Discover Chikmagalur: The Newest Addition to The Fern Hotels & Resorts

Discover Chikmagalur: The Newest Addition to The Fern Hotels & Resorts

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Published on November 1, 2023

The Fern Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce their latest property, Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful landscapes of Chikmagalur, Karnataka. With five hotels already in operation in Karnataka, this addition underscores the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional experiences for its guests.

Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa is strategically located in the serene Chikmagalur, a mere 4.30 to 5 hours’ drive from Bengaluru and just 2 hours from Shivamogga. The recent inauguration of the Shivamogga airport has made this tranquil destination even more accessible, drawing visitors from all corners of India. The resort features 70 tastefully decorated rooms, each equipped with modern comforts and amenities to ensure a pleasant stay for guests.

Chikmagalur, often referred to as the “Coffee Land of Karnataka,” is a haven for nature lovers. Its lush greenery, rolling hills, and sprawling coffee plantations offer a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can explore picturesque trekking trails, captivating waterfalls, and immersive coffee plantation tours while immersing themselves in the region’s rich coffee heritage.

Suhail Kannampilly, Managing Director of The Fern Hotels & Resorts, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “We are truly excited about this new venture in Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur holds significant potential in terms of tourism and business. This signing aligns perfectly with our vision of extending our footprint in key domestic markets. We look forward to welcoming guests to Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa and providing them an experience filled with the warmth of our hospitality.”

The signing of Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa is another milestone for The Fern Hotels & Resorts, underscoring their commitment to excellence and growth. With its upscale amenities, commitment to environmental conservation, and picturesque location, the resort is poised to become the preferred destination for leisure travelers, conferences, and weddings in the region.

Pawan MR, Partner of Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa, expressed his pride in the association, stating, “We are immensely proud to be associated with The Fern Hotels & Resorts, a brand that shares our vision of sustainable and hospitable travel experiences. Our goal is to create a sanctuary where guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Chikmanglur while enjoying the comforts of our thoughtfully designed resort. We envision our resort as a destination where every stay is marked by warm hospitality, environmental responsibility, and unforgettable experiences. We look forward to welcoming guests to Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa and are committed to making their stay a landmark in their journey of memorable travels.”

With this new addition, The Fern Hotels & Resorts will expand its presence in the Karnataka region, encompassing a total of 7 hotels and resorts, offering over 500 keys. These Fern-branded properties in the region include The Fern Belagavi, The Fern Shivamogga, The Fern Residency Yeshwanthpur Bengaluru, The Fern Residency Vijayapura, The Fern Residency Hubbali, and an upcoming property, The Fern Residency Seshadripuram, Bengaluru, with 78 keys. This expansion highlights The Fern’s commitment to providing world-class experiences for its guests.

Chikmagalur's Planetree The Fern Resort & Spa is set to become a sought-after destination for travelers seeking a blend of natural beauty, warm hospitality, and unforgettable experiences. The Fern Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its footprint in Karnataka, offering over 500 keys across 7 properties in the region, making it a prominent player in the Indian hospitality industry.

Sarovar Hotels Launches Sarovar Portico Saharanpur on Ambala Highway

Sarovar Hotels Launches Sarovar Portico Saharanpur on Ambala Highway

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 18, 2024

Sarovar Hotels, in collaboration with SVS Hotel Ltd., has unveiled Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, the city's first branded hotel located on Ambala highway. This landmark opening marks a significant addition to Sarovar's expanding portfolio in Uttar Pradesh.

The hotel offers 97 elegantly appointed rooms across three categories – Deluxe Rooms, Executive Suites, and Suites, designed to cater to the discerning needs of travellers seeking comfort and luxury. The all-day dining restaurant, 'Flavours,' showcases a diverse selection of multi-cuisine delights, ensuring an exceptional gastronomic experience for guests.


In addition to its luxurious accommodations and dining options, Sarovar Portico Saharanpur boasts the largest banqueting and conferencing facilities in Saharanpur, covering over 48,000 sq. ft. The venues include The Palm Court (Lawn), Grand Crystal, Garnet, and Opal, providing an elegant setting for weddings, conferences, and social gatherings of varying sizes.

Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels and Director of Louvre Hotels India, expressed enthusiasm about the launch: "We are delighted to introduce Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, offering discerning travellers an unparalleled hospitality experience. With our commitment to excellence and Saharanpur's rich cultural heritage, this property emerges as the top choice for both leisure and business travellers."

Subhash Chopra, Managing Director of SVS Hotels, emphasized the significance of the partnership: "Partnering with Sarovar Hotels marks a significant milestone for SVS Hotel. We are proud to present Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, a property that not only enhances the city's hospitality landscape but also sets new standards in hospitality."

For more information about Sarovar Portico Saharanpur and its facilities, visit

IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 17, 2024

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, today announced the signing of its fifth Ginger branded hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region of Thane, Maharashtra. This greenfield project embodies Ginger’s lean luxe design philosophy, offering guests the perfect blend of work and leisure in vibrant, contemporary spaces.

"The signing of our fifth Ginger hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in Thane aligns with IHCL’s strategic vision of expanding its presence in key urban centres in India. Thane with its rapid development has emerged as a residential and commercial hub in Maharashtra. We are delighted to collaborate with Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited for this new hotel." - Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development, IHCL

The 200-key Ginger Thane is located in the heart of the business district in close proximity to retail centres. The hotel features Qmin, the signature all-day diner presenting a delightful array of global and local favorites along with a bar. Additionally, it will offer modern amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre along with over 2000 sq. ft banquet hall and well-equipped meeting rooms.


“We are delighted to join forces with IHCL for this new project. We look forward to bringing the vibrant brand of Ginger to a new address in Thane.” - Rahul Jagdale & Rohit Jagdale, Directors, Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited

Thane in MMR is home to numerous IT parks, businesses, and shopping centres, making it a significant destination for both business and leisure travellers.

With the addition of this hotel, IHCL will have 35 hotels including 12 under development in Maharashtra.

About The Owner

Jagdale Group, headed by Mr. Rahul Jagdale and Mr. Rohit Jagdale, has been in the real estate business since 1985 and has developed more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial spaces in MMR.


About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and ranked as World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2024 and India’s Strongest Brand 2024 as per Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 326 hotels including 102 under development globally across 4 continents, 13 countries and in over 130 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is listed on the BSE and NSE.

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) proudly announces its expansion into the vibrant Indian subcontinent through a strategic partnership with The MRS Group of Hotels. This collaboration signifies the entrance of an independent hotel group in India, renowned for its bespoke collection of boutique hotels, into the distinguished ranks of SLH, elevating their status as pioneers of contemporary Indian hospitality on the international scene.

The MRS Group of Hotels, dedicated to sharing a deep appreciation for diverse landscapes, cultures, and stories with the global traveller, currently encompasses award-winning brands such as Suryagarh in Jaisalmer, Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner, and Mary Budden Estate in Binsar. Each hotel serves as a gateway to India’s rich, diverse, and extraordinary heritage, offering thoughtfully designed experiences that authentically reflect the character of their locations. This partnership allows The MRS Group of Hotels to leverage SLH’s expansive global distribution network and marketing capabilities, showcasing their unique offerings to an international audience seeking exceptional and memorable experiences.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first independent hotel chain in India to partner with SLH, a brand synonymous with luxury and exceptional hospitality. This alliance not only highlights our dedication to reimagining hospitality in India but also amplifies our mission to offer travellers thoughtfully designed experiences that are rooted in our rich heritage and distinctive service. We are excited to embark on this journey with SLH, aiming to enhance our global presence and enrich the travel adventures of our guests,” said Karan Singh Vaid, President of The MRS Group of Hotels.


“We are thrilled to re-establish the SLH brand in India with a distinguished brand partner like The MRS Group of Hotels. Their brand philosophy aligns perfectly with our conscious travel journey towards sustainability and conservation. We are looking forward to sharing their bespoke experiences through our storytelling channels and global distribution networks,” remarked Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

This strategic partnership represents a significant step forward for both The MRS Group of Hotels and the Indian hospitality sector. By bringing together the unique attributes and distinctive service of The MRS Group of Hotels with the global reach and esteemed reputation of SLH, this collaboration opens new avenues for unparalleled hospitality experiences, redefining bespoke luxury travel.

The union with SLH includes the integration of the following hotels in SLH’s carefully selected collection:

  • Suryagarh Jaisalmer

  • Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

  • Mary Budden Estate Binsar (soon to be live on SLH channels)


The MRS Group of Hotels benefits from SLH’s exclusive partnership with Hilton. From today, Hilton Honors members, the award-winning guest loyalty program, can earn and redeem Points for SLH stays and enjoy exclusive benefits, including free WiFi and a guaranteed member discount. Gold and Diamond members will enjoy space-available room upgrades and continental breakfast for up to two guests.

This alliance between The MRS Group of Hotels and SLH is set to enrich the SLH portfolio while offering guests an exclusive gateway to the heart of India’s luxurious hospitality and its storied legacy.

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