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  • Writer's pictureAlex Jiménez

Mexico: Hotel Esencia

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

The Hotel Esencia is the most intimate, confidential and upscale resort in Riviera Maya. Spacious accommodations feature mesmerizing sea and garden views along with large terraces, deep soaking plunge pools and private solariums. Guests can experience Esencia in an ocean view suite, garden suite or in a one of a kind private home. Once the home of a European duchess, the main house is the heart of Esencia. Food, wine tasting, and intimate gatherings come alive here.

Photos courtesy of Hotel Esencia & the Dominique Debay Collection

  • Property size: 40 acommodations (5 rooms, 37 suites, 2 two-bedroom pool villas, 1 three bedroom private villa with pool )

  • Style: Eclectic, sophisticated vibe.

  • Recreation: Fitness center, jacuzzi/whirlpool, pool, sauna, spa.

  • Outdoor activities: Diving, snorkeling, golf, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, local excursions to the Mayan ruins, Rio Secreto, Chichen Itza and more.

Overview Hotel Esencia, once the beachside villa of an Italian duchess, is set on a secluded 50-acre estate of lush gardens on pristine Xpu-Ha beach. This delightful Mayan Riviera refuge has an organic spa and two authentic farm-to-table restaurants offering the flavors of the Yucatán. Suites feature high ceilings and generous windows with tropical garden or sea views. Several have plunge pools and a terrace or balcony, and the duplex villas provide an extra level of privacy. Master suites and the salon of the main house feature midcentury collectibles from Le Corbusier, Perriand, Picasso and others.


Book Through Luxe Itinerary to Receive Virtuoso Upgrades & Amenities for 2020

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Full breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in Mistura Xpu-Ha or Café Esencia

  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Bottle of wine

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

You Deserve to be Pampered



The resort is on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Riviera Maya, set in a cove the sea is as tranquil as the everlasting peace transmitted to each guest that gazes upon it. Lush gardens, spacious accommodations, champagne brunch, romantic dinners and private plunge pools are the amenities that await you. Sited on the Xpu-Ha beach in Mexico's Riviera Maya along a two-mile stretch of white powder sand and against a sea of crystal blue water, surfaces Esencia, the essence of simplicity, elegance and beauty. The best snorkeling in the region is right outside. You’ll find coral reefs, multicolored fish and giant sea turtles, all only steps from the resort’s quiet beach.


Hotel Esencia is located fifty minutes south of Cancún and thirty minutes north of Tulum by car. Transfer to and from Cancún International Airport can be arranged by the concierge. The property is perfectly secluded from the world around it. Upon arrival, drivers wait to shuttle guests through the jungle to their suites along the gardens and beach.

Map courtesy of the Dominique Debay Collection Gastronomy Dining at Hotel Esencia is at once a culinary voyage and a coming home. Meals are simple yet sophisticated, drawing as much from Mexico’s eclectic range of regional cuisines as from the well-loved comforts of Mediterranean cooking. Ingredients are sourced locally from farmers and artisans in Quintana Roo, or further afield from the places in Mexico known for exemplary delicacies—moles from Oaxaca, fruits from Yucatán, and wines from Baja.

Esencia’s signature restaurants are the place for sophisticated cravings. Their menu consists of amazing farm to table cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and apt updates to coastal staples from Latin America and around the world; the menu is an ode to the south.

Photos courtesy of Hotel Esencia & the Dominique Debay Collection


A most unique offering is the organic spa, using principles of ancient medicine. Sign up for a massage and you’ll be taking in the fresh open air and the ocean while you relax on the table. Aroma is the first pampering organic spa specializing in fito-therapy, fito meaning plant in Greek. This is a natural remedy for healing that was once discovered in ancient medicine. Plant extracts and botanical essence are used to create harmony and invite peace and well-being. Aroma is set in a tranquil area allowing the outside views to come in and act as a catalyst to the organic ingredients. Relaxing massages, herbal saunas, and facials are performed in a tranquilizing, organic methodology. Hotel Esencia's Pavilion of Wind offers yoga and meditation accompanied by an experienced instructor. Making reservations for the spa prior to arrival is highly recommended.

Photos courtesy of Hotel Esencia & the Dominique Debay Collection

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