I hadn’t heard about the Clear Essence California Spa & Wellness Resort in Ikoyi until I attended my sis-in-laws bridal shower over there a few weeks back (I know, I must live under a rock or something!)
The location wasn’t difficult to find. We used Google Maps to locate it, and although it took us in circles for a bit, we got there in one piece. The resort seems to be located in a residential neighborhood in Ikoyi, so it does look like a house from the outside.
Parking – The parking lot is located within the gated space and can take about 7 -9 cars. Parking was honestly my least favorite part of the evening because the space is somewhat rectangular, so you have to do a lot of maneuvering and backing out to park properly and not obstruct other cars. But the security guard was helpful in directing us to park accordingly.
Ambiance – One word: beautiful! The entire compound is decorated with beautiful well-manicured flowers (it was dark so I couldn’t get good pictures, sorry!). The interior decor is pretty nice as well and has a very homey feel.
Drinks and Food – Upon entering the building, there’s a sitting area and bar to the right (Hollywood Bar). We were ushered to the bar and offered a free drink (I think this was part of the package – the first drink was free and subsequent drinks had to be paid for). I had a Long Island and some other drink – I’d seen someone get the other drink and
oju kokoro it looked really good so I got one too). Both were delicious and quite potent! 🙂
After drinks, we then proceeded to the Vineyard Restaurant. We had a buffet type set-up which consisted of a variety of foods; seafood pepper soup for starters, a variety of carbs (rice, bread, etc), proteins(steak, beef suya, lobster, etc), and veggies/salad for entrees, and mixed fruits for dessert. The food wasn’t bad at all. My favorite thing though was the chicken wings…too delish!
Additional Details – Throughout my time at the Vineyard Restaurant and Hollywood Bar, the staff were super courteous so I decided to engage one of them in a detailed conversation. He gave me a tour of their premises and explained how all their service offerings work including the Spa and Wellness Center, Guest Rooms and Meeting/Events spaces. I also learned that they have a membership program (I hear the space used to be available to only members but now it’s open to the public).
I was also impressed with their Gym facilities and was pleased to hear it’s open 24/7 to members and guests of the resort. I inquired about utilizing their restaurant space for future events and he said that was an option as well. If I were interested, I could select a menu from their kitchen or bring in food from outside (but that’d have to be discussed and agreed with management though). I was really impressed with the guy I spoke with to be honest. He seemed very knowledgeable about their services and even got me interested in signing up for their membership program (until I heard the pricing of course…lol).
Overall I really love that the space is very dynamic (e.g. you can come in as an individual to just relax and have a good time, or a business could also use the space for a mini company retreat). I love the idea of having an “all-in-one” relaxation spot with guest rooms, a spa, nice bar/restaurant, gym facility, hall space, etc. The ambiance was very welcoming, the food delicious, the drinks were nice and potent, and the staff were so polite and courteous!
Based on my experience, and having been given a tour of the facility, I’d rate this spot a 9/10. This spot would easily have been a 10, but the parking situation isn’t the best and I think it’s a bit on the pricey side.