5. Blue Diamond Beach Resort, Gomoa Abrekum
It’s beautiful. And it’s actually very affordable. In fact, it’s like an affordable Lou Moon. They have really nice lobsters, big like this *motions* and its NICE. They also have a swimming pool, the beach nice but not as blue as it is further into the west. We had a really good time at Blue Diamond, and its aesthetically beautiful. The pool is beautiful, they have nice seating areas at the beach, they have a hammock that you can lay in if you’re bored. They have football and volleyball facilities. We didn’t sleep there, but I had a look at the rooms and they were very decent. Regarding the price, I think it’s the best value for money resort in Ghana. And the manager, Stephanie, is very young so she knows whats up, and is very reasonable.
4. Aqua Safari Resort, Ada
It’s a must see especially if you haven’t been there recently or at all. There are always things that will take away from the place (eg. negative reviews regarding service), but the place as a whole is beautiful. They have donkeys (just eating grass). They have flamingos, which I thought were sculptures at first. They have swans, just swimming around in a pool that has been made for them. And I’m pretty sure they have a zebra too. I was there just last week for the day, to check out the new hoverboard and I was like “what’s going on here?!”. I had already been there the first week that they opened. It was cool, but it was basic. There was just the river, the (small) pool, and the rooms. But I went there last week and i was shocked. Now there’s live music, they have more speedboats, more jetskis. It’s actually an aqua safari now. Their service is shit; but the actual place is beautiful. The rooms are nice as well, and are not overly priced. I slept in a room with a view of the river, and it was decent. It was full when I went there last week, so it’s actually not a place to go for a hideout, especially around the holidays.
3. Lansdown Hotel, Aburi
I didn’t sleep over when I went so I can’t say much about the rooms and how they look, but the general environment is nice. They definitely have better banku and tilapia (my go to meal) than Aqua Safari does.
2. Busua Beach Resort, Takoradi
You definitely have to go to Busua Beach, because the beach is AMAZING. The accommodation is decent; it’s fine. But the beach is amazing. It’s very clean and it’s also blue (just like Lou Moon’s beach). I feel like the Western Region is our last hope because it’s sort of untouched.
1. Lou Moon Lodge, Axim
This is the place I’ve had the most fun in Ghana; I enjoyed it the most. It was very expensive, but I really had a great time. The chef was amazing. The island rooms are NICE. So nice that I feel like if you’re not on the island, you’re not there. It’s my favorite place and I would definitely go there again. I liked the fact that getting there is a trip and I like road trips. It was roughly a 6 hour drive from Accra, and the drive was already an experience. They were very organized when we got there. We had booked the rooms in advance and made a deposit, so it was very swift when we got there. It was very personal because the manager gave us a tour of the place before the other guests had arrived. The hospitality was great. I love Lou Moon. It’s very intimate and very experiential; you can interact with the waitresses, you can talk to the manager, the bar guy is cool. The general environment is beautiful. The water is blue and I liked the fact that the bay area was more or less like a swimming pool because there were no waves. And if you wanted waves you could go to the other (rocky) side. It had a nice massage place hidden in the palm trees, we played football, we tried archery, we kayaked, there was a walking tour that we ended up not going on; Even though it’s small there are enough activities to last you throughout your stay. In a place like that, you could easily be bored after one day. But they really hosted us well. The staff actually helped us to space our activities in between food, etc. and it lasted, so we weren’t doing the same thing every time. Its also nice because it actually gives you the time to interact with your companion, if you’re not there alone. There’s no TV, there’s no telephone. The internet is crap. Nobody can even call you. All our snaps were not loading. At a point you have to give up on your phone and just chill with the people that you’re with, which is something you end up appreciating at the end of the day.
Honorable Mention: Hillburi, Aburi
Hillburi was love at first sight. The first time I went there, I fell in love with the place, because they had some really funny and witty signs like “For Credit, Come Tomorrow” and “There’s Free Beer Tomorrow” and it was the first place to have a sort of infinity pool vibe so the first time I went there I was like “wow.” And because it’s on a hill, if you’re (on the edge of the pool) in the pool, you’re just looking at greenery. It was very nice. I feel like it has so much untapped potential though; the view could be nicer if people developed the land so that the view (from Hillburi) is better.
There are so many other beautiful gems hidden in this country that didn’t make it to list, so let’s keep looking for them! Share your #TopFive travel spots in Ghana with us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments!
By Guest Hacker Michael Ofosuhene