A few weeks ago on my quest to scope out the hottest new hotels in and around Tulum, Mexico, I ended up in a place that got me more excited than I’ve been in a long time! Hotel Esencia, the former hideaway of an Italian Duchess has a new owner and he’s made it absolutely perfect and chic in every way.This grand 50-acre estate is tucked into the jungle on the prettiest stretch of beach in all the Rivera Maya and is just a 30 minutes drive from Tulum.
To Start, the Main House is still luxuriously grand, afternoon tea is served everyday, and palm lined footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas. The grounds of the hotel are covered with lovely grass where you can go barefoot all day — from the beach, to your room and then to dinner…I don’t think I wore shoes the entire time I was there.
Chic white – washed patios with private plunge pools compliment the suites at Esencia. Honestly I could of been perfectly happy never leaving my room. Old school phones, iPods with curated playlists to set the tone, giant bathtubs and outdoor showers. Honeymooners this is the place of your dreams.
Pretty tiled tables fill the beach restaurant. You must try the Esencia Margarita, tinted with a light pink hue and garnished with rosemary!
Even the Beach Service is special, the property is intimate and the staff will greet you at breakfast and ask where you want your lounge area set up. Monogramed beach towels, beach bags and a fresh coconut water are the perfect additions.
A secret cenote just a short walk down the beach and only Hotel Esencia guests have access to it. Barracuda, the lifeguard, will you take you anytime you want to go and will even take you deep into the crystal clear water to see the manatees.
Maybe one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever stayed in. Spacious and lovely but so simply designed. The details are part of what makes this place so special, from the beautiful throws in the whitewashed, minimalistic rooms to the beautifully monogramed beach towels. I’m telling you it’s all in the details here.
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Don’t even get me started on their breakfast. They have a JUICE BAR and so many healthy options. Now this is my kind of beach vacation! Follow breakfast with yoga on the beach and you are set for the day.
Oh by the way you will never have to sign a check while you are here. I love this little touch.
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Leafy private plunge pools, a well curated mini bar and sunshine make for the perfect mid afternoon lounge.
There are two Luxury Villas on the 50 acre estate, the perfect place for a wedding or a great party! The owner has a high profile celebrity following (Jason Wu got married here last year) and Hotel Esencia is a favorite of the international fashion crowd. Let us help you plan your special occasion at Hotel Esencia HERE.
Hands down my favorite beach in all of the Mayan Riviera. We were lucky enough to be there while the sea turtles were nesting on this protected beach and got to see some of the magic happen.
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