Ghana isn’t well-known as a honeymoon destination, yet these hotels on the banks of the Volta River and the country’s sandy south coast were made for romance. Book your stay with Culture Trip now.
Sunset watching, infinity-pool swims, lobster dinners and private dining on cashmere-soft sands – these are all hallmarks of a honeymoon in Ghana. Choose to stay at a hotel on the banks of the Volta River, and add river cruises to your to-do list for two, or pick a place on the southern coastline to spend your first days of married life in view of the Atlantic Ocean.
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35 acres (14ha) of rich green grounds with free-roaming peacocks surround this hotel on the banks of the Volta River, near Akwamu Gorge. Every one of the 80 rooms here comes with a balcony or terrace that overlooks the river. Honeymooners should make time for a guided speed boat ride and a drink at the Tree Terrace. The open-air seating here wraps around the sturdy trunk of a baobab tree, and the whole place is candlelit at night.
Set on a strip of sourdough-coloured sand on Ghana’s south coast, Charlestina Beach Resort is home to a collection of chalet-style rooms. There’s a restaurant on site – try the lobster in butter sauce – and the best tables for two can be found on the top floor in view of the sea. For a particularly memorable evening, ask for a bonfire to be lit on the beach after sunset, and clink cocktail glasses in the light of the flames.
Every one of the 11 chalets at Blue Diamond Beach Resort overlooks an oat-white beach and the Atlantic Ocean. On the beach itself, hammocks are strung up between coconut palms, and there are open-sided gazebos with swing seating big enough for two inside. The hotel sources ingredients from its own garden and local fishermen, so expect dishes like lobster, grilled tilapia and yam chips to fill your table for two.
As the name suggests, Coconut Grove Beach Resort is surrounded by coconut trees on the edge of a powdery beach. Coconuts are collected at a little shy near the sand; ask for the tops to be cut off, so you can drink from them. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss the private sunset dinner on the beach or the grilled seafood lunch platter to share on the porch of their suite.
The photo-worthy beach that fronts the Ankobra Beach Resort is 6km (4mi) long. There are 20 chalet-style rooms here, spread generously across 11 acres (4ha) of tropical green grounds. Each one has a thatched roof and traditional African decor like dark wood and brightly patterned textiles. The hotel’s food, meanwhile, is prepared using ingredients sourced from its own garden and the local area. Couples can expect lots of seafood, homemade curries and even fresh lemonade.
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It’s a tough choice between a villa or a Continental room at this beachside hotel. The former are traditionally African, with thatched roofs; the latter feature floor-to-ceiling mirrored windows and sweeping views of the sea. Be sure to try one of the lemon-themed cocktails while you’re here. Buy one from the bar next to the L-shaped pool, or push one of the red buttons next to your beach sunbed, and a waiter will come to take your order.
There are just 10 secluded suites and chalets dotted around the tropical grounds of White Sands Beach Resort and Spa, on Ghana’s south coast, an hour’s drive from Akra. With names like Live Slow and Unless Tomorrow, the chalets come with plunge pools and private gardens. The hotel has two main restaurants, but honeymooners should consider dining privately in their garden at least once. Waiters light candles and serve dishes like prawn souffle and lobster with a passionfruit glaze.
The Aqua Safari Resort calls the sandy bank of the Volta River its home. From some rooms, you can look out over the water as well as the inkblot-shaped pool and the Barracuda restaurant. On some nights, staff light a bonfire on the beach, and couples dine at tables close to the flames. The hotel also offers a honeymoon package, which includes a fruit platter, a river cruise and a horse ride.
Backed by green forests and fronted by a crumble-coloured sandy cove, Lou Moon Resort offers a choice of rooms, suites, chalets and villas. Every option serves up views of the bay, where the sky blazes red at sunset. Although they sleep up to six people, the villas are a great option for honeymooners. Set on a small islet in the bay, they’re secluded from the rest of the resort by coconut palms and have their own infinity pools.
Private Jacuzzi sessions, evening bonfires and sunset watching are all on the cards when you stay at this hotel on the banks of the Volta River. Accommodation takes the form of thatched chalets, with dark wood and African artwork on the walls. Book an Executive Room to get river views from your room. Alternatively, soak up the scenery from beside the large infinity pool or over plates of traditional Ghanaian food, like abobi tadi (dried anchovy stew) at the restaurant.
These recommendations were updated on June 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.