With the present state of our economy, everyone has become price-conscious, especially when it involves spending on trivial things like ‘flexing.’ Many of us make plans to hang out with friends or family, but at the end of the day, we don’t get to act on the plan due to our tight budget. Sometimes, we have resolved within ourselves that hanging out in Lagos, especially, is for the ‘creme de la creme,’ so we tend to rule out the one place we have been dying to visit: the infamous beach resorts in Lekki.
Well, we bring you good news from the ‘only for the people’s desk’ of Honeyland Beach Resort. We know you want to ‘trabaye’ and document beautiful memories. Basically, everyone likes capturing good content of themselves and the places they visit. So, what do you say about us sharing with you the secrets to having a fun-filled, budget-friendly time at any of the beautiful beach resorts in Lekki? Don’t worry; this post is not just about us. You can always count on us to provide you with the most pleasurable experience in your journey of enjoyment as a citizen of Lagos. Even if you are not originally an indigene, you still identify as a citizen as long as you are living with us.
It is a known fact that Lekki, a vibrant and overpriced area in Lagos, Nigeria, is famous for its stunning beaches and coastal culture. So, if you are planning a beach vacation here, you are in for a sweet treat. However, like any travel destination, it is important to ensure that you get the most value for your money. In this blog, we will explore how you can maximize your Lekki beach resort experience without killing the bank.
Follow These Steps To Enjoy Value For Your Money At Beach Resorts In Lekki
1. Do Your Research And Have A Comprehensive Plan Ahead
One of the key steps to getting value for your money at beach resorts in Lekki is thorough research and planning. You don’t want to blindly leave the house without proper planning because you just want to have fun right? Even if you do that, it might hit you badly on the foot. So, start by writing out your proposed budget and what you are looking for in a beach resort. Do you want an all-inclusive experience, or are you more interested in a budget-friendly stay with access to the beach? We know you must be thinking about the all-inclusive package, afterall, who no like better things?
Look for beach resorts that align with your preferences and budget. Utilize travel websites, forums, and social media groups for reviews and recommendations from fellow travelers who have visited the resort. Reading about others’ experiences can provide valuable insights and help you make an informed decision.
2. Consider The Off-Peak Season
We know the need to relax and enjoy yourself can come spontaneously but you really need to consider the season for a good reason. Beach resorts in Lekki are jam packed during the dry season, which normally span from November to March. While this time offers beautiful weather, it can also mean higher prices and crowded beaches. To enjoy a full, uninterrupted beach resort experience in Lagos, you need to consider visiting during the off-peak season.
During the rainy season, from April to October, you might find lower accommodation rates and fewer tourists. Please don’t let the resorts’ management know we just told you this secret; it should remain between us. Plus, the lush greenery and occasional rain showers can add a unique charm to your beach getaway.
3. Compare And Weigh Resort Options
If Lekki was a woman, her bride price would probably be up in the sky because she offers a variety of side attractions, including beach resorts, each offering different amenities and price points. Don’t be in a haste to choose anything available, don’t be the type that says ‘when the desirable becomes unavailable, the unavailable becomes desirable’. No, don’t do that, take the time to compare these options to find the best desirable value for your money. Some beach resorts in Lekki may include meals, water sports, or spa treatments in their packages, which can make a significant difference in your overall expenses.
Ensure you create a comprehensive list of resorts that catch your eye and compare their prices, inclusions, and guest reviews. Don’t forget to check if they have any ongoing promotions or discounts for booking in advance.
4. Prioritize Must-Have Amenities
Now this is a very crucial thing you must note, take a pen and write it down at the back of your note. When choosing a beach resort, identify your must-have amenities and focus on those. This will help you avoid overspending on features you may not use. It prevents you from doing what shopaholics would call ‘impulsive buying.’ If your top priority is beach access, look for resorts that offer private or easy beachfront access. If you are traveling with family, consider resorts with family-friendly facilities like kids’ clubs or playgrounds.
By narrowing down your priorities, you can make a more cost-effective choice that aligns with your preferences.
5. Meal Planning
We all know that the main road to a man’s heart is through his stomach. You also wouldn’t want to book a beach resort that serves shitty food. Food expenses can quickly add up during a vacation. While dining at the resort’s restaurants can be convenient, it’s often more expensive. To save money, consider the following meal planning strategies:
All-Inclusive Packages: Some beach resorts in Lekki offer all-inclusive packages that include meals. While these packages may seem pricier upfront, they can be cost-effective if you plan to eat most of your meals at the resort.
Local Eateries: Venture outside the beach resort to explore local restaurants and street food vendors. Not only will this give you a taste of authentic Nigerian cuisine, but it’s often more budget-friendly.
Grocery Shopping: If your resort has kitchen facilities or you are staying in a vacation rental, consider buying groceries and preparing some meals yourself. This can significantly reduce your food expenses.
Or better still bring your own food along, saves you a lot of stress and cost. You can thank us later.
6. Transportation Options
We know how crazy commuting in Lagos is, especially with the fuel subsidy removal that has caused inflation. So, you need to consider and plan your movement to and from the beach resort because it is definitely going to impact your overall expenses. To get value for your money, explore the following transportation options:
Public Transport: Lagos has a network of buses and ferries that can be more budget-friendly than taxis. However, be prepared for potentially crowded and slower travel.
New Train Service: If you haven’t used the latest addition to the list of amazing things in Lagos, the train, then we reckon you seize this opportunity to do so. Train transportation can give you more flexibility and potentially save on transportation costs.
Ride-Sharing Services: Companies like Uber and Bolt operate in Lagos, offering a convenient and often cost-effective way to get around.
Trekking: We are not suggesting you trek all the way from the mainland to Lekki, lol (if you believe you can, then there is probably a spot for you on the Guinness book of records). What we are saying in essence is that if you choose a resort near the beach and local attractions, walking can be a pleasant and free mode of transportation.
7. Explore New Places And Free Activities
Lekki offers more than just its beautiful beaches. Explore the area’s beautiful side attractions and free activities to make the most of your vacation without spending extra:
Lekki Conservation Centre: This lush nature reserve offers a canopy walkway and the chance to see monkeys and other wildlife. Entrance fees are reasonable, and it’s a great way to spend a few hours in nature.
Lekki Arts and Crafts Market: Stroll through this market to shop for souvenirs and local crafts. Bargaining is common, so don’t be afraid to negotiate prices.
Tarkwa Bay Beach: Take a short boat ride to Tarkwa Bay Beach, a less crowded alternative to the main beaches in Lekki.
Beachcombing and Sunset Watching: Enjoy the simple pleasures of walking along the shoreline, collecting seashells, and watching breathtaking sunsets—all of which are free.
8. Keep Eyes Out For Package Deals And Promotions
Keep an eye out for package deals and promotions offered by beach resorts in Lekki, travel agencies, or booking platforms. These deals can include discounts on accommodation, meals, and activities bundled together, providing excellent value for your money.
Subscribing to newsletters or following travel websites and social media accounts related to Lekki can help you stay informed about the latest deals and promotions.
9. Negotiate When Possible
Don’t be afraid to negotiate with resorts, especially if you are booking directly. Depending on the time of year and occupancy rates, they may be willing to offer a discount or additional perks to secure your reservation. Here at Honeyland Beach Resort, we give the best discount services to visitors and returning clients. You should check out our available services that best suit your needs.
10. Review and Adjust Your Budget
Throughout your stay in Lekki, periodically review your budget to ensure you’re staying on track. If you find that you’re overspending in one area, adjust your spending in another to maintain balance. You need to be your own accountant.
By following these tips and strategies, you can make the most of your beach resort experience in Lekki while staying within your budget. Remember that getting value for your money isn’t just about spending less; it’s about optimizing your spending to get the most out of the beach resorts in Lekki.