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Ngala Lodge
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We have never used the same hotel so many times, as we normally like new experiences, but when we found an hotel as good as this, we keep wanting to return! We have stayed in different rooms over the years, but we prefer to pay extra and stay in either one the Manor Suites or the Penthouse Suite (despite all the stairs in the latter!)

Food was as good as ever; and it's great that so many of the staff have been there for years and welcome you back as long lost friends. New manager Jenny is extremely efficient, and runs the hotel well.

In the past, we have always enjoyed the gentle, quiet music whilst we have our evening meal - as it is lovely to hear the crickets and the sea in the background. Some of this year's entertainment included more international music and was too loud for us in such a pleasant setting. But other people have different tastes in music, so you can't please everyone all of the time!

Unfortunately my wife picked up a virus - probably before we came or on the plane - so it was necessary for the hotel to call out a doctor. Dr Hassam Azadeh from the Medical School at the University of The Gambia called three times to check that my wife was responding to treatment, and he was excellent. The hotel staff were really kind, and Jonathan was happy to prepare whatever food my wife wanted as she recovered. It was reassuring to have such support when ill away from home.

With such kind & welcoming people, excellent food, comfortable suites, lovely gardens and warm sunny weather - it sounds boring, but we shall return again!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CalellaDePalafrugell
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Ngala_Lodge, General Manager at Ngala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2013

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are of course, sorry, that your wife was unwell during your stay and we are glad that we were able to help. We hope that she is now fully recovered. I will pass on your thanks to the staff and we look forward to seeing you again at Ngala Lodge.

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Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

If you want to get away for a little peace and quiet in a beautiful location, Ngala Lodge is the place to go to. The staff are great, the food is lovely and the location is bliss. Having travelled extensively around the world this is one of my favourite hotels. I cannot praise Ngala enough!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank Komal2406
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Ngala_Lodge, General Manager at Ngala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2013

Thank you for your brief but very flattering review! We look forward to welcoming you back!

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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Just had out second visit to Ngala Lodge, not at all disappointing the second time around. Beautiful setting, marvellous rooms and fantastic food. The staff make the whole experience a truly great one. One can lie on the decking on the beach, on a lounger in the garden or by the pool, whatever suits you or how hot it is!! If you like birds this is definitely an area to be in, vultures circle above on thermals and then sit in the trees you are walking under. It is set also in a quite area close to various embassies, army barracks and fire stations. However, you are only a short walk or taxi ride from very authentic Gambian villages and towns. Although you do get some hassle when out and about from the locals they do respond to a pleasant turn down.
We also added a three night stay in the Mandina floating lodges which was an altogether different and worthwhile experience. Literally floating in the mangrove swamp, listening to the Baboons in the trees and watching all manner of birds flying past and the occassional fish leaping out of the water. All this and first class accommodation and food. Definitely not to be missed.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet. There are 10 in the main building then there is the Atlantic suites and the Manor which are more up market rooms. Personally I loved the main building and did not feel that we would have got anything from the other rooms available. Whilst we were on the ground floor we looked out onto a small private garden. The sea views would literally just look out over the garden and to the Atlantic and beyond. Depends whether you want to spend a lot of time on a balcony or enjoy the more than adequate and really quite private facilities of the grounds.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ngala_Lodge, General Manager at Ngala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2013

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back to Ngala Lodge for your third visit!

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Reviewed 30 December 2012

A well run hotel with lovely grounds, great food, spacious and comfortable suites and lovely staff. As an amateur bird watcher I particularly enjoyed lying on my sunbed with binoculars in hand spoting a great variety of birds including beautiful sunbird, senegal coucal, reb billed hornbill etc

My only niggle would be that dinner service could be quite slow, two and a half hours for 3 courses, but im sure this was due to the busy Christmas period. Some people enjoy long winded dinners and that is fine, im sadly not one of them.The food is superb and the chef Jonathon is a true perfectionist in presentation and standard.

Room Tip: We had suite number 4 which had a wonderful view of the sea and pool. The room was massive, very clean and extremely comfortable beds.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ngala_Lodge, General Manager at Ngala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2012

Thank you for your review. It was fun to have you both here and we hope you come back for longer next time! Everyone here wishes you a fabulous 2013!

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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Having worked in travel for over 34 years and visited many beautfiul hotels I can honestly say this has to be one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The accommodation was outstanding, we had a suite with a private jacuzzi. The food was amazing and the chef Jonathan could not do enough for you. In fact all of the staff were lovely people, they simply could not do enough for you. For anyone that is looking for a relaxing, quiet hotel with first class service and first class food then go to this hotel. We will certainly be returning! Thank you to everyone for making our holiday one of the very best we have ever had!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Diane L
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Ngala_Lodge, General Manager at Ngala Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2012

Thank you so much for your great review!! We certainly enjoyed having you stay and look forward to your return. All here at Ngala Lodge wish you a Very Happy 2013!!

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