Ghana is a big country, so to find the all of the premium locations, sometimes one must rely on recommendations from friends with impeccable taste. Following expert advice, I took the solo drive from Accra to Axim in search of the destination that has received the most praise in recent months, Lou Moon Lodge.
Suffice it to say, after a seemingly endless and at times bumpy drive from Accra to Axim, (not far from the border of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire),arriving at the Lou Moon Lodge was worth every single second of the trip.
Once on the grounds you are face to face with a gorgeous bay to your left and the bountiful waves of the Atlantic Ocean to your right. There are only 9 guest rooms situated in 3 areas, Hillside (standard), Bayside (superior) and the crème de la crème, the Island (premium).
Tastefully designed using local natural materials, and intended to be a place to truly get away from it all, you feel an almost instant sense of tranquility and relaxation once you encounter the powerful beauty of the natural location and the quiet professionalism of the staff.
Treat yourself to two or three days in this magnificent resort. Sign up for AccraPremium mailings to be informed of upcoming weekday special packages at Lou Moon Lodge.
Natural Beauty! - Melissa XOXO
COUNTDOWN TO THE 2013 ACCRA SALSA CONGRESS
We have just 60 days until Africa's premier Latin Dance Extravaganza returns to Accra! The line-up this year is AMAZING! The main event will take place Friday November 29, 2013 at the National Theater of Ghana. There will be three nights of parties and special activities.
Below, enjoy clips from the 2012 Accra Salsa Congress Grand Finale Dance Showcase Performances, featuring dancers from the US, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria. DO not miss this year's event!!
For tickets and information, www.accrasalsacongress.com or call AccraPremium at 0240 94 66 55
A Bailarrr!! - Melissa
Live on the Terrace presents “A Blues Journey from Timbuktu to Memphis” courtesy of special guest and jazz enthusiast Andy Karas on Tuesday 1st October, 7-9pm Read More
THE ARTS AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
at the Damba Terrace, Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra
Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 7:30 pm
Livestream link: http://www.youtube.com/user/archiafrika/feed
The Adventurers in the Diaspora last month followed a broad theme of the Seven Year Development Plan of the first president of Ghana, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. This month, the conversation will continue with an exploration of the Impact of Nkrumah on the evolution of contemporary Ghanaian art and music.
The late 1950’s and early 1960’s were a period of great transition caused by the change from colonial rule to self-governance. Kwame Nkrumah sought to harness the creative energies of Ghanaian artists to transform the young nation of Ghana, and more especially, to build up a vision for the United States of Africa.
Some of the panelists for this AiD were a part of Nkrumah’s vision and have contributed in diverse ways to developing contemporary Ghanaian art and music. This evening will be devoted to learning about their experiences, how Nkrumah’s vision impacted their lives, and how they were affected by that vision creatively. The main issue up for discussion will be how the arts can be used to inspire and drive change.
Last evening, Vlisco closed their doors for a private fashion show and charity auction event on behalf of the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation. Fashionista GH was there to cover the lovely event. The IMPF members and a select group of their friends enjoyed a look at dresses from some of Ghana's most promising designers. They also had the opportunity to bid on exclusive, special edition fabrics, which will be sewn into bespoke gowns from the featured designers. Mina Evans, I can't wait to see what you design for me!!
Charitably Fashionable - Melissa XOXO
For those seeking a get away destination that is still relatively unknown, where they can be assured privacy, and a clean, relatively peaceful beach with breathtaking views, check out the Brenu Beach Lodge. Brenu Beach is a short distance from Cape Coast, meaning it is accessible to those in Accra as well as Takoradi.
The lodge is "no frills" but it is designed to be a peaceful escape where the frills come from nature. Guests will be pleased to find that the owner lives on site, so personalized attention is assured. The rooms and grounds are clean and manicured and there is hot water! They have received rave reviews on TripAdvisor and are ranked the number one resort in that area of the Central Region.
Enjoy the sunset from the hammocks - Melissa
On Tuesday, 24th September 2013 at 6pm, Vlisco, will host a Special Fundraising Auction and Fashion Show with a portion of the proceeds donated for the benefit of the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation. The event will be held at the Vlisco boutique in the Accra Mall and they will showcase their new fabric lines as well as a few highly select premium designs. There will be the auction of "one-off" pieces by 6 of Ghana's most prominent fashion houses:
Pistis, Rowvon, Ameyo Designs, House of Eccentric, Mina Evans & Poqua Poku.
Ticket Price: GHc50
Date: Tuesday 24th September 2013
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Vlisco Boutique, Accra Mall
For all enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 0501 299956 or email@example.com | 0244 975244, 0244 238039
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Ghana's Oil City, Takoradi, for good food and a truly international sports bar experience, pop into the Champs Bar and Restaurant located on the grounds of the Stellar Lodge and Apartments.
Arriving there on a Friday night, I was pleasantly surprised at the vibrant and fun atmosphere inside and out of the Bar. Inside there was the typical bustling bar scene with supersized HD plasma screens all around, pool tables and patrons galore. Outside there was a lovely garden area designed as a convenient area for smokers or those wanting to quietly socialize outdoors.
By a quick survey of a few patrons, their most popular offerings are the Chicken Wings (you can get them Suicide Hot, Medium or Mild) and the Pizza. I was very happy that I did not skip breakfast the next morning because it was simply delicious, with everything prepared exactly the way I like. If I had known in advance it would taste as good as it did, I would have taken a picture to share with you! Next time, I promise!
They also have a charming new restaurant equipped with projector screens for convenient use as a meeting or conference space.
Missing their breakfast today! - Melissa
Almost exactly one year ago, I had the privilege of chairing the Media Launch for The Ghana School Bag, an innovative new product out of the Kokrobitey Institute. Aside from providing schoolchildren a new range of affordable, stylish and unique backpacks, the project helps to develop a culture of recycling and environmental sustainability from a young age. Additionally, the local manufacturing of these bags provides opportunities for employment within the community.
The Ghana School Bag enjoys considerable support from a number of major private corporations, including DDP. Progressive educational materials were also produced in the form of environmental flash cards, ABC chart and teacher's manual were supported by Finatrade.
Last week, we had the honor to witness the delivery of 500 schoolbags to students at the Omega School in Kokrobite. Omega schools purchased 20000 recycled school bags for all their students. Seeing the look of happiness on the student's faces was simply heartwarming. It left us with a clear impression that this project will surely be a success and will go far to advance its goals of making Ghana a more beautiful, cleaner and environmentally active society.
Pepper is as essential an ingredient in Ghanaian food as tomatoes in Italian food. Here, many people enjoy pepper either as a sauce accompaniment or as a main seasoning in every meal of the day.
To find a robust, flavorful and delicious pepper sauce that has been prepared under international hygienic standards is an extra special treat. The makers of Moco Foods have managed to bring a fantastic new specialty food product to the Ghanaian market. Enjoying their product leaves you with an exciting dilemma. It blows your socks off yet you are simultaneously looking for water to cool off and yearning for more pepper sauce for your next bite!
What makes the dining experience even more satisfying is the back story on Moco's founders and their solid corporate commitment to environmental sustainability, community upliftment and providing employment opportunities to the disabled. When a young professional who has received a top notch international education chooses to come home and to use his valuable expertise and experience for the development of his country, such a choice must be celebrated and respected.
You can learn more about Moco here and if you are as lucky as I was, you will get your hands on a jar as soon as possible. Be sure to let us know what you think.
Hot Stuff!! - Melissa
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