Just come back from staying in the Ngala Lodge for two weeks. Although it was rather "hot" for us, there are plenty of shady areas, little gazebos with comfortable settees and cushions, extremely pretty gardens with plenty of sunbeds and parasols available. I would add that the sunbeds are extremely comfortable and the parasols are very good and of a substantial quality unlike those I saw at Coco Beach which appeared more flimsy. Everyone is extremely kind and willing to make your stay a pleasant one. Nothing is too much trouble and they aim to please.
People return on a regular basis so they must be doing something right. The Gambia itself is too third World for me and we only ventured out on one trip. Up until then I was fine but against my better judgement lunch was served on a boat excursion - !! or it could have been the heat.
I just have one little criticism for Jenny and Peter, it would have been helpful to us "old" folk -
and they get quite a few "oldies" to have a handrail down the centre of the steps into the swimming pool. I am quite able-bodied but felt nervous getting in and out in case of slipping on the tiles. The beach is secluded and any "bumsters" are quickly disposed of by the security guard. You are not hassled by the staff either to buy drinks, or for tips and our chappie remembered G & T's at 12.30 with a shared baguette. I would not stay anywhere else but possibly at the Mandina Lodge just for 4 days for the experience. PS, marvellously comfortable beds, I wish I knew whose they were.
- 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