Enjoy A Panoramic View Of The Hills From The Sit-Out Verandas At This Resort

    What Is It?

    The Fern Samali resort in Dapoli, is a beautiful resort that offers guests the best of both worlds – mountain, and sea. Touting themselves as ‘environmentally sensitive’, the resort is a tasteful blend of old-world charm and modern creature comforts.

    How Do I Get There?

    The resort is around 190 – 200km away from Pune, and will take you approximately 5 hours to get here by road. Getting here by road is the quickest option, or else you can travel by railway to Khed {an 8 hour train ride, via Panvel}, and then hire a car from there to the resort {an hour’s drive away}, in Dapoli.

    What Did I Like?

    Nestled in the hilly foothills of the Western Ghats, soak in their stellar panoramic views of the landscape, while also being just a short distance away from the beach. The resort houses 16 cottages and 22 rooms, each room also comes with their own little sit-out veranda, for you to make the most of {hint: it’s great for morning breakfasts, and watching the sun set}. It’s classy, romantic, and private – ideal for a getaway with your S.O.!

    Their in-house restaurant, Zhilan, features a multi-cuisine menu, al-fresco seating, and both buffet and à la carte style meals. Enjoy a drink and snack at their well-stocked bar – Quiana, as you wind down after a long day. If y0u don’t want to step out, the resort also has an amphitheatre {where live performances take place before dinner}, a yoga center, gift shop, conference hall, spa and massage center, a gym {with steam and sauna}, swimming pool, and activity zones for kids and adults.

    If you feel like exploring the local attractions – the resort can help you make the necessary travel and sight-seeing tour arrangements. The town of Dapoli is 3km {10 mins} drive away, Ladghar Beach is a 5km {15 min} drive and Murud beach is a little further – 14km (30 mins) drive away from The Fern Samali. Activities at the beach include dolphin watching, parasailing and banana-boat rides, to name a few.

    Anything Else?

    The room fares are moderately expensive – but for this level of comfort and style, we think it’s a steal. Before you book, check out the offers section of their website here to avail exclusive discounts and packages.


    The resort provides bicycles for you to explore their landscaped property and surrounding fruit orchards, and on occasion, they even host a campfire and outdoor BBQ at night! This is also one of the only resorts we’ve come across that is dog-friendly. Bring along your fur-baby on your next vacay – dogs are exclusively permitted in the Magnolia & Lillian Cottages, at an extra charge.