(Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Punta Islita)
Discover the natural beauty of north western Costa Rica and live like royalty in fabulously luxurious accommodations!
Live Costa Rica's diverse nature and wildlife as you explore the jungles of Arenal, be as free as bird as you fly over the rainforest canopy on a zipline, and feel alive as you rappel down a waterfall feeling the refreshing spray on your skin. Experience exuberant forests, listen to the roaring waters of rivers and waterfalls, discover the legacies of ancient cultures and spot rare species of birds, lizards and mammals.Down time in beautiful Punta Islita offers the chance for snorkeling, scuba diving or being pampered with numerous spa treatments on offer.
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.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
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.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Arenal.
Voted #1 Resort in Central and South America by Conde Nast Traveller 2013, the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service. Nayara is undenialy Arenal’s jewel and the property reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time.
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the casitas, suites, and villas have large screened windows that open up to bring nature inside. Light flows through the interiors, from the bedroom to the private gardens with rain showers, to the private terraces with secluded Jacuzzis. Food lovers and wine connoisseurs are treated to some remarkable restaurants offering international and local cuisine, a pool bar, and a wine and tapas bar.
Prepare for an exciting outing as you explore the jungles of Arenal on a private guided tour atop the famed Hanging Bridges. This weaving system of hanging bridges allows visitors to explore the upper and lower canopies of this amazing area. This bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 metres through some of the dense jungle area which surround the Arenal mountainous sub-forest. A variety of wildlife can be seen whilst walking about on this dynamic bridge system including howler monkeys, and a plethora of exotic birds. For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3.5 fun-filled hours.
Take a journey through the top of the rainforest, where you fly from one platform to another one zipping on steel cables, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this primary forest from a different angle. Moving through the rain forest, above the Arenal River Canyon, this tour offers all an unforgettable encounter with nature. Here is what guests have to look forward to for their adrenaline rush:
13 platforms reaching up to 130 ft. in high.9 cables reaching up to 230 ft. high.9 cables with a maximum length of 1033 ft.68 ft. long hanging bridge between platforms.
Morning and afternoon departures are available and you'll be returned to your hotel after the tour. Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old.
A full adrenalin water combo sure to kick start your vacation! Your trip begins with a 30-minute 4x4 drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. From the first waterfall, rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below. There are 5 rappels, 4 of which are along side or right in waterfalls, and one dry rock face. Then a short trek out of the canyon on a magical trail, jump back in the 4x4 vehicles and head over to the Balsa river and enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical Balsa river. Get wet and wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. Enjoy a swim, some fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch. A great “combo” of adrenalin, fun and adventure.
Includes Transportation to and from most La Fortuna hotels, bilingual certified guides, fruit and snacks, Ice cold drinks, lunch and towels.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Rincon de la Vieja.
You are in for a treat today as you take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. The thermal springs with hot pools, volcanic mud and natural steam-rooms will add to the relaxing atmosphere of your retreat in the highlands.
Start your volcanic treatment by relaxing in the natural steam room, located in a wood hut carefully built over the steaming waters which allows a free flow of steam inside. There are several natural steaming volcanic fumaroles (cracks in the earth's surface) located inside the premises of Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa. The steam from volcanic fumaroles is rich in sulfur and has that characteristic mouldy smell that takes a little getting used to. However, your skin and entire body will benefit immensely from it.
Next, take advantage of the health properties of volcanic mud in the recreation facilities. Volcanic mud is formed from the mixture of hot-spring water and ashes and is rich in sulfur. Volcanic mud baths help feed your skin with nutrients, possesses anti-inflammatory properties, contributes to the release of body toxins and promotes relaxation. Boiling volcanic mud is collected daily from the fumaroles located on-site and placed in an urn to cool down for your use. Spread volcanic mud liberally on your entire body, and let it work its wonders on your skin for about 20 minutes until dry. Open showers are located in the mud-baths area for you to remove the mud after your treatment.
Complete your Volcanic treatment by soaking in one of three natural spring-water hot pools which are available in the recreation areas. One offers hot water, the second warm water and the third cold water for a healthy and invigorating temperature shock treatment. Relax in the hot water pool, then soak in the warm pool and finish by cooling down in the luke-warm pool. Then go for a volcanic mud bath to complete your skin beauty treatment.
There are many optional activities available at Borinquien such as horse riding, canopy-zip lines, and riding on country roads and trails through the forest on an ATV.
After a picturesque drive surrounded by amazing views and natural wonders, a charming hamlet scattered at the foothill of the mountain will come into view... Borinquen! Secluded in the picturesque outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation. All rooms have independent decks or balconies with great mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a hot spring-fed pool after a fun-filled day and choose between Rancho El Yugo - The Ox Yoke and Restaurante La Carreta - The Wagon which serve national and international cuisine.
Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and lush forests, this is the perfect base to explore the popular north Pacific region of Costa Rica. The area offers unspoiled beaches, indigenous cultures, green forests, sports and much more.
Take a privately guided journey into the mountains and forest on horseback today and experience the wonderful surrounding nature of this area. Enjoy a wonderful view of Guanacaste's Pacific Coast, pass by the Hidden Waterfall on your way to the magical Mystery Waterfall and relax and cool down by the crystal clear waters. Please note that some hiking is required to reach the waterfall site. (Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 6 yrs old).
Spend the day participating in one of the optional activities, soak in the hot pools or relax on the porch of your room - the choice is yours!
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Punta Islita.
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.
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).
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.
There is simply no other sensation like gliding down the face of a breaking wave. An experienced instructor will teach basic techniques or guide you to the area’s best surfing spots. All levels are welcome!
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.
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.
Spend today at leisure enjoying the facilities at Punta Islita hotel. From the infinity-edge freshwater pool to a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side beach you're sure to enjoy yourself!
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Liberia.
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. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
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.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
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