Taiwan 6D5N Day 1 & 2: Leofoo Resort 六福莊生态渡假旅馆 | Leofoo Village Theme Park
Leofoo Resort is a green, ecological resort that mimics that natural habitats for the roaming animals around the resort. With full height glass windows installed in their African-inspired rooms, we can see animals all day long! Baby E is a huge animal lover. So I decided to make it our first stop and also because it is actually quite close to Taoyuan International Airport. We opted for the the easiest way to get to Leofoo Resort – taxi. It took us around an hour and costed 1300 TWD (S$57~).
When we finally reached, after 4.5hours of flight and 1 hour on the taxi, this scenery awaits us:
Isn’t this amazing?! Leofoo Resort has a centric animal viewing area with ramps around for access to the various rooms. Both my kiddos were so excited and ran around the ramps happily taking a closer look at the animals. Some animals we saw are the giraffes, giant tortoise, flamingoes, white rhinoceros, lemurs and zebras. After absorbing in the awesome view, we finally remembered we haven’t had lunch. So we went to the restaurant near the lobby – Cape of Good Hope. It is a cosy place that serves pretty decent food using fresh ingredients from farms around the resort. We really like their beef noodles which has a nice herbal taste and the beef are tender. There are kids meal available as well, which comes with fresh fruits and fruit juice.
While waiting to check-in, there was this African welcoming dance happening outside the main door. It is one of their many activities you can expect from the resort. There are also story-telling time, animal introduction, meet the flying fairies and more. Check out their activities timetable here.
And finally, our room.
The room is big and comes with 2 cosy beds and a baby cot that I requested. Being an ecological resort means we have to bring our own toothbrush and toothpaste and slippers were not provided! Usually this doesn’t bother us, but because the floor was not carpeted, we were actually getting cold feet once we first stepped in. We booked via their Leofoo Resort website or you can book via Agoda as well. We choose the Congo Greenery room, which overlooks the animal viewing area where you can see different animals such as lemur, zebra, white rhinos, giraffes, flamingoes and more. It was rather surreal to see giraffes and zebras walking past your front window haha
Everyone had a long day and the little munchkins fell asleep together with Daddy E. By the time they woke up, it was time for dinner! We quickly head towards the Phoenix restaurant where dinner buffet is served as it was getting late. To be honest, I felt that the buffet standard was rather disappointing. It has a good spread of food, from salads to staples like rice, noodles, vegetarian, pastries and fruits and even some African food. But I guess I expected better quality from a Chinese country for Chinese food, especially when Taiwan is known for their yummy food. I would highly recommended the Cape of Good Hope for a better dining experience.
After dinner, we ushered Baby E to the story-telling room for a 30 minutes of story-telling session. We opt to leave her there while we head back to the room so we can bath Baby C and prep her for bedtime.
Day 2: Leofoo Village Theme Park
A good night sleep for a full day of fun! First we head off for our breakfast, at the same Phoenix Restaurant that served our disappointing dinner last night. After breakfast we head straight to Leofoo Village Theme Park, about 5-10 minutes away from the resort by foot.
We booked our Leofoo Village Theme Park tickets from Klook as there was no option for breakfast and dinner and the theme park tickets on their official website (but there is this option on Agoda), which is cheaper than purchasing the tickets onsite anyway.
I have heard good reviews from friends who visited and little did I know, this theme park is 4o years old! They are celebrating their 40th anniversary as we visited. Although there doesn’t seems to be of much celebrations. The theme park seems big from the map, but a quarter of it are occupied by the African Safari animals exhibitions.
It is basically a mini zoo, which made my eldest really happy as she is an animal lover. I think it’s great that not only she gets to see animals, she gets to have fun with the rides there too. Most of the rides are suitable for Baby E who is turning 6 this year. We went on a weekday and most rides have got no queue and we cleared the park in 2-3 hours.
Safari Zoo Tour
After lunch we went for our Safari Zoo Tour by Leofoo Resort. We made reservations in advance at the counter and it was subjected to availability. We wanted to go on the first day when we reached but it was fully booked. From their website, it seems that this tour has been changed to Zoo Safari where you will see herbivores only. Anyway, I signed up for the tour thinking that it’s really safari kind where animals roam wild. But that’s not really the case. It’s actually an area that is behind the Leofoo Village Theme Park, near the African Safari Animals zone., where ferocious animals such as black bear, lions, tigers are kept, separated by heavy gates and barbed wire fencing.
We went in with a guide on a van and the van will drive in while the guide will introduce the animals. For better view, best to sit near the window! After the black bear, tigers and lions, we went to see other African animals. Which I felt kinda cheated because it doesn’t feel much different from visiting a zoo on an enclosed tram. The zoo tickets are cheaper too. 🙁 At the end of the tour, is a feeding session of the goats, which definitely is the highlight for Baby E because she gets to go up close to the animals.
And with this, marks the end of our Leofoo Village adventure. Our next stop, Taichung!