Tucked away from the fast paced hustle and bustle of the Lagos mega city, La Campagne Tropicana is an African themed 4-star resort with the longest swimming pool in the world. It was founded in 1984 by Otunba Wanle Raphael Akinboboye and prides itself as the only resort in Nigeria with a blend of traditional hospitality and intercontinental outlook. All thanks to its serene coastal location at Ikegun village, in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
So how does it feel like to enjoy La Campagne in twenty four hours?
Few months ago, the Afro Tourism set off on a team bonding trip to La Campagne Tropicana. Depending on the Lekki Epe Expressway traffic, La Campagne is ideally 1.5 hours from Victoria Island/Lekki axis and 2.5-hours from the Lagos mainland. We arrived the resort in good time; and enjoyed the beautiful reception at the gate. At the time, the pass was N5000 per adult – without corkage or N6000 with corkage. In other words, if you’re bringing food and drinks you will have to pay more, as against coming in with no food and drinks. Gate fee for Teenagers and Children are N3,000 and N1,500, respectively.
Back to my story. We finished the checking in formalities at the reception, hopped into our cars and drove into the resort. Our first wow moment was our encounter with the enchanting scenery and serenity of the resort, especially its cleanliness. And the resort parades 29 amazing chalets with African-themed room categories such as Kodi, Osho, Obi-Eze, Obailerigi, Anago, Ilerimi and Lava. The cheapest goes for N60,000 per night or $165/night.
We checked into the Kodis and Obi-Eze. They had king-size beds and world class bathroom facilities, wireless internet connection, complete with mini-bars, additional two-storeyed double beds, and well-equipped kitchen with tea and coffee facilities. A very fascinating thing about each apartment was the idea of using talking drums instead of doorbells or intercoms as mode of communication to the resort’s staff. Meanwhile, luxury tents for camping are also available on request.
So we settled in, rested for about an hour and headed to the resort’s restaurant. It was christened ‘Ebi-Oh!’(a Yoruba phrase for ‘I’m so hungry!’). Nothing could be more perfect! Thankfully, a sumptuous lunch buffet was already waiting for us. It was a delicious combo of continental and traditional cuisine. We were so hungry and famished from the long trip and check-in stress that we literally digged in with reckless abandon. And yes, the food really good! We were also fascinated by the “Yoru’Bar”, one of the many bars at the resort. It was a beautiful word play on the Yoruba tribe name.
As we trudged along the beach to the Kayaking spot, two fascinating attractions caught my attention. The first is SIMI (a Yoruba word for REST), a set of gorgeous beach beds that can be rented for the day or night. It’s a bespoke concept in beach relaxation where couples can cuddle in small nest-like rooms built just few inches away from the sea. Each SIMI is complete with a small dining table, beds draped in mosquito nettings, and electric sockets to charge your phone and gadgets. An open shower area is also attached to each SIMI. To rent a SIMI, you’ll need to part with N10,000 for a day time experience and N25,000 for an overnight stay.
The second attraction that caught my fancy is the resort’s 120-metre swimming pool by the beach. It is the longest of its kind in the world, with small islands within and pool bars on the side-lines. The sight was grand and alluring, the stuff of creative ingenuity.
After some selfies with the SIMIs, we moved on to the games arena. We were so pumped about Kayaking that we couldn’t wait to get into the water and sail away into the Mangroves. At N1,000 per head, the instructor eased us one after the other into the kayaks after ensuring our life jackets are properly fastened. You need to experience it to understand the feeling. How blissful and rapturous it was! Sailing, paddling and gliding through the mangrove waters of La Campagne. The tide was calm and the sun provided a picturesque backdrop for stunning photo ops.
Next on the agenda was football. Two female captains emerged and each chose their teams. The game started on a beautiful note, boys and girls running around chasing a ball into the net. After ten minutes, everyone started panting. It was a funny but sorry sight! We had to stop and call it a day. It was a fun-filled experience after all. Goals were scored, banters were thrown and everyone had enjoyed themselves to the fullest.
Other activities we didn’t have time to explore include Catapulting, Beach and water volleyball, Skiing, Kick Boxing, Canoeing, Boat riding, Quad Biking, Archery, Table Tennis, Pool/Snooker, Ocean water fishing, Aqua Aerobics.
The next morning, we had breakfast at ‘Ebi Oh’ restaurant. As we walked in, a live band was already on standby, dishing out a mix of Afro, Reggae and High Life Yoruba music. We watched and enjoyed them as we munched breakfast. The music got to a crescendo that two of us got up to dance with the band when they couldn’t resist the urge anymore. What a memorable experience it was! A breakfast like no other! A perfect way to end our getaway at La Campagne Tropicana.
So would I aim for a comeback? Yes, yes, yes and Yes! 24 hours is definitely not enough to enjoy the beauty of the magnificient La Campagne Tropicana!!