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Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Ranked #24 of 585 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

This Lodge is about 2 hours out of Denpasar and will cost $US50 if you take their service. THe location is beautiful though. We got that about 10am as we had to leave early the next morning for a flight. We completely screwed up their itinerary but they squeezed all the activities into one day for us. In total we probably only spent 3 hours doing everything the park offers.

While the elephant tour was only about 20 minutes etc, the highlight for my fiancee was the swimming with the Elephant, Mr Wong. The elephant would dive in and out of the water and go on its hindlegs. It was a rare experience for her and she loved every second of it.

As for the room, this is where things went down hill a little. The room was ok, the pictures were a little misleading in my opinion. There was no bath tube and the fan in the bathroom was broken. Once we turned it on we couldn't shut it down and it was quite noisy.

Come dinner time, we took an elephant ride down to the restaurant. It was pissing down rain and we werent offered any rain protection except an umbrella which kept getting caught in the trees. A poncho or something similar would have been very suitable in these conditions.

The restaurant is not cheap but acceptable, however, for Rp200,000 for the buffet you are better off just ordering off the menu. The buffet food didn't look very appetising. The menu food was simply amazing though (don't order the Ox tail, this was pretty crap) and well worth it.

Oh and the fruit basket we received in our room had ants all over it. Let's just say I lost my appetite for fruit.

In summary, it's well worth it for a night. I certainly wouldn't book for more than 1 night though.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Pete L
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We went here on our 2nd day in Ubud and I would have to say it was one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives, to hear the elephants make their trumpeting and rumbling sounds, watching the babies with there mothers, going for a swim in the pond was just fantastic, it was one of the highlights of our 5 weeks in Bali. The park itself is a credit to the owners and carers, a little expensive for Bali but one of those once in a lifetime experiences you should not miss.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Sylvia P
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

We stayed 3 nights 4 days and had the most amazing experience and would not hesitate to recommend it highly, especially for families, it's an absolute 10/10. We've traveled the world and taken safari's through Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Egypt, Tanzania and Thailand and you will not find a better environment for elephants anywhere else in the world, other than roaming free in the wild. Unfortunately, WE have ruined their world and this wonderful place makes an enormous positive impact on regenerating this endangered species, as they have bred well in this park. I don't know what the Bambi brigade are complaining about....they paid money to ride an elephant, why, if you don't agree with this philosophy? The negative comments reflect a lack of worldly experience, so if you took the time, not one based on a one hour ride and run, you would see all the elephants are given plenty of time to roam freely with their mahouts, without chains, passengers or tricks. If they weren't restrained at night they would eat out the entire village, the very reason they are being killed in Sumatra...hello??? Out of all the elephants there are only a few who walk across a tree trunk and kick a ball (that's the extent of the "show"). They are constantly fed and regularly swim in a pool which is 3 times the size of the one at Taronga zoo. These elephants were working elephants so carrying people a few times a day is not detrimental to their wellbeing. Most of the mahouts don't use the stick but the ones that do don't hit them at all. They use it gently like a blinker to direct them. Before putting negative comments online be thoughtful enough to understand the damage your uninformed comments do to such an amazing organisation. The staff, food, accommodation and service was all 5 star at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge so it's worth every cent.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Kim F
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Booked to stay here for two nights and, despite the expense, have no regrets. I was concerned about the welfare of the elephants after reading some other reviews but found what I believe to be thirty very well cared for, well loved, extraordinary animals that changed my whole view on elephants - I'm in love! The steel hook people have mentioned is actually blunt and used by some handlers very lightly to direct the animal - some only use their voice or hand but I certainly saw nothing resembling pain or cruelty. I was a bit distressed by one female on a short chain but was told she could harm the other calf kept there if she had free reign. A few minutes later she bumped the calf out of the way and I had no doubt she could have hurt it. Maybe better to keep them separate raather than have her tightly tethered.
The absoloute highlight was washing and bathing with an elephant. The look of sheer delight on the face of the elephant as eight enthusiastic scrubbers gave her a spa was just lovely. And the bath at the end was exciting and loved being bareback on this huge, warm animal. Even feeding was terrific and I'm convinced these are happy, healthy animals.
Staff were amazing and happy to help with virtually anything. Food in the restaurant and snack bar both good and reasonably priced if you don't fancy the buffet (recommend the mixed sate - 65rp).
One of the best two days ever - highly recommend staying over as you get all sorts of extras like the bathing and maybe even an extra ride. Kids thought it was fantastic too and very keen to put a baby elephant in the case (satisfied with t-shirt with their picture n it instead - $16)

Room Tip: If you get a good deal, pay for the park view room - was a little disappointed not to be able to wat...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank worktolive22
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

As a lover of elephants I could not go past visiting the park on our recent holiday!

We opted for the night safari & were extremely happy.

Dinner was amazing and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Was great to see the elephants happy and meet and feed the baby :)

Well worth the experience.

Next trip hope to stay a night or two at the lodge

  • Stayed: January 2012
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1  Thank Ashlee2
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Address: Jl. Elephant Park, Taro, Ubud 80561, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #24 of 585 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Price Range: $161 - $1,886 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Elephant Safari Park & Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Bali’s “Most Unique Hotel" and Winner of the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Best Eco Lodge. Ideal for animal and nature lovers, guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge arise to the sights and sounds of gentle giants set among lush botanical gardens and jungle. Get up close and personal with Bali's largest herd of 31 Sumatran elephants at the island's premiere interactive and intimate elephant experience. ... more   less 
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