2 August 2015

Hi Everyone!

‘Our battered suitcases were piled high on the pavement again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.’ – Jack Kerouac

A big hello from The Waterfront Boutique Beach Hotel & Cafe, Koh Samui, Thailand, where the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the staff are smiling whilst they make sure that the guests have everything they need to relax and enjoy their stay on this beautiful island.

We’re a boutique hotel because we are small and personal and offer just that little bit more than you would normally find in an hotel of this size and price. We can confidently call ourselves a beach hotel because we’re right at the beach in the charming village of Bophut, otherwise known as Fisherman’s Village. We could be called the superb view hotel because that’s what we have as the stunning view of the sea and outlying islands is breathtaking. Perhaps we could be called the superb breakfast hotel because all our breakfasts are cooked to order, not like a 5-star I had the pleasure of staying in recently which had run out of eggs by 9.30am and where the rest of the ingredients were looking sadly dry and unappetising in their tepid warming trays. We could be called the clean pool hotel because our super saline pool is always ultra clean and we could be called a clean room hotel too as our rooms are regularly decorated and cleaned on a daily basis. We could be called the super staff hotel because our staff has been with us for years and especially enjoy looking after and laughing with the guests. We could also be called the return guest hotel because many, many of our guests return again and again, often booking for the next time before they leave. We could go on and on saying what we could be called, but suffice to say that we are happy, very happy indeed to welcome you, your friends and your family to our little piece of paradise.

I have been writing this blog for 8 years now. I don’t know how many thousands of words that is, but I have written consistently every fortnight since August 2007. Sometimes there is lots to say, sometimes not so much, but I know that many of you like to keep in regular contact and it is such a pleasure for me too.

We have been living in Samui for 12 years on 7 August and we have been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life. We have enjoyed some wonderful chats around our bar until the small hours and guests may have originally arrived as strangers, but have left as dear, dear friends. It has truly been remarkable.

We have seen babies grow into teenagers, teenagers grow into husbands and wives, honeymooners become parents and parents become grandparents. It has been a patchwork of life and, as one guest, Sue, who stays annually with her husband, Simon, knows only too well, this piece of sewing which has been so lovingly put together becomes a dearer friend with each passing year. This is how we feel about our hotel, our guests, our staff and all the many people we have met here in Samui.

Recently, I was invited to a barbecue with Sue & Aubrey, past guests and dear friends, in their beautiful garden,. I hadn’t seen them for a while, but it was as though no time has passed at all. Robin and I have known them for many years and I could have been 20 sitting there that sunny afternoon had my beautiful daughter of 23 not been sitting directly opposite. Sue’s vibrant daughter, Bo, who had always been dear to my heart, sat next to her, (I hadn’t seen Bo since she was a small girl as she has lived in Australia and New Zealand for many years), and was now a mother herself, laughing and recounting stories of all the years missed – it was though I had found a long lost treasure who, with no effort whatsoever, entranced both the older and younger generations. Her own gorgeous son, a very endearing 14-year old, tried his hardest not to look bored, but happily threw in the odd remark whilst sneaking a game or two on his Play Station. The Prosecco flowed and the chicken, pork and sausages very professionally cooked by Aubrey together with the 1,001 accompaniments lovingly prepared by Sue were so tasty that I had to make a very hard effort to stop eating.  Matt & Jamie, Bo’s brothers, as well as Jamie’s sweet girlfriend were also there which made a really delightful afternoon even more enjoyable and I have many happy memories just thinking about it.  Thank you so much!

Then I was lucky enough to be invited to dine with Liz & Mike, also past guests and dear friends. I had had the opportunity of dining with them before some three or four years ago and was very pleased indeed to be asked again. Obviously, I must have behaved myself. Unfortunately, having swanned to their village in no time at all, I found that I had parked in completely the wrong drive and had to retrace my journey. I arrived at a wrong destination for the second time when I thought I must ring my hosts, but found there was no service. As luck would have it, I suddenly recognised their house and was able to arrive only a few minutes late. More tasty Prosecco followed by lots of mouthwatering roast lamb and all the trimmings, though how we had time to eat I have no idea as there wasn’t a pause in the conversation and, before I knew it, it was time to leave. Another great visit with superb company. Thank you again!

These stories emphasize again that our guests really do become friends which is such a great pleasure. I have also seen Hilary again which was a joy and I hope to see Rosie & Steve and Rosemary & Laurie very soon. Jan & Paul are at the hotel at the moment, their second visit of the year and, with various changes taking place in their life, we hope to see them even more. How marvellous!

Why not look at your engagements over the coming months and see if you can fit in a trip to see us? Just send Robin an e-mail with your prospective dates on robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com or complete the booking form on our website and he’ll write straight back with our availability. We’d love to see you!

Until the next time, take very good care of yourselves.

Best wishes