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4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Carretera Tulum-Cancun KM, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #21 of 199 hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed at the Escencia last April while we were in town for a wedding. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and hope to return for a longer stay some day. The rooms were clean and very pretty. I enjoyed that each one felt like our own little cottage. Each morning a continental breakfast and coffee... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We joined our friends here who raved about this little hotel. No big flashy signs or entrance, hidden from the road, you enter into what feels like a secret jungle retreat. A short golf cart ride thru tropical plants and flowers and iguanas everywhere, you reach the main grounds of the resort. Well manicured and more rustic than the typical... More

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far one of the best hotels/estates I have ever stayed at. This staff is incredibly detailed and delightfully gracious. You feel like your staying at a beautiful house - there is no slickness of a hotel feel here. The sea completes this story, you become part of the environment and fall into a slow and peaceful state of mind.... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Robmacfrog, Muchas gracias! Thank you so much for deciding on Esencia Estate for your holiday It makes us really happy to know that you had a wonderful stay and were able to disconnect. We appreciate your recognition of the staff – they are the heart of Esencia and this is a natural reflection of what we do best, to... More

Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed with family including two babies. Adults and children coexist wonderfully. We felt like staying in our own villa by the Caribbean. If you prefer the Ritz Carltons,the Mandarins, the Four Seasons, this is not the place for you. This is a jewel holtel wiht less than thirty rooms in independent villas built near the seaside residence of the... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Bovone, Muchas gracias! We are so pleased to read of your recent experience and that you and your family found your “jewel” and had a wonderful visit. As you so describe Esencia’s intimate surroundings with it´s adults and children’s pools, and beautiful white sand beach offers all guests the space to totally relax and enjoy. We look forward to... More

Lima, Peru
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104 reviews 104 reviews
29 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful location. A series of two story villas (I suite each) set in lightly wooded gardens leading to the main house and a lovely beach. There is a restaurant in the garden with a lounge and bar, a nice lounge area in the house and a restaurant by the pool area that will also serve you on the beach. The... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear 1anon, Thank you for your comments and sharing your experience. I note you were part of the wedding party and are happy to read that you enjoyed your stay and found Esencia perfect for romancing and relaxing! I have taken not of your observations and these are being addressed. I would like to take this opportunity to comment that... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We've been fortunate to travel to many areas of the world and this was by far the best vacation we've ever been on! Absolute amazing, beautiful, relaxing, secluded paradise. The suite was lovely with so many amenities included in the rate. The service was perfect-attentive, friendly and very gracious in their hospitality. The food was wonderful-so fresh and amazing 3... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear jhsphilly, Gracias. Thank you for your comments. We’re so happy to read that you found in Esencia Estate your paradise! Peace, relaxation and pampering is what we enjoy doing best and so glad you experienced our Aroma SPA where the combination of its unique ambiance and treatments are second to none! We look forward to your return visit next... More

Fork, MD
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Second stay at Esencia Estate and truly spectacular. Early May booking in a lovely and spacious Garden Suite with all amenities, including plunge pool and outdoor shower (inside shower too), steps away from Aroma Spa and short walk to the duchess's villa, restaurant and one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya. Extraordinary staff anticipates your needs and respects... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Bruce D., Many thanks for your comments. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us again and that we were able to once more provide you with the setting for relaxing. That is our sole purpose. A real pleasure to welcome you back and we look forward to your third stay and many more visits... More

Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The accommodations/room was perfect and spotless (very clean) The little details as the incense and the night candle, beach bag and sandals, to the morning tea are just so well thought out and so very thorough. Further, the room, the decor, the construction = perfection! Our dipping pool was the perfect temperature and again so clean!... being in the middle... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear J V, Muchas gracias! Your narrative of your experience captures the very essence of Esencia Estate and your praise will be very cherished. I have shared your comments on the staff, SPA, food and the bar with the team. We have noted the delivery issue and this I trust we have remedied. We are so happy that you found... More

Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We spent our anniversary weekend there May 16. we booked the garden view room got upgraded to garden view with plunge pool. Very friendly staff. If you need or ask for something happens less then 10 mins. Our reservation included room and the breakfast ( which was always delicious). They offer you so many complimentary things, one thing we loved... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Servingo, So happy to know that you chose Esencia Estate to celebrate your anniversary and more so that you had a marvelous experience. I have noted your recognition of our beach attendants, Oswaldo and Enrique – two of our exceptional staff members who are there to ensure your every wish is taken care of even before you imagine it!... More

Montgomery, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed at Esencia over the Memorial Day weekend and we absolutely loved it because it precisely the kind of property that we like. For starters, it's an exclusive property that doesn't feel anything like the big resorts you'll find elsewhere in the area. The employees were genuinely friendly and welcoming. If you're into spa treatments, this place has some... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear dio9mm80, Gracias. Thank you for writing and sharing your recent experience over Memorial weekend. So glad that Esencia was what you were looking for and that we met your expectations. I appreciate your recognition of the staff – they do as you say, are genuinely friendly and welcoming. It’s from the heart. The SPA is definitely not to be... More

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Address: Carretera Tulum-Cancun KM, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Esencia 4.5*
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Esencia Playa Del Carmen
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Esencia Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style
#5 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen #15 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen #18 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen #19 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen #20 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
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Esencia is a 50-acre private estate, with an awe-inspiring beachfront, two swimming pools, day spa, gourmet restaurant, and an indulgent atmosphere fitting of royalty. In fact, the property and many of the buildings once served as the exclusive beach-side retreat of an actual Italian duchess. Though friendly, warm and generous, the duchess demands the very best and Esencia still benefits from her superior taste, her impeccable style and her zest for life. ... more   less 
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