At the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand, a new holistic experience combining wellness and wildlife is bringing guests closer to nature with unique activities such as elephant yoga and training. The Where Wellness Meets Nature package is a flexible fitness program that offers guests the opportunity to choose from several activities, including jungle trekking, riverside cycling and the new Walking with Elephants experience.
Upon arrival, guests meet with the resort’s expert chefs to create a personalized healthy menu to enjoy during their stay. In the mornings, guests can take an al fresco yoga class in a jungle pavilion or atop an elephant and have a picnic breakfast in the grass. After an elephant ride through the resort’s bamboo forest back to the property, guests can take a healthy Thai cooking class, which includes a trip to the market in the local village. A trek through the jungle brings guests to the perfect meditation spot on a quiet hilltop, or they can spend a more active day cycling through tropical terrain, near the banks of the Mekong River and through the Thai-Laos border rice paddies, making stops along the way at temples and silk weaving villages. The bike tour ends at Chiangsaen Lake for tropical birdwatching.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort created new 90-minute spa treatments, implementing the science of Ayurveda, for the new Where Wellness Meets Nature program and will launch a private Thai boxing ring later this year that will offer starter lessons with a resident expert. Package rates start at $837 pp per night (all-inclusive), including accommodations, all meals, a healthy menu creation with the resort’s chef, one activity per night, roundtrip transfers from Chiang Rai Airport (CEI), Internet access and a one-time visit to the Opium Museum. For more information, visit goldentriangle.anantara.com/elephantcamp.aspx.