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Does the daily struggle of Lagos, Nigeria make you want to hop on a plane for a weekend getaway? No need! With more of the populace rushing back to the most populous city in Africa for the Christmas holidays, it can only mean one thing, traffic, full bars, long queues and tight spaces, not fun right? If you’re itching for some respite from this day-to-day struggle, we’ve got the perfect solution for you, a staycation! There’s no better form of therapy, especially during this time of the year as it’s an opportunity to retreat, mentally regroup and rediscover the magic that makes locals and visitors alike fall in love with this vibrant metropolis. So while the “I Just Got Back’s” begin their annual migration, consider rewarding yourself with an urban staycation instead. Trust you will find yourself falling in love with Lagos all over again.

While it may feel strange to book a room in the city where you live and work, sometimes staring at four (beautifully decorated) walls that aren’t yours is just what you need to refresh the spirits. (Having a fully stocked mini-bar and ah-mazing en-suite bathroom can’t hurt, either). So, rent a suite, pamper your sore muscles with a Thai massage, order room service and relax at any of these hotels in Las Gidi.

NO. 1: Intercontinental Hotel Lagos

Intercontinental Hotel Lagos is a 5-Star hotel lying in the popular high-brow area of Lagos, Victoria Island. With a splendid view of the city and exquisite suites, it’s the perfect place to unwind. With a world-class spa, you can use your staycation wisely with a much needed facial and after, lounge by the outdoor pool. You’ve also got four restaurants that serve local and continental meals and a personal favourite, the Milano Restaurant offers a fine Italian experience while the Ekaabo restaurant serves a buffet of Nigerian, Italian, Chinese and Indian specialities. When you’re done, enjoy cocktails at the Ariya Terrace and your weekend is complete!

No. 2: Rennaisance Hotel

The Renaissance Lagos in Ikeja is certainly one to explore. The new hotel boasts first-class contemporary loft suites for that relaxing stay you really need. Their popular Steakhouse Cut restaurant should be on your cravings list while you burn it all at their 24-hour fitness centre. The outdoor pool with a view of the city is also just as relaxing and you can visit the Iyeru Okin restaurant after, and while enjoying the architectural beauty of the hotel you can have drinks at the bar. Whats even better, some rooms have a sauna…youre welcome.

No. 3: Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel

This stunning masterpiece of a hotel was styled by famous Swedish hospitality designer, Christian Lundwall, the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel is perfectly perched along the waterfront area of Victoria Island, the business hub of the city. Your stay should definitely include a night at the lounge, which offers a unique view of Lagos Lagoon. With this, your staycation is complete with their cardiovascular gym, massage room, outdoor infinity swimming pool and sauna.

No. 4: The George Hotel

Situated in the affluent vicinity of Ikoyi, the George Hotel provides you with exceptional levels of luxury in a serene environment. Its amazingly alluring structures and lodging facilities are decorated with lush essence, adding a western feel to the entire experience. It boasts facilities like a swimming pool, a terrace, fitness centre and a cocktail bar. The George also has the Da Vinci Bar & Restaurant where local and continental cuisines, professionally handled by seasoned chefs are served.

No. 5: The Wheatbaker Hotel

The Wheatbaker Hotel is also elegantly nestled in the serene and highbrow area of Ikoyi and is just perfect for your staycation. With 2 bars, a grill room and deli, this staycation is not for the fit fam lady. There’s also a snack bar and a coffee shop to fully satisfy all your cravings!