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 38 suites and 3 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. Eleven new suites make their debut this season offering the ultimate “barefoot in the sand” experience imagined to satisfy the most discerning traveller.
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 throw and table tops. All are subtly paying a homage to mid century design and art in Mexico and more generally places of leisure from California to the French Riviera to Acapulco.
A 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 with 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; mid-century modern furniture and a curated collection of art and design books adorn guest rooms and the hotel salons. All the while, public spaces are subtly filled with a music play list conceived by celebrated sound designer Michel Gaubert. A fresh visual identity and a new website realized with the beautiful animations of none other than Pierre Le Tan.