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Hotel Esencia

Xpu-ha, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean coastline and powder white sands of Xpu-Ha beach on the Riviera Maya, Esencia offers an intimate boutique hideaway from which to enjoy ocean adventures and the rich Mayan culture of the Yucatan Peninsula.

At a Glance

  • Set on 50-acre private estate on the tranquil, sugar-white sand beach of Xpu Ha

  • Beautiful hacienda style house that used to be owned by an Italian Dutchess

  • Offers a truly personal and boutique hotel experience for both couples and families

  • Very bright and light design with a fresh feel

  • Excellent fusion Mexican food served in the restaurant and seaside grill

  • Calm and secluded located on a small beach

  • Two storey beach bar serving fresh pressed juice and mouth-wateringly good cocktails

  • A small oasis on an undeveloped beach

  • Access to the world's second largest barrier reef offers excellent snorkeling and diving

  • Spa specializes in ancient, holistic treatments and offers complimentary daily yoga classes

  • For a party with family or friends take over Esencia's fabulous ocean front villa 'Yuum Ha', complete with a private chef & butler

Beach, Couples, Family, Parties & events

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Who said that families and boutique style don't mix? Esencia is proof that the two work, so don't be afraid to bring the children.

Maudie Tomlinson

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Make sure you try the 'ceviche' - the chef's specialty. It's a delicious dish of fish cured in lime juices with a hint of fresh chili. The perfect lunchtime snack.

Helen McKenzie

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If you fancy being active then you can learn to kitesurf or windsurf just 500m down the beach. A great way to top up and the tan and work up an appetite at the same time!

Helen McKenzie

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Catch an early morning yoga class to re-energise for the days explorations!

Cheska Lowe

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Everything used in the spa is natural and organic - the stress reliever massage is amazing and will rid any tension!

Maudie Tomlinson

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There is a coral reef sanctuary for sea turtles and colorful fish just steps from the hotels beach and so make sure to have a snorkel.

Scarlett Richard

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Give the i-pod left in your room a listen. The play list has been carefully put together by French DJ Michel Gaubert exclusively for guests.

Scarlett Richard

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On Fridays enjoy a traditional Mexican open barbecue facing the beach with live music

Scarlett Richard

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Enjoy the freshly home baked pastry basket and coffee that is delivered to your room every morning, it's the best i've had in all the Riviera Maya!

Jenny Weidemann

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Esencia


Esencia's 50-acre private estate offers an intimate atmosphere with just 38 guest rooms and suites, the breathtaking jungle and beach front location offers an appealing tranquillity, away from the crowds of nearby bustling Playa del Carmen and popular Tulum. With two ocean front swimming pools, an extensive spa, two restaurants and friendly, discrete service, Esencia is a firm favorite of Scott Dunn's for both families and couples.

The guest rooms and suites are simple and elegant, featuring native hardwood furnishings, crisp white walls and floors, twelve-foot high ceilings, mahogany louvered doors and large windows that frame tropical garden and sea views. Other features include 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and Molton Brown amenities. The extra-large bathrooms have double rain-shower heads and private chef and butler service is available at all times. Esencia has two Two-Bedroom Cottages, which are the perfect choice for families and afford plenty of space and privacy and have their own private pool. For larger parties, about Esencia's beach front villa, accommodating nine people, making it ideal for a family vacation home or a big celebration.

The Aroma Spa features five treatment rooms, four Jacuzzis and two Mayan-styled domed steam rooms. The ancient holistic treatments include massage, herbal saunas and facials all performed with traditional organic methods using pure indigenous fruits, plants and herbs. The hotel’s restaurant Sal y Fuego serves mouthwatering rustic specialties using locally grown ingredients with an ethnic twist, while the beachfront restaurant Mistura serves a delicious blend of Peruvian, Japanese and Mexican cuisine.

Esencia is just 20 minutes south of Mayakoba and Playa del Carmen and 25 minutes north of Tulum. Given its privileged beachfront location, there is an abundance of non-motorized water sports on offer including scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing. Day expeditions to swim in fresh-water cenotes or dive in underground caverns, to visit ancient Mayan ruins from Tulum to Coba with expert guides and day trips out to the barrier reef to snorkel or dive can be arranged.


Esencia features 38 rooms and suites and three villages. 10 suites are hidden in the lush tropical gardens with their own private plunge pools whilst the two cottages can come with full staff including a cook and nanny (charged at an additional cost). Rooms feature Nespresso coffee machines, free minibar, 40MB wireless internet, movies on-demand, TVs and DVD players with a movie library and iPod sound system.

Offering ultimate luxury, Esencia has a stunning private villa nestled between 15 lush acres of well-manicured foliage. With three bedrooms, the villa can accommodate up to nine people and is just a three minute stroll from the beach.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Esencia. Babysitting is easily available upon request and there is also a children's pool.


Esencia has two restaurants serving rustic specialties using exotic local ingredients, a beach bar, private beach, two swimming pools, a gym and scuba diving club. There is also a 24 hour concierge service, DVD library and babysitting service. The Aroma spa offering massages, herbal saunas and facials all performed with traditional organic methods as well as a Jacuzzi.


During your stay at Esencia there are many activities which you can participate in. You could go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling along the world's second largest coral reef, windsurfing, sailing, play some golf and or get involved in some yoga classes. Or if you feel like having a lazy day, spend some time by the pool, get a massage or relax in the gardens with a good book.

Location & Directions

Xpu-ha, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Esencia is set on Xpu-Ha beach, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast. Located just 20 minutes south of Mayakoba & Playa del Carmen, and 25 minutes north of Tulum.

When to go

The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which officially is from June to November.

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