Jara Beach Resort [JBR] is a new and a nice resort located at “Jara Beach Resort, Museyo Beach, Eleko, Lotu Street, Off Lekki Free Trade Zone Road, Lagos”. Its doors opened in the November of 2019.
Jara is owned and managed by an expat couple living in Nigeria. And the husband [Mark Slade] is a national of the United Kingdom.
Talking about their qualifications,
Mark Slade was born into the United Kingdom hospitality industry, and he has worked in Nigeria for over a decade. As for the wife [Millie Slade], she worked in the aviation industry for over a decade.
In terms of luxury,
Jara is a really nice place. It ranks higher than the vast majority of the resorts in Lagos. Although, I won’t consider Jara a good match for the likes of Jubilee Chalets.
JBR is a place I’ll confidently recommend, if you’re interested in any of the following —
- Spending your day at a beachside;
- Spending your night at a beachside;
- Hosting a business retreat at a beachside;
- Hosting a private party at a beachside;
- Hosting a wedding party at a beachside; and
- Taking/recording a professional photo/video shoot at a beachside.
If you’ll like to learn more about the resort, stick with me till the end of this content.
To spend time at JBR, you’re going to have to buy “a visit package”. Those things are not officially called visit packages, but thinking about them like visit packages makes it easy to wrap your head around the complexity of the details.
The following are the visit packages sold at Jara Beach Resort, and you’re of course expected to choose whichever suits you best —
- The day visit package;
- The over-night stay package;
- The business retreat package;
- The private party visit package;
- The wedding package; and
- The professional photo/video shoot package.
Package 1: The day visit package
The day visit package [DVP], is a package that’s suitable for the people who’ll like to spend just the day at JRB.
When you buy this package, you’ll be allowed to have fun at the resort between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm.
The day visit package is an all-inclusive package. This means that, once you pay for it, you won’t have to further pay for other things like foods, drinks, games, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, etc.
The DVP costs N22,500, for a person who intends taking a non-alcoholic drink. If you’re the type who’ll prefer to take an alcoholic drink, N32,500 is instead what you’ll have to pay.
It is possible to bring other people along with you, if you’re willing to pay extra. And the following are the costs for bringing other people along —
|TYPE OF PERSON||COST|
|1||First two kids between 0 and 5 years old||Free|
|2||More kids between 0 and 5 years old||N12,600 / kid|
|3||Kids between 6 and 17 years old||N12,600 / kid|
|4||Other adults [who’ll take non-alcoholic drinks]||N22,500 / adult|
|5||Other adults [who’ll take alcoholic drinks]||N32,500 / adult|
|6||Nannies||N15,750 / nanny|
During some special seasons [e.g. Christmas, New year], the price for the day visit package gets slightly higher.
I’ll recommend that you should make a reservation at least 2 days before the day you intend visiting. For instance, if you intend visiting on a Friday, you should make a reservation before the end of the Tuesday immediately before it.
There is a limit to how many people can visit JBR per day [20 persons per day]. So to be among the 20 people who’ll be allowed in for that day you intend coming, consider buying your package as early as you can.
For an adult who’ll prefer to take an alcoholic drink, your package will get you a common alcoholic drink [at no additional cost], but it’s further possible to get a more-expensive alcohol drink, if you don’t mind paying extra.
The following are the details of the more expensive alcohols available —
|5||Premium red win||N15,000|
|9||Premium white wine||N15,000|
You are required to make a reservation at least 2 days before your visit, this doesn’t necessarily apply to the expensive alcohols you may further wish to buy. All the other additional alcohols can be paid for when you are at the resort.
We have curated a small, but memorable range of champagnes, wines and spirits – available to be purchased during your stay via POS or bank transfer (JARA is a completely cashless resort).
Package 2: The over-night stay package
The over-night stay package [OSP], as the name implies, is a package suitable for someone who’ll like to pass their night at JBR [1 pm — 11 am of the following day].
The OSP is an all-inclusive package.
There are 9 rooms available at the JBR. And to pass a night at any of these rooms, you’re required to make a reservation in advance. You’re expected to book at least 2 days before the day of your visit.
There are two types of accommodation available at JBR — the standard room and the family room.
The standard room
The standard room is an accommodation type meant to be occupied by 1 or 2 persons.
There are a total of 5 standard rooms at Jara.
The standard rooms are all oceanfront accommodations.
In a standard room,
You’ll find the things you’ll expect to see in a good 4-star hotel accommodation. Being elaborate, you’ll find things like TV, Wi-Fi, shampoo, etc.
The cost of spending a night is N135,000, for a single person, for two people, the cost is N150,000.
For the people who’ll be spending multiple nights, you’ll get discounts —
- 2 nights give a 5-per-cent discount;
- 3 nights give a 10-per-cent discount; and
- 4 nights or more give a 15-per-cent discount.
A standard room is ordinarily expected to be occupied by 2 adults at most, but JBR is willing to accommodate 2 additional kids between the ages of 0 and 5 [at no cost].
The family room
The family room is an accommodation type that’s suitable for a family that won’t find the standard room suitable.
There are a total of 4 family rooms.
A family room is meant to be occupied by 3 people of any age, but 2 additional people can be allowed, if you’re willing to pay extra.
For any additional person between the ages of 0 and 5, there will be no cost; for any additional person between the ages of 6 and 17, N35,000 is needed; and for any additional person that’s 18 years or above, N50,000 will be needed.
Talking about the sleeping arrangement, there are going to be a king-size bed [double bed] and a 2-step bunk. The lower bed of the bunk is a “4 x 1-foot” bed, while the upper bed of the bunk is a “3 x 1-foot” bed.
A discount will be available on a family room, if you’ll be staying for multiple nights. The following are details about the discounts —
- 2 nights give a 5-per-cent discount;
- 3 nights give a 10-per-cent discount; and
- 4 nights and more give a 15-per-cent discount.
The discounts mentioned above won’t be applied to the additional fee to be paid for accommodating more than 3 people.
It is possible to rent out all the 9 rooms at Jara Beach Resort.
If you rent out all the rooms at JRB, you’ll be getting a discount.
For an all-room reservation,
For 1 or 2 nights, you’ll get a 10-per-cent discount on “the amount you’ll ordinarily have to pay without any discount already applied”. For a 3-or-more-nights reservation, you’ll get a 15-per-cent discount.
Not only is it possible to rent out all the rooms at Jara, it is further possible to pay JBR to have the whole resort exclusively to yourself, for the day(s) you’ll spend. One of the things that this implies is that, if you pay for exclusivity, no “day visit package” will be sold for the day(s) you paid for.
Driver and nanny
If you’ll like your driver and/or nanny to come along but can’t afford to cough out a lot of cash for their accommodation, JBR has something for you. JBR allows the driver and/or the nanny of a customer to stay at its dedicated staff quarters, if the customer is willing to pay a little extra.
N15,000 is the amount needed to have your driver stay at Jara’s dedicated staff quarters.
Allowing a driver to stay at the staff quarters only means that, a sleeping space as well as other basic things will be provided to the driver. When it comes to feeding, this will have to be paid for.
6 pm is the time a driver will be allowed into the staff quarters, and by 9 am, they are expected to have exited the quarters.
JBR can offer a less-expensive accommodation for a customer’s driver, but this isn’t guaranteed to be always available, as this accommodation is subject to availability.
A customer’s nanny can be allowed to stay at Jara’s staff quarters, if the customer is willing to pay an additional N30,000.
While both a driver and a nanny can be allowed to stay at the quarters, a nanny will be treated more like a customer, compared to a driver.
JBR can offer a less-expensive accommodation for a customer’s nanny, but this isn’t guaranteed to be always available, as this accommodation is subject to availability.
Early check-in and late check-out
The standard check-in time at Jara Beach Resort is 1 pm, while the standard check-out time 11 am. However, it’s possible to check in earlier and/or check out late than you ordinarily should.
If you’re willing to pay an additional 35-per-cent of what your accommodation costs, you can be allowed to check-in as early as 9 am [instead of 1 pm].
If checking out late [by as late as 4 pm, instead of 11 am] is what you’ll prefer, you can also get that, by paying an additional 35-per-cent of your accommodation cost.
Note that, early check-ins and late check-outs are subject to availability. In other words, it’s only a day before your arrival that you can confirm whether an early check-in and/or a late check-out will be available.
Foods and drinks
As stated above,
Whatever you pay covers your feeding [3 square meals/day], during your time at the resort.
And trust me,
The foods offered at Jara are among the most delicious I’ve ever tasted from any Lagos resort. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the head chef at JBR is a highly-experienced chef who has specialized in African, Asian, French, Italian, Mediterranean, and Mexican cuisines for several years.
As regards hygiene,
I believe there’s nothing to worry about, because not only are they hygienic at the resort, also I don’t know of anyone who has ever had any stomach upset from eating their foods.
Your payment further covers the cost of drinks. You’ll be offered something soft, but for the people who prefer alcohols, you’ll of course be offered something alcoholic.
If the alcohol given to you isn’t satisfactory and you’ll like something nicer, this won’t be a problem, if you’re also willing to pay extra.
Our Premium Collection is available to any guest wishing to make their stay extra-special. We have curated a small, but memorable range of champagne, wines and spirits – available to be purchased during your stay…
The following are the more expensive alcohols you can get, as well as their prices —
|5||Premium red wine||N15,000|
|9||Premium white wine||N15,000|
As regards what time meals are served, lunch is served between 1 pm and 3 pm, dinner is served between 7 pm and 9 pm, and breakfast [for the next day] is served between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.
The following are the menu for lunch, dinner, and breakfast —
LUNCH — 1 pm to 3 pm
|ADULTS||Caesar salad; with or without chicken||Classic Caesar salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light Caesar dressing|
|Greek salad||A Mediterranean classic with veggies and olives, served with a zesty dressing and crumbled feta|
|Jollof rice and Jara special chicken||A twist on Nigeria’s finest [lots of spice, lots of rice and plantain], topped with spicy grilled chicken|
|Mark’s mighty beef burger; with potato wedges||A hand-formed patty, grilled medium-well — served with melted mozzarella, caramelized onions, jalapenos and BBQ sauce|
|Millie’s spicy shrimp pasta||Chilli-infused tomato sauce covered spaghetti, loaded with shrimp, served with Parmesan|
|Pesto pasta; with or without chicken||Italian-style pasta with freshly-made pesto sauce, served with grated Parmesan, grilled chicken breast optional|
|Tuna toastie; with crisps||Tuna, sweetcorn, and mayo toasted panini-style with homemade salted potato crisps|
|CHILDREN||Fish fingers and Fries||–|
|Sausage and Mash||–|
DINNER: 7 pm to 9 pm
Dinner is not a single dish meal.
This meal is rather a full-course meal featuring an appetizer dish, a main dish, and a dessert dish.
For those who are new to this, this simply means instead of being served just 1 dish, you’ll be served 3 different dishes, one-after-the-other.
|APPETIZER||Eleko special pepper soup||Prawns, Efinrin oil, and Whitefish|
|Lagos orange salad||Quinoa, Orange segments, Garden tomato, Chicken [optional]|
|Seared fish and potatoes||Potato rostii, Carrot puree, Dill salsa|
|MAIN||Beer battered fish and Chips||Whitefish, Tartar sauce, and Peas|
|Beef stroganoff||Served with mash potatoes|
|Chicken curry||Shredded chicken served spicy, with basmati rice|
|Garlic butter pasta and Seared chicken||Tagliatelle, Basil, and Parsley|
|Goat banga||Braised goat, Yam puree, and Efinrin|
|DESSERT||Chocolate cake||Red currant, and Vanilla ice cream|
|Deconstructed apple crumble||Roasted apple, Cranberry, and Sweet cream|
|Ice cream [vanilla]||Toppings — Chocolate, Caramel, and Nuts|
BREAKFAST: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
|1||Babu British||1 x Egg your way, 1 x Cumberland sausage, 1 x rasher of bacon, Baked beans, 1 x toast (mushrooms and Grilled tomatoes on request)|
|2||Bacon and Egg toasty||Crispy bacon, soft runny sunny side up eggs, served with HP or Tomato sauce|
|3||Big British||2 x Eggs your way, 2 x Cumberland sausages, 2 x rashers of bacon, Baked beans, 2 x toast (mushrooms and Grilled tomatoes on request)|
|4||Granola||Served with yoghurt and fruits|
|5||Nigerian scrambled||Spicy scrambled eggs with yam|
|6||Oats and cereal||A variety of options, ask your concierge for today’s selection|
|7||Pancakes||A stack of fluffy pancakes – plain, blueberry or banana options. Served with honey, butter or maple syrup|
|8||Scrambled eggs||A simple light option, served with toast|
I should add that,
If you opt-in for — an early check-in, a late check-out, or a combination of both — you’ll also be served additional meals for those periods, without having to pay for them.
If you should opt-in for an early check-in, you’ll get to eat — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breakfast [for the second day].
While the meals served should be enough for most people, there is room for those who want more.
But to get more food, you’ll have to pay.
Still hungry? Pricing for food items, ordered outside of the all-inclusive food offering – priced per portion (inc TAX and service charge), can be found below:
The following are details of the additional foods you can get —
|1||BBQ skewer and Fries||N6,000|
|2||Big British breakfast||N7,500|
|4||Chicken lap and Fries||N6,000|
|5||Fish and Chips||N7,500|
During your stay at JBR, it is allowed you to have a visitor.
And if you have a visitor during a mealtime, it is further possible to get them a meal as well.
What you need is N12,500 per visitor [or N17,500 for a visitor who’ll take an alcoholic drink]; for dinner, what you need is N16,000 per visitor [or N21,000 for a visitor who’ll take an alcoholic drink]; and for breakfast, what you need is N16,000.
Jara Beach Resort isn’t just open to people of all ages, the resort is also one of the very few in Nigeria where there are arrangements to make the stay of children more comfortable.
For instance —
If you come with a baby between the ages of 0 and 5, you can get a bath rub, a cot, and a highchair [for meal times] for the baby. Although, getting these things are subject to availability.
While the rooms at JRB will be devoid of mosquitoes, when you arrive, it isn’t impossible for them to slip in, when you’re opening the door.
And if you’ll like to further protect your baby from these insects, there are mosquito nets available.
It is worthwhile knowing that JRB can also arrange for your transportation to the resort [from Lagos] and back to wherever you like [in Lagos].
And the following should give an idea about how much that will cost you —
|VEHICLE TYPE||CAPACITY||MAINLAND LAGOS||MAINLAND LAGOS [TO AND FRO]||ISLAND LAGOS||ISLAND [TO AND FRO]|
I should add that,
Car service also demands making a reservation before the day you intend coming.
The service is subject to availability and requires prior booking and payment.
Also note that,
If you change the date of your car reservation at a time later than 72 hours after reservation, expect to be charged.
The total cancellation of a car service also attracts some charges.
All job cancellation attracts 30% deduction from your payment. We advise you give a 72 hours notice from the day of booking for change of date of booked jobs. Any change of date notice after 72 hours will attract a 30% deduction from your payment.
Things to note
Power supply isn’t 24/7 in the truest sense
Jara Beach Resort is located at Museyo Beach, a place where there is no public power supply.
The power supply at the resort is instead provided by generators and batteries [charged by solar panels].
And to avoid spending too much on providing power, 24/7 power supply applies to only small electronics like phones, laptops, lights, etc.
Big appliances like AC, water heater, etc only get power supply between 5 pm and 7:30 pm and between 10 pm and 10 am.
Package 3: The business retreat package
Jara Beach Resort was designed to be a place where business retreats can be hosted.
There are a good number of facilities that will help ensure that you have a great business retreat, and one of them is the 55-inch TV setup at the gazebo. With this setup, up to 20 people can sit at the gazebo, to having a meeting that involves presenting things on a screen.
The business retreat package [BRP] offered at JBR is of two types — the day package and the over-night package.
The day package involves using the premises and the outdoor facilities between 11:30 am and 5:30 am.
And the following is the information you’ll need about the cost —
|NO OF PEOPLE||NON-EXCLUSIVE RETREAT||EXCLUSIVE RETREAT|
|1||1 – 19||N500,000||N750,000|
|2||20 – 39||N700,000||N1 million|
|3||40 and above||N900,000||N1.2 million|
For those who don’t know what’s meant by non-exclusive retreat and exclusive retreat, non-exclusive means that during your retreat, there may be other “day visit customers” present at the resort, while exclusive retreat means only the members of your team will be allowed for day visits on the day(s) you paid for.
You should know that,
The prices mentioned above cover the cost of the refreshments all members of your team will need.
As for “the over-night business retreat package”, the details are the same as those of the “the over-night stay package [OSP]” which was discussed above.
Package 4: The private party visit package
The private party visit package [PVP] is meant for private parties of not more than 50 people.
The package is similar to that of the business retreat package, so check the business retreat package for the details.
Package 5: The wedding package
Jara Beach Resort is an ideal place for wedding ceremonies.
The staffs at the resort are professional enough to help ensure you will have a great wedding at Jara.
The beach in front of the resort also makes it possible to have an amazing beach wedding.
Till COVID 19 becomes a thing of the past, a max of 50 wedding attendants can be allowed at JBR. But after, the pandemic comes to an end, the resort will be able to host up to 150 wedding attendants.
For details about the cost of hosting a wedding here, I’ll recommend checking their official website and speaking to someone at the resort.
Package 6: The professional photo/video shoot package
Pictures and videos are allowed to be taken with phone cameras, at no cost, but professional pictures and videos require paying.
The costs of these professional shoots aren’t clearly laid out, but to give an idea of what you’ll have to pay, brand photoshoots start from N500,000 and music videos start from N1 million.
To make a further enquiry, you’re required to send a mail to email@example.com.
In the mail,
Make sure that you provide information like —
- The number of people that will be present, including the photographer, etc;
- The day(s) you’ll prefer to come;
- The time you’ll prefer;
- Details about the foods and drinks you may need; and
- Other important details, e.g. the artist, details of the song, actors, the nature of the video.
Activities and facilities
Just like every other standard resort, Jara Beach Resort has fun activities and facilities you can enjoy during your stay.
And one of the activities available is beach soccer.
There are no goalposts, you should still have a fun time playing this game.
There is no need to pay for this game. Whatever package you buy already covers the cost of the game.
Table tennis is another game available at the resort.
You’ll find a standard ping pong table that you, friends, and family can play with.
And just like the game mentioned above, this game doesn’t require paying any additional fee.
If you’re the kind who loves horse riding, engaging in this activity at JBR won’t be a problem.
The resort itself doesn’t own horses, rather some third-parties are the providers of horses.
If you’ve never ridden on a horse, you should really consider this activity. It isn’t as scary as you probably think.
Quad bike riding is another activity available.
To rent a quad bike for half a day, you’ll be required to pay a sum of N25,000.
And for a full-day rent, N50,000 is what you’ll have to pay.
There is a swimming pool at JBR.
The pool is not the biggest I’ve seen, but it’s big enough for anyone to have a great time.
And as regards hygiene,
The pool is well-maintained, so you don’t have to worry about getting an infection from it.
Swimming is a free activity, unlike quad bike riding.
Petanque is a very interesting game, especially for reserved and introverted people.
It’s not a popular game in Nigeria, so I won’t be surprised if you’re coming across it for the first time.
This game involves throwing balls [by two different teams], with the intention of getting their balls as close as possible to a special ball called the jack.
There are going to be multiple rounds, and the team which has the closest ball to the jack for a particular round wins that round.
You can watch a YouTube video about the game, to understand it better.
Petanque is a free activity, so even if you can’t afford to spend extra, you should still be able to engage in it.
Jara Beach is really interested in having kids around as well.
And if you’ll be coming with kids, there are sandpits available for them to play in.
The pits are devoid of harmful objects.
Sitting around a firepit, with family and friends, and socializing, is a thing I find very enjoyable.
And if you also love this, I’m glad to mention that this is one of the activities you can engage in at JBR.
The firepit gets lighted, and you can all sit around it and socialize.
I don’t know exactly what time the pit gets put out, but I know it’s nothing earlier than 11:30 pm.
Cabana is one of the things available at Jara.
This means that,
If you’re not interested in moving about and talking, you can just simply lie down on the beach, and have some fun.
Opening days & hours
Under normal circumstances,
Jara Beach Resort is open to people on all the 365 [or 366 days] of a year.
Note that, you’ll only find people at the office on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Other things to know
You’ll be required to sign an agreement
While the most important things to know are what I’ve provided above, there are some other things you should know.
And one of these things in question is that, before you’re allowed to start enjoying yourself, you’ll have to sign an agreement.
The agreement is just to ensure you comply with their terms of the resort.
And don’t worry it’s a short document, so under a few minutes, you should be done going through it.
Most payments are non-refundable
Another thing you should note is that, most payments are non-refundable.
Even for those that are refundable, you won’t be refunded the whole amount you paid.
Before making any payment, be sure you’re certain of what you’re doing.
If you aren’t sure about something, try to contact them for clarification.
There is a space for workout
While JRB doesn’t have a gym, it’s possible to have workouts that don’t require gym equipment.
To have your workouts,
There is a spacious gazebo that you can use.
JBR takes COVID 19 seriously
I know of people who won’t go to places where COVID 19 isn’t taken seriously. And if you’re one of such people, I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about.
You’ll not only find items like hand sanitizers and hand-washing facilities, the resort also observes the protocols recommended by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government.
There’s nothing to worry about, when it comes to COVID 19.
Parking spaces are available
If you’re coming with a single car, parking your car won’t be a problem.
If you are hosting an event and there are going to be a lot of cars, only a handful of people will be able to park their cars within the premises.
All payments are cashless
Another thing worthwhile knowing is that all payments you’re going to make will be cashless. So don’t bring cash along, with the intention of spending using it for payment.
And as for those who wonder what types of cashless payment are allowed, payments via POS and bank transfers are what are available. But on the website, you can pay with your card through Paystack.
Some important terms
Indiscriminate smoking isn’t allowed
Jara Beach Resort has its terms, and there are some of them I feel are very important to mention in this content.
And one of these terms worthy of mentioning is that of indiscriminate smoking not being allowed. If you’ll like to smoke, there are places where you can. Failing to restrict your smoking to these designated places, would attract a fine of N100,000.
I should also add that even though smoking is allowed, it is strictly prohibited to smoke illegal things.
The smoking of illegal things will only result into you getting handed over to the authorities.
Unusually large items aren’t allowed
Another thing you should know is that very large items won’t be allowed at the resort.
I don’t know exactly how large a thing can be, for you to be prevented from getting in. But to avoid issues, I’ll recommend that you come with only things you can easily carry.
Pets aren’t allowed
Just like many places in Lagos, pets are not allowed at Jara Beach Resort.
Not even small harmless pets will be allowed.
People who make use of guide dogs will be allowed. And for such people, it’s important to ensure that the guide dog won’t be a danger to other people or disturb the peace of the resort.
JBR is located at “Jara Beach Resort, Museyo Beach, Eleko, Lotu Street, Off Lekki Free Trade Zone Road, Lagos“.
You can converse with someone at the resort over the phone, WhatsApp, and eMail. Phone number — +234-902-524-3360, WhatsApp — +234-902-524-3360, and eMail — firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out their official website at JaraBeachResort.com.
Jara Beach Resort is a truly nice resort.
As stated above,
It is much better than many other resorts in Lagos.
But once again, when I say JRB is a nice place, I’m not comparing it to the likes of Jubilee Chalets.