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1998 - 2003
It all started in 1998, after my, Samuel's, move to Namibia and a
year of building and converting a former residential home in Swakopmund-Kramersdorf
- Sam's Giardino was opened as one of the first small yet
upmarket and environment-conscious guesthouses in town. We
offered employment conditions in line with European standards, which
attracted local staff willing to uphold our visions through loyalty
and ongoing training.
It did not take long for Sam's Giardino and the Giardino Experience to find acceptance in the market place and to achieve high occupancy of our initially 10 rooms.
The number and quality of services we provided right from the start remained one of the outstanding features of our guest house over the years, as did our breakfast buffets and swiss-namibian inspired dinner menus, as well as the choices of wine and activity options we offer, since inaugurating Sam's Giardino.
2004 - 2009
Phase 2 of the guest house's development started within just a couple of years, covering all the extensions and upgrades we had hoped to make, right from the beginning. These included closing the 'gap' between our two buildings with an enlarged restaurant, a walk-in wine cellar, and turning a secluded lounge into the connecting hub where guests could meet for socialising and TV watching, for browsing through books and videos about their travel destinations, for a chat and a drink, and much more.
Building a professional wine storage, getting state-of-the-art wine coolers, upgrading guest rooms, enlarging our libraries of books, videos, and travel info, buying an empty plot behind us for a larger and more secure car park, implementing a sophisticated computer network, converting the bar into a cosy place with another lounge on top, adding art works to the decor, building a gazebo and creating more intimate garden areas were just a few of the things happening in subsequent years.
While others just kept expanding, due to the growth in tourism activities in Namibia, and replacing where necessary, we at Sam's Giardino took the decision to limit our growth in bed/room numbers and carried on with making improvements to our guest experience and also increasingly invested in the professional development of our staff team.
We'll tell you more in pages to follow.
Sam's Giardino 1998/99
Our standard guest rooms and the bar looked like this...and dining took place upstairs
Our garden still looked rather empty although fish pond & bridge were already built in Phase 1.
Little changed over the next 4-5 years except that everything kept
growing: the number of guests, garden plants, and wine & dinner menus.
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Left: The Sam's Giardino garden in 2003, no gazebo yet, only deck chairs, and Einstein in
the prime of his life
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