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
- 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
We didn't stay in a Lodge at the park, but I have visited Elephant parks in SE Asia before, and this was by far the most professionally run and upmarket.
It actually annoys me the comments on here about the Elephants being abused, and it not being a sanctuary, nada nada...
Yes, it's a tourist attraction, well, that's why you came isn't it? You can see the money spent by said tourists is ploughed back into the business, the place is super clean, the elephants are well fed, well loved by their mahouts, and are in excellent health. We got up close and personal to Zoe a young elephant by giving her a good scrub and hose down lasting about 25 minutes. She was very content, there were no chafe marks from chains or harnesses on her body. Her keeper obviously adored her, and she responded to his every request whilst happily munching away on a big stack of leaves and palm shoots. We paid extra to wash an elephant, you can also get up early and go into the pool riding one for a proper bath. Real bucket list stuff if you love elephants.
Lunch was included in our trip, and that was excellent. A hot and cold buffet and a pay for full bar offering cocktails and a full range of other drinks.
The small museum is interesting, with some amazing old ivory carvings and a full mammoth skeleton, and there is a little outside demonstration of the elephants kicking footballs about and the like.
All the elephants at the park are rescued from Sumatra. A couple have been born in the park as well. Having experienced the filthy squalid conditions some elephants are kept in in Thailand, this is a breath of fresh air. I swore after a particularly upsetting experience in Koh Samui never again. Thanks Mason family - you show how it should be done!
Visited late afternoon to bath and feed, not ride. Paid over 1200k for two people for a ten min ‘experience’ of washing. The washing was a drizzling hose pipe and two small hand brushes under a dark shelter covered in elephant poo. Didn’t expect that. Didn’t seem enjoyable for elephant or us, Not sure about this place at all but feeding them was nice. Elephants are chained around the park for what seems to be show for hotel guests
We had the very best time here from when we arrived to when we left.We were in a park view room which enabled us to see the elephants up close all night,I found I was soo excited I couldn't sleep I just sat on the balcony marveling at theses beautiful animals..yes their front legs are chained but we were told this is to stop them stealing each others food and fighting at night which seemed quite plausible.In the morning we went and washed the elephants and then rode them in the water ..hilarious fun! we then showered and had a jungle ride on one.It seems they need exercise daily as do we. I have read the negative reviews and pondered over them but they are very large animals and sometimes a little nudge may be needed to keep them in check.Thier carers love them and have mostly been caring for their one elephant for a number of years After all, here their well being is of utmost importance,they are fed well and get such interaction as with school children on the day we were there. I never stopped smiling from the time they picked us up from our room to take us for the most exemplary dinner to checking out of the luxurious accommodation. Btw you have to book a room it seem to participate in all the activities but it is well worth it.In total fro lunch,dinner and drinks and breakfast,staying in a park view room one night with all the activities it cost us around £450 so is not cheap but is an unforgettable experience like no other,do it you will not be disappointed.
Please don’t visit. It’s advertised as a sanctuary but the truth is, it’s a tourist trap. They keep the elephants here to pull in tourists and pay ridiculously prices to even feed them!
We paid £70pp to enter which included transfer to and from your hotel, bathing the elephants and breakfast. Also included in the price is to ride them and watch a show but we refused to do that as it’s cruel.
The elephant are chained up for 90% of your visit unless they’re being ridden in or out of the water (completely unfair on the elephant)
I watched a few elephants sway from side to side showing signs of distress so I knew I had to leave this place immediately.
I was pleased however that whilst we bathed the elephant it was not chained.
I’m not happy with the way some of the staff treat the elephants. I watched one woman hit and pinch the elephant which really upset me. They really don’t treat the elephants nicely.
The breakfast included is absolutely awful.
I’m so disappointed in myself for supporting this place. Please just don’t come here as it’s really not what you think it’s going to be..
Do not book the park view room! I recommend their most basic room and take some free photos with the elephants in the morning with your own phone.
Just wanted to throw that out there first as I wish someone else did while I was looking up reviews.
I specifically looked for non-zoo like experience with Elephants and was recommended this place. Since I had only a few days to visit Bali, I wanted the best experience so I booked the park view room where you can view the elephants right from your balcony. Sounds amazing right?
Wrong. Although these elephants were “rescued from Sumatra and saved from extinction”, they are still “captive”. I understand they are chained up for ours and their own safety but that doesn’t mean they are free animals. So all night and morning, you can hear the chains rattling while the elephants are swaying back and forth like they want to move but they can’t. Also, their two front feet are chained together so even more restricted and it was actually depressing to be waking up to that.
It’s said that they are the prime example how animals held captive should be treated, which only made me feel a bit better for the hotel’s existence but the key word is captive. However, to be around elephants completely safe would have to be this way to avoid them charging at you. These are still wild animals so use your own judgement.
The room itself was beautiful - spacious and clean. I did see tiny ants on my bed but we’re in the forest, of course there will be insects!
Elephant ride to dinner - I did enjoy it myself. I went solo so if I had a partner with me, it would’ve been very romantic. I also read somewhere that this isn’t good for the elephant as they were not born to carry the contraption for us to sit on. I don’t think the elephant was beings harmed doing this so I’ll just leave it to your discretion. Dinner was delicious and I think very reasonably priced for what it is (but I’m from NY). Elephant rides are only available for the park and garden view rooms FYI up till around 6pm.
Bathing with elephants - this was supposed to start at 8 but around 7:30, I started seeing them washing the elephants so wake up early to get a head start! I was able to wash and take a ton of photos with the elephants. Being with them felt so amazing and they seem to enjoy the shower as well except one elephant, he did not want to play at all. They do stink so I’d shower after the experience. They didn’t charge me to just hose them down and take pix with my own phone but you can also ride them while they bathe in a pool, that’s what costs money. Also the professional photos but the iPhone portrait option does wonders :) I think this was the most worth it experience. Of course, you need to stay in the hotel to roam the park freely. You don’t have to stay to play with the elephants, it’s just a separate charge.
Overall, loved the elephants. Room was comfortable and clean but would not recommend spending the money for such a room. Service was great, everyone was friendly and welcoming. It’s a bittersweet experience because everything seems like elephant paradise until you see them locked up. If the elephants were free to roam but in a gated area at night, maybe the park view room would be more worthwhile.