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