The ancient city of Ile-Ife is set to witness the grand opening of a new world class resort built by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. The opening is scheduled to hold in March, 2018. The resort called ‘Ife Grand Resorts & Leisure’, is a replica of Ooni’s Inagbe Grand Resorts located in Lagos.
Situated at a cool location, the new resort built on 252 hectares of land will have 300 rooms after completion. Sources say it is a place where modernity meets an African rural setting. Driving into Ife from the Ibadan end of the ever busy Ibadan-Ife road, the sprawling resort hits you in its grand splendour. To the right hand side from the highway you can see the white structures, all bungalows, built in chalet format. Because the road is on a higher plain, you can have a birds eye view of the resort.
The resort is divided into various parts, namely; The Arrival and Reception area, the Bar/Platform area, the African Village where you have fifty African huts, with thatched roofs hung on trees named after all the Oonis of Ife, the deluxes/presidential suites, the sporting arena, the Igbo Olodumare, the Conference Centre/Events Hall, and the car park area all interwoven. Very significant is the fact that all the streets inside the resort are named after popular Yoruba towns and areas like Oyo Street, Ijebu Street, Ogbomosho Street, Isale Eko Street and so on.