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Labadi Beach Hotel, a gateway and getaway

Article - September 13, 2012
Despite recent setbacks in the global economy, businessmen and tourists alike are flying to the Ghanaian coast and landing at the Labadi Beach Hotel, voted the best hotel in all of West Africa two years running
THE HOTEL IS SET AMIDST TROPICAL LANDSCAPED GARDENS AND OVERLOOKS LABADI BEACH
The Labadi Beach Hotel is located very near the capital of Accra. As the center of a country with the second fastest growing economy of 2011 in terms of GDP, Accra is a burgeoning market ideal for investors and anyone else looking to do business in Ghana. It also offers ample opportunity to experience the region’s rich culture and diversity by visiting the National Museum, seeing a performance at the National Theater, spending the afternoon at the Makola Market, or going fishing at the port in Jamestown.

Whatever their plans in Accra may be, General Manager Adrian Landry invites travelers to make themselves at home at the Labadi Beach Hotel, where he and his staff have managed to combine the quality and luxury of a world-class resort with their own Ghanaian history and culture in mind.

The LAbadi Beach Hotel is a “haven and oasis of peace away from the city”.

ADRIAN LANDRY,
General Manager of Labadi
Beach Hotel

More than feeling welcomed and at home in the hotel, Mr. Landry wants every guest to leave with a “positive feeling about Ghana”. He believes the hotel’s success has resulted from each employee “feeling proud of [his] heritage, traditions, and history”, and seeing himself as “an ambassador for Ghana”. This attitude is reflected in everything, from the decor to the exceptional service the staff provides.

The Labadi Beach Hotel is designed to reflect the rich traditional culture and customs of Ghana. Mr. Landry says, “Each suite is named after one of the original landowners or chiefs from the area.” The traditional adinkra symbols from the Ghanaian Adinkrahene, which are also incorporated into the hotel design, take the authentic feel to a new level. 

In addition to impressive aesthetic designs, the hotel’s location has allowed for the creation of “a haven and oasis of peace away from the city.” The property contains numerous beautiful gardens, palm trees and natural growth, and is home to a variety of natural wildlife. The Labadi beach is private and considered the cleanest in the area. It is serviced by a wait staff, and free of hagglers for guests’ convenience. The hotel itself offers, among many other amenities, a fitness center, spa, and meeting facilities, which are soon to undergo renovation. The fitness center will be totally refurbished, the spa will gain international status, and the conference room will seat 400 attendees. 

The hotel’s policy of sustainability will be improved upon with the renovations. All of the furniture will continue to be imported and made of wood from renewable forests. According to Mr. Landry, at Labadi Beach Hotel they “strive to have the lowest possible impact on the property and the environment.” This means they also make use of chemicals that are ISO accredited, recycle grey water, and work to conserve energy with heat pumps and LED lights that all help reduce their carbon footprint.

In short, for those looking to Africa for a business venture or new experience, the Labadi Beach Hotel offers both a gateway and a getaway.

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