Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali – Visitor’s Guide

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The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is the only dedicated elephant rescue park in Ubud, Bali.

Unlike other elephant parks in parts of South East Asia, Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali has its own philosophy and they take great care to treat the elephants with kindness, patience, and respect.

I have put together this complete guide of this Elephant Sanctuary in Bali including where it’s located, how much it costs, and what to expect during your visit.

 

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The entrance fee for the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali depends on which package you choose.

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WHERE IS THE BALI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY?

The Bali Elephant Sanctuary is located near Ubud in central Bali.

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HOW TO GET TO BALI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

The Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali is a short thirty-minute drive from Ubud. The best way to reach the Elephant Park Bali is to hire a scooter or a car.

If you are staying in the Ubud region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the short drive over to the Elephant Sanctuary Ubud.

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MY EXPERIENCE AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI

When visiting the Mason Elephant Sanctuary, you have the option of doing a day trip here or you can spend one night in the lodge to enjoy the full experience!

Upon arrival at Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali, I was warmly greeted by the staff at reception and they kindly showed us to our lodge which is inside the park itself.

We were fortunate enough to stay in the Park View Room which overlooks the Bali elephants from our very own balcony. These rooms are very large with excellent interior design and they are kitted out with all the amenities you will need including, a/c, bar fridge, tv, towels, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers, shampoos, and more.

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We were given an itinerary for our two-day stay at the Elephant Sanctuary Bali and first on the list was an elephant ride to dinner. I heard a knock at the front door, so my friends and I went outside, and right there was a Bali elephant with its mahout (trainer) waiting at the staircase for us, ready to hop on and take a ride over to the restaurant for dinner!

I was informed that the seating on the elephant is not heavy and it does not hurt the elephant. It is well padded underneath and the weight of the chair and two people does not give the elephant any discomfort, otherwise, the elephant would not tolerate the chair.

The restaurant inside the Elephant Park Bali caters to all dietary needs and the food is top-notch. You can enjoy a delicious meal here while watching the elephants bathing in the pools next to the restaurant.

There is also an elephant talent show inside the Mason Elephant Sanctuary Bali that is very entertaining and I was impressed at what these large animals are capable of. I don’t want to spoil it for you with too many details but there is one elephant that walks a balance beam while playing the harmonica with its trunk!

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MORE ACTIVITIES AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN BALI

The following morning, breakfast is served from 7 am-10 am, which is included with the room at the Elephant Sanctuary in Bali. A starter spread of fruits, yogurts, cereals, tea, coffee is available, and also a set menu to order a main meal.

After breakfast, the next thing on the itinerary is to go and bathe the elephants in the park. This was actually very enjoyable and my favorite part of the experience was hosing the elephants down and scrubbing off the mud from their leather-like skin. They were very playful and loved every minute of the interaction with us.

The elephants inside the Elephant Sanctuary Bali are cared for 24-hours a day and they all seemed very happy and comfortable. Each elephant has its own personal mahout (trainer) who makes sure they get the correct dietary requirements and vitamins.

If you are staying at one of the accommodation options inside the Elephant park Bali there is a swimming pool, gym, and spa readily available for use and if you are a daytime visitor you can also visit the art gallery, museum, and gift shop located in the park as well.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI

In a captive situation, some compromises at the Elephant Sanctuary Bali have to be made to ensure both animals and guests are happy and safe.

This explains some of the procedures at the Bali Elephant Sanctuary that are necessary for a harmonious and safe environment. In my personal experience at the sanctuary, I believed it was a happy and healthy herd of elephants.

 

WHERE TO STAY NEAR ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI

Ubud has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near the Elephant Safari Park Bali to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Hanging Gardens of Bali

The 5-star luxurious accommodation is set in the jungle of Ubud, nearby to the Elephant Safari Park Bali, featuring a multi-level infinity pool, three restaurants, spa facilities and free wifi. Each villa is spacious and equipped with a flat-screen tv, private bathroom with bathtub, bathrobes, comfortable beds and sweeping views of the jungle surrounds. Afternoon tea and breakfast is complimentary for all guests. A memorable place to stay for couples and families.

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Mid Range: Desak Putu Putera Cottages

Beautiful 3-star accommodation in Ubud for as little as $60. Desak Putu features an outdoor pool and it is walking distance to the monkey forest and the centre of Ubud. The rooms are spacious and fitted with a flat-screen tv, seating area, balcony, private bathroom and free wifi. They also offer a free shuttle service or bike hire. Great for couples, families and friends.

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Budget: Gypsy Lust Hostel

One of the most recommended hostels in Ubud, nearby to the Elephant Sanctuary Bali. Featuring a restaurant and bar, garden area and a shared lounge. Gypsy Lust Hostel is walking distance to the Ubud market and other main attractions. There are capsule-style dorm rooms available with shared bathrooms for as little as $10. Great place to stay for solo travellers, friends and couples on a budget.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY NEAR THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BALI, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jonny Melon
    July 10, 2018 / 7:00 am

    awesome, glad you love it!

  2. Cathy L
    December 2, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Thankyou so much for posting this. I absolutely adore elephants but was a little unsure when I rode one whilst in Thailand that I’d heard of the harsh conditions they are put through. I’m off to Bali in March and I will visit sanctuary and maybe change my accommodation of one night to stay there and experience watching them!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      Yes you are going to love it!

  3. aniko mitchell
    December 9, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Spot on. We are here at Mason right now. Staying for 3nights. This place is AMAZING.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 2:20 am

      Awesome, I really hope you enjoy it!

  4. Daniela
    April 8, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    Hey so I’m leaving for Indonesia in a couple of months and because we’re traveling all over the place there’s no time to book a room for a night unfortunately. You mentioned day trips also being possible and I just wanted to know if I have to let the lodge know of my arrival in advance or if I could just show up unannounced.
    Thank you for your answer I loved the article!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 2:50 am

      Hi, a day trip is possible and no reservation is needed 🙂

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