I first learnt about Leofoo Resort Guanshi from one of the local TV variety show (City Beat iirc). When I saw them introducing the room which faces an animal safari, I told my hubby we got to stay there if we go to Taiwan! So when we finally booked our Taiwan trip this June, the first thing I did was to book a room at Leofoo Resort Guanshi.
Leofoo Resort Guanshi Room Types
At Leofoo Resort Guanshi, there are Greenery Rooms and Sky Rooms. The more expensive Greenery Rooms are the ones that face the main animal enclosure. The Sky Rooms face a separate animal enclosure that houses ostriches if I’m not wrong.
For each room type, there are Congo Rooms and Kenya Rooms. Congo Rooms are on Level 2 with windows that cannot be opened. It can accommodate up to 4 people. Kenya Rooms are on Level 3 with a balcony for you to go out to breath the not-so-fresh air. It can accommodate up to 6 guests.
You may want to note that there are no elevators and you would need to lug your luggage up a long flight of stairs to get to the Kenya Rooms.
Which Room to Choose for Best View
If you want to see the main animal enclosure, you must book a Greenery Room. I booked a Congo Greenery Room for about SGD500. I think the Congo Rooms give a better view because they are at the same height as the giraffe and you are closer to the animals compared to the Kenya Rooms.
But just because you pay a whopping $500 for a Congo Greenery Room does not guarantee you will get a fantastic view of the animals. If you want to have the best chance of seeing giraffes, zebras and rhinos outside your window, which rooms should you request for?
There are two wings at Leofoo Resort Guanshi. The wing on the left is called the Zebra Wing, while the one on the right is called Giraffe Wing.
Request for the Giraffe Wing.
When I arrived at Leofoo Resort, I requested for a room in the Giraffe Wing as advised by a reader on my earlier post on Taiwan accommodations. (See? This is why I love blogging. While I share stuff with readers, I also learn so much from them!) The receptionist tried to smoke me that all the rooms were the same because the animals roamed around. But throughout my entire stay, I did not see the animals go near the Zebra Wing at all!
If you see the photo above of the Zebra Wing, there was only a small path for animals to walk to in front of the Greenery Rooms. I did not see any animals walking there throughout my stay. To make it worse, look at the area I have circled up. There were trees and large boulders which would obstruct your view if you are staying at the Congo Rooms. If you are up in the Kenya Rooms, you may still be able to look past the trees and boulders to see the animals. But the Congo Rooms? Probably not.
Below is the view from my room in the Giraffe Wing. You can see that the trees were blocking the view of the animals who tended to hang around the Giraffe Wing side.
So the first thing you do when you arrive is to beg the receptionist to give you a room in the Giraffe Wing. There’s no guarantee, but at least you tried. And try to arrive as early as possible.
Are all rooms in Giraffe Wing good?
Unfortunately no. The Giraffe Wing was very long, half of it lay behind the walkway. The rooms behind the walkway were totally crappy. But don’t worry about these rooms. I was told by the hotel that the rooms behind the walkway (be it in Zebra wing or Giraffe wing) will only be open if all the other rooms are fully booked, and guests will be informed that the view of the room would be blocked by the walkway in advance.
So the receptionist assured me that the $500 booking I made were not for those rooms. The other half of the Giraffe wing was where the best rooms were. The room numbers were even-numbers from 102 to 126.
If you get a room at the end from 118 to 122, you get a pretty close-up view of the Rhino and even the Zebras who tended to hang around there. However, notice there is no space for the giraffe to walk up to in front of 118 to 122. Another thing to note is that there are two feeding areas, the other area is in front of 102 – 110. If the giraffe is on that side, you may not be able to see it well.
Vice versa, if you get a room from 102 – 110, you will get an awesome view of the giraffe when it is feeding at the feeding area on your end. However, the zebras tend not to walk all the way to that end, and it is a bit far from the rhinos.
So in my opinion, the best rooms are..
Room 112 and Room 116.
These are the rooms where the giraffe may actually walk right up to the window because there is an empty space in front of it. And no matter whether the giraffe decides to feed on the area on the left or right, you get a pretty awesome view of it.
And the room we got? Room 112. Here are photos of the view from our room, just to make you absolutely envious and convinced that doing homework when planning a vacation makes a world of difference!
Our Leofoo Resort Guanshi Experience
We arrived at the resort at about 8am. The first thing we did was to
beg request for a good room from the receptionist. After she told us that she would try her best but no guarantee, we headed for a boardwalk around the animal safari.
At around 8.40am, the driver with the animal feed arrives and this is the best time to watch the animals. Look how excited the Lemurs were – they couldn’t even wait for the keeper to get off his vehicle!
And the moment the keeper stepped out, the lemurs clamoured all over him.. LOL!
And look at the baby Lemur begging his mum for food but the mummy was keeping it all to herself. This was super LOL… Because this happens to me all the time. Especially when ice-cream is involved. Yes, I’m an evil mummy. I mean, kids aren’t supposed to eat so much ice-cream right? Oh well, I digressed.
Back to the animals! The zebras feeding area was pretty close to the boardwalk.
And so were the turtles.
This was the only time I saw the giraffe come out of its hiding near the Giraffe Wing and walk near to the boardwalk.
The Lemurs would climb all over the boardwalk during this time. It may be a good or bad thing – depending on whether you are afraid of them or not.
If you are not afraid of them, they would even climb onto you – which I thought was pretty cool.
MY loved the Lemurs and kept petting them. But please make sure your hands are clean at this time. The following morning, MY went to pet the Lemurs right after breakfast. I think his hand still smelt of food and he ended up getting a nip from the Lemur.
Shortly after the morning animal feeding session, the resort mascot would come out to the area in front of the lobby to take photo with guests. The mascot came out twice in the day, once in the morning at 9.10am and once in the afternoon at 4.30pm.
At 5.30pm, there was an African dance performance to welcome the guests.
And at 11.10am, there was another performance to bid farewell to the guests.
Below is a copy of the resort activity schedule. It is subject to change, so do get an updated copy from the reception when you arrive. You can gauge the price of the optional activities from the list below.
We did not join any of the paid activities but if you are interested to see snippet of the guided safari tour, you can check out this video by 3 Wheelingtons.
Breakfast and dinner were provided with our stay. It was buffet-style and frankly quite a crappy experience. Dinner was served at Level 3 with limited tables facing the safari, so be there early if you want a table with a nice view. Dinner was served at Level 1 with limited tables facing the Lemurs.
Our Congo Greenery Room
The room itself, other than the view, was nothing much to rave about. Definitely not something I expect from a $500 per night hotel room.
I was most disappointed with the toilet which did not have a bathtub and instead had two crappy showers and some grim around the corners.
There were some attempts to incorporate the African theme into the room decorations.
Exclusive Leofoo coffee, tea and bottled water as well as some sweets and cookies (which the kids devoured before I had a chance to take photos of) were provided in the room.
Transportation to and fro Leofoo Resort Guanshi
Bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Leofoo Resort Guanshi
To get to Leofoo Resort Guanshi from Taoyuan International Airport by public transport, you need to take bus 1819 to Zhongli first, and transfer to bus 5653 to Leofoo Village. And mind you, Leofoo Village (the theme park) is NOT Leofoo Resort (the hotel). You still need to catch a shuttle bus from Leofoo Village to Leofoo Resort.
Below is the bus stop and bus schedule from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongli Station.
Cab from Taoyuan International Airport to Leofoo Resort Guanshi
Needless to say, considering the hassle, we took a cab from Taoyuan Airport directly to Leofoo Resort and the cab fare was NT1200.
Cab from Zhongli Station to Leofoo Resort Guanshi
If you take a cab from Zhongli station to Leofoo Resort, the cab fare is about NT600.
Getting between Leofoo Resort Guanshi and Leofoo Village Theme Park
There is resort shuttle bus (free) to bring guests to and fro Leofoo Village. You need to get a queue number from the receptionist for the bus.
Information on Leofoo Resort Guanshi:
Address: 306 新竹縣關西鎮仁安里拱子溝60號
Official Website: Leofoo Resort Official English Website
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Note: Select room with ‘Greenery View’ for a room facing the animal safari.
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