of this property and its truly unique style. Mandina is perfect for a multi-centre holiday, choose to stay a few nights here and then head the 60 minutes back to the resort area for a few nights at a luxury beachfront hotel such as Ngala, this holiday comes within our Boutique & Unique package and can be found here.

Browse our full hotel collection here.


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