Hotel Esencia

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Virtuoso 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


PROPERTY SIZE: 45 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Eclectic
VIBE: Sophisticated
Beach Seclusion Wellness

Hotel Esencia

Address:
Xpu-ha, Carretera Tulum-Cancun Km 264
Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen, 77710
Mexico
Nearest Airport:
Cancún International (CUN)
45 mi / 72 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel

Features

  • 24-hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Children's Programs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Library
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Meal Plans Available
  • Multi-lingual Staff
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Villas

Services

  • Babysitting Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing
  • Room Service
  • Turndown Service
  • Wedding Services


Recreation
  • Fitness Center
  • Jacuzzi/Whirlpool
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Water Sports


In Your Room
  • Bathrobes
  • Butler Service
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers

About Us

Hotel Esencia is located fifty minutes south of Cancún and thirty minutes north of Tulum by car. Perfectly secluded from the world around it, the property is surrounded on the north by the primitive Mayan jungle and on the south by Xpu-Ha cove, often referred as the most beautiful stretch of the Mayan Riviera.

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 42 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.

Best of the Best

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 five rooms, three villas, 37 suites, an organic spa, and three simple yet sophisticated restaurants that draw from Mexico’s eclectic regional cuisines. Suites feature high ceilings and generous views of tropical gardens or the sea; several have plunge pools and a terrace or balcony, and the duplex villas provide an extra level of privacy. Master Suites and the main house’s salon feature midcentury collectibles from Le Corbusier, Perriand, and Picasso.

Advisor Tip

Dining at Mistura is a culinary treat. The creative Mexican seafood dishes served in a beachfront palapa with 180-degree ocean views make for a memorable meal. –Limor Decter New York, New York

Health & Safety

GOOD TO KNOW CURRENT SAFETY OPERATIONS

Thank you for taking a moment to review this simple guide. It is very important for us to make you aware of the new procedures and protocols we have implemented to protect our staff and our beloved guests. Although we are blessed with a secluded location on 50 acres, with vast open-air spaces and only 42 mostly isolated rooms, we have taken the necessary extra care to ensure you have a memorable holiday whilst being safe.

Flights between the U.S. and Cancún, México have already resumed however it is important to remain alert to current travel restrictions from your country of origin.

Please contact our reservations team for details on our special promotions and current cancellation policies, or any other information or question you may have regarding staying at Hotel Esencia.

Boost your immune system! Not only is this good for everyday life, but it can really reduce health risks when traveling. + Ascertain the state of your health before any trip, health screenings might take place during your journey.

Social distancing is in practice in all Mexican airports, and face masks are strongly recommended in public spaces nationwide. At Cancún Airport: Thermal imaging cameras are in use to detect travelers with higher than normal body temperatures. You will be required to fill in a ‘Risk Factors Identification’ questionnaire upon arrival.

Private transportation vehicles arranged by Hotel Esencia are sanitized thoroughly between guests. Drivers wear face masks at all times, and provide passengers with antibacterial gel, wipes, and fresh face masks. Luggage and guests’ shoes are sanitized before boarding the vehicle. Guests arriving by their own means of ground transportation will undergo a sanitization process upon arrival at Hotel Esencia.

For your own safety, every arriving guest’s temperature is checked and all guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer. Guests are not required to wear masks within the hotel however please be considerate of others and wear a mask if you are feeling unwell. Luggage is sanitized upon arrival to the property. Check-in and registration procedures can be done pre-arrival by submitting the necessary information by email. + Guests are suggested to change out of their traveling clothes upon arrival to the room. Your personal concierge or one of our valets will pick them up for complimentary first day laundering/ sanitation.

Hotel Esencia’s layout already ensures maximum privacy, nevertheless, extra physical distancing measures have been taken in all public areas. For guests who prefer to avoid direct personal contact, our Concierge team is reachable 24hr. through instant messaging to handle any request. All members of staff are screened daily before entering the property and submit to a thermal inspection and sanitization process, as well as being required to wear either a face mask or face shield at all times, and follow special hygiene protocols. Hotel Esencia has a private doctor on call 24hrs. a day and is located less than 20 min. away from two excellent private hospitals.

Antibacterial 70% alcohol based gel is widely available throughout the property, including guest rooms. High traffic and touch points are sanitized on an hourly basis. Poolside and beach sunbeds are placed according to international safety distance guidelines. + Guests at the beach may request side curtains within our individual beach palapas if desired. All hotel pools including in-room plunge pools are being maintained in accordance with current government health policy. We are temporarily suspending the placement of magazines or newspapers in rooms for maximum safety.

A 24 hr. minimum room occupancy gap is in place to allow for deep cleaning and ozone sanitization between stays. Guests may of course decline a room orientation on arrival and/or turn-down service in order to limit in-room personal contact. Rooms are cleaned and disinfected twice daily according to international protocols and using highly effective antibacterial products. This includes furniture, fixtures, and room accessories. Guests are free to request changes on housekeeping hours and frequency. Guests are provided with a complimentary kit of in-room sanitization essentials, such as antibacterial gel, wipes, and disposable face masks. All in-room information is paperless, viewable by scanning QR codes with guests’ own mobile devices. Disposable hard copies are of course available.

Our restaurants and bars are all outdoors, well ventilated and spacious, nevertheless, tables have been arranged to ensure safe distance between guests. Menus are paperless and available to be viewed on guests’ own mobile devices through scanning QR codes. Disposable paper menus are available upon request. Antibacterial gel and wipes are available on every table. Restaurant staff use face shields and disposable gloves at all times. Restaurant and beach furniture is cleaned and disinfected between guests. Tableware undergoes careful cleaning and a double sanitization process. Our tables will no longer be pre-set prior to guest seating. Room service may be delivered on the outdoor terrace without personal contact with the waiter if requested.

Esencia Spa is open daily. Massage cabins are thoroughly sanitized after each use. Linen and therapists’ protective equipment is also changed between treatments. Spa menu is available digitally by scanning a QR code on guest’s own device. The Gym is open normally for a maximum of four guests at a time, and it is under constant supervision and sanitization, especially between users - antibacterial gel and wipes are also always available. Private training sessions are available upon request and can take place in any open air location in the property. Yoga classes are still complimentary but require previous day sign-up, and will accommodate 4 guests per class. All equipment provided is carefully cleaned and sanitized

Sustainability

A particular attention is given to food and beverage with the arrival of a new restaurant and coffee bar. Alongside with the epicurean preoccupation come the spa and Technogym fitness room, aimed to cultivate beauty, balance, and peace. 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 and library. 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 website realized with the beautiful animations of none other than Pierre Le Tan.

Location

Address
Xpu-ha, Carretera Tulum-Cancun Km 264
Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen, 77710
Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancún International (CUN), 45 Miles / 72 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Jungle Room

Jungle Rooms are spacious private hideaways 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 feature private terraces with seating and dining area, spacious all-white bathrooms with double sinks, extra large showers with built-in bathtub on request, air conditioning, ceiling fans, walk-in closets, wide-screen smart TVs, and sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories.

65 sq m - 700 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Jungle Suite with Plunge Pool

With the option of 1 king or 2 queen beds, subject to availability, these Jungle Suites feature private plunge pools, private outdoor terraces with a seating and dining area, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and air conditioning, deluxe bathrooms with separate walk-in shower, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities. Bathtub or solarium upon request.

69 sq m - 750 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Jungle Suite

Only steps from the beach immersed in our palm garden, Jungle Suites are available with one king or two queen beds, large private outdoor terraces with a seating and dining area. Among our newest on the property, these suites feature spacious all-white bathrooms, double showers, freestanding in-room bathtubs, solarium with outdoor shower on request, air conditioning, ceiling fans, wide-screen smart TVs, and sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories.

95 sq m - 1,020 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Garden View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Ocean Suite

Located in the Main House or Guest House, Ocean Suites feature 1 king bed, a master bathroom suite, spacious sitting areas with sofa, private terraces with partial or full ocean views, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and air conditioning, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

86 sq m - 925 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Ocean View
  • Partial Ocean View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
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Master Suite

Located in the most central part of the hotel, these Master Suites feature 1 king bed, master bathroom suites with separate walk-in showers and bath tub on request, spacious sitting areas with sofa, large private terraces with full ocean and pool views, private heated plunge pools, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and air conditioning, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

70 sq m & 106 sq m - 755 & 1,140 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Ocean View
  • Partial Ocean View
  • Pool View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
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Penthouse Suite

Each of our Penthouse Suites is truly a luxury apartment in the sky with sweeping jungle views high above the treetops. Perched three levels above our palm garden, these spectacular two storey suites feature a master bedroom with 1 king bed, a separate adjoining room, a spacious bathroom suite with double sinks, bathtub and walk-in shower, and a large outdoor dining terrace with sofa. Up a short staircase is a private rooftop terrace with heated plunge pool and champagne bar. With ceiling fans and air conditioning, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

125 & 87 sq m- 1,345 & 940 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/2 children)

  • Garden View
  • Partial Ocean View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
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Beach Suite

Barely 20 meters from the sea, Beach Suites feature 1 king bed, bathroom suites, private beachfront terraces with full ocean views, in-room double bathtubs, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and air conditioning, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

105 sq m - 1,130 sq ft - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/1 child)

  • Ocean Front
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Master Beach Suite

Barely 20 meters from the sea, each of our two spectacular Master Beach Suites is designed with an eye toward maximum privacy, comfort, and independence. With windows on three sides, and extremely spacious bathrooms with love seats, these suites also include private heated plunge pools. The ground level Master Beach Suite features an outdoor plunge pool surrounded by a terrace with built-in seating, while the upper level suite features an extremely private heated plunge pool next to the double walk-in shower. Featuring 1 king bed, bathroom suites, private beachfront terraces with full ocean views, in-room double bathtubs, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and air conditioning, wide-screen smart TVs, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

115 sq m - 1,240 sq ft Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 2 adults/1 child)

  • Ocean Front
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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Pool Villa

These Duplex 2-bedroom residences feature a master suite with 1 king bed, a bathroom suite with separate walk-in shower and bath tub, private outdoor terrace with seating area and hammock, and a second room with 2 queen beds and a bathroom with shower. The ground level features a large private heated swimming pool, outdoor terraces with seating and dining table, a spacious living-dining room, a guest bathroom, complete media room with wide-screen smart TV. With ceiling fans and air conditioning, sound systems that are easy to connect to iPhones and other digital accessories, Butler service and Hotel Esencia signature amenities.

336 sq m - 3,616 sq ft - Sleeps 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children (maximum 5 guests)

  • Garden View
  • Pool View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
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Presidential Suite

Our most private and newest suite, this Caribbean style beachfront bungalow - on its own 2,800 sq m independent property - features all the comforts and signature amenities of Hotel Esencia. This exceptional suite under a large palapa roof features a master king bedroom overlooking the sea, an adjacent living area convertible to a second bedroom, a spacious master bathroom suite with double sinks, bathtub and shower, a large walk-in closet, a guest bathroom with shower, and a large wrap-around outdoor terrace with unobstructed views of the paradisiac Xpu-Ha beach. This breathtaking suite includes 40m of private beachfront, with sunbeds and a large beach palapa for lounging or beachfront private dining. With wide-screen WiFi-connected smart TV, sound system, ceiling fans and air conditioning, butler service, and all Hotel Esencia amenities.

90 sq m with 130 sq terrace- 970 sq ft and 1,400 sq ft terrace - Sleeps 2 adults, however extra beds are available (maximum 4 adults)

  • Ocean Front
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe
  • Slippers
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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 6 people. The Main House 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 features a large swimming pool and comes with a private Butler, private cook and house keeping services.

  • Garden View
  • Pool View
  • Bathrobe
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
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Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
Beach, Seclusion, Wellness
Vibe Sophisticated
Room Style Eclectic
Number of Rooms 45
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 12:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Must be requested at time of booking and are subject to availability at time of arrival.

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

Standard deposit policy: 50% of entire stay is due at time of booking to confirm reservation. Holiday Season and special promotions and packages may have different deposit policies, please enquire with Reservations Department.

Cancellation Policy

30 days prior to arrival, $100 administration fee. Cancelled within 30 days of arrival, 50% deposit penalized. No Show 100% penalty.

Holiday Season and special promotions have different policies, please enquiry with Reservations Department.

Accepted Forms of Payment

Credit Cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Terms & Conditions

Resort/facility fee applies. Please contact property for further information.



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Virtuoso 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


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Amazing place !!!

By: Marant


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2018

If you are looking for a private , upscale place, and feel vio at all the time Hotel Esencia is the place !!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Geisel Power

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By: Veronica


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2020

Excellent. Chic handsome comfortable room. Lovely terrace. Extremely attentive and accommodating staff. Great yoga classes and spa. Pretty beach good for walking and swimming. Relaxed vibe. Food was good but not great. There were minor issues with water temperature in the shower which were not addressed as quickly as they might have been.perks through using Virtuoso were nice to have.
Travel Advisor:  Vicky Malakoff