Originally built as the private home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is a place where the traditions of the past come together with a cosmopolitan sense of how to live well today. This aristocratic oasis sits where the Yucatán jungle dissolves into the pristine sands of Xpu-ha, one of the only remaining undeveloped shores of the Mayan Riviera.

HOTEL ESENCIA

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Location:    Mexico 
Nearest Airport: Cancun International
Prices: From £564.00

 

Having acquired more than 10 acres of beachfront property along Xpu Ha beach, Hotel Esencia

has unveiled 11 new luxury suites, including six Beach Suites directly on the sand with

unobstructed sea views. Xpu Ha  is widely

considered to be the most beautiful stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coast and is one of the most

protected and untouched white sand beaches in Mexico where sea turtles make their nests each year. The five new Jungle Suites are located in the hotel’s lush gardens.

Bringing the hotel’s room count to 40, these 11 spacious and stylish new suites are white- washed, light and airy, with windows on three sides, and floor to ceiling doors which open out onto a beachfront terrace with sweeping views of the ocean. They feature luxurious king beds, double bathtubs for two positioned to enjoy a sea view, custom furnishings and artworks by local

Mexican artisans, custom fabrics, and a collection of art and design books. Beach Suites include

an impressive double sink bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and full sea views as well, while the five Jungle Suites overlook the hotel’s lush gardens.

More information on suites can be found below...

MASTER SUITE

The two Master Suites of the main house each offer panoramic views of the grounds and the Caribbean. With a king bed, master bathroom, and grand terraces, these are the architectural diamonds of Hotel Esencia, steeped in history and world-class luxury.

 

All accommodations at Hotel Esencia feature walk-in closets, large screen high definition televisions, and an in-room sound system with hookup for iPods and other digital accessories.

BEACH SUITE

Barely 20 meters from the sea itself, and with unobstructed sea views, these sumptuous new suites will delight beach lovers looking for a true ‘barefoot in the sand’ experience together with the finest comforts of home. Each new Beach Suite features a private beachfront terrace, an in-room double bathtub, and all of Hotel Esencia’s signature amenities.

 

All accommodations at Hotel Esencia feature walk-in closets, large screen high definition televisions, and an in-room sound system with hookup for iPods and other digital accessories.

OCEAN SUITE

The main house’s Ocean Suite offers stately seclusion only steps from the hotel’s beating heart. A large private terrace surveys the pools and Xpu-ha cove, while an airy living room, spacious bathroom, and all of Hotel Esencia’s signature amenities come together as a proper home away from home.

 

All accommodations at Hotel Esencia feature walk-in closets, large screen high definition televisions, and an in-room sound system with hookup for iPods and other digital accessories.

 JUNGLE SUITE WITH PLUNGE POOL

A plunge pool, rain-like shower room, and spacious outdoor dining terrace with sofa distinguish every Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool as uniquely equipped for calm and restoration. Some suites include an indoor plunge pool and some feature an outdoor plunge pool within a terrace solarium.

 

All suites in this category feature spacious bathrooms including large bathtubs, walk-in closets, high definition televisions, and an in-room sound system with hookup for iPods and other digital accessories.

JUNGLE ROOM

Jungle rooms are spacious private hideaways enveloped by the palm jungle set back 200 meters from the main house but only a short two minute walk to the beach and restaurants. Available with one king or two queen beds, the Jungle Rooms have a total of 60 sqm. including the private terrace with seating area.

 

All accommodations at Hotel Esencia feature walk-in closets, large screen high definition televisions, and in-room sound systems that are easy to connect to iPods and other digital accessories.


POOL VILLA


Hidden in the garden foliage, the two-bedroom, two storey Pool Villas offer unparalleled serenity and privacy. Rather than beach bungalows these are well-appointed residences unto themselves, with multiple terraces, a media room, and a courtyard furnished with hammocks, entertaining furniture, and full-size swimming pool.

 

All accommodations at Hotel Esencia feature walk-in closets, large screen high definition televisions, and an in-room sound system with hookup for iPods and other digital accessories.

PRIVATE VILLA

‘Yum-Ha’ is a majestic colonial-style Villa discreetly located on a lush 15 acre property right next to Hotel Esencia. The 3-bedroom Villa is just a 3 minute walk from the beach and can accommodate up to 9 people on 3 levels, while its Beachfront Cabaña –  which sits right on the paradisiac Xpu-Ha beach – can accommodate up to 4 people.

The property features ensuite bathrooms and private terraces overlooking the garden, a fully stocked kitchen, living room, dining room, and a terrace with outdoor dining area.

Villa Yum-Ha comes with a private butler, private cook and house keeping services.

Accommodation Insight

Restaurants

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.

MISTURA 

 The circular restaurant sits

under a towering thatched palapa and offers 180° ocean views, with whitewashed wooden floors and direct access to the beach. The restaurant’s décor HAS a personality of its own and the terrace allowS guests to dine under the stars directly facing the beach.

 

The menu is overseen by one of the world’s most exciting and influential chefs, Dimitris Katrivesis, who brings his Greek and Spanish heritage to infuse traditional flavours and seasonal, local ingredients with a contemporary twist. An alumnus of the acclaimed Michelin-starred

El Bulli restaurant in Spain, and the chef behind Mistura in Mykonos, La Pantera Negra in Athens and Anahi in Paris, Chef

Dimitris brings a tropical Peruvian style of cooking to Xpu Ha, featuring a clever fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavours together with the best ingredients on Mexico’s Yucata

Situated between the pools and the beach, The Pool Restaurant is a picturesque spot to start one’s day. 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.

 

Located in the heart of the palm garden, The Garden Restaurant offers a refined take on Mexican cuisine from the Yucatán and beyond. While the décor and service might remind guests of an old world resort, the creative menus offer fresh approaches to tradition.

Located in the 2-level beachside palapa, during the morning hours, our Juice Bar serves an original section of freshly cold-pressed juices, smoothies and super-food bowls. Select from our menu or create your own with an assortment of daily fresh fruits, vegetables and super-food shots.

 

Activities

CHICHEN ITZA

A few hours drive toward Yucatán will lead you to this Mayan architectural treasure.

RIO SECRETO

Many people consider this underwater river to be the Eighth Wonder of the World.

X-PLOR

An adventure park with cenotes, zip-lines, underground rafting…Kids Favorite (5yo minimum).

SIAN KA’AN

A UNESCO World Heritage site near Tulum. Discover mangrove, fauna, and flora from a kayak.

DIVING

Freediving with Macarena Benitez, Chile Womens record holder and certified FII Level 1 and Waterman Survival Instructor

SNORKELING

Swim with sea turtles just a few feet from the shore of the hotel beach, or with a guide in the deep sea.

GOLF

This Robert Trent Jones 27-hole golf course is surrounded by the Mayan jungle and offers high-end services.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Ride horses along the Caribbean Sea before diving into a quiet cenote at this EcoPark.

DEEP SEA FISHING

31-42 foot boats are departing 10mins away from the hotel to catch barracudas, groupers and many more.

KITEBOARD & PADDLEBOARD

Experienced or beginner, adventure starts 15mins away from the hotel.

 

RESTAURANTS

ZORRO PLATEADO

This laid back restaurant is Playa del Carmen´s only real farm to table. ´Wild Cuisine´ is their motto. (No website)

KITCHEN TABLE

Totally integrated with the jungle and featuring a wooden grill, a bar and ice boxes full of local fresh produce

LA POPULAR

A fish market inspired beach grill serving fresh catches from the local fisherman´s boat. Enjoy the breezy view with your feet on the sand.

CASA BANANA

Argentinian steak house in Tulum’s jungle, offering great cocktails and atmosphere.

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