Hotel Esencia


Type: Boutique, Ultra Luxury

No. of Rooms: 38

City/Area: Playa del Carmen


Esencia is a 50-acre private estate in the Riviera Maya on the pristine sands of Xpu-Ha with an indulgent atmosphere fitting of royalty.

Hotel Esencia is chic, intimate and luxurious. With just 40 villas set upon 50 acres of land leading to a beautiful stretch of private beach, you might just feel like you have the place all to yourself. Originally built as a winter retreat for an Italian Duchess, Esencia it is now a sought after destination for those looking to escape from it all.

The suites are modern with crisp white walls and terracotta tiled roofs, accessorized with flashes of red and black. Designer types will especially love the old school telephones and retro looking lamps that sit beside the bed. The bathrooms are spacious, with double basins, rain showers and deep baths.

The little touches make Esencia even more special. The suites come equipped with a pre-loaded iPod with a ‘tropical playlist’ created by Michel Gaubert, the sound designer behind Karl Lagerfeld, and check inside the walk in closet for your Havaiana sandals that are yours to take home with you. The soft drink mini bar is also free and every suite comes with a Nespresso machine.

If you can drag yourself away from your suite, head to the beachfront and lounge under the shade of thatched roofed loungers on some of the comfiest sunbeds ever made. The friendly staff will bring you snacks and drinks as you enjoy the view. With heated pools, and organic spa, sunrise yoga and two restaurants, you will have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. Lovers of high quality and high design will be enthralled by Hotel Esencia.



Head to the spa for an aromatic steam treatment with fresh herbs. A treat for the senses.

  • Restaurant on site
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar (complimentary soda, water, and beer)
  • Room service
  • Full spa services

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5 or 6 nights length of stay: 10% off room rates
7 or 8 nights length of stay: 15% off room rates
9 or more nights length of stay: 18% off room rates

 Booking Window: Till Jan 31, 2022
 Travel Window: January to April, 2023

*Promotion is subject to availability and it is not combinable with other promotions.
*All promotions are subject to change at any time without previous notice; subject to availability; blackout and other restrictions may apply.

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Thank you for taking a moment to review this simple guide. It is very important for us to make you aware of the new procedures and protocols we have implemented to protect our staff and our beloved guests. Although we are blessed with a secluded location on 50 acres, with vast open-air spaces and only 42 mostly isolated rooms, we have taken the necessary extra care to ensure you have a memorable holiday whilst being safe. Simply scroll down to find out how we are doing it. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!

HOLA! GOOD TO KNOW PRE-ARRIVAL + Hotel Esencia is reopening in June 2020. Flights between the U.S. and Cancún, México have already resumed however it is important to remain alert to current travel restrictions from your country of origin. + Please contact our reservations team for details on our special promotions and current cancellation policies, or any other information or question you may have regarding staying at Hotel Esencia. + Boost your immune system! Not only is this good for everyday life, but it can really reduce health risks when traveling. + Ascertain the state of your health before any trip, health screenings might take place during your journey. + Click here to view the updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak.

GOOD TO KNOW WELCOME TO MÉXICO + Social distancing is in practice in all Mexican airports, and face masks are strongly recommended in public spaces nationwide. + At Cancún Airport: Thermal imaging cameras are in use to detect travelers with higher than normal body temperatures. You will be required to fill in a ‘Risk Factors Identification’ questionnaire upon arrival. Click here to preview it. + Private transportation vehicles arranged by Hotel Esencia are sanitized thoroughly between guests. Drivers wear face masks at all times, and provide passengers with antibacterial gel, wipes, and fresh face masks. Luggage and guests’ shoes are sanitized before boarding the vehicle. + Guests arriving by their own means of ground transportation will undergo a sanitization process upon arrival at Hotel Esencia.

GOOD TO KNOW CHECKING IN + Welcome! For your own safety, every arriving guest’s temperature is checked and all guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer. + Guests are not required to wear masks within the hotel however please be considerate of others and wear a mask if you are feeling unwell. + Luggage is sanitized upon arrival to the property. + Check-in and registration procedures can be done pre-arrival by submitting the necessary information by email. + Guests are suggested to change out of their traveling clothes upon arrival to the room. Your personal concierge or one of our valets will pick them up for complimentary first day laundering/ sanitation.

GOOD TO KNOW DURING YOUR STAY + Hotel Esencia’s layout already ensures maximum privacy, nevertheless, extra physical distancing measures have been taken in all public areas. + For guests who prefer to avoid direct personal contact, our Concierge team is reachable 24hr. through instant messaging to handle any request. + All members of staff are screened daily before entering the property and submit to a thermal inspection and sanitization process, as well as being required to wear either a face mask or face shield at all times, and follow special hygiene protocols. + Hotel Esencia has a private doctor on call 24hrs. a day and is located less than 20 min. away from two excellent private hospitals.

GOOD TO KNOW AROUND THE PROPERTY + Antibacterial 70% alcohol based gel is widely available throughout the property, including guest rooms. + High traffic and touch points are sanitized on an hourly basis. + Poolside and beach sunbeds are placed according to international safety distance guidelines. + Guests at the beach may request side curtains within our individual beach palapas if desired. + All hotel pools including in-room plunge pools are being maintained in accordance with current government health policy. + We are temporarily suspending the placement of magazines or newspapers in rooms for maximum safety.

GOOD TO KNOW YOUR ROOM + A 24 hr. minimum room occupancy gap is in place to allow for deep cleaning and ozone sanitization between stays. + Guests may of course decline a room orientation on arrival and/or turn-down service in order to limit in-room personal contact. + Rooms are cleaned and disinfected twice daily according to international protocols and using highly effective antibacterial products. This includes furniture, fixtures, and room accessories. Guests are free to request changes on housekeeping hours and frequency. + Guests are provided with a complimentary kit of in-room sanitization essentials, such as antibacterial gel, wipes, and disposable face masks. + All in-room information is paperless, viewable by scanning QR codes with guests’ own mobile devices. Disposable hard copies are of course available.

GOOD TO KNOW RESTAURANTS + Our restaurants and bars are all outdoors, well ventilated and spacious, nevertheless, tables have been arranged to ensure safe distance between guests. + Menus are paperless and available to be viewed on guests’ own mobile devices through scanning QR codes. Disposable paper menus are available upon request. + Antibacterial gel and wipes are available on every table. + Restaurant staff use face shields and disposable gloves at all times. + Restaurant and beach furniture is cleaned and disinfected between guests. + Tableware undergoes careful cleaning and a double sanitization process. Our tables will no longer be pre-set prior to guest seating. + Room service may be delivered on the outdoor terrace without personal contact with the waiter if requested.

GOOD TO KNOW WELLNESS & FITNESS + Esencia Spa treatments are available in room or in open air designated areas for the time being and until further notice. Therapists wear protective equipment and it is changed between treatments. + Spa menu is available digitally by scanning a QR code on guest’s own device. + The Gym is open normally for a maximum of two guests at a time, and it is under constant supervision and sanitization, especially between users – antibacterial gel and wipes are also always available. + Private training sessions are available upon request and can take place in any open air location in the property. + Yoga classes are still complimentary but require previous day sign-up, and will accommodate 4 guests per class. All equipment provided is carefully cleaned and sanitized.