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Reviewed 25 December 2011

We spent last week at Ngala Lodge and had the most amazing time. The hotel is in a stunning location and the service is fantastic. It's a small (18 suites), child-free hotel with beautifully maintained tropical gardens and plenty of sunbeds/seating. This means that one can be as sociable as one chooses! Pietr and his management team are quietly in the background, leaving the very competent staff to deal with day to day service. We'd recommend hiring the wonderful Habib to take you out and about in this beautiful country - he's not only a guide and a driver but also your bodyguard if you're worried about being hassled. All the staff are great but we would single out Malik for special praise - nothing was too much trouble and he gave us lots of fishing tips.
Europeans should remember that this is Africa, and if you feel you need to put something into the local economy, take pens, pencils, notebooks as gifts and make sure you go out of the hotel compound and spend locally (but remember to bargain hard).
Other reviewers of The Gambia have mentioned 'bumsters' - don't worry about them! Just say hello and no thanks. You'll be fine.
Enjoy a wonderful, relaxing break in a stunning, warm location.

Room Tip: They're all wonderful - if you want your own Jacuzzi book one of the Atlantic Suites
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Meryl_10
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Just returned from a week @ Ngala lodge and had a wonderfull week. Food excellent accomodation clean, spacious and interestingly fitted out, location perfect. Staff attentive but not in your face. If there is somehwhere better in the Gambia I would be surprised. The evening entertainment was also very good.

Agree with prevous comments that management were absent but when needed lovely. Best suggestion we have is to forget organised tours / excursions hire Habib the taxi driver - never went to school speaks seven languages and is now learning Welsh!. My wife and I had the best day ever - he knows everybody very knowledgable and took us to places the tours would never go. £50 for half a day (10 - 3) money well spent.

Go and enjoy.

Room Tip: For a sea view any Manor room or any first floor rooms.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mdcuk
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

This is a great (smallish) hotel -only 18 rooms and no sprogs allowed. Lovely room and the staff were exceptional. Really nice manager (Claudette) who met us on arrival. Suggest you go half board altho we had a lot of lunches at the hotel too. Very poor country but the people are very smiley. Downsides: the bumsters outside the hotel make it a no go to walk anywhere without getting hassled; the organised trips are not very good value- try the taximan Habib at the reception who will do the same trip at half the cost. Also good tip Thomas Cook flights (actually they are the third drawback) will allow you an extra 5kilos luggage each if you take suff for the schools (dont take sweets).

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

This hotel offers a very peaceful and beautiful atmosphere surrounded with nice gardens and a great view of the ocean. my wife and i spent 4 nights in the Agnes suite. we enjoyed using the private jacuzzi and the food was great. also had fun on the beach. the staff are very friendly and courteous. the manager Karien is very reliable. hope to stay there next time we're in Gambia. it was worth every penny. its a perfect place for relaxation.

Room Tip: i'd recommend any of the atlantic suites. but from the suites on the first floor you have a better view of the ocean from your balcony.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank manyate
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

My new husband and I were looking to take some well deserved time off our feet and be alone after a rough year. We got that at Ngala Lodge for sure!! It was quiet (off season as I hear) and it felt like we had the entire lodge to ourselves. We spent 4nights but it felt like we were there for more than a week, it was soo relaxing. The jacuzzi helped to aid that effect and so did the lovely waves from being right next to the ocean.

The staff were polite and room service was free and on time. The manager made sure she outdid herself cause my husband told her we were coming for our honeymoon: flowers on the path to the suite, on the bed, complimentary white wine and a wonderful heart felt card....it was beautiful. I even tried to buy the mirror from our room (cause we were told that all artwork was available for sale) but she wasn't departing with it. lol. On our last day it rained but it didn't dampen our time there because the "free" library was well equipped to keep me busy reading. Our taxi driver back and forth from the airport acted like a pseudo tour-guide. He told us about every place we went past and kept us quite entertained by answering our questions pointing out places of interest etc.

The highest point to me was the "mix". From the dressing gowns to the food; Gambia's "touch" wasn't lost. A great mix of relaxation, leisure and adventure.

Room Tip: Suites with balconies have a jacuzzi
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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