Happy New Year!
Christmas has come and gone and we're already into the second week of a New Year … how time flies!
Sand Island was full from the 13th December until the 6th January; now we're able to take a breath and look back on the festive season. What a lot of fun we had with some super-nice guests. There were four different groups, pre Christmas, Christmas, New Year and post New Year and we enjoyed hosting every single one of them. We had a couple get engaged and one family that got horribly lost and took 16 hours to get here by road. We had big family groups and lots of youngsters; everyone just chilled and had fun.
We also had some nice parties, Christmas eve was celebrated with Sangria, mince pies and carol singing at the managers' house which was great fun and some spectacular singing talent was revealed: X factor Tiwi and it got a big yes from me!
All change on the 27th December as we had to say good bye to the Christmas carolers and welcome in the New Years Eve party goers. The festivities stared on the 28th with a birthday party for 18 of our guests which was hosted on the mangers' veranda. Bonkers good food and sentimental speeches made it a very special evening for one young person. Another group of 14 had a celebratory dinner on New Year’s Eve at the same venue, Prawn cocktail, surf and turf and lemon Meringue pie made for a very classic end of year dinner. There was the traditional Sand Island bonfire on the beach with beers and bubbles to see in the New Year and watch the Mombasa fireworks. Some were much later to bed than others.
One last birthday party was thrown on the 2nd January which eventually brought silly season to a close.
A New Year no doubt with new challenges. The second half of last year was dominated by politics and uncertainly which had a hugely negative impact on the Kenyan economy so let’s hope things settle down, the ship steadies and we are given a fighting chance to do business this year. Which reminds me ... we still have cottages free in January and early February, six flights a day into Ukunda make it a great time for an easy escape: a long weekend after the busy holidays and the stress of getting back to work and clearing the holiday backlog ...Come on ... you know you want to!
See you soon.