Ferdinand Ekechukwu visits the Epe Resort and Spa, a new destination for leisure trips and corporate getaways...
About an hour after departing The Moorhouse Ikoyi Lagos, the pleasurable ride to the sleepy town of Epe through the Lekki-Ajah expressway suddenly comes to a halt and the gateway to our destination – Epe Resort and Spa - opens. Receiving visitors is Derek Drew, the general manager of the property. Drew is a South African and has over 30 years’ experience in hotel management. His warm disposition ushers guests into the new resort that opened its doors last December. His one-on-one interface with guests is preceded by a smile and the words, “Welcome to Epe Resort and Spa.”
Situated just at the end of the Epe-Lekki expressway, on Epe-Itoikin road on the outskirts of Lagos is the resort sitting on sixty hectares of land, and one in a chain of other inns managed by Moorhouse Properties, a Nigerian-owned hotel group, which owns and operates a variety of international and locally-branded hotels in Nigeria, including MGallery Ikoyi, Novotel Port Harcourt and the Moorhouse Budget Hotels.
Inside, guests catch a glimpse of the resort’s prototype before Drew quickly joins them. This model gives you a complete view of the resort’s offerings. Drew’s comments on the Epe Resort reflect his perfect grasp of the hospitality business. Using the model, he gives a run-down of facilities at the resort, which offers sanctuary to weary minds and spirits in need of rejuvenation.
Close to the resort is a river, which runs into the Epe lagoon. His overview of the site describes the scenic landscape of the environment, which is nestled amongst a lush indigenous forest and bordering the hillside of Epe town: pointers to a modern hotel in an idyllic setting.
Soon enough, a tour of available facilities follows and it acquaints guests with the business and recreational facilities around the lush green expanse of the resort. There are tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a swimming pool and a spa, which opens in the next few months.
A boardroom and fully-fitted conference centre have up to date technology for corporate and executive gatherings and meetings.
“At this stage our focus is very much on corporate retreats, conferences and workshops,” Drew said. “Now we feel it’s ideal for people to come out here and get away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos.”
Epe Resort and Spa has 40 rooms, offering either a king-size bed or twin beds and a cozy sitting area adorned in regional décor.
The design concept continues its ethos of blending the modern and natural. The abundance of decorative stonewalls with a blend of rich dark wood interiors creates a look of elegance and luxury in the wonderfully spacious rooms with separate lounge areas overlooking the sprawling gardens of the resort.
With moderate opening rates its guest rooms feature a mini bar, coffee maker, oversized bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub in the luxury garden suites options.
The resort’s chefs are adept at both traditional and international dishes with focus on a daily fish special that is fresh from Epe’s Fish Market, which is the highlight of our visit.
For international and local travelers into the busy city of Lagos who may want to stay away from the typical, five star traditional hotels, the kind with large lobbies and hundreds of identical rooms, the resort is where you will find a high expression of exclusive hospitality, relaxation and comfort, thus ensuring an unforgettable experience.