LEMERIDIEN IBOM HOTEL & GOLF RESORT bags Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

21st May 2015 – LEMERIDIEN IBOM HOTEL & GOLF RESORT today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and frequency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Commenting on this achievement, Marc Devroye, General Manager of LeMeridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resorts, says“LEMERIDIEN IBOM HOTEL & GOLF RESORTS is honoured that so many of our hotels have earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We’re proud to have more than 12 winning hotels around the world earn this prestigious award for exceptional achievement. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our continued business success and commitment to service excellence.”

Meanwhile, Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business, says "TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site. By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Time for you to have a much needed rest and recreation? This resort in Nigeria is waiting for you…

If you are looking for a place to spend your holiday this season, and you are in Nigeria, you don’t really have to go outside the country to revitalize your body and soul. Try the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State where you can choose from 163 chic rooms and suites. Set over 135 hectares of land, Le Meridien Hotel offers you an opportunity to have fun in the midst of a palm forest. From the architecture to the fauna and flora, well designed, manicured and maintained environment, Le Méridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort offers you Nigeria´s unexpected retreat.

· 45 minutes from the airport
· 163 Guest Rooms and Suites
· 18 Hole Golf Course
· 3 Restaurants and 1 Bar
· 1  Night club
· Complimentary Wifi Internet Access
· 10 Meeting Rooms
· Business Centre
· Fully equipped Gymnasium with state-of-the-art equipment
· Swimming Pool
· Exciting on property activities: Jogging, Walking, Biking
· 24hr Room Service
· Check-in: 2:00pm; Check-out: 12:00pm

The hotel’s 163 chic guestrooms and suites blend clear style and are equipped with electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, personal mini bar, and hairdryer, relax sofa, slippers and bathrobes.

Le Méridien Ibom
A rooms and suites feature high speed wireless internet access and a work desk area to inspire creativity. Bathrooms have a walk-in shower and furnished with the signature Le Meridien bath amenities which allow for a refreshing bath.

Enjoy the space, style and exquisite feel of the Junior and Executive Suites. Perfect for couples or business clients who enjoy the added pleasure of space, spacious bathrooms and exquisite views, the suites are truly an eye-opener for a relaxing stay in Nigeria.

INSPIRING CUISINEA taste for dining is well satisfied by the hotel's restaurants where creative menus and local flavours are complimented by serene and chilled down setting.

Don’t miss the “Rising Sun,” the signature breakfast restaurant serving up Le Meridien to start your day.

Vista Restaurant is the hotel's exceptional lunch and dinner restaurant featuring an evocative mix of international and local Nigerian cuisines. After a long day of golfing, sample a taste of the Le Meridien Sparkling at The Rotunda Bar which boasts of concoction of local drinks and spirits.

The most impressive cafe in Uyo is the Akwa Ikpa Cafe located at the Marina Club. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down outside to enjoy the greenery and nature while indulging in some local delicacies. Discover the local South- South grilled/barbecued fish and chips and relish every moment of this unique experience.

Casual cocktails and snacks are also available at the poolside bar – Bird Table Pool Bar

After a long day, pop a bottle of champagne and dance the night away at Uyo’s most happening Night Club, Elyzee Night Club.

Spanning 1,200 sqm, the hotel features event spaces that inspires creativity and discovery. The 13 meeting rooms are perfect for retreats, annual general meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences and many more. These spaces are conducive to a variety of seating arrangements for up to 1000 guests, ranging from seated dinners to theatre-style presentations and creative workshops.

Local Destination Weddings are also a favourite in this golf resort with backdrops overlooking the lush greenery of the forest or golf course, there is no better place to create elegant weddings in Nigeria.

The lush greens of the world class 18 hole golf course, creates the right atmosphere, for the most challenging memorable golfing experience in Africa.
Le Méridien Ibom Hotel

Managed by IMG, the Par 72 (Rating73.5/Slope 133) golf course is recognized as Golfweeks magazine best resort courses 2012, the first course to ever receive this in Africa. The International 18-hole golf course is opened with unlimited golfing for hotel guests and out of town visitors.

The golf resort is also known to host some of Nigeria’s prominent golf tournaments.

Le Méridien Ibom is an authentic getaway from Nigeria's bustling cities with its expanding garden and golf as well as spa and pool facilities. With its 10 stylish meeting rooms, Le Méridien Ibom offers a new meeting and event retreat.

Families benefit from the flexible packages and activities for children, and golfers can enjoy West Africa’s best golf course. The spacious and elegantly furnished bedrooms with view over the golf course will help you find relaxation and prepare you for new discoveries.

Physical Address
Nwaniba Road, PMB 1200, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Nigeria
Phone: (234) 708 0660 000 | Fax: (234) 708 0660 189
Le Méridien Reservation Desk: Phone: (234) 706 4078 224
Reception Desk Phone: (234) 808 0527 411

Live in Abuja! The Abuja International Choir to perform at Clan Café this Sunday, May 24

I have heard the Abuja International Choir sing at different occasions in the past. And they are really really good, to say the least. Although there are mainstays who have been singing with this group since its inception, the Abuja International Choir has a different set of members at one time or the other. That´s because it's largely made up of people who are here in Abuja on a temporary basis, two, three years at most. Coming from different walks of life, singing brings them together, meeting at least once a week to practice, socialize and enjoy each other`s company.

And that in my opinion is one healthy way of enjoying life wherever it takes you. (People who know Abuja like the back of their hands know that it is a city where you have to create ways be entertained… but that´s a story for another day.)

I have been meaning to join the group for the longest time, but I can´t sing to save my own life! Which means I will remain a listener. (I took the photos below in 2011 at the Australian High Commissioner's Residence. There was a different set of members then, including the then High Commissioner of Australia (violin) and his wife (piano.) 

The good news is, they will be performing on Sunday, the 24th of May 2015, at CLAN CAFÉ, one of the newest cafés in Abuja, located at 1386 Tigris Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.

Expect a concert of classical, popular, and folk music, featuring Rossini, Bernstein, O. Ndubuisi, Sartori, Lauridsen, and others.

Time is 4:00pm, and admission is FREE. 

Garage Sale at the American International School of Abuja

The Parents Teachers Association of the American International School of Abuja is organizing a garage sale from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, the 24th of May 2015.

Those who would like to sell items, please call 08033656035 to reserve a space.

Photolovers, here's one for you.... a discussion about photos and art in Abuja

Aisha Augie-Kuta is a photographer and mixed media artist who lives and works in Northern Nigeria.
Her work spans across documentary, fashion and aerial photography. She uses juxtaposition in her work as her way of pushing the idea that there are always two sides of a story, coming from a background in photojournalism and mass communications. Her personal projects explore issues of gender and identity influenced by her experiences as a female, mixed race and mixed tribe individual.
Aisha will be talking about her works on Wednesday, 20th May 2015, at 6.30pm. Venue is at THOUGHT PYRAMID ART CENTRE, No. 18 Libreville St, off Aminu Kano Cr, Wuse.

Meanwhile, there's an ongoing photo exhibition at THOUGHT PYRAMID
Photo Junctions with LagosPhoto is a week-long event organised by the embassies of France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands, the Thought Pyramid Art Centre and in partnership with LagosPhoto Festival.

The aim of this initiative is to promote international photography in Abuja and to provide local photographers an opportunity to exchange their visions and photographs also with foreign photographers.

Three facilitators from France, Spain and The Netherlands will be in Abuja for a few days to give workshops. The event will also host 3 different photo exhibitions (two at the Thought Pyramid Gallery and one at the French Institute) and two talks based on the topic of “The Journey” by Nigerian photographers Aisha Augie-Kuta and Tom Saater. While the workshops will be restricted to a list of selected participants, the opening, talks and closing event will be open to the general public.

This event will run till May 22nd, will be the first edition of an annual event, which will enrich the cultural agenda of the capital city.

Programme of the events:
Friday 15th May at 7pm: Opening night
Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd May: photo exhibition
Monday 18th May at 6:30pm: Presentation by Nigerian photographer Tom Saater
Wednesday 20th May at 6:30pm: Presentation by Nigerian photographer Aisha Augie-Kuta
Friday 22nd May at 6:30pm: Closing event and projection of workshop results

Attendance are free to all the events.

Women in Business Exhibition today, May 19, in Abuja

A WOMEN IN BUSINESS exhibition is happening in Abuja today, May 19, from 10am to 1pm at Plot 4, Wuye, behind Pacesetters Academy. For details please contact the organisers at 0803 553 4289, 0816 476 9995 or 0814 250 5753.

Starwood Hotels in Nigeria celebrates Easter

Starwood Hotels in Nigeria promises a steady flow of engaging events, family time and exceptional offers this Easter.

The Hotels made up of Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Lagos, Le Meridien Ogeyi Place- Portharcourt and Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resorts brings the promise of true Easter funfair and tradition, from exciting kiddies Easter egg hunts to lavish buffet meal offerings at the Crockpot, Papillion, Ororo and Brazerie restaurants to great get-away offers on room rates- these packages are created to keep customers happy and satisfied”.

The Area General Manager of Starwood Hotels in Nigeria –Mr. Barry Curran adds “our special offers running from the 28th of March till the 7th of April 2015 are largely targeted at are customers, visitors and families in the sense that people can stay at our hotels with the guarantee of an experiential tailor made Easter filled with memories that will last a life time”.

Barry Curran equally adds “Our special Easter offerings which consist of great bargains on room rates from N19, 999 to the Easter buffet specials which start from N6, 500 have been creatively put together by our seasoned Chefs to deliver truly unforgettable dining experiences”.

The Area General Manager informs all that “most of our packages include amazing offers such as complimentary Wi-Fi, pool, steam room, sauna and gym access as well as welcome drinks on arrival”. He adds “we have not left out kiddies in the merriment as we have planned a variety of entertaining family friendly and fun events from Easter egg hunts to kids only Free bike lessons, all day movie theatre with free popcorn and drinks as well as dedicated kids corners depending on the Hotel, not to forget that children under 6 eat free”.

Mr. Curran finally mentions “We are ready to cater to all the particular needs of our customers this Easter Holiday season and our dedicated teams look forward to delivering great memories”.

For more information on Starwood Easter in Nigeria kindly visit: http://www.africa.starwoodoffers.com/easter

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest(R) (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

Nigeria's foreign wives hold Annual General Meeting in Abuja - PHOTOS by Insidetrack

Members of the oldest association of Nigerian foreign wives known as NIGERWIVES NIGERIA (read the NIGERWIVES story here) held their Annual General Meeting in Abuja on 21st March.

The three-day event included a gala night on March 21 and a brunch on March 22. Nigerwives from different parts of Nigeria attended the AGM. To view the full album click Read more below...)

PHOTOS from Sheraton Abuja Fitness Carnival

Sheraton Abuja Hotel in collaboration with Combat Sports promotion organised a SHAPE UP ABUJA day on 28th March at the sports ground of the hotel. Read the full story of SHAPE UP ABUJA here... 

These photos were taken by Insidetrack Abuja. 

Another exciting event is coming up at Sheraton Abuja Hotel this weekend... and this is something you don’t want to miss!

Abuja is one beautiful city full of health-conscious people.

You can´t help but make this conclusion when everyone you meet these days is involved in one heart-pumping, sweat-inducing, muscle-toning activity or the other. Yoga, zumba, pilates, hiking, horse-riding, salsa, tai chi, tennis, jogging... name it, they do it here in the FCT. One lady I know actually goes swimming every day for an hour early in the morning before going to work! That means she´s at the pool from 5am to 6am!

Nigeria's foreign wives to hold their Annual General Meeting in Abuja on March 21

Nigeria's foreign wives (popularly known as Nigerwives) are set to hold their Annual General Meeting  this weekend here in Abuja. Expected to attend are members of the association from different parts of the country. The Annual General Meeting was last hosted by the Abuja branch in March 2010. 

Nigerwives Nigeria is an association of foreign women married to Nigerians who reside in Nigeria. The association was registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission in 1979.

PHOTOS: Abuja bazaar organised by Pusong Pinoy Filipino Association which took place at the JBN Abuja Shooting Range on March 8

A bazaar organised by Pusong Pinoy Filipino Association (PPA) in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs Ladies Foundation (Philippines) was held at the JBN Shooting Range, in Jabi, on 8th March 2015, bringing together not only Filipinos based in Abuja but also guests from other countries.

22 PHOTOS at the launching of International Women's Month, organised by Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Kalahari and Pandora

Celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day for a whole month at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel.

Here’s how
On the 4th of March, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, in collaboration with Kalahari (a range of world-class skin and body products) and Pandora (markets hand-finished and modern jewelry made from genuine metals at affordable prices and founded in 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark) launched the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH at the poolside of the Sheraton Abuja Hotel. The fun-filled evening (food and drinks by the poolside, raffle draw in one of the hotel’s suites, and fashion show at the Lobby Bar) was attended by a select group of women including the wives of the Ambassadors of Denmark, Greece, and Lebanon. (More photos after the cut...)

You are invited to the International French Language Festival, from March 9 to 21, at the French Institute, Abuja

To celebrate the French language and the francophone cultures, the Embassies of Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun (High Commission), Canada (High Commission), Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, France, Niger, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Switzerland and Chad are very pleased to invite you to The International French-Language Festival // Quinzaine de la Francophonie