Esencia

Esencia

*****

This blissful boutique-style resort set on the Mayan Riviera's most beautiful beach is fabulously spoiling. Esencia's luxurious main hotel building, the whitewashed three-storey Casa Grande, was built to satisfy the whims of a wealthy European duchess and designed for her guests. It combines sophisticated simplicity with all mod cons, including black-out curtains to guarantee a good night's sleep. Seamless service, miles of lush tropical beach, expertly mixed tequila cocktails and a pampering spa… we'll be extremely impressed if you make it out to see the Mayan ruins.

Highlights:

  • White-sand Caribbean beaches

  • Innovative Meso-American cuisine

  • First-class pampering in an organic spa

Smith extra

A complimentary cocktail each and a snorkelling trip for two.

In the know

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Dogs weighing three pounds or less are allowed but owners are responsible for their food. Smoking is allowed; non-smoking rooms are also available.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Spotting Uma Thurman on the verandah of the villa helped validate our decision to visit Esencia at the outset. We were still pale new arrivals at that point. Only a short time earlier, a hotel taxi had picked us up from the Cancun airport and driven us a quick hour south toward the resort, turning down a two-lane road off the highway toward the water. Upon entry, a ‘butler’ assigned to us made quick work of signing the paperwork before guiding us on the tour of the grounds – the manicured green lawns of the Esencia estate, dotted with palm trees, which until recently served as the private vac

Accommodation details

Address:

Carretera Cancún Tulum, Pedio Rústico Xpu-Ha Lote 18, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, 7771
Riviera Maya
Mexico

Location:

54.7 mi / 88.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Concierge desk
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Esencia's rustic but elegant restaurant Sal y Fuego (meaning 'salt and fire') offers Meso-American cuisine made with fresh local produce. Seafood is a speciality.

Top table:

For lunch, go for a beachside table with a sea view; for dinner, one of the tables overlooking the cenote, an underground freshwater pool that's romantically illuminated by night.

Last orders:

Food is served in the restaurant from 7am till 11pm.

Room service:

Round the clock: hot food is available until 11pm; after the kitchen closes, cold snacks are still available.

Hotel bar:

Sip drinks in the chill-out lounge in the main house, by the pool or on the beach up till 11pm. Try one of the killer tequila-based creations; we love the mezcal and pineapple-packed Esencia Carbeña. Rooms have minibars with complimentary beer, too.

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