Last updated on June 4th, 2020; Published on January 17th, 2020
A most thoughtful gift brought us to Jara Beach Resort. I have been to a few beach resorts in Lagos Nigeria but nothing quite compares to our experience here. Once I received the email that our reservation was confirmed, I headed over to their website to read more about the place Mark and I would be spending a few days unwinding at.
The first thing I found out and was happy about was the fact that resort, located in Museyo, Eleko, was accessible by road. I also loved that it was right on the beach, with all its rooms facing the ocean. And then, there was the fact that the resort was all-inclusive.
How inclusive was all-inclusive, you ask? Well, Jara provided us with breakfast, lunch, a three-course dinner, afternoon desserts, snacks and unlimited amounts of drinks. When we arrived, a member of the staff welcomed us with drinks and that did not stop coming until we left. I was in Mojito heaven!
We arrived at the resort a little after 5 pm on a Saturday evening to a warm reception. Check-in was a breeze and seeing our room thoughtfully decorated and a message for us on the board at the lounge area endeared this place to my heart. Obviously, first impressions were excellent!
But because ‘Jara’ literally translates to ‘a little extra’, they did not stop there. The resort treated us to bottles of champagne and chocolates – two nights in a row and the owners even threw in an extra night stay for free!
After settling in, we had some time to check out the rest of the resort. Mark and I battled for table tennis supremacy in the games area, relaxed by the pool and took a walk on the beach to watch the sunset.
Jara keeps the stretch of beach the resort is on very clean. The other areas (not belonging to them and not captured in this post,) were covered with debris.
Then it was time for our first meal. On their website, Jara mentioned that they had an award-winning chef carefully create the items on the menu. Naturally, I was expecting good food. What we got instead, was amazing food!
I could talk about the seared fish appetizer for days! That was divine. Or maybe I should talk about the couscous salad or the pesto pasta? I wouldn’t even know where to begin. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Goat Leg Banga. That meal went to Harvard and graduated with distinctions!
In the 3 days we spent at Jara Beach Resort, we tried everything on the menu. Every single item was delightful! In short, our entire stay was.
Between meals, jumping in and out of the pool and strolls in the beach, it felt like time was moving too quickly and slowing down at the same time. We relished every second until it was time to say goodbye…
I certainly recommend a visit to Jara if you can afford it. At ₦125,000 for a midweek night, the price, for the budget traveller, is quite steep. However, the resort offers a day pass at ₦27,750 for adults. So, you can combine that with an external accommodation option around the area.
Overall, we had a fantastic stay at Jara Beach Resort and I hope we get to visit again…
JARA BEACH RESORT: QUICK LOOK
Jara Beach Resort Location | Museyo, Eleko, Lagos
How to get there | It’s a pretty straight route along the Lekki Epe Expressway, before you veer off the main road. Google Maps is great for directions
Jara Beach Resort Prices: Cost for Day Trippers | ₦27,750 per adult, ₦12,600 for kids, ₦15,750 for Nannies
Cost for Overnight Stays | ₦125,000 for 2 adults (midweek), ₦150,000 (Friday & Saturday). More options on the resort’s website.
Good to Know | Prices are all-inclusive of meals, snacks and drinks. Use the code ‘MarkandAmarachi’ to get an extra treat!*
*Subject to owners’ discretion
Photos by Mark H and Amarachi
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Jara Beach Resort. All views expressed are mine and based on my personal experience.