Positioned about 6km’s out of town, the secluded Fern Resort Thailand is located down a small windy road off the main road leading from the city centre. A narrow drive takes you up to a small parking lot in front of a traditional timber pitched roof reception. The pedestrian pathway leading into the resort crosses over a little stream and into a casual open lounge area.
We arrived in the early evening and with little lights everywhere it certainly gave a romantic, tranquil feel. The resort was a loving setting with a mock rice field landing, little streams and natural paths. Surrounded by forest and the sounds of running water and what we think were geckos made you feel like you were in a very remote location.
I liked it already and I hadn’t even seen where we were sleeping.
The staff were very welcoming and showed us down a path made of stepping stones and little bamboo platforms to our individual cabin. The cabin was spacious with a foyer, very large bedroom with seating area, a walk in wardrobe / study and a a simple bathroom. The large windows looked onto jungle like forest and a small balcony with a couple of chairs was the perfect spot to unwind. This was ideal for our weekend getaway and much better than I had expected.
The room had all the essentials for a short stay – complimentary water, kettle, slippers and a robe and the all important Wi-Fi. It was air-conditioned and a timber fan hanging from the tall pitched ceiling helped circulate the air. The decor was simple, very authentic and I especially liked the two towel swans on our bed. It was also the attention to detail we really appreciated. Four very comfortable pillows on the bed and when the staff saw we had Jack with us, they gave us extra towels for our stay (that does not usually occur unless we ask).
The boys snuck in a quick swim before the 8pm pool curfew, whilst I enjoyed a little quite time in the room. The pool was a large simple rectangle with what looked like an old diving board. The pool furniture was a little warn but it would be the perfect spot to relax at on a nice sunny day. Nearby is a little camp fire (not sure when that gets lit) and the resort restaurant. The dinner menu consisted of both Thai and Western meals at reasonable prices – most Thai dishes were 90-100THB.
The continental breakfast buffet, minus the cereal, is located in the same restaurant where you can enjoy your breaky out on the deck or inside. We had the place to ourselves, so the staff were very attentive and helpful. Again the decor is very simple with a tropical Thai feel and some educational child-like posters of ‘spot the fern type’ to keep you amused. Although I was much more entertained by the Thai woman trying to remove a stubborn local dog from the restaurant. Fresh fruit, light rye toast and eggs cooked to your liking were on offer. My scrambled eggs came with a surprise accompaniment of a spicy Frankfurt, two triangles of warm ham and a tomato, cucumber garnish!
Although outside of town, there is still activities to do around the area. The resort has it’s own natural trail which is expected to take approximately 4 hours through the forest and leading to sights such as a waterfall and a look out point. You can also visit hill-tribe villages or go mountain biking or trekking around the area. It is only 10mins into town, which is convenient enough to try out one of the restaurants or bars without feeling too trapped into dining at the resort.
I really enjoyed our stay here and wish we had more time to stay another night or two. It would also be the perfect place to go without a two your old sleeping in your bed! The only negative I had was the mattress was hard (typical for South East Asia) and quite thin, with the springs being very evident. If you are a light sleeping, like Chris, you may also want to bring some ear plugs. Between the sound of the air-conditioner humming away to the geckos, he didn’t have the best night sleep.
All in all, the Fern Resort Thailand is in a relaxing, tranquil setting ideal for a getaway for those who want to be within a natural environment with a little luxury!