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(Press 'Time Out on 16 September 2008')

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is home to the country’s most paradisiacal beaches. For boutique pleasures by the sand just a short drive from Playa del Carmen – and light years away from brash Cancún in terms of ambience – is Esencia, probably Mexico’s best hotel. Both guest rooms and cottages are plain a...

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(Press 'Conde Nast Traveller (US) on 15 June 2006')

Earthy, spartan, luxurious. These words rarely apply to a single property, yet they aptly describe the Hotel Esencia. Guests enter the 11-acre property through a traditional Mayan mud hut, then walk along a jungle path to the main building, which holds 9 guest rooms (the others are in cottages an...

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(Press 'Travel & Leisure on 15 November 2006')

The Yucatan Peninsula’s eastern shore is home to spectacular beaches and the world’s second-longest coral reef. A hideout for hippies and honeymooners, it’s lately become a magnet for families, who’ve discovered the impressive waterfront resorts, plus snorkeling, eco-parks, and Mayan ruins all wi...

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(Press 'Jet Set Reports on 16 April 2008')

It’s not your usual Mayan resort, this magical private estate, in fact most people that arrive to the area have never even heard of it. But Esencia is without hesitation one of the best hotels you’ll find in Playa del Carmen with a non-chain spirit of an independent luxury hotel located on a 50-a...

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Helen Dolan (Staff)

Esencia is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been with two gorgeous pools overlooking the stunning beach whilst the rest of the resort nestles amongst the shady greenery of the Yucatan Peninsula. The restaurant offers fantastic fusion food and overall there is an unobtrusive but extremel...

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Mark Beken (Staff)

There are very few places that instil such a sense of happiness and wellbeing as Esencia. It is one of those hotels that just seems to work on every level: the service is excellent but not over-the-top, the food delicious, and the rooms spacious and calming. I loved the spa with its rustic organi...

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Guest Comments

Esencia was completely fabulous and we will definitely return. FG, Dec 08

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