Alternative Hangout in Lagos: Go Paintballing

If I had a dollar for every complain of how Lagos hangout/date scene almost always involves restaurants and food, I would have a house in Banana Island right now. I decided to start the Alternative Hangout in Lagos series to highlight all the other fun things you can do in Lagos. However, I cannot promise that they won’t involve food at some point or the other.

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Weekend Getaway in Lagos: Epe Resort and Spa

Epe Resort and Spa is a hidden gem located on the outskirts of Lagos. My first visit to Epe was in 2018 to explore Epe Mangroves, we visited on a Sunday when the roads were free so the journey time was short. This time around, our road trip to Epe Resort & Spa from Surulere lasted over 8 hours because we had to pick members of our group at different locations along the way.

There are two pinned locations for Epe Resort and Spa on Google Maps, the pin situated on the Ikorodu-Epe road is the correct one. On arrival at the entrance of the resort, we were each offered a pump of hand sanitizer and our temperatures were checked. While driving up the pathway that led to the reception, I could immediately tell we were going to have a relaxing weekend, the environment just whispers serenity. At the front desk, the super helpful concierge, Emmanuel, confirmed our reservation and showed us to our rooms.

There are three categories of rooms at Epe Resort & Spa – Superior Garden Room, Deluxe Garden Room and Luxury Garden Suite. We stayed in the Luxury Garden Suite which costs 60,000 Naira per night. The Luxury Garden Suite is twice the size of the other rooms, has a dedicated vanity area and a tub. All rooms come with complimentary breakfast for two.

Weekend Getaway in Lagos at Epe Resort and Spa

Although there is a restaurant at Epe resort and spa, not everything listed on the menu was available and we would’ve done well to avoid certain dishes after trying the limited breakfast options. While ordering, it’s advisable to take the safe route with either rice or fries meals.

While making our reservation, I was notified that the pool and spa areas would be closed due to COVID-19. However, they were open throughout our stay. I wasn’t keen on getting into a pool with strangers so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. We spent our time playing games, painting, watching movies and screaming at midnight partaking in late night karaoke.

My favorite part of our stay was the time we spent on the rooftop. The rooftop overlooks part of the beautiful greenery and lake in Epe. Watching the sunset from up there was a very beautiful sight. If you make it to Epe resort and spa sometime next year or post COVID, be sure to request for the full Epe tour to the fish market on your day of departure and the mangroves if you’ve never visited.

You can reach Epe Resort and Spa by phone on +2348131838014 or by mail reservations@eperesort.com. Be sure to ask for available discounts before making payment.

Weekend Getaway in Lagos: Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate

The first time I came across Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate was early 2019 via Travel with a pen, it immediately went on my to-visit list.  After canceling my Cape Verde trip because of the pandemic and flight restrictions, I was itching to go anywhere near me to relax. A friend suggested IITA which in turn reminded me of my desire to visit Lakowe Lakes.

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Another Weekend Getaway At The Ouidah Lake House

Ouidah is a small, rural town located in the French-speaking country of Benin Republic. Benin Republic shares land borders with Nigeria in the west. In 2018, I stumbled upon what I refer to as The Ouidah Lakehouse while looking at different accommodation options in Benin. I was immediately fascinated by the beautiful cabin with its views and I knew I had to visit. Within three months, I organized a girls` trip and we had the best time of our lives in 2018 during our weekend there.

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On Turning Older + Wanting More

Alex, what are you going to do on your birthday?

If I had a dollar for every time I got this question and its variations in the days leading to my birthday, I wouldn’t have to work after this pandemic. For the first time in years, I do not feel any anxiety or have the need to dissect my life and point out all the things I could be doing better at this age. It helps that everything is slow-paced at the moment.

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An Easter Weekend in Lome, Togo

Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa bordered by Ghana to the west and Benin Republic to the east. I have been to both Ghana and Benin Republic multiple times but somehow, visiting Togo never crossed my mind. When I figured this out, I decided to schedule a weekend getaway to Lomé, it’s capital city to see a glimpse of what the country had to offer. I put out the word on Twitter and in no time, I got my travel buddies and we made plans to visit during the Easter break in 2019.

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Cape Verde 2020: No Stress

 

Sometime last year, I sent out a tweet saying Cape Verde would become the Dubai alternative for Nigerians looking for affordable travel. Since then, hundreds of Nigerians have trooped to Sal, one of the Archipelagos to experience the beauty that is Cape Verde. In three months, I’ll be one of them.

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Restaurant Review: Cafeteria Nigeria

The first time I came across Cafeteria restaurant on Instagram, the promise of hangover cures on their bio caught my attention. Immediately, I added them to my must-try list and convinced my friends to come along for a restaurant review.
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