Ngala Lodge has its own quiet magic - something hard to define. It's the attentive yet relaxed service; it's the location, poised high above a quiet cove on a series of burnished cliffs facing the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean; it's the individuality and quiet comforts of the rooms, each hand-crafted suite, cool and spacious, most with dazzling views across the lawns that slope down towards the sea. No wonder it draws people back time and time again...
Award-winning Ngala Lodge celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 with six new luxury sea view suites and a stunning cliff-top infinity pool which are proving extremely popular with its numerous repeat guests. Situated between the resorts of Bakau and Fajara, it is a small, intimate hotel and has gained a well-deserved reputation for excellent standards and service over the years. 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 main building of Ngala Lodge was formally a colonial mansion and houses the 10 original suites over two floors, some having their own private garden area. Owner Peter has gradually added suites to provide his customers with even more choice and luxury. Each is unique, extremely comfortable and spacious with many individual features and little touches, such as a small library of reading material, designed to make guests feel very much at home. The Macondo suites, three complete with private plunge pool, rival the best rooms in The Gambia.
Ngala enjoys a magnificent setting with stunning views looking out from its cliff top position towards the ocean. The well-manicured tropical gardens are never crowded and really come to life during the 'green' summer season. All areas can be enjoyed by guests whatever their choice of room type and throughout the gardens there are many quiet seating areas, as well as the stunning infinity pool with jet stream and surrounding sunbathing terrace.
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. A wooden raised decking area, complete with sunbeds and parasols, allows guests to enjoy the beachfront location at high tide - 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 serves excellent food with daily specials inspired by its English chef, Jonathan Groves. With its comfortable lounge bar below making the most of the stunning vista, sunsets can be experienced as never before and, within the restaurant itself, you can now observe the chefs at work as your meal is prepared. 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 (so early booking is recommended) and continues to score very highly on our customer questionnaires and with FEEFO, an independent review body. Ideally suited to couples looking for peace and quiet or a romantic break, this 'piece of paradise' is also perfect as a honeymoon destination, and is also perfect when combined with one or more of our unique properties.