If you ever want to have a relaxing vacation where you never have to go out of your resort, IBIZA the Fern Resort in Kolkata is truly the best place for you. They have so much to do and see on their vast property, that I felt my 4 days there did not do it adequate justice to it. It is the kind of place where you just want to be, and enjoy unparalleled hospitality.
The resort is just as ideal for the solo traveller, as it is for families with kids, couples on their honeymoon, and groups of friends whether mixed-gender or single-gender.
Since this is purely a detailed review or an experiential guide for what to expect at Ibiza the Fern Resort in Kolkata, let's move along step by step, starting with the rooms.
We stayed in one of the clubrooms on the first floor, facing the lake. Yes! There's a gorgeous lake right on the property. The rooms were large, much larger than some of the other cramped spaces that go as hotel rooms these days. The beds were comfy and the rooms were equipped with all the standard, modern features.
What wowed me though, is their serious commitment to being eco-friendly. I mean, a lot of hotels today, ask you to not launder your towels unless absolutely necessary and ask you to conserve water and such, just to get the 'we are environment-friendly' bragging rights. But Ibiza goes above and beyond just that. Here are just some of the interesting things you notice:
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Oh and with regards to the rooms, if there was one thing worth bringing your attention to, it would be this. Watch out for the mosquitos if you stay by the lake. Keep the door firmly shut as much as possible and ask the housekeeping for another All Out or Goodnight. Thank us for this later.
People, a big aspect of the hospitality industry, often get far less credit than they deserve. Sadly, a few bad experiences give them tonnes of brickbats, but years of committed effort rarely ever translate to excellent reviews. IBIZA is that one place where the people really do make your stay!
Whether it is the staff and manager in the restaurant or the front office people, everyone is well-mannered, well- trained and ready to help with a smile. It is the foot soldiers that are the worthiest of credit though. I make a special mention for the staff who handles the activity area and game room, and the staff that handles the outdoor activities - such as the bridges, zipline, boating, kayaking, archery, and more. These people are especially helpful and encouraging. They even made my 4-year old talking and smiling at the prospect of enjoying multiple 'boat' and 'bicycle' rides, and she is not the easiest critic to please!
Yes, I am exactly that kind of annoying person who wants to do everything, try everything. So, except for swimming (which I didn't do because it was quite cold on those 4 days that I was there), I tried and enjoyed just about everything. Indoors, we enjoyed the discotheque, games of pool (the billiards kind, not the water kind), table tennis, chess, carrom, and even some electronic game-room style games.
Outdoors, I conquered three bridges, including the commando bridge (worked out quite a sweat), paddle boated across the pond and back, kayaked around here and there, cycled the cycling loop a few times, ziplined across the lake, etc. and even tried my hand at archery and rifle shooting.
The Discotheque is an interesting addition here and I for one loved it. It seems the place hasn't moved past the 90s and 2000s as yet, because the music is certainly dated. But if you like to groove, hey, you like to groove, so as long as there are some good beats!As you can see, there was so much to do and see, sightseeing outside, even the short drive to the BAPS Swaminarayan temple wasn't something I was interested in.
First and foremost, the restaurant area is stunning. Absolutely stunning! It reminded me of my time in Bath (UK), but for some, it could be a mix of Turkey and Granada (Spain) I would guess. And if the venue isn't interesting enough, the food is absolutely yummy.Once again, as a vegetarian tourist, I tried just about everything vegetarian there. The mushroom starter (slightly spicy) is my personal recommendation to just about everyone going there. And while I know that the place is in Bengal, the queen of mishti in India, I would absolutely recommend that you leave the roshgullas and roshmalais for your second time and try the gajar ka halwa on your first! Not overly sweet, not overly greasy, it is just perfect!
Despite an almost perfect stay at Ibiza The Fern Resort in Kolkata, I do have a short and simple wish list for how this resort can become my ultimate dream destination even in the future.
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