A very good day to you all. I hope you are looking forward to the festive season which will be upon us in no time. If you are coming to stay with us, we very much look forward to seeing you. If you are not, may I suggest that you start planning your next holiday so that we shall see you too?
The pool is a real success. Everyone is saying how much they love it. My swimsuit is gathering cobwebs, however, as I don’t like to frighten the guests away so I have not even ventured a toe to test the temperature. How silly am I? I came out here for a new life, to live on a tropical island and to be a lotus-eater. What do I do? Spend hours on the computer with not a smidgeon of a suntan. Good working conditions though!
We’ve had some interesting storms, some very heavy rain and some beautiful sunshine too. Actually, I enjoy the storms and the wind and the rain – I find it all so invigorating. I do realise, however, that the holidaymakers like to see the sun as much as I did when taking trips to Thailand, but it is sunny here most of the year so they’re not often disappointed. We’re very lucky indeed with this climate.
Should the tension in Bangkok build to a crescendo,(the jury is out on this though), we suggest that you do not stay in Bangkok, but fly straight to Samui and you will be none the wiser. We hope that the situation will settle down soon and that an amicable agreement will be reached. If you do go to the city, I suggest you leave your red or yellow shirt at home . . .
Robin, Michael and I watched Crystal Palace against Norwich City last night, (10pm kick-off here). Obviously, everything possible was crossed and we managed to scrape through 1:0. Phew! It was a real pleasure seeing a smile on Chris Hughton’s face, however fleetingly. We were in the Emerald Bar in the village where we enjoyed a Steak & Guinness Pie – scrumptious! The next match is against Liverpool on Wednesday with a 3.00am Thursday kick-off here. Yes, we shall be there, probably in Chaweng at the Islander Bar & Restaurant, and shall be sporting a hugely positive attitude to the event . . . help!!
Bought myself a new iphone 5S this week. Love it. Bought a speaker dock too. Love it.
Have ordered a sun umbrella for the pool. Only one to start with to see how good it is and if it actually works well here, especially when the odd gust of wind presents itself. If all goes well, then we’ll order a few more.
Today, Michael’s Thai girlfriend and her mother have started doing our hotel laundry,(not the guest or Waterfront Apartment laundry, as yet). Michael has been asking for some time if they could do this and, at last, we decided to do something about it as we thought it would be good for the family and ultimately for Michael and his little girl, Salina, too. He and his girls moved into their own private living area at the mother’s new abode yesterday which is only around the corner. The laundry will be based there too so, unless Michael is needed at the hotel, he will be able to pick up and deliver every day around 1pm, his girlfriend will be there to work in the laundry without having to go out to work elsewhere and there will always be someone on hand to pick up little Salina from school and to look after her at home. Was just over in the storeroom helping our room maids and Michael get to grips with my paperwork and, before he loaded the spanking new laundry bags onto the back of his car, his face suddenly lit up and he joked that he was worn out already! We shall see how this new arrangement transpires, but I feel very happy and confident about it. Michael is really chuffed. If it doesn’t work out one day, you may just have to sleep on a hammock . . .
December 1. Goodness me! I shan’t bore you with tempus fugit, etc, but it does though, doesn’t it??
You may like to know that Dan, the son of Chris and Lamai, is doing superbly. I saw him a few weeks ago, as I said in another posting, but Chris showed me a new photo a few days ago and he looks really happy, healthy and loved – and so resembles both of them. Jokingly, I did ask Chris whether they should be thinking of having another little one so that Dan had someone to play with but, without even pausing for breath and with blue eyes as wide as saucers, he said that he really didn’t think he’d have the energy! Ha, ha! He does look SO proud though and quite rightly so. Hope to see little Dan, or Danny, sometime soon.
Hayley is coming back again at Christmas with her son, Tain, and her partner, Kev. Really looking forward to seeing them. They were so kind to both Charlotte and I went we went to see them in the UK in April. Hayley has a heart of gold and so, not surprisingly, she is hoping to bring a little girl with them who recently lost her dad when he had a fatal heart attack. She only had one parent at the time so is going through a really rough time. Hayley often has her around to her home for slap-up meals and quality time and Tain is a great friend, I’m sure. But BA are wanting 4,000 pounds for her aircraft seat, (sorry, no pound sign on this keyboard), and Hayley is trying very hard to raise the funds to realise this project. She is on Facebook, (Hayley Hunt), so if you wished to find out more, had any ideas of whom to approach or felt inclined to contribute in any way, I know this would be extremely appreciated.
I know I should practise what I preach, but I do think YOU should shake those cobwebs from your swimsuit and come out to see us. You can forget the computer, (not many people can though, it seems we have to be consistently logged on), and just try to r-e-l-a-x. Become ‘ Samuied’, as Paul and Jan so often say, (how are you both, by the way? Not working too hard, I hope). Actually, Robin and I had a body massage around midnight last night. It was divine. Just a body massage now, stop it. We were so tense from the football, something radical had to be done. But YOU could have one too AND be lotus-eating . . send us an e-mail with your prospective dates, or go on the Enquiries page of this website and Robin will reply to you without delay, unless there’s no internet which there wasn’t for quite a few hours yesterday – a tactical move by those in authority whilst the demonstrations were on in Bangkok.
Jeanette and Gordon just popped in with their friends. They stayed with us some years ago and wanted to stay again this time. Unfortunately, they went onto ‘our’ website and our availability was only one room, when they actually wanted two. I must emphasize that we do not show availability on our website. We like to build up a relationship by e-mail, you know the personal touch that seems to be gradually retiring into obscurity? We do use agents sometimes, (very rarely before the recession), and it is such a headache keeping their websites up-to-date, minute by minute, although that is one of the reasons I spend so much time on the computer. Also, we do not give them total availability either, so it is always worth coming to us direct. I certainly remembered Jeanette and Gordon, lovely couple. And they loved our pool too.
I shall only be writing to you once again before Christmas, so take good care of yourselves and come and see us soon.
My very best wishes to you all.
Hello again! Gosh, these weeks fly by!
We’re experiencing marvellous weather for this time of the year. If you’re not here, you really are missing out. We’re taking advantage of it by painting and varnishing as much as we can so that all the main work is done if and when the monsoon starts. Maybe it won’t this year. Or perhaps it will only visit us for a very short time. As long as it doesn’t come at Christmas and the New Year . . . we want our guests to really enjoy our new pool in the sunshine.
Richard and Tricia came to stay a few days ago and it was lovely to see them. We hadn’t actually seen Richard for twenty five years and hadn't even met Tricia before, so there was a great deal to catch up on. The second part of their holiday was in a villa and they invited us to join them one evening which we did. It was rather grand with fantastic views and it was a real treat. We enjoyed a marvellous steak dinner cooked by the staff there and we are returning the favour this evening at Classico, one of the best restaurants in the village which has recently been refurbished, changed its menu and installed a pizza oven too, so lots to choose from. We’re very much looking forward to it. Actually, for the past year, Richard and Tricia have been running a boutique hotel/restaurant/bar in Singapore called Rabbit Carrot Gun which is doing very well indeed and we wish them continued success. Should you wish to stay in Singapore at all, I would heartily recommend that you stay there – it looks great on their website – www. rabbit-carrot-gun.com – and I bet that they’re marvellous hosts. We have promised ourselves a trip there at some stage, though when that will be I have no idea. Let’s hope it will be soon, although it is rather hard to leave paradise . . .
We’ve had a cancellation for Christmas. The poor guests have had some unfortunate experiences of late and, though they desperately wanted to come and stay, they really could not. They had booked two rooms, both very nice, each with a king size bed, one the pool side of the hotel and one the garden side. If any of you feel the urge to come and stay for the festive period, we are looking for at least a seven-night booking in one or the two rooms. It will be on a first come, first served basis, of course, though I wish you could all come to stay! Just send Robin an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or go on the enquiries page of this website.
Lots of good remarks about the pool, in fact many people feel as though it has been here for years as it fits in so well. We’re very pleased and hope you will be too.
That’s when you come here, of course. Get your diary out now and organise something. Send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates and he’ll write straight back with our availability.
We’ll be waiting for you . . .
Until the next time, take very good care of yourselves.
Well, the pool is finished! Can you believe it? It looks great. Just wondering whether to expand the sunbathing area even more at the sides just now. I think we should, Robin thinks it's fine as it is. We'll give it a few more days before we definitely decide. But we are so pleased with the pool, we really are, and we hope that you will be too.
All the staff are back now as well and they're busying themselves by making sure that everything around is in tip-top condition. We even have some guests here as we didn't need to close for as long as we originally thought and it's great to see everyone again.
So, Steve and Rosie have booked at last! We look forward to seeing them again in February when Pete & Dot are here and we look forward to seeing them again too. Lots of return guests will be here then and we can't wait. Not that we don't look forward to seeing new guests - we definitely do and it's always so interesting and such fun to meet them - but it's obviously always great to see old friends which guests become, of course, especially when they've been to stay so many times.
The Waterfront Apartments are going well, in fact they're full just now so we're very pleased indeed that we decided to take them on. The people staying there are mostly long-term and a great bunch so they're often popping in to say hello.
What more could we wish for? Surrounded by great people and lucky enough to be welcoming more all the time, living in paradise with great weather most of the year . . . why don't you come and join us? Be it for a day, a week, a month or more, we'd love to see you. Give it some thought. Send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates to email@example.com or complete the form on the bookings page here and he'll write straight back with our availability.
Then you can tell me what you think of our pool, our hotel and our charming village of Bophut.
Take good care of yourselves.
Hi everyone! Hope I find you in fine fettle!
We have been closed for a couple of weeks as the old pool is no more and the new pool is taking shape. Our builders are doing a fantastic job and we think that the work will probably be finished before the expected date, although we don't wish to tempt fate so are keeping everything crossed. It should be fantastic when it's finished and make such a difference to the swimming experience. We hope so anyway. Can't decide yet whether to replace all the plants around the pool, (I do love gardens), or whether to leave it more open so that it's easier to see the pool, the beach and the sea with one sweep of the eye. It seems more spacious that way. We shall see.
Anne and Dave were a bit worried about the Bophut water park I mentioned in my last notes, but I wrote back to them to tell them not to worry. It's not a gigantic water park with lots of huge equipment over a huge area, it's a small area in the sea just outside Starfish & Coffee with a few inflatables which is open only during the day. The beach is usually very quiet during the day too as very few people sunbathe along there and, if diners are enjoying lunch in the restaurants, I can't see that it would be a disruptive problem at all - probably enjoyable to watch actually.
One or two people have asked me to post photos on the website and I am hoping to be doing this in the near future, in fact we are thinking of updating our website altogether which will make all these sorts of things much easier.
The staff are enjoying lots of time off although we are keeping a skeleton team to keep the hotel generally clean and, when the pool is finished, our girls and boys will be back again. I must say that it's very quiet here without them! When they return, they'll check that everything is in tip-top condition so that we can have business as usual. I am really looking forward to seeing our new pool in use and I hope you all like it too.
Have you organised your next holiday? If you haven't, why not come and stay with us? I'm sure you'd enjoy it. Just send Robin an e-mail or click onto the bookings page on this website with your prospective dates and he'll reply in no time at all with our availability.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Hello! Hope you are all well and happy.
October? Can it really be? And Christmas is just around the corner too. I shall be writing to our Christmas guests in a few weeks to ask them if they would like to join us for a celebratory meal.
We’ve decided to enlarge our pool. I know, I know, it has taken some time to come to this decision and we nearly did it around five years ago, but it’s definitely going to happen now. We are enlarging it to 12m x 6m, with 2m of sand wash at the longer sides for sunbathing and 1m at one short side, the bar being about 2.5m back from the other short side. There’ll also be three steps the full width of the pool at the shallow end so parents can sit and enjoy it there with their young children as well as teach them to swim in the 1m depth which will take up 3m of the pool and the more serene swimmer will be able to take a relaxed swim further along the pool where it will be gradually descending to 1.6m at the deepest part. There’ll also be 15cm around the edge at the deeper part so that swimmers can take a rest, if required. This pool will be quite a substantial size for our rooms and we are hoping to have it completed by the end of the month, although it may go on a little longer if the weather changes. We may even stretch to a few sun umbrellas, you never know, though we have tried them in the past and the odd gush of wind can make them dangerous to guests, but we shall do our best to rectify that situation.
Due to family commitments, Khun Fon has left after many years with us and we miss her little face very much. Khun Lamai came in on Saturday with her new son, Daniel, and her new husband, Chris, of course. Lamai looked radiant, Chris looked proud and little Dan looked as though he’d seen it all before – you know the look I mean. I even held him for a little while. Lamai is returning to work in January.
We are going to call our new acquisition The Waterfront Apartments and we are working hard on all the new admin required for this new project. There are six self-contained apartments there for rent either nightly, weekly, monthly or long-term. Very spacious accommodation, but not on the waterfront like here, of course.
We ‘ve popped into Dreamers again a few times, the venue in Bangrak where you can eat, swim or enjoy drinks and they’re getting busier and busier. I am so pleased for them as it’s a great place to go. They had a fashion show there last evening for Island Girls, a super boutique not far away, and it was very successful.
A new little water park has opened on the beach in Bophut which has lots of inflatables and it should be a great place to take your children or to have some fun yourselves. We’ll be interested to see how it goes and I look forward to hearing what our guests say about it too.
Classico, an excellent restaurant in the village, is making some changes too. A pizza oven is being installed shortly and their menu will be even more delicious that it was before, it that’s possible!
So, although our charming village of Bophut is just as wonderful as before, there are always improvements being made and we look forward to welcoming you. Why not send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates and he’ll write straight back with our availability.
Eat, drink and be merry . . . we can offer all of that, and more.
Take care, until the next time.
Very best wishes
Hello there! How are you all? We're all fantastic and I hope you are too.
Have had some great guests here, as usual. Have three rooms of Japanese guests just now and they're absolutely super people. They're very much enjoying the hotel, in fact they've extended their stay and we're really enjoying having them here too. We've had quite a few Japanese over the years and most of them return again and again. I find them to be a very gracious race with a great sense of humour. Just the perfect guests, in fact!
Following the tragic news of Roy, the owner of the apartment block opposite us who died in a motorbike accident recently, his parents came over to the island quite soon afterwards to sort out his effects and to organise the future of his assets. We were very, very sad to see the demise of poor Roy and were very surprised and touched indeed to think that his family wanted to give us first refusal on taking over the apartment block, formerly known as Fisherman's Village Condos. After serious discussion, Robin and I decided that we would take it over and, after various changes and upgrading, this will probably be known as Waterfront 2. It will be operated in a slightly different way to our hotel rooms and various facilities will be different too. I shall let you know more about this development as and when we know ourselves. To think that we shall be able to welcome more of you fills me with delight and we are both very excited about this new venture.
So, Norwich City play Tottenham this afternoon. At least Bale won't be against us as he'll be too busy making his debut for Real Madrid, thank goodness. Even though our opposition may not have their team quite together just yet, they are worth millions of pounds and one hopes that they don't find their form against Norwich today. Come on Norwich! Letsbe Avenue! Sorry about the short foray into football. This is a new side of my character brought out by the promotion of Norwich into the Premier Division two seasons ago. I was so proud of my city that I have hardly missed a match since.
Football aside, have you thought about your next holiday? Give it some serious thought and let Koh Samui bubble to the surface, Bophut in particular and, even better, The Waterfront. We'd love to see you, whether you've never been or whether you've been lots of times. Send Robin an e-mail and he'll write straight back with our availability. It could be booked in no time at all.
Until the next time, look after yourselves and my very best wishes to you all.
Hello! Is it really two weeks since my last posting? This life just flies by, doesn't it?
It's been busy here with lots of lovely guests coming and going. The feedback has been extremely positive with many return bookings being made too. How lovely!
Why come to stay at our little hotel? Because it has only eighteen rooms, is right at the beach with a superb view of the outlying islands, it's always clean and in tip-top condition, generally quiet, has very friendly and helpful staff, (many of whom have been with us for years), has many amenities that a five-star offers, (but not at five-star prices), you're treated as an important and valued guest here and not as an impersonal number which you may have experienced before in larger hotels, you're picked up from and taken back to the airport free of charge as well as being given a complimentary beer, glass of wine, gin and tonic or something similar on arrival, you're able to have a proper English breakfast cooked to order until 11am, (included in your room rate), great food all day until 6.30pm, free internet is available as well as free wi-fi all over the hotel, we've a good and inexpensive laundry service which is worthwhile taking advantage of before you return home so that you can put your clean clothes straight into your wardrobe for your next trip, (that's certainly worth considering), great massages and manicures/pedicures are available AND a bar that stays open until late. Robin and I live at the hotel so are here most of the time to chat, often socialise at the bar, answer questions, help you and assure you, but not to overwhelm you or encroach on your privacy. In a nutshell, you'll have everything at your fingertips and at a fair price too. Oh, and our weather is great most of the year, we're steps away from excellent restaurants for dinner in our charming village of Bophut, (the jewel in the crown of Samui, we always say), with a Friday Walking Street that guests love and even book their holidays around sometimes - ring any bells, Emi??
So, when are you coming to see us? Give it some thought and send Robin an e-mail. He'll write straight back with our availability and it can all be organised in no time.
Goodness me! I forgot to mention the most important ingredient of all. Our guests. You'll meet them when you come and, whether they've been here before or are on their first visit, I guarantee you'll be impressed. We always seem to get the best ones here! Of course, you don't have to chat to anyone at all - that's up to you - but you'll miss out on the great friendly atmosphere that so many of our guests love. Don't get the wrong idea, it's not a constant party, no, not at all. Our guests love the peaceful surroundings. It's just a small hotel where you can settle in and feel at home straightaway.
See you soon? I really hope so.
Take very good care of yourselves and, as usual, I'll write again in a couple of weeks.
Very best wishes
Hello again! I hope I find you in good spirits and enjoying life. 'One life, live it' are words that are so true, don't you think? I am going to try to make them my motto. Anyone care to join me?
So, we've been living this life for ten years now. We left England on 6 August 2003 and arrived on 7 August. Cooking, Carol,Serm and Yen were our first staff members and they're still with us. Supee followed shortly after that as did Lamai and Fon, all still with us too, and there have been other wonderful girls and boys who stayed with us for years, but had to leave mainly because their family wanted them to go back to the mainland. Of course, we lost poor Banjon, our barman and security guard, in a motorbike accident after four years and we still miss and talk about him often; Mark, Serm's brother, was with us for eight years and had to leave to help his mother earlier this year after his father's death; Nom, his other sister, had been here for about five years and had also left when their father became ill; Busadee, Fon's aunt, was a masseuse and room maid and was with us for about five years before moving away with her daughter, Op, who had done the same work and who had been with us for a similar time; Pim, a lovely, vibrant personality on reception, was with us for four years and left to return to the mainland; Raine, her old friend and one of our lovely, bubbly receptionists, has been with us for five years and her partner, Joe, was with us for two years; Mau, in the kitchen, has been with us for four years; Pa, a delightful masseuse and room maid has been with us for three years, as has her husband, Lot, and Cooking's son, Or, has been with us for a year and a half as has Kung, Supee's partner. Som, a room maid, came earlier this year, and is a really lovely lady who we hope will also stay with us for a long time too.
Lamai is leaving on Friday, well just for maternity leave. She is having a Caesarian at some stage after that and we are all getting excited for her and for Chris who is really getting into the father role – he's becoming very impressive indeed! We wish them much happiness and look forward to seeing their beautiful little baby.
We often have wedding guests staying here who wish that their other wedding guests could have stayed here too, especially when those other guests visit and love it. It is worth remembering that we have eighteen rooms and it's possible to hire the whole hotel at attractive rates so that all your guests can be together. This makes the stay far more personal for you and for your guests too. Our environment lends itself to a private party. We are situated right at the beach with a fantastic view of the sea and outlying islands, we have a garden area, a pool area and an open, round bar between the two with a super decking area almost on the beach where you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch or early supper. As there are so many great restaurants just steps away in our charming village of Bophut, we don't have an evening restaurant after 6.30pm, but should be quite happy to organise hot, evening buffets and a great party atmosphere, when required. We and our staff would be on hand to plan, organise and deliver any requests that you may have and be delighted to do so too. Give it some thought. Whether you have a wedding on the island, a birthday to celebrate, an anniversary, a family reunion . . . staying with us will make it a holiday to remember.
Another anniversary for me is that I have been writing this blog every two weeks for six years. I am always surprised and delighted when guests arrive and discuss with me something that I have written about here. Some guests who've never even been here before rush up to hug and kiss me because they feel they know me already. People never fail to surprise me. There is such a lot of good in such a lot of people.
Of course, now and again, guests do find fault with us. Recently, a couple of reviewers on Trip Advisor found Robin to be unhelpful and rude. Robin does so much and always goes that one step further for our guests, so I was amazed to read these comments, especially when he had immediately helped the guest's mother while she was ill. Also, I was spied walking to and from my room without going over to speak to her, apparently. She did not say that I was actually walking to and from the hotel to work where I am most of the day, every day. I admit that I hadn't spoken to these guests very much as I had a heavy workload at that time and felt that Robin, Michael and 15 staff would be able to deal with their requests whilst I got on with it. Also, they had been out of the hotel such a lot during the day and during the evening and, unless our times synchronise and we are at the bar at the same time, in reception or approached in the office, I do not go out of my way to intervene in a guest's privacy. I used to go around to the rooms and walk around the gardens and pool on a daily basis, but have found that this is not necessary or even appreciated. We are on site most of the time, are approachable, extremely helpful and socialise with our guests to a great extent, so feel that we don't want to go over the top, so to speak. We know of no other hotel on the island that offers such a personal service, in fact many guests have told us that they've never known of another hotel, anywhere! If I haven't spoken to you when you come to our little hotel, and that is very rare I might add because I love to chat, do come and say hello – I should love it!
Well, I shan't keep you any more today. I should love to see you here, however. Why not come and see us soon? Just send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates and he'll write straight back with our availability.
Then you can see why we have so many return guests who do love it here and can then become one yourself.
Take very good care of yourselves. One life, live it. Don't forget.
Hello everyone! How lovely to be speaking to you again! It gives me such a warm feeling to know that lots of you read these notes every two weeks so that you can keep up with the comings and goings of our little hotel.
We’ve had some smashing people here like David Chandler and his family who took up three rooms, Antony who works in Bangkok and who was recommended to stay with us by Kenny, a very popular guest of ours who has also stayed several times with his sister and parents, and then Alan, Christine and Kieran - yet another lovely family. All the best with your studies, Kieran!
We’ve had Tom, Sue, Billy and Liz here again. They said that they’d had a great time and would definitely be back next year. I’m reading your book, The Woman He Loved Before, Sue, and enjoying it very much. Hope you’re enjoying your little grandson – he sounds and looks marvellous – and hope the christening went well. We’ve also had Chris, Debs, Connie and Grace yet again and, whilst they were here, Connie celebrated her 18th birthday. They all decided to hold a party at the hotel which went swimmingly, not literally thankfully, although I think it was a pretty near thing. Peter and Sharon accompanied them this time and they loved the whole experience too, so we hope to see them in the future as well. Peter was originally from Norwich so there was a lot of chat about that part of the world. Paul and Jan are back again too, even for the second time this year, and it has been a pleasure seeing them. They brought my magazine and, again, would not let me pay for it. They also brought a Sunday Telegraph which we devoured. We haven’t been able to get the Telegraph here for a while - we've had to take the Times instead - and we’ve never been able to get the weekend supplements so it was a real treat. They've been having lots of chats with Glyn and Emi, also big returnees and also a lovely couple. Glyn’s daughter and family are going to join them next time too. Also Suzanne, Paul, Nathan and Holly are back again – you know it’s so fantastic when our guests come back to see us. To know that we are able to provide a happy holiday for such lovely people and that they enjoy it so much that they want to repeat the experience again and again is such a marvellous feeling. Thank you all so much!
We’ve had lots of sunshine, but quite a bit of rain too which hasn’t been perfect. We always feel so sad for the guests if the weather isn’t 100%, but they're still sporting suntans so it couldn’t have been too bad, especially if they’re talking about coming back next year!
Lots of guests have been asking on arrival about Little Leo, our Yorkshire Terrier. Well, he is much fitter again now and is looking very smart as I gave him a haircut the other day. Also, because we have been busy, Robin and I have been moving from room to room and even had to move out of the hotel last week, but our own apartment will be ready for us again later today. We lived on site in the early days, then moved off site for about four and a half years and have been back again for nearly two years now. Being able to get to work in a flash and home in a moment makes life so much easier. I love our apartment, but that Honeymoon Room/Superior Room is super. If you get the opportunity to stay in it, I should take it. It’s not very much more expensive than a normal room, but has a picture window with a view of the outlying islands as well as twin showers, twin basins and a lovely private area outside which is only steps from the beach. I’d be quite happy to live there. I know lots of you love the room and try to book it if you can and I totally agree. You certainly don’t need to be on honeymoon!
So we have yet another future King of England, little George. How marvellous! What an eventful year it has been! We’ve had lots of good sport too. Cricket starts again on Thursday, so I’ll be there supporting our team. Then we have football too and you know l’m quite a convert these days. I am very pleased to say that there’s always something going on and lots to look forward to.
Have you lots to look forward to? If you haven’t booked your next holiday, why not spend it at our little hotel? We’d love to see you. Just write to Robin with your prospective dates and he’ll write straight back with our availability then you can go online for the best deals on airfares. It really is that simple. Don't forget that we pick you up from Samui airport too. Definitely fly to Koh Samui though - don't fly to Suratthani airport as it's on the mainland and involves hours of unnecessary travel. We definitely don't pick up from there!
Give it some thought. Some serious thought. But don’t take too long – especially if you’d like to stay in the Honeymoon Room . . .
Until the next time, take good care of yourselves.
Hello everyone! Hope you are well and enjoying life.
We’ve been quite busy here with Stig and his 60th birthday celebrations. He brought five other rooms with him and Torill this year and they really enjoyed themselves. Last Monday, they had a party here and Cooking pulled out the stops and provided some very tasty food and there was a birthday cake and lanterns too. The guests were singing Happy Birthday in Norwegian and enjoying lots of good music. They’re all thinking of coming back next year to celebrate another birthday. We look forward to that.
We’ve also had a great party of South Africans here, all wedding guests and they have been great fun too, especially when enjoying the shots and cocktails. The wedding was on the south of the island last Friday and they said it was just wonderful.
We’ve had Sue, Tom, Liz and Billy here again as well. They always come here around this time of the year and are having a great time. We’ve had a bit of rain the last few evenings, but it has been gloriously sunny during the day, so nobody minds. We're also happy to see Julie and her husband, John, again and they've brought their daughter, Kit, with them this time too.
We look forward to seeing Chris, Debs, Connie and Grace again shortly – Connie will be celebrating her 18th birthday this year. They all went to USA last year and didn’t quite enjoy their holiday as much as usual, so are back here again this year and we very much look forward to seeing them. As do we Paul and Jan who have already been once this year – would it be at all possible for you to bring me an August Country Living, Jan? If so, you must let me pay this time and please don't worry if you're not able to get one.
Our granddaughter, Salina, is starting school tomorrow. She had a little look the other day and was a bit dubious at first, but didn’t want to leave in the end. She’s doing half a day the first day, then we hope she’ll carry on, as normal, the next day. How quickly they grow up!
Wasn’t it wonderful that Andy Murray won Wimbledon? We were in the new Dreamers Beach Club in Banrak again and the owner, Bobby, who happens to be Scottish too and who’d been exclaiming all evening, “never hurrry a Murrray,” broke open a bottle of champagne at the end and had bagpipes playing in the background. It actually felt like New Year and was such a happy experience that I’m sure I shall never forget it. Laura Robson did well too, don’t you think?
Robin was really excited about the Ashes until 19-year old Ashton Agar scored 96 for Australia when he went in as number eleven. Okay, it was a world record, but why did it have to happen then? Anyway, I’m really into it too and we’ve found three places with it on, the Islander in Chaweng, the Premier Bar in Banrak and, now thankfully, the Billabong, just along in the village. Last night, having watched Australia batting relatively well and feeling a bit down, we suddenly got two wickets in two balls and another not long afterwards. So, we’re back again for the final day today with Australia 174 for 6, chasing 311, and we need those wickets!
Robin’s also getting revved up for the football in August. He’s already hoping that Norwich will have done really well by the end of the season as their last four games are Liverpool home, Manchester United away, Chelsea away and Arsenal home. I totally agree with him.
Sitting here sipping a beautifully cold Heineken in our little paradise makes me feel very lucky indeed. Why don’t you come over and enjoy it too? Just send Robin an e-mail and he’ll write straight back with our availability.
Shall I open you a bottle now?
Take care of yourselves.
Sawadee Kah! Here you see we have won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013 which we're very pleased about. I have tried to put it on the website with our other awards, but to no avail. Perhaps one of you will be able to advise me when you visit. I did try last year when we won for 2012. If someone could point me in the right direction? We did have a website adviser, but he is with us no more and my website expertise only runs to updating the rates and information and, of course, my fortnightly notes. At least you've seen it though!
So, I’m back in the Samui fold and very nice it is too. So lovely to see Robin and our staff. Lamai looks very happy and her little tummy is not so little anymore with her due date being 2 September. That’s something nice to look forward to, especially for her and Chris. Leo, who hadn’t been very well, is on the mend, but he doesn’t look his old self yet even though Khun Pa has been giving him her expert attention. Lots of cuddles will help, I’m sure.
I’ve been back three days and each day we have been to Dreamers, a new little beach club in Banrak. There is a restaurant on the ground floor with a very good menu, although we haven’t eaten there yet, a swimming pool downstairs with comfortable loungers and a small beachfront that has a bar and some tables. Upstairs is also very attractive with a bar and a large sitting area that has lots of sofas and a large screen on which we have been watching Laura Robson do so well at Wimbledon. The walls are open all around the building and the views are tremendous. The music is good too. It has been a very relaxing and enjoyable venue to visit and I suggest you try it when you come out. We were all geared up to returning this evening to watch Laura again until we realised that she didn’t play until tomorrow. So okay, we thought, we’ll watch Hamilton at the British Grand Prix – another foxed arrangement when poor old Louis got a puncture on the sixth or eighth lap, but now I see he’s up to fourth, so we may mosey along yet again.
Met Rosie and Steve in Norwich for a couple of drinks to catch up on all of our news. It was great seeing them and super to hear that they’re enjoying their new home. We hope to hear soon that you’re coming out to stay next February, R & S, as we still only have one bungalow, one upstair room, (although that does have a king-size bed), and a family suite available for your dates. No doubt you’ll be having a chat with Peter & Dot about it when you visit them this month. Send them our love. I still can’t get over their impromptu visit to me in Norwich a few weeks ago – marvellous!
Robin is worried that guests from the UK have a problem sometimes with being checked all the way through to Samui. His advice is “stick to your guns” and ask to speak to a more senior member of staff if there is a problem. The code for Samui is USM, by the way.
Michael bought a new X-Box whilst in the UK and a Kinect which brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller. Well, it certainly brought something to life in an extraordinary new way when Michael decided to use a giant lollipop as a bat. The lollipop came apart from the stick, or handle in this case, went careering into the television and smashed the screen into a thousand pieces. End of television. A new one has been installed. Let us hope that life in Michael’s household may be slightly less extraordinary in the future.
Receiving lots of enquiries for the coming months, so do write soon with your potential dates if you’re thinking of coming to see us. Robin will write straight back, as you know, and you can have it all booked in no time.
We don’t need anything new or extraordinary here, by the way . . . it’s pretty extraordinary already, as you will know if you have visited us before.
If you haven’t, do come and see for yourself.
Best wishes and take care.
Hello everybody for the second time today. I had nearly finished my missive to you when the librarian told me that there was only one minute left. Needless to say, I lost everything and left the library in dismay. How stupid of me! It's because I keep thinking it's Saturday when there's no closing for lunch. Oh, well, I have the wonderful experience of thinking of you longer than usual. Lucky me!
My next report will be from Samui and I look forward to returning and seeing Robin, the staff, the guests, of course, Leo and our lovely little hotel. It's nearly ten years since we started our new life and it's been a real adventure. Lots of guests have returned time and time again - many have become good friends - and we always look forward to meeting new guests too. Such an array of nationalities, age and experience! It really is such a delight.
Stig and Torill are coming soon with lots of family and friends to celebrate a special Stig birthday. We really look forward to seeing them again. Wayne and Glenda have just been there from Australia and enjoyed their stay as did Neil and Tracey from the UK who, as well as having a good time, received the great news that a baby is on the way. Congratulations to you both. I look forward to meeting your little one in the future. Don't forget we do babysitting!
I was chatting to my mother, son, Michael, and granddaughter, Salina, the other day
when, for no apparent reason, I decided to leave my chair and look out of the window. I stared in amazement. Was this an apparition before me? I watched a tall, slim, distinguished gentleman accompanied by a beautiful damsel open our garden gate and walk up to the front door. I dashed to open it in disbelief. There, before me, were Peter and Dot, two lovely guests who have stayed with us many times. I invited them in, of course, and we chatted non-stop for the next thirty minutes, hardly stopping to catch our breath. I was so pleased and happy with this lovely surprise. They used to live in Norwich - they now live in Derbyshire - and were back to deal with a house problem before going on to dine with Peter's daughter in Bungay. I missed them the moment they left and really look forward to seeing them at the hotel next year.
I have been so busy here, as you know, and have had Rosie's name at the top of my list.
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