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Ghana - The Gold Coast of West Africa

Few countries in Africa have an appeal that can compare with the attractions of Ghana for this is a country that dazzles you with its historic past and charms you with its natural beauty.

The people of Ghana are known as the people of smiles. In a land of many people, with different languages and tribes, all are drawn together and proud to be Ghanaians. From whichever tribe, they honour their chiefs and royal families and cherish their traditional rites and celebrations. This makes Ghana a special Africa, a special Africa..more.

Formerly the Gold Coast, Ghana is a young republic that became independent from Britain in 1957, the first black African colony to achieve its independence. Yet European influences left their mark centuries before with power struggles beginning in the 15th century with the Portuguese who built Elmina Castle in 1482 being followed by the Dutch, Swedes, Danes, Prussians and the British looking for gold and ivory.

This intense commercial rivalry ended with the growth of the tragic slave trade. Indeed all 42 European castles and fortifications were used as dungeons for the millions that lost the lives or whose descendants compose the African diaspora today. These fortifications remain shrines to the memory of man’s humanity to man with the Cape Coast Castle becoming an official museum. All 42 forts and castles are recognised by USESCO as World Heritage Monuments.

Nature has been generous to Ghana. National Parks such as the rainforest of Kakum or the broad savannah of Mole are havens for indigenous flora and fauna. Ghana is a bird-watcher’s paradise and nature-lover’s delight. Forest walks captivate the senses as butterflies flit from flower to flower and shafts of sunlight illuminate tiny orchids and other native flowers. The variety of landscape is matched by striking seasonal and regional contrasts. The greens of the hillsides just after it rains, and the golds and ochres of the savannah in the dry season.

The cultural heritage of Ghana includes ancient artistry in fabrics with colourful and popular Ashanti Bonwire Kente cloth, now adopted as a focus of identity by many people of African descent the world over. Ancient terracotta work, traditional gold jewellery, Krobo beads, leather and straw products, woodcarvings of Ahwai-Ashanti. Colourful and traditional festivals are regularly held full of pomp and pageantry with Chiefs and Queen Mothers riding in lushly gilded palanquins.

Accra –the capital city

A vibrant city, and the commercial and political heart of Ghana, Accra is a modern gateway to one of Africa’s ancient lands. A rich blend of old and new, with its bustling markets full of bargains, a wide choice of hotels and restaurants and a pulsating nightlife, Accra is the hub of a perfect holiday.

Ghana Hotels

The La-Palm Royal is located in Osu, Accra. It is close to shopping centres and five minutes of the financial centre. In every room there is air-conditioning, a balcony, Internet access, a minibar, a hair-dryer, satellite TV, telephone, coffee and tea, disabled facilities, a safe, smoke alarm, bath robe, iron and ironing board and a razor point.

The Hotel offers a babysitting service, valet services, room service, airport shuttle service, foreign currency exchange, car rental and parking. Also in the Hotel is a large swimming pool, a children’s pool, an ice cream palour, a business centre, a beauty salon, a fitness centre, a poolside snack bar, an Internet Café, a beauty spa, a beach, restaurants, a conference centre and coach parking.

The Labadi Beach Hotel is located near the Kotoka international airport. In every room there is air-conditioning, satellite TV, overhead fan, trouser press, a minibar, tea and coffee, a balcony, a telephone, a luxury bathroom, a hair-dryer, a razor point, room service and laundry service.

There are lots of restaurants in the Hotel, the Terrace bar, The Akwaaba restaurant, The Ristorante Primavera and the Cocktail bar and lounge. Also the Hotel has a business centre and a banquet hall. There is the large swimming pool, fountains, a health club, a gym and sauna, tennis courts, a volleyball court, golf, a hair salon, a boutique, a gift shop, a currency exchange and car hire.

The Shangri la Hotel is elegant with a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is situated at the airport residential area 3 minutes from the airport of Accra but perfectly quiet. In every room there is air conditioning, satellite TV, a writing desk, a fridge service, a radio, room service, a hair-dryer, same day laundry and a safe.

The Hotel has an Afena restaurant, a Gambaga cocktail bar, a poolside bar, an open air restaurant and a pizzeria grill. There is also a business centre, a conference room and an open-air banquet. The Hotel has a large pool with an underwater bar, tennis courts, a gym, a beach, live music, a golf course, car park, clinic and horse riding. The Hotel also has a salon, a Forex bureau, a massage parlor and a gift shop.

The Coconut Grove Hotel is located on the Cape Coast 2 hours from Accra airport and the city of Accra, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It has a spacious pool area leading to its sandy beach. The area has beautiful gardens to enhance the view.

Every room has air conditioning, overhead fans and satellite TV. The Hotel as a restaurant, a bar and 2 swimming pools. It has a 9-hole golf course, 2 lawn tennis courts, beach volleyball, soccer and horse riding. All meals are buffet-style on the beachfront.

The Royal Basin Resort is quietly set in the cool tranquil neighborhood of Oduom away from the noise of the city centre. The hotel has a mix of architectural styles and next to the hotel is a private garden with very beautiful flowers. The hotel is 9 km away from the city centre and 15 minutes from the airport.

Facilities available to guests in the hotel and some in their rooms include a Conference hall, a restaurant, three cocktail bars, a Jazz hut, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a gift shop, laundry service, safe deposit box, 24-hour professional security, internet access, 16 hours room service, an LCD projector, wake up call and a stand-by generate set. Also live music is available at the Hotel.

The Volta Hotel is located in Akosombo and has a first class restaurant, a main bar, a double tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, golf practice drive, two spacious conference rooms, a disco, organised boat cruises with live entertainment.

Every room has air-conditioning, bath and toilet, trouser press, telephone, music and video, coffee and tea, a minibar, satellite TV and a balcony.

The Novotel Hotel is located in the city centre of Accra close to the main shopping area, the conference centre, the Makola market, museum and theatre. It is located 7km from the airport and within walking distance from the beach.

The Hotel has a bar, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a pool, golf practice and tennis. In every room there is a smoke alarm, dead bolt, safety deposit box, a minibar, a radio, satellite TV. In the bathroom there is a bathtub and a hair-dryer. There is also 24-hour room service.

The Golden Tulip Hotel is located in Accra and is five minutes from the Kotoka airport and 10 minutes from the city centre of Accra. In every room there is air conditioning, direct internet access, coffee and tea facilities for free, a minibar, a hair-dryer, colour TV with international news channels, pay-TV, wake-up system, trouser press, free newspapers, security lock, a safety deposit box and non-smoking rooms are also available.

The Bay View Hotel is located 5 minutes from the airport of Accra and offers the finest comfort and affordability. Each mini suite has its own private entrance and the deluxe room is ideal for a family with its spacious rooms and good comfort. All the rooms are designed to suit the customer and will guarantee a good time.

In the Hotel there is large pool with a bar alongside it, a gourmet restaurant with meals prepared by experts in Ghanaian dishes. Also in the Hotel there is a business centre with fax, phone, Internet and photocopier and finally a conference centre to old 120 people with all the necessary equipment.

The Miklin Hotel is located in East Legon in Accra. The Hotel has a restaurant with local dishes, Chinese and continental dishes, a telephone, fax, internet, email, document processing, courtesy & Rental cars, a swimming pool, live music, conference rooms, a clinic, laundry, a hair salon, satellite TV, car park, standby electric generator, standby water reservoir, safe deposit, a banquet hall and a gift shop.

In every room there is a fridge, TV, air conditioning, hot water, a minibar, room service and a telephone.

Le Coco Beach is bright, colourful and different. The Hotel area is very spacious with many coconut trees. There are mountain bikes available to hire and this is the perfect area for them.

All of the rooms at Le Coco Beach are spacious and brightly decorated and extremely comfortable. Each room is fully air-conditioned, have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, hair-driers, an electronic room safe, a minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, IDD telephone, satellite TV with Canal Plus and children's cartoon channel and a furnished terrace or balcony.

The Hotel has extensive Water Sports & Activities, a Swimming pool, an Aquagym, Basketpolo, Volleypolo, Waterpolo, a Children's pool, Deep sea fishing, a Diving centre, a Glass-bottom boat, Hobie cats, Kayaks - single & double, Lasers, Mini-windsurf initiation Paddle boats, Parasailing , Snorkelling, Supertube, Surfvision, Undersea walks, Waterskiing and Windsurfing. Land Sports Aerobics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bocciball, Coco, Olympics organised by the Coco Sports Team, Croquet, Giant chess, Hockey on grass, Horse-riding - lessons available, Jogging, Kites, Mini tennis, Mountain bike rental Nine hole pitch and putt golf course - golf clinics - putting, training & tournaments Tennis.

In the Hotel there is a Restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet-style every day. The snack bars on the Pool Side offer hot and cold snacks and desserts. There are many bars and grills around the Hotel, The Boathouse Bar & Grill, The Cirque Bar showing sporting features, The Pool Bar serving tropical cocktails, ice creams and cocosnacks both hot and cold, The Disco Bar, The Boathouse Bar and The Beach Bar golf cart.

The Elmina beach resort is 150km west of Accra and near the historic town of Elmina overlooking the famous Elmina castle. Every room has air-conditioning, a balcony, a minibar, satellite TV, a telephone, a safe, smoke alarm, toiletries and a razor point. Also the Hotel has a babysitting service, room service, foreign currency exchange, car hire, coffee shop and parking. In the Hotel there is a swimming pool, a children’s swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre, restaurants, conference facilities, disabled facilities and coach parking.

The Dutch Hotel is a high quality hotel with lots of charm for a 3 star hotel. The Dutch Hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and provides spacious, comfortable accommodation. The Dutch Hotel is located in Accra 15 minutes away from the airport.

Every room has air-conditioning, over head fans, a minibar, trouser press, tea and coffee makers, telephone, bathroom with a deep tub, a hair-dryer, a razor point, same day laundry service and satellite TV and is very spacious. The Hotel also has a Swimming pool as well as all the facilities mentioned in the rooms.

The Mole Motel is located in the Ghana Mole National Park. The Hotel has 35 double rooms and a restaurant, a swimming pool and a telephone.

The Sanat Minat lodge is located in Bolgatanga offering basic but comfortable accommodation.

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