The experience started with my contact with Debashish, the GM at The Fern.
I contacted him with my itinerary and he promptly confirmed the booking. The day I was supposed to reach, had its adventures and I landed at 11 in the night, though since evening Debashish was in touch and was guiding through the route. Much appreciated.
It was a pleasant surprise when I was informed that my rooms were upgraded to a suite. Moreover, the staff had kept our dinner ready and we were served in the room, as per our preference. I appreciate this gesture, thank you to the team. Checking the rooms, I was happy to note the attention to details, cleanliness and user-friendliness. The open to sky shower was a different experience, and many would enjoy it. The property is decently sized and had usual engagements like the pool, gym, table tennis, hammocks, among others.
Food was average and had decent options for vegetarian meals, in buffets. While the food seemed hygienically prepared and nicely presented, they may keep experimenting till they excel at taste. Overall, the food was good and the servers were very happy to tweak the taste on request.
Regarding Safaris, though the resort maintains that they do not arrange safaris, they do help you get in touch with the agents. In my case, Debashish helped not only arrange the agent, but ensured that he charged us right and arranged for a seamless safari. The people who accompanied us at Safari (the guy from the forest and the resort guy), were cheerful and informed souls, we loved their company.
The team was friendly and helpful, and had an eye to ensure guests' comfort. I would recommend it for Sasan Gir travelers, who would like to experience adventure amidst and comfort.
Suggestions for travelers:
While you have a good chance of spotting the beasts during the jungle safari to Gir, you have a better chance of meeting the king at Devalia (Gir Interpretation Zone). If I am to re-arrange my itinerary, I would visit Devalia before the jungle. Both experiences are different, and recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled by the thick vegetation, picturesque hills, green fields, beautiful landscaped gardens and adjacent to Gir Lion Sanctuary, The Fern Gir Forest Resort is regarded as one of the best forest hotels in India. Enjoy a relaxing holiday with family & friends at one of the best hotels in Gir. A stay at our hotel in Gir guarantees you a memorable holiday.Being amongst the leading hotels in Gir this Fern resort, a Unit of Kotecha hotels and Managed by Concept Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. offers a total of 40 well appointed and aesthetically designed rooms comprising of suites, villas, cottages & luxury tents that exude opulence and style. Our two duplex suites offer a captivating view of the River Hiran flowing by. All our guest rooms are well-equipped with modern amenities like LCD TV, a mini-bar, tea-kettle, digital safe, hair dryer & with flawless service we stand out to be one of the best forest hotels across India.During your stay at Fern Gir forest resort, indulge yourself at the "Sohum Spa", ideally located by the River Hiran and offering a host of treatments, massages, open rain shower etc. Along with it, the state-of- the- art gymnasium, jacuzzi and a swimming pool will completely rejuvenate your mind and body. Indulge in nature and forget the troubles of the world in our luxury resort in Gir. It's because of these unique offerings which make us one of the best forest hotels in India. ... more less
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