Lagos is the commercial capital of Lagos, but despite being a city cut out for all work, it is also the relaxation capital of the country. With numerous hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs scattered all over the city, it is the business and playground hub of many, business men and play boys alike.
If you are new in Lagos and need to spend 5 days in the city on a vacation of some sort, here is a list of 5 places to spend 5 days in Lagos. Depending on what you want Lagos has it all for you. And no doubt you are bound to find something that matches your mood and energy on this list.
Lakowe Lakes is the newest entrant in the most sought after place to visit in Lagos. The 308-hectare property is home to a beautiful man-made lake, lush palm trees fluttering in the wind, a spa and resort, sports facilities.
The Lakowe Lakes Resort is a perfect place to spend 5 days away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, with all you’ll ever need for your perfect vacation found in the resort. A spa and wellness center, an 18-hole championship golf course, luxury suites and apartments, Lakowe is perfect for the idyllic relaxation where you get to take in amazing views, lazy luxuriously in the sun with a glass of your drink in your hands, tee off a few rounds of golf with newly made friends, dine exquisitely and relax with a spa or gym session.
ILASHE BEACH HOUSE
Ilashe Beach House is one of the exclusive places to spend a getaway in Lagos in. Secluded, serene and beautiful, the Beach House has access to the sea making activities such as boat riding, surfing and kayaking one of the added pleasures of a stay in the Beach House.
Built predominantly with wood and painted mostly in white, it’s location just by the Atlantic Ocean off the Badagry Creek combines to give it a light, feel good ambiance.
The beach house as a pool, bar, communal space where house members can gather in the evenings, talk, play games or eat in the open.
Recommended for corporate retreats, romantic getaways as well as solo vacations if one is looking to spend time alone from it all, Ilashe Beach House is perfect for a 5 day vacation.
Bogobiri House is an African themed Boutique Hotel in Ikoyi. Bogobiri is designed to be luxuriously modern but bearing semblance to the rustic living that is quite commonly found in Africa. This is exemplified by its Bamboo beds, and its open air bathing spaces within the room suites.
Bogobiri has a Gallery that has on display exquisite works of art from various artistes.
The restaurant at Bogobiri, called Orishirishi is a delightful culinary experience, tantalizing your taste buds with several Nigerian dishes and cuisines.
Bogobiri also regularly hosts events that includes music, book readings, and exhibitions. Bogobiri is one of the three other places on this list where you can get holed up in and immerse yourself in the flurry of activities going on at the hotel.
Lagos is broadly divided into two parts, Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island divided by the waters of the Lagos Lagoon and connected by the 3rd Mainland Bridge. Lagos Mainland generally refers to the areas of Ikeja, Surulere, Ebute Metta, Oshodi, Agege, Yaba, Ejigbo, Ilupeju, and the surrounding suburbs around these major towns.
For a place to stay on Lagos Mainland for 5 days we recommend a 3-star Hotel in the Ikeja area of Alausa, Opebi, Allen or Awolowo Road. Ikeja GRA or Mobolaji Bank Anthony are also great and central enough to move around and visit the places of interest on the Mainland.
Must see places on the Mainland includes The African Shrine for the live Afrobeat Music, sultry dancers and the raw atmosphere of a Lagos crowd in its element when music, alcohol and the carefree spirit of the young and youthful in Lagos are in full force. Closely related to the African Shrine is also the Kalakuta Museum which has the relics and memorabilia of the legend that is Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the history of Afrobeat over the years.
Check in to your Hotel, preferably De Rembrandt Hotel in Ikeja, close to the Ikeja City Mall. It is centrally located and in close proximity to most of the places you’ll be visiting dring your 5 Day stay on the Lagos Mainland. Visit the Ikeja City Mall and shop for essentials you might need. See a movie at the cinema and water down at any of the several bars in the mall. Our recommendation is Rhapsody’s.
Visit the Kalakuta Museum on 7, Gbemisola Street, Off Allen Avenue. Recommended place to get something to eat is Jevenik Restaurant in GRA, Ikeja. Visit Computer Village and the makeshift evening market at Ikeja Along, you will find some of the best street food of fried yam, potatoes, chicken, turkey and gizzard. Return back to the hotel and have a swim.
Visit the Yaba/Tejuosho Market. Lots of interesting things to buy especially fabrics. Visit the National Stadium nearby, if you are kitted you can join in a game of tennis, volleyball or football or participate in calisthenics. Surulere is famous for its bars and restaurants, whatever you feel like, drinks or food you will not be in a short supply on where to have either. The Place for Continental dishes; Burgers and Shakes for pastries and confectionery, smoothies and mocktails; and Olaiya Food Canteen for local Nigerian meals are some of the places to get food.
Night time on the mainland is a different world of it’s own. Today you can spend most of the day relaxing in the hotel. For lunch you should check out the Orchid Bistro restaurant at GRA Ikeja. Visit the Ouida Bookshop nearby to purchase new titles and update your reading list. One of the things to love about this place is how the bookshelves make the perfect backdrop for a great headshot. When night falls, some of the places to visit include the red light district of Allen Avenue, the food court opposite the Ikeja Airport Hotel as well as the African Shrine where your evening should end. The music is captivating, and the atmosphere electric. We suggest you don’t leave anytime before midnight. And if you are hungry, the food court opposite Airport Hotel Ikeja serves meals all night long.
We expect that you will wake up nursing a hangover and will probably have to order breakfast in and sleep off a bit again, to wake up and pack before checking out. But by the end of it all, your 5 days stay on Lagos Mainland would have been a memorable and eventful one.
Badagry is a border town between Lagos and Benin Republic and is famed for its salve trade era music, relics and history. Flung far away from mainland Lagos whose beehive of activities are the mainstay of the city, Badagry in contrast is idyllic and quiet, the most action it sees are that of immigration and custom agents patrolling its highway, on the lookout for smugglers bringing in contraband products from the port in Benin republic.
The quiet town, traditionally governed by the Akran of Badagry, is a must see for everyone looking to take a peek into the sordid past of slave trade in Nigeria. If leisure and history is your thing, Badagry has a good mix of both to fill your 5 days stay full of activities that will not only be memorable but leave your camera roll with a great deal of pictures for a proper show and tell.
There are several tour guides in Badagry who are descendants of former slaves returned to Nigeria or former slave owners who are available to take you on a tour of the relics of slavery in Badagry Town. A visit to the Seriki Abass Slave Museum or the Mobee Royal Family Slave Relics Museum will provide you with one of such tour guides.
A recommended place to stay in Badagry is the Whispering Palms Resort which is a stretch of land by the beach dotted with palm trees, cabanas, out door restaurants and an array of boats docked and waiting for you to take a pleasure ride on the waters of the Atlantic. The rooms of the Whispering Palms Resort are tastefully furnished and designed, with interior décor that is as relaxing as it is as pleasing to the eye. We recommend you get a room with a view like the Palm View Deluxe to add further colour to your stay in Badagry.
Badagry is also great for long walks and hikes, in the evenings it is cool and breezy. The inhabitants of the towns who carry out numerous economic activities from fishing to trading, also engage in arts and crafts and on a walk through town you are certain to come across intriguing hand crafted pieces such as purses made of coconut shells, necklaces fashioned out of cowries
Arrival and check in into your hotel room. Unpack and charge your devices, survey your surroundings and get comfortable. Depending on the time you check in you may want to order breakfast, lunch or dinner. A stroll along the beach in the evening would be great or you might just plant your feet in the sand with a book to keep you company. Our recommended read is Oyinkan Braitwaite’s My Sister The Serial Killer.
A visit to the first story building in Nigeria. The Seriki Abbas Slave Museum, The Badagry Heritage Museum, The Point of No Return and the Well of Attenuation.
A visit to the market and the border with Benin Republic.
A day on the beach, boat riding and catching sunsets in the evening.
Stay in, pack and return home.