First time in Gambia and we had a 10 night stay in Ngala Lodge. Loved Gambia and very glad we chose Ngala Lodge. A small, extremely peaceful, intimate and friendly hotel. Lots and lots of repeat guests who we had a wonderful time chatting to most evenings over drinks. We hope to return ourselves next year. Loved the fact that you were asked not to tip until the end of the holiday. Took the pressure off and ensures everyone receives something rather than just those that are customer facing as usually happens.
We ate 3 evenings in the hotel and the rest of the time outside of the hotel, really just for a change of scenery. The food in the hotel was lovely but, obviously being a hotel, it was a little more expensive than some of those outside. However, at least you have the choice. The staff in the hotel are extremely friendly and nothing appears to be much trouble for them. We walked from the hotel to Gidas Restaurant, Clay Oven and Butchers Shop. All good restaurants and very safe to walk to, you just need a torch. If you want something livelier in the evenings, then it’s a 15 minute taxi ride to get onto the Strip which offers loads of bars, restaurants and music choices.
The suites are huge and have everything you want and are immaculately cleaned. The grounds have been beautifully thought out with lots of quirky arty pieces dotted around. There are a lot of trees which do provide plenty of shade so you do have to move around a fair bit to get full sun during the day, but no real hardship when that’s the only thing you have to do. The sun beds are extremely comfortable as they have lovely padded mattresses on them. Our favourite area to sunbathe was the decking right by the sea. Nice sea breeze and beautiful sounds of the ocean. My only suggestion for the little beach area is could the security staff that overlook that area not be given an hour or so each shift to go and pick up the fair amount of plastic that accumulates there? The plastic isn’t from the hotel, it’s washed up by the sea, but it would improve the look of that little area if it was picked up daily. Plus doing their bit for the environment.
Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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Response from Jonathan G, General Manager at Ngala Lodge
Responded 10 Feb 2020
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Glad that you apppreciated the decking, grounds and Ngala's ambiance. The pool attendants and beach security are supposed to commit 15 minutes every morning at low tide to pick up the beach rubbish, but I must admit that I forget to remind them everyday as is necessary! We certainly do hope that you will return next year and join the long list of repeat guests.
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