Sierra Paradise Resort is the one and only hotel on the miles of deserted beaches edging the Atlantic coast north of Lungi. Its a labour of love owned and run by Samuel Williams, a Sierra Leonean who returned from France to invest his time and enthusiasm in Sierra Leone’s burgeoning tourist industry. The result is a very special place with an unusually high level of attention to detail - delicious breakfasts with omelettes and real coffee, simple, tastefully decorated rooms, a wide choice of activities - in a beautiful setting which drew thousands of Europeans in the 1980s.
The resort’s location just 45 minutes from Lungi Airport makes it a good spot to relax after your tour of the peninsula or up-country. The long white beach stretching out in front of the lodge is virtually deserted except for the occasional fisherman or local villager. This is the place to spend the day meandering along the coastline, watching dugout canoes bobbing across the horizon and relaxing with a book. The resort also offers a range of water and land activities.
This coast is subject to huge tidal variations; and, in contrast to the beaches south of Freetown, the sea is calm at high tide, which makes it the ideal spot to try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe. Fishing trips are another highlight. Alternatively, wander round the nearby villages with a guide or take a mountain bike out for the day. 4x4 excursions can also be arranged, should you wish to explore further afield. The area is rich in birdlife and we can arrange specialist birding guides, if that’s your interest.
The resort itself is set back from the beach and surrounded by tall palm trees which offer welcome relief from the sun. There are 5 chalets, each divided into two self-contained rooms. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a shower, flushing toilet and sink. 24-hour electricity is provided by a combination of a generator and solar-powered batteries and keeps fans running throughout the night. Sierra Paradise Resort has brought valuable employment opportunities into this area.
In addition, a portion of the rate goes to supporting the development and running costs of the school in the neighbouring village.