50 things to do in Accra and Ghana • Sport, spas and pools
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Labadi Beach is a high-end resort that retains its colonial cool. It boasts a sizeable, turquoise swimming pool, with a smaller children’s pool and fountain. Sporty types will be more than satisfied with the gym, floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court and table tennis equipment; sauna and massage services are also available.
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- Labadi Beach
This is one the best pool complexes in Ghana, an ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday. New is the La Palm Kids Theme Park, a pleasant and safe enclosed park right by the pool. All pool facilities are open to non-residents.
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- By Labadi Beach
The Movenpick is designed for relaxation, and its spa area, we're confident in saying, is the best in Accra. It offers a sauna, small gym with personal trainers on hand and world-class massages.
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- Independence Avenue, Ridge
Ghana's boxing heritage is remarkable – in terms of international boxing heroes the country punches well above its weight. To see some boxing head to the district of Bukom (with someone who knows the area) – where there are 20 boxing schools. Also try the Greater Accra Amateur Boxing Association (+233 302 760 892).
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Seeing a football match in Accra is one of the highlights of any visit. Two teams dominate the Ghanaian support: Hearts of Oak from Accra and Asante Kotoko from Kumasi. The games are largely safe and rarely sold out unless Hearts of Oak and Kotoko meet.
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- In front of Independence Square
Anyone interested in hobnobbing with the city’s elite can head to the prestigious Accra Polo Club. Originally founded back in 1902, the club is still going strong, attracting monied expats from around the world.
The eponymous Lizzy is Marcel Desailly’s mother. In 2011, the famous former pro opened up this world-class sporting complex in his native Accra. If Marcel is in town, he’ll often be around.
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- Near the A&C Shopping Mall, East Legon
Pippa’s is one of the best gyms in Accra, with a wide range of Life Fitness equipment, air-con, satellite TV and a modern music system. For the little ones there’s a tumble-tots class. Taekwondo is an important element, and classes are held by one of Africa’s best Taekwondo fighters.
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- 5th Ringway Link, Ringway Estate