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When you hear the word Valentine, you immediately start thinking of gifts. How about you gift an experience that day rather than something tangible? Here are 10 spots we suggest you consider for a romantic getaway in Nigeria in no particular order:

Obudu Mountain Resort

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Obudu Mountain Resort
This resort is on a 5,200 ft above-sea-level mountain, which means the weather gets cold, often providing the right excuse for cuddling. After a hike up Holy Mountain, the best feeling in the world is sharing the experience of being in the clouds with your lover.
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You can also cozy up together in the cable car when going to the swimming pool at the base of the mountain for a dip. If swimming in nature thrills you, you can both swim in the grotto. You can also hold hands while taking a tour of the facilities or enjoy a bonfire night under the stars.

Oguta Lake Holiday Complex

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This holiday resort in Oguta, Imo State has a lot of facilities and is an ideal lovers’ nest. Tucked away in rich green vegetation with an 18-hole golf course around Oguta Lake, the second largest lake in Nigeria is the honeymoon destination. It has a wide array of relaxing activities, including swimming. But the best part for a romantic escapade is taking a boat ride through the confluence of the muddy Urashi River and the clear blue non-salty Oguta Lake that never mix.

La Campagne Tropicana

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This is one of the most romantic places for a getaway in Nigeria, and it is pretty popular. The sand, palm trees, African décor for the chalets, the beach view and swimming pool are but a few of the reasons this spot is beloved. You can enjoy activities like hiking, canoeing, ocean fishing, swimming, soaking in the Jacuzzi, taking long leisurely strolls along the beach, getting a spa treatment together and lots more with your lover. The natural ambience of the place takes the pressure off you.

Kajuru Castle

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This castle on a hill is another exceedingly romantic place for a valentine getaway. The views of this medieval-style castle in Kaduna State are breath-taking. You can organize your valentine meals with candlelight at night or enjoy the poolside during the day.

Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort

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Looking to make the date about the ‘food’? Then you’ve come to the right spot. Sure, the rich palm forest vegetation where it is, in Akwa Ibom state, looks luxurious. But the cuisine, coupled with the exquisite décor of this place, makes it top notch.

Whispering Palms

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In Lagos State, you’ll find Badagry’s finest getaway resort, the Whispering Palms. It is ideal for a romantic getaway as you and your lover get to share a coconut drink from an actual coconut cup, hold hands as you both explore the mini zoo and embark on exciting water sports together. The scenery of palms along the sandy beachfront is just right for valentine.
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Owu Waterfalls

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What’s more romantic than having some lip action under a waterfall? Owu waterfall, which is in Owa Onire community, Kwara State provides you with a chance for romance while being pelted by icy cold water. The long hike to the falls is best taken in the morning when the heat of the sun isn’t up. Visiting early before the sun is at its peak gives you enough time to get back to town for other romantic activities later in the day.

Okomu National Park

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This hidden treasure in Edo State is grossly underestimated as a romantic getaway spot. If you and your lover are adventurous, then climbing to the top of the 32m above-ground-level tree house or walking on the canopy walkway, may just be an occasion for heightened romance. You can both do bird watching together, go forest bathing while hiking through the rain forest, or fishing in the rivers and enjoy the array of unique animal species it offers.

Yankari Game Reserve

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This National Park in Bauchi State is always ideal for a getaway. If you are lucky, you may get a room with a red and white interior. You can even arrange with the staff to add the extra touches of valentine to the room (like heart-shaped red flower petals on the bed and a bottle of wine close by) when you guys are out exploring the game reserve. Add that to a safari experience, swimming in the pristine waters of Wikki Warm Springs and the Museum tour, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable valentine experience.

Gidi Stays Short Stay Apartments

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This Airbnb Superhost offers convenient and stylish accommodations in both Island (Lekki Phase 1) and Mainland (Ikoyi), Lagos State. It has the right combination of features to make your stay feel special. You can use their self-catering apartments to cook up a romantic meal for your lover. Or arrange for valentine décor to beautify the apartment for quality time with indoor entertainment. The apartment with a rooftop garden accommodates just two persons. Its lush green and tasteful outdoor space is also perfect for a romantic dinner under the stars. It is a home away from the home apartment with hotel amenities. There are so many other great places to have a mind-blowing Valentine getaway in Nigeria. Worthy mentions include Ifie Mangrove Park in Warri, Delta State, Nike Lake Resort in Enugu state, Marafa Zungu fall in Bassa, Plateau, Kamp Ikare Beach resort in Ikare, Lagos state, Ikogosi Warm Springs, Ekiti State, Calabar Harbour resort and Spa in Calabar, Cross River State among others.   Featured Image Source: The Guardian NG
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This article was first published on 4th February 2021


Ann Esievoadje is a freelance writer who is passionate about encouraging a reading culture and personal development. She has authored two books, The Quilt (fiction) and Being Mummy and Me (non-fiction). She manages Pulchra Publishing which offers a content creation/editing, transcription, different forms of writing (including Ghostwriting) service and her blog, Life Love and Anything Goes at You can reach her at

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