Ines Munoz De Baena

Hotel Esencia

  • Where:Mayan Riviera, Mexico
  • Why:Holiday
  • When:January
  • Who:My family and me
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Tejon...you see them running all around the property.

The hotel beach bag made with all natural fibers.

Main house living room with a tea and coffee station.

Lounging on the beach with the best view.

Pool restaurant. They have a special bbq once a week that was my favorite.

Handmade tiles on all of the restaurant tables.

La Torre master suite view.

Garden suite. The carpets in every room were specially made for the hotel, inspired by the forties.

A view of the hotel from the rocks on the way to the natural spring water lagoon.

Instead of bread they bring plantains and vegetable chips with a spread made of pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) and tomatoes.

Great place to relax if you don’t want to be in the sand.

Surfboard made custom for the hotel. Esencia has the most Amazing details.

Highs & Lows

  • The staff is super friendly.

  • The beach. There isn’t anything nearby...it’s almost as if the hotel owns the beach.

  • The homey feeling.

  • The food needs to be improved, nothing super special.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Timeless, sophisticated and luxurious boutique hotel on the beach. The attention to detail makes you feel like you are at a private villa on a pristine beach.

  • Vibe

    Chic and timeless sophistication yet very very homey.

  • Location

    Off the grid, far enough from Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

  • Rooms

    29 rooms and 2 pool villas.

  • Music

    The playlists were carefully curated by Michel Gaubert, famous French DJ known for setting the tunes for top fashion shows.

  • Year Opened

    The current management took over in 2014, but the property dates back to the days of Rosa Rodoqanaqui.

  • Designed By

    It was previously the home of the duchess of Ferrari, Rosa Rodoqanaqui, who designed the villa.

  • Pool/Gym

    2 pools and a fully equipped spa/gym with everything that you might need to continue your workout routine while on holiday.

  • Restaurant

    International food and Mexican dishes cooked with locally sourced ingredients.

  • Bar

    They have a great juice bar overlooking the ocean next to the pool. The Resaga Smoothie is the best one for a midday snack.

  • Minibar

    Mexican delicacies: fried plantains, Mexican fruit roll up, chocolate, organic chewing gum and other munchies.

  • Children

    Yes, they will have a blast. There are different activities for children.

  • Price

    Expensive luxury

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