Summertime is a period when Nigerians of a certain taste and class look to take a break from their schedules and embark on an overdue vacation to famous cities like Dubai, Santorini, or Bali. However, one does not exactly need to embrace a jet-set lifestyle to enjoy the most adventurous experience the world has to offer. Tucked away in the serenity of Lekki is a quiet beach resort dripped in Africana grandeur and glory. It is called the La Campagne Beach Resort.
With over 65 acres of land, its expansive breadth makes it home to a forest, a lagoon and a beautiful white-sand beach that are as magnificent to look at in real life as they are in vacation pictures. It is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the larger city, shutting out the noise; its flora and fauna provide a picturesque view of the wonders of the natural world: mangroves, palm trees, crystal-clear waters, monkeys, epiphytes, bats, squirrels, egrets, sea hawks, ducks, and kingfishers.
The housing is a throwback to ancient African housing styles, with the rooms made to look exactly like huts, complete with wooden furniture and leaves used as decorative materials.
The fun activities there include yacht riding, beach soccer, water volleyball, snooker, horseback riding, basketball, bicycle ride, swings, table tennis, dinner on water, and unforgettable rides on sea scooters, floaters, canoes, tubes, paddle boats, luxury boats, jet skis, kayaks, and swimming bikes. The options are simply endless.
It has a bar full of indigenous and foreign drinks as well as restaurants that offer a fantastic dining experience with their mixture of African cuisine as well as dishes sourced from all over the world.
Being situated in a place as chaotic as Lagos only accentuates the appeal of the place, as it presents as a true escape from the madness of the city. It is indeed a paradise. In the end, La Campagne Beach Resort is what you get when you seek international vacation experience mixed with the aesthetic of a natural African environment. It is like a mixture of both worlds.
Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a journalist, social critic and literary enthusiast. He is the recepient of the 2017 Fisayo Soyombo National Essay Prize, the 2020 Speculative Literary Foundation’s Diverse Writers Grant and the 2020 K&L Prize for African Literature. He is the founder of SprinNG, a platform dedicated to the development of young African writers.