The reward at the end of the 4-hour-journey from Lagos is a set of cream-coloured edifices locked in the centre of a winding trail. The high rising green canopies of rain forest vegetation surrounding the area may remind a wondering mind of fairy tale castles in the forest. The seven national flags ― Ghana, South Africa, China, USA, Britain, France and Canada― standing gingerly alongside Nigeria’s green-white-green above the reception suggest that it is a facility with international recognition.
Welcome to Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort.
No. “Warm spring” is not just an epithet for the resort; the name originates from the 70 degrees Celsius spring which flows alongside another spring, a cold one, eventually mixing at a confluence into 37 degrees Celsius warm spring. This natural wonder is located in a small town of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State Nigeria.
Apart from the serenity and natural appeal that makes the warm spring a preferred destination for local and international tourists alike, the 91-room accommodation facilities will raise a vacationer’s desire to visit and revisit the destination.
The ease of reaching the spring area, the gym and the swimming pool from the accommodation facility is worthy of note. For tourists preferring to walk, a winding footbridge flanked on both sides by natural tropical lianas and trees, while snaking past a simple but well-equipped clinic and a bush bar would do the magic. The service of several golf cars can be commandeered by tourists so desiring.
The gym is fairly well-equipped too, to meet the needs of even the most ardent enthusiast.
If you visited the warm spring before year 2013, you definitely would appreciate the beauty of upgrading. The swimming area now has two separate pools, one for adults and the other for young ones. The only downside is that the pools are not Olympic size, but who needs an Olympic-size swimming pool when the water is warm and flowing?
There are different cadres of room ― Deluxe Standard, Exclusive Standard, Exclusive Double, Executive Lodge, Executive Suite, and Presidential Lodge ― differentiated by space, as the names suggest, but they all afford occupants 24-hour uninterrupted access to Wi-Fi at no extra cost.
The 320-seating-capacity amphitheatre would appeal to live theatre producers and fans alike, while corporate organisations looking for a suitable location for trainings or conferences would find the 150-seater Chalet with marble finish and the 500-seater conference hall worthy of consideration.
Culinary prowess is also to be commended especially when it comes to pounded yam, reputed as the special cuisine of the Ekiti people.
However, those who look forward to savouring the whole rustic experience with its “natural juice,” the palm wine, may be disappointed as the bush bar is rarely manned. Notwithstanding, Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort is a destination worth visiting.