16 August 2015

Travel. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller – Ibn Battuta

A very big hello to you, albeit it a day late. I’m sorry about that, but life has been both hectic and exciting and I haven’t had a quiet moment to sit and write to you. Here I am, however, and very pleased I am to be too. I’m hoping to pop in a photo again next time.

How are you all? Enjoying yourselves? Living in the moment and enjoying what life has to offer now rather than regretting the past or waiting for the future? Good for you! We’ve had lots of happy return guests doing just that like Paul & Jan, Peter & Di, Graeme, Alex and his parents, Tim with his parents and aunt and, although I don’t usually mention surnames, new visiting families like the Glovers, the Brophys, the Woods, (David a Norwich City Supporter!),the Swansons and the Trevisons – all smashing people who wanted to relax and enjoy their holiday in South East Asia, chose our little boutique hotel, came to stay and loved it.

We have bungalows with queen size beds, rooms with king size beds, twin rooms, family rooms and honeymoon rooms all of which are decorated twice-yearly, kept in tip-top condition and have many facilities that you would only expect to find in 5-star accommodation. We have just 18 rooms, however, so it’s not soulless and impersonal at all. You are certainly not a number here, you are a welcome guest who will most likely become a friend and, hopefully, come back to see us again – and again and again, if we’re lucky. Many of our guests do. We also have a relatively new saline swimming pool surrounded by very comfortable chairs, footstools and sun umbrellas, more chairs in the mature garden area and lots of sun beds down on the beach. We have a decking area where you can enjoy your cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch or other tasty treat, an outside bar with ice cold beers and many of your favourite tipples, happy staff who have been with us for years and all of this is right next to the beach with a stunning view of the sea and outlying islands and only a saunter away from other excellent restaurants, bars and boutiques in our charming village of Bophut. It is also known as Fisherman’s Village and we think it’s the jewel of Samui’s crown.

You may have only just returned from a holiday, but why wait any longer to book your next one? Take a look at our website then let us know your proposed dates, either by filling in the booking form there or by writing direct to Robin on robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com. He’ll write straight back with our availability and, even though we’ve had lots of enquiries and bookings, we’ll do our best to fit you in.

We have many very young guests, honeymooners, young couples and young families, but Paul & Jan have been trying to twist our arm again into opening a Marigold Hotel here in Samui- they’ve even offered to run it should we need a holiday! If you haven’t seen or heard of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then you will have no idea of which I speak, but it is a film, (from the book, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach – her new one is Something To Hide which I have yet to read), about a long stay hotel for the more exciting older guest who, basically, doesn’t want to go home! It is tempting especially as many of the guests who’ve shown interest already happen to be exciting, outgoing people. It could be a blast! Any interested readers?? I can’t promise that Richard Gere or Judi Dench will be here, but who needs them? All our guests are superstars anyway! There are excellent hospital facilities on the island and we would make sure that our guests are spoiled rotten. Worth a thought, perhaps?? Ha, ha! Something to look forward to??? Really, your feedback would be much appreciated!!

So, another fortnight has passed. And another one will pass just as quickly before I write again. Come and see us soon. Come and have a great time. We’d love to see you – whether it’s for a week or two, a month or two or, maybe in the future, an extended holiday full of laughter and excitement!

Take very good care of yourselves.

Best wishes