Hotel Esencia is a majestic 50-acre estate at the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. It has long enjoyed a storied past in this ancestral cradle of culture, cuisine, and comfort. Originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess on the most beautiful beach of the Mayan Riviera, it later became a hotel, and, for some time, has been a sought after destination for honeymooners seduced by the serene comforts of this timeless mansion. The Main House remains the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas where guests enjoy genuine privacy and top flight hospitality. Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests. Hotel Esencia invites the happy few who know how rare it is to find a place that is truly unique, to make it their home in the tropics.
A new chapter began in 2014 with the arrival of a new owner and a bold, worldly outlook on how to savor paradise. The estate’s provenance as a place of leisure for nobility is the guiding inspiration for a modern reimagining. While preserving the many qualities of the hotel, over the coming year its every detail is being redefined and reinvigorated. The strong architectural features of the hotel are reinforced by an entire collection of furniture designed especially for the hotel, as well as hand-woven rugs, bed throws and table tops. All are subtly paying homage to mid century design and art in Mexico and more generally places of leisure from California to the French Riviera to Acapulco. A 4 particular attention is given to food and beverage with the arrival of a new executive chef and the development of a new beach bar. Alongside the epicurean preoccupation come a new spa and Technogym fitness program with pilates reformers and a cold-pressed juice bar. Artworks by seminal 20th century artists; original mid-century modern furniture and a curated collection of art and design books find their place in guest rooms and the hotel salons. Public spaces are subtly filled with a music playlist conceived by celebrated sound designer Michel Gaubert. A fresh visual identity and a new website has been realized with the beautiful animation of renown illustrator Pierre Le Tan.
Every room at Hotel Esencia by any other standard would be called a suite. The private terrace and sitting area built into the contours of each room offer a peaceful view on the arbor canopy or an impressive panorama of the Caribbean.
Garden view rooms feature private terrace with sofa, complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closet, HDTV/DVD, iPod sound system, ceiling fan and air conditioning, deluxe bathroom with separate walk-in shower and tub upon request, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/1 child).
Garden Suite with Plunge Pool
Garden view suites feature private plunge pool, spacious terrace with sofa, complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closet, HDTV/DVD, iPod sound system, ceiling fan and air conditioning, deluxe bathroom with separate walk-in shower and tub upon request, safe, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/1 child)
Within the main house or guest house, the Ocean Suite features 1 king bed, a master bathroom suite, a spacious sitting area with sofa, a private terrace with partial or full ocean views, complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closet, HDTV/DVD, iPod sound system, ceiling fan and air conditioning, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/1 child).
Centrally located within the main house, the Master ocean suite features 1 king bed, deluxe master bathroom suite with separate walk-in shower and tub, a spacious sitting area with sofa, a large private terrace with full ocean and pool views, solarium and/or private heated plunge pool, complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closet, HDTV/DVD, iPod, ceiling fan and air conditioning, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Sleeps 2 adults maximum.
Villa with Pool
A private duplex residence featuring a large living room, 2 bedrooms, 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, a master bathroom suite with separate walk-in shower and tub, 2 additional bathrooms, a large private heated swimming pool, multiple terraces with seating and hammocks, complete separate media room with 52 inch HDTV/DVDs, iPod sound system, complimentary mini-bar, walk-in closets, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Sleeps 4 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 5 adults/3 children).
Organic Spa · Secluded Beach · Heated Pools · Technogym Fitness Room · Sunrise Yoga · 2 Restaurants · Beach Bar · Cold-Press Juice Bar · Complimentary Afternoon Tea · Morning Pastries & Fruits · Nespresso Machine In-room · Free Minibar · Complimentary Beach Bags · Snorkeling Gear · Courtesy Havaiana Sandals · Fine European Linens · Safes In-Room · Hotel Safe Deposit Boxes · Free 40MB Wireless Internet · Movies On-Demand · HD TVs, DVD Players, and Movie Library · iPod and Sound Systems In-Room · 24-hour Concierge · Maid Service Twice Daily · Express Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service · Chauffeur-Driven Cars · Secretarial and Translation Services · Multilingual Staff · Catering for All Occasions · Packing and Unpacking Services · Private Trainers/ Massage Therapists · Babysitting Services
The spaciousness of Esencia allows an eclectic choice of accommodation in its 29 rooms (17 are suites): the main house has just nine rooms spreading themselves – with a very unique style – over its three storeys; each with large sun terraces and mesmerising sea views. Lost in the grounds are two private houses, both with four garden room annexes, perfect for friends and families, and there are a further ten individual garden suites with private solariam and plunge pools. An example of Esencia’s difference is the local cuisine: world-class but with a twist! For example, one of the chef’s specialities is seafood baked underground in banana leaves!
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. What is not taken from Hotel Esencia’s own garden is 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. 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.
Spa and Healthclub
At the east end of the gardens is Hotel Esencia’s new health club overlooking the estate’s cenote. Housed under traditional palapa roofs, the fitness room, juice bar and spa integrate hallmarks of modern wellbeing with ancient customs of cultivating beauty, balance, and peace. The spa begins with a state-of-the art laboratory where therapists tailor bespoke, restorative programs. Taking advantage of the hotel’s Edenic location, the purest ingredients harvested from the waters of the Caribbean and the soil of surrounding Mayan jungles are the basis of every treatment. Guests leave Hotel Esencia cleansed and whole. The climate controlled fitness room features Technogym cardio machines, Pilates reformers, weights, and personal instruction in various body arts, all under a soaring thatched ceiling. 9 The Juice Bar crafts cold-pressed, made-to-order blends of locally grown fruits and vegetables—ideal refreshment to greet the day, recover from a workout, or to sip between spa treatments.