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Hotel Esencia

Last updated: 13 November, 2022

Once the home of a style-conscious Italian aristocrat, Esencia combines immersion in nature with high-end luxury. The hotel sits secluded under the palms on the edge tropical forest overlooking the long, talc-white Xpu-Ha beach. The reef is within swimming distance of the shore.

The main villa sits over the pool with sweeping views of the sea; low-lit paths wind from here into the surrounding forest to luxuriously appointed private thatch-roofed cottages, each with its own plunge pool. Sugar cube casitas are sprinkled in a forest garden, over the sand and around a large pool and opulent main villa.

If you are too. Unless you crave an ocean view, book a garden villa. They’re far more intimate – with secluded plunge pools for two and large wood terraces with hammocks and breakfast tables, shielded from prying eyes by abundant foliage.

The hotel has two restaurants, and a huge menu of activities and tours for guests. And lots of mosquitoes – bring a net for the bed.

Surrounding area

The resort sits in tropical forest overlooking the white sand of Xpu-Ha beach, thirty minutes’ drive from Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

The huge Barcelo resort is 500 metres away around a cape pocked with a beautiful cenote and clear-water creek. Some guests make their way to Xpu-Ha beach, which Esencia otherwise shares only with a handful of smaller hotels sitting nearly a kilometre south.

Playa del Carmen itself, with pristine beaches to the north and south and a lively urban centre, offers the intimate back-to-nature feel of Tulum and Puerto Morelos and Cancun’s urban amenities and nightlife – albeit on a smaller scale. The town is close to Cozumel island (for reef dives) and the big Xcaret and Xel-Ha adventure parks.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed