The Joy of Anticipation or Planning Your Annual Holiday Being in charge of a business often means you tend to neglect your own holiday needs. Over the years, the most memorable breaks have been the ones we planned and looked forward to. A decision was made, months out, choosing a time slot in what for us was a quiet time of the year. Itineraries were developed, money set aside, flights booked and accommodation chosen. Then, we sat back and looked forward to the time we packed our bags and were on our way. From then on it didn’t matter what happened, how busy or tired we became, what problems arose, we were going to have a break and the feeling of happiness in the decision and certainty was there buoying us up, no matter what happened in the meantime.
A stay in one of our treehouses is like living in a work of art with all the elements of design. A conflagration of all the senses. Each artist craftsman has been given the luxury of creation within a special theme. So for example Dragonfly has not only one example of a dragonfly but 29 physical examples…flying out of the carved wood… made in tiles like jets with fascinating jet streams… created lifelike in stained glass and …..the piece de resistance in ironwork behind the bed. And I can wax lyrical about everyone of our treehouses.
One of the things George and Aldy have always done at Secrets on the Lake Treehouses is to ask for our guests’ feedback, good or bad, to show us what we are doing right, and what we could tweak to make it better. We also ask them to write in our guest books, put a review on Trip Advisor and upload their photos to our Facebook page to share their stories.
Years ago, when talk about our environment began to surface, George and I took a good hard look at what we could do to improve our practices. We needed to keep the phosphorus levels in our waste water down to prevent destruction of the environment in the local waterways. We pumped all waste water around to a flat area between and beyond The Whistle Stop and The Nest. We chose an enviro tech which used bacteria rather than chemicals and we chose citrus, environmentally friendly cleaning products and we urged our guests to reuse their towels to reduce the amount of waste water and contamination.