In Person Lodging Evaluation: 4.88 out of 5
Eco-tourism Lodging Rating: 2.69 out of 5
This resort is probably one of the largest and nicest beach resorts outside of Accra. Typically they are not know for prescribing to the ecotourism crowd and have not done as much as some of their smaller equivalents on the Western Coast of Ghana. But for a high end establishment they have done some things to be more responsible, but they still have the lowest score of any of the establishments that we evaluated in Ghana.
This resort is on the outskirts of Axim which does not have a lot of offerings to tourists, other than the fort and beaches; much like many of the other coastal communities in Ghana. Being an upper end resort though Axim Beach Resort has attracted many customers for weekends away from work in Takaradi, which has now become a oil boom town to expat oil industry workers which is another reason they have not done more to be more eco-attractive. That being said the level of comfort that Axim offers is far beyond many other places. Its location also offers great access by road to many of the other sites in the western region being that it is not too far off the main Elubo road and there is only about 1km of unpaved road from Axim to its front gate.
Part of the comfort comes from its size and the options that are available because of this. You could have the option of dinning up on the hill near the main lodge or down beach side. The ocean view buffet in the morning is definitely a perk also. You can choose to have your own self-contained bungalow suite, or a self-contained room in a motel type building like many US hotel/motels. But be prepared for the hum of AC coming from most of the room and even the unmistakable sound of a television which you have not previously missed on your trip to Ghana where there is so much entertainment beyond a glowing box. If you choose to exercise all of your options here you will truly be exercised walking down to the beach and then back up the hill to the main lodge and rooms could give your legs quite the workout. One of the other highlights of this place is the beautiful detail that went into the rooms from the nice stone work in the floors and then handmade rock mosaics in the showers and bathrooms. The rooms, facilities, and landscape are also meticulously maintained and cleaned.
On a good day the food and service will be perfect, but even with the size and the beauty of this place there have been reports of less than stellar service and meals. The downside is that with a very nice place like this meals that you can get elsewhere will be about the same in quality here but more expensive. The reports are all over the board on service and meals and I guess it is up to you to decide for yourself. The views while dinning though will be un-paralleled.
One of the most obvious examples of where Axim Beach Hotel is working to be more Eco-friendly is that you will see the unmistakable solar hot water heaters above a number of the buildings. They are also actively involved in turtle conservation on their beautiful white sand beaches. They collect the eggs after they are laid and keep them higher up the beach in protected areas, after hatching they are collected and kept until a safe time to release the hatch-lings into the water at night.
In person Evaluation
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Below are the tours where you can stay at Axim Beach Resort as an option.
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