Experience a different take on beach resort culture in Ghana, West Africa, where ocean-side accommodation is varied and plentiful – and bookable on Culture Trip.
In Ghana, resorts of varying degrees of luxury – from modest lodges to high-spec retreats — have sprung up to make the most of this hospitable West African country’s sandy, Atlantic Ocean beaches. Some resorts also offer idyllic views of the country’s mighty river, the Volta. Whether you’re in the vicinity of Accra, the capital, or driving deeper into the country, you’re never that far from a sun lounger or a surfboard. And these top beach resorts will provide.
In the small village of Agyan, in Ghana’s Western Region, the private beach of an extraordinarily photogenic bay is the setting for this 24-acre (9.7ha) resort, flanked by forest greenery. Overseen by Belgian designer Paul Ramlot, Lou Moon’s “village” of buildings are low-slung, thatched cottages that blend tastefully into the landscape. Accommodation options include well-equipped family villas with pools. But if you’re on a romantic break, try to secure one of the two villas with a clifftop infinity pool.
This ecolodge in Dzita, on the coast of the Volta region, is a not-for-profit that serves to fund the charity Dream Big Ghana – an organisation dedicated to improving healthcare access for local people. Rooms all have compost toilets for a unique ensuite experience – they’re much better than they sound. Some of the largest and quietest suites, with windows that open onto decking and the pool, feel decidedly indulgent – as does the spa, with its views of waves from your treatment bed, and the appealing craft cocktail bar. You can hear the ocean from here, and joyful noise from the nearby church on Sundays.
Hand-built lodges in natural materials form this authentic, beautifully simple accommodation option, just outside of the village of Cape Three Points in Ghana’s Western Region. You’ll find rainforest greenery and organic produce gardens here, but the real selling point of Escape is its setting on a long stretch of golden, sandy beach. Beachgoers enjoy everything from whale-watching to volleyball, and the strong surfing breaks in places are a real draw for intermediate and experienced surfers.
This out-and-out luxury beach resort in Elmina – a town which boasts a historic castle and fort – has hosted guests from Will Smith to the Secretary General of the UN. Local fabrics bring welcome character to suites that could have been anonymous. In terms of facilities, Coconut Grove Hotel has everything from an 18-hole golf course, gym, tennis and basketball courts to – more unusually for a luxury hotel – an animal sanctuary on site. And don’t forget the beautiful beach itself.
Just outside Ghana’s capital, this fun private beach resort offers a range of 35 rooms and suites – all kitted out to a high standard – in Bortianor, 12mi (19km) from Accra. There’s an appealing outdoor pool if for some reason you don’t fancy the resort’s stretch of private beach, and the hotel also makes the most of its proximity to the Densu River Delta with canoeing experiences. It’s handy for those who might have reason to be near Accra, and don’t want to drive for hours to a resort.
Chalet-style rooms with balconies or gardens make up the 62-room offering of this award-winning three-star resort, located on several acres of sandy beach in Busua – a fishing village three hours from Accra. Facilities include a children’s pool and playground, tennis courts, two on-site restaurants focusing on local cuisine and a nightclub. Some of the suites have private kitchenettes and living rooms. All this in a part of the country that did not have electricity until as recently as the 1990s.
There’s some wow factor to Aqua Safari Resort in Ghana’s capital of Accra, where a direct lakeside setting, grand entrance hall and high-ceilinged event spaces set the tone. The activities menu is varied, but – as the name and location suggest – watersports are key to this resort’s appeal, including jet-ski riding. Rooms and chalet accommodation have been appointed to a good standard throughout, and it’s well worth spending a day or two beside the outdoor pools.
A drinks-to-your-sunbed delivery service at the touch of a button is part of what makes Lemon Beach Resort, in the vicinity of Elmina, a big hit. The beach at the resort is safe only for low-tide swimming, but that matters less than you’d think, thanks to some other nearby Atlantic Ocean-swimming opportunities. There’s also a range of tours and activities laid on, including atmospheric bonfire nights on the beach. Take up the chance to visit a local school and donate supplies, too.
Check into this sizable, four-star luxury resort in Akosombo, in Ghana’s Eastern Region. It has 80 rooms and suites set in 35 acres (14ha) of greenery, with atmospheric vistas of Ghana’s main river, the Volta, from many rooms’ terraces and balconies. There’s 24-hour room service, a spa and salon, as well as a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts and playground. If you venture out, the nearby Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is among the day trips worth doing.