31 October 2015


I am sorry if you’ve been looking for my mid-month notes, but I have been so busy in the UK that I have not even had the time to think, never mind write. It’s the first time, I believe, in eight years, that I’ve missed one, but this has led me to the decision that once a month in low season is actually quite enough to inform you of our life at The Waterfront. If anything of urgent interest transpires, of course I shall let you know immediately.

Samui life has been in the slow lane of late. The island is quiet and so, consequently, the hotels are too. This doesn’t mean that the island is a graveyard, far from it, in fact it’s a delightful time to come and relax away from the rat race and the prices are lower too. However, within the blink of an eye, the festive season will be upon us as will all the celebrating holidaymakers and Thailand’s tourism will be in the throes once more.

For those of you who haven’t tried our little hotel, it nestles amongst the palm trees at the edge of the beach in Bophut – Fisherman’s Village to be exact – overlooking the sea and outlying islands, a truly remarkable venue. It has eighteen rooms/bungalows of various sizes all facing the beach, a saline swimming pool surrounded by comfortable reclining chairs and footstools, a beach/pool bar, an outside café/decking area, a wide beachfront with lots of sunbeds, a sala reception/cafe area, absolutely wonderful, longstaying staff who will cater to your needs and Robin and myself who not only try to keep the wheels turning, but love to laugh and chat along the way.

If you haven’t been to Koh Samui before, or even to the Far East, staying with us is an easy way to start as we’ll meet you from the airport, take you on a small tour of the neighbourhood, welcome you to our little hotel, perhaps even introduce you to other guests and soon you’ll feel very much at home. Some guests really do feel that it is home from home and come back to see us year after year. Many of them have become long term friends. How good is that? Even well travelled guests have decided to beat a path to our door. They’ve also decided that they’ve found just what they are looking for. They know that they’re getting a warm welcome, clean and beautiful surroundings, value for money and lots of excellent restaurants on the doorstep. They also often forge new friendships with other like-minded guests which all adds to the flavour and enjoyment of their holiday.

I’ve been busy in the UK as I’ve been preparing our house for sale. Three months it’s taken and, although it’s all been rather stressful, the end product is fantastic and, furthermore, fingers crossed, we think we may have sold it. Another chapter! Michael, our son, has returned to courier once again in the UK, so I want to make sure that he’s well ensconced in his new life before leaving him here and returning to our little haven.

Thank you, Margaret, for bringing to our attention the postings on our website blog which had nothing to do with us at all. I have deleted them and hope that we shall have no further problems. We very much look forward to seeing you and Michael again in 2016 – as Michael says, God willing!

I often think of many of you with such fondness and so look forward to seeing you all again soon. But whether you have been to stay before or not and are thinking of coming over, just send your prospective dates to robin@thewaterfrontbophut.com or complete the bookings form on our website and he’ll write straight back with our availability.

We’d love to see you.

Best wishes