I recently stumbled on La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort on Instagram and I thought it won’t be a bad idea for a few days holiday. I did a few Q and A from friends who are into tourism and it seems to be a place one can visit without breaking a bank.
Initially, the idea was to visit another African country but sometimes, you have to also consider your pockets before making certain money decisions. Besides, I got a comment on one of my travel posts requesting for places to visit within Nigeria and I thought I should start exploring beautiful places within my own country.
I visited their website to see what activities one can enjoy if you’d be staying there and I also called the contact number on the site. Everything seemed checked and I went ahead to book for a two-nights stay.
I’d be sharing my experience at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach and Resort and I hope it helps you decide if it’s worth your visit.
Oh boy, I had zero idea it was so far. Okay considering the fact that my take off was from Ikorodu, it was like I was traveling to Osun State from Lagos. First, I stopped at Shoprite in Lekki to get a few things I may need for the trip. I took off from that point at exactly 12noon and I arrived at the resort at 13:44pm.
Thank God for google map, albeit I almost decided against going as it seemed to be stretching and so long. The resort is located at Ikegun, Ibeju Lekki LGA, Epe Expressway in Lagos, Nigeria.
When I got there, I had to first get myself checked in and left the car at the car park as personal vehicles aren’t allowed in.
The lady at the reception was kind enough to make that smooth and I got a receipt that was to serve as my gate pass. There are shuttle buses from the gate that take tourists into the resort itself.
While it’s a walkable distance, it’s going to be stressful walking in if you have luggage. I got a shuttle car to help with the luggage and from there I was shown my chalet- The Laba (Butterfly) room.
Day 1 at La Campagne Tropicana and Beach Resort
The number of activities on the La Campagne Tropicana Beach and Resort are quite numerous. I couldn’t even do anything that same day as it was a public holiday and there were so many people. For dinner, I tried to place an order early enough but was told it would be a buffet.
I decided to look round and see what was ongoing. There was a live band playing, tourists swimming and so much activities I couldn’t readily remember.
I took a walk round and round the beach but dinner was not ready until past 9. It was so painful I almost cried, lols. I try so hard to avoid late dinner but I had no choice. It was so uncoordinated and everyone was in a rush to get their food and also make payments.
Day 2 Activities
Day 2 was much better than the previous day. I was well rested and I had so much time on my hands to explore my environment.
I really would love to swim but the pool was so crowded, hence I ticked that off the list. Breakfast was a buffet and we all sat by the sea side for our meal.
Afterwards, I had various water activities like kayaking and a canoe ride. I also played lawn tennis, table tennis and soccer.
For dinner, the omo onile (designated attendant) was kind enough to get the buffet for me as a room service. This saved me so much stress unlike the previous night, still the meal came late.
If you have your way, come with some food you can refrigerate and maybe a microwave oven. Especially if you are someone who is not used to eating late or buy lots of fruits for dinner.
Review of the Resort
They have different types of accommodation for lodgers. For people visiting for just a few hours called daycation, they get to pay for the Simi(a hut) which costs N15,000 for the duration of their stay.
If you plan to stay overnight, you get to pay N30,000 for the Simi and get duvet for the chilly nights. While for people who wishes to stay longer and can afford a chalet, the prices ranges from N60,000 to N150,000. I stayed in a Laba room and that costs N60,000 per night.
The food is fair enough. The breakfast was very okay as there were various options of food depending on your choice. There were very local breakfast like beans, pap, bean cake etc and for continental breakfast, there was omelette, sausage, scrambled egg etc.
Dinner was always a buffet for lodgers and it cost N4,500 per person while breakfast is free. However, you are allowed to bring in food into the resort unlike regular hotels that frown at guests who bring in food.
For every chalet, there’s a talking drum by the door. Once you hit the drum, the omo onile (designated attendant) would come to your chalet to get your request. On the other hand, you can call with the intercom to reach the reception.
One thing I noticed however was that at no point did anyone clean the room or take out the trash.
They were so many side attractions like I had mentioned earlier in the post. If you are a guest and spending the night, all land activities are free for you while water activities come at a fee. Kayaking cost N1000, Canoe ride is N1000 while jet ski cost N5000 per person.
Land activities include table tennis, lawn tennis, snooker, board games, basketball, football, swimming pool and there’s also a gym available for fit fams. For kids, there are quite a good number of swings and bicycles they can ride on.
The resorts has its own currency and it is called ‘pere’. I’m not how it’s changed as all extra cost was done with a POS, hence I never got a chance to be restricted to pay in their currency.
At some point, I had to get water at the bar and the guy refused to collect Naira. So it’s best to change a few Naira to their currency as soon as you arrive to avoid such a situation.
Would I go back to the resort, absolutely yes. It would be much more fun if you go in a very large group. And it’s absolutely perfect for lovers who want a break away from the noise and pollution of the city. It’s indeed a home away from home and I won’t mind another night there.
Have you ever been to La Campagne Tropicana Beach and Resort? What was your experience like? What do you look forward to if you haven’t been there?