Hotel Esencia – An Oasis of Wellness in the Riviera Maya

From the moment you arrive at Hotel Esencia, located about half way between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Mexico in the Riviera Maya, everything is a bit of a discovery. With only one demure sign signaling the resort’s entrance, you travel slowly through the jungle on a small road, before arriving at the small “front desk” office. From there, you hop on a golf cart and eventually arrive to the main resort area.

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The walkway snakes past several rooms, tucked away into the jungle, the spa, a large grassy opening, before arriving at the beautiful main house, spotting the sandy beach of Xpu-ha , one of the only remaining undeveloped shores of the Mayan Riviera, through the massive windows on all sides.

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If you’re looking for something a little different for your next family beach vacation – here’s why you need to consider Hotel Esencia in Mexico.

A Health and Wellness Oasis

The spa is a must-do while at Hotel Esencia. In addition to beautiful treatment rooms, the spa is complete with a kitchen where herbs from the on-site garden are dried and pounded into natural lotions, pastes and tinctures for a variety of treatments.

Every morning, one of the on-site yoga-instructors takes guests through an house of sunrise yoga on the specialty-built platform, just steps from the Caribbean sea.

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Finally, the beach here is private and definitely one of the best in the area. To the left there is open land with no development and to the right is a small, more rustic hotel under management of the same owner. On the beach you have access to paddle boards, kayaks and other fun beach toys. It’s a private beach playground!

Unique Design and Style 

Great care and attention has been given to design and decor here. Saying true to the original design of the private home, the entire property effortlessly combines natural structures (think palapa roofing) with clean lines and white walls, as the original owner of the private home (and Italian duchess) originally created.


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Bright pops of yellow and blue punctuate the natural palate and clean, white walls throughout the property.

Ideal Rooms for Families 

Here you will NOT be cramming a family of 4 into 2, side-by-side Queen beds. The villas at Hotel Esencia are perfect for families, including a private pool, sitting area with TV, and two bedrooms – a master and a perfect children’s room.

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The standard 1-bedroom suites all have plenty of space to relax, including a nice outdoor sitting area. Additionally, they all come with a very private, romantic plunge pool.

Spectacular Food and Drink 

Most meals are taken at the pool restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. With everything from delicious fresh fish and gourmet club sandwiches to perfectly simple ceviches, the menu has plenty of variety and combines the unique tastes of the Riviera Maya with a more refined, urban feel. Main dishes range from $18 – $35 per person.

And as with the new Hotel Unico (which I had visited right before), mixology is a fixture here. We were served the most delicious drink that included a watermelon juice ice cube, tequila and a perfectly spicy array of flavors that combined to produce a truly wonderful libation.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hotel Esencia for your next family vacation (also perfect for a girls getaway or a destination wedding or large family celebration – you can rent out the entire property!) please contact me asap. I look forward to hearing from you!

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