Hotel Esencia

Near Tulum, on Mexico's Riviera Maya


Master suite

Master suite

Master suite

Jungle suite with plunge pool

Jungle suite with plunge pool

Ocean suite

Jungle suite

Suite life at "the most heavenly hotel on Earth" – a multi-award-winner on stunning Xpu-Ha beach

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Accommodation in a Jungle suite, on a room-only basis.

This offer is available for stays between July and November 2017 and is based on two adults only. Additional occupants are not permitted without prior permission of the hotel, and are subject to additional fees specified by the hotel.

A minimum two-night stay is required.

This hotel is pet-friendly. One dog up to 10 pounds is welcome for a fee of $100 (plus tax) per night payable directly to the hotel; please contact the hotel directly prior to your arrival to arrange.

Early check-in is at 12pm and late check-out at 2pm.

Please note that early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability.

The discount:

The advertised discount percentage is the highest possible discount when you book this room with Secret Escapes. This discount is calculated on the basis of the regular retail price on the hotel website for the same room category and listed extras.

Prices and availability were checked on 07/07/2017.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not permitted.

All-out luxury on the beach at an idyllic, multi-award-winning hideaway built for an Italian duchess, with a stunning suite and a plunge-pool option

Hotel Esencia should really be called Hotel Esencial, because if there’s any one Mexican hotel that you should visit in your lifetime, it’s this one. (It's the one hotel you should visit in the Caribbean, too, according to Condé Nast Traveller.) Small Luxury Hotels of the World even called it the Best Resort Hotel in the Americas, and The Sunday Times deemed it “the most heavenly hotel on Earth.” This Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2016 property was built on the beach considered the Riviera Maya’s prettiest, for an Italian duchess, and it continues to feel like a home where you're treated like royalty. Beach bags, Havaianas, morning pastries and afternoon tea are all complimentary, and every suite comes with a garden- or sea-view terrace.

This idyllic hideaway boasts a private beach, where turtles come to nest in certain seasons (the staff will let you know when their precious hatchlings are out and about), two restaurants, drawing from garden-grown ingredients whenever possible and a health club, with a juice bar and state-of-the-art organic spa. Yoga happens at sunrise, and after dark, you can raid your also-complimentary minibar or watch a flick from the movie library. Forget a royal home – this will strike you as some kind of tropical dreamland.


Each suite at Hotel Esencia comes with a sweeping view, whether of the gardens or the Caribbean Sea, and this is just one of many extravagant touches. Enjoy a walk-in closet, a generously sized HDTV with on-demand movies and a sound system with iPod and iPhone plug-ins, along with a complimentary minibar.

The tranquil Jungle suites encircle the property's tropical gardens. Offering either one king or two queen beds, these suites also include a private terrace with a seating area. You can also opt to stay in a Jungle suite with its own private plunge pool.

Ocean suites are found in the main house and offer swanky seclusion near the heart of the hotel. There's a large private terrace overlooking the pools and Xpu-ha cove, while an airy living room and spacious bathroom make this a true home away from home.

In main house, you'll also find the two Master suites, which boast panoramic views of the grounds and the Caribbean. Considered the architectural gems of the estate, these luxurious accommodations offer a king bed, master bathroom, and grand terraces.


- Nespresso machine
- Fine European linens
- Safe
- Complimentary 40MB Wi-Fi
- DVD player
- Twice-daily maid service
- Express dry-cleaning and laundry service

Dishes at the hotel artfully toe the line between simple and sophisticated, creative and comforting, Mexican and Mediterranean. They can be taken either at the pool or in the breezy palm garden, with highlights of the menu including quinoa-beetroot salad with courgette and radicchio and the grilled catch of the day. Complimentary treats are offered here, such as morning pastries and fruit and afternoon tea; there’s also a juice bar, serving cold-pressed blends of local fruits and vegetables.

The spa is somewhere between a quiet sanctuary and, in its commitment to approaching wellness with a scientist’s scrutiny and precision, a state-of-the-art laboratory. Treatments run from a purifying lime ritual, referencing ancient Mayan healing techniques, to facials with Tata Harper skincare products. Reflexology and Reiki are both employed in therapies, and beauty services, such as French manicures and make-up applications, are also available. Afterwards, you can engage in a refreshing workout at the climate-controlled gym, which offers personal instruction and houses Technogym cardio machines and Pilates reformers.

If there’s a place to experience blissful seclusion, this is it. The property has a stretch of beach to itself, including access to a protected reef sanctuary with turtles that occasionally come up to nest on the sands. Snorkel gear is provided, so you can see the marine dwellers up close; you may also take a dip in your choice of heated pools.

If you manage to leave – we won’t blame you if not – the landmarks and natural wonders of the Riviera Maya are all within driving distance. See the Mayan ruins of Tulum or Chichen Itza, wander the UNESCO World Heritage-protected mangrove forests of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, hit the links at a Robert Trent Jones 27-hole golf course, attend a dance party in Playa del Carmen, or go free diving with world-record holder Macarena Benitez.

Carretera Cancun-Tulum Km 265 Xpu-Ha, 77750 Xpu Ha, Mexico

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We like

  • Sleeping in a suite at "the most heavenly hotel on Earth," and feeling you're in a tropical dreamland
  • The hotel's private beach, considered the most spectacular stretch of the Riviera Maya
  • Dining on dishes of locally sourced produce in the Small Luxury Hotel of the World’s palm garden
  • Nibbling fresh pastries, just one complimentary perk, alongside beach bags and afternoon tea

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