‘Marigold Hotel’

'Marigold Hotel'

How many of you have seen the movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'? If not, let me tell you a little bit about it.

The amazing cast include Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson , Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup.

It is about a random group of British seniors who see an advertisement in the paper about an hotel in India, 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', which offers seniors a good way to live the rest of their life in luxury.

The mixed bunch are from a High court Judge to a gold digger are viewed from leaving the UK, travelling to India, and arriving at their new 'luxury' home to live out their twilight years.

As the group start to get to know each other, they find their strengths and weaknesses. They unfold their lives and their reasons for this change in their senior years.

It is a fascinating movie, and excellently directed.

It is estimated that about 50% of people consider move overseas in retirement.

Something like this movie would appeal to me, as its not exactly a 'retirement home', more like a permanent holiday with a small group of companions.

How many of you would consider this type of change, and where would go?

Recommend0 recommendations
Published in Senior Chatters


  1. starlette

    Hi PollyPie, I have been watching the series over here, it has just been repeated again……can see the appeal in a move like that, but it has its pitfalls for some, they discover they have been together for years and no longer have anything in common, haven’t had for years, and the new way of life lets them realise this……but for the singles starting a new life it has benefits of course, all in the same boat as it were, all eager to make new friends and explore the country together………yes i think it’s maybe something i would do if i was discontented with my life………don’t think it would be in an Eastern country though……….just somewhere laid back with a slow pace of life………xx

    1. PollyPie Post author

      I wouldnt go to the far east either, but there are so many places in Europe that are tranquil and exciting. But its the ‘togetherness’ that these strangers feel. I like it.

  2. roseinbloom

    No, I do not think I would consider getting up and leaving. I lack information about health care and taxes and can not make an informed decision.

    1. roseinbloom

      I did see the movie. We don’t have to go to another country. I think we could form a group anywhere, or join a senior community. I wish I had talked to some people about this a long time ago, before I relocated when I retired.

        1. roseinbloom

          Polliepie, I could, but moving is harder than it was then and I really do not know where I would settle, After the winter of last year, I would not want to move north, and the south is hot and humid.

  3. annemarie

    Pollypie, I haven’t seen the movie but plan on watching it as the second one has come out and the movie looks really good and like the actors who are in the movie.

  4. vonMichael

    Before making a step like this I would venture a look behind the cutrain of the country and the result will stop me following a wrong direction.

    More than 40 years ago many people placed their investments in an object in Portugal at the Algarve and that would be one of the countries of my choice in Europe I would have moved to. But not India which seems to be to exotic to me anyway PollyPie.

    1. PollyPie Post author

      I would look into it too, michael. The Brits and Germans are very similar in their style of life, and seem to move to the same destinations.

  5. davidrv

    I watched the movie last year.
    If I were alone in the world with no family, I might think about it. But to leave my family far behind just like that, I don’t think so.

    1. PollyPie Post author

      Thanks david. You might be leaving one family behind, but you might find a new family too. The last adventure, so to speak.

  6. lani36

    This is really interesting to me , I would love to retire to “Alicnte” Spain, then each Spanish high summer I would spend 2months in the English countryside, this too me would be the idea of a lovely retirement, not in a live in community , still keep my independence ,but see new places meet nice new people, and find family one has never met….
    I have seen the two Marigold Hotels now and enjoyed both immensely , it did get me to thinking where I might go to spend my twilight years, and even went so far as to look up real estate, the Health care system , best retirement places to live withlikewise age groups , etc, so the plans are in place, all it needs now is to have my children understand why i feel i must go on this new adventure……

    1. PollyPie Post author

      Good for you Lani. Go where your heart wants to go. Im sure your children will understand, and they can spend holidays with you. I hope your dream retirement comes true. πŸ˜€

  7. roseinbloom

    I saw both movies and they were both very good. You people in Europe have a lot of countries around you. I and Lani would have to go a distance I still don’t know how I would get health coverage. I can go to any state, but I am very sure that our insurance does not work in another country..

  8. roseinbloom

    I was reading Michael’s blog and it occurred to me that several of the characters reinvented themselves or found a new line of work or a new love. We can do that without relocating. We need to look for ways to make our life interesting, fun and meaningful.

    1. PollyPie Post author

      They all had their own reasons for taking the plunge for a new life and adventure, which made the characters varied and interesting and funny. You wont know till you check it out Rose. πŸ˜€

  9. foreveryoung2

    I have seen the second one recently here in Aus. I did relocate to a wonderful area in Tasmania with only about 150 people in the small village – I didn’t go overseas so to speak, but to a new State. I needed to get as far away from some people as I could get and afford. Unfortunately I had to come back as I needed surgery and the nearest hospital was an hour’s drive away and there was no-one to look after me or drive me back home. So in our latter years good medical/hospital facilities are of major importance. I did make friends there, but they had their lives and their families to look after. So, yes, make sure you check out all of this before leaving for distant lands.

  10. PollyPie Post author

    I hear what you FEY, I did the same.
    I think that is what the characters at the Marigold found appealing, that that they were by themselves, but not alone. It seemed the perfect set up.
    I hope life gets better for you (((hugs)))