Located in Buchanan City, about a two-hour drive from the nation’s capital, Monrovia, Elizabeth Village and Resort is a luxurious place that offers the perfect leisure we all desire.
The village, sitting on a peninsula perched atop the Benson River, is the first resort in Liberia built from mud, and are designed in the oval or rondavel style.
Each chalet of the 21-bedroom complex is decorated with plush tree beds, handcrafted map of Liberia desks, custom made rag rugs from African printed fabrics for a rustic chic feeling. And the floor tiles are made from chips made from trees.
The bathrooms of the village resemble caves with rock walls and woodwork and patios boasting oversized rattan and bitterroot chairs with thick comfortable cushions.
Also, the outdoor of the resort is an ideal spot for relaxation-which features a map of Liberia shaped pool with built in bar stools, a waterfall and sculpted elephant that shoots water out of its trunk.
The bar built by craftsman Chris Weah is constructed reminiscent of a log cabin, and on the deck is a sunken in living room with water flooring and a large deck that sits above the river. The village offers canoe rides to clients who would love fishing on the Benson River.
The village is built and solely owned by Liberian entrepreneur Hesta Baker, who said the idea behind the village, nicknamed ‘luxury meets culture,’ is to promote Liberia’s culture.
“When I was building the village, I decided it should be different from other resorts in the country. I wanted to do something different, that’s why I chose to build the village with mud to showcase the beauty of Liberia culture,” she said. “The luxury parts of the village are the pool, bar and other facilities…I’m proud of what have been accomplished.”
The Village is the first of four phases of the project, with the remaining three phases to be completed over the next 2 years.
Built on five acres of land, Madam Baker has planted a variety of fruits and trees including pawpaw, mangoes, avocado, sour-sop, lemongrass, and much more.
“Our goal is to provide a place where people can escape for fresh foods while enjoying nature to fulfill the principles of simplistic living and close contact to the earth,” she said.
Hesta Baker noted that the realization of this vision is a legacy to her great grandmother, Elizabeth Moore Johnson, after who the resort is named.
Born in the late eighteen hundreds, Johnson lived over 90 of her 97 years in Buchanan, Grand Bassa.
“She was strong, beautiful and regal and that has been a source of my strength and inspiration,” said Baker. “Her love for Buchanan provided the passion for the project.”
The grand opening ceremony for Elizabeth Village and Resort is scheduled for Saturday, December 16, and will feature the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, the Harmonizers band with vocalist James Coco Chea, Bassa musicians Choko Barchue and Bayo Nyebeh, a pool side fashion show by designer Chris Collins, canoeing and much more.