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

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.

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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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