florence's resort

welcome to Florence’s Resort

a little piece of paradise nearby freetown

Florence’s Resort, commonly known as "Franco's", is a small resort built and managed by a Sierra Leonean/Italian family. Located directly in a pristine inlet of one of Sierra Leone’s unique river/ocean front beaches,
it offers a beautiful view over the peninsula mountains and wonderful sun sets.
Renowned for its delicious cuisine made from daily fresh seafood, including Carpaccio, lobster, crab, prawns, and all sorts of fish, Florence's Restaurant offers also dishes from the best Italian cuisine.
Its 7 bedrooms, all ensuite with sea view, are built into the water, next to the restaurant and the huts-&-loungechair-equipped beach.

testimonials & writeups

Here's what people say about us

  • “Wake up to sweeping panoramas”

    “…if you’re keen for some degree of creature comfort, opt for Florence’s Resort on nearby Sussex Beach. A guesthouse with a superb restaurant commonly known as Franco’s – after Florence’s Italian husband, who came out here for the diving in the 1960s and never left – this is a delightful place.

    … guests wake up to sweeping panoramas of the lagoon (request Room No 1 – it’s got the best view). You can rent scuba or snorkelling equipment and explore the marine life, go fishing, swim, eat fresh lobster pasta or fish carpaccio and wash it all down with a cool Pinot Grigio – or, indeed, a pink gin at six o’clock. (Like all good Italians, Franco keeps his kitchen and his wine store mercifully well stocked.)”

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    Clemency Burton-Hill – The Guardian
  • “A beguiling escape from the world, with fresh, savory food”

    “While this place does not have a formal address, everyone knows where it is. About 10 miles down the Peninsula Road, past Lakka Beach, there is a sign for Florence’s. A beguiling escape from the world, with fresh, savory food, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner … The wine list is long; the beach, deserted. There are six (now seven) guest rooms, which fill up on weekends, so it is smart to reserve.”

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    Marc Santora – The New York Times
  • # 10: Sussex Beach, Freetown

    We begin our top 10 list of the best beaches in Africa with Sussex Beach.
    This wonderful beach is located in Freetown, being one of the most populated beaches, both by locals and visitors. Situated closer to Freetown than the beaches of River Number Two and Tokeh, Sussex Beach is the ideal choice if you want to get the perfect tan. While you’re here, make sure you visit Florences (Francos) Resort. Truly amazing!

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    Alexandra Decuseara – www.ealuxe.com
  • “For now Florence’s takes the cake for my all time favorite place in Sierra Leone”

    Yesterday I went to Sussex for the first time. I would not be exagerating if I said it was the best place on earth. I was at Florence’s Restaurant & Franco’s Diving Center (though i didnt really get to find out about the diving). For now Florence’s takes the cake for my all time favorite place in Sierra Leone……I cant wait to go back in the dry season….there are shallow waters none swimmers like me can wade in for hours….

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    Vickie Remoe – www.switsalone.com