Walking to Island Village.

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Island Village from the coastal path.


Day 2, after breakfast we set off to explore the new development at the southern end of the resort. This is a project to build some additional bungalows and has been ongoing since 2003. We knew that big progress had been made since our last visit but were mightily surprised to see that 10 of the new units were occupied and the new swimming pool was going to be in use within a few days. These new rooms are gorgeous and have been constructed in such a way that they look like they have always been there. When it’s completed there will also be a new bar and restaurant down at this end. I must say at this point that the construction going on has no negative impact on the resort.

We decided to keep walking south and make our customary visit to Island Village. This walk takes around half an hour and the pathway is nearly all paved now. After having some tea with the gypsys at the rear of this resort, we headed up to the end to check out the new swimming pool.

The Tsunami Memorial at Island Village.
WOW!  Big changes here. This swimming pool has to be the most spectacular one I’ve ever seen. Island Village really is a lovely resort, set in beautiful grounds. There is a much better selection of accommodation here than that which is available at H.I. and the landscape enveloping the bay takes your breath away.

We walked through the coconut plantation at the rear, to swim at Lanah Bay before heading back to H.I. Absolutely deserted here! Not one other person in the sea or the bay. A beautiful tropical paradise location and nobody there?

Heading back to the path we bought some cold water to take to the workers who were paving the footpath. When we reached the area where they were working, we gave them all some water and sat down for a chat. It turned out that the work gang were two families. Mum, Dad and kids…..all working together. They have been working on this path, with very, very basic equipment, since 2006. Backbreaking work and in searing heat. When I suggested that they must be sick of the sight of the path and the paving, a huge smile accompanied the reply of ‘oh no, we are so happy we have work’ !

 

After more snorkelling, and a few glasses of fine malt, taken on our veranda, we had dinner at H.I.  We took the traditional Thai buffet which was excellent. During our many visits to this resort the food has often been good and sometimes not so good. On this occasion however I have to say it was excellent. There is a new management team in place who are making some subtle but definite improvements. More about that later.

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Island Village from the coastal pa…
Island Village from the coastal p…
Island Village from the coastal pa…
Island Village from the coastal p…
The Tsunami Memorial at Island Vil…
The Tsunami Memorial at Island Vi…
The beach at Island Village.
The beach at Island Village.
The grounds at Island Village.
The grounds at Island Village.
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village
The grounds at Island Village