Originally built as the private home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is a place where the traditions of the past come together with a cosmopolitan sense of how to live well today. This aristocratic oasis sits where the Yucatán jungle dissolves into the pristine sands of Xpu-ha, one of the only remaining undeveloped shores of the Mayan Riviera.


Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Winner 2013
Best Resort Hotel in the Americas 2013
Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2015
Traveller’s choice 2014
The 25 Best Hotels in Mexico
The 25 Best Luxury Hotels in Mexico
The 25 Hotels with the Best Customer Service in Mexico
The 25 Best Spa and Relaxation Hotels in Mexico
Town & Country Magazine
Winner 2015
The 100 Best Hotels in the World
Spa Professional Magazine
Spa Professional Magazine 2014
Top 25 Spas in Mexico 2014
National Geographic Traveller
Traveller’s choice 2011
Stay list 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Awards
Nominee 2015
Best For Families
Above and Beyond


“The most heavenly hotel on Earth”
The Sunday Times
"An anomaly among the mega resorts between Cancun and Tulum."
"Here, on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Riviera Maya we came to chill. And luckily for us, we found just the spot to do it: Hotel Esencia. Irresistibly charming...the minute we arrived we knew we would not want to leave. Never in my adult life have I felt as deeply taken care of as I did by Esencia's staff."
Conde Nast Traveler
"Relax at Hotel Esencia where the pristine powder-white sand beach is semi-private and flanked only by private homes. With the brilliant blue of the Caribbean sea, and your own private tiki hut to take in the views this beach is paradise"
Fox News
"Hotel Esencia offers intimate luxury of the most elite kind, and an alternative to the vast five-star resorts."
The Telegraph
"Even at capacity, one seldom notices other guests. It’s the supremely intimate ambiance and the naturally serene environs that set you at ease and ultimately convince you that the place is all yours."
Black Book
"Be spoilt in the organic spa, sunbathe on miles of tropical beach and order tequila cocktail after tequila cocktail."
Harper’s Bazaar UK
"The hotel’s white-sand beach, complete with turquoise waters and thatched cabanas, is the nesting ground for sea turtles, and the hotel’s staff alerts guests when the eggs are hatching."
ABC News