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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Romantic stay in a gorgeous suite. From the moment we stepped onto the grounds we were overcome by how beautiful the Hotel Esencia property is. It feels like you enter an exclusive estate. The garden suites are tucked back in the lush landscape for maximum privacy. We stayed in the main house in a suite with one private patio facing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautifully presented hotel which lives up to all expectations. Seamless and friendly service with an excellent spa. We very much enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends and clients.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not a fan of anything in the Cancun area, all huge, big box hotels, all inclusive mega resorts and mass tourism; however we discovered a little Jewel in between all of this. After an hour drive from Cancun airport, we arrived in this magical, amazing mansion on the beach, service is beyond, grounds are stunning, rooms are simply... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read the reviews and had pretty high expectations for Hotel Esencia. I was pleasantly surprised to find it even BETTER than expected. I have been to the area many times over the years (never to this hotel), but this was my husband's first time. Wanted it to be romantic, restful and relaxing. It was all that and more.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

My experience at Esencia was amazing. I absolutely loooooved the place! It is gorgeous and yet relaxing and it's the perfect place to go to detach from the craziness of your life routine. The place is classy and sophisticated, non comparable to the overrated 5 stars big Cancun resorts. The tropical surrounding makes it even more special and unique. Peaceful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

About a 35-minute drive up the coast from Tulum, on the pristine and private Xpu-ha beach, sits Hotel Esencia. Originally the home of an Italian Duchess, 29-room Esencia still feels more like a private estate than a five-star resort, making it the perfect secluded retreat for our honeymoon. Everything about the hotel is well thought out. From the white-washed rooms... More 

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5 Thank CC C
Kevin W, Owner at Hotel Esencia, responded to this review

Dear CC C, A million thanks for your thoughtful, detailed 5 star review. I'm so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us! I will be sure to alert my staff to your kind comments. We still have your straw hat and will keep it in a safe place for your return! All the best, Kevin Wendle... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is an overdue review for our visit to Hotel Esencia & Al Cielo in late March of 2016. We stayed two nights at Al Cielo then two nights at Hotel Esencia. My boyfriend and I travelled from NYC to Hotel Esencia to celebrate his birthday. It was a very easy trip from NYC ----> Cancun .... the BF and... More 

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Kevin W, Owner at Hotel Esencia, responded to this review

Dear laurentaflinger, Thanks so much for your beautiful review -- I'm happy to hear that my team provided a 5 star experience during your boyfriend's special birthday weekend. Our fresh fish tacos are also my personal favorite and they are our best seller so I can't disagree with you there! We look forward to your next visit. All the best,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Waking up at 5am to watch sea turtles hatch, watching the sun rise from the white sandy beach, digging into the cakes and coffee delivered to our balcony.... and all of this on our first morning! This hotel was perfection. Our room was amazing, the beach and pool spectacular and the staff so lovely and accommodating. Our only problem was...... More 

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Kevin W, Owner at Hotel Esencia, responded to this review

Dear FeathersLucey, Thanks so much for your nice comments! I'm so pleased that you didn't miss the annual hatching of the sea turtles. It's such a moving experience to watch them march to the sea. Unfortunately this only happens on our beach on random days between July and October but it's always an unforgettable experience. I'm always grateful to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Pretty perfect, this place. Best beach I have ever seen, food spectacular, service impeccable, rooms gorgeous. So quaint, luxurious and private. I cant think of one single criticism. Thanks Meredith at Casto Vacations for setting everything up.

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2 Thank Heather N
Kevin W, Owner at Hotel Esencia, responded to this review

Dear Heather N, How thoughtful of you to post such nice feedback -- thank you! I can assure you that we are not perfect but as you know my staff works very hard to ensure a near perfect holiday beach vacation. We are blessed to be located on the very best beach in the Riviera Maya. One of our guests... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Hidden away in the jungle hotel Esencia is a perfect retreat for 3 or 4 days of relaxation. On a perfect soft white sand beach with Aqua sea, the hotel is boutique, quiet and friendly. The staff are very helpful, bilingual and friendly. The rooms are all white with good air conditioning and room fans. We had a garden unit... More 

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Kevin W, Owner at Hotel Esencia, responded to this review

Dear dollydraws, Thanks so much for your lovely 5 star review! Though I always love hearing nice feedback about our beach, our food, and our spacious white suites, I especially enjoyed reading your comments about all of the incredible wildlife on our property. Those colorful butterflies and peacocks never cease to take my breath away. I hope we will have... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about Hotel Esencia

Address: Calle Carretera Federal KM 265, Xpu-Ha 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Xpu-Ha
Price Range: $515 - $1,410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Esencia 4.5*
Number of rooms: 29
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Also Known As:
Esencia Playa Del Carmen
Esencia Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Hotel Esencia Riviera Maya, Mexico - Xpu-Ha
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Xpu-Ha
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Xpu-Ha
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