Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is home to more than 20 elephants. The 65-hectare property is a safe home for former captive and work elephants that have been abused or abandoned after they could no longer earn money for their owners. They cannot fend for themselves in the wild.
Elephant experiences have long been at the heart of the resort's attractiveness to visitors, and now a world-first awaits pachyderm enthusiasts. The property has opened two Jungle Bubbles, designed for two to sleep in luxury while being privy to premium evening elephant viewing.
Constructed using an exclusive technology from French high-tech industrial material designers, Serge Ferrari, the bubbles provide an immersive, close-to-nature experience while keeping those inside safe, cool and comfortable. They are positioned on wooden decks offering uninterrupted views of the elephants, as well as stargazing at night.
Guests enter the pods at dusk and stay till dawn, when they return to the resort proper. The 22-square-metre air-conditioned bubbles have a king bed and seating area under a transparent roof; and a private bathroom. They come with a dinner basket, full mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and 24-hour room service.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is in northern Thailand on a hill overlooking the Mekong and Ruak rivers, with views over the confluence of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
Anantara says its bubble prototype will be shared with other elephant camps to allow them to give elephants that aren't comfortable with being in direct proximity to strangers a natural enjoyable life, while contributing to the operation that homes them.
From $841 (17,700 Thai Baht) a night for two; additional charge to resort stay. See Anantara.com