My husband and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and didn't want a chain-hotel experience, so I began searching on the Internet. I came across Serenity Springs by accident and from their website decided to take a gamble, even though I almost NEVER book a stay anywhere without going to Tripadvisor first. We just returned this afternoon and I thought I'd share my experience.
First of all, this isn't a bed and breakfast; it's not a hotel; these are individual bungalows that are situated on 80-some acres of land. They are roughly 25 feet apart from one another and most of them surround a large pond. Each bungalow is different (some A-frame, some not) and looking through their website we were allowed to see photos of each one and then choose the one we wanted to stay in. The location is close to Michigan City so you're close to the Blue Chip Casino if that's your thing, or Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall if shopping is your thing.
After check-in, one staff took our keys and valeted our car while another staff put our bags onto the back of a horse drawn carriage which then took us to our bungalow (this was a very nice touch!). Upon arrival, she followed us inside and explained how everything worked. The most interesting feature however, was the butler's door. Since there are no phones in the bungalows, the only way to communicate with the staff is from this small, rectangular door that opens from the inside as well as the outside. When you want or need something (a complimentary dvd movie or board game, for example) just write it on a slip of paper, open the door and lay it inside. Flip the switch and a red light appears outside to let the staff know a message is waiting for them. What's even better is that the staff took advantage of the butler's door also, by leaving us goodies throughout the evening. It was always fun when we noticed the red light so we could see what had been left for us.
The bungalow itself was incredibly clean, comfortable and attractive looking. We were impressed by the amenities, which included flat screen TV, surround sound, heated floors, a fantastic 2 person whirlpool tub (with multi-colored lights and jets coming from the bottom, as well as a waterfall), stocked refrigerator with our favorite soda and various juices, snacks in a basket on the coffee table, microwavable popcorn, hot cocoa packets, tea bags, coffeemaker, hot cider packets, the list goes on. There were sliding glass doors that looked out onto the pond, which is home to many canadian geese and ducks, as well as three mute swans. On the back deck there were two rockers and a small gas-lit campfire that we used to make s'mores (one of the goodie-kits left in our butler's door).
If you think you'll be going out for dinner you can leave a note for the staff to let them know when you'd like your car ready. Likewise, there's a couple of restaurant menus in the room and if you choose to eat in, just leave your request in the butler's door and they'll bring your food right to you (this is what we did). There's also an option to bring your own food and grill out on the deck - all grill utensils provided.
When we awoke in the morning we noticed our light was on again and found a breakfast basket filled with nutri-grain bars, various fruits, oatmeal and two large blueberry muffins. We made some coffee and ate while watching the geese tool around the pond.
According to the information booklet in the room, you can arrange to have a complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride around the property. We didn't do this because the weather was too bad. There are also packages you can add to your stay, such as massage, flowers in your room. I had requested the rose petal package since it was our anniversary and when we arrived there were rose petals scattered around the whirlpool tub, champagne in the frig, a balloon tied to a champagne glass filled with hershey's kisses, fortune cookies, candies, etc... it was very well done.
Our stay had only one con, and I hate to even mention it because it's through no fault of the owners or the staff, but I feel it is worth a mention: the property is located right off of the Interstate and you can hear the traffic considerably at times. I personally tuned it out after a while and it wasn't a major problem but for someone who lives in a big city that wants to get away from traffic noise or if you are looking for complete peace and quiet, you might find this bothersome. The pros outweigh the cons by far however, in my opinion.
A couple of other things to note - if you have trouble with stairs, I wouldn't choose one of the A-frame bungalows because the bedroom is located up a steep flight of steps and it may be hard to maneuver. In the other bungalows I believe everything is on one floor. Also, Serenity Springs is strictly Adults-Only, so keep that in mind.
This place is like nothing we've ever experienced before and it was fun to go somewhere completely different. Everyone was very nice and helpful. The staff is there to cater to your every need but they completely respect your privacy. It is truly a unique getaway.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.