November 10, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Hotel Esencia in Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya, Mexico
A new playground on Mexico's Riviera Maya, Hotel Esencia boasts a prime beachside setting ideal for seekers of sun and solitude. This lush tropical refuge an hour south of Cancun offers a complement of luxurious suites, each possessing an elegant simplicity, a private terrace and fabulous sea views. Gourmands will delight with Sal y Fuego, featured as one of the Best New Restaurants in the Caribbean in Food & Wine.
With unwinding at the top of your agenda, enjoy a renewing treatment at Aroma organic spa as a prelude to a day filled with horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and more. Play a round on a championship golf course or slip away for a few hours of leisurely bird watching. While Cancun is known for its recreation, it is also home to spectacular Mayan ruins, including the ancient walled city of Tulum. Located 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen's famous shopping and nightlife, along a two-mile empty stretch of Mexico's best beach, Hotel Esencia is a quiet, seaside refuge in the Mayan Riviera.
Location of Hotel Esencia
Nearest Airport: CUN
Amenities for Hotel Esencia
- General Information
- 29 Guest Rooms
- Poolside Dining
- Outdoor Dining
- Private Chef
- Organic Cuisine
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Butler Service
- 2 Pools and a Children's Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- DVD Players
- Mini Bar
- Flat-Screen Televisions
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Private Pools
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Cooking Classes
- Children's Programs
- Spa & Wellness
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Hotel Esencia
We stayed here the week of October 8th, and let me tell you, it's one of the best tropical resorts we've ever stayed at. This place has a white minimalistic feel, and provides just the right design touches you expect at a 5-start resort without it being too flashy. The service was exquisite. Things like waking up to fresh coffee + croissants without even hearing them set it out for you on your patio. It's just there. I'm a serious coffee drinker, so this was fantastic! Or ALWAYS having a beach hut - literally almost no one on the beach except a few groups. Instant towel service and full menu and bar to your liking. Ah, I miss it already. The only minor downside was some construction noise going on at the south side of the resort, which is expected to end Nov. 1st if I'm not mistaken. They are adding an additional restaurant + beachfront suites. The staff knew it wasn't ideal for the current guests so it was softened by Kevin Wendle, the owner, giving us a nice bottle of tequila during our stay. As you can guess, this helped a bit. ;) I couldn't hear it from my room however, just in some areas of the common area of the resort. When the construction wasn't happening, it was so peaceful. Having no other resorts immediately next to Esencia helped. Lastly, I'd like to thank the AMAZING staff. Without you, Esencia wouldn't be the first class kinda place it is. A few honorable mentions: Daniel - thank you for your charming stories, your cocktail lesson, and now great friendship. Talk soon! Damion - dios bo'otik! You're so generous and have such a kind heart. We will miss you! Jonas - you were great! Thank you for the spectacular service. Yves - your charms never let me down. Thank you!
tduddie - San Diego, California
This is not my first (or last) visit to Esencia. Every trip proves more wonderful than the last. Owner Kevin Wendle has not missed one detail, one corner, or one moment to delight you. From the arrival in chicest reception palapa, to the variety of momentos left on the bed at turn down, the hotel team has crafted experiences to warm and please the most stressed and tired souls. There are 11 brand new gorgeous rooms on the beach, all with the taste level of the original. Some with views to heaven! The new restaurant Mistura housed in a brand new palapa, brings Peruvian style to Mexico care of well-known and loved Chef Dimitris Katrivesis, hailing from Athens. (separate review coming). The current dining experience is also elevated, with more choices and options to eat healthy, or indulge in the best desserts prepared on the coast. And for my brethren oenophiles, an amped up great list should you desire. My favorite rooms are the upper floors of the main house that have some of the original charm but with renovations and design that rival any 5 star hotel. They are so considered they don't overwhelm the rooms, but provide comfort while looking fantastic, Don't miss the boutique where you can buy some of the pieces you see in the rooms and around the hotel. Or get some unique beach wear. The concierge is trained with a "no limits" mentality and can organize excursions quickly. And they are nice as can be. If anyone leaves Esencia not feeling at peace with oneself and the world around you, I recommend therapy!!!!! Esencia is a paradise. Nothing on the entire Riviera Maya or Tulum comes close.
kimmievNewYork - new york
Hotel Escencia was simply magical... the property offers a unique combination of warm authentic Mexican service and charming accommodations, with a bit of fashionable European flair and a stunning beach that rivals the best in the Caribbean! If you are looking for a boutique experience that is secluded away from the big-box hotels of Riviera Maya and the packed beaches of Playa del Carmen, I'd highly recommend Escencia! Don't miss their watermelon margaritas or delicious ceviche! I look forward to returning to the property and hopefully staying in one of their gorgeous beachfront suites and also trying out their newly expanded restaurant!
We have visited Esencia multiple times. It is simply one of those magical places you always want to return to. The service is wonderful and the people are so friendly. We typically travel in the Fall and it is wonderfully quiet and we feel like we are waited on hand and foot. Traveling this time of year also minimized the chance of being surrounded by children. The grounds are simply beautiful. And, the buildings are gorgeous without being overdone. It is true luxury, with a great sense of privacy. The food is more expensive but that is to be expected. This is the perfect place to go and relax. It is not intended for the party crowd.
Jennifer W - Birmingham, Alabama
Luxurious properties without superior service, is as a Ferrari without an engine. Hotel Esencia's superior service- starting from the exceptional bartender Johnny Rios- who made a killer, custom made smoothie: Cucumber, chaya & pineapple- to the breathtaking landscape, spacious, elegant rooms, unique amenities, and exemplary management- makes this a MUST-experience resort. Breath taking!!!!!
Dolly833 - Santa Monica, California