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4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Carretera Tulum-Cancun KM, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Ranked #30 of 198 hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent 6 highly enjoyable days in this wonderful small hotel. It ticks all the boxes for service, smiles, rooms, food, beach, beautiful gardens - oh the list just goes on, they are just so good at everything. We ate in the restaurant for 3 nights and ventured out for the rest. It was only when we visited Playa del... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Blueflossy13, What a wonderful and “superb” compliment you have given us. Thank you. It is for me really a great honor to read and to know that all the staff provided you and your husband a most enjoyable stay. It means we are on the right track. Everyone here at Esencia Estate have but one thing in mind to... More

NY,NY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If your idea of a vacation is an all inclusive resort with 2,000 rooms and mediocre food, stop reading. If you want the best in service, great food and a gorgeous beach that never feels crowded, this is your place. Here's a typical day: Wake up to fresh brewed coffee and homemade pastries outside your door. Take the morning yoga... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear baycrestbeachbum, We are very happy to receive your comments from your recent stay. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. I believe you summed up perfectly the ideal day at Esencia – that is what it is all about! Total relaxation, and allow us to pamper you as much as you want. I’m glad we did. I have noted... More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

just back a week a go an excellent place to be in with fantastic location very central , reception and all staff are great and very helpful ,room service is first class with nothing too much trouble , a lot of lovely places to eat and drink ,management team are excellent

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear kirstyhollis g, Greetings from the Riviera Maya! Thank you very much for posting the review. We're so glad to hear that you had a great time and that we were able to pamper you. That's what it's all about. Relax, settle in and we'll take care of the rest. All of us at Esencia Estate look forward to welcoming... More

Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was great, friendly, fast and with a smile. Accommodated Nina's special tequila needs. And she is right, anejo makes better margaritas. Small, 48 rooms, so never felt crowded. Beautiful beach. Food was great. Rooms beautiful. I'd do it again

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear MattaMorp, Thank you. Glad to read you enjoyed your stay with us and the margaritas - the bar staff have taken note and are now offering them too. I will share your comment with them. We'll be happy to welcome you back soon and the añejo margaritas will be waiting for you. All the best, Philip VIDAL Estate Manager More

NY, NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first vacation on the Mayan Riviera. I've been to the Caribbean before, and based on my experience here, I prefer the Caribbean side of Mexico to any of the islands. The hotel itself is small, and if you're looking for non-stop activities, and an all-inclusive atmosphere, this place isn't for you. The setting is quiet and intimate,... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear HudsonValleyFan, It is a pleasure to receive your comments. We are particularly happy to read that you decided on Esencia Estate for your first visit to the Riviera Maya and that you had a wonderful time. I have noted your remark about the children, we do receive a few families especially over holiday periods and i believe your visit... More

Briarcliff Manor, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just returned from three nights at this very beautiful resort. About an hour car ride from the Cancun airport this special place is located on the beach in a very secluded area. We were met outside the airport and driven to the resort where we were met by a lovely woman and then driven to our rooms via golf... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear FredSiegel, We appreciate your time to provide us with your observations from your recent visit. We are pleased to read that you and your party had a great time and I thank you for bringing to our attention those details that I know can possibly make or break your stay. I have reviewed your comments with the staff regarding... More

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
22 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stayed at the Esencia over Thanksgiving week. The hotel staff work hard to make sure your stay is as stress-free as possible. They are keen to make your stay enjoyable and relaxing...and they succeed. Everyone knows your name and room number. There are no checks to sign, everything is booked to you as-you-go along. They give you a copy... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear aginsf, I do appreciate and value you taking the time to write and comment on your stay during Thanksgiving last year. We are pleased that you and your partner enjoyed the service and our amenities. Thank you for bringing to my attention those little details that I am sorry were annoying to you. I am surprised to read that... More

2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We recently had our wedding at Esencia and it could not have been more perfect. From the moment we arrived, the friendly and attentive staff took superb care of us and our 45 guests, all of whom were staying at Esencia. When we first visited Esencia back in September 2013, we knew within minutes of arriving that we had to... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Harlepat, Thank you! It was our pleasure to be able to be part of this very special moment in your lives. The staff enjoy very much what they do and it is not so much a job but true inbred passion to make sure as best possible that everyone who visits Esencia has a wonderful time. To read your... More

Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We absolutely loved Essencia. It's a small, intimate resort where everyone knows your name. Compared to other resorts along the Mexican Riveria, this feels like an oasis all to your self (not with hundreds of people poolside). The garden room suites are set away in a jungle like setting along with several ocean view suites. The white sand beach was... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Seattletraveler62, Your opening line makes our day and our work all the more worthwhile. It is wonderful to read you “absolutely loved Esencia”. All of us who form part of Esencia do so with great satisfaction and this reaffirms our efforts. Your review sets the pace of how you should enjoy Esencia. Thank you. We look forward to your... More

NYC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We spent six days at the Esencia where we attended a friend's wedding and cannot say enough about our wonderful stay. The property was beautiful with the garden suites situated in the jungle. The main house faces two pools and the ocean where shaded palapas have been set up on the beach. The beach was quiet and there are not... More

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hotelesencia, Director General at Esencia, responded to this review

Dear scubagirlNYC, Thank you for sharing your review on Esencia Estate. We are thrilled to read you had a wonderful stay whilst attending your friends wedding. We appreciate even more the fact that you were finally able to visit after having to cancel in 2012 due to Sandy. And, especially that this was your first trip with your baby. It... More

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Additional Information about Esencia

Also Known As:
Esencia Hotel
Esencia Playa Del Carmen
Esencia Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Esencia Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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
Amenities:
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
#16 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#22 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Esencia 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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