World First - Luxury Lodge Opens at The Elephant Safari Park | Elephant Safari Park Lodge |
The only park in the world where you can sleep in luxurious surrounds amongst the endangered Sumatran Elephant.
12 February 2008 – In inimitable Bali Adventure Tours’ style an incredible adventure experience has been created with the launch of a private luxury safari style lodge set within 3.5 hectares of the multi award winning Elephant Safari Park in Ubud on the island of Bali.
Opening to guests from 01 March 2008, the purpose built 25 room Elephant Safari Park Lodge created by Bali Adventure Tour operators and Park owners Nigel and Yanie Mason, offers a world exclusive experience for guests to interact, feed, ride, observe, learn, play and stay overnight with 30 beautiful Sumatran Elephants, one of the most rare and endangered species of elephants left in the world today.
Guests at the Lodge are privileged to experience being transported from their Lodge room by their very own Elephant Chauffeur for a door to door safari style ride. Individual smartly built landings have skilfully been designed in line with the height of an elephants back to allow for guests to step straight from their room directly onto a leather saddled elephant.
Apart from these unique features, the Lodge boasts all the trappings of a luxury boutique resort with swimming pool, bar, lounge, terrace, gym and spa. Offering four separate air-conditioned accommodation styles ranging from Paddy View Rooms and Park View Rooms with balconies, Garden View Rooms and the luxurious two-bedroom 104m2 Taro Suite with a floor to ceiling glassed master bedroom, extra king size bed, and two bathrooms, including one with a corner Jacuzzi spa tub. The Taro suite also comes with a superbly appointed guest lounge room with private bar and butler and a 20 meter wrap around terrace for outdoor dining and elephant watching.
The spacious room designs have been created to provide a resort style haven amongst the peace and tranquillity of elephants enjoying tropical parkland surrounds. The Lodge is also well designed to cater for special events, weddings, honeymoons, meetings and incentives groups or sunset cocktails and private dinners.
“We built the Lodge for the type of guest, whether a family, couple or sole adventurer, that are looking for a one of a kind experience. Our facilities, services and design reflect our natural forest location, botanical gardens and beautiful mountain environs and of course our 30 rescued and rehabilitated Sumatran elephants. Although we provide all the modern day luxury comforts, a stay at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge is more about the interactive elephant experience”, says Park owner and Lodge creator Nigel Mason. “I guess a stay at the Lodge is like a five-star luxury camping experience”.
“Everything in our Lodge rooms from interior finishes; to the Lodges artworks and soft furnishings are custom made and elephant inspired to complement the natural surroundings. Hand dyed regal blue and gold bed runners embroidered with elephant insignia, bedside lamps with elephant motifs, artworks created by the Parks own elephant artisans, even the legs of the beds are carved to resemble elephant feet.” adds Nigel.
The Lodge’s outdoor areas are also elephant inspired featuring stunning stone Ganesha statues and carvings. Master craftsman and stonemason Richard North Lewis was commissioned to design several stone carving wall reliefs depicting elephant stories from Cambodia, Borabodour, Thailand and India to create an incredible open-air art gallery for guests strolling through the gardens and relaxation areas.
The Lodge’s Mammoths Head Bar & Lounge, which seats up to 50 guests, features an impressive 20,000 year old original Siberian Mammoth head that presides over the well stocked bar and wine cellar. Inside a rare collection of 40 hand painted historical elephant etchings spanning more than two-centuries in time are displayed for guest to enjoy, as are oversized lounges, and tables and chairs under shady umbrellas on the spacious Terrace overlooking the sparkling swimming pool and parklands.
The multifaceted Lodge also includes a Safari Wellness Spa accessed through an all glass atrium reception. The elegantly appointed male and female rooms use cleverly designed one way glass windows to afford incredible views of the elephants whilst guests are being pampered. A range of signature treatments using Wild Yam scented products reflecting the village name of Taro where the Park is located, offers an extensive selection of body treatments, waxing, facials and hand, foot and hair treatments. An air conditioned Fitness and Weights Room featuring state of the art Matrix equipment completes the Lodges primary facilities.
Another addition to the Park is the new and resplendent granite and stone purpose built Wedding Pavilion. The wedding pavilion features a white stone elephant altar and traditional antique four post decorative Javanese ceremonial Joglo decorated with frangipani pillars, candles and a rose petal flower laden aisle. With seating for up to 40 guests amidst a backdrop of the elephant park, bathing lake and stunning sunsets, it presents for one of the most spectacular ways to declare a commitment. Following all ceremonies, a romantic dinner for two is served in a privately appointed wedding gazebo.
The Elephant Safari Park and Lodge is a Bali Adventure Tours product, designed and built by owners Nigel and Yanie Mason. The Lodge interior design was commissioned to GW Interiors. The Elephant Safari Park and Lodge will open to receive guests from 01 March 2008. | Elephant Safari Park Lodge |