We went to Phantom Forest for our honeymoon. Being a same sex couple, we are always a little apprehensive about how we will be received when traveling together. Since this was our honeymoon, we decided to just be totally honest and open about it so that we could just be ourselves.
Well, I'm delighted to say that we were not disappointed. We were treated with the utmost respect by ALL staff and given equal treatment including the customary champagne in our room with our names written on the card. We really appreciated the acknowledgment of our relationship.
As to the accommodation itself - this is really a completely unique experience. You are absolutely in the forest and it is absolutely beautiful. The staff are so helpful and friendly despite having to work in soaring temperatures and running up and down walkways. They really go out of their way to help you.
We made use of the Bubble barrel every morning - that is NOT to be missed. We also enjoyed a massage and the little rooms used for this are high up in the forest so you feel totally alone and totally at peace.
There is, obviously, a concerted effort by the lodge to keep everything eco friendly. That means that there is no aircon. The rooms are well ventilated but it is still very hot sometimes. That is a pity but there is a fan and one should just remember that the point is to be eco friendly. We just walked around in our bathing suits and enjoyed the Summer weather.
The breakfasts are really excellent. The waiters had to run out with paintball guns every now and then to keep the monkeys away. It was great fun to watch all the goings-on. The birdlife is also absolutely breathtaking.
We made use of the pools, the canoeing, the cocktails before dinner and I can't fault any of it. The service was excellent.
One warning - I don't like spiders. I love nature, but I don't like spiders. This is an eco reserve and it happened more than once that a spider dropped down from the roof. This did unsettle me but once again - it's all part of the magic. There is always someone willing to assist you remove any creepy crawly visitors from your room and the beds have nets over them so you can sleep peacefully.
We also LOVED the double showers. It overlooks the forest. The bathroom is luxurious and yet equally "rustic". I highly recommend sipping champagne while sitting in the sunken bath on the deck. The forest is thick and no one can see onto your deck so you can even walk around naked on your outside deck.
I must admit that we were not blown away by the one evening meal we had at the reserve. The food was nice but it was perhaps not their best night. It also became incredibly hot inside the eating area once everyone was inside. It might be more pleasant to eat outside if there is space because the heat can be quite stifling inside, since there's no aircon.
This is really an experience not to be missed. I WILL be back.
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