The suites have large terraces and the best views from the front and back of the boat
The largest boats in the Paradise Cruises fleet, one of the best operators in Halong Bay
There are one or two-night cruise options depending on how much time you have
There is lots of outside space to enjoy the scenery. All the cabins have balconies and there is a large sundeck
The best time of year to visit Halong Bay is during the spring or autumn. Because the bay is situated in the northern part of the country, it can get colder in the winter. The rainy season here is at its peak in July to September. July is the hottest month, January the coolest. The dry season runs from November to April.
Paradise Elegance is a traditional yet luxurious junk boat, based in Vietnam's iconic Halong Bay. Spend one or two nights cruising this UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in floating villages, mysterious caves and spectacular views.
Paradise Elegance offers 31 en-suite cabins, a spacious sundeck, spa, main restaurant and piano bar. The style is traditional and grand, using luxurious materials such as dark wood and leather. The boats are the largest in the Paradise Cruises fleet, with plenty of space to roam around on board. There is lots of outside deck space equipped with comfy chairs and sun-loungers, meaning you can relax whilst still making the most of the stunning scenery.
With large windows and balconies, the cabins aim to create a sense of space, and the suites boast a similar size measurement to an average hotel room. All the cabins have air-conditioning, and there is also no compromise on the in-room amenities, including toiletries, a hair-dryer, bathrobes, slippers and a safe. The cabins also come with complimentary mineral water.
Both Western and Vietnamese cuisine is available, with a buffet breakfast and lunch followed by a three or four-course a la carte dinner. Should you prefer not to do the afternoon site-seeing, it is also possible to stay on board and enjoy afternoon tea.
During the cruise you will explore highlights of Halong Bay with an English-speaking guide, and sail amongst some of the 2,000 limestone karsts that make this one of the most famous and dramatic vistas in the world.
There are four cabin categories, each with the same amenities, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The main difference is the location on the boat, and the size, with the suites offering an extra 10 square metres more space. The decor is smart, with polished dark wood floors and leather panelling.
This is the entry level cabin, located on the main deck and measuring 25 square metres
This is the same as the Deluxe Balcony Cabin, but located on the upper deck and so offers more extensive views. It is 25 square metres.
This spacious suite measures 35 square metres. These are based at the back of the boat on the upper deck, and so offer plenty of outside space and great views
These are based at the front of the boat on the upper deck, and so offer the most outside space as well as panoramic views of the bay. This spacious suite measures 35 square metres.
Children are welcome on board the Paradise Elegance but there are no specific facilities for them. Beds can be turned from doubles to twins.
It is worth being aware that some of the sites you will visit have lots of steps, some of which are steep and can be uneven. Parents may need to keep a fairly close eye on any younger children, particularly in the caves.
Facilities on board include a dining room, reading area and bar. To add to the feeling of luxury and relaxation, there is a spa and also a sundeck, which has comfy chairs and sun-loungers.
Site-seeing is included with an English speaking guide, and focuses on the highlights of Halong Bay. For the one-night cruise, this usually includes venturing into some of the bay's hidden caves and climbing to the top of one of the karsts to take in an elevated view.
The two-night cruise follows the same itinerary for the first day, but on the second day guests will transfer to the Paradise Explorer in the morning for the day's excursions, whilst the Paradise Elegance takes the one-night cruise guests back to the marina.
Extra excursions on the two-night cruise include visiting the Tung Sau Pearl Farm and Cua Van Floating Village, reached by bamboo boat.
170 kilometres from Hanoi, in northeastern Vietnam, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
15-hour international flight (one change) to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport followed by a 3-hour drive to Halong Bay.
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