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Reviewed 25 June 2018

DO NOT VISIT --- the elephants are basically being used as fair ground rides for fat ignorant tourists.
The elephants were kept in small confined spaces and lined up and made to wait until they were next needed for a tourist photo.
It is advertised as a sanctuary but it's not at all- the elephants had marks all over their bodies and were clearly really unhappy. It was a really sad day and I wish I never paid anything towards funding such a depressing place.
All of the staff had clearly been trained on what to say when asked about controversial issues- such as why the elephants were lined up and made to stand still, etc.
The manager of the place was called over to us to answer our questions as we were all obviously so concerned and just fed us dribble to all of our questions.

They should all be ashamed of working there.

Room Tip: Don't go to this please, please don't fund it, it's not a nice place to be
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
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8  Thank hellorachelmae
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We booked for the elephant lodge and it was really worth getting up at 5am for. The trip up there was quite long (from Kuta) but with all traffic here, it’s a bit hairy, and can take awhile. Took us roughly 1hr 40 to get there, but once we did arrive, it was great. Crisp, cool, fresh air and the elephants chilling out on their own little allotments.
We all got the chance to hose them down, scrub them and take lots of pics. All this was done in family blocks, so none of this barging in free for all.

Next was actually climbing onto an elephant whilst it was in the water. There were quite a few lazing around having a good time in there and they seemed to enjoy the interaction. They wade around and dunk themselves under the water, all while you are on their back. That was a great experience for us and certainly one we won’t forget.

After a nice hot shower, you get to have a buffet breakfast. It’s fantastic to sip on a coffee while looking at elephants and families have fun in the water. The breakfast wasn’t spectacular, but there is everything you need to be honest. The coffee from the bar is amazing and would have enjoyed another, but we were all eager to feed the elephants some fruit. You can purchase a bowl at around 50c, or feed them palm tree fodder for free. Lots of photo opportunities and cuddles with the elephants.

Rides were offered at $20 per person, which we declined to do, as we were having too much fun playing with them. There is also an information session and you get to see an elephant paint a picture. The museum is full of great info and facts and it’s great to read it all and see the artifacts there.

You also get a stop at the chocolate factory on the way back to your hotel. The views are amazing, and the smell of chocolate in the shop was good too.

We would definitely recommend a visit to the elephant sanctuary if you are staying in Bali. Not many places offer the chance to be able to get that up & close to elephants and also get the chance to be able to swim with them. Definately put this place on your bucket list.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank savanna1971
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Visited here as I believed an elephant ‘sanctuary‘ meant the elephants would be well looked after and have a bit of freedom compared to some parks etc. The elephants are chained up all around the park unless they are being ridden by ignorant idiots. Majority of the elephants were swaying and looked extremely depressed/bored/angry. One elephant was so frustrated, probably out of boredom or depression that he was swinging into the concrete bars and throwing sticks at people and the trainers. Another elephant was chained up with his food just slightly out of reach and he was struggling so much to try to reach his food and be able to eat !!

I felt sick walking around this park knowing I had paid and contributed to this park. If I knew the elephants would be so distressed and sad I would never have gone near this place.

If you are a true animal lover, please do not visit this park.

This park reduced me to tears because of how sad the elephants looked, chained up by chains about a metre long, even less for some of them, meaning they could barely move, the conditions they are forced to live in, and the ignorance of some of the other tourists riding and raking selfies with these poor animals was infuriating !!!!

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
19  Thank bvtx
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

If you want a genuine experience of elephant ride , the sanctuary so called is some how a well organised factory in a beautiful location incredibly well looked after . Yet , it is volume driven and stacks of people and guided in the most optimised way to take their elephant ride as quickly as possible (30 min) on a set path with million people ahead and behind on a set path around the sanctuary . They pretend to be a sanctuary ? Nothing as such ! Elephants are tied up with a small chain and submissive to food only , which they seem to get on a regular basis .
The meal offered is rather mediocre and a drink is not even included . You can be guided into feeding the elephants yet all is well staged and under control . Not a very genuine experience as we were sold ! And mix feelings between wanting to experience this and seeing those creatures forced to worked non stop with ample range of weights on their back . Some are somehow lucky others are less so !

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank vrz001
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We were under the impression that this was an elephant sanctuary... we were happy to pay for an expensive night as we thought that the money would be going to the care of the elephants... but it is a luxury resort, elephants are chained up and have people riding them most if the time... when we looked up reviews we were under the impression that there was not riding of the elephants and that you got to spend your time feeding, washing and looking after them, this is not the case. You have to pay to feed them and bath them on top of the already expensive nights stay.
Ultimately this is a place for rich people to ride elephants and stay in there rooms watching them chained to a small area swaying and looking pretty miserable....

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
5  Thank azzy614
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