Most of the mahouts and their families live in one of the two traditional "mahout villages" on-site. Some mahouts live in villages nearby but spend the entire day with their elephant. The elephants are brought in from the jungle at about 7 am, and then fed and exercised in the camp until about 2 pm. At 2 pm, the mahouts take their elephants in small groups down to the pond for a bath. What a riot that was to watch!
Here are some of the mahouts and their elephants going down to the pond.
Caitlynne and Christopher in front of the spirit house at the top of the mountain.
Food left for the spirits. I can't believe someone climbs this mountain every day to leave food.
Below are a few random photos from around the hotel. Instead of floral arrangements, these "aqua arrangements" are displayed throughout the hotel.
Water lilies in the water garden in the reception area.
A mosaic mural at the entrance to the hotel.