Ten years ago we decided to move to the tropics and run a small hotel by the Caribbean Sea. We quit our jobs, left our home and set out in a van loaded with pets and belongings. Our adventure had begun, and we were living the dream.
Truthfully, a lot of our friends thought we were nuts. They might have been right. We didn’t know anything about running a hotel or about Mexico. We were just rolling the dice to see what might happen. As it turned out, luck was on our side. We discovered life south of the border to be sweet and special, and to our surprise we actually weren’t half bad at operating a hotel and bar.
Oh, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. There were plenty of bumps in the road, from hurricanes to drug war hysteria to just plain nasty people. As Jimmy Buffett sang about his own tropical adventures… “Good times and riches and son-of-a-bitches, I’ve seen more than I can recall.” And Jimmy never had to battle Expedia! Yet, the good far outweighed the bad, and we have never once regretted that decision to head down the Margarita Road.
However, if there is one thing we have learned in our travels it is that nothing lasts forever. Things change and every adventure must come to an end. So it is with this particular dream. We are soon going to be leaving the Luna Blue. The hotel has been sold, and if all goes as planned the new owners will take over early next year.
There are a couple of reasons why this is happening now. First of all, our partners in the company which owns the Luna Blue want to move on to new investments. And for us personally it is simply a matter of needing a break. We have gotten older, as everyone does, and have found the 24/7 demands of running the hotel and bar to be more than we can keep up with at times, especially in light of Tony’s recent heart attack. It is the right decision at the right time for all concerned.
To those of you who love the Luna Blue as we do, we want to reassure you that good people are taking it over. We like them very much and ask all our friends to give them the same support we have always enjoyed. They have many terrific plans for improving the hotel and bar while remaining true to its tropical ambiance. They also told us that while they are bringing in a new management team, they will keep any of the current staff who wish to remain. They also seem especially happy to be gaining two new cats in Frankie and Callie. And of course all existing reservations will be honored. The Luna Blue is just going to keep getting better and better.
As for the two of us, who knows what adventures wait down the road? Yes, this is a bittersweet moment. The Luna Blue has been the focus of our life since we first walked in the front gate in the spring of 2004. It has been our “baby,” and letting go will be very difficult. There have already been some tears, and there will undoubtedly be more. Still, we are very excited about the many opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead. We do know the first thing on our “to do” list is spending some time on those beautiful beaches we were always sending our guests to but rarely got the chance to visit ourselves. We might finally get a tan!
We are also comforted by the fact that when we leave the Luna Blue we will take with us wonderful friendships and great memories. We know any success we enjoyed came from the love and support offered by family, friends, our fantastic employees, Playa’s locals, other expats and our many guests over the years. We thank you all and will never forget you. Ever.
We hope as many of you as possible stop by the Luna Blue during the next couple of months so we can personally express our thanks for your support over the years. We also are going to have one more pool party, tentatively scheduled for January 25th. It will be our farewell event and we intend to make it something very special. We hope to see you there. Watch our Facebook page and this blog for further details.
Once again, from our hearts, thanks to all of you who have been part of our Luna Blue Family. See you on the beach!
Tony & Cheri
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