June 16, 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

Hotel Esencia
Carr. Cancun-Tulum Km . 265 Predio Rústico
CP 77710
Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nearest Airport: CUN

Amenities for Hotel Esencia

  • General Information
  • 29 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Private Chef
  • Organic Cuisine
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Butler Service
  • 2 Pools and a Children's Pool
  • Terrace
  • Gardens
  • In-Room Amenities
  • DVD Players
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Private Pools
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Activities
  • Cooking Classes
  • Sailing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Family
  • Children's Programs
  • Babysitting
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Spa & Wellness
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Hotel Esencia

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are in need of that perfect place, the place where troubles melt away and a feeling of calm overwhelms you ......this is the place. Beyond beautiful. Chic and elegant with no fuss. Nothing is too much trouble for a delightful Staff and a very personal attention to detail from the owner. Luxury, healthy food, a stunning white sand beach and shaded pools. Perfect.

Cherry D

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

I was very close to giving HE a 1-star review, but they are located on a lovely beach and I do believe the staff means well.... BUT, every other aspect of this hotel is a very poor excuse for 'luxury' and grossly, grossly overpriced. Perhaps we came on an 'off' weekend, and perhaps we were unluckily given the worst room in the hotel, however, I feel compelled to share our experience so that other travelers can make an informed decision from a truly UNBIASED and average traveler. For starters, we were totally underwhelmed with the 'welcome' at the hotel (I arrived early from a redeye and my friend in the early afternoon). Not sure if we aren't important enough, or they've run out of money, but no one offered a cold towel, a bottle of water or the 'welcome drink' mentioned in many other reviews. It was a bit like checking into a DoubleTree WITHOUT the free cookies. Overall, the service was a big disappointment. Lots of staff wandering around, but they were either completely aloof or unsure of exactly what to do with themselves. The beach attendant seemed especially annoyed when we made a simple request for bottled water. Management should spend a few nights at a Four Seasons or St. Regis to get a better understanding of 'service' at a luxury property that charges $700+++ a night. This hotel should be charging about $250 a night... and that's basically $250 for access to a nice b each. The pool was in horrible condition, as other reviewers have mentioned. On the steps of the 'adult pool' giant pieces/chunks of plaster had been worn away and created a very uneven and rough surface that looked unsafe and uncomfortable to sit or step on. I'm amazed the hotel hasn't addressed this basic maintenance issue. Our room was about as nice as an average 3-star hotel. It was dark and musty with foliage up to the tops of most windows. The floor was dirty and our bathroom was incredibly shabby (more like a 2-star motel). Bathtub was the WORST tub I have ever seen in a hotel. It was cracking with poor patch work and dark stains on the bottom. Fixtures were wobbly and rusted. Various hairs were stuck in the tub, on the floor and in the shower. Towels were frayed, very thin and one had faded brown stains. The only doors to our room were large sliders that happened to be off their tracks and nearly impossible to operate, presenting a security problem as these (again) were the only doors into the room. I immediately expressed dissatisfaction with the room and asked if we could pay the difference and upgrade to a higher category. The concierge agreed that the bathroom needed repairs and would be worked on in the 'off season'. Unfortunately, the hotel was sold out and moving to a room was not an option. The hotel manager offered a free massage, but my fiend and I agreed it would be best to simply find a new hotel for the weekend. The manager was very accommodating and agreed to provide a refund as we didn't actually spend a single night at the hotel. Sadly, the hotel hasn't been able to figure out how to process a credit back to my Visa. My bank even contacted them to help them with the transaction and, according to my bank, the hotel HUNG UP on them twice! So, travel here at your own risk and beware of the glowing reviews. Clearly not all guests at Hotel Esencia are treated equally! Perhaps if you're a celebrity, social media 'influencer' or style blogger, you get the VIP treatment ant this is a true luxury hotel. But, for the rest of us, Hotel Esencia is an overpriced and mismanaged MESS!

KerriJK - San Diego, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our second year in a row of staying at Esencia and it was another perfect stay. We arrived on Thursday to perfect weather and a lovely bottle of chilled Chardonnay in our room. Then, dinner and cocktails outside by the pool with great friends. The next five days were spent working out in Esencia's awesome gym, having breakfast / lunch / dinner at the pool, socializing with our friends and meeting other hotel guests from all over the world. Our rooms have always been a large, gorgeous, stylish and comfortable. Our room this time, had its own private plunge pool, which we highly recommend. It is so refreshing at the end of the day. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. The staff is super friendly and attentive. Big cheers go out to Andrea, Paulina, Alan, Jonas and Damien. We will go back for a third year in a row. It is such a great vacation value. You get a lot for your money. Some travel tips: For easy travel, fly nonstop and have the hotel arrange a car for you to and from the airport.

davidmertens - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Hotel Esencia feels far from a hotel but instead your own tropical paradise. I traveled with two friends and we stayed in the Garden Suite, we had our own private terrace and pool, it felt more like a mini villa with impeccable design. I highly recommend yoga in the mornings, amazing views and amazing instructor. The perfect place to truly relax and disconnect!

Jerónimo N - Miami, Florida

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

This is our second trip here of many more to come. We absolutely love Esencia. Every detail has been thought of and attended to. The food is phenomenal, healthy but still very delicious. The drinks are superb. The staff is friendly, attentive, and always welcoming. They know who you are and as a result you never need to sign anything. The gym is very well equipped for a smaller hotel - it has everything you'd need for a great workout. Best of all, the design of the hotel is perfect. Beach resort chic at its best, and none of the typical resort tackiness. Great gardens, and even a collection of peacocks. It's the perfect place for a weekend getaway with friends or family. Truly a great setting! You must visit.

eljt - San Francisco, California

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