Anytime you think about getting married, the next thing that comes to mind is your honeymoon. And the next thought automatically is where do I spend my honeymoon? More often than not your answer is determined by how much you are willing to spend. If you have a lot of money then you can go the extra mile. Fly out of Nigeria, go to the Caribbeans or any of the world’s most beautiful and exotic location and have the greatest time of your life with your newly wedded partner. But does this translate to – no much money, no much honeymoon fun? Well, you will absolutely be wrong if you think so. If you are bothered by travel expenses, visa troubles, forex and the many other logistics required to having a honeymoon abroad. Then sit, relax and read as I take you on a journey to finding the top 10 honeymoon destinations that can give you and your partner that honeymoon you have always dreamed of right here in our great country Nigeria.
1.) The Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort
Tagged the pride of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, the Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort is a great destination for newly wedded couples. The resort is situated amidst a rich palm forest vegetation and the hotel is contained on 174 hectares of land. The hotel also features an 18-hole golf course, a biking terrain, a 24-hour fitness centre, a night club and a piano bar. The resort is just about 10 minutes drive away from Uyo, the capital of the state. Couples planning to visit the resort should budget at least $265 for a deluxe room. They can also visit other destinations close to the resort like the National Museum Oron, Uyo Library, Ibeano Beach and the Ikot Ekpene market for local arts and crafts. Akwa Ibom is a lovely state with lovely people and a wonderful cuisine. You sure will be thrilled to chose it as your honeymoon destination.
2.) The Whispering Palms Resort
While Lagos might not appeal to you as a good honeymoon destination because of the hustle and bustle associated with the state. The whispering palms resort takes you far away from that. Located at perhaps the most historical site of the country – Badagry, Lagos State; the Whispering palms is an amazing honeymoon destination. The resort features a sport facility, mini zoo, mini museum, arts and craft center and a lot of water activities. Couples planning to spend their honeymoon at the resort can budget at least #35,000 per night for a standard room. Couples can also visit the 1st storey building in Nigeria, the historical ‘point of no return’ where slaves were sold and dead ones buried. And while this destinations might not be romantic, well they provide you couples some sense of history. So give it a shot.
3.) Le Meridien Ogeyi Place
Described as “the fusion of local culture & international sophistication”, the Le Meridien Ogeyi Place is located in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region of Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The hotel features 86 deluxe rooms and suites, a polo golf course, exotic restaurants and bars, fitness center, swimming pools, a business center and much more. Couples planning to stay at the hotel for their honeymoon can also visit other locations like the Genesis cinemas, Siverbird Gallerias and the polo club for more entertainment. They can also go shopping at Eveready Emporium. Blessed with a rich cultural heritage, newly wedded couples will find their honeymoon experience in Rivers State one to hold and cherish for life.
4.) The Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort
The Ikogosi warm spring resort is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who would like to settle for the quiet, serene and calm comfort that nature provides. Located in a small town of Ikogosi in Ekiti state is this natural and stunning visual spectacle that leaves every visitor in complete awe. The resort features 91 Rooms, 4 Restuarant, 2 Revolving Cocktail bars and a Non Static Warm Swimming Pool. Couples can visit the warm and cold spring, rolling hills and take a romantic walk round the thick and green plantation.
5.) The Kajuru Castle
Do you want to feel like royals after your big day? Then the Kajuru Castle in Kaduna is the best honeymoon destination for you. Built by a German architect between 1985 and 1989, the Kajuru Castle is breath taking and provides visitors with an experience I can proudly say is unrivaled in the whole of Nigeria. The castle is not a conventional resort or hotel and so couples planning to have their honeymoon there will have to contact the manager of the castle who gives approval. You will also need to take your food along as the hotel is self catering.
6.) The Epe Resort
Situated on the outskirts of Lagos on the gentle hills north of the Lagoon and West of the Local fishing Port of Epe town. The Epe resort can be the perfect getaway for newly weddeds as they even offer a special honeymoon package. Rooms at the Epe resort comes in various sizes and rates with the least being the Superior Garden room. The resort features a restaurant and bar, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts and a small football field. Couples visiting the hotel will enjoy the lush greenery and peaceful environment, amazing cuisine and wonderful staffs. The Epe Resort surely is a great honeymoon destination.
7.) The Zenababs Half Moon Resort, Ilesa
Want to be surrounded by natural beauty, nearby hills, lush grounds and an amazingly tranquil environment then the Zenababs Half Moon Resort is the place to be. Situated in the heart of Ijesha land in Osun State, this lovely resort covers over 25 acre of lush ground. The resort has 30 fully furnished chalets with each chalet containing two rooms, an international standard restaurant and bar, a boating lake, large swimming pool, basket ball, tennis and volleyball courts.
8.) La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort
It is Nigeria’s most visited beach resort and the reason it is, is not far-fetched. Situated at Ikegan, Ibeju-Lekki and just about one or two hours drive away from Victoria Island, Lagos. The La Campagne Tropicana is a 5 star sceneric paradise, a perfect blend of a fresh water lake, mangrove forest, savannah, an extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. It is a lover’s haven and a perfect honeymoon getaway for newly weddeds. A bit pricy though for the service it renders, the cheapeast chalet at the resort goes for 50,000 per night.
9.) Kamp Ikare Beach Resort
Ever wondered if you can have a romantic Caribbean like honeymoon without having to leave the chores of Nigeria? Then wonder no more, Kamp Ikare provides you exactly what you are looking for. Situated near Ikare village, Kamp Ikare can only be reached by boat. The resort is only a few meters from the sea and has a standard swimming pool centered around 6 duplex cabins and a main communal beach house. A nature lover’s haven, KAMP Ikare provides a charming rustic ambience rivalled by no other beach resort in Lagos, Nigeria. Newly weddeds will surely have a honeymoon to remember for life at the resort.
10.) The Obudu Mountain Resort
Our list of honeymoon destinations in Nigeria surely will not be complete without the mention of the Obudu Mountain resort. Clearly one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Nigeria, the ranch is located on the Obudu plateau in Cross River State, Nigeria. The resort provides accomodation in the form of chalets, mountain villas and round huts. It also features a terrace restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, a squash court, a 9-hole golf course, a cable car system, two floodlit tennis courts, and a natural swimming pool. Newly wedded couples visiting the ranch will surely have an unforgettable experience.