2015 is the year for all things new and to quote The Pointer Sisters back in 1982 “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it” so let me tell you all about them straight away.
In March we announced that Footsteps would be offering 25% of the company as being available for purchase as shares to upgrade the lodge and I’m delighted that several investors have joined the Footsteps family already, each bringing with them additional skills and goodies for us all to enjoy.
The shape of things to come this season
This is how we’re improving our services for you:
My personal favourite is the launch of this brand new website, beautifully designed by Kristel Flikweert from Holland who was responsible for the design of our gorgeous logo for Christmas 2013. The site is fully responsive and retina ready. It incorporates an inspiring graphic feel with a great customer experience and has been designed with love, just for us! As with all new things, there might be some glitches. Let us know if you find one? Since we have some more surprises and features coming up over here, don’t forget to check the site in a while, sign up for our newsletter and/or follow us on social media.
We have been listening to our guests. You said that “during December, January and February our showers were too cold. Was there a way to heat the water and keep it hot 24/7 using the sun?” and also that “during November, March and April our rooms can be a little warm. Was there a way we could power air cooling fans?“ We say “there is nothing more important than the happiness and comfort of our guests“ and as a result are installing a state of the art solar hot water system and are increasing our solar array to generate more power to run floor standing air cooling fans.
Footsteps is aiming for a food award in 2015/16. Our food has always been locally sourced from the highest quality ingredients and prepared for you by top class chefs in our open view kitchen. This year we are investing further to ensure you receive the very best in local and european food. We are redesigning our kitchen incorporating new solar refrigeration units and a centre of kitchen cooking station. Add to this piping hot water and you will be smiling just like our very happy chefs.
Our unique eco pool is getting a makeover! It has long been the envy of other hotels and lodges in Gambia and this year it gets even better, with the help of another of our investors Paul and Jo Heath. During October Paul and Jo will be joining me in this years biggest project when we will be building a purpose built sundeck above the pool. From there you can pick coconuts from the trees, get up close and personal with the bird life or simply soak up the sun. This makeover comes complete with hammocks and comfy seating, beautifully designed for outdoor comfort.
New activities for a new season. Another new addition for the Footsteps family is Ben Clapham. Ben brings a wealth of experience from the responsible tourism sector along with his passion for yoga and together we bring you Footsteps Yoga. Packages will become available shortly through our website so stay tuned.
Last but not least, it has been with sadness that we have said goodbye to Moxy1, our faithful Land Rover Defender which has served us well for the past 8 years, but it is with great joy and delight that we say hello to our gorgeous new shiny and cuddly Toyota Hiace Pick Up, complete with air conditioning, 4 WD and double cab. Her name is aptly Footsteps1.
We hope you all agree these are 6 great reasons to visit Footsteps very soon and there is even more to come! Since we don’t want to spoil all the surprises, visit this site to stay up to date via our blogposts and remember to sign up for our quarterly newsletter if don’t want to miss out on great offers this year in The Gambia.
We look forward to seeing you all soon in the smiling coast of West Africa and until then, why not explore our new website and let us know what you think in our new comment sections?