In the broadcast of Saturday, May 7, 2022, we see how Martijn and Sean build their shared dream with confidence and undiminished enthusiasm: a gay resort on Curaçao. Unfortunately, the renovation stress and money worries put an end to their relationship. Sean returns to Holland and Martijn continues alone. How do you feel now?
Update Martijn – Curaçao
We started the dream together and it was perhaps even more Sean’s dream to start the resort. But in the meantime, it has also become my dream and I am now only chasing our dream.
Life as a resort owner and host has really begun. Very nice to receive guests after a huge preparation time and to hear their enthusiastic reactions. Where I primarily see the things that are still missing or that are not perfect, fortunately they see primarily the beautiful things and until now they do not bother at all if, for example, a cupboard door from the kitchen is missing. In the meantime, the renovation is also continuing, and I expect to be busy every day for the coming months with large and small tasks. And that requires some extra planning. Most of the noisy work is done and we plan days when there are no guests or when they are away from the resort. If there are guests, we try to make sure they hardly notice the artisans walking around. Fortunately, it works fine so far.
I am still the first to check every day for new bookings. It would be nice if more guests would book a little longer in advance as we desperately need a deposit to finish everything in the near future. But I can not complain about the interest so far. Last weekend, three studios were filled at the same time. It’s nice to see the guests having fun with each other. A lovely drink with spontaneous BBQ on the day of arrival for two of the couples certainly helped.
Over the past few weeks, both the dog Woef and the cat Luna have had babies. Both not the intention, nor useful in these busy weeks. But very cute! This way I can keep Luna on Curaçao a little longer with the help of a kitten by her.
Every day I am still happy that I now live on Curaçao. The weather and the outdoors are still the biggest benefit. But I also enjoy the beauty of plants that I look out at while I work, the cheerful people hanging out by the pool, and the uninterrupted bird sounds everywhere. Of course there are less fun things (currently tearing and sucking up a lot of leaves) and things that I miss (friends, the first cozy terrace days and parties / festivals in Holland, beautiful town planning, etc.), but so far not a hair on head thinking of returning to Holland.
The most beautiful place in the ladle
I think it will take another six months to a year to finish it all and even after that a lot of maintenance and love is needed. But hopefully there will be time for a holiday, or a weekend where nothing needs to be done. Of course, I hope that the resort is constantly filled and that the guests only get more excited about this place. It would be nice if I could take the resort off for a week or two to gather friends and family here. I’m guessing that in a few years I’ll get a little more restless and start looking around for a new challenge. It could certainly be a larger resort or an extension with another, but the condition is that there is a realistic budget and associated financial resources. But so far, there are still plenty of ideas to make this place one of the most beautiful in the world!
Update Sean – Holland
Arriving in Holland was not so easy for me. Fortunately, I have very dear friends around me who have taken good care of me. I like being close to them again because I get a lot of support from them. I am very grateful for that! I have since found a temporary home and have had some job interviews. Looks like I might get started somewhere soon.
What I especially miss is a sense of home and my animals. The cat Lune has unexpectedly become a mother. As soon as the little ones are a little bigger, they can hopefully come to Holland soon. I’m looking forward to it. I hope that it is now over with blow after blow, and that during the processing process, new fun experiences will come by, and that I can continue to wonder.
Time for a way up
It’s pretty intense to see your dream and idea come true. The dream of participating in Ik Departure has come true, even though I was expecting a different outcome. What I have learned from this is that I have to trust myself more because it always remains. Finally: from a renovation to building my own foundation. Because after rain always comes sunshine and vice versa!
After all, I hope Martijn will make something very beautiful out of it and that it will be a success.