1 February 2018

Hi Everybody!

I am back in paradise and loving it.  You would too if you came to see us.  When I have been away and return, I always see with new eyes just how beautiful it is here and how lucky we are to have our little hotel right on the beach with a stupendous view of the sea and outlying islands. Our staff all hugged and kissed me on my arrival as I did them. They bring such a wonderful atmosphere to the place.

If you haven’t stayed before, we have eighteen rooms all beside the beach with a magnificent view of the sea and outlying islands. We’re at the peaceful end of our charming Fisherman’s Village in Bophut on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.  Our village has first-class restaurants, bars, boutiques and spas, all just a saunter away.  We even have the popular Friday Walking Street with its myriad of stalls selling clothes, ornaments, jewellery, food and cocktails and there’s live music too, especially at The Freedom Bar opposite which can leave you feeling a bit woolly around the edges as some of our guests were finding on Saturday . . .

We’ve had some fantastic guests staying.  Lynn & Sandra are two English sisters who were here for a wedding, well blessing really, and were part of a group of sixty.  We only had one room left when they were all looking for accommodation and they said that they were so happy to have been the lucky ones.   They were lovely girls, laughing all the time. Sandra and her husband are almost self-sufficient at home. They have a large allotment and grow their own fruit and vegetables, whilst she makes their own bread, biscuits and cakes, and he makes the butter, shoots and fishes – and they cook together. Sounds like material for a TV programme! In fact, I suggested that she write a book.  I’d certainly buy it. Lynn is a psychiatric nurse, so enjoyed the rest. Four guests, John, Paul, Jean and Janice arrived from the UK and also immediately loved the place.  They are keen dart players, especially Janice. Poor John had a leg problem and ended up in Bangkok Samui Hospital for two nights, but is much better now. Andrea and her party of fifteen from Iceland also loved it – and the eight children were as good as gold. Lovely children. Yens & Synnova were here on their second visit from Norway and are talking about a third.  Since their first visit last year, they have become proud grandparents and are loving every minute. We dined with them at The Jungle Club in Chaweng and had a fantastic meal.  It’s quite high up there and the view is superb. Zvi & Dita from Israel and Tim & Kate from the UK have come to see us again which is wonderful and we had a lovely chat with two great couples from the USA, Cyrus & Kim and their friends, Amy & Aaron, who are due to marry shortly.  We wish them a long and happy life together. We have George & Anne, Mark & Elunos, Susan & David, Sarah & Matthew and Ian & Diane from the UK who say that they love it, Lars & Jilland, Eva & Halean, Lars & Lena, Charlotte & Bjorn, Elin & Rickard and Marcus & Anneli, Tinna & Hans and Kamilla & David from Sweden who say the same, Li & Yang from China who love staying in the Family Bungalow, Julie & Barry from the UK are here with their daughter, Rachel, and her partner, Sanjay from Australia – poor Julie hurt her foot when she’d been on a motorbike, but a quick visit and five stitches at the local hospital solved the problem and she’s now fine and happy; Elizabeth from Norway is here with her mother, Bernie and they are loving it; Danielle & Dupuis from Canada, Victor & Evgen, Avoian and Diana & Volkov from Russia, Laurie & Grant and Barbara & Lisa from the USA, Chris & Lesley and Harene from Australia, Natalia from Holland with Michael from Austria, Katrina from Finland, Deanne & Meg from New Zealand, Johanns & Johanna from the Netherlands, Torben & Helle from Denmark, Dur from Switzerland, Camille & Virginie from France and Celine, Dorina & Philine from Germany who have all told us how much they enjoyed their stay and look forward to returning again.  This is music to our ears as, even though these guests have come from far and wide, they still appreciate our little hotel.

We also had a young couple from Norwich, Wendy & Carl, so it was good to catch up with them and we have had four friends from there too – Simon & Harvey, who’ve returned home, and Tony & Hilary who are staying for 31 nights.  We’ve been enjoying their company hugely and sampling many restaurants with them. We’ve been to Beach Republic for their superb Sunday lunch – you can sunbathe around their pools too, if you wish – Sereena in Maenam – Malcolm, the proprietor will bring you home, if you like –  the new Coco Tam’s restaurant, the Frog & Gecko whilst we took part in their Wednesday quiz, Supattra for wonderful Thai, (No 2 on Trip Advisor this week), The Two Fishes, (No 4 on Trip Advisor), Gusto, Pepenero at its new location in Maenam, (No 5 on Trip Advisor), The Link for international cuisine , Starfish & Coffee and their other restaurant The White House for tasty Thai, The Shack, a few times – their steaks and burgers are excellent –  Khun Vivian at 69 for his wonderful personality and lovely Thai cuisine and Happy Fridays at the end of our street, just near the hotel, for a quick and tasty Thai and I can honestly say that the standard has been top notch.  We are very lucky to have so many wonderful restaurants on our doorstep. Returning guests, Trevor & Maureen, just arrived and were shocked to see their old friends, Tony & Hilary, sitting around the pool!  We had all kept it a secret and there was much excitement, even prompting a beer at eleven o’clock in the morning.

Kate & Tim came to stay again a couple of days ago and we have Gary & Donna back too.  Then we welcomed Pete & Dot, Peter & Tricia and Gary & Sara and next week sees Michael & Maureen, Pat & Dave, Rose & David, Margaret, Sandra and Ronnie & Anne, all lovely repeat guests most of whom are staying a month. It’s a great time of year for us as many guests return and, not only do they know us, but they have come to know each other too and are all the best of friends.  It’s such a magical atmosphere.  Of course, we look forward to welcoming new guests too!

The hotel and our apartment seem very odd without little Leo, our gorgeous little Yorkie who died last month.  I often stop work to give him a cuddle and remember he’s not here or check guests in and remember how he used to bark at me from the office door as if to say, ‘what about me – can’t I check them in too?’ and I would fetch him and introduce him.  He’d be beside himself with happiness. Dreadful losing a pet. My brother, Patrick, and his wife, Dawne, lost their lovely Poppy last month too.  They’ve been desolate.  Why do we put ourselves through such torment? Because every second of their love is worth a million dollars.  How people can hurt animals escapes me.

So, I am here and both of our children are in the UK.  Another huge miss for me. But I am in constant touch which is the next best thing. Charlotte was eleven when we came here.  She just had her twenty-sixth birthday.  Michael was eighteen and is almost thirty-three. Frightening! I look forward to seeing them again in the near future. We must pack in as much as we can, don’t you think?

If you’ve been to visit us before, do think about coming back.  And, if you haven’t, give some serious thought about coming to stay.  Send Robin an e-mail on robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com or go to the Book Now page on our website to either book or send us a message.  We’d love to see you. And, if you cannot find availability, do contact us direct as we don’t always show all our availability on our website or give it to agents in high and peak seasons.

Until the next time, take good care of yourselves and pack in as much as you can!

Very best wishes