We have been several times before; Ngala Lodge has seen changes? I'd say it evolves and we enjoy it more and more each time we visit. Many familiar faces and old friends, and a few new stars.
We are in our mid-late forties and don't feel too young, we feel like us; I think people choose Ngala because of what is offered, not by age-group. Perhaps the fact that children aren't permitted weights the demographic in various interesting ways. There is no lively scene...no family fun...no organised activities...no karaoke...
I'd say that Ngala appeals to someone looking for a bit of pampering and luxury, tranquillity, peace, a romantic break, good food, chic/slightly quirky/arty surroundings, fantastic service by friendly, natural and gracious staff. Perfect nemesis to the rat race!
In past years we have stayed in the smallest suite, the penthouse, the manor and also the atlantic suite; this year we just went for an 'ordinary' suite....and it was fabulous - the suites are all different, some lighter, darker, smaller, bigger, higher, artier...but ALL really lovely.
The new chef is wonderful (I know the management work very hard to get the right chef when a previous favourite moves on, which isn't easy, and they must have a little bit of trial and error...in order to strike gold).
I could write much more...but I think you get the drift that I like it very much! Looking forward to returning to Ngala Lodge.
- 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