| The genesis of Island Vinnie's
In the beginning, the Andamans had just sand. And tall
green trees. And lovely blue waters, filled with fishies and
sharkies and manties (sorry, poetic license gone astray).
Into this paradise came seekers of natural beauty, and frolic
in a completely wholesome and PG-13 manner with the fish they
did. But just as Eden had its apple-peddling serpent, this
abode of bliss had its own sand in the vaseline. This took
the form of tiny, dingy huts passing off as budget accommodation:
great value if you belonged to one of the myriad insect species
that populate the planet, not so great value if you belonged
to the human race*.
This state of affairs lasted for a while. Then Island Vinnie
came to the Andamans.
He saw the golden sand, and the green tree, and the blue
water with all the fishies and sharkies and the you-know-whaties,
and said "Wow".
He then saw what passed for value accommodation options,
and said "[bleep]".
And this inspired pearl of wisdom led to the conception and
subsequent birth of Island Vinnie's - a resort setting a higher
standard in value for money.
[*With apologies to the few places which
do offer good value for money to visiting travellers, and
are exceptions to this broadly-painted brush]
| Your hosts
Island Vinnie's Dive Center and Beach Cabanas is nominally run by
Vinnie (aka Island Vinnie), although we keep him on a tight leash and as far
away from the practical side of things as possible... he is
too fascinated by shiny objects to be left on his own.
He is an avid travellers as well, and the resort
has been built based on his vision of a comfortable friendly
resort that offers excellent value for money.
Managing the most important part of the resort - the food - is Adil and his partner, Niamh. They used to run the Full Moon Cafe in Havelock, and after we caught ourselves sneaking off to eat there once too often, we decided to make him an offer he couldn't refuse, capisce*?
The dogs, Frodo and Sam, and Dogfood the cat, are strictly
for decorative purposes, no matter how important they may
*No actual horses were decapitated in this offer. Don Vinnie is not like Don Corleone.