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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve just returned from 5 days at Hotel Esencia with my two children and WOW I cannot believe how perfect this place is. As other reviews have pointed out here it’s an absolute paradise on one of the prettiest white beaches I’ve ever seen. Lots of places have a nice beach but what’s exceptional here is that you feel like... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hotel Esencia is not only spectacularly beautiful, the service, the food, and all the amenities were sensational. The owner, Kevin Wendle, is wonderful and the staff is great. We swam in the sea and the pools. We awoke to peacocks at our door most days. It was paradise.

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are frequent business and vacation travelers and I have traveled to Tulum and the Riviera Maya a few times before. In this case, we were desperate to escape from kids and work hustle bustle. The doctor ordered relaxation and comfort in a sophisticated environment that wouldn't overwhelm with glitz or unctuousness. Hotel Esencia nailed it! The hotel boasts that... More 

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

Dear SFJJ, Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful 5 star review! I'm happy that we were able to deliver on the rest and relaxation you were looking for -- away from the family for a long weekend. We also love having families here at Hotel Esencia (I have two children of my own), and we offer a wide... More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is LONG over due! We have stayed here many, many times. Each time, we feel blessed to have been here! Great beach, amazing rooms, fantastic food. I can NOT say enough about this place. We normally stay in Rosas suite, but all of the rooms are great. We love the beach and the service is the BEST!

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

Dear eavesfam67, Thanks so much for thinking of us! Your kind review is much appreciated. As you probably remember Hotel Esencia was once the private hideaway villa of an Italian duchess so it still feels very much like a private estate. We have many repeat guests who like yourselves consider Hotel Esencia their home away from home in Mexico. The... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel Esencia is a rare gem indeed! To find a pristine beach matched with such stylish decor, high end food and service along is a rarity in Mexico! I've had my share of experiences at boutique hotels from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta, and this one is a stand out stellar example of what a property can be! Tulum is clearly... More 

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

Dear brettdc81, Thanks so much for your lovely 5 star review! This is especially nice coming from a frequent traveler like yourself who is clearly familiar with other hotels in the region. It's true that you will not find a better beach nearby. We are quite fortunate to be the only hotel here on this wide and long stretch of... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel Esencia in Mexico is our favorite new discovery on the most beautiful quiet beach I’ve ever seen anywhere in the Americas. We are frequent travelers and I have to say that Hotel Esencia wins the prize hands down for its spectacular location, stunning simple decor, delicious healthy meals, sweet caring staff, and thoughtful details to be found in every... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • 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 Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • 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: $495 - $1,247 (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 On the Beach Hotel in Xpu-Ha
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Xpu-Ha
#1 Spa Hotel in Xpu-Ha
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