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Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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SpaHalekulani Announces New Master Series and Wellness Programs

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SpaHalekulani, the acclaimed Polynesian-inspired spa situated within the luxurious Halekulani hotel on the island of Oahu, has announced today an impressive lineup of interactive programming focused on encouraging guests to embrace healthy living through the mind, body and spirit. SpaHalekulani’s legacy of authenticity and tradition is complemented by the Master Series as well as the newest additions to the Living-Well program, both of which encompass the true “spirit of Aloha.”

SpaHalekulani’s new programming takes the guest experience far beyond the treatment room,” said Kamala Nayeli, Director of SpaHalekulani. “Our spa is centered on creating transformative experiences though various relaxation techniques that incorporate mindfulness into health and wellness practices, leading guests to everlasting positive change.”

SpaHalekulani’s Master Series puts Hawaii on the map as it brings world-renowned masters of wellbeing to the property, offering a unique perspective on health accompanied by dynamic treatments for a limited time. In September 2017, SpaHalekulani welcomes Mariko Hiyama, the acclaimed Japanese facial reflexologist and instructor specializing in Sorensensistem™ Facial Reflex Therapy, a concept combining oriental medicine, needleless acupuncture techniques (Zone Therapy) and neuro-anatomy. Using her hands, Hiyama stimulates reflex points and zones on the face and scalp to ultimately enhance the natural balancing and healing mechanisms of the body and mind.

SpaHalekulani’s Living-Well program provides guests with the tools to self-motivate, self-regulate and create lasting change. Starting with a complimentary educational lecture, guests can also purchase a spa package comprised of personalized consultations and wellness workshops with an on-site holistic lifestyle coach as well as authentic relaxation treatments. From August through December, the upcoming lecture series topics for guests are as follows:

  • August – Label Reading 101 is an interactive session that breaks down the listed nutritional facts and ingredients to help guests make more informed decisions about their eating habits.
  • September – Inflammation: The Root of Disease is an informative lecture about chronic inflammation and how to reduce it on a daily basis.
  • October – Optimize Your Sleep is a helpful tool to teach guests how to improve the quality of sleep and why lack of sleep has become a leading epidemic in the United States.
  • November – Boosting Your Energy is a dynamic lecture, instructing guests on how to nourish their adrenals and increase mitochondria for optimal health and long-lasting vitality.
  • December – The Art of Cooking is a creative session where guests learn how inventiveness enhances meals when cooking without a recipe.

SpaHalekulani’s Living-Well also offers interactive workshops for to guests staying on property that include The Power of Mini-Habits, Create Your Own Vision Board and Mindful Breathing & Meditation.  SpaHalekulani’s integrative Living-Well packages include one-on-one sessions and spa treatments that will leave each guest inspired to continue the process of living well at home:

  • Longevity Package: ‘Living with Vitality’ includes two Integrative Coaching Sessions, one Functional Movement Class, one SpaHalekulani Treatment – either a Timeless Facial or Vitality Massage, and ‘Living-Well At Home’ materials.
  • Optimal Health Package – ‘Living the Best Version of Yourself’ includes two Integrative Coaching Sessions, one Private Yoga or Personal Training, one SpaHalekulani treatment – either a Synergize Facial or Massage, and ‘Living-Well At Home’ materials.

For more information or to reserve a treatment, please call 808-931-5322.

About Halekulani

Since its inception in 1984 as one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, Halekulani has received more than 500 accolades, awards and honoraria. The property is one of The World’s Best Hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Gold List and was voted Best Hotel on Oahu in Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2016. Halekulani is home to SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest,  consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. For twenty years, Halekulani has maintained a strong commitment to arts and culture through exclusive alliances with Oahu’s most iconic cultural venues.

Despite warning, Mexican officials say resort areas are safe

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Mexico tourism officials this week were working to protect their tourism industry following a new U.S. travel warning that included some of the country’s most lucrative resort regions.

The updated warning advises travelers of increased homicide rates in the popular resort states of Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, and the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, marking the first time the State Department issued such a warning for the popular resort regions.

“The overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists, such as inner-city areas or private properties,” the Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement, adding that the Mexican government and its tourism industry were working toward trying to prevent violent incidents from occurring in areas frequented by international tourists.

“Los Cabos is completely safe,” said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board.

Esponda said that the destination is booming. He said he didn’t know why the State Department had updated its warning now or whether the update was at all politically motivated during a time of increased tensions between the U.S. and Mexican governments.

“Tourism has to be completely unrelated to any political environment,” Esponda said. “The fact that tourists travel to a country is precisely to know more of the culture, to enjoy, to relax. Not to be related to any political situation.”

Los Cabos recorded 2.1 million international tourists in 2016 and is on track to welcome 2.4 million this year.

For the past several years, the State Department has had an evolving travel warning in place for Mexico addressing the risks of travel in certain parts of the country due to the activities of criminal organizations.

“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states,” the updated travel warning says; it replaced a Dec. 8, 2016, version.

The current warning says that U.S. citizens should be aware that the state of Quintana Roo “experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred,” the warning states. The language was similar in a section about Baja California Sur.

In a statement this week, Quintana Roo tourism secretary Marisol Venegas Perez emphasized that the updated warning was intended to be a message of additional precaution for travelers and doesn’t suggest any restriction on travel to Quintana Roo. She added tourism numbers in the state continue to grow, as do investments in its tourism economy.

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Travel&Leisure Awards for One&Only Resorts

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ONE&ONLY Resorts Celebrated in Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017

  • One&Only Resorts #6, Top 15 Hotel Brands
  • One&Only Royal Mirage #3: Best Resorts in North Africa and the Middle East
  • One&Only The Palm #5: Best Resorts in North Africa and the Middle East
  • One&OnlyCape Town #5:Top City Hotels in Africa

 

One&Only Resorts is honoured to once again be recognised in the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Selected by travellers from around the world through a reader’s survey, Travel + Leisure has released the 2017 World’s Best Awards, celebrating the best of the best in hotels, destination spas, airlines, cruise lines, islands, cities, tour operators, and more. One&Only Resorts has been celebrated as #6 in the Top 15 Hotel Brands; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm are recognised as #3 and #5 of Best Resorts in North Africa and the Middle East respectively, as well as One&Only Cape Town ranked in the top five City Hotels in Africa. The 22nd annual World’s Best Awards are featured in Travel + Leisure’s August 2017 issue, on newsstands 28 July, and the list is also included on the magazine’s website.

Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence and set amongst some of the most beautiful locales in the world. The award-winning collection continues to evolve with the recent announcement of One&Only Nature Resorts (One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda, building on the success of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in Australia), One&Only Urban Resorts, and One&Only Private Homes.

“To be celebrated as a brand, and have three of our resorts, on this prestigious list is quite an honour,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “As a global collection of ultra-luxury resorts, we always strive to provide our guests with memorable experiences in incredible locations with distinctive style, unparalleled service, and genuine hospitality. For One&Only to continue to be revered by our esteemed guests is a testament to the incredible work of our colleagues across the globe.”

One&Only Royal Mirage, situated on a kilometer of private beachfront in Dubai, provides guests with an authentic expression of timeless Arabian hospitality. The resort, celebrated by Travel + Leisure as #3 on the “Best Resorts in North Africa and the Middle East” list, is conjured of three distinct environments — The Palace, a regal domain with a private entrance; Arabian Court, crafted in the spirit of the Orient; and Residence & Spa, an intimate atmosphere with exclusive culinary offerings and a Beach Garden Villa — all overlooking Palm Island Bay. The resort also features eight dining venues, offering an array of local and international cuisine, including Jetty Lounge and Eauzone, a majestic restaurant featuring floating majilis and overlooking the Arabian Gulf and transparent pool. For spa goers, the One&Only Spa features a traditional Hamman, offering a unique Moroccan experience.

On the shores of Palm Island, lies Dubai’s most intimate beachfront resort — One&Only The Palm. An elegant, secluded beachfront oasis, One&Only The Palm has been recognised by Travel + Leisure readers as one of the “Best Resorts in North Africa and the Middle East” (#5). Commanding an enviable spot on the private peninsula and offering one-of-a-kind views of the New Dubai skyline, One&Only The Palm offers guests the first Guerlain Spa in the United Arab Emirates, complete with treatments designed exclusively for the resort; a private marina; four fashionable beachfront villas; culinary experiences including ZEST, 101 Dining Lounge and Marina, as well STAY by Yannick Alléno, a three-Michelin star chef; and much more.

One&Only Cape Town, the premier One&Only Urban Resort providing panoramic views of Table Mountain, is situated at the centre of Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The iconic resort has been honoured as a “Top Five City Hotels in Africa” by Travel + Leisure readers, and recently unveiled the Champagne Suite by Dom Pérignon at One&Only Cape Town — the first in Africa. The resort is also an epicurean haven with two stellar restaurants — the first Nobu in Africa, serving guests traditional Japanese with a Peruvian twist, and Reuben’s, the urban restaurant of South African Celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel. Featuring one of the best spas in the city, the One&Only Spa located on its own private island amongst the lush waterways of the marina is perfect for indulgent, pampering days. Learn More about One&Only Resorts…..

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One & Only Evolves

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One&Only Hotels & Resorts Announces Plans For Brand Evolution

One&Only, created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, and conceived as a hallmark of excellence, is evolving their portfolio beyond award-winning Beach Resorts with One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing award-winning resort collection, set in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, offering guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unparalleled.

“I am thrilled we are able to continue to evolve the One&Only experience, providing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences in which our guests seek,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “Building on the legacy and success of One&Only, it is an exciting time for the brand as we continue to combine completely distinctive experiences with ultra-luxury. We look forward to sharing additional locations for our resorts, whether it be in the ultimate address in a prime city or an authentically wild undiscovered location soon.”

All One&Only Nature Resorts will offer incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences and provide pure celebration of each dramatic location, offering access to nature’s best kept secrets, in an inspired itinerary, curated for the most discerning global travellers. Intimate in size, the architectural design of each resort will respect the surroundings and cleverly frame the best aspects of the natural beauty. Minimal impact will be made to the location, from development through to operations and guests will have an opportunity to ‘give back’ with hands-on, interactive, immersive experiences with the local community, each perfectly curated to the destination.

Following the success of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in Australia as the first hotel in the world to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification by CarbonZero, all One&Only Nature Resorts will aim for this distinction. In addition, our culinary philosophy will be based on the very best seasonal, regional and, where possible, organic produce from local boutique farms, private growers and vintners. A wide variety of spectacular accommodation will place an emphasis on privacy and beautiful vistas. One&Only Nature Resorts will provide luxury of the rarest kind. Like all properties within the One&Only collection, One&Only Nature Resorts will celebrate its location, showcasing the country’s rich history and reflecting the local culture with a design appeal to attract the contemporary traveller seeking ultimate luxury.

Joining Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, two spectacular resorts will be introduced under One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, both located in Rwanda. One&Only Nyungwe House is designed to fit harmoniously within its natural surroundings and is situ ted in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is thought to be one of the oldest forests in Africa, with incredible diversity including over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa and 75 different species of mammals.

Luxury suites and villas will be modern in design, yet with traditional African touches, each overlooking the vast African terrain with private decks and fire places. Guests can explore the National Park including exploratory treks to discover chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, grey – cheeked mangabeys and the Kamiranzovu Swamps and Waterfalls. Bird watching should not be missed with over 275 species of birds in the lush surroundings, including giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks being amongst the bird-watcher’s favourites. Cultural walks can also be enjoyed. One&Only Nyungwe House will begin welcoming guests in 2017.

“We are proud and excited to continue to innovate at One&Only and introduce new experiences for our guests. One&Only Nature Resorts will provide our guests illuminating and immersive experiences full of adventure that will allow for exploration and discovery,” continued Philippe Zuber. “Rwanda is such an incredible destination with truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We look forward to immersing our guests in the country and culture and providing that ultimate connection with nature in the ultimate locations.”

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located near the village of Kingi, will be incredibly positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful resort, nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees will provide breath-taking views of Rwandan hills and the slopes of the Volcanoes National Park. Guests will be able to discover the magical habitat of Mountain Gorillas, a rare adventure. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence – and one third of these are in Rwanda. Conservation efforts are funded by a very limited amount of permits and funds are allocated to anti-poaching efforts and local communities businesses. However, after over 40 years of conservation and habitat restoration efforts have helped steadily increase the population of mountain gorillas, with a 14% increase in the past 12 years. In addition to the Gorilla Trek, guests will also be able to discover Golden Monkeys, as well as visit Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Camp.

Bespoke accommodation will honour the location and natural elements will be woven throughout the resort, to inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. Local African cuisine will surround a traditional Boma, providing the perfect location to share adventures from the day and enjoy fruit and vegetables from the resort’s garden. The resort will also offer an indulgent One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre, honouring the inspired surrounds with treatments using traditional African elements, as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to Launch in 2019

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A new ultra-luxury, small-ship venture is on the horizon. In late 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new luxury yachting and cruising brand, will launch with the first of three 298-passenger ultra-luxury yachts. A second yacht will set sail in the first quarter of 2021, a third in early 2022.

The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. General reservations will open in May 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.  This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.

Look for itineraries that combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. The first ship’s itineraries are expected to be seven- to 10-day voyages and mostly point-to-point.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 623-foot-long vessels will be able to call at ports that larger ships can’t. The first ship, depending on the season, is expected to cruise the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Whether the yacht is calling at Capri or Portofino in Italy, St. Barths in the Caribbean or the old town of Cartagena, the new brand says its guests will enjoy a relaxed pace that includes both overnight and day-time ports of call and a uniquely curated destination experience.

A Little Taste of Bolivia

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We’d like to offers a small insight of the breathtaking country BOLIVIA.

Impressive icebound peaks and high-altitude deserts of the Andes, rainforests and savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia offers travelers stunning scenery, legendary landmarks and a indigenous heritage.

Where to Go:

Spend a few days in the fascinating city of La Paz, which combines a high-altitude setting with a blend of traditional indigenous and modern urban cultures. La Paz is also close to Lago Titicaca, the massive azure lake close to the Peruvian border. The best start for your adventurous Amazon visit is the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the rainforests of Parque Nacional Madidi and the wildlife-rich Río Yacuma.  And of course do not miss Uyuni! A region of high-altitude deserts and half-frozen, mineral-stained lakes, populated by wild flamingos. And this is just the beginning.

Bolivia surprises with unique and barely-visited landscapes and cultures.
This country offers their travelers everything that is considered most exotic and mysterious about South America.

A country of great beauty, stunning landscapes, and unique attractions. A country with the highest capital city in the world, the largest salt flats in the world, mountains, jungles, lakes, and everything else in between.

Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannahs of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. This mystical terrain boasts scores of breathtaking attractions including stark otherworldly salt pans, ancient Inca trails and towering volcanic peaks. Landlocked at the remote heart of South America, Bolivia rewards the adventurous travelers and encompasses everything that outsiders find most exotic and mysterious about the continent.

Go on an Adventure – Visit Bolivia!

What is Travel is S.W.E.L.L.?

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Elite Travel Consulting.com – Elite Travel Consulting, (Shaping Travel through Wellness, Enlightenment, Love and Luxury) is a provider of experiential travel, wellness and luxury tours and vacations. Our Luxury Collection includes romantic getaways, sumptuous culinary tours, experiential tours, spa vacations, luxury all-inclusive vacations, wellness retreats, safari holidays and luxury tented camp resort experiences. We can also assist you with destination weddings, meetings and incentive programs.   With Elite Travel Consulting.com, you can create inspiring, one-of-a-kind travel experiences in more than 60 countries on six continents. Wherever you choose to travel, we offer special inclusions and behind-the-scenes access that allows you to discover your destination in unmatched authenticity and style.  All-in-all, Elite Travel Consulting is everything stylish, elegant and fashionably designed for your personal travel needs.  Call Elite Travel Consulting.com at 1-888-963-8986 or 1-559-207-0545 for immediate assistance.

Amazing Thailand Romance Travel Guide

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Just because you didn’t steal Sean Lowe’s heart on this season of The Bachelor doesn’t mean you can’t plan an adventurous and refreshing Thai vacation!

Whether you’re a fan of ABC’s The Bachelor or just a fan of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Travel Guide Northern Edition makes it easy for you to plan the vacation of a lifetime.

This season on The Bachelor, Sean Lowe took the final-three ladies to Thailand’s Trang province, then made his final decision in picturesque Chiang Rai. While looking for love, the women and Sean experienced many facets of Thai culture and enjoyed Thailand’s beautiful scenery. Our first travel guide for southern Thailand takes you through the Trang province and nearby areas, ensuring you have enough recommendations for a fun-filled vacation.

“Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s really an amazing place and I really built a lifetime of memories in those few days.”
– Sean Lowe, The Bachelor

In the second guide of the two-part series, our northern Thailand journey recommendations take you through Chiang Rai, the first capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, highlighting must-see activities, as well as some exciting hidden treasures not featured on The Bachelor.
The Bachelor Travel Guide: Thailand

Sean’s first date of the episode with Lindsay started with a relaxing ride down the sacred Mekong River, bubbly in hand. But, a river float isn’t the only way to explore the Golden Triangle, kayaking and mountain biking tours will help you explore the beautiful terrain as well.

Nestled throughout the region you’ll find settlements of Thailand’s ancient hill tribes living much the way they have for hundreds of years.
If you want to learn more about Chiang Rai’s fascinating hill tribes, the best way to do it is to immerse yourself in their culture.

These Thai hill tribes migrated to the thick forests and mountains of Chiang Rai centuries ago. Typical trek itineraries visit Akha, Karen, Lisu and Lahu tribe villages. The Akha Hill House is a particular favorite trekking group, beloved for its affordability and friendly staff.

As their date drew to a close, Sean and Lindsay released paper lanterns into the sky with wishes for “love, happiness and family” written on them. Casting off paper lanterns is a famous Thai tradition, meant to bring good luck.

If you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys planning visits around festivals and events, Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival should be on your bucket list! Known by many as the festival of lights, this festival symbolizes good fortune for the year to come. In 2013, it’s scheduled for early November.

On the season’s final date, Sean and Catherine enjoyed an Elephant trek at Anantara’s Elephant Camp.

The Anantara Golden Triangle offers many options for those looking to learn more about these majestic animals, while supporting the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation’s mission to create an abuse free world for all elephants.

If you prefer the view from the ground, the Anantara Golden Triangle elephant camp has other activities for you, including a ‘forest living skills’ trek that teaches participants about edible plants and natural remedies.

As the final episode of The Bachelor drew to a close, Sean had an important decision to make. He couldn’t have picked a better place to propose to his future wife than picturesque Pa Sak Tong. This lush, tropical hotel defines Thai luxury.

Leading up to the big night, The Bachelor’s finalists stayed at the Anantara Golden Triangle’s lavish suites. If you want to recreate their experience for yourself, check out the travel packages on Book Thailand Now.

Sean, Catherine and Lindsay saw many of Chiang Rai’s beautiful sights, but missed the chance to visit the city’s gorgeous temples. If you can’t get enough of ancient Thai history and appreciate amazing architecture, these locations are a must-visit:

White TempleWhile most Chiang Rai temples are rich in history, the stunning and popular Wat Rong Khun was recently built in 2008. This temple’s gleaming white architecture earned it the nickname, The White Temple.

Find your center at Chiang Rai’s most revered Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew, originally called Wat Pa Yia. Legend is that lighting struck this temple’s octagonal chedi in 1434, causing it to split open and reveal the Emerald Buddha. Now this religious artifact is housed in a Bangkok temple bearing the same name.
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Many people journey to Chiang Rai to visit the White Temple, but they forget to visit its brother, the Black Temple. Created by Thai artist, Thawan Duchanee this temple is quite an architectural feat. The temple is made of 40 small black houses constructed from different materials, from concrete to glass.

Looking for a more adventurous Chiang Rai trip than The Bachelor finalists had? Head to Boomerang National Park where couples and friends can rock climb, zip line and explore caves together.

Phu Chi Fa SunriseOn the hunt for a more scenic view? Phu Chi Fa is known for its cool climate, sea of fog and variety of wildlife species. The Bachelor’s Sean even photographed this breathtaking view for his blog. It’s the perfect place to take in a sunrise with your love.

After an event-filled day of trekking in Chiang Rai’s jungle or mountains, relax at one of the “best spas in the world.” We recommend indulging in one of the great natural treatments offered.

And, if you’re more of a beach bum than an adventurer, don’t worry. Chiang Rai isn’t known for its beaches, but the park bordering the Mekong River comes close. Bring a picnic, kick back and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Whether you spend the day trekking through the jungle, relaxing in a park or floating down the Mekong, Chiang Rai’s night bazaar, located off of Phaholyothin Road, is the perfect place to take an evening stroll. Shop for souvenirs while feasting on Thai delicacies or take in one of their notorious free dance shows.

If our travel recommendations have you inspired to visit Thailand and you need help planning your trip, tourismthailand.org/us has all the information you need to plan a dream vacation, and our southern Thailand travel guide makes it easy to pinpoint activities to make your vacation throughout Thailand worth remembering.

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