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Hotel Esencia

  • Where:
  • Why:Trip with pals
  • When:January
  • Who:Me, my boyfriend and our two friends
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Hotel Esencia Soaking up the sun by the pool

Soaking up the sun by the pool

Hotel Esencia Dusk rolls in

Dusk rolls in

Hotel Esencia Having fun at our private rooftop plunge pool

Having fun at our private rooftop plunge pool

Hotel Esencia Paddle boards on the beach

Paddle boards on the beach

Hotel Esencia Our suite looking over the jungle

Our suite looking over the jungle

Hotel Esencia View at one of the hotel pools

View at one of the hotel pools

Hotel Esencia Beautiful design in the hotel salon

Beautiful design in the hotel salon

Hotel Esencia The Hotel Esencia beach

The Hotel Esencia beach

Hotel Esencia Watching the sunrise from bed

Watching the sunrise from bed

Hotel Esencia Morning view

Morning view

Highs & Lows

  • The beautiful surroundings.

  • The abundance of treats — from the little evening gift on your pillow after turn down and the Havaianas flip flops, to the beach basket and departing gift of local chocolates.

  • The food was wonderful, and having restaurants to choose from is the dream.

  • The water sports available are amazing — from paddle boarding and kite surfing, to abundant snorkeling — there's lots to do on the beach if you're feeling like some action.

  • Complimentary afternoon tea.

  • Sadly pets/dogs are not allowed, but the hotel is family friendly and inclusive to all ages however young — it's a lovely environment.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Escape

  • Vibe

    Quiet, intimate, private, beautiful, effortless

  • Location

    Sitting within 50 acres of private jungle

  • Rooms

    42 suites, 3 villas

  • Arrival Experience

    On arrival we were greeted as old friends, and then taken by golf buggy to our rooms with refreshing welcome drinks — it was the perfect arrival

  • Future Forward

    Innovative wellness technology, environmentally conscious

  • Music

    Ambient background music at the restaurants

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Alfonso Nunez

  • Health & Wellness

    Wellness suites with private gyms in your room, water sports, fully equipped state-of-the-art gym, Mayan-style spa

  • Food

    Sensational Mexican fusion at the beachfront restaurant with spectacular 180 degree views, and the Beefbar Esencia for a selection of exceptional meat cuts — simple comfort food meets fine dining

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    8 am yoga is the event of the day

  • Minibar & Retail

    Fully stocked minibar and on-site boutique

  • Accessibility

    Easily accessible

  • Pet Friendly

    No pets allowed

  • Children

    Family friendly and welcoming

  • Price

    Reassuringly expensive — and worth it

  • Website

    Visit website

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Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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