British couple Gina Lyons and Mark Lee were having a blast on their honeymoon in Sri Lanka. So much so that they spontaneously decided to buy the entire hotel they were staying at... with the help of some liquid courage.
After drinking 12 glasses of rum, the couple reportedly discovered that the lease was almost up on the hotel. So, they naturally decided to take over the place for three more years, costing them almost $40,000. They didn’t bore themselves with the details either – with the translation help of some friends during the negotiations, they drank even more rum.
Things got a little stressful once they realized they were having a child… but the good news is, business is reportedly booming. After shelling out some more cash for renovations, they reopened the Lucky Beach Tangalle back in July and have seen a steady flow of customers ever since.
“I was plagued with feeling irresponsible,” Lyons says. “But it was either sink or swim – so we decided we’d have to make it work.”