Elephant Safari Park Lodge
What We Love
- Up-close-and-personal elephant experiences that you can’t get anywhere else
- Unique setting in a lush sanctuary near Bali’s art and culture hub, Ubud; if you’re looking for beaches stay elsewhere
- Sunset drinks overlooking the lodge’s pond
What To Know
- Family-friendly; the elephant experiences are tailored to all ages
- The hotel can arrange activities like hiking, rafting and mountain biking with parent company Bali Adventure Tours
- The sanctuary is 30 minutes north of Ubud (shuttles to town are available) and 75 minutes from the international airport (airport transfers can be arranged)
- Spa treatments incorporate local ingredients like avocado, aloe vera and ginseng
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Elephant Safari Park Lodge in Taro, you’ll be in a provincial park and minutes from Elephant Safari Park, and close to Tirta Empul Temple. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Tegallalang Handicraft Center and Gunung Kawi Temple.
Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services. Guests can get to nearby shops on the complimentary shuttle.
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Myself & my boyfriend booked a night here. As I am a huge elephant lover I expected this to be the most amazing night but we definitely could have just done a day trip.
I did a lot of research into the lodge before going as the last thing I wanted to see was mistreated elephants. Although they were chained up & people were riding them I dont believe that any were in distress. We learned that due to the elephants not exercising as much as they would in the wild, having people ride them is good exercise.
In regards to the hotel, it was absolutely gorgeous! The downfall was the over priced dinner/breakfast & the not so tasty buffet. There was no entertainment at night, which I did not entirely expect but assumed there would be some background music playing in the bar.
We opted out of the elephant "chauffeur" which was complimentary with our stay as I said before, I dont agree with riding the elephants.
I did opt in for a "jumbo" was which ess basically brushing and showering the elephants which was a wonderful experience as you could get up close and personal with the elephants without having to ride them.
Overall we had a wonderful stay but we both agreed that if we were to recommend to friends we would tell them a day trip is enough, not to bother staying the night.
We did check out before visiting, it was approved by the late great Steve Irwin, abides by UK animal laws and has many reports from animal welfare organisations.
It is explained that you will see chained elephants, which is always a sad sight. They say it is to a) prevent bullying, b) stop elephants stealing food and c) to comply with Indonesian law on unattended elephants.
The gardens are nicely landscaped, you walk over the treetop walk and can see most parts of the park. You then wander past the "wash bay" and walk around the lake where you have the swimming experience. This lake is teeming with goldfish, all eating on the "parcels" left behind by the elephants as they walk around, before being scooped out for compost. There is an elephant feeding post where you can buy a bowl of fruit and veg to feed the cheeky elephants, before setting off for you ride around the park. We noted several single riders, which I thought was good as the elephants weren't to be overloaded with weight. A trek around a jungle by the elephants showed more out the back chained up while resting, but in a group of about 10. There were also a expectant pair on the other side with a little one due in a few months. The park says they are expanding and will be introducing a free roaming area, which can only be a good thing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and hoped it was as ethical as it could be for these animals, considering they have to pay for their own keep. Better than logging for a living.
This was my second time visiting Asia. My first visit was Thailand. While in Thailand, I was able to spend a day at a true elephant sanctuary where the elephants are free to roam, they are not put to work, they were not chained, and they weren’t bombarded by flocks of tourists. When I decided to visit Bali, I was excited to visit with the elephants again. My friend came across the Mason Elephant Park. We checked out the reviews and decided to make a reservation to feed and wash the elephants. We made our reservation directly through their website which was very easy. We had quick replies and all questions answered.the park has its own drivers and they picked us up in a private car at our hotel in Sanur to transport us to the park. Our driver was very polite and friendly. The park is very beautiful with lots to do, however. The Mason Elephant Park is NOT an elephant sanctuary by any means whatsoever! And if you’re expecting to see happy, playful elephants thriving in a natural habitat, then this is not the place for you. These elephants work all day long and when they are not working they are chained up. The chain is no more than 2 feet long. When they aren’t chained, they are busy giving countless rides and forced to pose and take pictures with tourists. The elephants were not relaxed. They were clearly agitated from all of the tourists trying to get their attention for pictures. They were constantly bobbing their heads and swaying back and forth. These are signs that the elephants are stressed. It was very sad to see. My friend and I decided to cut our time there short because we just didn’t feel right about it. The impression I left with that day was that this is not a happy place for the elephants.
I went with my son for ‘bathe and breakfast with the elephants’! Because it was early, the elephants were in a clearing every one chained with 2/3metres length to move. They all looked miserable and 3 had festering wounds!
Went for a ride on one and was reassured several times by the ‘mahout’ that it was good for the elephant!.
Since learnt that weight on an elephants back can lead to deformities!
Run by an Australian for profit. Very sad! Don’t go!
Amazing experience washing the elephants, signs all over the park explained why they're looked after the way that they are.
The keepers clearly love them & I wish I could have stayed at the lodge.
There was an opportunity to buy the elephant art work & a great little restaurant. Highly recommended!