TORONTO — What’s the craziest thing you’ve done after having one too many? For most of us, the most cringe-worthy drunken moments usually involve things like bar-top dancing or drunk-texting an old flame. But one British couple may have trumped us all – they bought an entire hotel while on a bender on their honeymoon.
According to The Mirror, Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, were on their three-week backpacking honeymoon in Sri Lanka after tying the knot in June 2017. During their trip, they checked into a rustic beachfront hotel where they befriended one of the bartenders on the first night.
The three took to the beach with a few bottles of rum. It was here where the bartender told them that the hotel’s current lease was almost up.
Twelve glasses of rum later and the couple found themselves making an offer to the tune of £30,000.
“After finding out that it was £10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it – because we were so drunk,” said Gina. “Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours.”
The couple took control of the hotel on July 1, 2018 and renamed it Lucky Beach Tangalle. According to Gina, their first impression of the hotel was that it looked “grotty and very cheap”, but she and Mark were enamoured with its ‘wooden tree house’ feel.
They ended up paying an additional £6,000 in renovations, plus £7,000 in legal fees to obtain licences on top of the £30,000, which they’re paying in two £15,000 installments over three years.
Despite struggling financially, the couple managed to pay the first payment. But life soon threw them yet another curveball: they’re now expecting their first child.
“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,” she said.
But the couple decided to throw all caution to the wind and dive headfirst into their new venture as hotel owners. They opened their seven-bedroom B&B in July and have since welcomed an influx of regular customers, proving that not all drunken decisions are bad ones.