Newlyweds Drunkenly Buy Their Honeymoon Hotel

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Lucky Beach Tangalle.

Gina Lyons and Mark Lee.

A newlywed couple bought the hotel where they were staying following a drunken night. 

Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, of London had too much to drink at a small hotel on the beach in Sri Lanka last December and ended up with a $51,636 souvenir, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.

"When we were on the beach drinking rum" – 12 glasses to be exact – "we were told that the lease was almost up for the hotel," Lyons told the Mirror. "The hotel looked grotty and very cheap, but it was by the beach and had the 'wooden tree house' feel that we like."

That’s when a rum-soaked light bulb went off in their heads: "After finding out that it was ($13,200) a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it – because we were so drunk."

The remainder of the couple's negotiations were clouded with hangovers and a language barrier that resulted in a need for more drinks. 

"We had to take two friends we had made with us so they could translate for us," Lyons told the Mirror. "Because we didn't understand most of the conversation, Mark and I just sat drinking more rum and slowly getting drunk again."

After agreeing in March to pay two installments of $25,818 for a new lease, the honeymooners ran into some unexpected financial hurdles – legal fees, renovations and learning three months later that Lyon was pregnant. 

"Our friends and family think we're idiots and shouldn't have been doing it," Lyons told the Mirror. "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."

Casting doubt aside, the newlyweds decided to "throw our all into it" for their growing family: "In July we officially became owners of the business."

At the end of July, they reopenedLucky Beach Tangalle, a seven-bedroom bed and breakfast, after over $10,000 of renovations. The Mirror reports their hotel has been full-up ever since. 
However, in future, the couple insist they will make all business decisions while stone cold sober.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




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