Towels on Sunbeds – The New Rules

Beach and Sunbeds
The Sunbed Scenario

This weeks blog comes directly from the front line of the beach and swimming pool right here in our holiday resort.

Of course, being on holiday lends itself to a little reflection whilst laying on the sunbed.  This coupled with a good old stare up behind the sunglasses and book (people watching as it is fashionably referred to these days) is going to give rise to some gentle musings.

My little thought pattern is in over drive.

First up though has to be the towel on sunbed behaviour.  A behaviour which I’m sure has been covered tenfold but I bring this report directly from my privileged front line location with real time information.

For those who have no idea as to what or whom I refer, it is of course the past time that seems to have been adopted worldwide – that of placing towels on sunbeds in order to ensure that no one else uses them. I have to say the Brits seem to be among the worst culprits for this.

How on earth did this happen to a normally reticent race who are generally very happy to extend courtesy before comfort.  In fact, the only other time I’ve seen this behaviour exhibited quite so blatantly is when IKEA in Edmonton were knocking out cheap TVs on Black Friday.

So, when we are told that our hotel has a zero tolerance policy on reserving sun-beds, I feel a sense of relief.  The fact that it is also in writing – well say no more.   I do love a rule!

This rule sees ‘offenders’ articles politely removed and stored at Reception.  I am really liking this rule. They have Beach Ambassadors here, I assume for this very reason.

Picture of sunbed

You see, I’m not one of life’s natural sunbed baggers. I find it very embarrassing and aside from anything else it’s unnecessary.     I have never been able to lay down a towel and just walk away. I have to go through the motions of sitting on the bed for a reasonable amount of time before leaving.

I prefer to casually wander off, trying to look as though I’ve forgotten something even though i know I’m really going to breakfast.   It is hardly surprising therefore that I am looking forward to playing by these rules.

I have eyed up the prime bed spots and am looking forward to them becoming available.  Front row on the beach is where I aspire to be when it’s my turn under these new rules.

Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to somewhat disappoint you now, as to my surprise, I have discovered that the rules are being broken.

I can report from my front line undercover location that not only are the rules being flouted but no one is politely bloody removing their stuff.

This leaves with me with the dilemma of whether to do a large scale ‘dob-in’ or grab a trolley and politely remove offending articles.

Prime Spot
Prime Spot

I do neither. I feel duped.  Duped that I’ve played fair by these rules.  Duped that I thought it was a good idea.   So the gloves are off, it’s Day 5 and there is no more playing by the rules.

Front row, ocean side seats 4-6, we’re coming to get you.  The fact that we are in this wonderful country with its beautiful people makes my little musing so much more palatable.

The Kid and ‘the hunk in trunks’ (as he wishes to be known on this vacation) are fully engaged in life here and my next little sunbed thought should now be whether I might grab a t-shirt and become an undercover Beach Ambassador.

It would be rude not too really ……………


14 thoughts on “Towels on Sunbeds – The New Rules

  1. Hahaha too funny! I love your writing style so much. So glad I found your blog. I agree though, it is pretty obnoxious when people try to reserve their spots with towels! The same thing happened to me recently at a playground. There was one picnic table in the corner, and nobody was sitting there when we decided to eat, except for a small backpack in the middle of the table (which had been sitting there untouched for hours). We left the bag there and sat down for maybe 15 minutes to eat our lunch. As soon as we sat down a man came over huffing and puffing and telling his children loudly that he had to move their bag because someone had “stolen their table”! Goodness!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you found it too. Thank you for the lovely compliment. I do love blogging. I also love the way it is possible to stumble upon new blogs and also how mine is found too. There must be a magic button!

      I would have been with you on the backpack on the table – who does that and still expects it to be there when they come back!

      I shall pop over and have a look at your blog shortly. Nicky x


  2. I’m afraid to say I am guilty as charged! Its dog eat dog out there with sun beds….!!! Don’t think I have stayed anywhere where they do actually remove towels/bags etc even though they have a no reservation policy.
    Have a great holiday – and make sure you get the best seats (sun beds) in the house …..!

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  3. I think I am annoyed on your behalf!!

    My other peeve is when people no longer need the sunbed but leave the resort towel on the bed so it looks like someone is waiting to use it when in fact it’s not ‘reserved’ for anyone!!

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    1. I think it’s one of those things that’s impossible to manage. I agree with the resort towel. Especially when there’s a massive collection point next to beach and pool. The people here are amazing and can’t do enough for you which always makes me want to make their lives easier. If they give me a broom, I’ll stay. Thanks for commenting my love x


  4. Made me laugh out load, esp The Hunk in Trunks (THIT). I hate the towel thing and the unfairness of it all. Drives me mental. Find myself giving ‘the look’ to the offenders themselves.

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  5. That would drive absolutely batty. I’m all about following sensible rules (thus certain people who like to link and run and find themselves unable to link to #TwinklyTuesday).

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    1. Do they? I’m the opposite I can’t stop reading them and commenting. Love it. In fact, reading blogs on this holiday has been my summer read! The only problem I have is never knowing if your comment has been responded to. I’m sure there is a simple way but being a new kid, I just haven’t realised. Why do people link and run? I see no benefit in doing so


      1. Most blogs have a little checkbox under the comment input box that says something along the lines of “Notify me of new comments via email.” Then any comments after yours, including direct responses, get emailed to you. In fact, your blog provides that service!

        Some folks join linkies just to get more people to click on their posts, rather than to become part of a community. I think it’s a poor choice, personally.

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