While Suzie Too was in the travel hoist having her bottom power washed,
Festus, the Marina Manager, ran us up to the Jolly Beach Hotel with our bags. We
checked in and as it was still early we headed for breakfast while we waited for
our room allocation.
Although we had seen the hotel, my first impression of breakfast was, “It’s
like Butlins without the rain” – there did seem to be quite a lot of public
there. Anyway we headed back later to finish Suzie Too off and when we got back
after lunch it seemed fine, and sitting out on the patio under the stars having
our evening meals, drinking champagne was really lovely – very nice so we will
be back there again in November when we re-launch.
Unfortunately Helena Bonham-Carter had checked out when we got to our room,
just as well cos I’m sure I would have met with Dame Maggie’s utter disapproval
or even her utmost contempt – probably both - anyway at least our room did have
The beach is really beautiful and there is no ocean swell as the reef
protects it, but the water is milky turquoise because of the coral, but very
safe with no currents. The all inclusive deal worked out reasonably well, as we
got an off season discount and it included the drinks as well – although not
much use to us while we had reduced our drinking – just resting our livers for
our Transatlantic Crossing on the QM2.
Don’t give the painter a calculator !! – 1.2M would be