And yet it doesn’t work for everyone. I recently read a very one-sided review of Vava’u posted by a couple who’d sold up in the USA and bought a business here. Looking to live the dream – and aren’t we all - just three months later they were on their way home again. Wiser, yes, but also feeling the need to warn everyone how unbelievably third world it is here.
Last week, friends from New Zealand arrived to share five days with us, and that was lovely. As were the gin and tonic’s, the wine, the Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit!! Yes, after 10 and a half weeks I completely fell off the wagon.
And tomorrow more friends, along with Bex our grand-daughter, will be here.Then, just five days after they leave, the management team fly in from Austria to take back their resort and prepare for the re-opening. And everything will change. Not in a bad way though. With a professional chef and staff to cater for every need this will still be Paradise, and part of me envies those coming out to enjoy not just this lovely resort, but to swim with the whales and snorkel the Japanese Garden reef. Not to mention everything else on offer once the season gets underway. No worrying for them about solar panels and whether the batteries are charged enough. No wondering whether the boat trip over to Vava’u and the fruit and vegetable market will be worthwhile, or if the bread shop has already sold out. No walking the fence-line to check that the freely roaming population of pigs and cows haven’t sneaked onto the property.
But really, I wouldn’t have had it any other way!