Alison Eastman’s updates

After a fantastic summer spent in Ghana, following your fantastic guide, I thought I could send you a couple of updates, and I hope the following info is useful:

1) beyin beach resort ( p.205) is now fully up and running and was the best place I stayed in mnay ways. Set on a palm fringed beach with the best swimming anywhere due to the shallow sea, it is on the edge of the tiny village of Beyin. There are 4 luxury huts, which are under the coconut palms on the beach edge with massive king size beds, hot showers, sun verandas, great wooden furniture etc. They are $36 a night, but the proce is reduced to $24 if you are volunteering- a bargain, esepcially as 3 can fit comfortably in the bed, and breakfast is included. Breakfast was amazing- fresh fruit to start, followed by doorstep chunks of brown bread with a choice of eggs. There are also economy huts ( around 6) with shared shower facilities. The restuarant is great- food is pre-ordered, and then delivered to the al-fresco candle-lit dining veranda. The menu covers Ghanaian staples, italian classics inc pizza, jacket potatoes and salads. The owners couldn’t be more helpful and helped us plan trips to Ankasa reserve and the stilit village, as well as setting up a trip out with the fishermen and a night time turtle walk. Contact Nina / Patrick Sarpong- ninasarpong@hotmail.com. www.beyinbeachresort.com 0275 139186 / 0242 188240.

2) Blue Waters hotel in Takoradi is a new English-run hotel, only opened this summer. It is out of town, near the village of Ntankoful on the Anaii road, giving it a peaceful loation. Rooms contain massive orthopaedic mattressed kingsize beds, air con, balcony, gorgeous bathroom with hot shower and TV. The staff are very polite and helpful, and the included breakfast was very tasty cinnamon toast and eggs.  $35 seemed a bargain. contact : 0277 200 085 / 0273 037 659.

3) we stayed in the recommended Highlander House in Aburi (p234) which seems to have changed names to ‘Olyander house’ but fitted the location description exactly, and they claimed to have recently changed hands. It had so much potential- massive rooms, peaceful hilltop position, big veranda and nice gardens, but the stay was a disaster. The beds were damp and unconfortable, as were the carpets. there was no water, although a ‘plumber’ was apparently on site. Very tatty around the edges, including protruding metal in the bathroom. No food as the cook was apparently sick. However, after complaining we were offered a free breakfast. It arrived an hour late, and then appeared on our bill as we went to leave. The owner had magically disappeared and when we refused to pay, the two workers locked us in and guarded the gate, getting very angry and refusing to let us leave. Despite calling a friend who reasoned with them in Fante, we were left with no option other than paying.

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