(San José, Bajos del Toro, Punta Islita)
Discover paradise on this exclusive Signature tour of Costa Rica as curated by our destination experts.
Known for its myriad of natural wonders and slower pace of life, Costa Rica offers visitors a vacation of a lifetime. With artfully designed luxurious accommodations you can relax in the best of the best when you are not availing of any of the numerous activities on offer from hiking, bird watching, partaking in a cooking class, snorkeling, scuba diving or being pampered with numerous spa treatments on offer. Experience serenity and relaxation in some of Costa Rica’s finest resorts and lodges and take things at your own pace.
Down time in beautiful Punta Islita offers the chance for pampered wellness and relaxation. Beauty rituals, Costa Rican traditional healing arts, and local herbalist wisdom are artfully combined to gently relieve modern stress - the perfect anti-dote to a busy lifestyle.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Relax during your short, 30 minute private airport transfer in San Jose.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Poas Volcano Private Tour: Admire the impressive and imposing crater of the volcano, which is 2,708 m (1.7miles) above sea level. On the way to the volcano, there will be a stop for a brief explanation on Costa Rica's "grain of gold", coffee. The trip then continues as you pass by strawberry fields, ferns, and flowers before arriving at the volcano where you will have time to observe the main crater and sulphur fumaroles.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Bajos del Toro.
Quench your thirst with a welcome cocktail upon your arrival at El Silencio resort today.
Choose from any number of activities and tours during your stay in El Silencio. Active options include horse back riding taking in the awesome mist-covered mountains, Poas volcano's heat-etched slopes and waterfalls, enjoying an early morning bird watching tour, or taking a guided hike through Costa Rica's central volcanic range.
On the culinary side of things, consider taking a crash course in wine pairing under the guidance of a sommelier, gaining an insight into coffee plantations and production, or taking a chocolate tour to learn about the cocoa bean as you partake in a hands on chocolate making session from cracking open the cocoa fruit, to hand grinding and adding your own favourite ingredients. Alternatively, a cooking lesson with the chef is a great way to learn some local recipes.
Special dining options include a river deck dining for an exclusive lunch amongst the beautiful surrounding nature, and a forest sundown romantic dinner where accessed by a hidden path, an al fresco wooden deck sets a private stage for an exclusive dinner, surrounded by torches and accent candles.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these optional tours and activities are of interest.
Avail of an early morning bird watching tour which would take you through the property's trails which are peppered with the area’s most exciting feathered species. Minute hummingbirds, threatened black guans, and elusive quetzals provide thrilling glimpses and exciting photo ops.
An alternative to this tour is to go horse back riding. Bajos del Toro’s bucolic landscapes are best appreciated on horseback. A relaxed pace lets one fully appreciate the mist-covered mountain vistas, Poas volcano’s heat-etched slopes, cyan tinted streams and waterfalls. PLease let your SAles Advisor know if you'd like to change your tour from the Bird watching to horseback riding.
The town of Toro Amarillo is embedded in a secluded region of Costa Rica’s central volcanic range. One of its rarest gifts is the Desague River, a singular body of water tinted blue within the depths of Poas volcano. Discover this natural wonder as it flows through the landscape, unraveling in a mesmerizing waterfall of sky-like tonalities. For extra-adventure, you can take a soak in a refreshing cold water natural pool..
Bajos del Toro’s bucolic landscapes are best appreciated on horseback. A relaxed pace lets riders fully take in mist-covered mountain vistas, Poas volcano’s heat-etched slopes, cyan tinted streams and waterfalls. The adventure gives a serendipitous chance to meet and greet members of the local community as it traverses local farms and hidden trails.
You will picked up at Punta Islita airport by a representative from the Punta Islita Hotel who will bring you to the property.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Bajos del Toro to San Jose. The land transfer should take approximately 2 hours.
Enjoy your flight from San Jose to Punta Islita today. The direct flight takes approximately 50 minutes.
Enjoy a welcome cocktail upon your arrival at the beautiful Punta Islita property today!
Inaugurated in 1994, Hotel Punta Islita bears the design of Ronald Zurcher, a prominent Costa Rican architect. The tiered layout gazes upon Islita Beach and the namesake islet that separates from the mainland during high tide. Hotel Punta Islita features an infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, two restaurants, one conference room, a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side family beach club with a freshwater pool and lounging gardens.
The hotel enjoys a privileged location along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Regarded by author (and favorite TED Speaker) Dan Buettner as a Blue Zone, Nicoya is one of the five regions in the world where healthy longevity is most common.
Get your heart pumping today on an exciting canopy tour which will have you soaring through the forest canopy while safely suspended from a steel cable zipline! Hotel Punta Islita’s tree-friendly adventure is set on ground platforms and crisscrosses a deep canyon for spectacular views and a generous rush of adrenaline. Alternatively, if you choose to go horseback riding, you'll get to canter through Islita’s rugged surroundings including open fields, tropi-cal dry forest, and black sand beaches. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you prefer to change from the canopy tour to horseback riding as this must be made in advance.
The raucous howler monkey is among the largest monkey species in the Americas. Its whooping growl can be heard over a 3 mile radius, securing its status as the loudest land animal. Highly social, howler monkeys travel in groups of up to eighteen members. Your guide will bring a spotting telescope to better enjoy a close-up look at these fascinating creatures.
Embedded in lush tropical gardens, Hotel Punta Islita's Casa Spa is the hearth of pampered wellness and relaxation. From the moment you are greeted with a soothing cup of just-brewed herbal tea, you will feel the warm glow of its homelike ambiance. Casa Spa is a unique haven for holistic wellness. Beauty rituals, Costa Rican traditional healing arts, and local herbalist wisdom are artfully combined to gently relieve modern stress. Casa Spa's ample selection of treatments offers options for the whole family.
Consider availing of one of the signature treatments during your stay (additional cost and payable onsite).
Choose from a variety of adventures during your stay at Punta Islita. Active adventures include: hiking, zipling, horseback riding and surfing. Wildlife adventures include: monkey quest, sea turtle exploration (Seasonal), bird watching and dusk hikes. Local Culture includes: art, cooking lessons and community interaction. All activities listed are subject to additional fees. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these activities are of interest.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Liberia.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is an organic shade grown coffee plantation with a world class 13 room Inn located in the middle of lush colorful gardens, framed by awe inspiring views of the Central Valley below. Staying at a working coffee plantation makes for authentic glimpse into the true Costa Rica. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its extraordinary quality and as a global leader in responsible tourism, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is the perfect choice for discerning and knowledgeable travelers who want to combine the finest in exotic comfort with certified sustainability.
El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique retreat, ideal for all who seek respite from everyday stress. Designed by one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects, Ronald Zurcher, El Silencio provides a seamless natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The clean lines and the extensive use of wood, bamboo, and glass elements perfectly complement the lush tropical cloud forest. Bewildering lush landscapes are to be enjoyed in stylish comfort. El Silencio Lodge & Spa features sixteen upscale cottage suites interspersed in a tiered layout.
The Hotel Punta Islita is seated in the Nicoya Peninsula, in Guanacaste, a rich and unique Costa Rican cultural gem. It is a resort that truly embraces serenity and relaxation, in its quiet location. The pristine 33 rooms boast mouth-dropping views and incorporate architectural elements that create an engaging tropical fusion design narrative that blends indigenous and Spanish-colonial characteristics. There is a varierty of accommodation types from rooms, suite and villas of differing sizes to suit diverse needs. Feast on everything from gourmet culinary creations to home-cooked meals and pub food at the hotel restaurants.
Facilities are interspersed in a 300 acre property and include an infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, two restaurants, a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side family beach club with a freshwater pool and lounging gardens.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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