Elephant Safari Park Lodge4.5 out of 5.0
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from arrival to departure we had a magical experience . we recieved a warm welcome and immediately upgraded , the room was of extremely high quality, the food was fantastic and reasonably priced.the whole elephant experience was truly magical . to be so close and hands on with these magnificent animals was an honour . the park is run on a very ethical and sustainable footing .everything is immaculate . all of the elephants (except the four young eles that have been bred there) are rescued from a dubious future in Sumatra. 10/10 thankyou.
We visited this park while on holiday in Bali, we stayed in a villa in ubud and got a driver to take us there (cost us 400k but he took us there as well as the coffee plantation and an awesome place for lunch - we had him most of the day). So we are two family's from Cumbria England - 4 adults and 4 kids age 5, 5, 3 and 8 Months) Anyway we were tempted to buy tickets beforehand from the street sellers but decided not to as we were not sure if the kids would actually want to ride an elephant. So we arrived and it's was 850k per family. Family is 2 adults and 3 kids (the books don't tell u this) plus we paid separate for the 2 adults as it was the cheapest way to do. The kids definitely wanted to wash the elephants so we paid for them to do that on entrance and it was around 300k each - don't pay for the adults as we didn't but I helped the children and got up close to the elephant any way. It was a wonderful experience and I definitely recommend. We got lots of pictures and got to spend some quality time with them. We then Went on to feed the elephants which again was well worth the price of a basket of fruit!!! All three kids wanted to ride the elephants so we went back to reception to book and it only cost 340k for all the kids as they minus 50% off the admission if u book a ride. We booked the mini one for kids. The rider was so good with the kids and I was at ease knowing he would look after them as you can't walk with them. They were gone for around 10/15 mins and the whole day in my opinion was well worth the money. I was being careful with money as we wanted to do a lot while in Bali but I would recommend this and would do it all over again. We didn't eat in the park but we had ice cream. Wasn't badly priced. All in all a fab day out and well worth the money - it’s my best memory of Bali! Point to note a lot of reviews mention the cruelty to them. Washing and feeding them I saw None of this at all. It's was all done by instructions. I did notice the riders had something in there hand which made me a little sad. But overall I think there well looked after. Pop into the shed on the way out and listen to the DVD on how the elephants were saved from a neighbouring island - good watch and even the kids enjoyed it
We booked the breakfast with elephants through elephant trek and at very late notice too, they had no problem sorting us out and arranging it all for us. The experience is well worth every cent and the elephants are amazing, the breakfast buffet was very tasty. A great all round experience!
I've always wanted to get up close and personal with elephants and I think when people think of Bali, along with temples, elephants is something that springs to mind. You really get an insight into the history of Sumatran elephants both on the island and the poaching issues they have had to face over the years. All of the elephants have their own personal trainers and you can really see the relationships they have bonded with them. Especially with the baby elephants who are extremely playful! I highly recommend purchasing the fruit baskets to feed them and also doing the rainforest walk on the back of one of the elephants. I believe you can also purchase the "bathe with an elephant" experience too which I imagine is incredible! The experience is topped off with a show which just shows you how intelligent these creatures are. And on top of all of this an all you can eat buffet is also provided- win,win.
We visited the lodge and stayed overnight for one night as part of our 3 week Bali trip. I'll be honest, we had a blast! The hotel rooms are truly beautiful and some great finishing touches such as wonderful books to read in the room about elephants and Indonesia. The rooms are separate from the non guest areas and so even when the lodge is busy the rooms are peaceful. The breakfast included in the price is in a separate restaurant away from the main restaurant with the day visitors. My boyfriend recommends the banana French toast! The staff were super friendly and could not do enough for you. We also liked that the staff were from the local village, from the mahuts to the restaurant staff. As a hotel guest we had access to; Washing elephants Elephant safari ride Elephant museum Swimming with elephants Feeding the elephants Art gallery You can also walk around to the breeding area where you might see some action ;-) We were given an itinerary on arrival so we didn't have to organize our time there at all. The elephants themselves: it was a truly wonderful experience to be so close to these amazing animals. The mahuts spend everyday with them and were really knowledgeable about 'their' elephant. The lodge advocates no cruelty or brutality and says this is why the elephants don't fear people and we can be so close. All of the food and items in the store are very reasonably priced too. We didn't buy any of the photos as they allow you to take your own but there is a also a photographer onsite and I think the cost was $13 for two photos. Other options available including framed shots. I have been to Africa and seen elephants roaming free and so did I enjoy the elephant talent show? No... I understand that as part of the education they want to show how smart the elephants are but maybe there's a better way? I'm not sure? The elephants are tethered overnight too and the lodge has their reasons for this which are all explained there. The only negative experience we had was at the end of our stay we needed a taxi to our next destination, the lodge wanted to sell us their taxi service for 420.000 rp which is waaayyyy over the going rate (we eventually paid 250.000) and they would not call us an alternative taxi. We figured it out ourselves but the advice is make sure you have a driver organized for the trip back.
The park is a cool place to visit but I didn't care much for the Lodge, especially not for the price. Nothing too wrong with the Lodge, it has pretty nice rooms and very friendly staff. The Lodge only has 13 TV channels, which normally isn't a big deal because who cares about watching TV while on vacation, right? EXCEPT, they advertise that they have HBO, which they DON'T... and then 2 of the 13 channels are solely dedicated to Nigel Mason's businesses. So if you want to watch a 12 year old, 60 minute looped video of Nigel Mason talking about elephant births and prized fish at his Elephant Park, then you'll love it. He also has another channel that's just a loop of his chocolate factory and adventure tour business. It all comes off as very monopolistic and scummy, to be honest. The elephants, although chained to their grounds while not being supervised, seem to be well taken care of. I have to say, the park was awesome, you get to bath and ride elephants. Everything is expensive there so my suggestion would be to visit the park and not stay there. I would return in the future but I'd be reluctant to give any more money to that guy...
We visited this zoo (two adults!) with the main intention of having the experience of an Elephant ride that was recommended to us by friends who had experienced this before! Would recommend this although the zoo is great fun with lots of other wild animals including tigers. For a small price, you can feed them too! Lots of fun! We found and amazing Freelance Guide in Bali who is a local with very good English and knowledge of the area so we got to know so much about the Balinese people and the place. Wayan, (Tel: +62 819 99800469) our guide is very friendly, helpful, reliable and being freelance, a lot more reasonable and flexible with timings etc. No job/trip too small :)
We were so excited to visit the elephant safari after being recommended to go by a few people in our hotel. Entrance to the park was expensive even without paying to ride them as we said we would decide once we were in there if we wanted to or not (thank god we didn't). As soon as we walked in after paying nearly 600 IDR we were told by a staff member to go into the merchandise store and use the restaurant (not very welcoming). The park seemed nice until we got closer to the elephants who all seemed extremely sad and chained up with stupid saddles on their backs. You then had to pay more to feed them which to be fair we happily did as we felt like at least we were giving them something by feeding them. The staff that worked their were brutal. Forcing the elephants to pose for pictures by nipping them and pulling them. We were both pretty shocked and depressed by it to be honest. We had to take ourselves away from the situation. Then the elephant 'talent show' started which was just horrible. We stayed for about 5 minutes where we saw them parade in and then be forced to sit like humans on a small bench and pull up a flag pole. The whole experience was very upsetting and we feel very sorry for the elephants. This type of thing should not be allowed. The elephants should be allowed to roam free and be seen from a distance, thats what a sanctuary should be. Would not recommend. The next sea world.
We enjoyed our stay at the elephant Safari lodge. The staff were happy to help whatever time of day, free shuttle in to Ubud town and the food was amazing. We enjoyed a few elephant rides, I just hope they aren't just used for shows and rides.
OK I realise elephants are expensive to feed and look after but this place really does charge too much for admission. I was on a tight budget so I decided I couldn't afford to go in once I got there and found out the prices . And I was in low season! Basic admission is 300k and if you want to include an elephant ride just under 1million.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Elephant Safari Park Lodge places you next to Elephant Safari Park and within 2 miles (3 km) of Tirta Empul Temple. This 25-room, 4.5-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in a provincial park and also close to Tegallalang Handicraft Center and Bali Pulina.
This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café, and chat with other guests at the free daily manager's reception. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.
Elephant Safari Park Lodge's 25 rooms are air-conditioned and provide balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.
Guests staying at Elephant Safari Park Lodge enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for IDR 690000 per vehicle one way. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury resort include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and a computer station.
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91% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1116 reviews