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Elephant Safari Park Lodge

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

my party stayed in 2 different rooms and both were excellent. one room allowed for elephant taxi service to a white linen dinner. the other room had a shaded area below with lounge chairs where the kids could hang out and play games and read. bathrooms were luxurious. plates of desserts and fruit were complimentary in each room. restaurant food on property was excellent and fairly priced. nice gift shop. pool is small. loved walking through the gardens and seeing the koi fish ponds. the museum was very informative. one of the top 2 highlights of our trip.

Honestly, I had no big expectations about this place but fortunately I found very special. It is expensive but unique. We were riding with Jajang (trainer) and Efa (elephant), during the ride we were told about the special relationship between the trainer and the elephant because they are like family. The elephants are very nice with the people and off course, all the place is really beautiful. Jajang was very polite and attentive with us. In addition, there is a small and interesting museum at the entrance related to elephants. I with my family enjoyed but as a recommendation, check your pocket before deciding to go since it is not cheap.

We went here on a tour and I have take a week to write this review so I can think my initial thoughts over. I love elephants but didn’t want to go to a place where the elephants were mistreated, like places I saw in Thailand. The elephants do at time have to be restrained due to the law in Bali and have been coached so they respond to Signals but they also appear happy and do not appear to be mistreated. I loved feeding the elephants. They have a character that’s different from each other and are cheeky. Their trucks are amazing and wrap their trucks around the food and devour it. All I Can say is that I enjoyed the visit and think about the visit multiple times in the last week with fond memories. Your call but I loved it

Not such a pleasant experience, from the over priced entry fee, to the apparent manner that they are treated to be trained and the elephants being chained all equaled to a total of 10mins being spent in the location. Im not an animal lover but felt sorry for the way these animals where being restricted and rode for human pleasure.

I recently went to Bali and visited the Mason elephant Park. I cannot see how anyone would be stupid enough to see this as a refuge as Mason claims, anyone with half a brain and their eyes open must be able to see it is purely a money making elephant factory. First entering I was struck with how similar it is to the opening scenes in Jurassic Park.The elephants 24 of them live in three acres!!! Within this tiny space they are all chained by the ankle, to a roughly 8 foot chain, and shackled 24 hours a day. except when they were escorted to play for the tourists, this show was reminiscent of the 1940's where the elephant wore toutous, painted using their trunks, and played football..I do not know exactly what they did as I was too distraught to watch Absolutely jaw droppingly cruel..Whilst riding the elephant please note the discreet metal spikes the trainers carry, these are to inflict as much pain in the soft area behind the elephant's ear as possible if the elephant decides to play up, the elephant will be very familiar with this toy as this is the same 'toy' used to brake the elephant's will in the first place, so they no longer fight, and comply with taking dumb tourists around their tiny zoo!!

The kids had a great time feeding the elephants and the grounds were beautiful. We didn’t take an elephant ride as the admission prices alone are quite expensive even by Australian standards. Still worth the visit though.

We booked one night in one of the park view rooms so we could watch the elephants. This proved to be a very relaxing and interesting experience just watching different elephants ‘deal’ with their food. Whether it was what they chose to eat first, or whether they wanted to put the grass on their head before demolishing it! We really enjoyed our stay. Waiting for our elephant taxi to arrive to take us to dinner we thought was a lovely thing to do. Dinner was very good, we took advantage of buying it in advance, 3 courses, an amuse bouche plus tea and coffee, but we did feel it was rushed. No sooner was one empty plate taken away then the next course arrived. All staff were all helpful, amazingly cheerful and made the stay a good overall experience. The lady doing the breakfasts for residents is a particular gem. We loved washing an elephant. We enjoyed the experience of bathing with the elephants. We enjoyed our ride round the park. We watched the elephant ‘talent show’ twice because it was fun to watch the elephants kicking footballs and other things that some people describe as tricks. There is no coercion and the animals have a lot of trust in their mahouts and the mahouts we spoke with clearly loved their elephants. The grounds are beautifully kept. The Art Gallery which is tucked away is well worth a visit. We came with reservations, particularly about the elephants being chained up at night and whilst being fed during the day, but we listened to what the mahouts told us and we watched the elephants moving about just walking in front of their mahout or just behind and overall we felt that these elephants are in a better place than the fate they were rescued from. In the ideal world we would all like to see elephants in a large dedicated reserve to enjoy their freedom. But such a reserve would still have to have substantial and expensive fencing and would be difficult to finance without offering something of a safari experience to keep the money coming in. So it’s a compromise. Elephants in a controlled environment but looked after and seemingly happy with their lot and they are safe. The local villagers earn money by growing grass. It also provides jobs for local people. If you look at the website, it doesn’t claim to be a sanctuary. This is a place that provides a lot of pleasure to people like us who felt privileged to be close up to such beautiful and gentle beasts. Go with an open mind. Look, ask questions. Look at the bigger picture.

Getting a hug from elephant Ayu is a deeply rewarding experience. The gentleness, warmth and pace struck my heart. The feeling remains now, a few days later, in a way that makes me expect it will for life. Thanks to the wonderful team. You all deserve a raise.

This facility is NOT a sanctuary. Legitimate sanctuaries do not allow elephant rides or force the elephants to perform ridiculous tricks. Elephants are wild animals whose spirits must be broken in order for them to submit to human instruction. This is generally achieved by separating baby elephants from their families, isolating, restraining, starving and repeatedly beating the elephant until they finally submit and can be trained. It is irrelevant where these elephants at this facility have come from. Continuing to exploit them for rides, tricks and baited physical interaction is not in their best interest and keeps them in a perpetual state of fear of being beaten if they do not follow instructions. Also, elephants are not anatomically designed to carry weight on their backs and giving rides causes lasting damage to their fragile skeletons. So it is entirely irrelevant what type of seating is used for rides.

We stayed at the Mason Elephant Lodge for 1 night. Service & food is impeccable & the rooms are good. But obviously the elephants are what people come for. There seems a lot of controversy involved with the treatment of the elephants. I would term this place not a zoo or park, but an elephant sanctuary, where someone can pay to stay at the lodge and help care for the animals. This aids their keep & contributes to education. Bathing & swimming with the elephants is a treat that all enjoy. The elephants are cared for individually - washed down, then taken for a swim, which is an obvious delight for them, & everyone else who joins in. They respond to interaction with people, & are respected & treated well by their trainers. An overall enjoyable place to stay. It is also handy to be able to book a fun tour like water rafting or trekking through the same place. They are also well handled & prepared.

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Hotel highlights

  • 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.


Dining

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.


Rooms

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.


Property features

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1140 reviews