Accra is on the main (and busy) south coast road, about midway between Bridgetown, the capital, and St. Lawrence Gap with its restaurants and nightspots. Large, modern, and competitively priced, this full-service resort wraps around a large cloverleaf-shaped pool and overlooks one of the south coast’s great beaches. Plus, you can easily walk to nearby restaurants, nightspots, and shops.
Quayside Mall, just across the street from the hotel, has a market where you can buy snacks and drinks to keep in your room fridge.
Most of the 221 rooms and suites here have a private balcony that overlooks the pool or beach, but the less-expensive accommodations on the street side have an “island” view. Connecting rooms are available for families. Split-level penthouse suites can accommodate four guests. Opt for an ocean view or oceanfront room; the street-side rooms have comparatively unattractive views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If getting your beauty rest is important, request a room that doesn’t overlook the entertainment venues. There’s music every evening.
Most of the bathrooms are relatively small, as this hotel has been around for a while. Though renovated from time to time, some of the fixtures are a bit dated. Bathrooms do have marble surfaces, however, and some suites have Jacuzzi tubs…on the balcony!
Large, modern, and busy—with plenty of seating—the hotel lobby opens up to the pool area and the beach beyond.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Stand your ground if you have any issues; on occasion, customer service can be slow, lax, or nonexistent.
One side of the cloverleaf-shaped pool is adults-only and has a waterfall and swim-up bar, where the tropical drinks are good but a little pricey. A bridge separates the kids’ side of the pool. Another small pool is also adults-only. Happily, there are enough sun loungers to go around—and this is a pretty big hotel!
Chakra Spa has six treatment rooms, a sauna, and a steam room. Therapists use both Dermalogica products and a signature line made from local organic ingredients.
Accra has four restaurants and three bars. Accra Deck, an open-air restaurant on the oceanfront, is the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a change of pace, Pacifika Kitchen focuses on Asian cuisine. Coco Patch features Caribbean-style dishes at breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch. Fig Tree hosts themed events—a beach BBQ and cultural show—a couple of nights a week.
Just in front of the hotel, Accra Beach (also known as Rockley Beach) has powdery white sand and gentle waves that are ideal for swimming. The hotel does not have an on-site water-sports facility, but boogie boards, windsurfers, and Hobie Cats are available on the beach, which is right next door to the hotel.
The South Coast Boardwalk starts at Accra Beach and passes along the seaside—past beachfront resorts, restaurants, and bars—for about a mile. The boardwalk attracts runners and walkers alike—and it’s an especially nice place for a sunset stroll.
The hotel has free parking for your rental car—although the lot can sometimes be full, as Accra is a popular local venue for meetings, business lunches, weddings, and evening events.
Buses to Bridgetown and to stops along the south coast pass directly in front of the hotel. Buses go by frequently; the fare is just $1.
Taxis are always an option and are available in minutes.
Several restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. Try Tapas (10-minute walk), a short walk along the boardwalk, for a nice dinner or Just Grillin’ (5-minute walk), just across the street, for a quick bite.
Also across the street, Bubba’s Sports Bar (5-minute walk) has three video screens and a dozen TVs, along with bar food and, of course, drinks.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Given the resort’s perfect beachfront location, you won’t find a better value.