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... Jonathan explained everything to us and we went to our room. We wanted a television in our room so we stayed in a...
... holiday. I had asked for a light and airy upstairs room and were very pleased with the suite we had. The rooms...
... and tranquil session overlooking the ocean. We stayed in Suite 9. Very large: sitting area with two sofas, four poster bed...
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Hi am planning a holiday in november and wondered if there are any two bedroom suites with balcony overlooking the sea? Regards
Mar 2019 |
We stayed in the Macondo Suites. These have sea views although trees make the extent of the view variable. There are 3 on the...
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lynda wrote a review Mar 2020
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We came to stay at Ngala Lodge the week of the 10th March 2020, we had been to Gambia many times before but this time thought we would change and stay here. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome, Jonathan explained everything to us and we went to our room. We wanted a television in our room so we stayed in a manor room, it was very large and a bit dark, but overall it was lovely and our terrace was really nice. The food was really good and the resturant is lovely with wonderful views. Overall it's such a relaxing holiday, helped by a wonderful massage, and wonderful staff.
Anyway we hope to come back, now we have all been affected by the coronavirus we hope that the Gambia and Ngala lodge come through this with as few casualties as possible..
stay safe and well everyone
very best wishes
Lynda and Phil
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Jonathan Groves, General Manager at Ngala Lodge
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Thank you Lynda & Phil for your thoughts and wishes. We are glad that you appreciated the atmoshere, restaurant and staff. We look forward to seeing you back with us soon.
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ceramica wrote a review Mar 2020
Hampshire, UK214 contributions84 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights at the end of our multi-centre holiday. I had asked for a light and airy upstairs room and were very pleased with the suite we had. The rooms were clean, light and large. It was nice to have a fridge with complementary water and fruit. There were books to read, efficient aircon in bedroom and sitting room and great WiFi.
Food was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful and the grounds were a joy with all the interesting artwork. What a great hotel!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 16 Mar 2020
We are happy that you ended your multi-centre holiday on a high. We would love to see you back with us for longer than 4 days next time.
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WillS753 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bollington, United Kingdom43 contributions15 helpful votes
Wonderful, luxurious and tranquil session overlooking the ocean. We stayed in Suite 9. Very large: sitting area with two sofas, four poster bed in sleeping area, separate area with desk, large bathroom and separate shower. All top notch. Grounds are wonderful and imaginative sloping down to the sea. Two pool options and lots of areas to sit and relax. Very private given only 24 rooms. Restaurant is top notch.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Rooms are mostly individually designed and decorated with local art and furnishings. I'm sure...
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Responded 5 Mar 2020
Thank you Wills for sharing your experience. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we do hope to see you again.
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Mridula wrote a review Feb 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands26 contributions26 helpful votes
We had a room at the Manor Suite and it was lush – decorated in colonial furniture with a four poster bed and lots of beautiful African art. But the most beautiful part of the hotel are the gardens – extremely relaxing to get some sun and listen to the sound of the waves. Enjoyed the massage on my balcony, as well as a beautiful Valentines Day dinner at the best table in the restaurant. Not cheap in comparison to other restaurants in the Gambia, but good for a celebratory meal / weekend stay. We loved it! Bear in mind beers are 3x the normal price! 😉
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Jonathan Groves, General Manager at Ngala Lodge
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Thank you Mridula and Michael. We are pleased that you enjoyed your short stay with us.
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9691 wrote a review Feb 2020
Melksham, United Kingdom24 contributions29 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: January 2020
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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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Mar 2019 |
We stayed in the Macondo Suites. These have sea views although trees make the extent of the view variable. There are 3 on the first floor and 3 on the ground floor. I do not think any have adjoining doors. Top ones have a balcony although as I recall it was open to the sun. Bottom ones have a patio with, as has been mentioned an, open plunge pool but are covered (by the balcony of the one above). There are steps from the patio in to the grounds. The group of rooms next to the Macondo, sorry cannot recall the name, some do have sea views with a balcony but not all.
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Answer from Jonathan G
Jan 2019 |
Received your booking through TGE. We only have one Penthouse. Set on 3 levels with fantastic views. One of the most popular suites. I look forward to welcoming you to Ngala on 17th December. In the meantime have a happy new year.
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Answer from Jonathan G
Nov 2018 |
There are some stairs howver the staff are so willing to help. You will be well looked after. I look forward to welcoming you to Ngala.
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Answer from Jari V
Dec 2015 |
Good morning from Gambia! Please tell me what you would like to know about half board and what you meant when you asked "how isolated ngala is"?Please mail me and I will give you more information about us!=)) Best regards Jari
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Answer from Jonathan G
Jan 2015 |
I believe I have already answered your query. If I have not, please let me know.
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