...(see earlier review) because in no way can Ngala Lodge be described as poor. It is excellent in every aspect. Our 'Atlantic' room was massive, air conditioned and beautifully furnished with sofas and huge bed and decorated with quirky African objets d'art. The fridge in the dressing room/drinks area is really useful in such a warm climate and is only one example of how the hotel tries to think of everything. There is plenty of coffee/tea available and fresh milk delivered to your fridge whenever required. The hair dryer was full size, not one of those small excuses often found in hotels. Outside on the veranda was our own personal jacuzzi! Previous reviews had praised the chef (Jonathan) but unfortunately he was ill during our stay. Nevertheless, all the food prepared by his deputy was first class on the evenings when we ate in the hotel. We were pleased that we were 'bed & breakfast' as it gave us the opportunity to eat out in Bakau village. The Clay Oven, Gida's Garden Restaurant and Mama's, which has a tasty fish buffet every Friday evening, are all within easy walking distance - it's completely safe after dark. The Butcher's Shop, a short taxi ride away, is also worth a visit; a large menu and everything we tried was delicious. Calypso is good for lunch and has the added excitement of a crocodile pool and a long beach. A walk to Kachically crocodile pool is also a must but don't tell Health and Safety! Ngala Lodge has beautiful gardens, a secluded swimming pool, access to a decked area on the beach and plenty of sun beds and towels. Everybody who works there, from Jenny the manager to the humblest employee, is smiling and eager to help in any way possible. Finally, we must mention Habib, who although not directly employed by the hotel, is easily contactable from Reception and will take you to visit anywhere and everywhere. His brother, Charlie, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the birds of The Gambia and is great company if ornithology is your thing; they will both enhance your holiday as they did ours.
- 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