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8 Idyllic Hotels Featured on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

Architectural Digest logo Architectural Digest 10/14/2020 Abby Feiner, Kristine Hansen
a bridge over a body of water with a mountain in the background: The entire 16th season of *The Bachelorette* was filmed at La Quinta Resort and Club in the California desert. © Photo: Rob Perry Photography The entire 16th season of *The Bachelorette* was filmed at La Quinta Resort and Club in the California desert.

Though much of the action on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette famously takes place in a Los Angeles mansion, each season of the long-running reality show typically also takes armchair travelers to plenty of exotic and gorgeous locations. Last season alone, Bachelor Peter Weber was filmed in Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, and Australia, and before that, Bachelorette Hannah Brown and her suitors romped through Boston, Rhode Island, Scotland, Latvia, and Greece.

Unfortunately, this year, Bachelorette Clare Crawley’s season had to be filmed all in one place in order to keep the cast safe from COVID-19. On the October 13 season premiere, viewers saw the men who are competing for her affection spend time in quarantine and take multiple COVID tests before they could meet Crawley.

As we wait to see who ultimately wins her heart (and, judging by the coming attractions, what unprecedented drama unfolds along the way), we decided to look back on some of the best destinations ever to set the scene for romance on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Bonus: You’ll immediately recognize one of the destinations if you’re tuned in to Crawley’s current quest.

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, La Quinta, California

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field with La Quinta Resort & Club in the background: La Quinta features Spanish-style buildings throughout. © Courtesy of La Quinta Resort & Club La Quinta features Spanish-style buildings throughout.

Coachella Valley’s balmy weather and killer Santa Rosa Mountains views proved to be the sweet spot for The Bachelorette’s entire 16th season, hosted at this sprawling 45-acre, 620-casita, and 98-villa resort 20 miles from Palm Springs. Crawley’s potential suitors were able to practice social distancing with ease, thanks to 41 pools, seven restaurants, and 53 hot tubs for canoodling. Since its 1926 debut, the property has attracted Hollywood A-listers from Clark Gable and Greta Garbo to—most recently—Justin Bieber, Drew Barrymore, and Diane Keaton. A 23,000-square-foot spa; golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus; and 23 tennis courts are also on site.

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Newport, Rhode Island

a bedroom with a large bed in a hotel room: Some guest rooms on the property, including this one, were recently updated. © Courtesy of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina Some guest rooms on the property, including this one, were recently updated.

For their first trip away from the famous Bachelor Mansion in Agoura Hills, California, season 15 Bachelorette Brown and her final 15 suitors headed to this 257-room resort set on 10 acres on Goat Island. While the group spent much of their time at Gurney’s attempting to sort out an explosive argument between contestants Parker (better known as Luke P.) and Luke Stone, most visitors seek out a stay at the property for relaxation and serenity. In addition to 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, the hotel offers visitors the opportunity to unwind at a spa with floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor firepit patio, and Newport’s only outdoor hotel pool.

Rustic Windmill Airbnb Property, Nikithianos, Greece

a large bed sitting next to a brick wall: The inside of the windmill where Bachelorette Hannah and contestant Peter stayed for their fantasy suite date. © Photo: Giorgos & Athina/Airbnb The inside of the windmill where Bachelorette Hannah and contestant Peter stayed for their fantasy suite date. a stone building that has a clock at the top of a rock: The exterior of the infamous windmill. © Photo: Giorgos & Athina/Airbnb The exterior of the infamous windmill.

For Brown's fantasy suite dates (which aired July 15), she stayed in a different property with each of her four remaining contestants. And while sleeping on a boat with Cameron seems like it was pretty sweet, the location that made the biggest impact was definitely the windmill where Brown spent the night with Weber. Located on the gorgeous island of Crete, the unique stone house is actually available to rent on Airbnb for just $56 per night.

The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

a view of a beach next to the ocean: After Chris Soules's fantasy suite dates at the Mulia, he proposed to Whitney Bischoff during the season finale, though the pair are no longer a couple today. © Architectural Digest After Chris Soules's fantasy suite dates at the Mulia, he proposed to Whitney Bischoff during the season finale, though the pair are no longer a couple today.

After season 19 Bachelor Chris Soules and the final three women competing for his heart visited this luxury resort, he raved to People: “The Mulia was one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever seen.” Soules was particularly impressed by the personal butler service offered to many guests who opt to stay in one of the hotel’s 111 beachfront suites. While the property is home to a state-of-the-art wellness center and several uniquely designed restaurants, its most eye-catching amenity may be the Oasis pool, Bali’s longest infinity pool by the beach. Just steps from the Indian Ocean, the pool is lined with Balinese-inspired statues of women harvesting rice, meant to signify prosperity and wealth.

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, Switzerland

a group of palm trees on the side of a building: Bachelor Ben Flajnik proposed to Courtney Robertson in Switzerland during the final episode of season 16. However, the pair called it quits just a few months later. © Photo: Vitor Cortes Bachelor Ben Flajnik proposed to Courtney Robertson in Switzerland during the final episode of season 16. However, the pair called it quits just a few months later.

Located 5,249 feet above sea level at the foot of the Matterhorn, this 140-year-old hotel was seen throughout the final episode of season 16 of The Bachelor, which starred Ben Flajnik. With 77 individually furnished rooms and suites, the resort has an aesthetic that manages to stand out among its picturesque mountain views. Notably, the hotel’s three restaurants are each uniquely designed to complement the cuisine: open-kitchen Alpine Gourmet Prato Borni offers a modern vibe, while Brasserie Lusi is bright and boasts an outdoor terrace. Saycheese!, meanwhile, presents a more relaxed, cozy atmosphere.

Conversas de Alpendre, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal

a bedroom with a large mirror: After a dramatic breakup in Portugal and an eventual reconciliation, season 23 Bachelor Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph ended the season as a couple, but broke up in May of 2020. © Photo: Rui Vaz Franco After a dramatic breakup in Portugal and an eventual reconciliation, season 23 Bachelor Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph ended the season as a couple, but broke up in May of 2020.

With a name translating to “porch conversations,” this charming hideaway retreat, built with Portuguese woods, tiles, and textiles, is designed to be a meeting place for authentic discussions among loved ones. It seemed The Bachelor season 23 contestant (and eventual winner) Cassie Randolph took the name to heart during their stay, when she told Colton Underwood that she felt that she had to leave the show—causing him to (now infamously) jump over the property’s white fence in a dramatic exit. Most guests, however, will have trouble pulling themselves away from the rustic hotel’s saltwater pool, fruit trees, ancient olive trees, and accommodations that include a wood treehouse built on top of a carob tree.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Becca Kufrin jetted to Thailand with her final three men (eventual winner Garrett Yrigoyen, Blake Horstmann, and Jason Tartick) during her season of The Bachelorette. © Photo: Rory Daniel/ VRX Studios / Courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Becca Kufrin jetted to Thailand with her final three men (eventual winner Garrett Yrigoyen, Blake Horstmann, and Jason Tartick) during her season of The Bachelorette.

Becca Kurfin, The Bachelorette’s season 14 star, and her leading men headed to this 277-room hotel for her fantasy suite dates. The resort’s dramatic views and seven acres of green lawns, bamboo, frangipani, ginger and lotus ponds are reason enough to travel to the property, but the interior design is just as alluring. Heavily influenced by the city’s history and northern Thailand’s Lanna heritage, the hotel’s open, sun-drenched spaces are decorated with teak furnishings, local artifacts, and fabrics in regal colors, while guest accommodations are adorned with northern Thai decor.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

When Garret Yrigoyen proposed to Kurfin at this resort during her season’s final episode, the turquoise water surrounding this resort sparkled alongside the season 14 Bachelorette's new Neil Lane diamond. The hotel’s 132 solar-paneled villas are perched atop the jungle or placed along the shoreline, and all feature both indoor and outdoor showers, oval bathtubs, and silver double vanity counters. Additionally, all rooms are infused with elements of the Middle East and touches of India, with warm, earthy tones, turquoise accessories, and custom-made furniture. When guests emerge from their luxurious accommodations, they’ll find the Maldives’ only nine-hole golf course as well as a spa village on the property.

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