Our first impressions of this charming resort were that of a Mediterranean palazzo surrounded by acres of well-kept gardens. And we weren’t much wrong with that comparison — even though geographically Esencia is as far from Europe as any place. Located 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen in Yucatan Peninsula, Esencia was initially built as a tropical home of an Italian duchess. These origins set the tone of the architecture and the elegance of the entire estate.
Today the hotel is infused with Mediterranean elegance, but its unique style merges a strong contemporary aesthetic with Mayan accents — especially in the guest rooms. The interiors are defined by the minimal white-on-white theme, with only pops of intense color in armchairs, sofas, and cushions. The space is abundant, and amenities of the highest quality. All this speaks to Esencia’s refined luxury and high living standards.
The main building, the three-story Casa Grande, caters as much to the ultra-modern sensibilities as to the sense of history and elegance. It is the hotel’s central point, linked which 42 suites and three villas by elegant footpaths, weaved through the manicured gardens.
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Set amid lush tropical grounds, the property feels intimate and exclusive, and it is a world away from the busy Playa del Carmen. Indeed, the hotel is well placed away from huge resorts and the clamor of crowds. Swimming pools with ocean views, a romantic beach, easygoing bars, and excellent dining options create a sense of detachment from everyday life. The spa, one of the newest additions to the hotel’s offering, adds to the sense of tranquility.
We’d start every day at Esencia with coffee and freshly-baked pastries, delivered to the little storage box on our porch. It’s a lovely tradition, which tended to put us into a good mood first thing — and it is but one example of a well-thought-of and friendly service. After breakfast, there was as much or as little to do as we wanted, from chilling by the pool to an occasional sightseeing trip. The long beach, always empty, was perfect for long walks, and the restaurant, well attended and run, ensured culinary delights in between.
We stayed here outside of the busiest season, and the hotel was quiet and almost deserted — which suited us just fine. And when we come back to Mexico and the Riviera Maya region, we’d know where to check back in.
Categories: Beach resorts, Boutique hotels, Classic luxury, Honeymoon, Luxury hotels, Modern design, Quiet location, Relaxing vacation, Romantic, Secluded location, Spa, Tropical vacation, Wedding hotels,
Number of rooms & suites: 29
Rate per night: From $615 USD
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A favorite spot for honeymooners and families alike (and an occasional celebrity), Esencia offers luxury and privacy, a great level of attention to detail, and true culinary delights.
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Author: Travel+Style. Last updated: 18/07/2022
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