Some things take longer. We at The Fern are never in doubt of the eco-sensitive work we do, though we do debate sometimes if our message is getting through to the people we serve – community and guests.
We’ve made the environment our central focus since 1996. Initially, it was an uphill sell internally to the team because it was a departure from our view of hospitality at the time, but also because only a very few were actually talking about the ‘environment’ at the time. We stuck it out & 18 years later are seeing the young, urban families imbibe our ethos; be eco-sensitive because its common sense. The generational shift is underway.
Its most evident at our five resorts; Sasan Gir (Gujarat), Dapoli & Ganpatipule (Maharashtra), Benaulim & Palolem (Goa). Young parents who make up over 50% of our summer guests are keen to share our environment practices with their kids, in the unique simplified way that makes talking to kids most enlightening. Even kids of two can understand at least two of our three ‘R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.
So we’re making it fun for them in ways that’s fun for all. The treasure hunt at The Fern Samali Resort, Dapoli is much in demand. The 18-cottage resort sits on vast acerage atop a hill in the lush rainforests of the Western Ghats. The range is in the Konkan region, one of India’s most fertile regions and the resort has nutured a garden that both reflects & compliments the rich biodiversity. We have over 100 native & complimentary species of plants & trees across the resort, and have recently completed the extensive task of putting name plates on each of them. The treasure hunt at Dapoli is a family activity and takes them all over them resort. We keep it light and easy to find though one of the longest tasks its to find as many plants & trees as possible on a list of 100 names.
At least a dozen families have completed the entire list!
Children under 10 years are 20% of the guest list at The Fern Gir Forest Resort, Sasan Gir. Almost all visits to Sasan Gir are solely to visit the lions in their reserve, which takes all of three hours. So keeping kids ‘productively engaged’ is essential for the remain 2-3 days of the holiday. We are so pleased to find parents actively participating with the kids in painting & colouring tasks, outdoor games, treasuring hunting, eco-awareness talks etc. Our rooms have international satellite TV, the real entertainment is outside.
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