I am intrigued by what’s happening in Accra in Ghana at the moment. Concept stores, design restaurants, swish spas and luxury hotels are all opening their doors. It’s definitely a scene…
First up was the opening of La Maison, a concept store come gallery space devised by Nada Moukarzel, who has lived in Accra for the past 17 years. The light-filled space was designed by Lebanese architect Robert Abou and features an eclectic mix of curated pieces. Think hand-blown glass chandeliers from Damascus, that have strewn across the floor in a pile to make an unexpected floor-light, or china tea sets with little black and white drawings of naughty nudes hidden at the bottom of the cup.
Despite its alluring mix of vintage and new housewares sourced from around the globe, La Maison is also keeping its eyes on local talent and in May will host an exhibition featuring the work of several Ghanaian artists, photographers and jewellery designers whose stars are in the ascendant. Lamaisonghana.com
Also creating a buzz is the new Santuku Japanese restaurant, with menus created by the team behind Nobu offering a range of inventive sharing dishes. Tasty.
And due to open its doors is a swish new Kempinski property, slated for a June 2013 opening. It will boast the first 5-star spa in the city. kempinski.com.
Exodus is also launching new travel tours to boost luxury tourism to the area. It no doubt means that it’s just a matter of time before other big brands set up camp here too, especially following the news that the government is set to invest $2 billion into the country’s Gold Coast. Watch this space.