Hotel Esencia

Carretra Tulum - Cancun KM 265, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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  • Public Spaces19.5
  • Service19.5
  • Overall19.5
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Hotel Description

A mere forty miles south of the glitz and hustle of Cancun lies a decidedly more relaxed section of the Riviera Maya. But usually wherever there are blinding white sand beaches and water so clear you can discern the precise shade of your toenail polish, the developers are close behind. Even this far down the coast, the discriminating traveler needs to do a little legwork to escape the generic experience of the all-inclusive chain resort. Enter the Hotel Esencia, an intimate 29-room beachside escape, an antidote to the tacky high-rise hotels springing up on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

The main structure at the Esencia, a converted home of a European duchess, houses a handful of guest rooms. The majority of guest quarters, however, are situated in free-standing beach cottages with extra amenities like private pools and butlers. Whatever the extent of your splurge, though, you’d have to be a duchess yourself not to feel pampered at the Esencia. All of the rooms are swathed in pristine white Egyptian cotton and accented with trappings of the sea: chunks of coral, pieces of driftwood. Exquisite little gardens, hammocks for a lazy afternoon, airy terraces for taking in the sea view (the Riviera Maya’s main attraction) – each of the guest rooms is slightly different but all of them are simple and simply lavish.

Like other resorts in the area, the Esencia organizes excursions like snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle walks, and windsurfing. One unique offering, though, is the organic spa, using principles of ancient medicine. Sign up for a massage and you’ll be taking in the fresh open air and the ocean while you relax on the table. Sal y Fuego, the hotel’s restaurant, serves up an international menu with a Mexican twist. Try the recommended house specialty: fish or meat slow-cooked in banana leaves, but — here’s the kicker — underground, in accordance with what’s apparently a Meso-American cooking tradition.

How to get there:

Esencia is (40 miles) a 50 minute drive south of Cancun International airport. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com to arrange a transfer.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 29 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Wake-up service
  • Yoga

Need to Know

50% of the total per stay is required at time of booking. US$ 100 processing fee applies for any date changes, night reductions or cancellations.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • Pool Villa

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 1130 ft²/105 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea or pool.

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • CD player
    • central air conditioning
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • iPod docking station
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • terrace
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Garden Suite

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    • 592 ft²/55 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • CD player
    • central air conditioning
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • iPod docking station
    • minibar
    • safe
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Garden Suite With Plunge Pool

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    • 645 ft²/60 m².
    Amenities

    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • CD player
    • central air conditioning
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iPod docking station
    • minibar
    • plunge pool
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • soaking tub
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Master Suite

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 861 ft²/80 m².
    Amenities

    Views: partial ocean, partial sea or pool.

    This room includes:

    • CD player
    • central air conditioning
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iPod docking station
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • safe
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • working desk
  • Ocean Suite

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 861 ft²/80 m².
    Amenities

    Views: partial sea.

    This room includes:

    • complimentary minibar
    • espresso machine
    • iPod docking station
    • on demand movies
    • safe
    • standard television
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Wake-up service
  • Yoga

Need to Know

50% of the total per stay is required at time of booking. US$ 100 processing fee applies for any date changes, night reductions or cancellations.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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