Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Happy Christmas

Santa left all our guests a present
 Well it has been hard work this Christmas, but we really enjoyed it.

Luckily we are able to contact Santa to ensure that all our guests received a present on Christmas morning. He does have to improvise though, as we don't have any Chimneys!

Buck's Fizz on offer Breakfast Morning
Throughout breakfast we played Christmas tunes and offered our guests Buck's Fizz (orange juice and champagne) and we all wished each other a Merry Christmas.

At 2pm, we shut the resort for 1 hour, whilst we exchanged presents with our staff. We play Secret Santa (we are each given a member of staff to buy a present for). Gin, as normal, was eyeing up the presents to ensure she got the best presents!

New Keyrings for the Room
However I got the best present from Gin, new room keys for the resort, something I have wanted for ages.
Nick in his new towel
As everyone opens their presents, I notice that Kai, one of our cleaners, was looking really disappointed with her present, a beautiful pink battery charger for her phone, that I had bought for her. I asked Gin what was the matter and she told me that Kai did not have a smart phone and so had no need for the charger. Gutted Nick and I rush out and buy her a much nicer and much more expensive purse, to make up for that mistake. She seemed quite pleased with this one.
Kai was much happier with her second present.
Luckily everyone checked in early, so Nick and I were able to head out for a few hours of Christmas for ourselves.
Partial Solar Eclipse on Boxing Day
Boxing day, 26th December, at 12.05pm, the skies became a little darker as we were experiencing a partial solar eclipse. 

I hope your Christmas was a much fun as ours and I hope you have an even more fabulous New Year.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Goodbye to Plastic Bottles

Every year we try to take a least one more step to be greener and this year we felt we could say goodbye to plastic water bottles completely and offer our guests reusable metal bottles for their stay with us at Mook Lanta Eco Resort.

May, of May's Kitchen, enjoying her new bottle!
From today, our customer's will be given the choice of a plastic water bottle (which will become reusable Trash Hero Bottles when the small remaining plastic bottles have been used), purchase the Mook Lanta Eco Bottle or use their own (something we are seeing more and more of).

Nick has taken his diving today with Dive & Relax
They are already proving very popular with our guests and friends and Nick took no time in taking one for himself today so he could use it whilst diving with Dive & Relax today!
The Trash Hero Bottles will be given to our guests to use during their stay
The Trash Hero Bottles will be free to use during your stay with us, however guests can purchase these if they wish too.

Friday, 6 December 2019

We pimped his ride

So for over 7 years Christian has been coming to Mook Lanta, twice a year, every year. And every year he only wants one particular bike.

So this year, Gin decided to pimp his bike for him.

He loved it!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

It is a Small World!

Us and some previous guests at the Noel Gallagher Gig
Every now and again, Nick and I, go to see bands in Bangkok. Bangkok is a great place to see big bands, because the gigs are smaller, the VIP section is cheaper and you get really close to the band.

This week, we went to see Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds, before going in to the gig, we sat at a table just outside and had a beer or two! A lovely couple asked if they could sit next to us as they were the only seats available. Of course we said yes, and the Thai lady, who spoke wonderful English introduced us to her Japanese boyfriend.

As we chatted more, we discovered they had been to Lanta, so we asked where. She could not remember the name but showed us a picture...... Of our gardens!!!! Turns out we met 3 years earlier. 

Check out how close we got to Noel.

He's Back!

Christian (left) with Ssontara (right) at Korner Bar
Our first ever booking when we took over Mook Lanta Eco Resort, was from Christian, who was already a longtime repeat guest at the resort.

Since then, he has returned twice a year, every year. Loved by our staff and by many Thais and expats on the island, you truly know the high season has started when he arrives.

Luckily we took his demand for the bar to be expanded seriously, because it was his first question when we met him!

Friday, 22 November 2019

A New Smarter Look

The Ladies all look very fetching in their new Shirts
Over the years, we have made many changes to the resort, but the t-shirts we all wear have always been the same.
Out with the old style T-shirts
We felt that the t-shirts were not that smart and most desperately needed replacing.

So last week we received our new Polo shirts and they are fantastic and look very smart. They are proving so popular, we have just had to order 30 more!
Lanta Animal Welfare got our old Shirts
But we did not just throw our old shirts away, they have been gifted to Lanta Animal Welfare to comfort the sick cats and dogs that are there.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A Very Welcome Surprise!

Last Night with the Danish
October is a transitional month for us, we are moving from low to high season, so the number of customers can increase, but, as it is still busy over on the east coast of Thailand, we tend to be quiet around Full Moon.

So Full Moon was on the 13th of October and we were quiet, so we told the staff that the end of October was a good time for them to take some holiday before it starts to get really crazy. So our new receptionist Kob, was gathering all the holiday dates and waiting for just one check in that day.
Kob's message to me!

As it was an easy day, I was chilling at our house, when I suddenly get a message from Kob. "Please you come here, Please!" Now this usually means an official visit from immigration or the police, so I went straight up to reception.

I was really not expecting to see 9 Danish people, with luggage smiling at me!
Expected 2, Got 9
So it turns out our little 1 room booking was actually a 5 room booking, which would have been a crisis if we had made that mistake in a month's time, but in October it was a very pleasant surprise! We go through our high season bookings regularly to stop mistakes like this!

So suddenly we are full in the air con bungalows, breakfast is busy and the bar is full of our local expats and some charming Danish people. Our new G5 was booked for the first time since it has been upgraded and I think we did a good job, as the lady we put in that room hugged me to say thank you! 

Whilst they were only with us for 2 days, they made the most of their stay; hoping on bikes for their first day, eating at May's Kitchen (which they loved), snorkelling at the newly opened Koh Rok & Koh Haa and drinking the bar dry on their last night.
A Sad Goodbye
They were such a lovely group and we are so sad they have left already, but they have promised to come back.