Up until 2016, there were 2 additional staff employed as drivers which were sub contracted to drive 2 cars (co owned between a friend/ourselves personally) that operated from our hotel.
As more cars/drivers are available in the village for sub contract, in 2017, we are reducing our own cars to one (Suzuki APV). Stock that is not delivered is generally collected by the drivers upon set down of the guests. The owners also use the cars for their own needs without rental cost.
As the cars are not owned by the hotel, most of the cost of the drivers and cars were excluded from the accounts. However, 25% of the hire charge was added to the accounts which represented commission due to the hotel. The Suzuki APV is not included in the sale but can be purchased if required.
There are 2 Yamaha scooters owned and operated by the hotel, (2012 and 2015), used for scooter tours and for rental to guests. In addition, there are 3 mountain bikes for rental.
Since mid 2016, Telkom has provided a telephone line and internet to the area. The service is quite reliable and it has also reduced our internet and land line costs to approximately 1jute per month. Wifi is throughout the resort and all equipment is owned by the resort.
Electric, Water and Waste Services
There are 4 electric supplies coming into Samanvaya. In addition, there are 2 generators (8kva/5kva) on standby but since 2014, the electric has become very reliable.
Water is supplied by the water company. There are 5 large water tanks and 2 pumps. 2 are underground and 1 surface beside the main building. 2 further tanks are enclosed to the rear of the spa. The waste water goes to 3 underground bio tanks and various septic tanks. All water channels surrounding the resort were installed by and belong to the hotel.
All equipment, ie water and pool pumps etc are highly maintained and have all been replaced within the last few months. There are various pieces of quality equipment, strimmer, 2 compressers and associated parts, carpet cleaner, vacuum cleaner, 2 gensets, stabilizers and various other items. Any equipment required for the good operation of the resort has been purchased and well maintained.
Samanvaya is highly maintained at all times. The lifespan for quality alang alang is approximately 8 years. However, the quality of the alang alang installed on the lodges by the original contractors was not high and we have scheduled to have the alang alang of the lodges roofs replaced in November 17. (The time scale for work is approx 3 weeks and total cost is being budgeted of US$10k).
Transport and Hotel Services