My husband and I stayed in February in an attempt to get away from the cold British winter and have some well earned R&R. We stayed a week and had a wonderful time. The hotel itself is delightful - truly fussed over by the owner and management team. Nothing is too much trouble and it is relaxed, friendly and the staff were fantastic - they truly made our stay and it is well worth making the effort to get to know them rather than just letting them walk past. The restaurant is good and the gardens are beautiful. The pool is a bit small but very quiet and there is an well stocked library from which to borrow books (turned out I didn't need the armful I had packed!). I can see why people return time and again - by the time you've been there a few days you feel a part of the hotel and that you're visiting friends not just a visiting guest.
This isn't a 5 star hotel in the sense of the big anonymous types you get elsewhere; things often run to Gambian time (it helps not to be too precious about this as it makes for a more enjoyable stay) and there were a few nights when the power supply failed and the back up generators had to kick in but to be honest this just added to the atmosphere. However, if you want an intimate, welcoming holiday for couples or as a single lady/gentleman, where you are going to be looked after and couched in loveliness then this is the hotel for you.
- 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