This is a quite delayed review of a Christmas 2006 stay which was absolutely delightful and, in our opinion, vastly different than anything else available.
Ngala consists of varied suites (we stayed in two distinctly different ones) in a converted ambassador's residence that is just close enough to, but at the same time also nicely removed from commercial areas.
On a couple occasions, we visited the Seregambia area with its frenetic pace and its dense concentration of souvenir shops, restaurants, exchange & travels shops, etc. It made us even more appreciative of the Ngala, with its civilized residential feel, its private beach and its absence of bumsters.
The staff is incredibly friendly, attentive and helpful.
The restaurant has the reputation of being the best in Gambia and it certainly was excellent. For variety (Indian, for example), there are several nice restaurants within walkin distance.
Ngala'a exclusive booking agent (with some exceptions) is Gambia Experience in the UK. They do a nice job of handling transfers, orientation, arranging excursions, etc.
For a completely authentic and fun experience, we highly recomment walking down to the pier in late afternoon to observe the activity when the fishermen return with their catch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1995, Ngala Lodge - an intimate, child free, boutique hotel of just 18 unique, magnificent suites, set in tropical gardens, overlooking the Atlantic is the perfect place for a romantic break. Recently voted the 4th most romantic hotel in Africa by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards, with arguably the best restaurant in the Gambia, our guests find it hard to leave.Ngala Lodge - where romance isn't just for Valentines Day! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngala Hotel Fajara
- Ngala Lodge Gambia/Fajara