Iroko Beach Villas: Home Away From Home

I fell in love with Iroko Beach Villas the very first time I visited with friends in Summer 2014. Who wouldn’t? A beautiful timber house with a huge compound right on the shores of Oshiye – Kokrobite with the sea breeze flowing through spacious rooms. I must say, the owner, architect and interior decorator did a wonderful job with this villa because I felt right at home. The house has this warm homey feeling which makes you feel like this is right where you belong. Well, this is how I feel every single time. So when a friend suggested we go on a trip on the holiday weekend, I knew I had to get them to Iroko Beach Villas and that was exactly what I did.

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The Journey:

Kokrobite is an hour drive away from the Accra Mall depending on the traffic and the kind of car you use. Thus, we used an Uber cab and despite the traffic, we got there a couple of minutes after an hour. We were charged between 45.00 Cedis to 75.00 Cedis. If you are going by public transportation, you can just pick a trotro heading towards Kasoa; alight at the barrier; cross the road and head to the Kokrobite Taxi station and alight at Abena W) Ha Spot or Israel Enterprise at Oshiye – Kokrobite. This should cost you less than 10.00 Cedis.

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The Place:

Iroko Beach Villas is a large architect-designed modern timber-framed beach house with four bedrooms (3 doubles and 1 twin) all with modern on-suit bathrooms and balconies. There is a huge open-plan living area (plus a large outside deck), a modern kitchen, and a barbeque area making the house ideal for entertaining. The large garden has a decked path onto the beach and an outside shower. The ocean views and sounds are uninterrupted, as is the 24-hour cooling sea breeze. The house comes with a 24-hour watchman and a housekeeper; internet and it is family friendly.

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The Environs: 

Kokrobite beach is a fantastic place to relax, but yet still within easy distance of the city and airport. The local bars and restaurants, which are a short walk along the beach, are starting to develop an interesting music scene, especially at the weekends. There is the beach right outside the door; a few local bars and restaurants a short walk along the beach; the Kokrobite Gardens; a large international supermarket chain 10 minutes drive away; a go-kart place about 20 minutes drive away; bojo beach etc.

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Getting around:

Local taxis can be waved down and are cheap and plentiful and are fine for short journeys, but tend to be a little small and warm for longer journeys.

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The Activities:

Depending on what your reasons are for visiting and the group you are with, here are some activities I can recommend.

  • Visit the Kokrobite Gardens
  • Visit the Kokrobite Academy of African Music and Arts
  • Reggae Night at Big Milly’s Backyard
  • Go-kart racing
  • Go swimming
  • Sunbathe
  • Evening and early morning strolls
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset
  • Have a bonfire night and barbeque
  • Play beach soccer
  • Do some yoga in the open air
  • Go jogging or running along the shores
  • Watch the fishermen cast / draw their nets
  • Stay home and play some board games / cards
  • Dine on some fresh seafood
  • Take some amazing photographs and videos
  • Laze about in swimsuits

If you are looking at getting away from the busy city life for a weekend or for the Christmas holidays, then I highly recommend Iroko Beach Villas.

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