Our Guide to Weekend Getaways

The summer holidays are coming to an end, as all good things must. There is still time, however, for one last hurrah before the inevitable back to school rush and return to the hamster wheel.

Here are some, close-by, hassle-free and no visa required, change of scenery options for you and the family to recharge your batteries.


Once upon a time in Nigeria

The Lodge and Spa Resort at Lakowe Lakes, Lagos, Nigeria

Lakowe Lakes Golf Course. Photo Credit: visitnigerianow.com.

Lakowe Lakes Golf Course. Photo Credit: visitnigerianow.com.

Lakowe lakes is the idyllic holiday destination for all golf enthusiasts. The oasis is set in 308-hectare of a private residential golf estate on the Lekki express way, just 45 minutes away from Victoria Island.

West Africa’s best kept secret boasts an 18-hole PGA standard championship golf course, guest cottages, corporate lodges, luxury spa facilities, hotel and a clubhouse.

Lakowe Lakes. Photo Credit: Lakowe Lakes.

Lakowe Lakes. Photo Credit: Lakowe Lakes.

The serene and luxurious environment is the perfect getaway from the Lagos hustle. If enjoying a round of golf or taking a class on the 18-hole is not your style, unwind with a 5- star spa treatment, visit the beach, watch a movie underneath the stars or take a canoe ride though the mangroves.

Lakowe Lakes. Photo Credit: Mixta Africa.

Lakowe Lakes. Photo Credit: Mixta Africa.

 

Family Hike – Erin Iesha Waterfalls, Osun, Nigeria

Erin Iesha Waterfalls. Photo Credit: Enroute Nigeria.

Erin Iesha Waterfalls. Photo Credit: Enroute Nigeria.

Erin Ijesha waterfalls located in Ijesha, Osun State comprises seven layers of ascending plains. The hike is challenging but absolutely worth it as each level affords unique breathing views with all the soothing and energising power of the waters.

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Nigeria, it is a wonderful adventure the whole family can enjoy. Swimming in the warm springs is encouraged and there is a dedicated picnic area. Embrace the beauty and wildness of nature!

 

Island Resort - Inagbe Grand Resorts & Leisure, Lagos, Nigeria

Inagbe Grand Resorts. Photo Credit: The Wakaholic.

Inagbe Grand Resorts. Photo Credit: The Wakaholic.

This family friendly beach getaway is an easy 15-minute boat ride from Victoria Island in Lagos.

The island resort is a haven of warmth, charm and tranquillity with facilities that offer “more than just sand, sun and sea”.

Inagbe Grand Resorts. Photo Credit: inagbegrandresorts.com.

Inagbe Grand Resorts. Photo Credit: inagbegrandresorts.com.

With tastefully furnished rooms, a ‘floating bar’, great food and the option of lively entertainment, this charming resort is the quintessential mini break away from home.

Inagbe Grand Resorts, Photo Credit: The Eagle Online.

Inagbe Grand Resorts, Photo Credit: The Eagle Online.

 

One hop away

White Sands Beach Resort and Spa – Accra, Ghana

White Sands Beach Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Time Out.

White Sands Beach Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Time Out.

Want to implement a change of pace, mood and scenery? The White Sands Beach Resort and Spa is just the destination for any beach lover. This romantic and charming private members club is situated near Fetteh.

Rent one of only ten luxury chalets nestled amidst 60 hectares of exotic tropical garden. Amenities include the epitome of first class service- a private beach, club house, top notch restaurants & bars, a tennis court and helipad.

White Sands Beach Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Beautiful Ghana.

White Sands Beach Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Beautiful Ghana.

 

The Explorer Traveller – Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo. Photo Source: Booking.com.

Lome, Togo. Photo Source: Booking.com.

For the traveller who likes to spend their time adventuring and learning new things, a trip to Togo is just the ticket.

Togo Lake. Photo Source: Easyvoyage.

Togo Lake. Photo Source: Easyvoyage.

Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, Togo Lake is the go-to for boating and sailing, while the Gulf of Benin is the top spot for a bit of whale watching. For the lover of historical and cultural monuments, the UNESCO declared Mud Tower in Koutammakou and ancient Togoville will be your haven. Togo has everything from hiking trails up Mount Agou and national parks, to peaceful riverside village fishing locations.

After a busy day exploring, retire back to your hotel or resort and enjoy your seashore or riverside views.