Guests of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort can now get up-close-and-personal with roaming rehabilitated elephants
It’s official, quirky accommodation isn’t going anywhere. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is now giving guests a unique opportunity to spend the night observing Thailand’s elephants in their natural habitat while staying in transparent Jungle Bubbles.
Unfolding across 160 acres of Northern Thailand’s ancient jungle, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is perched on a hill overlooking the Mekong and Ruak rivers. The secluded location is positioned to take in three country views over the confluence of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar as well as grazing elephants in the natural settings below.
Located in the jungle, the two Jungle Bubbles are perched on raised wooden decks offering guests views of the elephants and the night sky. The Jungle Bubbles were custom designed by Eye In The Sky and are constructed with high tech polyester fabric using Precontraint Serge Ferrari technology to create a milieu in which guests can enjoy an immersive nature experience.
The bubble accommodation is fully air-conditioned, offering 22 square metres of indoor floor space; a 4.5-diameter bedroom and living space with a king bed and seating area under a transparent roof; and an enclosed, nontransparent en-suite shower and vanity. Intimate touches of bathrobes and slippers, white bed linen, regular and feather pillows and bathroom amenities, a hair dryer, vanity and make up mirror are all provided, so guests have access to all the comforts of home.
Guests of the resort can purchase the Jungle Bubble experience as an optional activity and spend the night from dusk till dawn, returning to the hotel in the morning. Rates start from 17,700 Thai Baht (about $851 AUD) per night for two people and include a dinner basket, a fully stocked mini bar, 24-hour in-room dining service and tea and coffee making facilities.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is famous for its elephant camp that, along with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), were set up primarily to help elephants affected by abuse. Activities are designed to allow the elephant caretakers to raise the funds they need to look after the elephants without forcing the elephants into activities they might not enjoy.
The introduction of the Jungle Bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is another world first that can be scaled and shared with other elephant camps to allow them to give a subset of elephants – those that prefer to only meet their mahouts and those that are bonded into friendship groups – a comfortable life, without becoming a financial strain on the operation.