We traveled to Esencia for a three-day escape. We arrived late at night to a beautiful ocean view room with a complimentary bottle of wine and cheese plate, a very nice touch since the restaurant was closed for the evening. Unfortunately, our room had a plumbing problem the first night, and we awoke at 7 am to the sounds of a chainsaw being used just outside our room (on the next property). Really disappointing! But what could have been a bad experience for us was handled beautifully by the staff. They were very responsive to our concerns and relocated us to another ocean view room away from the property perimeter, which was equally lovely and very quiet.
Resort services: the restaurant staff was attentive and knowledgeable, and they even gave us some of their delicious habanero sauce to take home. Try the ceviche at lunch - it is excellent. The spa was beautiful and the massage I had - four elements, I think - was super relaxing. My partner did yoga in the morning and really enjoyed the class in the outdoor pavilion. The costs of meals and spa services are similar to NYC prices, so don't expect a bargain, but you'll get good value.
The beach is lovely - very white sand and calm aqua water, and the water temperature was perfect for me (I like it on the warm side). The cabanas are a great way to escape the midday sun while soaking in the beach atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Esencia is a 50-acre private estate, with an awe-inspiring beachfront, two swimming pools, day spa, two restaurants, 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 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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- Also Known As:
- Esencia Playa Del Carmen
- Esencia Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Hotel Esencia Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico