(Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum)
Whisk your loved one away on a romantic beach getaway to sunsoaked Mexico where the Yucatan Peninsula and Mayan Riviera await. Enjoy your time at resort areas of Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, all celebrating the lovely waters of the Caribbean Sea, where sand and shore offer tropical bliss; equal parts relaxation and opportunity. Nurture your relationship with the intimacy of private tours, escaping the crowds as you navigate the incredible Mayan and natural history with the company of your own dedicated private guide. Additional daily activities range from optional scuba diving and swimming with dolphins, to simply taking in the sweet ocean breeze with the one you love. This is your chance to keep the flame burning strong in Mexico.
Meet your English speaking driver for a private transport to a local dock where your ferry awaits to take you to Isla Mujeres.
Among the big hotels and resorts in Cancun, Na Balam Hotel distinguishes itself for being a boutique hotel set in a wide and spacious privilege beachfront location in Isla Mujeres. The resort features only 35 expansive rooms and suites in a very clean and minimalistic decor; a beachfront restaurant ‘Zazil Ha’ with excellent Mexican Specialties, Seafood and delicious ‘Botanas’; a small and relaxing pool with hot jacuzzi for 8, an on-site Yoga Studio & School; a great variety of indoor and outdoor locations perfect for social celebrations; on site full-service marina for scuba and snorkel lovers; plus a private marina slip nearby in case you’d like to come in your own boat.
Isla Mujeres is one of the best spots for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach, as well as a place pirates used to hide their treasure. With a plethora of activities at your fingertips—including snorkeling, swimming, and exploring—this exotic paradise comes complete with as much activity or relaxation as you desire.
Some of the optional activities available at Isla Mujeres:
Garrafon Natural Park – highlighted by reefs, cliffs and beautiful ocean land scapes offering water and adventure activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, biking flying over turquoise waters on a Zip line.
Scuba Diving – Isla Mujeres known for its abundant marine life offers are over 50 local dive sites.
Swimming with dolphins – for a beautiful experience, Isla mujeres has a variety of dolphin swim places.
Today, enjoy some of the optional activities available at Isla Mujeres:
Swimming with Whale Sharks– Enjoy the world’s most amazing opportunity, experience Whale Sharks in their Natural habitat During summer months (June-September)
Hugging up on a scooter bike is also really fun! Or simply kick around the narrow colorful streets of the tiny downtown.
This morning, board your boat/ ferry back to Cancun, where your English speaking driver will meet you for onward passage to Playa del Carmen.
Hotel Be Playa is an upscale Playa del Carmen hotel featuring a gourmet restaurant and rooftop lounge with infinity pool. It is situated in the center of Riviera Maya and near shopping on Fifth Avenue. Each suite at Be Playa is decorated in modern designs with clean white walls, white marble and hardwood floors. A flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station are all provided. Playa del Carmen Be Playa’s restaurant, Sushi Club, serves gourmet sushi and Asian cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live music at the luxury restaurant. The pool lounge offers signature cocktails.
Meet your driver at your hotel for a private vehicle transfer to Rio Secreto. Spend the day on a small group tour, that takes you on a fantastic journey into one of the most incredible natural marvels found in the Riviera Maya – Rio Secreto. Enter into a labyrinth of endless underwater caves and passageways formed over thousands of years. Walk and swim a 600 meter route amidst the thousands of calcified stalactites and stalagmites found in this protected natural reserve. Be transformed by this ancient, magical subterranean world that until now has remained unexplored for millions of years. After being picked up at your hotel you will arrive at Rio Secreto where you will be briefed on matters regarding site attractions, usage and safety precautions and provided with all of the appropriate clothing and equipment. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today, enjoy a day at leisure. Optional Activities in the Maya Riviera include snorkeling or scuba diving in Mayan Cenote, Xel-Ha, Xcaret, Natural Parks, Sian Ka'an Biosphere.
Your driver will meet you to provide a guided tour of beachfront ruins of Tulum, followed by the site of Coba. The Maya built many intriguing cities in the Yucatán, but few grander than Cobá ("water stirred by wind"). Afterwards, enjoy time to refresh yourself in a Mayan Cenote, natural, enigmatic and unique in the world water holds, that were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle. They were the sacred places of the Maya for that reason, but also because they represented the entrance to the underworld.
After a big day exploring the natural and historical grandeur, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Discover Be Tulum, an exclusive boutique hotel for travelers seeking total relaxation. It has been created with all the charm and the quiet of nature captured in 20 exclusive suites between the tropical forest, white sand and the sea. Be Tulum is made with native materials that blend into the environment, with spacious terraces and private pools, giving you the freedom and privacy you need. Comfortable and sophisticated interiors, designer furniture, this is a place where every glance falls on beauty, luminosity and natural detail.
Your driver will meet you early this morning to beat the crowds for a private tour at New Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza. You are invited on this private tour, to witness the magnificent temple and its surrounding grounds and learn about the Maya people and their fascinating history. The Maya were noted as well for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools. Upon conclusion of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today is yours to discover in Tulum. Enjoy the white sands and turquoise seas. Tulum offers the perfect combination of total relaxation, tranquility and seclusion, yet can fill your day with the many interesting and rich activities in the area.
Your driver will meet you for a private transfer with Bilingual Guide to Cancun International Airport. This is the end of your tour.
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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