1 November 2017

Hello There!

How are you all today? I’ve been for my run which I try to do on a daily basis and it really makes me feel on top of the world. I thoroughly encourage you to try it, especially if you’ve been feeling a little anxious or depressed or just out of sorts. It even rained at times today, but it was so invigorating! I want to keep fit as I get older and am getting into yoga and boxercise too. It’s also twelve weeks since I enjoyed a glass of wine or a gin and tonic and I have to say that I do feel better for it. Even those extra pounds around my waistline have disappeared!

I’ve had to stay in the UK a little bit longer as even more family commitments have to be dealt with, but I should be back in gorgeous Samui in the not too distant future and look forward to seeing all our guests as and when they visit our little hotel there. Hopefully my abstinence will last a bit longer, although I’m sure it won’t be quite as easy once I’m into the holiday mode. Another interest I’m looking forward to there is bird watching which I did for the first time the other day at the beautiful Minsmere in Suffolk and thoroughly enjoyed it. This new interest should be fuelled well in Asia with the array of wonderful birds there.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej had a huge send off this week and there were gatherings everywhere. He was greatly loved and is sadly missed. King Maha Vajiralonjgkorn, his son, takes his place. Another very sad piece of news is that Lek, one of our former receptionists who actually worked for us twice, both times for many years, has died of cancer at the age of 41. I actually saw her at a Thai festival in Cambridge 12 weeks ago and she looked very well indeed. Apparently, she didn’t even know then that she was ill, so the suddenness of it all must have been a great shock both to her and her family. It certainly was a shock to us and we are very, very sorry to hear such dreadful news. It’s unbelievable.

Life goes on, however. And sad news always makes us feel that we should make as much of life as we can. The old saying that life is not a rehearsal rings very true indeed. So, a holiday springs to my mind. A time to unwind, clear the mind and refresh. Have you arranged a holiday recently or are you one of those people who keep putting it off? Putting it off until when, however? Why not really give it some thought and fly out to see us?

Our little hotel has eighteen rooms and I’m sure you could find one of those to suit your needs. They’re all just steps from the beach which has a marvellous view of the sea and outlying islands. We have lots of cushioned sun beds on the beach and comfortable chairs and footstools with sun umbrellas around the saline pool and the beach/pool bar is just nearby waiting to cater for your every need. We have a great cooked-to-order breakfast served until 11am and a super Thai and European menu served until 6pm after which you are able to saunter along the village and sample the delights of the many excellent restaurants on offer there, together with some great bars, boutiques and spas. There is even a Friday Walking Street market on a weekly basis which is very popular indeed.

Chisato and Lato from Japan returned to see us recently. They married on the island six years ago and stayed with us then. They thoroughly enjoyed their return visit and said that they look forward to returning yet again. I bumped into regular guests Elizabeth and Michael recently whilst buying plants with my mother and it was great to see them. Having spent a lot of time on holiday with grandchildren, they have been talking about yet another return to see us as soon as possible. We very much look forward to seeing them too. Elizabeth and I swapped film and book recommendations and it was as though no time had passed at all since our last meeting. We find this with guests. They become really good friends and, although of course we cannot see them all the time, when we do see them the time is very precious and so very enjoyable. I have kept in regular touch with another regular guest, Margaret, who lost wonder Michael earlier this year, and Emi, another of our regular guests, coincidentally Japenese, is going to stay with her this week. Two lovelier ladies you could not meet and I hope they have a great time catching up. Margaret is coming to stay for a long holiday early next year and her son, Justin, may be joining her for some of it.

So, it’s Christmas next month. Can you believe it? I certainly can’t. We do not have any mandatory, hugely expensive celebrations at our little hotel and our own restaurant will be serving our usual menu so, if you would prefer to rest and relax, you may like to stay there as it is usually very quiet most of the day. However, we shall be keeping an eye open for any venues offering a good menu and excellent service where perhaps we may be able to book a Waterfront table or two so, if you are staying at this time and would like to join us on the day, do let us know without too much delay.

Look on the internet or visit your travel agent, dust down those suitcases and look out the holiday gear. Time to plan and make things happen. Don’t forget, this isn’t a rehearsal.

Very best wishes