You will agree that Africa has so many hidden gems which unfortunately many are yet to experience. So when you’ve decided to take a trip to the motherland, it could be daunting to decide – where to stay, what to eat, which cities to visit or which airline to fly.
To help you out, Glam Africa took sometime out to explore parts of Africa, and our first stop was Ghana. Perhaps you could learn a thing or two from our experience.
Thanks to Virgin Atlantic, we flew upper-class to Nigeria where we got a connecting flight to Accra. Typically with Virgin you can expect high standards, customer service and of course a smooth trip, and this trip was no different. We had dinner at the lounge before boarding, so immediately after take off we had our legs up, bed set and 6hrs of snooze. Ofcourse with such comfort comes a heftier than normal cost but it was definitely worth it.
We connected from Nigeria to Accra on Arik Air, which we learned is one of the most recommended airlines on that routes in terms of safety because they have newer air crafts and little or no safety concerns over their years of flying. Unfortunately, we were delayed, but being reassured of safety meant it was worth the wait.
First we spent a few days at Sun Lodge Hotel. Compared to the other hotels we experienced it was slightly out of town in Tesano, nonetheless it is a great hotel. Booking rate was decent (at approximately 550ghc/ £100 per night for a single room including breakfast), good customer service, internet, abundant parking, swimming pool and very clean.
We soon moved over to Manjaro Suite, located at ring road central. It may not be right next to the airport but it is located in the centre of the city. So, less than 15 minutes to the airport, 10 mins to the city centre and close to bustling areas like Osu and Labadi beach. We truly enjoyed staying at Manjaro because it felt like home away from home, for a second it felt like we were still in London (large rooms spaces with living room or living area, high speed internet, kitchen, lovely shower room, European standard customer service and much more). Surprisingly, they charge as little as £60/350ghc studio, £80/430ghc one bed and £100/ 550ghc for an Executive Suite. They also offer heavily discounted rate for long stay.
We’ve also been opportuned to try AFRICAN REGENT HOTEL, less than 10
mins from the airport, accra mall, and University of Ghana. The hotel has been around for a while, so they understand what guests want and customer service is ace. The food at their restaurant was amazing and we hear it is one of the best in accra. Complete with swimming pool, spa supermarket and currency exchange service, you probably won’t need to leave the hotel. At approx $280 – $950 per night, it is probably one of the most expensive hotels in the city – but for good reasons. If you’re a regular Ghana visitor, you should definitely try African Regent at least once.
We were also impressed when we tried the recently launched Uber Ghana service to transport us around the city. It did take some time to find a taxi in the area but we expect Uber to be fully established soon with much more drivers around, so such delays would be unheard of.
We hope to visit again soon hopefully try the recently opened Kempinski 5 star hotel and Marriot Hotel which we hear will open later this year.
VISIT TO ADA
Ada is a coastal town along the Volta River, and the capital and tourism centre of the Dangme East district. The drive there from the city took about 90 mins, and we were well pleased on arrival -the scenery was just as described to us. Ada is perfect for those who wish to experience the country life in Ghana especially if you are into water sports like jet ski, boat ride, fishing etc
We checked out the new AQUA SAFARI RESORT which provides contemporary accommodation in the area. It is also perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon and weddings at its on site conference hall. It has 71 rooms with four
styles of accommodation choices – the water front suites which faces the river, private chalet with your own porch and garden space, Deluxe option with your own pool deck and outdoor shower, and basic option. Complete with private beach, a restaurant and bar.
We also visited Norman’s Palace Cigar Bar. It was a great place to relax, have a few drinks or a meal (with jazz music playing in the background). We really loved the 70s feel to the bar – talk about ‘Mad Men’ African style. Overall it was a great experience, and the bar’s proprietor was very helpful in engaging us with facts about the town and advise on activities to try.
Well, do you have other locations, hotels, bars, restaurant or activities to recommend? Let us know below!
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