Unspoilt luxury in The Gambia

Updated on Dec 14, 2023 by Stacey Parsons

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From indulgent beachfront through to barefoot, upriver luxuries, you may be surprised at the unspoilt luxury you can find in The Gambia...

The Gambia presents some fantastic opportunities to explore not just one, but many different kinds of luxury holiday. We aim to showcase these experiences along with matching properties, so you can enjoy your perfect touch of luxury in The Gambia...


An indulgent touch of luxury

Arguably the most popular kind, and with good reason. There’s nothing quite like exceptional service, fantastic food, and a variety of wellness-based treatments to help you completely rejuvenate. Coco Ocean Resort & Spa is a superb choice for indulgent luxury in The Gambia. With a light and airy 1800sqm spa, where stained glass windows and scents of aromatherapy create a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere, you won’t struggle to relax, and most importantly indulge here. Enjoy the sumptuous room upgrades, of which there are many. Choose from Royal Suites, Royal Penthouses, a Club Villa or a Beach House!

You’ll also enjoy the three-tiered pool and immaculate gardens, leading down to a long strip of golden sand, where private beach cabanas await.


A touch of boutique luxury  

For a holiday experience which is more intimate, don’t overlook boutique luxury in The Gambia as another option. Properties such as White Horse Residence present a converted home with only eight guest rooms, where the service is personal and the tranquil atmosphere unrivalled. You also have hotels such as Ngala Lodge, where immaculate gardens, superb fine dining experiences and attention to detail await all guests. Plus, relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic is a wonderful pastime. These properties are also adult-only. Room upgrades at Ngala are well worth it, with a wide choice, some rooms boast Jacuzzis, others private plunge pools and decking.

Find out more about boutique luxury in The Gambia in our dedicated post.

Ngala Lodge infinity pool 

Beach at Ngala Lodge


A touch of barefoot luxury

A type of luxury we consider to be completely unique, barefoot luxury offers truly spectacular experiences. Imagine floating river lodges backed by dense forest, waking up to the sounds of a variety of beautiful wildlife and an unrivalled tranquil atmosphere and you’re half-way there. With uniqueness in mind, Mandina Lodges is a superb choice for a touch of barefoot luxury. Following a meandering tributary of the River Gambia amongst the Makasutu Forest, you’ll witness a plethora of beautiful birds, chattering monkeys and more, whilst residing in spacious, floating lodges along the river or stained glass, high ceilinged lodges within the forest. Select a room upgrade here and discover the wonder of a floating lodge or the stilted lodge.

Discover more about barefoot luxury in The Gambia in our dedicated post. 

Floating lodges at Mandina 

Pool at Mandina Lodges

Baboon at Mandina Lodges


Moving into neighbouring Senegal, there’s also the delightfully wild Fathala Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll stay in luxury safari tents (air-conditioned for your comfort) within the 2,000-hectare reserve. Here, the likes of giraffes, rhino, zebras, antelope and more roam free, and you can embark on game drives to get up close to these majestic animals. The plunge pool overlooks a watering hole where monkeys come to play, which all together offers a one-of-a-kind, traditional African wildlife experience.

Luxury safari tent at Fathala 

Zebras in the reserve at Fathala 

Pool at Fathala overlooking the watering hole 


A touch of contemporary luxury

If your calling is for modern, stylish and contemporary luxury, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that a holiday of this nature is possible in The Gambia. Leo’s Beach Hotel is a small, six-bedroom adult-only property overlooking Brufut’s long, deserted sandy beach. The hotel’s high-quality finish, immaculately kept gardens and eco-friendly systems all go towards its allure, and the peacefulness Leo’s exudes makes it ideal for a romantic break.

For some a little unique luxury, why not opt for a swim-up room? A sense of privacy to your stay where you can leave your room and immediately dip into the refreshing pool. Browse swim-up rooms in African Princess Beach Hotel or Tamala Beach Resort.

A touch of tailormade luxury

If you can think of nothing better than enjoying more than one type of luxury in The Gambia, why not create your own, tailormade holiday, encompassing all your favourite unspoilt luxuries? You could pair indulgence at Coco Ocean with barefoot at Mandina Lodges, or boutique luxury at Ngala Lodge with barefoot at Fathala; the best part is, the choice is entirely yours.

If you would like to discuss your touch of luxury holiday with our experts, you can call 01489 866939, or alternatively, head to our luxury holidays page where you can find out more about the properties featured here, discover our flight upgrade options and more. 

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The beach at Ngala 

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