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Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Ranked #21 of 557 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
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“Amazing - dream come true”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

I'm an elephant lover and people have to realise that these animals are chained for a reason. All the negative reviews are from people that need a reality check, these elephants are in a park not Africa. Yes they are chained but each elephant has a dedicated trainer that cares for the elephant. One trainer even referred to his elephant as his second wife and had been her trainer for over 12 years. The staff, food, experience, room are all amazing. Thank you to everyone at the safari lodge park for the best two days of my life.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We poked the elephant safari ride & tour before we left for Bali -- we've been looked after well -- from hotel transfers, lunch, and the elephant ride which was a very humbling experience altogether. These amazing elephants have gone through so much before they found this well deserved paradise and to be around them was a very humbling experience for me.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We went here for a day trip to go for an elephant ride. All the elephants were absolutely beautiful. The walk with the elephants is a great experience and a once in a life time opportunity. The food at the restaurant was fantastic. It was the best food I had had the whole trip. The elephant show was very entertaining. Luckily I got the chance to get my tshirt painted by an elephant and it was great! Overall this is an amazing safari and a must see for anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Of course you can go to the park and spend the day and see and also ride some elephants. But if you will stay in the Lodge you will experience like our self:
to get picked up by the elephant taxi for the dinner and ride there
to wash an elephant with water and brush
to ride in the pool and dive with the elephant
to wake up in the morning and look at dozens of elephants in front of your window.
All of this contributes to a unique memory which is worth so much. So we would advice anybody to take the full package and enjoy every offer of the lodge not to regret the misses opportunity. It is really unique.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Stayed as a family with three girls aged 5, 8 and 11 and have to say that they surpassed every one of our expectations. The rooms were beautiful with lovely quirks (like beds with carved wooden elephant feet) and staying overnight gave us the chance to wash an elephant in the morning and go for a dip in the "pool" with it as well as having a long "elephant safari ride". The staff were so helpful and friendly it is the sort of place (if they encouraged tipping - which they don't) where you would be handing out tips right, left and centre, they are that good.

We fed the elephants it seemed dozens of times, went to elephant shows, explored and lazed around and a 24 hour stay seemed to stretch forever! Even though there are lots of tours that come here we never felt that we were in a queue or surrounded by too many people - I think the park balances those who visit and those who stay very well indeed...and treats them all very well.

One thing to think about is that the vist to the park is pricey but for not much more (in relative terms) you can stay there. I'm not sure I would make it my Bali base for more than a day or so though as if you want to go to Ubud or go rafting/mountain biking etc you might find it easier and cheaper to be in Ubud itself as there is not much nearby to Taro.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely time despite our 6 yr old being quite ill (not from anything at the lodge). Bathing, feeding, riding and in my husband's case swimming with the elephants was memorable. I've read comments of cruelty but note the elephants have shade we're they retire to when not doing rides and all seemed calm and content. I have no idea if they are happy but one is pregnant and usually animals will not breed if they are not content so I'd like to think they are. It's certainly streaks ahead of some of the places they came from. If you can afford the extra I would say go for the park view room as it will provide a much better ambience and sense of where you are. We didn't but if I went again I would save my pennies for the better room.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

This place is run by Nigel Mason (?) and it is truly amazing! All the elephants were rescued from Sumatra. They are well taken care of, the staff there is amazing making sure everyone has the best time ever. we were picked up by elephant taxi for dinner. Room was spotless, modern and clean. I cannot say enough good things about this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Address: Jl. Elephant Park, Taro, Ubud 80561, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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 #21 of 557 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Elephant Safari Park & Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Bali’s “Most Unique Hotel" & Winner of the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Best Eco Lodge. Ideal for animal & nature lovers, guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge arise to the sights & sounds of gentle giants set among lush botanical gardens & jungle. Get up close & personal with Bali's largest herd of 31 Sumatran elephants at the island's premiere interactive & intimate elephant experience. ... more   less 
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