What is a Travel Designer?

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Everybody knows what a Travel Agent is, but when I say “Travel Designer” most people are left scratching their heads and giving me a weird look that says Technically I know what both of those words mean, but I have no idea what you’re talking about. Also, I am hungry.

If I have some food on me I’ll be sure and offer it up, but I’ve always got an answer for “What is a Travel Designer?” Simply put: a Travel Agent will get you where you’re going, but a Travel Designer will not only get you there but make sure you have the time of your life.

Travel is SWELL‘s purpose is to design customized travel and wellness experiences. This is a fancy way of saying, “Tell us what kind of vacation you want and we’ll make it happen.” Travel Designers talk with you, get to know you and your likes and dislikes, and then present to you packages or options that best fit your needs and wants. Because of our connections around the world with hotels, tours, excursion providers, resorts, and so much more, we can get you anywhere in the world you want to go and provide you with a variety of experiences once you get there… experiences you might turn up via research, or you might not. But who wants to do research? The great thing is: we’ve already done all the research for you. And, in the vast majority of cases, we won’t charge you a thing for our services.

 

 

What is a Travel Designer (or Travel Advisor)?

A travel designer is a professional travel consultant with the resources, connections and expertise to add great value to your travel plans. Travel designers work in partnership with you to select and plan travel experiences that are tailored to your unique wishes and budget. The benefits of using a travel designer are many, and you may find you uncover new perks each time you work with your travel designer.

In contrast, some travel agencies with large call centers are often inbound marketing specialists with little to no actual travel experience. They are encouraged to sell certain properties and cruise departures. Their goal is speed and volume – that means taking your order and moving on to the next customer as quickly as possible. The disadvantages of using a travel agent is that they may not be able to provide guidance or answer questions about the destinations, cruise lines or properties you are interested in. Many times, due to their marketing partnerships they offer “one-size-fits-all” vacation packages.

Why Should I Use a Travel Designer?

Your time away from home with family or friends is your most precious resource. You want to take advantage of an expert to help you invest it wisely. The very best travel agents, like the travel designers of Travel is Swell (and related sister sites) offer great value that adds a richness of experience to your vacations and getaways. Not only will the experience you have on your vacation be enhanced, the planning will also be a much less stressful and time consuming endeavor for you. Through our status as a preferred partner with virtually every luxury travel provider in the world, we are able to offer our clients preferred rates, amenities, upgrades, VIP status and credits that they cannot access on their own, through the Internet or by booking direct.

All in all, our travel designers personalize travel to fit you, rather than fit you into travel. It’s these changes that really take travel to the next level. As a network of luxury travel designers, we focus on creating a greater experience for you – our esteemed client.  Contact us today.

 

This is Chris. He has almost three decades of experience in the travel industry and you’d be hard-pressed to find a place he hasn’t been. You can contact him at info@travelisswell.com, or by phone at 1-888-963-8986.

 

 

Leonardo Tour Featuring Rome, Florence and Venice (7-Days)

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Leonardo Tour Featuring Rome, Florence and Venice (7-Days)

Tour Summary:

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Leonardo Tour Featuring Rome, Florence and Venice (7-Days)

Itinerary:

Day 1 Rome
Upon arrival at Rome Airport make your way to your selected hotel. After checking in you are free to relax or explore Rome.

Day 2 Rome
This morning enjoy a city tour, which includes a visit to some of the best known monuments of Rome including the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The tour ends with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you can admire many masterpieces including Michelangelo’s Pieta. The rest of your day is spent at leisure.

Day 3 Rome | Florence
Today travel by first-class train from Rome to Florence. Check in at your selected hotel and the remainder of the day is yours to pass as you choose.

Day 4 Florence
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the “Cradle of the Renaissance” – Florence. Visit the Cathedral complex with Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Belltower & the ancient Baptistery with its bronze door. Another stop this morning will be at Palazzo Pitti Museum, or if on Monday, the Bargello Museum or Medici Chapels. A drive up the Viali dei Colli (Avenue of the Hills) to Piazzale Michelangelo to view the entire city finishes this morning’s tour. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 5 Florence | Venice
Travel by first-class train from Florence to Venice. After check-in at your selected hotel the remainder of the day is free to shop or explore Venice.

Day 6 Venice
This morning’s walking guided tour visits the historic centre of the city and its monuments. Points of interest will include St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Baptistery, the Ducal Palace, the Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs. The tour ends with a visit to a glass blowing factory. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 7 Venice
Today marks the end of your tour. After breakfast you may consider one of the many optional tours available through CIT tours or travel to the airport for your return flight.

The Treasures of the Arabian Gulf

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Tour Summary:

Enjoy The Best of the United Arab Emirates

 

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

  • 10 nights accommodation in selected hotels
  • Half board (except 1 and last day)
  • Meet & Greet at the airport
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport
  • Transportation in modern coaches or cars (depending on group size) with A/C
  • Day 3 and 4 transportation in 4×4 with A/C
  • Experienced tour guide or driver guide (depending on group size)
  • All entrance fees for excursions shown in the itinerary
  • Visa fees for Oman
  • Local taxes

Itinerary:

Day 1: Abu Dhabi
Arrival at Abu Dhabi airport. Meet & Greet by our representative. After you pick up your luggage, transfer to your hotel by an air conditioned car of coach. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 2: Abu Dhabi
Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards you will join city tour of Abu Dhabi, the largest and the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. On a city tour of the modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi you will visit the women’s handicraft centre where you can admire the women’s handiwork while producing the traditional goods. Next stop will be at the oldest building in town, the palace of Al-Husn. You will enjoy a breathtaking view, while having your buffet-lunch at an observation restaurant high above the city. In an exhibition you will get later on introduced to the history of the Black Gold in the region. The tour continues along the Corniche, the coastal road, where you stop at a traditional dhow yard. Here you can discover how the wooden Aravian dhows are built and repaired. In the afternoon you will join a tea ceremony in the famous Emirates Palace hotel, which was built with an investment of 1 billion USD in 2005. Overnight in Abu Dhabi

Day 3: Abu Dhabi- Liwa(200 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will join another off-road experience into the sandy desert. You will drive towards the oasis town of Liwa in the south of the Emirates. On your way you will use small unpaved roads, only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. Unique landscapes and unadulterated pure nature will take you into another world. On your way, you will enjoy an outdoor picnic lunch at the sandy dunes. After an exciting day, you will check-in at your hotel in the evening. Overnight in Liwa.

Day 4: Liwa – Al Ain (330 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Then departure by 4×4 vehicles to the oasis city of Al Ain, located submontane of the Hajar Mountains. You will visit the largest camel market of the region and you will stop at the national museum of Al Ain, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. Afterwards you will visit the ancient Buraiml-fortress with the adjacent oasis. Here you will be amazed at the ingenious irrigation system named Falaj, which was used by the native Bedouins since hundreds of years. Lunch in a local restaurant. After the meal you will have time to discover the local souks of the town. Overnight in Al Ain.

Day 5: Al Ain – Masfi – Khor Fakkan – Fujairah(300 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Than you will head forward through picturesque landscapes with sandy deserts and mountains to the East coast of the Emirates, located on the Guld of Oman. Drive through the small oasis towns of Dhaid and Masafi, situated in an agricultural region where fruits and vegetables are cultivated. Than you will visit the local “Friday Market” close to Khor Fakkan followed by a tour of the city of Fujairah. Afterwards you will stop at the oldest mosque of the Emirates, close to Dibba. Later on check in at your beach resort. Traditional dinner with Arabian entertainment and overnight in Fujairah.

Day 6: Fujairah
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a whole day at the beach with the warm water of the Gulf of Oman. You may book an optional snorkeling and diving excursion. The waters in front of the Fujairah coastline are one of the most well-known diving and snorkeling areas of the world. Discover the underwater world with a unique and fascinating flora and fauna. In the afternoon return to your hotel. Enjoy a beach BBQ with fish and shish kebab. Overnight in Fujairah

Day 7: Fujairah – Ras al Khaimah – Musandam(190 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you leave Fujairah and you will drive through the impressing landscape of the coastal mountains and via Ras al Khaimah to the peninsula of the <usandam, which belongs to the Sultanate of Oman. After you cross the border you drive along the coastline on a winding and scenic road to the city of Khasab, located at the end of a huge fjord. On your way you will find lot of places for unique pictures. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Khasab.

Day 8: Musandam – Ras al Khaimah (90 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a our on board of a traditional Arabian Dhow through the cliffy fjord of Musandam. Lonely beaches and arduous rocks will give you an idea, why the locals used this region to hide their ships during invasions and wars in former times. Traditional Arabic lunch on board. After lunch you will leave the Sultanate of Oman and you will arrive again in Ras al Khaimah. After a short city tour you will check in at your beautiful beach resort. Overnight in Ras al Khaimah

Day 9: Ras al Khaimah – Umm al Quwain – Ajman – Sharjah (90 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Then you will visit the forsaken town of Al Hamra close to the Arabian Gulf. You will drive through the smaller Emirates Umm al Quwain and Ajman. The tour continues to the city of Sharjah, well known as “cultural capital of the Emirates”. You will see the Pearl Monument and discover the restored old town. You will visit the historic fortress of Al-Hisn and the unique King Faisal mosque. One of today’s highlights is the exciting Blue Souk, where more than 600 local traders offer their goods. Dinner and overnight in Sharjah.

Day 10: Sharjah – Dubai (25 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai during a city tour. Dubai, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor. On your way you will visit the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah, which is also open to non-Muslim visitors. After this experience you will continue on to Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al0Fahidi. Another highlight will follow: you will use local water taxis, called Abras to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading downwards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. Afterwards return to your hotel. Than you will leave to the Mall of Emirates where you will experience the unique “Ski Dubai” skiing area in the desert. Later in the evening you will join a dinner at the famous Madinat Jumeirah, where you will enjoy the nightly lighted atmosphere. While dreaming you will enjoy a romantic dinner. Afterwards transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Dubai.

Day 11: Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. This day is at your disposal. Stroll through downtown of visit one of the shopping malls to get your souvenir. Depending on your departure time, during the day transfer to Dubai airport. Departure.

Aman Resorts’ Beach and Fort Experience

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Aman Resorts' Beach and Fort Experience

Tour Summary

Combine discovery of 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stay at the deluxe Amangalla with the balmy seclusion of a palm-fringed golden beach and the Amanwella for a four-night sojourn that reveals the rich dimensions of Sri Lanka’s colorful south coast.

Tour Highlight

Aman Resorts' Beach and Fort Experience

Your Luxury Experience Includes:

  • 2-Nights accommodation at the Amangalla Resort
  • 2-Nights accommodation at the Amanwella Resort
  • Daily breakfast
  • Complimentary transfer between resorts

Tour Itinerary – Short Version

Aman Resorts’ Fort & Beach experience provides easy access to Sri Lanka’s southern region rich in historical sites and natural treasures. This four-night offer combines stays in a room at Amangalla, located within the historic walls of Galle Fort, and in a Suite at Amanwella, a contemporary beach resort set in a mature coconut grove near the village of Tangalle. This offer includes daily breakfast and complimentary transfer between resorts.

Tour Itinerary – Long Version

The Fort:
You have arrived at Galle Fort, written about for centuries as fabled Serendib’s main trading port of call. As a gateway to the Orient in
the 19th century, up to 700 passengers disembarked each day from steamers, thronging the narrow streets and bazaars behind the
Fort’s rampart walls to trade in sapphires, rubies, Sinhalese lace, cinnamon and carved ebony. Here, horse-drawn carriages delivered
ladies with crinoline-hooped dresses and parasols and gentlemen in tropical topees to the colonial buildings known in 1863 as the Oriental Hotel. Later renamed the New Oriental Hotel and now known as Amangalla, the hotel is one of Asia’s oldest and has been
restored to capture the genteel ambience of a bygone era. Located in the heart of Galle Fort, with mature shaded gardens surrounded by frangipani and towering trees, Amangalla is a base for exploring the Fort’s vibrant byways. The substance of Galle Fort is little changed. Stroll the ramparts, discover the daily life of the Fort, then ‘take the waters’ in Amangalla’s Baths, restoring your body and soothing your mind. Ladies and Gentlemen hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools join five treatment chambers where trained therapists apply Ayurvedic and traditional therapies. A traditional Barber Shop and Beauty Salon add to the experience. Enjoy high tea on the Great Hall’s verandah or sunset cocktails overlooking the fort.

The Beach:
A two-hour drive east of Galle brings you to Amanwella, a contemporary beachfront resort situated in a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent-shaped beach by the town of Tangalle. Paying homage to Sri Lanka’s renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, 30 air-conditioned suites feature individual plunge pools and private terraces with ocean, beach and coconut grove views. Open on two sides to cooling sea breezes, suites are situated along a hillside and divided into two categories based on their location and view.

Amanwella’s 47m infinity-edge swimming pool is surrounded by an expansive, two-tiered terrace. The Pool Terrace serves alfresco lunch and light snacks. The Restaurant offers stunning views towards the beach and coconut grove and serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The Beach Club is an alternative venue for lunch and private dinners and set amidst coconut palms. Enjoy spa treatments using natural ingredients in the Spa Suite or in the privacy of your own abode.

A modern-day resort nestled in a cove on Sri Lanka’s rugged southern coast, Amanwella is a delightful beach retreat. Historic rock temples and tours.

General Information about This Tour

Your Luxury Resorts in Sri Lanka Includes:

Amangalla Resort 5-Stars (Galle, Sri Lanka)
Amanwella Resort 5-Stars (Tangalle, Sri Lanka)

Terms & Conditions:

Rates include daily breakfast and complimentary transfer between resorts.
Supplementary cost :Airport transfers from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport are:
US$175++ to Amangalla. US$235++ to Amanwella, per car each way.
Rates are based on single/double occupancy for six nights accommodation plus inclusions as stated.
Rates are subject to availability.
Rates are subject to a statutory levy of 14.32%, plus a 10% service charge.
Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.
All US dollar rates are converted to local currency at time of billing.

Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

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Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

Tour Summary:

Cast away amidst the serene environs of a backwater islet; treat your body and soul to ‘Ayurveda’ – the sacred knowledge of life; take a cruise on a houseboat with palm fringed land on either side and experience the many faces of the backwater life of Kerala. Luxe India brings you a unique program to experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty and the cultural mosaic of God’s own country whilst enjoying a more rewarding and responsible holiday experience enabling local communities to enjoy a better quality of life and conserving the natural environment.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrive COCHIN
Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport, you will be met by a Luxe India representative and be assisted for the check in at the hotel. Evening enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized “Kathakali” dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers narrate the story through intricate facial expressions and gestures, with sudden leaps, spins and freeze balances, each wearing fantastic costumes and elaborate make up. This art form was in danger of becoming extinct, but had a revival about 40 years ago. Tourism keeps the performance alive today. Spend one night at The Malabar House. Accommodation is in deluxe room inclusive of breakfast. The Malabar House, Cochin The Malabar House is one of the finest boutique hotels in Kerala. It is part of Fort Cochin’s historical fabric. Its recorded history dates back to 1755, when Jan Herman Clausing, a Dutch, bought the property from Mathew Henrich Beyls. Subsequently owned by spice traders, tea traders and bankers, it became 1996 Fort Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotel Kerala. It is certified by Green Globe 21, the worldwide environmental certification program for sustainable travel & tourism, for its commitment to preserving nature, protecting the environment, conserving heritage and reviving art forms.

Day 02 In Cochin
After breakfast proceed for a tour of Cochin. Visit the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi and witness an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets; St. Francis Church- the oldest European church in India that has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent; The Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace; and the Jew town including the Jewish Synagogue- the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth nations. Also, explore the spice markets and shop for souvenirs from the antique bazaars of the heritage Jew town. The population of the Jews has dropped drastically in Cochin and at present there are only about 13 Jews left. An optional visit to the Kumbalangi village can be arranged. Kumbalangi is a tiny eco-friendly fishing village on the backwaters. The village has no concrete structures and plastic is banned here. A must visit is the Kalagramam-an artists village, the focal point of the village, exhibiting local art, handicraft and tools used by the villagers in earning the livelihood.

Day 03 Cochin- Thekkady
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Thekkady. (approx. 190Kms) Arrive Thekkady; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the check-in at the hotel. Thekkady’s fabulous landscape is diffused with exotic spice plantations, green carpets of endless tea gardens and lush tropical forests. Garbed in vibrant hues and bountiful gifts of nature it offers a perfect escape into the soothing laps of nature. Explore the surroundings onboard a bullock cart and enjoy the experience of real India. (The driver being an ex-sandalwood poacher re-invented as the bullock cart driver for tourists) Also visit the cardamom plantations and learn how spices are cultivated. Spend two nights in Spice Village. Accommodation is in standard villa inclusive of breakfast. Spice Village, Thekkady A timeless experience in ecological living, recreated for the modern traveler. At Spice village the conservation of nature is inspired from the lifestyle of the tribal people of the cardamom hills who over time have perfected a gentle codependence, an almost spiritual harmony with the works of nature. The Spice Village uncovers these ancient wisdoms and put them to work e.g. the self sustaining fish pond, organic gardens, natural insect repellants etc.

Day 04 IN Thekkady
Today visit the Periyar Reserve. Declared a protected area way back in 1933 by the Maharaja of Travancore, the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady flaunts to be the largest sanctuary in the state of Kerala. People oriented and park centered community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. People who once made a living by illegal operations in the forests have since become forest protectors and earn their livelihood through the programmes conducted for visitors. Hence, as a visitor, when you join them in any of these programmes, you are directly contributing towards forest conservation and community welfare. You can also opt for a visit to a tribal village, for a first-hand experience of a way of life that’s fast vanishing from the modern world. Today, these indigenous peoples still carry on their age old practices of herding and bee-keeping in perfect harmony with the environment.

Day 05 Thekkady – Kumarakom
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Kumarakom. (approx.125Kms) Arrive Kumarakom; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the check in at the hotel. Kumarakom is popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala. A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a pictorial, unsoiled village, an incredibly stunning ecstasy of mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut coppices intermingled with enthralling waterways and canals. Evening you may enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage at the hotel. Spend two nights at Coconut Lagoon. Accommodation is in heritage bungalow inclusive of breakfast. Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon is an attempt to capture the essence of the Kerala experience. It is a boutique hotel on the fertile banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake that has been cleverly crafted from the fragments of ancient village homes and palaces. In some cases whole houses, complete with beautiful wood carvings and original brass work, have been painstakingly transplanted into the property, piece by piece. And while every modern comfort may exist here, Nature remains, the Chief Architect. Nothing has been added here that does not already belong. Coconut Lagoon is a CGH Earth Property that is strongly committed to ecologically-sensitive tourism. Ecological sensitivity and involving the local community are their core values. Through recycling, composting and organic farming, we’ve kept our impact on the environment as minimal as possible.

Day 06 Kumarakom…Backwater cruise to alleppey
Early morning proceed for a visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork live here in flocks. Return to the hotel for breakfast. At noon, board your ‘Kettuvallam’- traditional houseboat. The natural friendliness of the Kerala is best extracted through a luxurious cruise through the backwaters of Kerala villages. As you sail on the Lake Vembanad to Alleppey witness the natural beauty and tranquility of the backwaters and experience a way of life little changed through the centuries. While on board, savour traditional Kerala cuisine. Spend one night on the houseboat. Accommodation is inclusive of all meals.

Day 07 Alleppey-Kovalam
Morning arrive Alleppey; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the transfer to Kovalam and check-in at the hotel. Azure water, pacific and shallow sea, clean sandy beaches, coconut trees- Kovalam provides perfect setting for an ideal holiday. A former fishing village and today the “Paradise of the South”, Kovalam is a sleepy town with three crescent shaped beaches. It is also the destination where the zero waste program has been launched. The Zero Waste Resource Kovalam is one of the prestigious ongoing projects of the city that embarks on the proper utilization of resources and their efficient elimination. The Zero Waste Kovalam Project aims to tackle the waste issue through the globally invigorating process of Zero Waste that is changing the way communities use materials and resources. Spend three nights at Taj Green Cove Resort. Accommodation is in superior garden view room inclusive of breakfast. Taj Green Cove Resort, Kovalam Taj Green Cove is spread across 10 acres of land, offering a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and unspoiled beaches. With its exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul.

Day 08 & 09
In Kovalam, Days free to relax at the beach and enjoy the facilities at the resort.

Day 10 Kovalam-Trivandram-Cochin…Leave Cochin
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Trivandram airport to board your flight back home.

11 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, Nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion, and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn ricers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Amankora program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles.(overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Exploring Phojika Valley
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora)

Day 5: Phojika to Bumthang
Today’s journey onward to Kakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often Find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 6: Explore Bumthang Valley
This morning you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of the Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facitily and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 7: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District
Today you will explore further in bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some of the beaten track Ihakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it’s cultural treasures inside. Along the way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 8: Bumthang to Punakha
Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk through the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499. (overnight Amankora Punakha).

Day 9: Explore Punakha Valley
Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down through the valley you will have plenty of time to take in impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Pinak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized. (overnight: Amankora Punakha)

Day 10: From Punakha to Paro
After Descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang chu and Paro Chu river Valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day 11: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day12: Departure Day
Early morning transfer to airport.

9 Nights Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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 8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Paro Valley Exploration- Tiger’s Nest Hike
Today will be an auspicious pilgrimage up to one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour trek offers spectacular Views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Accommodating mules and donkeys will be on hand to lessen the exertion for the climb up, and along the way a rewarding picnic will be serves. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the spa and ease those blessed aches from the morning’s pilgrimage. (overnight: Amankora in paro).

Day 10: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

8 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

Things to See and do in Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Things to do in Cancun

You will never run out of things to do during your Cancun vacation! Check out these pages for ideas and help with planning your itinerary for a fun-filled Cancun vacation of a lifetime. You can enjoy a wide range of watersports, rise to the challenge on our championship golf courses, take the family to one of our world renowned eco-parks, or just lie back and be pampered at one of our luxurious spas. For those of you looking to tie the knot in this romantic location and are planning the ultimate Cancun wedding you need look no further. As Cancun’s only official website, www.cancun.travel is here to provide you with all the information you need to plan the perfect Cancun vacation with things to do for every day of the week if you so wish. Use our Trip Planner to make sure you take your itinerary and contact details with you.

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Cancun Watersports
Cancun watersports will delight even the most avid watersports enthusiast. Cancun watersports offer some of the best scuba diving, snorkeling and sportfishing in the world! You can even charter your own sailboat with crew and equipment for an adventurous day out on the open sea or a romantic sunset cruise!

 

Cancun Adventure
For the most exhilarating adventure tours in Cancun, look no further. Cancun adventure tours are suitable for all the family. You can enjoy some of the longest zip lines in Latin America, go mountain biking, drive through the jungle in open top jeeps and swim in cenotes. Cancun adventure tours can be tailor-made to be as challenging as you choose.

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Mayan Culture
Cancun’s Mayan Culture is its crowning glory. The aura of mystery and majesty still lingers around the Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba to mention but a few. These are all within easy reach of Cancun by bus, or car or on one of the many tours.

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Cancun Restaurants
Cancun restaurants offer such a varied choice of cuisine, with everything from downtown traditional Mexican restaurants to ultra-chic restaurants dotted alongside the Nichupte lagoon. You will find something to suit all tastes and budgets, and get fantastic service with a smile wherever you go.

 

Cancun Nightlife
Cancun nightlife is the main attraction for many of our visitors on a Cancun vacation. The Hotel Zone boasts some of the best nightclubs in the world playing everything from salsa to disco to R & B and live music venues. You will find something to suit all ages and tastes.

 

Cancun Shopping
Shop ‘til you drop in the super Cancun shopping malls! You can choose anything from the Mercado 28 – a handicrafts market – to the ultra modern shopping mall Plaza Las Americas or Luxury Avenue filled with designer stores.

 

Weddings in Cancun
Your Cancun wedding will surely be a one of a kind celebration in one of the most romantic locations in the world. Turquoise waters and powdery white sand together with year-round sunshine will make for an unbeatable venue for your special day.
Cancun Spas
Cancun is one of the premier spa destinations in the world with a choice of more than thirty Cancun spa resorts awaiting you to transport your mind, body and spirit to a nirvana of pure bliss.
Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is a friendly, laid-back fishing village located only 35km from Cancun. You will be seduced by the bohemian, tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty and charm which transport you a million miles away from the glitz and glamour of Cancun.
Cancun Adventure & Ecotourism Tours
Cancun Adventure & Ecotourism tours can be fun for all the family. You can tailor make your tour to include driving through the jungle in an open top jeep, mountain biking through the undergrowth, and swimming in the cool, fresh waters of the cenotes.

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Cancun Ecological Theme Parks
There are many amazing ecological theme parks near Cancun. You can get to them easily by car or bus or take one of the choice of tours on offer.
The most popular ecological theme park near Cancun is Xcaret. Xcaret is a huge eco-park so it is worth getting there early in the morning to take full advantage of its beauty. You will get to see wildlife in it natural habitat surrounded by the most beautiful flora and fauna. There is safe snorkeling in the calm inlets, and there is even a natural underground river you can swim along to cool off. Don’t miss the spectacular Mexican Folkloric Show in the evening. A must see for all the family!

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Another very popular day out is to Xel-Ha, one of the world’s largest natural aquariums which is made up of a series of inlet and lagoon systems. Xel Ha means ‘the place where water is born’.
For those of you that love snorkeling, El Garrafon will amaze you with its natural beauty and its plethora of coral and multicoloured fish found in the crystalline ocean.

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Swim with Dolphins in Cancun
Swimming with dolphins in Cancun is the highlight of many people’s vacation and is an opportunity not to be missed. Children as young as 3 can enjoy this fun experience.

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Cancun Nature Reserves and Protected Areas
You can visit some of the most beautiful nature reserves and protected areas near Cancun. The flora and fauna is incredible and you will have the chance to observe wildlife such as monkeys, whale sharks, flamingos, crocodiles, marine turtles and so much more in their natural habitat.
Cancun Aquariums
You are guaranteed a spectacular day out at the Interactive Aquarium Cancun. You can swim with dolphins and even meet sharks face to face in total safety. You can also visit Xel Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium, or go to Xcaret to the Coral Reef Aquarium.

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Isla Mujeres – Isla Contoy – Isla Holbox
Isla Majors only a short hop from Cancun and is most famous for its beautiful beaches El Garrafon with its incredible snorkeling opportunities.
Isla Contoy is about 30km north of Isla Mujeres and apart from its natural beauty it is considered to be the most important nesting place for sea birds in the Mexican Caribbean with more than 150 species of birds.
Isla Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. During July and August you even have the chance to swim with the whale shark – a phenomenon not be missed!

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Chileno Bay Resort Launches New Wellness Initiative

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For your health-conscious clients heading to Los Cabos, the new Baja Balance program at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auger Resorts Collection will make sure they don’t skip a beat in reaching or maintaining their fitness and wellness goals.

Baja Balance is a resort-wide wellness initiative optimizing health for the mind, body, and spirit through instructor-led weekend retreats and ongoing programming and activities focused on fitness, culinary, and spa experiences.

“Our new Baja Balance program was a natural progression of what the resort has been doing since day one, bringing together Cabo’s natural energy with the active lifestyle that is at the core of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences,” said Eliezer Quinones, general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, in press materials.

Baja Balance introduces a new wave of fitness offerings at Chileno Bay Resort including group workout classes such as TRX, yoga, Zumba, spinning, and a beach boot camp. Healthy culinary options are another key component of Baja Balance, which offers an array of fresh and locally sourced food options that are available at TnT and COMAL, two of the onsite restaurants. The program also offers wellness-focused children’s activities, to allow all members of your client’s family to stay on track during their vacation.  Learn more about Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

 

 

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