Tranquility in the Yucatan

Day 1

Arrival to Merida
Upon arrival at the airport in Merida, enjoy a private transfer to Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel, your home in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve for three nights. Arrive in time to stroll the many nature paths and dine this evening on fresh seafood from the surrounding waters.

Day 2-3

Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Today we visit the Celestun Biosphere Reserve where you can choose from several activities. You can bike several miles around the reserve, kayak the local waters or enjoy the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers the following: yoga pavilion with wooden floor under a beautiful circular palapa; group pavilion space for Tai Chi, Pilates, dance, drumming, and other group activities with ceiling fans; group workshop; aditional sunrise and sunset-facing outdoor terraces for outdoor yoga practice and meditation; circular wellness pool with round Jacuzzi and deeply relaxing oval poolside beds; healthy snack bar with vegetarian options; juice therapy, based on organic fruit and vegetable combinations, enjoyed in a harmonic circular thatched palapa; SPA bungalows with privacy screens open to the sea for healing massage, aromatherapy and other treatments; fitness gym immersed in tropical vegetation, with specialized cardio, strength-building and balance equipment.
Upon return to Hotel Xixim, from your bungalow you will have direct exclusive access to 3 miles of white sand beaches filled with shells and conchs. On the Xixim beach you can chill out under our shady ramada resting areas, sunbathe, play volleyball, or sail in a kayak, all without additional cost.

Day 4

Cultural Crossroads Merida and Chichen Itza
Toda you will depart Celestun for the Yucatan’s cultural crossroads at Merida, where you will enjoy a city tour before traveling onward to World Heritage Chichen Itza and Valladolid, where you will sleep tonight atop a perfumery and wake to enjoy time in the Pueblo Magico of Valladolid and optional aroma therapy at Coqui Coqui. The view from the room at Coqui Coqui on the beautiful tropical garden, a little pool of fresh water and our tailored spa treatments will pamper you during this extraordinary experience. The suite benefits of a reassuring and colorful small-town sight, on the historical and charming Calzada de los Frailes, a few blocks away from the charming and full of life main Cathedral and walking distance from the silent and secluded Convent of San Bernardino de Siena. As life slows down, your senses will wake up in a new peaceful dimension.

Day 5

Ek Balam & Spa Treatments Valladolid
Enjoy a private tour after breakfast this morning to visit the fantastic and little-understood settlement of Ek Balam. Virtually unknown until a few years ago, this Mayan center, whose name translates to “Black Jaguar,” appears to have been established as early 600BCE and maintained a pollution into the Spanish Conquest until 1600AD. Restoration began in earnest in the mid-1990s and the excavated structures with stuccos have yielded much improved understanding of the Mayan culture that once flourished here. During a privately guided tour, your expert local guide will show you the ball court and temples, including the great Acropolís, with winged human figures and a jaguar mouth entrance to what may have been the 9th Century King Ukit-Kan-Lek-Tok’s tomb. After the excursion, we return to the hotel where you can choose from two spa treatments: Coqui-Coqui Ritual or Swedish Massage. The Coqui Coqui house-created treatment starts with a Honey and sea salt scrub, after a rinse you will be wrapped in the powerful local aloe vera wrap, while it deeply hydrates and re-mineralyzes your skin, you will have a hair treatment and massage, after a shower, with your refreshed skin, you will feel blessed under an aromatherapy oil massage, and, for the grand finale, a candlelight experience of warm coconut milk and salts bath (3 hours).

Day 6

Private Transfer to Holbox Island
Enjoy optional spa treatment and a relaxing morning in Valladolid, depart by private vehicle for the ferry landing at Chiquilá, where you will board a private boat for Holbox Island and Casa Sandra. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the beach with a bottle of wine and three courses included.

Day 7-9

Isla Holbox
Your boutique hotel, Casa Sandra,  is a unique property, conceived with art and coziness in mind, where every detail is specially thought of. This is where artists, musicians, poets and bohemian people feel at home. They offer a truly personalized service, at all time and are sincerely committed to the complete guest experience. Feelings, emotions, poetry, touches of color, aromas of black coffee, hammocks, fabric on the balconies, fluffy sheets, the sea at every angle, and romantic evenings create the magic of the “place of your dreams”.

Day 10

Departure from Cancun
Your driver will meet you after breakfast for a private transfer to the local international airport CUN for onward travel.


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