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Auberge de Grand Popo

B.P. 6
Grand Popo
Tel. (229) 22 43 00 47 / 64 16 64 36


Email : voyageurbenin@yahoo.fr

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The village of Grand Popo is situated beside the sea midway between Cotonou (80km) and Lomé (Togo, 70 km).

The Auberge itself comprises of old colonial buildings, which we have restored.
During the colonial period, Grand Popo was a "circle", nowadays; it is a town, administered by an elected local mayor and a council. These "circles", even at that time, were equipped with every essential service to enable the regional center to work efficiently. Facilities such as schools, post office, health centre, a veterinary surgeon, prison, police station, residence for the head of the circle (now the mayor's residence), a colonial garden for plant and tree cuttings and a rest-houses for visiting officials.

The advancing ocean destroyed part Grand Popo during the 40’s. At that time, the "Circle" was temporarily moved to Athiémé in the interior. Today Grand Popo has again become a town and is part of the Mono region. The senior government officials now reside in Lokossa.

To construct The Auberge de Grand Popo we took over a number of the old, derelict colonial administration buildings. We restored the old customs building and it is now the reception and bar with a terrace where guests can sit and enjoy the wide panoramic view over the golden beach to the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

From the bar and terrace there is access to our new open plan rustic timber and thatch roofed restaurant which has seating for approximately 70 guests.

The old cultural center has been completely rebuilt into 12 bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms. Access to all these rooms is direct from a garden laid out around the block.

The office of the commander of the circle’s building was completely derelict but in its hay day it was a beautiful two story colonial building with access to the upper rooms via a teak staircase. This led to a teak wood balcony that ran completely around the upper floor providing access to all the rooms.

This building has been rebuilt in this original style using the local teak timber for all the woodwork and now contains 8 rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There are 4 double/twin rooms on the upper floor and 4 on the ground floor. Again there is a raised terrace to provide access to the bedrooms encircling the ground floor. These ground floor rooms each have a raised timber mezzanine that is suitable for sleeping two children.

At this time our newest accommodation is in two bungalows each with 2 connecting rooms each with en-suite bathrooms. They have been designed with thatched roofs in such a way that each bungalow can be let either as two double rooms or alternatively as one unit for family accommodation.

The ocean is right infront of the Auberge, about 40 meters from the bar terrace and the river Mono runs behind. The estuary of the Mono is approximately 5Km from the Auberge but can only be reached by driving over the beach in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Coconut palms dominate the environment.

The national highway, connecting Cotonou to Lomé passes 1 km behind the Auberge. One can stop and buy the young fresh coconuts at the roadside. The sellers will open them so that you can drink the fresh milk direct from the nuts.

We are in the heart of the ‘voodoo’ world. The voodoo priests are very active and various ceremonies often take place.
It takes 1h 30 min. to travel from Grand Popo to Cotonou for shopping and going to the airport.

We organize outings on small motorboats to go to the estuary of the Mono River, visit fishing villages on the riverbanks or picnic in the coconut groves where the lagoon meets the ocean.

The Auberge Grand Popo has available :

One restaurant with a terrace overlooking the beach.
One large thatched roofed building where groups can dine or hold meetings etc.
The garden bedroom block (12 rooms).
The commander’s bedroom block on the beachfront (8 rooms).
Two bungalows.
All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with toilet, shower and wash-hand basin. All rooms have ceiling fans and are fitted with mosquito netting on the windows.

One 60m sq. fresh water swimming pool. It is approximately 1 meter at the deepest end so that children can safely swim and not go into the dangerous ocean.
A paddling pool for the smaller children is alongside the swimming pool.

On the beach, close to the sea we have constructed small “paillotes” where guests can lay out on the sand, in the shade of their own thatched roofs shelters.

The Auberge is located in a large open ‘park’ without boundary walls. The beach and sea are on one side and a laterite track/ road on the other. The vegetation includes, bougainvilleas, banana trees, coconut palms, etc.

The cuisine is essentially french with some beninese specialties. We try to maximize the use of local ingredients (fish, shellfish, fruits…) Barbecued Barracuda is a speciality.

The Tariffs (2014) :

The currency is the Franc CFA. 1 Euro = 655.957 Fcfa

Grand PopoSingleDouble
Garden Block16000 Fcfa24.39 € 18500 Fcfa28.2 €
Ground floor next to the Ocean18000 Fcfa27.44 € 21500 Fcfa32.78 €
Second floor next to the Ocean21500 Fcfa32.78 € 23500 Fcfa35.83 €
Bungalow23500 Fcfa35.83 € 27500 Fcfa41.92 €

At Grand Popo it is possible to pay in Fcfa, Euros, Dollars and Visa credit cards. There is a 1000 Fcfa govt. tax per night, per person.

Continental breakfast 2000 Fcfa3.05 € Complete breakfast (eggs, juice, etc.) is 3800 Fcfa5.79 € .
An average meal (appetizer, main course, dessert) will cost approximately 8500 Fcfa12.96 € (without drinks).

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