For newly-wed couples all over the world, honeymoon is the time to make everlasting memories – some strike things off their bucket list while there are others who take things a notch above the rest.
Case in point, this UK couple who bought an entire hotel in Sri Lanka in a,-wait-for-it, drunken state! We all know that a little too much alcohol makes people slightly cuckoo, but buying an entire hotel?! Well, that’s a whole new level of drunken shenanigans.
We all make crazy choices after getting drunk. Whether it is drunk-driving or drunk-dialing an ex or even getting married at the local church , our decisions become questionable after a night of partying and alcohol. But have you ever bought a hotel after getting drunk?
Yes. That’s exactly what a British couple did when they bought a hotel for Rs 29 lakh while honeymooning in Sri Lanka.
According to the Mirror, Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, were on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December 2017.
On their very first night, after drinking multiple glasses of rum, the pair learnt that the hotel’s lease was about to expire. After finding out that the lease was £10,000 for a year, the couple immediately decided to take up the lease of the hotel they were staying at for £30,000 or Rs 29 lakh. The lease extends for a period of three years.
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The next day the pair met an old couple to talk about renewing the lease. However, not understanding much of the conversation, the couple filled the conversation with more drinks before eventually agreeing to pay £15,000 for the first year and the rest by March 2019.
Thus Mark and Gina became the official owners of the hotel on July 1 this year, renaming it the ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’.
Gina said: “When we had paid £8,000 of the lease, we found out that we were expecting a baby.
“I felt like I was already a bad mother because I felt guilty that I’d wasted all of this money buying a business that might not work.
“Even our friends and family think we’re idiots and shouldn’t have been doing it – we owed a lot of money from the wedding and only lived in a tiny flat, and now we had a baby on the way.
“I was plagued with feeling irresponsible, but it was either sink or swim – so we decided we’d have to make it work.
“That’s when we decided to throw our all into it, both for ourselves and for the baby, and in July we officially became owners of the business.”
Despite initially doubting their decision, the couple opened their seven-bedroom B&B at the end of July and have since had an inflow of regular customers.
And although the business venture has paid off for them, the couple insist that their decisions to expand will be made sober.
While the couple’s friends and family think they made a stupid decision, the gamble seems to have paid off as the hotel now has several customers and is doing well.