Where do we start with this one? Wow, what an interesting place for sure, but is this ethical? Let’s talk about this.

First here’s some background on the situation.

WHO:

The name of the hotel is the Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve.  I’ll just put their phone number here in case any of you wish to call them for any reason… +44 1303 264647

WHAT:

According to the site, they offer guests a ‘fully immersing experience’, which means if you’re rich enough you too can be pompous enough to sip expensive wine in the bath while a lion desperately tries to eat you from behind the glass in front of you.

 “Lion Lodge is the latest luxury overnight accommodation at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent. This fully immersing experience gives guests the chance to sleep with lions!”
“These unique lodges, named Kikuyu and Jibana, offer guests the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the lives of Adras, Oudrika and their three adorable cubs: the Reserve’s lion pride.”
“The first of its kind worldwide, the Lion Lodges are timber clad, Manhattan loft style buildings, set within the lion’s natural and spacious habitat. Featuring picture windows in both the master bedroom and the open plan living area, guests will be just a breath away from magnificent lions.”
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“At both lodges, large windows face out onto our tigers so you can sleep within a whisker of these impressive big cats. French doors lead from the master bedrooms to the private balconies and offer breathtaking views across the area.”

WHERE:

This ‘Safari Park Hotel’ a.k.a. the Port Lympne Hotel is located in Kent, United Kingdom. Aldington Road, Hythe, CT21 4PD, United Kingdom.

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WHEN: 

I would assume they are open year round like most hotels, and this is where one of my problems with this arises. Are the lions really subject to the harsh UK winter and weather while rich arrogant people mock the lions through glass? I seriously hope not.

HOW: 

Well, you need to be rich and / or stupid to pay the prices that start at about $2,245 per night. But that’s how.

AND WHY?

One can only assume that they use this extortionate amount of money to contribute to the natural habitat preservation and protection of lions and endangered animals but I can’t find any information leading to this just yet.

What are you thoughts on this ‘safari park hotel’? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Let’s talk about it.