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.

Eleven new suites make their debut this season offering the ultimate “barefoot in the sand” experience imagined to satisfy the most discerning traveller.


Town & Country Magazine
The 100 Best Hotels in the World
Trip Advisor
Winner 2017 & 2018
Traveller's choice
The 5 Best Hotels in Riviera Maya
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
Conde Nast Traveler
Winner 2017 & 2018
Gold List Winner
Readers Choice Awards
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Awards
Best For Families
Above and Beyond
Conde Nast Traveller UK
Gold List Winner
25 Best Resorts in the World
World Travel Awards
Mexico’s Leading Luxury Boutique Resort


“The most heavenly hotel on Earth”
The Sunday Times
"An anomaly among the mega resorts between Cancun and Tulum."
"If there is a lovelier spot in the Caribbean, it is hard to think where."
Conde Nast Traveller
"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