The Lodge – Bristol Zoo’s luxury accommodation – has scooped its second gold tourism excellence award.
The former keepers’ lodge, which can sleep up to four adults and two children, was awarded gold at the South West Tourism Awards in the ‘Best Artistic; Cultural & Learning Experience category’.
In October 2016, The Lodge also received gold at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards for ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’.
Nestled within the Zoo grounds, overlooking its Zona Brazil exhibit, the Lodge offers the chance to sleep amongst some of the worlds most endangered and exotic animals.
An overnight stay in the safari-themed apartment includes a four-course dinner prepared by a private chef, VIP twilight tours with animal meet and greets and feeding experiences, as well as breakfast with the Zoo’s troop of western lowland gorillas – including 12-month-old Afia.
Speaking about the achievement, the Zoo’s director of commercial operations, Wendy Walton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for the experiences we provide as part of a stay at The Lodge.
“Not only do Lodge guests enjoy a magical overnight stay where they are left alone in the Zoo at night, but they also get to learn about our residents, their behaviours and the care required for them when our day guests have gone home.
“We faced extremely stiff competition in this category and winning is a true example of the hard work from all teams at the Zoo, who deliver truly special and one-off experiences.”
As a winner, The Lodge at Bristol Zoo will now be considered for a national Visit England Award later this year.
Wendy added: “We see a whole range of guests booking to stay with us – from couples to families and groups of friends, to people who come to learn about our animals and the conservation work we do across the world.
“People love to book The Lodge to celebrate special occasions and anniversaries and there are lots of extras that we can do to help make the celebrations even more special.”
Bristol Zoo’s sister attraction, Wild Place Project, has just revealed plans to open glamping pods at the wildlife attraction later this year. The pods will be nestled within the attraction, which is home to wolves, cheetah, gelada baboons, lemurs, meerkats and a range of exotic birds, among many other residents.
Wild Place Project is located just off Junction 17 of the M5 motorway. To register your interest in staying in one of the pods, visit: www.campbaboon.co.uk