1 June 2018


Hello Again!

I hope June finds you well and enjoying life. Our little hotel is fine and, even though it’s officially low season, we’re still welcoming lots of lovely guests from far and near. Jacqui & Rick have been here with Ray & Mandy and a good time was had by all, Helen & Adam were back with their delightful little twin girls which was super and Matt & Melissa, Ian and Peter & Jenny were here from Australia and had a really good stay too.

We still have space in July if you’re wondering whether to stay. Just send Robin your prospective dates on robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com and he’ll write straight back with our availability. First and foremost, we are beachfront and in the beautiful Fisherman’s Village of Bophut. We have bungalows with a queensize bed, rooms which are a bit bigger with a kingsize bed, connecting rooms which are great for families as are our Family Bungalow, Family Suite & Family Apartment. We also have a great Honeymoon/Superior Room, twin rooms and upstair rooms. In fact, there’s something for everyone including a great saline pool surrounded by really comfy chairs and footstools, our beach with enough sunbeds for everyone, our gardens with more comfy chairs, our pool/beach bar open until midnight and our great cafe all with the most stunning view of the beach, sea and outlying islands. On top of that, we have happy staff to cater for your needs and a charming village full of excellent restaurants, bars, boutiques and spas. Plus the Friday Walking Street, of course, a very popular event with everyone.

I’ve been back in the UK and had a coffee and huge chat with guests Peter & Dot visiting from Derbyshire, a drink and another huge chat with guests Simon & Harvey and dinner, drinks and another huge chat with guests Sharon & Mark who were there for an event. I’ve said before, and I totally mean it, meeting guests is like seeing old friends and it’s always very, very special. Robin & I are very lucky to have met so many wonderful people in our nearly 15 years at The Waterfront and long may it continue.

I had another first yesterday. Dressed in my new wetsuit, I swam in a lake in the UK and it was fantastic. I hope it will be the first outwater swim of many. Although I got stuck in the weeds twice and had to be rescued both times, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also purchased a road bicycle last week and intend to practise on that plus my running continues, of course. Add the gym to the mix and you can appreciate that, together with family commitments, life is pretty busy just now and I love it. Wish I’d got into these sports years ago. And triathletes are such a great bunch of people too, so positive, interesting and encouraging . . . just like our guests really! I’ve also been enjoying playing my ukulele on a weekly basis with a great group of people and Charlotte, our daughter, has caught that bug too. Our son, Michael, has been singing and playing the guitar too so there’s never a dull moment! He’s just changed his job, still courier work, but employed rather than self-employed which has cut down the expenses somewhat and Charlotte has just started in hospitality at a popular local pub and wedding company, so they’re both busy now. Robin is very well indeed and holding the reins at The Waterfront whilst the staff are carrying out the usual low season, hotel facelift ready for the next high season.

We thought little Fon, one of our receptionists, was leaving, but she’s staying now and we’re really pleased, especially me because I’ve always loved her. Apart from her sweet personality, she is an excellent member of staff. If I need to know anything about anything, she will know the answer and her work is of a very high standard too. She’s a really good girl. But I have to admit that all our staff are good. Thankfully, they don’t leave very often either which is great for returning guests as they like to see familiar faces and the staff really look forward to seeing them again too.

When I get chatting to people, it’s amazing how many love Thailand. They love the people, the food, the glorious beaches and countryside and especially the islands. And very few visit just once. They return again and again, just like we did. Some eventually live there too, perhaps enjoying a different sort of retirement to the norm. If you haven’t been, you should put it on your bucket list. And an excellent place to start would be to come and stay with us. Think about it. We bet you’d love it.

Until the next time, take good care of yourselves.

Very best wishes