We probably agree that vacations are a need. For someone who didn't get into the vacation culture until a few years ago, I've come to love it and look forward to every next one - going to a new place, discovering new cultures. One of the things I learnt from my frolleague aka office BFF, was the need to search for holidays and so it's one of the many things to do on a slow day at work.
While recently back home in Nigeria and after our rock climbing at Olumo Rock, we decided to sneak away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos for a quick staycation at La Campagne Tropicana Resort Lagos, as we had heard some pretty good things about it.
La Campagne Tropicana is a private 60-acre beach resort in Lekki, and is regarded as one of the best beach resorts in Nigeria. On arrival, it was not difficult to realise that the owners sought to infuse some sort of African theme. The attendees are dressed in traditional Nigerian attire and we on arrival, we were greeted in local Yoruba language. One fun fact to note also, is that you can't spend 'Naira' on while on the resort. You had to exchange your Naira for the resort's currency called 'Pere'. Such a shame I forgot to take a photo.
We spent a night at the resort, and here's some highlights:
1. The Huts:
Generally, I loved the apartments and the way it was all set up - as huts. We stayed in Laba 1, and it could very well have fit 5-6 people, as it was a one storey building hut. There was a couch downstairs, a fridge, a sink and an air conditioner. Upstairs there were two beds and a TV. Asides from the LabaLaba Village, there were other villages within the resort, each with their own collection of huts, and of different sizes as well. Some of the huts had more rooms and their own pool!
One fun fact - every hut had a 'butler' attached to the hut, and at your beck and call. There were no door bells, so the butlers used the talking drums on the front of each door, to get your attention.
2. The Beach and the Palm Trees.
What's a resort without a beach? Plus we generally loved the entire atmosphere. It gave that calm feeling of being on holiday. There were a few sea gulls, but nothing like the very aggressive ones we encountered in Cornwall.
3. The Activities
I'll have to commend the owners on this one. There's quite a lot to do on the resort, and I can imagine it'll be so much fun with a large group. From a snooker bar, to table tennis, volley ball, basket ball and lawn tennis to horse riding, a pool and some water sports, you're bound to find something that interests you. Oh, and for those who can't go a day without exercise, there's a gym as well! There's also a bar with a TV, and I recall we spent a good bit of the evening, watching football there. I had a great time playing volleyball (which I must state that I won Tee! Whoop. He claims he let me win, but we both know that's a lie). Also played PingPong, as I can't pass a table without giving it a go. It one of the things that make me happy. He won me in that one though - but it was really a close call. We were both too scared to go Kayaking in the Oso River. How cool that there's an actual river in the resort. We however totally unleashed our inner kids, and got on the seesaw and traditional swings!
In general, it was a pretty okay stay and I guess in Lagos where resorts are limited, it's a good one to check out. Plus the service was quite good and the attendants very helpful. But, there's still a lot more that could be done as we could definitely see some elements of nonchalance in the resort. The exterior and interior of the huts, as well as the general layout and structures could definitely look better. Such a huge potential right there and needs only to be properly tapped. I'll also have to say that the food wasn't so great - but maybe I'm just overly picky. If you're very particular, you could always take your own food and drinks with you.
Apologies for the not-so-clear photos. A good DSLR Camera is still right up there on my tech wishlist, and then maybe photography lessons!
Have you been to La Campagne Resort? What do you think of it? What are your best places to Lagos to go on a Staycation?