Sima Hotel

Earlier today, we went with our friends to explore Sima Hotel, just off the beach on the south side of Agonda. The hotel is a huge half-built, abandoned resort, construction on which started 25 years ago and halted shortly thereafter. There are varying accounts as to why construction stopped, ranging from infighting between business partners to murder. What we do know is that $10 million is owed to various banks and governments before construction can continue. In the intervening 25 years, nature has slowly started to reclaim the resort and its grounds.

While we were there, there were no other tourists. In fact, this is not an official tourist attraction. There is a family that lives in a small part of the ruins who act as guards and de-facto guides when people show up to poke around. They showed us around, pointing out which staircases were safe to use, but otherwise it was the 4 of us and the ruins. The pictures below should give you a good feel for what it is like today. Click a picture to see a larger version.

Not part of Sima, we saw this freestanding garage door on the way there.

Not part of Sima, we saw this freestanding garage door on the way there.

On the way to Sima, walking on a trail through the forest, we came upon this rusted out tanker truck.

On the way to Sima, walking on a trail through the forest, we came upon this rusted out tanker truck.

A huge tree growing out of the side of the building in the main courtyard.

A huge tree growing out of the side of the building in the main courtyard.

On the back side of the hotel are small cottages that probably would have been for rent. This small balcony is on the second floor of one of the larger cottages.

On the back side of the hotel are small cottages that probably would have been for rent. This small balcony is on the second floor of one of the larger cottages.

Looking out through a ballroom to the exterior of the hotel on the second floor.

Looking out through a ballroom to the exterior of the hotel on the second floor.

Decorative balcony off of what could have been a pretty nice room.

Decorative balcony off of what could have been a pretty nice room.

From the roof looking down 4 flights of stairs to the ground floor.

From the roof looking down 4 flights of stairs to the ground floor.

Handwritten invitation to "Look at Sima Hotel" on a pillar inside the hotel.

Handwritten invitation to “Look at Sima Hotel” on a pillar inside the hotel.

Adam and Danielle on the Roof, looking back toward Agonda and the Indian Ocean.

Adam and Danielle on the Roof, looking back toward Agonda and the Indian Ocean.

View from the roof of the main structure, looking back toward Agonda's beach.

View from the roof of the main structure, looking back toward Agonda’s beach.

Adam leaning in an archway in the main courtyard.

Adam leaning in an archway in the main courtyard.

The center courtyard around which the main building seems to have been designed.

The center courtyard around which the main building seems to have been designed.

Outdoor walkway ringing a large courtyard.

Outdoor walkway ringing a large courtyard.

Handwritten directions to the safe staircase.

Handwritten directions to the safe staircase.

Creepy old chair in the corner of what looks like it was meant to be a lobby of some kind.

Creepy old chair in the corner of what looks like it was meant to be a lobby of some kind.

Cow bones inside a room in the hotel on the ground floor.

Cow bones inside a room in the hotel on the ground floor.

Inside a small courtyard inside the resort.

Inside a small courtyard inside the resort.

Looking up at one of the main buildings at the hotel.

Looking up at one of the main buildings at the hotel.

 

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