Bali, Indonesia – Elephant Safari Park Lodge

  • The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    I’m back with another Bali post! This time we’re talking everything elephants!! This was one of the most memorable and coolest experiences I’ve ever had. Elephants are such gentle giants and it’s so sad that people don’t respect them as much as they should.

    For one night, Amanda and I were hosted at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge in Taro, Bali, Indonesia. This place was incredible. It is so secluded and in this huge 8-acre forested area where all the elephants have so much land! It’s kind of crazy it’s also a luxury resort. You’ll see in the photos below that there are only 25 rooms and each little villa is built so that an elephant can pick you up from your room for dinner and/or whatever it is you’re doing for the day. How freaking cool is that?! For the day and half that we were there, we got all the elephant rides and hugs we could ask for! They were seriously the sweetest things ever.

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    Every morning we would wake up and look out our window and we would be able to see and hear the elephants. To say this was a one-of-a-kind experience is an understatement. You really do have to spend a night here to experience it all. I mean, you can definitely come here as a day trip and do a lot with the elephants too but within your room package, if you stay overnight, you get breakfast, and then you get to bathe the elephants and swim with the elephants and then go on a 30-minute ride with the elephants through the jungle. Regular park visitors don’t get to do that so that was why I felt this experience was extra special.

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    The rooms are very elephant themed, of course. The legs of the bed were elephant feet, haha, so cute! The blankets had elephants all over them and the towels in the bathroom were made into elephant shapes.

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    See how these are 2-story type villas? The railing opens into a gate and you climb onto the elephant from your own villa!

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

     

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    We could not get enough of the elephants here. They were so well-behaved and they loved all the coconut palms we were feeding them. The one below with little hairs on his head and the one that hugged me with his trunk is just a baby!! I believe he is 2 or 3 years old. Super adorable, right?!

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    If you stay overnight, you get picked up for dinner where you can order things a la carte or have the buffet, which is pictured below. Amanda and I were going to do a la carte but then we walked up to the buffet and immediately changed our minds. Everything we had was so good and the desserts. Oh my gosh. I still cannot stop thinking about the dark chocolate ganache truffle type dessert we had. I think we went back for thirds. It was the perfect ending!

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    We also got to experience the spa. It was actually super convenient and right across from our villa. The prices were too good to pass up. A 90-minute hot stone massage was $42 USD. That’s definitely unheard of in the States! I ended up doing a 90-minute body scrub. I’ve never had one done before so I was intrigued. It was $49 and it was pure bliss. I was given a cup of tea and at the end while I sat in a hot tub with bubbles overlooking the elephants. Total relaxation!

    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is one place to not be missed during your trip to Bali, Indonesia! It is an experience of a lifetime and you will go home with a deeper love for these gentle giants. Full review on tablefortwoblog.com!

    I want to end this post saying that everything I learned about this park made me happy for the elephants. A lot of people may disagree that elephants should be in the wild and not captive like this, and while I absolutely 100% agree that they should be too, this park is different (in my eyes). The owner of the Elephant Safari Park and Lodge offers this place as a refuge for Sumatran elephants that are often killed due to illegal hunting. In my eyes, he’s giving them a way better life than being in the wild in Sumatra. We watched raw footage of how terrible the elephants were suffering. It was incredibly sad. Nearly all proceeds from this park go to continued preservation work. The elephants look really happy here and they each have a caretaker that have been with them for years. Some since the babies were born. Anyway, I’m not trying to sell you on this whole thing, I’m just trying to give you a clearer understanding of how this park operates and it’s not like a zoo (I abhor zoos). Definitely an experience you should check out if you’re in Bali! :)

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  • Ines says:

    Wow! This sounds amazing! I’ll just put it on my list of “to do” things if I am ever in Bali (fingers crossed!).

  • Heather Christo says:

    What a dream trip julie- I just love elephants :)

  • Maria says:

    What a view from the tub!

  • Beth says:

    I went to this same park last summer for a day trip and LOVED it! My elephant was Dina Maria, and I’m pretty sure I took a picture of the same baby elephant :) He wasn’t allowed to hang out with the humans yet b/c he was too young but he was about 1.5-2 years old then so I think it must be the same little guy. Even though I only went for the day, I absolutely loved it and had so much fun hugging the elephants and going for the jungle ride.

    I had the same concerns you did about the treatment of the elephants, but came away with the same conclusions – that these rescue elephants are happy here. I appreciated that the elephants have had the same caregivers for years and they have lots of activities to do.

    I love your blog and recipes, and I am so excited we had a similar experience in Bali (of all places)!!

    • Julie says:

      Aw thank you so much!! I’m glad you felt the same way about the elephant park after you left :)

  • Kara @ K&R Adventures says:

    This looks like such an incredible experience, but my concern is that they allow the elephants to be ridden. In my research and my own experience at an elephant refuge in Thailand, it is NEVER humane to ride an elephant, especially with the howdah (chair) on their back. They are not built to carry that much weight for any amount of time. The weight and the chair itself cause long-term damage to their bodies. So it makes me sad to see a place that seems to be doing such awesome work to still allow these beautiful creatures to be ridden. The only time it should be even considered if it is their mahout riding on their neck. Even that I don’t feel is necessary or really humane. :(
    Check out the blog I wrote about our experience in Thailand that talks about the horrific things elephants must endure for humans to be able to ride them. Elephants are not docile, tame creatures by nature – they are wild animals and a large male could easily kill you.

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