It's a little hard to find, but trust me--you want to find this place!
The location is far enough from the bustling craziness of Elmina and Cape Coast to insulate you from the stress and noise of tourist town--but close enough that a relatively cheap cab ride gets you straight into the thick of things. Best of all, it's directly on the ocean, making a gloriously relieving breeze and gorgeous scenery an omnipresent part of the deal.
Given the choice between the well-laid-out and climate-appropriate dorm-style rooms (insanely cheap) and the private huts in the middle of the gardens (which were flush with butterflies and flowers, even at the end of the dry season), we opted for the second choice. Our local-constructed hut was cool, cosy, dry and quiet; even when other tourists more intent on partying descended onto the beach, all we could hear was the wind and the surf. The self-composting toilets were clean, solid and neutral-smelling, and we thoroughly enjoyed the shower and sink (the water heats with the sun, which was fabulous after a long day!). The beds were excellent--the mosquito net frames were the perfect convenient touch, and really helped you stretch out and get comfy. Charming, culturally appropriate, and looking out directly onto the water. For someone looking to relax without abandoning their ethics, it's basically the perfect spot.
The bar is a comfy bamboo joint with high stools and tables, a friendly cat, and stocks of cheap beer, safe bottled water and cold soda. It boasts a book exchange (ESSENTIAL when travelling West Africa) and a charming frog that occasionally pipes up from behind the rail. The food straddles European brunches and Ghanaian cuisine, all of it delicious and reasonably priced--and the kitchen often takes requests. They use local fruits and vegetables, and make an excellent french toast breakfast!
You won't find friendlier staff more welcoming, or more intent on taking care of you--from the ladies working magic in the kitchen, right up to the management (even the friendly dog was looking out for us!).
Swimming in the Gulf of Guinea is a bit of a silly idea, as rip tides, rocks and rough waters make it dangerous even on the nicest of beaches, so the fact that the sand can be a bit of a challenge to access (approx. 6 ft drop) was fine by us. Watching the waves crash in from the comfortable lounge furniture was absolutely heavenly. One of Ghana's few golf courses is conveniently nearby, if you're into that sort of thing.
The worst part about it was leaving.
If you're in the Cape Coast area and need a place to stay--or just a place to relax-- hail a cab to take you "close to Coconut Grove" and find the Stumble Inn. You'd be mad to stay anywhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stumble Inn is a beach lodge just outside Elmina in the Central Region, Ghana. Nestled between 2 resorts, Stumble Inn is a perfect retreat and relaxing eco-friendly lodge. We have 3 en-suite beach huts, family rooms, and dormitories and are totally focused on providing a welcoming environment where anyone can come and stay, eat and join us with a few drinks. The beach front location is perfect for relaxation, but just 5 minutes from Elmina, which is a must see for any visitors. Transport links are good and there are a range of attractions such as Kakum and Cape Coast which are in close proximity. We look forward to welcoming you at Stumble inn! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stumble Inn Ghana/Elmina