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The Trunk's in the Front

Elephant Safari Park Lodge Opens in Taro, near Ubud, Bali.

(2/28/2008) Opened on March 10, 2008 the purpose-built 25 room Elephant Safari Park Lodge, set within a 3.5 hectare enclave of the award-winning Elephant Safari Park, opened its doors at the village of Taro, outside Bali's culture heartland of Ubud.

Home to 27 magnificent Sumatran Elephants, the Elephant Safari Park and its new Lodge are the inspiration of Nigel and Yanie Mason, the husband and wife team recognized as adventure tourism pioneers in Bali.

Guests at the Lodge are "shuttled" around the complex on the backs of mahout-chauffeured elephants, boarding via special high-as-an-elephant's-eye landing ramps that form a part of each room.

Conceived and operated to serve high-end clients with sophisticated tastes, the Lodge offer four levels of accommodation including the luxuriantly lavish 104 square meter Taro Suite served by its own butler and equipped with a 20 meter wrap-around terrace for outdoor dining and elephant watching.



All rooms are appointed with elephant-inspired details, in keeping with the neighbors and natural surroundings. Spacious rooms provide a resort-style haven among the peace and tranquillity of watching elephants enjoy their tropical parkland surroundings. The Lodge is also designed to cater for special events, weddings, honeymoons, meetings and incentives groups or sunset cocktails and private dinners. Supporting facilities include swimming pool, bar, lounge, terrace, gym and spa.



"We built the Lodge for the type of guest, whether a family, couple or sole adventurer, looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our facilities, services and design reflect our natural forest location, botanical gardens, beautiful mountain environs and, of course, our 27 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 I would say 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. 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 touches, featuring stunning stone Ganesha statues and carvings. Master craftsman and stonemason Richard North Lewis was commissioned to design stone carving wall reliefs depicting elephant stories from Cambodia, Borobudur, 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, seating 50 guests, features an impressive 20,000 year old original Siberian Mammoth head that keeps a watchful eye over the well-stocked bar and wine cellar. Inside a rare collection of 40 hand-painted etchings form a permanent exhibition telling the story of 200 years of elephant history.

The Lodge also offers a Safari Wellness Spa accessed through an all glass atrium reception. The elegantly appointed separate male and female treatment rooms use cleverly-designed one-way glass windows to afford incredible views of the elephants while being pampered. A range of signature treatments using Wild Yam scented products reflecting the village name of Taro where the Park is located, offer an extensive selection of body treatments - waxing, facials and hand, foot and hair treatments.

An air-conditioned Fitness and Weights Room features state-of-the-art Matrix Equipment.

Another new addition to the Park is a 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. Seating for up to 40 guests is available against the dramatic backdrop of the elephant park; a spectacular venue for a romantic commitment ceremony.



Shown on Balidiscovery.com are pictures of the Elephant Safari Park and the new Elephant Safari Park Lodge.

For more information and to book a special opening rate [ Elephant Safari Park Lodge ]