Really pleasantly surprised; my first package tour for 32 years so was not expecting too much as whole deal was pretty cheap.
Hotel clean, with pleasant and friendly staff; with a superb location and good beach arrangements. Decor a bit Harold Steptoe meets Salvidor Dali at a Homebase sale but what the hell.
Our room, No 4, in original building was spacious with a great view, however plumbing a bit dated and terrible "rubber" pillows.
Restaurant well above expectations, both Lunch and dinner good with inventive and largely fresh menues and excellent service; breakfast maybe a bit too basic. The wine list is simple and surprisingly good value though avoid the Pearly Bay unless you need a stain remover. The hotel is a bit overly "chummy" and excessively informative for my liking (e.g. suggesting when and how I might tip) but I suspect this is part of the package deal mentality; like having "reps".
The one really serious downside to this destination is that the only way to get there directly from the UK is by charter flight and, even in so called "premium", this is absolute hell, rubbish seats, rubbish food, rubbish service, ok for two hours to Nice but not for 6+ hours. I would pay a great deal more for a decent comfort flight.
I have every intention of returning to the Ngala as it is one of the best value hotels I have stayed in for years and I also want to see more of the Gambia but will definitely need to find a better way to get there
- 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