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The Fern Creek
Ranked #6 of 78 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Our stay at Fern Creek was very memorable. We chose Christmas season. So the weather was brilliant and the Fern Creek atmosphere made it awesome! The tent format for room was very unique. The room was very clean. However, the highlight during our stay was the service and food. It was a royal treatment. They were ready to accept whatever service we requested. Usually food used to be the main problem during our outings - but here that was never an issue - starting from a requested menu on first day to buffets on other days to the special Christmas day menus were all outstanding.

Overall a brilliant experience and we highly recommend this place....

A small word of caution though - the taxi service for sight-seeing trips and pickups are outsourced. You may be unlucky to get a bad driver like us in one instance...

Room Tip: all rooms have good privacy and accessibility...tent 1 is close to reception/dining....honeymoon sui...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stayed in Fern Creek for 4 nights for honeymoon. We selected Fern Creek as honeymoon destination based on recommendations from friends and trip advisor reviews.

I stayed in many 5* hotels and resorts, the main factor that differentiates Fern Creek from other 5* resorts is privacy and Extraordinary staffs. We enjoyed each and every minute in the 4 day stay and the staffs made us very comfortable and provided us each and everything requested throughout the stay.

Few things made our honeymoon in Fern Creek an unforgettable experience
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-As requested, staffs received us with flower bouquet
-Flower arrangement in the suite
-Food was awesome.
-Complimentary spa next to the half day trekking was very relaxing.
-We will never forget the beautiful Candle light dinner and warmer private fire place on the last night!!
-last but not least the high quality service received

Thanks to manager Mike who arranged everything perfectly.
Our very special Thanks to Babu and Navraj who made our honeymoon an awesome one - Guys, you treated us as a family member!!
Thanks to the driver xavier and spa manager.

I will definitely recommend Fern Creek to all my friends and relatives and I will stay again when I get a change to travel to Kodaikanal!!

Room Tip: If you want more privacy and space - go for the honeymoon suite. It's really worth paying more.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank SaravananPriya
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stayed in Fern Creek for 3 nights and would like to explain the major events that happened during the stay.

We entered the resort on Day 1 around 10.30 am and the first question from the management is " Sir, did you have breakfast?" and we were taken to the dining hall to choose and relish the south Indian breakfast. if you would like to have Cereals, even that's available. you have an option to choose between juice, milk shake, coffee and other hot beverages. We were taken to the Swizz luxury tent and were informed about the amenities in the tent. Later in an hour, we were informed about the menu for lunch which had a different rages to choose from south Indian, north Indian, and some Italian Salads. Then we spent time with the complimentary spa in the evening with some coffee and hot snacks to choose from which was just prepared in less than 10 minutes. Dinner was extraordinary with all the expected foods to relish with and the Chef comes to ask "Sir, can I serve you some more?"

We were just talking about site seeing places and the manager arranges trip to Berijam Lake the next day morning which requires a permission from the forest officers. and as we start trip to the Berijam lake the resort staff runs to you bringing some bottles of water and biscuits that you can use using the visit.

After returning from the visit almost at end of lunch time, the chef prepares some fresh food that you can have for lunch and serves you. The discussion continues to talk about site seeing locations and the staff gives the best suggestions for the ways to choose from and the right time to visit each location. Every evening around 7-8 pm, you can see camp fire within the resort and you may choose to get yourself warmed under the fog.

Now, let me tell you whats the resort and the tent facilities. The resort has 7 tents in total out of which No.7 is the honeymoon suite. All the tents have enough space and room between each other where you can enjoy the privacy of your tent. Each of the tent has a king size bed (assuming the size), a couch, wooden table and some wardrobe to keep your belongings. The tent is also equipped with room heaters and TV with Tata Sky connection. The resort is equipped with the recreation room where you can relax watching the set of movies that can be played with the Sony Home Theater system. you may also choose to play some indoor games that are available.

Now let me explain about the staff. Special Thanks to Michael, the resort manager who does all the arrangements needed for the guests and has attention to each of the guest requirements. Babu, the executive chef does prepare all the Italian foods, along with all the Indian dishes and takes care of the preparation to be served for each meal with atmost care. Chef Azeez with extra care prepares the food and specially the Biriyani with the mouth watering south Indian touch. Parthi, the south Indian Special hand can prepare anything that you need with the touch of Tamil Nadu style anytime throughout the day. The other staff Saravanan, Navraj were almost available throughout the day to serve you the food and help with anything that you need.

The most impressive thing about the resort is all the staff have a "smiling face" and treat you as their family members which is an added advantage to choose this resort.

I would definitely have my experience shared with friends and Colleagues to choose this resort when they visit Kodaikanal.

- Kishore

Room Tip: If you get a chance book the Honeymoon suit which has more privacy for couples, other Swizz luxury t...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank kishorebala1911
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

I had come across the Ferncreek property thru the Trip Advisor site and took the decision of planning my stay there post going thru the glowing reviews. Had stayed there for 3 Nights during the last week of December with my family comprising of 2 young kids (Aged under 6). To sum up, the experience at Ferncreek is sheer bliss. One hotel experience which was much better than what the reviews suggested.
The tents are medium sized and apt for a small family. The décor and ambience are frugal and in sync with the theme of the place. The place does not boast of a fitness center or a huge spa. The recreation room and the current spa are minimalistic in their offerings. Neither is there a huge restaurant to be in awe off. This is a small property (More like an estate bunglow with lawns) that has been converted in to an open lawn setting housing around 7 to 8 tents. So yes..there are certain limitations.
But why the glowing reviews ????? Its because the STAFF and the RESORT MANAGER are simply out of this world. These brilliant set of people convert every minor glitch into a huge plus and never make the guests feel out of place even for a second.

Sample this - 1. Since there was no 24X7 restaurant to boast off, I was worried about how I would manage the needs of my young kids. (I was just blown away by the care shown by the staff. U name any dish....it was prepared and made ready within minutes and so well customized to suit the palate of the particular guest). Infact my baby daughter had a free RUN in the kitchen and she turned out to be the darling of the staff. They took care of every possible wish of her.

2. Mr.Micheal and his team took care of each guest as if they were part of his family. We felt as if we were attending a wedding ceremony of Mr.Micheal and family. So good were they as hosts. Since we were travelling with kids, Micheal and team made it a point that we were given packed lunch plus a great housekeeping team took care of the kids laundry. What was pleasantly surprising was the fact that the team did not charge us a single penny for all these additional services. When questioned - Mr.Micheal and team just smiled indicating that 'NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE BUSINESS'. Such was their personalized attention.

3. Feel sad that the trip had to end in 3 days. We could have stayed forever as my family was just loving the atmosphere created so painstakingly by Mike and Team. Did not notice a single guest raising their voice or having anything unpleasant to say about this place.

'ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA !!!! - Ferncreek is one place where the GUEST is GOD and the Team ensures that you get more than what u seek and pay for. I would herewith like to say a big THANK YOU to Mike and his wonderful Team for the effort. Mike - Vedhika and Kannishk miss u guys so much. May u guys go from strength to strength...in the days to come.

A small suggestion - Dear Mike : As suggested, please do away with the complimentary temple tour that u offer to guests. These locations will get visited anyways by all people. Instead, please do plan a eco tourism trip to the interiors replete with home cooked food in one of the many villages nearby. This will increase the attachment ratio of your property and will be more in sync with your offering. Also such customized/ different trips will make guests keep coming back. This novelty factor needs to be built back.

These 3 Night/ 4 DAY stay was the best out of our 9 day vacation this December. Nothing comes close. Looking forward to visiting FERNCREEK Again. Wishing mike and team a very happy new year.

Room Tip: All tents are equally sized and there is not much to differentiate.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Karthik11179
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The staff at the Fern Creek are so friendly and accommodating. The tents are situated in the most beautiful of settings amongst trees and flowers with hammocks and a fire pit to make it feel even more special. We enjoyed the Spa where the range of massages and the quality of treatments were first class. Thanks for making our three day stay so special

Stayed: December 2013
Thank cafejohnny
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Myself and my wife decided to visit kodaikanal for the second time .We had decided during our visit last year to stay at the fern creek again and so fern creek it was without any second thoughts.

The hospitality had not dropped one bit, in fact we felt it was a homecoming ,the way Navaraj,Babu,Ajeesh,Saravanan and Xavier took care of us.

The tree trunk-sitout , a new addition to each tent is well thought out.The tent no .3 was excellent .It was a bit colder than usual as it was a week before Chirstmas but the room heater did its job

Insect control during the rains can be better managed,addition of a bath tub would add more muscle to the luxury tag .The overall stay was a wonderful experience.

Mr. Ajeesh,the cook did a great job by cooking to a custom menu for each meal.Special thanks to Mr.Babu who took efforts to bring in a masseuse (something which we missed last time) .Navaraj was cheerful as always.The resort is in good hands with such a team.

After the second time stay I'm pretty much sure that the hospitality,ambience and the food can best be experienced in Kodai only at Fern Creek.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Saravana_05
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days, it was a great experience staying in the mid of town in tents and nature! Most touching was the care that all the staff extended to my family. I would thank the following - Mr. Mike, Babu, Navaraj, Saravanan, Parthiban, Naveen, Ajish, Shoba and Papu for all the courtesy extended during our stay and made our trip a memorable one. Special thanks to all for the French Fries you fed my little one!
I strongly recommend guests to experience 'The Fern Creek' and encourage the bundle of passionate people managing this property!!!

Room Tip: All the tents looks good and are ideally located. you should not miss the food!
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank RamanujamMD
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Address: Fern Hill Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India
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Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Dindigul District > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #6 of 78 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Price Range: $70 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fern Creek 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Untouched and raw, The Fern Creek is a haven for all who yearn for a break. The ambiance is comfortable and refreshing filled with the aroma of eucalyptus, lilies and pines. Designed for utmost privacy, our 7 Swiss luxury tented villas are spread across 1.5 acres of landscaped garden. The in-room amenities are equivalent to a star resort. The property as a whole has plenty to offer to meet your expectations/moods. For the incurably romantic, or the terribly laid back or even the complete workaholic who needs a reason to celebrate – The Fern Creek offers something for each and everyone. The Fern Creek is a holiday waiting to be discovered. Always fresh, one with nature, come and enjoy the glory of life. Welcome to The Fern Creek. ... more   less 
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