Here is a picture of the new set up for the repeater dinner at Lychee.
This was only one half of the room, but the other half was set up similarly.
There were 11 tables of 11 and room for 2 or 3 more table easily if they needed them. Clearly way more room than Otaheite provided.
... But I really love meeting and talking to the staff even more.
Agreed. One advantage we find of the dinner being held in Lychee is that we can hear much better than at Otaheite.
On some trips the Otaheite location was fine, but on a few others there were a large number of repeaters and the acoustics in there made it nearly impossible to hear the manager (or anyone other than the person sitting next to you).
There were probably 80 to 90 people in Lychee at the repeat dinner and we had no problem communicating at all because it is so much more spread out.
The Repeater's Dinner was moved inside to Otaheite when we were there in December due to cool & windy weather. It was so crowded and noisy that conversation was impossible. Lychee is an excellent alternative.
Ladies may want to bring a wrap as it seems to get very cold in Lychee if you are sitting by the back walls against the pillows. They have a always seem to have a problem getting the A/C regulated. The middle tables seem warmer.
That makes sense. I have some relatively light weight shoes(usually Sperry Topsiders) that don't take up much room or I wear them on the plane. One pair of Dockers and I'm good to go. The repeaters' dinner and eating at the Otaheite a time or two each trip are highlights to us and worth the slight extra hassle. You don't need heavy leather oxfords. They are pretty flexible about the closed shoe requirement. Basically no sneakers, flipflops or open sandals. I have heard that even more dressy sandals might get through. One pair of long pants could take the place of the two pairs of shorts that you won't need for two more formal dinners. At least, that's my theory!