NIKE LAKE RESORT ENUGU: Repositions for challenges ahead
Nike Lake, which is located on the banks of Nike Lake in Abapka-Nike town, Enugu, has constantly repositioned itself for the market at every turn in its rich and enduring history. Following the recent exit by the African Sun, the international hotel chain formerly managing the hotel, and the subsequent takeover by the Enugu State Government, owner of the hotel, a new management in place, thereby making the legendary resort to once again reposition with upgrade of its facilities and services with the its sight on staying atop competition. The new General Manager of the resort, Bona Ugwunweze, with many years of experience in the hospitality sector and who has been part of the history of the resort is upbeat and very confident of the ability of the new management team to deliver on its mandate. According to him, the management is poised to restore the hotel’s glory of and put it on the pedestal as the number hospitality home in the state. Ugwunweze said the resort is uniquely located featuring an inviting natural ambience given its garden- like landscape and nestled against the Nike Lake, which is one of the resort’s selling points, adding that a rich blend of its natural pull and array of sophisticated and quality facilities give the facility an edge over competitors.
He insisted that the resort is poised to offer its patrons the best of hospitality services including entertainment and leisure, noting that the target of the hotel remains that of a business and leisure hotel because of its blend of facilities, which is enhanced by its natural environment. This, he noted, made it a rich haven for business travellers and a peaceful and scenery hideaway for leisure seekers and holiday makers looking for a pleasurable home away from home to relax and savour the good life.
With about 15 minutes’ drive from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Emene, and 10 minutes from the city centre, it has 210 rooms and suites including classic, deluxe and superior rooms, while the suites include diplomatic, executive and presidential plus self-catering villas. The rooms and suites are all lavishly furnished and fitted with sophisticated hospitality gadgets such as comfy king sized bed, with en-suite bathrooms, digital satellite television, telephone, tea/coffee station, mini bar, private balcony and free wireless internet as well as work desk and table with a good view of the luscious green and well-manicured resort’s environment and the alluring town of Nike especially at night time. The Executive, Diplomatic and Presidential suites are all fitted with amenities found in the Classic and Superior rooms, including a separate lounge, bar, work station, mini kitchenette, guest toilet and separate shower. The self-catering villas consist of five three-bedroom duplexes and five two-bedroom bungalows, which could actually be used by long staying guests. As a conference resort, its boasts a large convention hall that is fully fitted with modern conference facilities including four breakaway halls. Nike Lake Resort also prides itself as a wedding venue centre with over five outdoors and one convention hall, making it the best wedding destination in Enugu and perhaps the whole of the South East region.
Other facilities include the Lake View restaurant which offers buffet breakfast and dinner as well as a la carte menu. The restaurant offers an inviting and serenading mood with a good view overlooking the lake. There is also a cosy bar/ lounge serving a range of cocktails, beverages, wide selection of wine and light meals. Other facilities to explore include gift shops, massage therapy centre, well equipped gymnasium, children’s splash pool, two tennis courts, and swimming pool, volleyball and basketball courts. For leisure seekers you can savour nature and the allure of the outdoor within the resort’s picnic area, which is dotted with thatched gazebos and inbuilt block chairs while the Nike Lake, is added attraction of the resort offers one the opportunity for boat cruise, sport fishing and ample relaxation spot just exploring the beauty of nature.
The resort also offers a rich tour package of Abakpa-Nike and Enugu, which are noted for their fascinating natural attractions. The endless list includes Ohum Spiritual Water Falls, which is about 45kilometres from the resort, Milken Hill, eight kilometres, National Museum, 10 kilometres, Enugu Golf Club with 18-hole golf course, is 12 kilometres and 10kilometres away and Shoprite/game and banking facilities, five kilometres. For all your care, the resort is riding the crest and remains the location ‘where great minds meet,’ as revealed by its popular sobriquet but more than that it is a truly conference and leisure destination.