Inagbe Grand Resort & Leisure beckons on leisure seekers, tourists
Inagbe Grand Resort and Leisure, one of the leading Resorts South West of Nigeria and the first of its kind in Lagos recently unveiled its Explore Card for corporate clients, tourists and other Nigerians aimed at simplifying bookings and opening of the tourism industry in Lagos and Nigeria in general.
The Resort is beckoning on leisure seekers and tourists, both Nigerians elites and non elites, including the expatriate’s communities and other foreigners to make good of their holidays by choosing from a selection of its fully furnished contemporary chalets for that exceptional stay where every detail is thought to perfection.
The Explore Card offers the clients opportunity to accumulate points while at the resort using its facilities like lodging, gym, massaging, horse riding, food and beverages, boat cruise and tour, children fun games, business meetings, parties and others.
The points are accumulated in three categories with a point equivalent to N2.00 and a minimum of 25,000 points equivalent to about N50,000 and a maximum of 100,000 points.
The explore card simplifies booking and removes the stress and risk of carrying cash about at the resort for clients who want to experience leisure at a typical getaway in a natural and tranquil environment with cool and unpolluted breeze.
Speaking recently during a media briefing at the Resort, the chief executive officer of Gran Imperio Group, Adeyeye Ogunwusi disclosed that the product is not only for the elites but also for other Nigerians who will stand the opportunity of accumulating points through their patronage.
Ogunwusi noted that the Explore Card is a scheme that is tested and trusted which will provide an individualized service designed around clients’ lifestyle and preferences.
He stated that the explore card is a form of loyalty card where a customer can accumulate points which will invariably afford the clients the opportunity to explore nature, experience romantic dinner at the floating lounge and other services at the resort at a discounted rate.
We are trying to replicate this resort all over the country, North, South, East and West, looking at states with comparative advantage. We are looking at replicating this resort in Osun and Abuja for now and other parts of the country. Here we want to make coconut butter from coconuts, milk at our factory at the resort where our chairs are made locally using the coconut wood, we want to manufacture everything to be used here at the resort locally to enhance the economic value of this area, Ogunwusi said.
In his words, “considering the high cost of travelling abroad to Europe, America and other countries to experience something like this, one can save all that cost and experience nature at it best at Inagbe Resort for the whole family as we have different packages for the children and adults, this is a non oil sector of the economy that is going to boom, countries like The Gambia, South Africa and others depend on tourism for survival and growth. Here the foreign tourists are coming in droves.”
Inabge Grand Resort and Leisure is not only about leisure and exploration but also creating employment through manufacturing of quality products made locally with local materials.
According to Ogunwusi, most of the products used at the resort are manufactured locally, like tissue paper, the cain chairs, the glass doors, windows and others. The only things at the resort that are imported are the television, air conditioners and fridges.
He said: “There are lots of other things you can do, we provide an individualized services around your life style and preferences because we understand that everyone has different tastes. There is no maintenance charges, no extra charges, the value of your points is what you spend at the resort plus up to 50 percent discount on all bookings. 100,000points and above gets you up to 50 percent discount, 50,000to 99,000 points gets you up to 30 percent discount, 10,000 to 49,000 points gets up to 10 percent discount as all booking are subject to availability.”
This is a perfect resort for corporate clients and other Nigerians which is suitable for marriage, marriage proposal, party, family reunion and get together, for seminars and workshops as the resort has a multi- purpose hall that can accommodate over 1200 guest and a floating lounge that can accommodate 250 persons. The Resort has hosted companies like Nestle, KPMG, Indomie and others as we also gear up to host the African international film festival, Ogunwusi added.
He disclosed that that the resort has 130 rooms with 86 of the rooms facing the lagoon and 44 facing the Atlantic which is more expansive than the rooms facing the lagoon.
At the resort, we experience seasonal patronage, is a bit slow during rainy season and this period of Ramadan, the peak period is around November and December, more so, the points expire two years after subscription while it is preferable for 48 hours booking notice to be given ahead, the chief executive officer of Gran Imperio Group emphasised.
A visit around the resort showed the workers in the factory working on the chairs with the woods from the coconut trees which are cut down and new ones planted, especially the old coconut trees.
The resort has 18 hole golf course under construction, two helipads for helicopters and small aircraft to land for those who may prefer to come to the resort on air, ready boats at designated points that will bring clients to the resort with little charges around N7000 or slightly higher.
On the challenges facing the resort, Ogunwusi explained that the problem of power is one of their major challenges as the resort spends 10 million naira monthly on power.
The resort also has a plastic recycling plant and other environmentally friendly industries which employs 80 people from the surrounding communities.
The villagers here are tapping palm wine so we have everything here, both the international and local drinks, we have lots palm trees and coco nut trees planted naturally here, he said.
On his experience before coming into resort and leisure business, Ogunwusi added that” am a real a state developer, for you to set up a resort like this; you have to be a real estate developer as well because that is one other components of real estate developing.
The entire projects in different phases is estimated to cost like 300 million dollars when completed, is a gradual thing, the golf course is going on , 18 hole golf course, is an ongoing project we are using Nigerians to train other Nigerians on how a golf course should be built, we have done more than 40 percent of the entire project. Is an ongoing projects, it took a year of intensive work to get to this level we are now.”
He maintained that, “we want to start the one in Osun by the end of the year the one in Abuja, Niger state Kaduna border by the end of the year concurrently by the time we stabilize this by the first quarter of this year by that time we have stabilised this one, then we will move on to the one in Osun and Abuja and after we will move to other parts of the country because Nigeria must develop that is why we are spreading out, that is what am saying, the country must be developed by us and not by foreigners”
Inagbe Grand Resort and Leisure, a natural landscape graced with tranquility and peaceful atmosphere is located just 15 minutes away from Victoria Island, Banana Island and Ikoyi within a friendly community rich in culture and history of ancient Lagos monarchy which is home to the Esinmikan Royal Family.
Here guest can experience a warm reception while enjoying the intriguing views of the brilliant landscaped garden complemented with fountains and the Lagos Lagoons, one is conveyed to his suite including a wonderful evening at a classical floating events platform and a floating restaurant overlooking the lagoon with its unforgettable unique effect.