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Beach Babylon Paperback – 16 Jun 2008
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The secret life of paradise - what happens when the sun goes down?
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How does it feel to live and work in the worlds most beautiful and luxurious tropical island resort, surrounded by white sandy beaches and aquamarine seas? How does it feel to be in the lap of luxury when youre thousands of miles from anywhere else? And when the guests are some of the richest and most demanding people in the world, where do you find the energy every day to smile, smile and smile again?
Beach Babylon takes you behind the scenes at a five-star tropical island resort. Do all the stories which take place behind the closed doors of the exclusive spa have happy endings? What do the worlds richest people expect from room service during their fortnight in paradise? What does the windsurfing instructor do to keep sane after hours?
In the bestselling tradition of her previous Babylon books, Imogen Edwards-Jones investigates the rivalries and alliances between the staff at a resort where pandering to the guests most extravagant whims is de rigueur. With a cast of millionaires, celebrities, hangers-on and prostitutes, Beach Babylon takes you to a world where extreme luxury is the norm and where excess somehow isnt always enough... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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From various clues (a Muslim country, aclohol confiscated from arriving passengers at the airport, the proximity of Colombo, Singapore, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Dubai) the setting seems to be the Maldives.
The author's sources of secrets about what happens behind the scenes are accurate as well as knowledgeable on wines and costs, making this an informative as well as an entertaining book. It is a fast-paced and often gripping read that ends too quickly, even though with a final philosophical flourish. Anyone thinking of holidaying or working in a "tropical paradise" will benefit by reading this book. Jolly good fun! (Royston Ellis)
The reader is swept into a world of incredible luxury and privilege. This is a resort where the villas can cost up to $6000 a night, and the guests are so wealthy that they can afford to blow $20,000 on a afternoon's entertainment or $1,500 on a bottle of champagne without batting an eyelid. Not only does our intrepid manager have to cosy up to each and every one of his guests and bend over backwards to keep them happy, but he must also deal with their more outrageous requests, make sure the isolated island has everything it needs on a daily basis, and try to keep his staff functioning and content in the face of daily difficulties.
This is a wonderful piece of escapism, managing to capture both the little bubble of island life, with its daily champagne parties and beach barbeques and celebrity guests, and the all-consuming nightmare of trying to keep such a large resort in the impossibly perfect condition expected by the demanding clientele. Despite the 'world apart' nature of the island, the characters will be painfully familiar to anyone who's ever been on holiday! It's funny, it's dry, it's cringeworthy - and it's brilliant!
Personally, I found this book as good as 'Hotel', it is a hotel it is just in an exotic place, and really for those people who have more money than sense and far too much time on their hands. Anonymous must be more than one person, a collection of people who can pool their experiences to make a fantastic book.
It is again written from the male persepctive, but this time the author pulls it off much better than in 'Air'. You know exactly who you are dealing with and their 'voice' as they descirbe the resort and all the 'going's on' is quite clear.
Worth a read, great escapism and pure indulgence just like the fictious resort it portrays! If anyone from the BBC is reading this and fancies shifting the characters from 'Hotel Babylon' to an exotic island then take up the rights to this book and make it into a TV series!!!!
This follows a week in the life of a Hotel manager at a luxury 6 star resort. An island in the middle of nowhere for the rich and famous and somehow they cater for their every whim with no resources. How the staff cope with being stuck on an island and being cut off from the `real' world. Brilliant insight of what goes on behind the scenes.
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