Now, they're turning it into a piece of paradise.


Gina Lyons and Mark Lee, two British newlyweds, purchased what can only be described as the best honeymoon souvenir of all time: an entire beachfront hotel.

According to the Mirror, the pair were honeymooning in Sri Lanka last December when they checked into their beachside hotel and went to the bar to have a few cocktails to celebrate their wedded bliss. While there, the couple struck up quite the friendship with the hotel’s staff, including one of the bartenders. On their very first night, the couple revealed, they took a bottle of rum to the beach with the bartender and drank the night away.

During the drinking session, the bartender shared that the current hotel owner’s lease would soon be up. So, Lee and Lyons decided right then and there that they should take it over. And all it cost them was $39,500.

"After finding out that it was £10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it - because we were so drunk,” Lyons told the Mirror. "Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours."

However, the lease wasn’t the only thing they had to plunk down a few dollars on. According to Lyons, additional legal fees and refurbishment coasts have set them back an additional $17,000.

Oh, and one more life event popped up — Lyons and Lee are now expecting their first child, who they say came as a bit of a surprise.

"Even our friends and family think we're idiots and shouldn't have been doing it - we owed a lot of money from the wedding and only lived in a tiny flat, and now we had a baby on the way,” she said.

But, rather than worry, the pair are now just going all in on their seven-bedroom hotel, called Lucky Beach, which you can book a stay in now for just $18 a night.