3) the main lobby; 4) the lobby bar
10) staff always available with a glass of water or cool towel
15) note from Anne, the General Manager upon our arrival, with; 16) gift fruit basket (which the macaques got!
19) along with the bubbly was a selection of snacks; 20) me doing the honours opening the bubbly – thanks Anne!
28) the resort had very good, interesting, cocktails like this (though I was horrified they’d use orchids as garnish: orchids are so hard to grow here at home)
Before venturing to the Andaman, we had a lively exchange with their new General Manager, Anne Scott. Anne originally ran the Sheraton in London, UK and after – by her own admission – a love affair that went sour, requested a transfer to Langkawi to get away from it all. She has done much to build the team and is busy implementing a coral reef reclamation project. We were delighted to return one evening after touring the island to find an invite to a cocktail party hosted by her. This party was held right on the beach in a corralled area lit with lanterns.
Anne is simply a wonderful women, built in the Shirley Valentine-vein, engaging, funny, to-the-point and clearly a people person. Anne, her Irish sidekick Darren, G and I opened the party and many hours later, with the sun long set, closed the party. There was endless appetizers courtesy of Aussie Chef Chris and free-flowing drinks for us and the 20 or so special guests.
Anne suggested we wander the beach afterwards to see the setup for romantic beach dinners. We did and were instantly hooked – though probably more piled with beer and wine – and booked our own secluded beach dinner. You’ll see that in a coming post.
54) the walkways of The Andaman; 55) G surveys the pool at dawn
56) the 4:30 fisherman’s catch; 57) G strolls through the beautiful Datai Hotel
59) our private and romantic dinner on the beach
51) welcomed upon our arrival
Upcoming posts on Langkawi will include:
- touring the island;
- food, food, food; and,
- the macaque attack (aka Langkawi’s many and varied wildlife).